Wayland releases revised schedule for 2002-03 school year

The school calendar at Wayland Baptist University's Plainview campus will look a little different than it has in years past.

The university is doing away with the January microterm it has offered for many years, opting to move that three-week term to May, after the spring semester has ended. According to Dr. Glenn Saul, vice president for academic and graduate services, the decision was made for several reasons.

"It's a lot of dead time for students who don't take classes in January," he said, adding that many students went home but didn't have time to get a job during the break. "Since we were starting (the spring semester) later, it made it difficult for students who were getting summer jobs or going on mission trips, because we were getting out later than most schools."

Saul added that moving the mini-term - often called "May-mesters" by other colleges who offer them - to the summer made it easier to encourage special trips and experimental classes, which were often hard to negotiate in the winter months. He also noted that the athletics department favored the change because it meant having the full student body on campus during January, a heavy season for Wayland's basketball teams.

The change will not alter the remainder of the school year schedule. The fall 2002 term begins Aug. 28, with registration offered on Aug. 27 for new or returning students. That term ends Dec. 20, with the spring term picking up on Jan. 15 and ending on May 10. Registration for the spring term will be held Jan. 12. The Maymester will be held May 12-30. The traditional three summer terms will follow beginning June 2, June 23 and July 14.

Students wishing to enroll for the fall term who have not been admitted to Wayland should contact the Office of Admissions at 291-3500 in order to complete the necessary admissions procedures prior to registration on Aug. 27.