Missouri western is adding winter classes and changing the time of spring break. Missouri western is allowing students to sign up for winter classes during the winter break. Classes are being offered through Dec. 10 to Jan. 15 with a break Dec. 24 to Jan. 3.
Spring break is being moved back one week later. The change is for additional time in case the school needs to make changes in online classes.
Doug Davenport is the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. Davenport is a part of the decision making behind the winters classes and the change in spring break. Missouri Western has four classes for students to take: General Chemistry, College Writing and Rhetoric, World Geography and Ethics.
“We have four courses that we're offering,” said Davenport. “All of them are courses that are often in high demand as general education courses where we don't have sufficient enrollment. There are also courses that are often used as a prerequisite for other program requirements, and so there are students who may not be able to get into them during the fall semester so this winter session gives them the opportunity to complete that degree requirement.”
Susan Bracciano is a register here at Missouri Western and is one of the people behind registration for classes.
“Taking a class in winter session is not a requirement for any student, however, it does give students an option to complete coursework during a different session than the traditional spring semester class,” Bracciano said. “All winter session classes are 100% online. The credit hours for a winter session class and the credit hours a student is registered in for the traditional spring semester are added together to determine registration status (full-time, half-time, etc.). Grades for winter session classes will not be posted on a student's transcript until the end of the spring semester.”
Spring break is being moved back so Missouri Western can have time for changes with online classes Davenport explained.
“It gives us the additional time,” Davenport said. “If we were to need to make some sort of change in terms of online course offerings versus face to face during the spring semester. For instance, if we had a significant outbreak or if, you know, we had some other circumstances related to the pandemic that required us to move the entire semester online. We would be one week later in the semester. Before we have students leaving for spring break, and breaks in general, these tend to be the times when risks increase because people go in often crowded situations. So our goal is to get more of the semester needed before we would have to run that risk.”