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2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Miss. College Considers Moving to 4-Day Week

Changes Would Affect Classes, But Not College Work Schedule

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Copiah-Lincoln Community College is considering moving to a fourday class schedule.

Vice President of Instructional Services Jane Hulon told the Board of Trustees recently that they’re considering a Monday through Thursday schedule, with no classes on Friday.

Hulon says the proposed modification would apply only to the class schedule — not the work schedule.

Community colleges across the state are attributing their success to the modified schedule, she said.

“Mississippi Delta Community College has done it,” Hulon said. “East Central adopted this sometime ago. Northeast Mississippi Community College is also running this type of schedule, so we’re asking questions and trying to find out from them what we should be aware of as we move forward with this.

“This class schedule has been offered at the Simpson County Center since it was opened in 2005 and works very well,” Hulon said. “The Natchez campus began offering this four-day format this time last year and from what I understand works very well.”

Hulon said the college is exploring the benefits of the modified schedule.

“We’re looking at how it would affect us with recruitment,” Hulon said. “What attention it might generate. Retention is a factor, and we’re looking at all the new opportunities we might would have, as far as hosting events and things we could do with the facilities on Friday.

“There is an opportunity for some savings, but we’re just looking at a more progressive schedule on this campus,” Hulon said. “It does allow more of your commuter campus students to work on Fridays because a lot of our students do hold part-time and some full-time jobs. It also saves them from traveling to campus, so there’s a gas savings. There could be a potential utility savings. After we study this for a little while, there may be some facilities where we don’t have to run the power at full capacity.”

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