Ohio colleges brace for start of semester schedule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Several Ohio colleges changing their scheduling system from quarters to semesters this year say they're not seeing an expected increase in students taking on heavier workloads so they can graduate before the switch.

The state encouraged schools to adopt semester schedules, but that raised concerns about disrupting students' progress.

Ohio State University suggested that seniors try to squeeze in extra classes or credits before the change this summer, but the registrar says there haven't been significant increases.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/wn1Fnz ) reports that also appears to be true at Ohio University and Columbus State Community College. Those schools start using semesters this fall, as does the University of Cincinnati.

A Cincinnati official says students there are taking more credit hours and the number of expected spring graduates has spiked.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com