Silliman University in Dumaguete City is adopting a new schedule that makes more efficient the clustering of class hours and provides room for related learning activities, or an extended cost-saving weekend, this school year, its press release said.
The scheme covers four days for classes and one day for related learning activities, from the traditional five days, to maximize free hours between subjects to minimize unnecessary expenses on days when students travel to the campus only for a subject or two, the press release also said.
Scheduling is based on the requirement of the college, and is done without prejudice to the possibility of a subject requiring hours outside the allotted four days for classes.
The related learning activities on the fifth day include convocations, special lectures, college events, and other university-sanctioned initiatives outside class, and will double as a buffer. This means that, in case of special holidays, catastrophes, or campus events taking place in one of the allotted four days for class, the required class hours may still be completed over the five-day week, the press release also said.
The scheme has been a subject of a comprehensive study that considered classroom utilization, savings on the part of the SU, the students and their parents, and the welfare of faculty and staff. It will be reviewed after its first semester of implementation, the press release said.
Meanwhile, an enrollee in the College of Business Administration was accidentally hit by the vehicle driven by an SU employee at Langheim Road in the campus yesterday, the press release said.
The male victim, whose name was not disclosed, was rushed to the SU Medical Center, and his parents informed and are now attending to his needs. The university also notified the police of the incident, the press release also said.
Silliman said it takes full responsibility of the accident, and a review of the internal procedures and related campus guidelines will be made, the press release added.*
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