Augustana's Big Switch Next Year

Dec 13, 2018

Semester transition coordinators Gillian Lederman, left, and Jayne Rose at work.

Augustana College students, faculty, and staff are preparing for a big change next year. Starting in the fall of 2019, Augustana will switch from tri-mesters to a semester schedule, matching most other colleges in the nation.

Transition Coordinator, Gillian Lederman, is currently working on the academic side of the process. By tomorrow, all the professors will submit their proposed classes for next year.

"We take like a practice student and we run them through the system.  We build into our schedule the opportunity and time to run simulations, so that we can practice with the students. Whether it's a student going through a billing process. Whether it's a student going through a registration process. So, we're working through that and we usually give ourselves two to three opportunities to run those simulations."

Lederman says the transition process is a group effort. The team has been working with the Student Government Association, Academic Affairs, Billing, Residential Life, and other departments. 

"It couldn't have been done by one department or one group. It really took the entire campus and will take the entire campus to work, rather like cogs, where every single piece depends on the other. And I would say at this point, we're looking forward to September 2019."

Augustana's new semester calendar will begin next September, with full time students taking at least 12 credit hours each semester.