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Faculty vote reaffirms college's trimester system

April  27, 2012

The Augustana College faculty voted Thursday, April 26, to maintain the college's trimester academic calendar. Faculty members cast their ballots after a three-year process that considered the pros and cons of changing to a semester system.

The final tally was 81-71 with seven abstentions and 19 members not voting.

"The vote by faculty reaffirms the way Augustana College operates and the education we provide to students. The faculty confirmed that the best way to educate our students in the 21st century is under a trimester calendar." said President Steve Bahls.

Dr. Pareena Lawrence, academic dean and chief academic officer, said, "Everyone at Augustana can be proud of the faculty's thoughtful approach, collaborative efforts and willingness to explore opportunities for change."

She said the college now can redirect its efforts and refocus on other ways to improve the student experience and student learning.

Augustana's three-term academic calendar is not common among colleges and universities. The trimester system organizes the academic year into three 10-week terms: fall, winter and spring.  Typically, students at Augustana take three or four courses in each of those terms. Forty-one courses are required for graduation.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
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