Southeast Community College Planning For Switch to Semester System

BEATRICE – One of the last higher education institutions in the region using the quarter-system….Southeast Community College will begin using a semester calendar, beginning in the fall of 2019.

August 26th of next year is the conversion date….and officials say a lot of work has gone on and remains to be done, behind the scenes.

SCC Vice President for Instruction, Dr. Dennis Headrick says a team of officials and college employees have been working on the transition for nearly two years.

:11                  “to fruition”

Vice President of Student Services, Bev Cummins said SCC began looking at what other colleges were doing with such transitions and establishing an order of changes that needed to be made as the calendar switch is nearing…using an online website to help track changes.

SCC Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Stu Osterthun says communication, both internally and externally, will be very important about the change in calendar.  One major step was creation of a website associated with the conversion.

:12                  “to that website”

The address, again, is

www.southeastedu/Q2S

Osterthun says a monthly newsletter is going out to all full-time employees and faculty, adjunct instructors and students.  The newsletters are also made available on the special website.

:19                  “as well”

Dr. Headrick says the conversion has involved looking at curriculum and how it converts from quarter-credit hours, to semester-credit hours.

:24                  “a semester calendar”

The first term under the semester system will begin August 26th, of 2019.  The Winter-Spring Semester would begin January 13th.

Maximum credits that could be taken within a semester would be 18 hours.

SCC will also have to account for credit conversions where students have begun their course of study on the quarter-system but finish their program on the new semester system.

Cummins says prior to the switch, Southeast will not offer a summer term next year…finishing in June…then starting the semester system in late August.  An intensive communication campaign with current and new students will be undertaken. In future years, ten weeks of classes will be offered during the summer,  with other shorter-term training sessions.

SCC is also addressing changes that will affect student course records, grade-point-averages and financial aid, among other things.

Under the quarter system, faculty have been on a 213-day contract.  Under the semester system, the contract period will be 175 days.

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