What is a compressed schedule?
- The semester is divided into two shorter terms in a compressed format. For example, in fall 2014, instead of taking four semester-long courses, a typical full-time student would take two seven-week courses during Fall 1 term and two seven-week courses in Fall 2 term. The student would still complete four courses in a semester but would be able to concentrate on just two in each term. Compressed courses cover the same content, are worth the same credits and have the same number of contact hours as full semester classes. Each class meeting lasts longer, but students are enrolled in fewer courses at a time.
| Fall Semester 2014
| Fall 1 Term 2014
7-week term (Aug. 25-Oct.13)
| Fall 2 Term 2014
7-week term (Oct.22-Dec. 13)
| Fall Full Term 2014
15-week term, including 1-week break (Aug. 25-Dec.13)
Why is TTC moving to a compressed schedule?
- To improve student success. Our own research and a body of national research show that students are more successful in compressed courses. Increasing success rates in courses is a major step toward helping students stay in college and persist all the way to graduation and jobs or continuing at a four-year college
Who made the decision to move to a compressed schedule?
Were students consulted?
- For many years, the college has been engaged in efforts to improve student success. After reviewing the strong evidence about increased student success rates in compressed courses, Dr. Thornley and her senior cabinet members made the decision to move to a compressed schedule with the support of the college’s Area Commission, or governing board.
- The president believes that students spoke with a strong voice through their performance results in shorter terms. Dr. Thornley regularly meets with Student Cabinet, comprised of student leaders, to provide updates and answer questions. The college plans to hold information sessions in the months ahead to inform students and answer their questions. The college developed a website, www.tridenttech.edu/newschedule.htm, which has a frequently asked questions section where students can submit questions or concerns and receive answers to their questions.
How will the college address the concerns of students who believe that the compressed schedule is not compatible with their learning styles?
- Our research is clear: the compressed course schedule format improves success rates across the board, even for students who are weaker academically. By taking fewer classes at one time, students are able to maintain their academic focus. Students will have projects and tests for fewer classes at one time and the format allows for more faculty/student engagement. We also have a host of student support services, from tutoring to counseling, to help students be successful in their classes. Our counseling department regularly offers workshops on topics such as time management and study skills. Counseling staff is currently developing a new series of workshops focused on helping students with the transition to a seven-week format.