Algoma U senate turns down Block Plan

April 10, 2012

At a special meeting on March 30, Algoma University's senate voted against adopting the Block Plan as the standard delivery for university courses. Algoma U president Richard Myers had proposed the adoption of the one-course-at-a-time delivery format as a way of promoting better retention, more experiential learning, and more study-abroad. "The block plan has a lot of advantages, but I think people here felt that it would be problematic for some of our part-time students and faculty," Myers says. While a strong majority of senators voted against making the Block Plan the institution's standard platform, 55% supported a motion encouraging proposals for the development of block-based programming as an alternative stream in disciplines where faculty think it works well. Algoma U will use the block plan at its new extension operation in St. Thomas, Ontario. Algoma U News Release