CSUSB's transition to the semester system in the midst of a pandemic has brought upon mixed feelings. As the fall semester comes to an end, a professor and a few students share how they endured the transitions. Brandon Johns, a full-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, sees semesters as something he will have to get used to. Johns says, “I like quarters because I like the quicker pace of a 10-week term.” Because of the added five weeks, Professor Johns has found himself having to assign more homework, causing him to be swamped with grading. Along with the added weeks, the transition to online has been a challenge for him to keep students engaged and interested in the course … [Read more...] about Opinion: Looking back on CSUSB’s transition to semesters
The Q2S change is happening in less than six months, and it can be intimidating if you don’t have the correct information. Students worry about not being able to finish on time or taking classes that they shouldn’t need to. Departments set up their own criteria, but as far as general education goes, everyone will have to follow the same requirements. Dr. Craig Seal, who is the former dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, spoke about the advantages of teaching on a semester system based on his experience with both approaches. “Quarters are so fast. When you get in and you miss a week because something happens, all of a sudden you’re failing a course and there’s no chance to … [Read more...] about A Q2S Guide
By Josh Adamson |Staff Writer| I am celebrating CSUSB's imminent switch over from quarters to semesters. The change cannot happen soon enough. The quarter system is an archaic, compressive and needlessly dense approach to the organization of higher education. Quarters represent a dying way of scheduling the academic year. Only 14.7 percent of universities use the quarter system, while 71.2 percent use semesters, according to an article by Inside Higher Ed. The same article also notes that the number of colleges that utilize the semester system increased from 62 percent to 70 percent between 1990 and 2001. Such findings are not surprising in light of the benefits of … [Read more...] about Quarters are going away. It’s about time.
By Luz Hernandez |Staff Writer| In a recent press conference held Feb. 6 in Long Beach, the California State University system introduced incoming Chancellor Timothy P. White as he discussed issues and proposed solutions that affect the CSU community. At the conference, White revealed how he intends to use proposed budget money on new technology that will lead students effectively through problematic courses across all 23 CSU campuses. The budget money was proposed by Governor Jerry Brown after Californians voted yes on Proposition 30. White said he plans to use the million dollar investment on online education which will help get rid of what he called “bottleneck” courses. His … [Read more...] about CSU Chancellor ready to make change