Over the past year, Wellesley College has implemented many changes and new rules to manage remote learning and maintain its high academic standards during the pandemic. One of the most popular changes among students and faculty has been the term system, and the administration has heard this loud and clear.
“Students like learning in short, compressed periods of time with little flexibility,” one Dean explained, “so we are excited to announce that for the 2021-2022 academic year, Wellesley will be implementing a two-week system!”
Under the Two Week System, classes would last two weeks and each student would take one class.
“It seems like a lot, but there is no reason to be worried,” an administrator stated. “Students will only take one class that will meet for five hours every day.”
When students expressed concerns about their ability to manage that workload, take exams and write papers, as well as effectively learn material in two weeks, they were assured that this system was designed with their mental health in mind.
The administrator offered further explanation, “While there will be no reduction in the amount of material professors are teaching or a change in our grading system, we know that the two-week system is what’s best for our students and faculty.”
The Artichoke spoke to a student who had just read the email about the new system.
“I’m studying for my 5th exam in seven weeks,” she said, “and I’ve never felt so relaxed! I can’t wait for the two week system. This is truly the college experience I signed up for!”
We are happy to report that her elation was shared by students and faculty across campus.