Universities Feel Summer Financial Crunch

A record number of students took summer courses at Florida’s 11 universities this year. Psych major Joshua Blom was one of them. He was glad he did it.

Joshua said, "Smaller classes, you get more individual attention. It’s pretty much a set schedule, so instead of having days off where you can just lounge and relax and get out of the mode of school, you’re always in the mode of school, so you’re always motivated to go."

Florida’s universities require students to earn at least nine summer credits, but many are going far beyond the requirement.

"More than 176,000 students were on campus this summer. One of the down sides is parking. It’s almost as tough to find as it is during the traditional school year."

Another down side is it’s hard to find the courses you want. Not as many professors are around in the summer, but with the student population growing by 12,000 to 15,000 students every year, universities have almost no choice but to start offering more summer courses.

State University System Chancellor Mark Rosenberg says universities may ask the Legislature to boost their budget by as much as $35 million so they can go to a year-round calendar.

Mark Rosenberg said, "The benefit would be we’d speed up the graduation rate of our students. We’d have more seats available and more choices for our students."

And it would be more cost effective, too. Otherwise, expensive buildings just sit empty.