Florida institutions offer "early bird special" classes

March 27, 2012

For about a year, Miami Dade College has offered pre-dawn classes, which one campus official calls "the early bird special." Florida International University also has courses starting at 6 am, while Broward College runs early classes beginning at 6:30 am. At least a dozen US institutions, most of them community colleges, also operate at 6 am. The pattern has been generally the same at these institutions: student demand surged during the market downturn, straining the capacity of already-taxed campus facilities. Operating at unconventional hours was one of the only ways to fit in additional classes. With non-traditional adult students now making up the majority at US PSE institutions, making it easier for these historically underrepresented students to get to class is a good thing. "People go to the gym at 6 am all the time," says an official with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. "There's no reason why you wouldn't go to an intellectual gymnasium at that same hour." Miami Herald