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University Academic Calendar Committee
The calendar committee met as a whole in person twice (September 12 and April 4) during the 2011-12 academic year. The committee considered one item of business this year: the possibility of a fall break. This item continued a discussion that the committee began last year. An undergraduate student government resolution in February 2012 and a graduate student resolution in April 2012 passed in favor of a fall break reinforced the committee’s interest. The committee began investigation of the feasibility of such a break by:
- Checking with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to inquire about a waiver to the Common Calendar start date so that we might shift the calendar forward.
- Checking with Division of Housing and Food Service about the timing of summer residence closure and fall residence opening to see if we might shift the calendar forward.
- Meeting with student leaders Kori Rady and Bekah Thayer, sponsors of the student resolution, to understand their desires with respect to timing and length of a fall break.
- Receiving from committee member Shelby Stanfield mock-ups of fall calendars through 2019 to investigate issues of timing.
- Via individual emails sent on May 9, 2012, beginning discussions with relevant campus stakeholders (associate deans of schools, Staff Council chair, the heads of campus IT and security, and so forth) to determine the potential impact of such a change on their units. See Appendix A (C-2).
The committee intends to finalize these discussions with relevant campus stakeholders by early fall of the 2012-13 academic year. At that point, we expect to either drop the matter (too many significant negative impacts) or come forward to the Faculty Council with legislation in the fall semester (impacts appear manageable).
The committee voted for Diane Bailey to continue as chair for the 2012-13 academic year.
Diane Bailey, chair