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Academic Calendar Task Force

Item 2021-54


Item 2021-54: Academic Calendar Task Force

At April 6, 2021 Steering meeting, UCUE Chairperson Andrew Corner indicated that he was hopeful that a recommendation from the Academic Calendar Task Force would be submitted by the end of Spring Semester 2021. On April 23, 2021, a faculty member submitted an idea through their faculty senator to have the two or three days before exams be designated as study days. Silvestri forwarded the idea to the Academic Calendar Task Force co-chairs, who explained that the idea had been discussed and rejected previously. On April 29, 2021, UCUE was presented with the task force's draft recommendations. At Dean Jeitschko's request, Corner sought input from the colleges with graduate programs. Final recommendations were submitted to the president and provost on May 14, 2021. Fall Break is scheduled for October 25th, 2021 - October 26, 2021. UCUE Chairperson Gina Leinninger presented on the recommendations at the September 28, 2021 University Council meeting. At the October 21, 2021 ASMSU General Assembly meeting, the provost reported that 1) an annual Fall Break had been adopted, 2) the Fall Semester will begin on a Monday beginning in Fall 2023, 3) the semesters will be balanced inasmuch as the Spring Semester will be five days shorter so that there are the same number of instructional days per semester, with Spring Semesters to end the last week of April (beginning in Spring Semester 2024), 4) ASMSU's request for a break day between the last day of classes and the first day of final exams could not be granted because it would have to fall on the Monday of Exam Week, meaning some students would have to stay an extra weekend, 5) the recommendation to give students Election Day and the day before Thanksgiving off was not granted due to concerns about the balanced calendar.

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