While Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City and the Jersey Shore, the University of Maryland and surrounding area was relatively unscathed. However, forecasts of up to eight inches of rain and wind gusts of 80 miles per hour led the university to cancel two days of classes this week.
When I was an undergrad, no one would’ve batted an eyelash about two days of lost classes. It would’ve meant a few lost 50-minute sessions from a semester’s worth of classes; most professors were nimble enough to adjust and still cover all of the pertinent material. Maybe a guest speaker would be cancelled or a class assignment would be dropped.
But in an MBA program with term scheduling, it’s an entirely different scenario. The loss of two class days from seven weeks of courses means slightly more than 7 percent of class time is lost. We haven’t yet heard if and how classes will be made up, but classes are scheduled to conclude Dec. 13, with final exams the following week, so extending the term seems unlikely.
Thus, it appears the only way to make up the classes would be have to have classes on two of our “off” days: Fridays and Saturdays. I use the term “off” loosely because we often have other MBA-related activities on these days, such as programs through clubs or the Office of Career Services. Not to mention that it will cut into time spent on studying and homework.
Thus, while some of classmates may have been excited to have an extended weekend, I could’ve gone without the two-day reprieve from classes.