AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron will eliminate nearly all Friday classes starting this fall.

The school announced the new schedule on Wednesday. Officials say the move to four class days will open up opportunities for work experience, internships, research and other activities.

University president Matthew Wilson says the move will not cut down on total classroom time. Many classes currently taught in 50-minute sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be switched to a two-day schedule with 75-minute classes. Alternatively, Friday classes could be moved to Thursday.

Officials have been considering the move since last fall. A survey of students found support for the idea.