Revamping the Semester System
Albany Technical College Takes a Simple but Bold Approach

Beginning Fall 2019, the semester system will be modified to two seven-week academic terms that have been labeled “Success Terms” or “7 + 7 Semesters.”

This new approach creates six entry points during an academic year when students can start classes, rather than the three currently available in the traditional semester format. The shortened format will allow students to take classes and earn credits more frequently, while giving them fewer classes to focus on per seven-week period. Albany Technical College is making a bold move to ensure success for its students. Starting in the fall of 2019, the current semester system will be modified to two seven-week academic terms that have been labeled “Success Terms” or “7 + 7 Semesters.” Compressed Schedule Format for Fall and Spring Semesters

Albany Tech will be the first TCSG institution to switch over to this approach, which creates six times during an academic year when students can start classes, rather than the three entry points available in a traditional semester format. 

The shortened format will allow our students to take classes and earn credits more frequently while giving them fewer classes to focus on per seven-week period.  Students will never be too far away from the next set of starting classes.

Research shows that the new format can improve student performance with fewer subjects to focus on per seven-week period; increase the number of credit hours a student can earn per time period; and provide employers with employees more frequently each year.  

If the number of courses that a full-time student is taking is reduced at any given time, and there is an increase the number of block terms per year, then this creates a system where student success is likely, and the College will have more students taking full-time credits each semester.  This will generate a win-win environment for students, the College, and employers in the community.

In the conventional semester system, a non-traditional student might be managing multiple jobs, family responsibilities, and taking four or even five classes but with the new system, the course load will be lowered to two classes, making life more manageable. 

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