CNC is introducing a new scheduling system designed to make life easier for students taking university courses at the college.
Beginning this September, about 90 per cent of the university studies courses will use "balanced scheduling," school officials said Tuesday, to give students a better chance to balance life and work commitments with their education.
"Students told us they wanted the same times for their classes - for example 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday - so it was easier for them to plan other commitments around their schooling," said CNC School of University Studies and Career Access dean Chad Thompson said. "Our registrar, Dale Grundman and his staff, listened to students and worked hard to create this new scheduling model."
The change took some cooperation from faculty, Thompson said.
"The shift required agreement among faculty across different subjects and programs," Thompson said. "Although some scheduling oddities remain because of things like lab requirements and practicum placements."
CNC students paid the fourth lowest tuition in B.C. for a full year of arts programs last year, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Advanced Education. The report shows CNC students paid $2,421 on average for a full year of Arts tuition in 2012/13, which is $1,145 less than the provincial average.
"CNC has long been one of the best values for your educational dollar in B.C. and now it will be more convenient as well," CNC communications manager Annette Stevens said.