JMU Academic Calendar Planning

Report to the JMU Faculty Senate

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Morgan C. Benton

Goals

  • Compliance with federal financial aid guidelines
  • Provide additional flexibility for students to facilitate timely graduation
  • Generate revenue for JMU
  • Give faculty members additional opportunities to:
    • Innovate
    • Generate income 

Stakeholders

  • Provost's Office
  • Registrar
  • Residence Life
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Aid
  • Business Office
  • Faculty (Senate)
  • SGA
  • Athletics
  • Events & Conferences

HIstory/timeline

  • Piecemeal changes over the last several years
  • Spring 2016: committee formed
  • Summer 2016: several alternative plans developed
  • Fall 2016: plans evaluated, top candidate selected
  • Winter 2016: wider scrutiny of top candidate
  • Spring 2017: gather university-wide feedback
  • May 2017: committee makes recommendations to senior leadership
  • Summer/Fall 2017: develop implementation plan
  • Fall 2018: implementation

Guiding Principles

  • Inclusive Process
  • Meet minimum compliance requirements
  • Balance needs of all stakeholder groups

No Final Decisions Have Been Made

Current

  • 50/75/150
  • 11 MWF timeslots
  • 14~15 weeks
  • No reading day
  • No Labor Day
  • No Winter term
  • 3 4-week Summer terms
  • Friday exams in Spring
  • No Sunday exams

Proposed

  • 55/80/160
  • 10 MWF timeslots
  • 14 weeks
  • Reading day Fall & Spring
  • Labor Day observed
  • 3-week Winter term
  • 4 3-week Summer terms
  • No Fri or Sat exams
  • 2 Sunday exam slots
  • 7:35AM slot MW, WF, MF

Key Changes

Feedback Plan

  • Academic Policies Committee will coordinate and collate the feedback generation process
  • Proposed calendar details to Senators by 2/2/17
  • Units/Programs will discuss during February with goal of providing feedback to APC by 3/1
  • APC will collate and summarize feedback during March
  • Collated feedback presented to Senate at 3/30 meeting for discussion (and action?)
  • Final senate feedback delivered to Academic Calendar Committee by mid-April

Questions?

JMU Academic Calendar Planning

By Morgan Benton

JMU Academic Calendar Planning

This is a report to the JMU Faculty Senate on the current status of efforts to update the JMU Academic Calendar.

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