Stu Osterthun, a spokesman for Southeast Community College, says the transition has been nearly two years in the making.
“We’ve worked hard to advertise the conversion,” Osterthun says, “numerous methods, both paid advertising and free, so that not only the general public is informed but prospective students as well.”
Dennis Headrick, SCC’s Vice President for Instruction, says the change involved looking at curriculum and how it converts from quarter-credit hours to semester-credit hours.
“For example, one credit hour on the quarter of a lecture is only 10 hours but when you move to a semester, it’s 15 hours,” Headrick says. “So, we had to do some of that conversion as well, but it’s gone very well.”
A newsletter explaining the change is going out to all students as well as to full-time employees, faculty and adjunct instructors.
The first term under the semester system will begin August 26th of 2019. Maximum credits that could be taken within a semester would be 18 hours.
SCC will have to account for credit conversions where students have begun their course of study on the quarter-system but finish their program on the new semester system.
SCC is also addressing changes that will affect student course records, grade point averages and financial aid, among other things. The college has campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford.
Thanks to Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice