Central Washington University Considers Changing Academic Calendar Year
ELLENSBURG, WA.--As students at Central Washington University take their last finals for fall quarter, they're being asked to think about changing up their academic calendar year. Switching from quarters to semesters. "I like the way that our quarters are spaced throughout the year, and I like the opportunity to take three sets of classes rather than just two," said CWU Student, Alex Lauer. "80 percent of the student body came out and said that we're not interested in converting to a semester system," said Bryan Elliott, CWU Student Body President. "Going into it we kind of expected that students would be opposed to it just because people are naturally adverse to change." Elliott helped coordinate the survey and received around 1,700 responses. A large majority oppose the switch to semesters. Elliott said not being able to take as many classes is a big reason behind the student opposition. "What a lot of students are talking about is class variety, which totally makes sense to me as a student here because if you go to a semester system you really only get two chances in the year," said Elliott. Of course, there were some "yes's" mixed in with the "no's." Elliott said some students like the idea because semesters would allow more time to learn the material and bump up graduation day to May. "If you're graduating in May you get a month head start of all your peers in finding a job so there's definitely some benefits in semesters," said Elliott. "We're trying to get the whole comprehensive picture." Faculty members asked for the survey as part of a research effort. CWU Administrators said this is all very preliminary and if changes were ever made down the road, it would take many years to complete.