Island University Offering New Seven-Week Terms to Keep Students on Track

Published: August 14, 2014

Island University Offering New Seven-Week Terms to Keep Students on Track

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is now offering two new seven-week terms within each long semester, in addition to May, August, and January short sessions.  

“This is all part of a national trend Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has joined of having more entry points for students to enroll in courses within the school year,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Many of our students lead busy lives, balancing family and career responsibilities with earning their education. Offering our students more flexible options is one of the many ways we can help contribute to their academic success.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education released an article that describes the national trend. The additional seven-week terms and the even shorter sessions in January, May, and August are all designed to give students more choices, help increase overall enrollment, and speed up time to graduation.

“Generally the shorter terms are attractive to working professionals,” said Dr. Chris Markwood, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “By offering more sessions, we help our students stay on track and graduate in a more timely fashion. For example, a student who takes two courses per seven-week term in the online MBA program can complete the program in a year.” 

Markwood also says that the state encourages the University to make more efficient use of its facilities and this is a way of using our facilities almost year round.

Courses to be offered during the shorter semesters include Software-Based Business Solutions, Teamwork and Leadership Communication, Managerial Finance, Science in Nursing, Foundations of Accounting, Seminar in Intercultural Communications, Administration Strategy and Policy, and Methods of Teaching Social Studies, along with several seminars in Marketing, and Instructional Design and Education Techniques. Many of the shorter term classes are geared toward graduate students and could greatly reduce the amount of time spent working and going to school.

Starting in August, the University’s terms are:

August Session: 10-day session where a student enrolls in a very concentrated course.

Fall Semester: traditional fall semester

Fall 1: seven week mini-term, corresponding mostly to the first seven weeks of the semester.  A student would typically take one or two courses in a seven week session if they are taking seven-week sessions instead of traditional semesters.

Fall 2: seven week mini-term, corresponding mostly to the last seven weeks of the semester 

January Session: 10-day session where a student can take a very concentrated course

Spring Semester: traditional spring semester

Spring 1:  seven week mini-term, corresponding mostly to the first seven weeks of the semester.  A student would typically take one or two courses in a seven week session if they are taking seven-week sessions instead of traditional semesters.

Spring 2: seven week mini-term, corresponding mostly to the last seven weeks of the semester. 

Maymester or May Session: 10-day session where a student can take a very concentrated course

Summer 1: first summer term

Summer 2: second summer term

To view academic calendar through August session 2016, CLICK HERE .