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December 16, 2009 2:42 PM Moonlight Insanity

By Daniel Luzer

Can no find a way learn during the day? Last week the College Guide ran a piece about the increasing popularity of night classes, which allow students to work full time while attending college. When they sleep is another matter.

The popularity of this concept is spreading. Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College announced that it plans to offer night classes next semester. Inside Indiana Business reports that:

The “Moonlight Madness” classes will include popular general education courses, including Math 118, English 112, Psychology 101 and History 101.
“We’re piloting the Moonlight Madness classes to create educational options for individuals who find it difficult, if not impossible, to take classes at traditional times,” said Dr. Hank Dunn, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana region. “With this line up of classes, students could complete an entire semester of course work just by choosing the later start times or by combining the late night classes with earlier evening courses.

Calling it “Moonlight Madness” makes the prospect of night classes sound novel and exciting rather than very stressful and sort of sad. The Ivy Tech night class schedule is not just designed to address students who work during the day, either. “The Moonlight Madness courses take advantage of parking spots and classrooms that normally sit empty after nine in the evening,” said Dunn.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer