Students at Southern University, located in Baton Rouge, will only have to attend class four days week. By the beginning of the spring semester, SU will no longer have Friday classes.
Chancellor James Llorens made the change in hopes that it will reduce the cost of utilities. Additionally, he hopes that it will make more time for student advising and give instructors more office hours. “It’s more of a four-day class schedule than a four-day workweek,” he said. Some universities in the state of Louisiana have no classes after noon on Fridays, but SU will be the first in the state to have absolutely no classes on that day.
“The students think it’s a great idea,” Llorens said. “I think you’ll see more institutions starting to move to it.” SGA President, Demetrius Sumner, said that the four-day schedule is a great idea, and he said that he is receiving a lot of positive feedback from other students.
“A three-day weekend is much more energizing,” Sumner said. “If it proves to be a cost savings, then it’s a double whammy.” The change is made possible by making the classes longer. Monday and Friday classes, that were only 50 minutes before, will be increased to one hour and 20 minutes. Tuesday and Thursday classes will remain the same.
In my opinion, the idea of a four-day class schedule couldn’t be any better. Not only is this a cost-effective solution, students can use that extra day to work more hours, catch up on homework and enjoy the student activities that the university has to offer.
If this new schedule proves to be successful, not only will other universities in Louisiana make the switch, schools across the county may consider trimming a day of classes.
Via The Adovocate