At Concordia, we have developed a new schedule structure to improve our academic and community goals — creating a better learning environment for students.
Above you will see the breakdown of the A-E schedule (click here to see a Google sheet version of all of the schedules). Each day is assigned a letter, to designate the schedule for the day. Click here to see the rotation schedule for the fall semester. This will be updated within 24 hours for any changes. A-E does not always mean Monday through Friday. Please check OnCampus for your schedule.
We are working to address the above goals with the following schedule shifts:
With an 8-carrier schedule students have 8 classes per semester, earning up to 16 total (credits) per year.
This allows for 3 of our goals to be met:
In this schedule, students are given more time for the entire community to eat lunch — more of a business person lunch model.
Also during this extended lunch period, teachers will be providing office hours for students to get the extra help they may need. Depending on academic need, students may be required to attend office hours (during lunch or on B Day mornings).
Students may purchase food from the cafeteria or bring their own sack lunch from home and eat in one of many designated areas on campus. Students may not leave campus for lunch.
Research shows that breaks and downtime are important practices for students. In our schedule, no student will attend more than two consecutive classes without at least a 10-minute break. Also, students who meet specific guidelines and have study hall in their day will be allowed “collaborative” time. There will be places in which they are allowed to study quietly, study in groups, get a cup of coffee or other beverages or snacks, play a game, hang out, unplug, etc, and generally have more control over their own time. Finally, the flexibility within the extended lunch period will allow for multiple ways to recharge the brain.
Focus Time is a dedicated 20-minute period for individual student quiet study following the Koinonia gathering. Students will remain with their Koinonia group during Focus Time. Clubs and activities do not meet during Focus Time, nor is this a time for Office Hours.
This is an ongoing process, and we will continue to answer and address questions and concerns. We have an FAQ available where we have tried to address some of the questions that have already been asked.
If you have questions or comments, please fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/3pvEbRgkpukXyqT32. As we continue to seek and to provide information for the community, this feedback will be very beneficial to the process.