J Term instruction is done on an off-load basis and in addition to normal teaching loads for the fall and spring terms. Deans and department chairs must sign course proposal forms and confirm the amount of extra compensation, as stated in an e-mail from SMU Provost Paul Ludden sent Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
Established in 2010, the J Term (short for January Term) allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester. In January 2012, the program served 200 students with 34 course offerings from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts.
For more information about J Term, contact Kate Livingston, executive director of Extended Learning, 972-473-3401.