The January term is the shortest of all terms at 8 weeks long. While this may be a bit alarming, here are a few helpful tips to prepare for the shorter term.
1. All courses are 3 credits and therefore require the same workload, which is governed by our accreditation body. If you have taken courses in this recent term, you may be overwhelmed thinking about adding more work. We hear you! Through your feedback on our surveys, we trimmed the workload to reflect a true 3 credit hour course. We want to make sure students can complete all the required work in a manageable amount of time.
2. 2 courses in the January term will feel tighter than 2 courses in the 10 week term. We do encourage students to think about their current situations outside of school to consider how much they can balance and fit into busy schedules. There could be an additional 3-6 hours of work a week, depending on the student.
3. We know this can cause stress for students! When we designed the program, we wanted to provide the opportunity for students to attend graduation, which occurs in May. Therefore, the tighter term was the best way to accomplish this priority. It is also typical for universities to have shorter January/Winter terms, to sprint some courses prior to the spring semester. We know this can be hard for some, but we hope the benefits outweigh the challenges.
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