Why compressed mini semesters accelerate completion

By Audrey Wilson

In the traditional community college academic calendar, students face barriers that can slow or even stop their progress toward completion. Minor issues like a malfunctioning car or severe problems like losing a job can all cause a student to withdraw from the semester.

In our most recent publication, Preventing Early Attrition, we profiled Trident Technical College’s decision to restructure the academic calendar into mini semesters to accelerate student progress toward completion. In the new mini-semester model, full time students take two compressed courses per each seven-week mini semester instead of the traditional four or five courses simultaneously during one semester.

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