This website is intended to provide information to students and the entire college community regarding Southwestern Community College District's move from our current academic calendar consisting of 17.5 weeks each semester to 16 weeks each semester.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
1. When will the compressed calendar be implemented?
The compressed calendar will be implemented in 2015-16, contingent upon negotiations and approval of SWC’s compressed calendar application to the Chancellor’s Office.
2. How will the semester look with a compressed calendar:
Each full term class in the Fall and Spring semesters of our compressed calendar will be 16 weeks long, with 15 weeks of instruction and 1 week for final exams.
First and second session classes will be eight weeks long, with seven weeks of instruction and a final exam in the eighth week.
Currently each full term class in the Fall and Spring semesters is 18 weeks long , with 17 weeks of instruction and 1 week for final exams.
First and second session classes are eight weeks long with the final on the last day of the eighth week.
3. Why is there a block schedule?
The block schedule was developed to allow for greater access to students by minimizing overlaps between classes. This was done by creating common pass times between blocks.
4. Why are the start and end times so ‘odd’ for classes in the block schedule?
When compressing the schedule from 18 weeks to 16 weeks, the class times must be increased in order to assure the class meets for the required amount of hours for the units awarded. This factor as well as the incorporation of common pass times into the block schedule create ‘odd’ start and end times.
5. Is the pre-proto that was sent to the Deans and Chairs on Saturday, 9/20/14, the final schedule for Fall 2015?
No, it is not. Deans and Chairs will have two opportunities to make changes to the Fall 2015 schedule:
• the pre-proto stage of schedule planning (no room changes)
• the proto stage of schedule planning (room changes will be considered)
6. Are there any SWC requirements that must be followed when scheduling for the compressed calendar?
• All lecture sections must follow the established block scheduling, including college hour on Tuesday and Thursday.
• Regarding the schedule of laboratory classes:
• Lab classes are not required to follow the block scheduling pattern, but every effort should be made to do so, e.g. by conforming to the same start or end time as an existing block
• Lab classes may overlap with college hour, if necessary, but every effort should be made to avoid doing so.
7. When will the final Fall 2015 schedule be posted online?
Answer: April 2015
8. Whom should I contact if I have a concern about my schedule in the compressed calendar?
Answer: The Dean of your School or Center
9. Will there be a ‘bump up’ in FTES as a result of implementing the compressed calendar?
If all other factors remain constant, e.g. enrollment, number of sections; it is expected that there will be a slight increase in FTES due to implementation of the compressed calendar. There are two opposing factors that will determine the size of the ‘bump.’ For each face-to-face class, the earned FTES will be slightly larger, but for each online/hybrid class, the FTES will decrease. The net size of the ‘bump’ depends upon the combined effect of these two factors. The calculations are shown below assuming the same enrollment in each case:
• Current Calendar: FTES for a full term 3 unit face-to-face or online/hybrid lecture class with 30 students:
(3.0 hrs/week x 30 students x 17.5 weeks)/(525 hrs/FTES) = 3.0 FTES
• Compressed schedule: FTES for a full term 3 unit face-to-face lecture class meeting twice a week with 30 students:
(3.4 hrs/week x 30 students x 16 weeks)/ (525 hrs/FTES) = 3.1 FTES
• Compressed schedule: FTES for a full term 3 unit online/hybrid lecture class with 30 students:
(3.0 hrs/week x 30 students x 16 weeks)/ (525 hrs/FTES) = 2.7 FTES