back to school "times theyare a changin"

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back to school "times theyare a changin"
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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 9:15am

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 09-30-2010 - 4:29pm

To me this sounds like a generally bad idea. I would be concerned about the ability to get classes in the required order. I hear about a lot of CS' who can't complete their coursework in 4 years because they can't get into the pre-requisite classes etc. Also, the CS' can't take as many units in the brief condensed summer term, increasing the number of terms required to finish. Right now summer term is often used as a way to get classes missed or failed during the regular year. And many students need to work during the summer to earn money for the rest of the academic year, jobs related to the summer vacation season that would not exist in the fall. And of course, what about fall semester sports such as football?

Maybe if they rearranged the academic year into 3 equal "trimesters" they could even out the numbers. Do they know *why* there are fewer students in the spring semester?

This idea may be a good thing for the university but maybe not such a good thing for many students.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 09-30-2010 - 4:39pm


A few of our universities operate on a co-op basis. Students go to school for 4 months and then work for 4 months at a job related to their field. Of course, this is limited to a few programs. Kids in engineering and computer science can do this but kids in arts programs, for example, can not.

For the rest, it is 8 months at school followed by 4 months of whatever. The kids tend to work at traditional summer seasonal jobs such as tour guides, camp workers, landscaping... (There's not much demand for kids pretending to be 1812 soldiers at old Fort Henry in January!!). So, I don't think it will work here.

Curious.. where did winter go? You listed spring, summer & fall.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 09-30-2010 - 5:35pm
Northeastern Univ. in Boston also has the coop program. I believe it takes an extra year to get a degree. My DD goes to UMass and I read an article recently where they were trying to plan a way for students to graduate in 3 yrs by going to school full time including during the summer & thereby saving money. I do agree that it wouldn't work for all programs and they would have to make sure that everyone who is doing that can get the proper classes for their majors. It might work for the gen ed requirements. I know for nursing, they have to take all the science classes in a certain order and they are usually offered only in one semester, like if you fail Micro in the fall, they don't offer it again in the spring, you have to wait til the next year.
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Fri, 10-01-2010 - 7:59am

That's what I ran into on quarters - that they offered certain classes certain quarters and that was it (regular 3 quarter Sept-June system), and since I had to do certain things in certain order or with certain prereqs, instead of graduating in 3 years as I'd hoped, I double majored in 4.

In engineering, at least here in the past, co-oping is a good thing, and it might even be beneficial more than ever in this economy to come out with real experience on your resume.

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Fri, 10-01-2010 - 1:05pm

Definitely could use the fall semester to "intern"/co-op to gain experience and wouldn't the firms make work in the fall?



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Fri, 10-01-2010 - 1:20pm

Hi elc,



Good points...



I guess part of reducing the # of students starting in fall would be to aid those trying to get into their required course work.



My two boys started in January and never had trouble with sequencing.



My youngest

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Fri, 10-01-2010 - 1:27pm

Curious.. where did winter go? You listed spring, summer & fall.



Thanks for the chuckle to my day, teadrinker :)



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