From January 2-25, 2014, Miami University will offer its first academic winter term, a short period between fall and spring semesters, to offer a variety of additional learning opportunities to students.
Students will be able to choose from a variety of courses on all campuses, as well as online or abroad. Some offerings, including study abroad trips and other field experiences, may begin prior to Jan. 2. The winter term is an optional term; students are not required to register and may opt to take a longer winter break between semesters.
Miami will be the only public university in Ohio to offer a short winter term. Taking classes in January can help students progress toward graduation, reduce course load in another term or provide an opportunity to work toward a minor. Among the classes available this first winter term are Miami Plan courses and upper division offerings across all academic divisions based on student-identified need and interest.
Students who enroll in a winter term course on Miami's Oxford campus will be able to live on campus.
Miami’s fall and spring semesters will run 15 weeks and start one week later than past years. Sprint courses of six-weeks, eight-weeks and 12-weeks during the fall and spring will not start until the second week of each semester and will now include a final exam week. Summer term sprint courses will include four-week, six-week, eight-week and 12-week course options.
Miami University conducted a survey of students last fall asking what kinds of classes they would like to see in the new 2014 winter term.
“Results of the first survey as well as a follow-up survey this spring are helping the divisions develop the most ideal offerings to appeal to a broad spectrum of students,” said David Sauter, university registrar, a member of the Academic Calendar Implementation Committee.
Final plans are being developed for both the course offerings and registration timing, slated for mid-summer, to help students coordinate their fall 2013 and winter 2014 terms.
Many documents with details such as scheduling policy and academic calendars are linked off the online academic calendar implementation site. Miami will share updates with students at #MiamiOHWinter on Twitter.