Algoma U holds conference to debate "Block Plan"

January 28, 2011

Late last week Algoma University hosted a 2-day conference on president Richard Myers' proposed adoption of the "Block Plan," a course delivery format developed by Colorado College and used by BC-based Quest University. (Under the Block Plan, students take one course at a time, with 3 to 4 hours of instruction per day for about 3 weeks, after which they write an exam and move on to the next block.) Algoma U's board of governors chair says "the focus is to grow the institution, becoming larger and more viable." Myers is confident that the Block Plan would actually provide faculty with blocks of research time in each semester, and that it could be implemented within the funding constraints of public universities in Ontario. Sault This Week