By Janelle Harb
Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, the Canisius College calendar and weekly class meeting times are set to change.
The new times will be affecting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes, while Tuesday and Thursday times will remain the same. Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes will begin meeting for 55 minutes per session, rather than the current 50-minute increments. Classes will start at different times on these days as well, beginning at 8:20 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:10 p.m., and 3:20 p.m. There will be 15 minutes between classes, as a result of students’ complaints of being unable to reach buildings such as Lyons Hall on time; this is also an opportunity to grab a coveted coffee from Tim Horton’s before a lecture.
Classes held only on Mondays and Wednesdays will now meet for 80 minutes per session, rather than the previous 75 minute sessions, in order to make up for the fewer number of Mondays in a semester. However, these classes will start at the same time that they have in the past and will keep with the traditional 10-minute break between classes. Additionally, there will now be a morning offering for these bi-weekly classes starting at 8:00 a.m., in addition to previous offerings of 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Another minor change will be that classes held once per week will now meet for 3 hours on Mondays and Fridays, and 2 hours and 45 minutes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with the start times continuing to vary according to the program.
“The main reason for the change is to ensure that all classes are meeting for the same amount of time,” explained Dr. Sara Morris, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Because of some of the recently-implemented curriculum management systems, we were able to determine what changes might be possible while thinking about maintaining options for students and limitations based on the number of classrooms we have on campus.”
Perhaps one of the biggest and most beneficial changes that this new system will offer is an additional reading day to the end of each semester. “The last Friday of the semester will not have any classes, so students have a three-day weekend to prepare for final exams and complete final papers [and] projects,” said Dr. Morris.
A smaller benefit will be that no morning classes will be scheduled on one Wednesday each semester, which will allow all students and faculty to participate in the Mass of the Holy Spirit during the Fall semester and Ignatian Scholarship Day in the Spring.
“If you think about our prior calendars, we had only 13 Mondays in a Spring or Fall semester but 14 Tuesdays, 14 Wednesdays in the Fall, 14 Thursdays, and 14 Fridays [with] 15 Wednesdays in the spring,” Dr. Morris explained. “Prior to this year, we only had 12 Mondays in the spring… [T]his means that some classes met for substantially more time than others, and other classes met for less time, especially if they met one day a week. We reviewed a number of options and sought comments from students, faculty, and staff, which led to the creation of a two-year calendar that provides symmetry between the spring and fall semesters.”
The new calendar will attempt to strike a balance between the fall and spring, in which classes will be taught for a more equal amount of time across both semesters. Through this, the school will continue to provide the best education possible for its students. Although students may originally reject the notion of longer classes, it will ultimately benefit the education being offered and provide a more harmonious atmosphere throughout the academic year, in addition to providing new time off for important school events.