Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Nov. 5, 2009
Sitting in class for an hour and forty minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays may seem like a daunting task for some students. What many students may not realize is that class times weren’t always this long.
In the fall of 1994, Elon College changed from a three-hour credit system to a four-hour credit system after the faculty voted on the change in April 1993. This change was in conjunction with the new General Studies program that was taking place at the time. Some educational departments were forced to rework their entire curriculum, where as others weren’t as drastically impacted by the change.
According to the Nov. 18, 1993 edition of The Pendulum, “Assessment Day,” was held on March 3, 1994, which gave students the opportunity to learn about the transition in the curriculum and meet with their advisers.
With this change, students were expected to take one less course per semester, meaning that students had to take three or four classes per semester, compared to five or six under the old system. The trade-off was that students were in classes for a little bit longer.
The faculty benefited from this change as well. The number of classes they had to teach was reduced and it was supposed to give faculty ability to go more in-depth in certain subjects.