All aspects of the academic calendar should be reviewed as specified by Senate Resolution 96. In suggesting improvements, the Committee should build upon the extensive research of the 2010 Calendar Committee. It is especially important for the Committee to address two fundamental concerns that many in the community share about the current calendar:
(1) Breaks and Study Days. Are they optimally positioned from the standpoint of bringing out the best in our students?
(2) Spring Semester Start. Does it make sense to start earlier in order to create more summertime employment and academic opportunities for students?
The analysis of these issues must take into consideration the effect upon faculty and employees. Proposed changes must be well reasoned and (if possible) backed up with scientific data. If Commencement Day is moved, then its impact on families and on related events such as the Convocation must be fully understood.
Broad consultation is essential. The Committee will solicit the concerns and suggestions of
Undergraduate Students (especially via the SA representatives on the Committee)
Graduate Students (especially via the GPSA representative on the Committee)
Employees (especially via the EA representative on the Committee)
Faculty (especially via their Senator(s))
Every Academic Dean
Every Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Every Director of Undergraduate Studies
Local municipalities and school districts
Ithaca College and other nearby institutions
The Committee is also charged with making a recommendation with respect to SA Resolution 46 (Creation of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day).
All modifications to the calendar must respect the economic and cultural diversity of the student population.
Last Updated: June 3, 2017 at 9:15 am