By Jon Peacock/Staff Writer
In an attempt to open up the possibilities for various classes offered during the Winter session at LBCC, the calendar committee has been considering extending the session from five to six weeks.
Vice President of Student Support Services Greg Peterson said the proposal was first brought to the committee March 5 by Vice President of Academic Affairs Terri Long.
Peterson wrote in a May 18 email, “The current discussion around potentially changing the length of the Winter intersession is focused on being more pedagogically aware of higher-unit courses in expanding course offerings for students in different certificate, degree, and transfer programs.”
Making the change would give students the ability to take English courses, lab-science courses, and other four-unit courses, as well as allow the current courses offered an extra week for the curriculum.
Music associate professor Marshall Fulbright wrote in a May 6 email, “Higher-unit courses require a lot of time and student success would be less if they were forced to ‘cram’ huge amounts of learning into smaller sessions.”
Valeria Cano, 21 a business major, said a 5-week winter session is too short and a 6-week session would help, saying “it would be less stressful … it would make a difference.” She also explained how if more courses were offered, she would be more likely to sign up for the Winter session.
For the Winter session to be extended the calendar committee has to find an extra week somewhere. Early on, the committee evaluated the possibility of cancelling Spring Break to accommodate the extra week during the Winter session, however, “the elimination of Spring
Break is also not being considered at this time,” Peterson said.
Though the proposal is being reviewed by the calendar committee, Peterson wrote in an email, “This change is not being considered for the 2015-16 academic year.”
Peterson said the final decision might not be made until next Fall and wouldn’t be implemented until 2016-17.