June 15, 2007
By Elizabeth Boyle
After seeking campuswide input, modeling the costs and investigating experiences at other universities, the Task Force on the Academic Calendar and System is preparing a report that will summarize its findings.
The committee, which will make recommendations about quarters versus semesters as well as when classes should begin and end, is expected to submit its report to President Roderick J. McDavis in August.
"This is a complex issue, and the committee members have been working very hard to make sure that we consider all of the important questions," said Phyllis Bernt, the committee's chair.
Those questions range from how a possible change to semesters could affect faculty workload to which system fosters curricular excellence for the most disciplines. This summer, the committee will analyze data brought in to help find answers.
In addition to investigating experiences at other institutions that either decided to switch to semesters or stay on quarters, several subcommittees modeled the calendar and system's effect on faculty workload and students' time to graduate. They also talked with various functional areas such as the Office of the Bursar to learn how the calendar and system affects what it does and gathered opinions of faculty, staff and students through online surveys and open meetings.
After analyzing the data, the group will determine its recommendations and compile the report.
Data from the surveys of faculty, students and staff, open meetings, and other information that the committee collected, will be made available at www.its.ohiou.edu/calendar as the committee develops its recommendations.
To send comments or questions to the committee, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.