Update: This story was updated at 10:37 p.m. April 30 with the information that Summer Session II will be online, would have more than 200 courses and would be open to the public.
Both Summer Session I and II will be online this summer, and the University is making a few tweaks to the typical offerings.
Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Francis wrote in an April 30 email to students that all Summer Session II courses will be delivered remotely. Kornbluth previously announced March 30 that on-campus and Marine Lab Summer Session I classes would be canceled, stating at the time that the University might offer an online alternative.
When it comes to online offerings, Duke's Summer Session I will have more than 150 options, compared to the usual 60, and will include a handful of courses relevant to coronavirus, according to an April 21 email from Francis and Provost Sally Kornbluth to the Duke community. Francis' April 30 email stated that Summer Session II would have more than 200 courses.
Rates for summer course have also been trimmed, to $2,500 for a non-lab class and and $3,200 for a class involving a lab or recitation, according to an FAQ page about Summer Session changes.
Tuition for Summer Session courses is normally $3,579 for classes without labs and $4,772 for some science and engineering classes with labs, according to the Summer Session website.
Additionally, Kornbluth and Francis wrote in their April 21 email that positions in Summer Session I online courses would be open to the public if there are still available spots after current students signed up.
"Current students now have an exclusive window to register for Duke Summer Session I courses through Tuesday, April 28," they wrote. "After that, any open spaces will be made available to the general public. Registration for non-Duke students will open in one week."
Francis wrote in an April 30 email to The Chronicle that Summer Session II courses will also be open to the public if space is available after current students sign up.
In their April 21 email, Kornbluth and Francis did not directly state that Summer Session II would be moved online but noted that an "equally robust schedule of online courses" would be available for that session by April 30.
Summer Session I is slated to run from May 13 to June 25, and Summer Session II from June 29 to August 9.
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