September 12, 2003
Calendar discussion resumes this month
by Diana Pounds
Iowa State's next academic calendar may feature longer winter breaks and
class periods, a shorter semester and a mini-term in January. Or it may look
just like the current calendar. President Gregory Geoffroy will choose
between a new calendar and the status quo in mid-December.
But first he wants to hear more from the campus community about the two
calendars under consideration.
"What are the advantages and disadvantages of these calendar proposals?"
"How can we improve them?" These are some of the questions we need to tackle
over the next couple of months," Geoffroy said.
In addition to seeking input from campus groups, Geoffroy is asking
individual students, faculty and staff to comment on the calendar proposals.
Comments submitted through a Web site will find their way not only to
Geoffroy's desk, but to the calendar task force and an online calendar
"To promote discussion, comments submitted by faculty, staff and students
will be posted to the site," Geoffroy said.
The discussion site is part of an academic calendar Web site that also
includes an FAQ, reports from the Academic Calendar Task Force, and detailed
information about the two calendars under consideration.
An April 2002 Faculty Senate resolution calling for a longer inter-session
between fall and spring semesters prompted Geoffroy to set up a task force
to consider academic calendar changes. Geoffroy asked the Academic Calendar
Task Force also to consider calendar changes that would better meet the
needs of students, faculty and staff and take advantage of such changes in
higher education as new course offerings and new ways to deliver
Led by economics department chair Arne Hallam, the task force developed four
calendar proposals that were submitted to the campus community in the spring
of 2003. Geoffroy subsequently narrowed those proposals to the current two,
after reviewing comments from several thousand faculty, staff and students.
The Academic Calendar Discussion site
includes detailed info on the calendar proposals, an FAQ, a form for
submitting your comments on the proposals and postings of others' comments.
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