Changes in College Term Schedules
A trend toward year-round schooling, with a one-month rather than a three-month summer vacation, appears to be shaping up in higher education. Dozens of colleges and universities have revised their academic calendars to permit students to carry a full schedule of courses for 11 months a year—or to attend the usual number of weeks and take the long vacation in autumn, winter or spring instead of only summer. The country's elementary and secondary schools have not gone so far, but interest in their year-round operation is increasing and a growing number of high schools have expanded traditional summer programs. All levels of American education are affected by the same pressures: rising enrollments, limitation of funds for expansion, and popular clamor ...