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Friday, January 26, 2018

University Of Akron Eliminates Friday Classes

AkronPress Release, 'Five-Star Fridays' to be Devoted to Career Development Activities:

University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson today announced UA will move toward implementing an innovative class schedule this fall to better prepare and serve students.

The schedule is unique to universities in the area, as it will enable most students to focus on classes Monday through Thursday and then participate in practical, career-focused experiences on Friday. In conjunction with this initiative, UA will look to continue enhancing its weekend, online, and evening scheduling as well.

The new initiative – composed of a “Five-Star Friday” and “Four-Day Core” scheduling – is intended to give as many students as possible opportunities each Friday to participate in cooperative education, gain practical work experience, and engage in internships, co-curricular activities, research, lab work, community service, advising, tutoring and more without worrying about scheduling conflicts.

Students also will be encouraged to use Five-Star Fridays to attend special events, collaborate with faculty and peers, and take advantage of expanded academic counseling, tutoring, career fairs and other career services. As a result, students also can have three days of concentrated time to prepare for classes, engage with study groups, and participate in meaningful study and research.

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Comments

I think of late Akron has been attempting to promote itself as a locus of practical learning and that the idea of changing the name of the institutions to 'x Polytechnic Institute' was bruited about at one point. This is consistent with the idea that Akron's students are assumed to be working at any one time, working a considerable schedule, and, perhaps, developing trade skills as well as just earning wages.

Ohio's system is somewhat overbuilt and it's census is oddly distributed given the state's settlement patterns. One of the oddities is having two doctoral institutions in one 3d tier city (albeit a 3d tier city in commuting distance with Cleveland and Canton). Functionally differentiating Akron and Kent State makes a certain sort of sense.

Posted by: Art Deco | Jan 26, 2018 6:00:57 AM

Race to the bottom . . .

Posted by: AnonProf | Jan 26, 2018 8:32:15 AM

Quote: As a result, students also can have three days of concentrated time to prepare for classes, engage with study groups, and participate in meaningful study and research.

Yeah, and the cynic is me would add that this means the "concentrating time" of partying will start on Thursday night rather than Friday.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jan 26, 2018 8:58:30 AM