SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island will launch its inaugural “mini-semester” January term this winter at its Kingston and Providence campuses.
The “J Term” will run from Jan. 2 to Jan. 17, during the break between fall and spring semesters, and will offer undergraduate- and graduate-level on-campus, online and travel courses.
According to Provost Donald DeHayes, the J Term will provide students with a full spectrum of academic opportunities, ranging from getting a chance to complete a prerequisite before the spring semester, to catching up on a needed general-education course, or enjoying the prospect of traveling the world to learn new subject matter.
The concept of a new winter term began two years ago when a group of faculty proposed the idea of creating new educational opportunities for students over the winter session. Developed by Dean Libutti, URI vice provost for enrollment management and a collaborative team of faculty and staff from across the institution, the rollout of the Winter J Term concept was officially announced to faculty members last May.
Registration opened Oct. 28 for all students and all course levels. Courses will be open for enrollment through mid-December, with travel registration ending Nov. 15. •