It’s Midnight: Are you in Class?

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As midnight approaches, college students are sleeping, socializing, or partying.  Perhaps students could be doing other things but for some community college students, they’re in class—that’s right, class.  Sounds interesting, but some colleges are have begun offering midnight classes.   

For those colleges participating, class begins at midnight.  The idea started at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston when a professor voluntarily offered to instruct a midnight course.  The midnight classes would help alleviate students’ stress between cramming work, and school into daytime, plus, it helps with campus population, according to an article published by USA Today.     

At Bunker Hill, the campus can accommodate 2,500 students—it has 13,000 enrolled.  “We found out there are many more folks than we’d imagined in the Boston area who are working third shifts.  It’s a population that we didn’t know exist,” said Bunker Hill President Mary Fifield told The New York Times in an article published in 2011.  Today, according to its website, there are six courses—writing, elementary Spanish, history, and social sciences which actually start at 11:45 p.m. and end at 2:30 a.m. Baltimore County Community College (Maryland) is another east coast school with the offering.  For other schools—not so interested like Davidson County Community College (North Carolina), according to it’s website.

Here at NYIT, the latest class according to the online course catalog concludes at 10 p.m.  Midnight courses have mixed reactions by students, and faculty, as do most colleges.  David Hogsette, NYIT Associate Professor of English questions financial issues with holding late night classes.  “Certain buildings would need to remain open, and you would have to pay for security staff to be available during that time,” he said.  “Electricity, and heating costs would increase disproportionately to the number of students taking these courses.”  Professor Hogsette says he recommends online courses, where students can log onto the Blackboard operating system anytime, anywhere, day, or night.  Professor Felisa Kaplan agrees.  “Apparently the students are quite unhappy, and tired as the class progresses into the late hours,” she said.  “I would suggested that a better option is to offer more online courses so that students can take at least some of their classes at night, or whenever it is convenient for them.”

Communication Arts student Malina Makuma believes the architecture students, and medical students around campus would benefit from a late night class.  “It may be a good exercise in dealing with odd shifts in the medical field,” Makuma said.   “I am definitely a night person, and I do find myself doing work around that time, but I’d like to be on the sofa with my laptop, and a cup of tea instead of being in a classroom.” Student Julia Choi suggests the human body needs to rest during the night.  “It doesn’t sound like a normal schedule, and I think they shouldn’t do that because it’s just not good to overwork a person,” Choi said, a problem she’s managed to avoid.

Professor Adele Deerson, a professor for over 43 years, says that most students aren’t capable of learning at midnight.  Professor Deerson taught courses from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the past, and found “that most students are lethargic, and tired,” she said. As interesting as it sounds to get your work done overnight, if you do end up taking a midnight class, bring some snacks, and an extra large coffee.  

 

 

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