On Tuesday, I attended a meeting focused on the big switch to semesters which is happening right around the corner. Semesters will initially start this summer with a seven week term before the start of “Fall Semester” that will begin in the middle of August. There’s a lot of work that goes into switching an entire program from a traditional 10 week schedule to a 7 or 14 week schedule. There’s course plans available to show a sample outline of how to finish the program by when you started. The advisers are doing a great job of trying to make this transition as seamless as possible. Here’s a few of the nuggets I got out of the session:
- Core classes will move to Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Classes will be one night per week. Instead of having class both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, classes will just be one night per week for a longer period of time (I think, she said 6:00 – 9:15)
- Many of the elective classes will last 7 weeks. Many of the core classes will last the full 14 weeks.
- May session, which will last the month of May, will offer a “Workshop Core” or a project experience. The workshop will focus on ethics, communication or other professional development topics.
- The program will last slightly longer than previously, under the new curriculum, the program will finish up in slightly less than three years.
- The electives will be structured so students could have a more clear concentration (if you want).