Faculty can still review the following calendar options and post their thoughts here
We would like to thank all those who posted comments below. Although there is no substitue for reading through each and every posting (which we did), we have taken the liberty of producing a pair of abbreviated synopses for the busy reader:
A few comments on things we could have made clearer at the outset. (a) The early start calendar was duly considered even though it was not officially listed as an option. (b) It is understood that on-campus instruction will accommodate faculty and students who are in the vulnerable population. (c) The spring semester calendar will be decided in the fall some time so what you see on the various option pages is very tentative.
A very important attribute of a calendar is how class days are distributed over the five weekdays; you want roughly the same number of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday class days. Learn more about how to achieve weekday balance.
Two final points:
- Nothing has been decided. Chances are, the chosen calendar will likely involve some mix of the ideas that are portrayed across the library of options below. Moreover, the online fraction of a given semester may be adjusted if there are local hotspot developments or breakthroughs on the medical front.
- This is not a disguised referendum. It is a search for good calendar ideas and insights that can be used to inform the Committee on Teaching Reactivation Options before they submit recommendations to the President and Provost on June 15.
|Option 0||Normal calendar with everything online.|
|Option 1||Fall starts at the regular time on-campus and then wraps up online after Thanksgiving. Spring starts online at the regular time and switches to on-campus early March.|
|Option 2||Fall starts four weeks later on-campus, then switches to online after Thanksgiving, and wraps up in January. Spring starts end of January online and switches to on-campus mid-March.|
|Option 3||Fall starts two weeks later on-campus, stages an “final-exam-like” week just before Thanksgiving, then switches to online after Thanksgiving, and wraps up in December. Spring starts at the regular time online, then switches to on-campus early March, and wraps up in usual way one week later than normal|
|Option 4||Same as Option 3 except the Fall semester is split into a pair of half-semesters. The first starts just after Labor Day, is entirely on-campus, and ends with an exam period late October. The second half-semester begins shortly thereafter and switches to online after Thanksgiving.|
|Option 5||Same as Option 3 except the Fall semester is split into an 11-week module and a 5-week module. The former has on-campus final exams. The latter is online after a 2-day on-campus start. Students would take 3 or 4 courses in the first module and just one course in the second. A course offered in either module must be taught at an accelerated pace so that it “looks like” the normal 14-week version.|
In deference to the many posters who brought it up, this is what an early start fall semester would look like. The idea is to have campus instruction the whole way through wrapping up final exams before Thanksgiving. No breaks. The first day of class would be August 12 instead of August 27.