WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ask about the idea of year-round schooling to Purdue students and you can expect nearly the same answer.
"I think that's great," said Purdue student Kylie Lowenberg-Deboer. "It will allow more people to get their degrees earlier if they want to do that."
"During the summer, a lot of people lose a lot of the stuff that they learned and it would just help overall in the more real world," said Purdue student Grant Shireman.
"I've been planning on taking advantage of summer schooling, because I just want to get done faster," said Nikola Plavsa.
Year-round school is just one of Purdue President Mitch Daniels' 10 initiatives.
Daniels said there is not time-table as to when trimesters would go into effect, but he hopes to get many of his initiatives going as soon as possible.
Purdue Biology Professor David Sanders said it's something that just doesn't sit well with a majority of professors.
"We are not paid over the summer unless we bring in grant money, for example, to pay for our salaries," said Sanders.
Yet, Daniels said professors shouldn't worry. They'll get paid for teaching for the summer, but that may mean changes for some.
"It might involve changing the nature of contracts, one year versus nine months, that sort of thing," said Daniels.
Daniels said students will have the option to take part in the trimesters, but as far as professors go, it may be a different story.
"Well, these are one of these important details to be figured out and it might be different from college to college, department to department depending on student demand and so forth," said Daniels.
Daniels said the trimester plan would help strengthen the value of a Purdue degree, but Sanders said he doesn't think the plan will benefit professors, or students.
"They're not necessarily going to graduate in fewer semesters, so I'm not sure what the real benefit is to either the student, or to the institution," said Sanders.
Sanders said another reason he doesn't like the trimester idea is because many companies use summer as a time to work on construction projects or renovate campus buildings, while the students are gone.
Yet, Daniels said there's ways to work around that.
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