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Barton, Albert (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 5, Number 1 (Oct. 1903)

Sharp, Frank Chapman
Summer session of 1903,   pp. 4-7


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                   Summer Seseion qf 1903.                  5
 strated the necessity for a summer session, it has settled at least
 in a general way what shall he the type of instruction offered.
 From 1887 to 1898 there was maintained under the patronage
 and with the financial assistance of the University what was
 called a summer school. The instruction was all elementary,
 a large proportion of it, especially in mathematics and the
 languages, being of high-school rank. The summer sessions
 of many universities are of little higher grade than this today.
 But with the establishment of the Wisconsin summer session
 it was decided that with a few exceptions nothing should be
 offered but University work, which would entitle the student to
 a credit towards graduation, and that advanced courses should
 be as well represented in the program as the more elementary
 ones. In order to insure the greatest attainable instructional
 efficiency a rule was adopted in accordance with which every
 professor and assistant -professor in the faculty teaches at least
 once in two summers. In addition, arrangements are made by
 which a number of courses are given by prominent members of
 the faculties of other universities. As the result of this policy
 the University has a summer session which in the nature of the
 work it accomplishes and the grade of students it attracts has
 but two or three rivals in the country.
   The summer school of artisans, though two years younger
than the summer session of the College of Letters and Science,
seems also to have passed out of the experimental stage. It was
established upon the suggestion of the late I)ean Johnson and
is conducted by the faculty of the College of Engineering. Its
students may be divided into three classes: Artisans, manual
training teachers, and students registered in the College of
Engineering. Many persons such as machinists, shop-foremen,
and superintendents, who can not attend the regular engineer-
ing course, nevertheless find they need some of the instruction
which such a course affords. This they cannot get at a manual


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