(Schriever, LA) – Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) now has new 8-week sessions starting Fall 2022 that students are eligible to enroll into now, rethinking the traditional 16-week semester. Classes will look at little different for most students as there has been a careful redesign of the schedule to better assist with academic and student success. Fletcher students will be able to take two classes for eight weeks. Proponents of the eight-week semester brings flexibility.
Fletcher has been able to offer and pilot mini sessions over the past few years and the data from these courses reveal that students maintain better focus and excel during short sessions, leading to less burnout and students have the opportunity to avoid the overwhelming feeling by the demands that come with managing four or five courses at once. The change is expected to improve grades and increase graduation rates as Fletcher has witnessed from the pilot courses previously offered. This change will also provide more enrollment opportunities for adults who are juggling work, family, and other responsibilities.
Additional benefits for students taking 8-week sessions are student are able to get the same # of credits in 8-weeks instead of 16-weeks. Some students may be able to complete more courses each semester than in a traditional 16-week schedule, which will lead you faster to earning your degree! The data has shown students are more successful when they can focus their attention on fewer subjects at one time. By the 9th week of a 16-week course, students start to drop classes, get bored or overwhelmed, or just stop coming to class. Since classes meet more often each week, students spend more time with their professors in the shortened timeframe. For students with more responsibilities like a job and family, focusing on two classes each session fits into their schedule better. You don’t have to wait a full semester to get back on track. If a student is late registering for the Fall 2022 semester; the student does not have to wait until Spring to get back on track. Students still have another option to enroll and register for sessions that might be just 8 weeks later or less.