Now Appearing on Saturdays: Broadview-Boise Offers Weekend Class

Published on October 22, 2014 by arothstein

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Composition instructor Tim Davis and his students in Saturday class.

Do you remember how you spent last Saturday morning?

For six Broadview University-Boise students, they spent their Saturday morning in a composition class and learned about the heart of writing. Composition is the first Saturday class to be offered at the campus.

“We have so many students that work 40 hours a week, take classes during the day and have busy evenings, so the Saturday class came about to give them another option for their busy lives,” said Melissa Hawkins, dean of education.

“The Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU) in Salt Lake City, Utah, has offered Saturday classes and had great success with them. This quarter, we’re trying it with composition and seeing how it goes,” Hawkins added.

Students have adapted to spending their Saturday mornings in the classroom.

“Nine in the morning is a hellish hour so I was not happy at first when I found out composition was on Saturday, but I am enjoying it so far,” said Alison Van Engelen, medical assistant student.

Fellow classmate Mystie Weber added, “I was so used to having classes during the week, but having one on Saturday is re-energizing because it changes things up and gives you a new attitude. Its importance sticks out since it’s a once-a-week class.”

“It is a commitment going to class on Saturdays,” said Hawkins. She hopes to offer another Saturday class in the future. “We would not have them every quarter, but if it works this quarter and we receive strong feedback, we’ll try it again.”

Hawkins mentioned that she does what she can to schedule classes when students are available to take them. “Students can request classes with a form. This quarter, six students requested that college algebra be offered on campus.”

In addition to offering composition on Saturday, the Broadview University-Boise campus library is also open on Saturdays this quarter to help students with research and provide writing assistance.

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