President Glenda Glover and Tennessee State recently announced that the university will move to a four day class schedule in the Spring of 2015.
Tennessee State University will hold classes from Monday-Thursday, and the offices will be open five days per week. Dr. Glover said this change will allow more time for advising, faculty office hours, and more time for faculty to research in their expertise.
According to My FOX Memphis, “It is the first university in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to condense classes to four days. Institutions that have adopted the change include Southern University in Baton Rouge, and Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi.”
This switch does not mean that TSU students will spend less time in class–in fact, 50 minute classes will be extended to one hour and 20 minutes for each class, according to the university’s website.
From TSU News, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Hardy said, “We have a president who is innovative and always looking for new ways to help our students succeed. The four-day class schedule ad our book bundle effort, which started last semester, are just some of the ways that demonstrate this administration’s commitment to providing an academic environment that promotes student success.”
Chris Attaway, who is President of ACA Ministries, told HBCU Buzz, “In a moment where mentorship is minute, I believe that TSU is moving in a productive direction. I salute Dr. Glover for taking the academic arena from a ‘typewriter–do it if you can’ model to a ‘computer assist and always possible’ praxis.”
Attaway added, “We thank her for her leadership, her covering, and tutelage in this time. We’re praying that the All-wise and Knowing God will continue to lead her in her cutting edge endeavors.”