With the aims of increasing educational opportunities and reducing the number of days students need to be on campus, Cameron University officials are heralding "More Time For YOU at CU" with the adoption of a new class schedule, effective with the Summer 2009 semester. Under the new format, the university's curricular programs will be offered through classes scheduled between Monday and Thursday with an expanded weekend program on Fridays and Saturdays. The current program includes a Monday through Friday format with a weekend workshop and short course program. The revised academic schedule will increase the number of scheduling formats available including the addition of courses with online and face-to-face instructional components.
"This change will help us to better meet the college educational needs of our students and provide more scheduling flexibility including the opportunity for students to reduce the number of days in the classroom," says Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "At the same time, it will allow Cameron to provide additional educational opportunities for adult learners with family and work commitments. In particular, we will have the ability to offer an increased number of educational outreach courses and workshops and maintain a full array of course options for traditional students."
Under the new academic schedule, many classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other classes will meet Monday through Thursday. Previously, most classes took place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday classes.
The schedule change will also provide increased opportunities for interaction between faculty, staff and students who seek assistance outside of the classroom. In addition, students will have more time to participate in co-curricular and social activities on campus, allowing them to fully enjoy a complete college experience.
The change to the academic calendar applies only to the class schedule. University faculty and staff will continue to function on a full work week; office hours for all administrative units on the CU campus will remain Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education received notification of the scheduling change earlier this year.
March 9, 2009