Cornell College today announced that it is now offering students a way to hedge against the rising cost of college tuition by joining Private College 529 Plan, a pre-paid tuition savings plan that allows participating families to lock in today’s tuition rates for future use.
The Cornell College Board of Trustees has announced the election of two new members, Bill Haffke ’65 and John Turner ’94, as well as the election of a returning member, Judy Hesler Jorgensen ’60.
Administrative offices will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and reopen on Monday, Dec. 1. Other closings and changes to hours are in the article.
Experiential-based learning activities abound at Cornell College, where One Course At A Time allows for classroom time to incorporate this type of teaching. On a traditional academic calendar, the professor may have 50 minutes three times per week to effectively teach a subject. At Cornell we have up to four hours per day to immerse students in one subject.
Absences, endless mental wanderings, dazing and dozing off, stolen screen time—I frankly don’t see it in my classes. My economics and business students are too busy with hands-on activities, group discussion, solving problems at the board, working with specialized software, or undertaking projects for area businesses. — Professor Santhi Hejeebu, Economics & Business
I recently found myself (as I often do) sitting in a darkened and hushed backstage corridor, speaking with a producer. The academic year was set to begin in a few days, and I had extended the opportunity to work on a special off-campus project to a few students who were returning early to staff events during new student orientation.
I believe that the purpose of college is to give students the experiences they need to succeed in the real world. Cornell College’s academic calendar is ideally suited to this task because it allows students to engage in more real-life experiences than they could under the semester system.
It was 1978. The goal was to create ideas and actions that moved beyond a particular course. But then, right in the middle of my figuring this whole place out, the faculty adopted something called One Course At A Time. Now, why did we have to go and do a thing like that?
The advantages of One Course At A Time are so many and so compelling that I can’t imagine teaching on a semester or quarter plan again. The block plan lets professors it the class schedule to the needs of the class, rather than fit the needs of the class to the schedule.
I love to tell my colleagues at other schools about the One Course At A Time curriculum at Cornell. Often they are skeptical about teaching and learning on such a short calendar, but as I answer them, I get increasingly excited about all the positive aspects of the One Course At A Time curriculum. For teaching geology, this might just be the ideal college schedule.