Universities: Trimester's Tribulations

Dividing the college year into three parts is beginning to look better on paper than in practice. Four years ago Florida, in hopes of handling more students without a big expansion, became the first and only state to adopt the trimester statewide. Last week, bowing to professorial discontent and the wishes of Governor Haydon Burns, Florida decided to drop it.

The major complaint of faculty members at the five Florida campuses was that they could not cram their previous 16-week semester courses into the 14-week trimesters without shortchanging students. "Education is not a 60-yard dash—it should be approached and savored," said...

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