Ashland University Expands Summer Course Offerings

Ashland University Expands Summer Course Offerings

4/7/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has expanded its summer schedule of undergraduate and graduate courses this year in an effort to best meet the changing schedule demands of students both on campus and off.

“The number of course offerings from which to choose for this summer has been expanded to nearly 150 undergraduate courses and more than 275 graduate courses on the main campus and programs centers,” said AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. “Many of these courses are being offered for the first time as a summer course and many are offered online this year.”

Pettigrew said that taking classes in the summer allows students to take advantage of smaller class sizes and a condensed timeframe for course offerings. “Taking a summer course is perfect for the student who may want to catch up on their program of study or the individual who just wants to complete his or her academic program early,” Pettigrew added.

“We also are excited about this year’s summer course offerings because we have expanded the number of undergraduate online courses, and we will continue to offer most of our graduate courses in an online format, which will make it more convenient for students to take classes this summer,” he said.

The summer class terms will begin May 12 with various starting and completion dates through the summer. Registration for the summer sessions have started and is ongoing until the start of classes. To see the entire list of summer classes or to register for classes, visit

Ashland University professors offered insights into a few of the summer course offerings:

NCIS in a Classroom
The CHEM 252 -- CHEMISTRY OF CRIME SCENE 3 INVESTIGATION course relates real world applications of analytical chemistry to the investigation of crimes. Students will learn principles and laboratory techniques that are used in crime scene investigation laboratories (and in the field) in order to determine what happened at a crime scene. This will culminate in a final project in which the students will gather evidence from a mock crime scene, analyze it using the techniques learned, and determine what could have happened at the scene. The underlying chemistry and biochemistry involved in forensic analysis are addressed. Also, the exploration of scientific inquiry as it relates to developing hypotheses and providing proof of a crime based on chemical evidence is investigated. This course does not count toward any major in the natural sciences. The course meets core credit for natural sciences.
May 12 to June 20 -- Chemistry of Crime Scene Investigation with Professor Bergosh, 402 Kettering -- M/W

Preparing future project managers
The MBA 533 -- ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS course introduces students to advanced communications methods and techniques of use to project managers. It explores the challenges of communications, including requirements definition and conflict management, in the project context and allows students to develop skills that they can use as they manage their projects. Topics covered include communications models, conflict models, positional versus interest based conflict management methods, and the application of conflict management tools and techniques.

As part of their elective courses, MBA students may select three courses (9 credit hours) from a designated list to earn a specialization in one of the following areas: Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Finance, Global Management, Supply Chain Management, or Accounting. Students also may select a 15-hour concentration in Sport Management.
May 12 to Aug. 8 – Advanced Topics for Project Managers with Professor Harpool; Online course, or two hybrid courses with three Saturdays at Medina Center and Columbus Center.

Educational Assessment
The EDFN 646 – EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT course is designed to advance the graduate student's ability to choose and create meaningful assessments appropriate for a given purpose, situation, and group of learners. The goal will be to use assessment to ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of all learners, as well as a tool for teacher reflection and professional development. Students will create and critique a variety of appropriate and ethical assessment techniques to enhance learning and teaching. Additional focus will be on the critical analysis of current research and an understanding of the roles uses and limitations of economic roles of assessment in society.
June 16 to July 11 – Educational Assessment with Professor Sharpe; Hybrid inline course with three Monday meetings on Ashland campus.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###