Year Round Structure for Degree Programs to start July 2008

JP Catholic Board of Trustees has approved the adoption of a Year Round structure for its academic degree programs starting July 2008.

Students will now finish their degree program in 3 years rather than the traditional 4 years.

Commenting on the change JP Catholic President Dr Derry Connolly said 'JP Catholic's mission is to shape innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs at the intersections of communications media, business and theology'. The traditional 'agricultural' model for higher education with its long summer vacations does not support our mission. The long vacation breaks cause a significant loss of learning and are a major disruption to the student business creation process. With the current 'agricultural' model, students spend 2 years learning how to start their business, but the post-sophomore break puts on pause the business ideation and creation phase, while the post-junior year break interrupts the execution phase. This old structure is not conducive to training future entrepreneurs and leaders, creators and innovators in the rapidly changing fields of media, business and technology.

Dr Connolly added 'JP Catholic seeks to invent the future of Catholic higher education. We will lead the charge to a new model that is better aligned with accomplishing our mission. While the summer break can often provide the opportunity for a relevant internship - we are encouraging our students to get multi-year long internships at local San Diego companies.

Sense of Urgency: 'We are developing in our students a sense of urgency for their future. College often delays the transition to 'manhood and womanhood' for our young people. There is an urgency about our dual mission of evangelization and of impacting our culture for Christ.

Future Academic Quarter Structure:

Freshman
Q1
starts Oct
Freshman
Q2
starts Jan
Freshman
Q3
starts Apr
Sophomore
Q1
starts July
Sophomore
Q2
starts Oct
Sophomore
Q3
starts Jan
Junior
Q1
starts Apr
Junior
Q2
starts July
Junior
Q3
starts Oct
Senior
Q1
starts Jan
Senior
Q2
starts Apr
Senior
Q3
starts July

New Structure - Academic Quarters and Vacations:

Quarter Approx Date
Fall - begin October 1
Fall - end December 17
Christmas Break 2 weeks
Winter - begin Jan 2
Winter - end March 23
Easter Break 10 days
Spring - begin April 1
Spring - end June 15
Summer Break 4 weeks
Summer - begin July 15
Summer - end Sept 23
Fall Break 1 week

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