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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
Web site:
News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-5888,;
and Rosanna Vail, 785-532-2720,

Monday, April 12, 2010


MANHATTAN -- While Kansas State University's distance student population has enjoyed the accessibility of online classes offered through K-State intersession, on-campus student enrollments in these classes are also on the rise.

By offering on-campus and online three-week classes between standard university terms, K-State intersession provides more class options for on-campus students who need to fit a few more credits into their schedule but who need to leave Manhattan during campus breaks.

Michael Ralston, an on-campus K-State senior in operations and supply chain management, Andover, took an online class during the January 2010 intersession to get ahead in his program.

"I was in a time constraint and needed the credit hours to graduate this May. Taking an intersession class seemed much more appealing than taking 21 hours during the spring semester," Ralston said.

Ralston was interested in taking intersession classes since he started attending K-State, but he needed the flexibility of a class offered in an online format.

"I was in Florida for the first part of the class, and the online lectures allowed me to still make the most of my break while fulfilling my degree requirements," he said. "There was a lecture every day, but I could watch it on my own schedule."

Ralston says the online intersession class has lightened his workload for spring so he can focus more on his on-campus classes.

"I am less stressed out and am able to get more out of the classes I am taking now," he said.

Enrollment is now open for May intersession, which runs May 17–June 4, and August intersession, which is Aug. 2–20. More than 15 online classes are being offered. A complete list of available online and on-campus intersession classes is available at and then selecting "May 2010 Intersession" or "August 2010 Intersession."

More information about programs and courses offered through the K-State Division of Continuing Education is available by contacting 1-800-622-2578 or