On Sept. 21, the University Council approved a modification to the fall semester 2017 academic calendar, which would change the first day of classes from Thursday, Aug. 10, to Monday, Aug. 14. Classes would end Tuesday, Dec. 5, instead of Dec. 4. The council’s proposal has gone to President Jere W. Morehead for approval.
The proposal came from the Educational Affairs Committee to address concerns about early semester start dates, which can conflict with students’ summer jobs, internships and other experiential learning opportunities.
The council voted to refer a separate proposal for spring semester 2018, which had originated from a faculty petition, to the Educational Affairs Committee for consideration as it undertakes a more in-depth review of the entire academic calendar for spring, summer and fall semesters.