Bevill State introduces 'minimester'

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 9/19/18

Bevill State Community College has unveiled a "minimester" to increase enrollment and provide flexibility for educational opportunities.The 10-week term will begin Wednesday, Sept. 26, and offer five …

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Bevill State introduces 'minimester'

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Bevill State Community College has unveiled a "minimester" to increase enrollment and provide flexibility for educational opportunities.

The 10-week term will begin Wednesday, Sept. 26, and offer five courses — English composition, fundamentals of oral communication, general psychology, microcomputer applications and music appreciation. All of courses will be online.  

BSCC Director of Public Relations Tana Collins said the minimester is in response to examining data trends that showed many students were beginning the registration process online but not finishing.   

"The five courses that are being offered are the top courses these potential students selected," Collins said. "In addition to our general marketing campaign for the fall online minimester, we are reaching out to this group of individuals in an effort to complete their enrollment for these courses."

Collins added that the college sees the minimester as an opportunity to increase enrollment. She said an enrollment increase is especially important, considering the Alabama Community College System is now on an Outcomes Based Funding Plan and the production of credit hours impacts funding.

So far, the college has received a positive response about the minimester concept.

"On social media, there have been comments from currently enrolled students stating that they now realize they could handle a little more coursework and plan to enroll in one of these online courses to complete another core requirement," Collins said.

People that apply must be accepted as a Bevill State student; however, full-time enrollment is not required to take one of the courses. 

Registration for the courses is Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 25. To register, call 800-648-3271 and speak to the Office of Student Services.

In addition to the minimester, Bevill State is promoting their new online college catalog that can be viewed at https://catalog.bscc.edu/.