In announcing the change, the college cited its commitment to flexible learning. It offers online, blended, evening and weekend classes, and a few of its programs already offer eight-week or shorter classes. The new schedule is called the 8-Week Advantage.
With eight-week classes, students meet less frequently each week but for longer periods of time. National data shows eight-week courses result in increased success and completion rates.
Under the new structure, each semester will have two eight-week sessions, as well as one eight-week session during the summer, for a total of five sessions every academic year.
Two programs transitioned to the new format this fall with 50 percent of all programs making the change by the fall of 2020. All programs will be converted to the eight-week model by the fall of 2021.