Genesee Community College Launches Innovative ‘Sunday College' in January 2011

Genesee Community College will launch “Sunday College,” a new academic initiative that will make college courses available on Sundays at Genesee’s Batavia Campus for the first time, in January 2011, Associate Vice President and Dean of Math, Science and Career Education Michael S.

Genesee Community College will launch “Sunday College,” a new academic initiative that will make college courses available on Sundays at Genesee’s Batavia Campus for the first time, in January 2011, Associate Vice President and Dean of Math, Science and Career Education Michael S. Stoll reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The course schedule will be designed so that students can complete an Associate’s Degree in General Studies in as little as 16 months, Dean Stoll said. The Sunday courses will follow a “modular” schedule, with each course running for an eight-week period. To accelerate degree completion students can combine Sunday classroom courses with four-week distance learning courses.

Students who enroll for any combination of four eight-week courses over a semester achieve full-time status and may qualify for full financial aid, Dean Stoll noted.

The Sunday courses will be especially helpful to men and women who have family and work responsibilities that prevent them from attending classes during the week, Dean Stoll said. However, any student may register for the courses.

Courses offered during the Mod 1 of the Spring 2011 semester (January23 to March 13) include Introduction to Computers (CIS102), World Civilizations 1 (HIS101), and College Composition (ENG101). Mod 2 courses (March 20 to May 15) include Career and Educational Planning (CEP101), English Communications 2 (ENG102), and Human Biology (BIO102). Courses will meet in one of three blocks, 9:00 to 11:45 a.m., 12:00 noon to 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 to 5:45 p.m. Additional courses will be added in future semesters, Dean Stoll said.

The Batavia Campus Library is already open from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sundays, giving students the opportunity to use reference materials or check out materials. All courses will be offered in the College’s Conable Technology Building and “D” Wing, so staff will not need to open all Batavia Campus buildings.

Faculty and staff studied weekend college programs at other community colleges, and discovered that Sunday courses are popular with many students – often more popular than Saturday courses. “We are very pleased and excited about Sunday College,” Dean Stoll told trustees. “It will fill a need in our communities, and bring higher education to more residents.”


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