BEATRICE – Southeast Community College will be going back on the semester system, after years of using a quarter-system calendar.
The school’s Board of Governors voted 10-0 in support of the change, during a Tuesday meeting on the Milford Campus. The community college would implement a transition year toward the new system in 2019, with full implementation in 2020.
That would allow for curriculum, computer and financial system adjustments and allow for student planning. SCC has been using a system that includes fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. The new system would transition the college from a 10-week quarter term, to a 16-week semester term. There would also be a 12- week optional summer term, depending on program needs.
The majority of higher education institutions make use of the semester system.
Southeast Community College received feedback during a survey about the potential change. Benefits included fewer cycles for admissions, registration, financial aid distribution and employee orientation. Employees also viewed the new system as more beneficial for college athletics and an improved educational environment. Benefits for students, the survey indicated, include more time to cover coursework, better transfer of credit hours and an improved break schedule.