Classes for fall 2019 will be underway Monday, August 19, signaling the start of the adoption of a new semester calendar. A campus-wide Academic Calendar Task Force studied the semester option in the context of higher education on a broader scale and evaluated the many opportunities that would be possible in a semester, compared to a 10-week term.
“The pace of a four-credit, semester calendar will allow time for enriching activities like extended team projects, intensive and high-quality writing assignments, internships, undergraduate research and community engaged learning experiences,” said Abiódún “G-P” Gòkè-Pariolá, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition, a semester schedule offers more flexibility for study abroad options. Collectively, higher education research shows that these ‘high-impact practices’ help students learn more effectively and to succeed and persist to graduation.”
A new general education curriculum is also under development and will be implemented in fall 2019.
Travel and study opportunities previously conducted in December will be incorporated into a May term and Commencement will be scheduled for early May, starting with the Class of 2020.
“We will provide individual guidance to current students during the calendar transition so they can stay on track with their academic programs and graduate on time,” said Gòkè-Pariolá.