What are Tiger Terms?
RIT offers TigerTermSM courses during the Summer and Winter intersessions. Unlike semester courses, they take place in a variety of formats, including three, six, and eight weeks.
Time-shortened courses—also referred to as accelerated, compressed, condensed, and intensive courses—facilitate the completion of educational requirements in an abbreviated format while still requiring the same number of instructional contact hours as traditional length courses (Edgecombe, 2011). At RIT, considers courses offered in fewer than 10 weeks to be "time-shortened."
In studies that have addressing the academic rigor of time-shortened versus traditional courses, there is consensus that time-shortened courses generate comparable and, in some cases, better learning outcomes than traditional length courses (Edgecombe, 2011). There is general agreement that time-shortened courses give students “less time to forget” content and that longer instructional blocks provide opportunities for instructors to vary classroom activities and encourage the development of stronger student–instructor relationships—both of which are assumed to benefit student learning (Edgecombe, 2011).