The Committee has basically completed its work. The final report is written and is being considered by the Faculty Senate and the Assemblies. We arrived at our recommendations after six months of discussion and interactions with the community. We optimized across the multiple and sometimes diverging views that were expressed in our fall questionnaire ( 1000+ posted comments ) and in our spring survey ( 3000+ responses ).
We formulated two possible Fall calendars (F1, F2) and four possible Spring calendars (S1, S2, S3,S4) :
|Summary||Shows all the options and issues for the busy reader.|
|Fall Calendar F1||2-day Fall break, 3-day Thanksgiving break followed by 9 class days.|
|Fall Calendar F2||2-day Fall break, a 5-day Thanksgiving break followed by 9 class days.|
|Spring Calendar S1||February break delayed by one week.|
|Spring Calendar S2||The February and Spring break are reversed in order and repositioned.|
|Spring Calendar S3||Commencement is two weeks earlier. February and spring break remain.|
|Spring Calendar S4||Commencement is two weeks earlier. February break is cancelled.|
|Study/Exam Periods||Learn more about study days, exam days, and exam slots.|
In the end we created two options that the community will vote on. The Modified Current Calendar is basically F1+ S1 with an expanded orientation period and a modified exam period. The Early Commencement Calendar is basically F1 + S4 with an expanded orientation period and a modified exam period.
Changes to the calendar are not likely to take effect before the 2018-19 school year.
The Academic Calendar Committee has these members, this charge, this timeline, and this outreach plan. We post informal minutes after each of our meetings and invite you to browse through some of the resources that have helped shape our thinking.