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Colleges extend spring term over snow days

Three colleges in the region, all community colleges, have extended their spring semesters because of snow days this winter.

The College of Southern Maryland has lengthened its spring semester a week to May 12; graduation activities are rescheduled to May 19 and 20. Weather forced closures the weekend of Jan. 30 and Feb. 5 to 11.

Howard Community College has extended its spring term by one week, to May 21, to compensate for a week of snow closures.

Anne Arundel Community College has also extended its spring term by one week, to May 23.

An informal survey found no other school lengthening its academic year. Evidently, rescheduling a graduation ceremony -- and a graduation speaker -- is not an easy thing. I wonder how faculty make up for the week or so of missed classes?

Maryland's K-12 schools, facing the same dilemma, decided to make do with a shorter school year. D.C. schools have cobbled together a schedule fix.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  March 11, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration , Community Colleges , Pedagogy , Public policy  | Tags: College of Southern Maryland, Howard Community College, snow days  
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