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Academic Calendar announced for 2011 through 2014

Q2S transition dates set

The approved academic calendar for 2011-12 through 2013-14 has been posted at http://www.ohio.edu/q2s/. Ohio University will transition from quarters to semesters during the time period covered by the calendar.

In January 2010 Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced that she had accepted the recommendation of the deans to adopt a semester calendar consisting of fourteen weeks of instruction and one week of examinations. Within the same recommendation, the deans supported a brief hiatus for Thanksgiving instead of mid-term break, which would have lengthened fall semester, and a four-week break between semesters. The deans’ consideration of a fourteen-week calendar was made at the behest of Faculty Senate.  

The 2011-12 academic year, the final one during which the university will operate on a quarter system, features a shortened eight-week transition summer term in 2012. The term will include two summer sessions, each four weeks long. The first semester term, fall 2012, will begin Aug. 27 of that year.

Highlights of the approved academic calendar include:

•    Eight-week transition summer session in 2012. (June 18-Aug. 11, 2012)
•    Fall and Spring semesters include 14 weeks of classes and one week for exams.
•    Semester Summer Sessions include a total of 14 weeks, with two 7-week sessions.
•    Fall semester start dates are the fourth Monday in August. (Start dates: Aug. 27, 2012; Aug. 26, 2013)
•    Fall semester closes in mid-December, followed by a four-week break between fall and spring semesters. (Close dates: Dec. 15, 2012; Dec. 14, 2013)
•    Spring semester opens in mid January. (Start dates: Jan. 14, 2013; Jan. 13, 2014)
•    Spring semester close dates are in the first week of May. (Close dates: May 4, 2012; May 3, 2013)
•    Spring break is the first week of March. (Spring break: Mar. 3-9, 2012; Mar. 2-8, 2013

The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the university’s transition from quarters to semesters in fall 2008. OHIO is one of 17 public universities and community colleges across the state converting to semesters in accordance with the University System of Ohio’s strategic plan. Three private institutions are converting, as well. Each institution is responsible for determining its process and calendar for the transition. The consistency of academic terms will facilitate the attainment of USO goals, including enhancing the transfer process.