This winter’s storm came and went, and so did this quarter. Sure the days off because of canceled classes in January were nice, but are students still reveling in the extra time off? Or has the rush to make up for lost time been overwhelming?
Both students and instructors have shared in the stress of completing course essential work in a timely manner.
“In some (classes), we have had to play a little catch up,” student Brandon Meade said.
Many students have found they are slightly behind in some classes and have had to rearrange their schedules in order to find that happy balance between work and play. Others just buckled down and worked harder than usual to catch up.
For example, Meade has spent more time then usual reading from textbooks. He also has noticed a bit of a hurried cadence to the lectures from his professors. And he’s not alone.
Student Sean Walsh observed two of his instructors working hard in order to meet course requirements while making as few changes as possible.
“She’s still done a good job,” said student Elaina Strus, 18, about one of her instructors.
Not all students have felt the pinch, however. Some professors who take full advantage of modern technology were able to keep on schedule during the unscheduled hiatus
“There was some initial trepidation from students, but because my classes are web enhanced three quarters or more of my students were able to maintain,” professor Kristina Young said. “The only issue I had was with my Great Directors and Tours class because streaming Mean Streets (movie) online didn’t work that well.”
Young had to extend a couple of project dates by a couple of days and made minor adjustments for a few individuals on a case by case basis but seemed to be otherwise unaffected. But not all professors have embraced the all that technology has to offer.
History professor Christopher Vanneson has had to make several modifications to his usual routine. In fact, Vanneson still is trying to play catch up. His students have had to study harder and he decided not to show some documentaries in order to compensate for the loss of class time.
Public K-12 schools are required to make up the days they miss. What if Pierce made that accommodation? Would students do it? Why doesn’t Pierce offer make up days due to weather?
“We talked about it,” Bill McMeekin, executive vice president, said. “We knew we just couldn’t do it, but we talked about whether or not to change drop class dates and refunds dates.”
Colleges don’t schedule extra days during winter quarter because of time constraints. Schedules are made as much as two years in advance. Not to mention that the administration feels too many students would be against making up the time.
“With good planning you don’t need to,” Young said.
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