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Accelerated Program Frequently Asked Questions

Several undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in an accelerated format. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about our accelerated format degree programs. For more questions about accelerated programs, contact your admission counselor. (Current students can contact their academic adviser).

How often do accelerated courses meet?

Accelerated courses meet in five 8-week terms each year. An accelerated course meets for 8 weeks rather than the traditional 15-week semester. Courses meet one night a week or on a Saturday morning. Accelerated course content is the same as a 15-week course. This means that even though time spent in the classroom is reduced, the material you are expected to learn is not reduced. You are responsible for independent learning outside the classroom. It is important to Mount Mary University that the integrity of the course is not diminished because the delivery of the course is different.

When does my accelerated course start?

The start date of your course will be listed on your class schedule. Log into MyMountMary to get a copy of your schedule. If your course begins in August (Term 1) or January (Term 3) it begins before the regular semester. You are responsible for knowing when your course begins.

Is there an add period for accelerated classes?

Eligible students may register for an 8-week or Saturday accelerated course up to the beginning of the first class session. There is no add period once the class begins.

Do I need to do anything before the accelerated course starts?

Yes, you must obtain your textbook and the course syllabus prior to the first class. If you order your book(s) online, make sure to order in enough time to have the book(s) before class starts. Most courses have an assignment due the first night of class or even before the class begins.

Course syllabi are available about two weeks before the start of the first class. You can pick up a paper copy of the syllabus at the Mount Mary bookstore or download a PDF copy by logging into MyMountMary. Under the My Academic tab, click on “E-racer”, and then “All My Courses.” If the course does not appear in your list of “current” courses, choose “future” courses from the dropdown menu. A course does not show up as current until two weeks before the course begins.

How much time will I need to spend on coursework?

The typical rule of thumb for a regular semester course is two hours for every hour of class per week. For an accelerated course, you should expect four hours for every hour of class per week. For example, if you are taking a 3 credit accelerated course, you should expect to have 12 hours of study and homework per week. The amount of coursework varies from class to class. You are spending less time in the classroom, so more responsibility is put on you to handle the independent study workload.

If you are taking more than one accelerated course in a term, it is your responsibility to keep up with your coursework. Taking more than one accelerated course in a term is not an excuse for incomplete or late course assignments.

Will there be group work in my accelerated course?

Yes. Some courses require group work and presentations. You are expected to meet outside of class with your group members.

Do I need to attend all classes?

Yes. Students are expected to attend all classes. If you are unable to attend a class for any reason, contact the professor ahead of time. You are responsible for making up missed work, obtaining class notes and making arrangements ahead of time if you will be missing an exam.

What if I am unable to attend the first class?

Contact your professor as soon as possible to discuss the impact this absence will have. Any assignment due for the first class must be submitted before the class starts.

If you are enrolled in an accelerated course and do not attend the first and second classes, you will be withdrawn from the course, regardless of the impact on your financial aid. Missing the first two classes not only means that you have missed 25 percent of the course, but that you have missed the expectations of the course, explanations of projects, setting up of teams and more.

What if I can only attend half of the class?

If you can only attend half of the class, talk with the professor before the class begins. Professors are required to note when a student is absent, even if it is only for half of the class.

If I miss a class, what effect does that have on the grade I earn?

Each professor sets the grading policy for his or her particular class. It is very common for attendance and class participation to be a component of your total grade. However, if you miss two classes of an accelerated course, the professor, at a minimum, is required to lower your grade one letter grade (e.g. from a B to a BC). This is a requirement of the accelerated program and there are no exceptions. There are no such things as “excused” absences. If class participation is a large part of the grade in a course, your grade may even be lowered more than one letter grade.

Missing half of four different classes counts as two full classes missed. If you miss three classes in an accelerate course, you automatically will earn an F in the course unless you withdraw from the class before the published deadline.

You may drop an accelerated course anytime prior to the start of the second class session and it will not appear on your record. If you withdraw after the second class has begun, but before the seventh session, you will receive a “W” on your transcript. You cannot withdraw after the seventh session has begun.

What if I don’t understand my course assignments?

If you don’t understand your course assignments or are unclear about what is expected, contact your professor immediately. Do not wait until the next time class meets. The professor assumes that you have done your assignments and are prepared for class. You do not have time in an accelerated course to “catch up” next week.

The Student Success Center can help students with tutoring and other academic support services. This is a free service to all Mount Mary students.

What happens if a class is canceled due to the school closing or teacher illness?

It is a requirement of the accelerated program that, if an accelerated class is canceled, the class time must be made up. Your professor will determine a make up night or Saturday with the class during the first class session.