One way to cope with dramatically increasing student populations could be a switch from a quarter system to semesters, Southern Utah State College officials say.
"It appears a semester calendar would provide a number of advantages to students and faculty," said SUSC provost Terry Alger.The college's student population is expected to exceed 3,500 this fall quarter, a record for the four-year school. The college had only 2,950 students registered for the 1988 fall term.
Both the dean's and president's councils have endorsed the switch, Alger said, and now "the SUSC Faculty Senate will be reviewing the semester concept during the coming month."
A study commissioned by the college determined the change would save SUSC money on registration, reduce the cost of book purchases to students, and hike the pay for faculty, who would work for at least 10 months instead of nine.