CSM Introduces 7-Week, Evening Terms to Accelerate Student Completion This Fall

CSM is shifting most courses meeting after 5 p.m. to seven-week mini-term classes. Evening classes draw the largest number of working adult students and the condensed format maximizes students’ time in coursework, allowing students to complete a degree program within 18 months.

Empowers Students to Obtain Business Management AAS Degree

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is meeting the needs of today’s busy students by launching accelerated classes for most evening classes this fall. This new student success initiative builds on students’ abilities to retain greater information within shorter structured time periods. In addition, CSM will offer the entire Business Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program in an accelerated schedule making it possible for students to complete their Business Management degree in 15 months.

Capitalizing on research that shows there are greater benefits in learning outcomes for students, especially working adults, CSM is shifting most courses meeting after 5 p.m. to seven-week mini-term classes. Evening classes draw the largest number of working adult students and the condensed format maximizes students’ time in coursework, allowing students to complete a degree program in about 15 months, according to CSM Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eileen Abel.

“Research shows that students who accumulate more time learning a subject within a shorter period of time learn better,” Abel said. “They are able to retain more of the information. We also know from national data that this kind of acceleration allows students to focus on one or two courses at a time, allowing the student to balance other responsibilities while still being able to complete credit hours toward the educational goal.”

Most of the courses are offered in a hybrid format which combines the traditional face-to-face class contact twice a week with the remainder of the week’s coursework completed online.

The accelerated Business Management AAS degree program will offer three courses at a time in seven-week mini-session term. In the fall, students will attend classes face-to-face on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at La Plata Campus from 5:45 to 8:35 p.m. while also taking one course on the web. In the spring, classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings, with one course on the web.

“We are thrilled to be offering our learners this accelerated degree program,” said Professor Bernice Brezina, chair of the Business, Technology and Public Service Division.

This degree program prepares students who are currently employed as well as those without prior work experience to develop the skills required of managers in a variety of business settings. Beginning courses expand the students’ skills in a number of disciplines, while upper-level courses and electives allow students to specialize to suit their career plans. The electives are pre-selected for students in the accelerated format.

“Shorter terms have been proven to improve success rates, especially for working adults,” CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy confirmed. “It reduces the numbers of variables students are juggling and is much more forgiving should ‘life happen.’”

“Research shows that students who accumulate more time learning a subject within a shorter period of time learn better,” – Dr. Eileen Abel.

Occasionally, an evening course meeting after 5 p.m. will be exempt from the mini-term approach, based on academic needs and evidence for the exception, Abel said. “We encourage students to work with their advisors and their professors to ensure their success in the classes,” Abel said.

Offering robust course options in mini-terms is a best practice of the college’s Guided Pathways design. Additionally, this model mirrors similarly successful accelerated formats that are offered at CSM’s partnering transfer institutions, such as UMUC, Southern New Hampshire University, Odessa College, Morgan State and others.

Becoming familiar with this format while attending CSM can help to ease the transition for CSM’s students transferring to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “Most institutions that cater to working adults use similar compressed formats with great success,” said Murphy.

Learn more about the Business Administration Management AAS Degree Program by visiting the CSM online catalog at https://catalog.csmd.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=23&poid=4077&hl=business+management&returnto=search

Calendar

CSM Open House, La Plata Campus. 5-7 p.m., Aug. 13. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (FA), Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Visitors can learn how to get started at CSM with less debt, meet faculty, learn about financial aid and scholarships, receive transfer information, talk to current CSM students and find out about athletics and other CSM clubs and organizations. Free. https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/campus-open-house-tours/.

CSM Open House, Leonardtown Campus. 5-7 p.m., Aug. 14. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Room 206, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Visitors can learn how to get started at CSM with less debt, meet faculty, learn about financial aid and scholarships, receive transfer information, talk to current CSM students and find out about athletics and other CSM clubs and organizations. Free. https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/campus-open-house-tours/.

CSM Open House, Prince Frederick. 5-7 p.m., Aug. 15. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Visitors can learn how to get started at CSM with less debt, meet faculty, learn about financial aid and scholarships, receive transfer information, talk to current CSM students and find out about athletics and other CSM clubs and organizations. Free. https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/campus-open-house-tours/.

 

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