An inside look at 7-1-7

What is the 7-1-7 model all about?

The 7-1-7 semester schedule is about improving student success. Each term is 15 weeks overall, made up of 7 weeks of instruction, a one-week break and another seven weeks of instruction. There is a break between each term as well.

Why is the College adopting this format?

7-1-7 was a key recommendation from the College’s Retention Committee, dedicated to ensuring our students succeed through to graduation. The Retention Committee consulted experts and researched post-secondary institutions that had the highest retention rates. What did they find? Those with the highest retention rates used 7-1-7.

Why does it make such a difference?

The most critical time for student retention is during first six weeks of a program. Because the 7-1-7 model includes a break for students after the first seven weeks into a program, students who are struggling will have an opportunity to obtain extra help with their academic challenges. Students who have trouble adjusting from being away from home will also have an opportunity to visit home sooner.

7-1-7 also enables the College to deliver its courses consistently, regardless of the term or start. Programs that begin in January or May will no longer have condensed deliveries.

Which programs and courses will follow 7-1-7?

All post-secondary evening courses and Part-Time Studies credit courses and most post-secondary programs will follow 7-1-7.

Which WILL NOT follow 7-1-7?

Ontario Learn courses, some apprentice programs, academic upgrading and programs with different semester lengths, such as Golf Management and Culinary, will continue to follow a slightly different format. Check the key dates document for specific programs.

How will 7-1-7 affect faculty vacations?

As always, vacation time will continue to require approval at any time of year.

Full-time faculty during the Spring-Summer Semester will be allowed one of two 43-day vacation periods from May-June or July-August.  Differentiated vacation periods may be implemented in program areas where it supports student learning.

During Fall or Winter semesters, a faculty member’s ability to take vacation will be determined by what they teach and the available resources that support teaching delivery.

There are 36 weeks of teaching that can be assigned through the SWF process. Break week can be used as a teaching week, a non-SWF week, or a vacation week when it is approved.

How will 7-1-7 affect program delivery?

Courses may be delivered in seven- or 14-week formats (where appropriate and when scheduling allows). They will not be delivered during a compressed seven weeks when not appropriate.

No changes to curriculum are anticipated.

Will there still be an exam week?

There will no longer be an exam week with a separate schedule. Evaluations must be completed by the last day of classes.

When evaluations are longer than scheduled class periods, courses will need to be scheduled to accommodate the required time blocks in the final evaluation week. Faculty also have the option of allowing exams to be written in two parts (for example, if a three-hour test is needed and the course isn’t scheduled into a three-hour time slot for that term, it can be written in two hours one period, then one hour in another.)

Can the same exam be administered if a course has multiple sections taught by different faculty members?

To prevent academic misconduct or unfair advantage, different sections must write different exams.

What about mid-term assessments?

They must be done in every course, but the timing may be adjusted to fit with the course material and delivery. Check with the Registrar’s Office for key dates.

How will it affect grade entry deadlines?

For courses in seven-week formats, grades will be due after the completion of the course. Specific dates will be identified in revised Key Dates.

Courses in 14-week formats will have due dates for grades similar to past practices.

Will the last day to withdraw without academic penalty change due to 7-1-7?

The date will depend on the length of the course. Check the Registrar’s Office for Key dates to accommodate seven-week deliveries.

Will faculty-team curriculum development meetings and other work to be done before the next term be impacted?


Will courses with internships or placements be affected?


I have a 10-month staff position. Will I be affected?

Programs that begin in January will run longer due to a full 14-week spring term. This may extend some positions as required.



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