The policy includes an appeals process for students who can't take more than 12 hours per semester because of work or other personal reasons. At Friday's meeting, Hathaway said the university had received about 750 appeals, and had granted all but about 100 of them.
Most of those appeals were from students who needed to work to pay for school. A few other students appealed for “fairly extreme personal reasons,” he said.
The new policy allows students who can't take more than 12 hours to make up extra hours during the summer semester. For example, if a student takes 12 hours during the spring and fall semesters, he or she could take six more hours during the summer without paying more.
Hathaway said university officials have polled students and expect to see an increase in summer enrollment of about 30 percent. It's difficult to say whether that increase will materialize, he said, since some of those students may expect to enroll during the summer and then change their plans.
The new policy could also help encourage students to spend their summers studying abroad, since it helps subsidize summer enrollment, Hathaway said. Boren has made increasing the percentage of students who study abroad a priority.