November 7, 2003
Academic calendar comments due Nov. 14
by Diana Pounds
As the Nov. 14 deadline for making comments on two academic calendar
proposals draws near, the head of the academic calendar task force says hes
interested in hearing ideas on how to improve the proposals.
The two calendar proposals have drawn nearly equal support from several
hundred faculty, staff and students whove made comments thus far, said Arne
Hallam, economics department chair and leader of the task force that
developed the proposals.
Although we continue to be interested in comments about advantages and
disadvantages of the two proposals, were particularly interested in ideas
for improving the calendar options, he added. Are there ways to improve one
of these calendars to create a beneficial and convenient calendar for a
large portion of our community?
One of the proposals (calendar A) mirrors the current academic calendar. It
includes 15 weeks of instruction per semester, 50-minute and 75-80-minute
class periods, a three-week winter break between fall and spring semesters
and a 15-week summer break between spring and fall semesters.
Calendar B extends class periods by 5 minutes, shortens the semester to 14
weeks, and increases the summer interval to 16 weeks. It also includes a
two-day class break in October and a 10-day optional mini-semester in early
Over the past two months, more than 400 faculty, staff and students have
submitted comments on the two calendar proposals. Comments can be submitted
and viewed through the calendar Web site at
President Gregory Geoffroy is reading all calendar comments and plans to
make a decision on the next academic calendar in mid-December.
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