Each new school year brings about an array of changes, and this coming fall semester students will notice a significant change in their schedule: a new set of class times.
Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs, vice provost at California Baptist University, explained the two notable reasons this change is occurring this fall semester.
“As we grow, some of the different programs have extended beyond our campus,” Jacobs said. “It’s becoming extremely difficult for people to move safely and efficiently from one class to another during that traditional time frame.”
CBU administration wants to ensure that despite the time changes, students can still expect the same rigorous, advanced level of learning.
“For three units of credit, you’re actually engaged in the classroom for three hours or in other learning activities,” Jacobs said. “It’s not actually the seat time, but the time that students are engaged in the learning activities that we’re starting to document now in ways that we have not before.”
Students will notice classes held three times a week will be extended from 50 minutes to an hour, and classes that were once an hour and 20 minutes are going to be extended to an hour and a half.
Chapel that was once offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. has been changed to 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., but chapel will continue to be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“Five or 10 minutes doesn’t make a huge difference from day to day, but over the entire semester that does add up,” said Lyndsey Jackson, junior health care administration major.
CBU administration hopes this change will be beneficial to students in providing more time to ensure schedule efficiency and productivity.