FA president says time increment changes have not been determined for academic calendar change
Faculty Association President Laura Frey said it is yet to be determined if time increments for classes would increase with a 15-week calendar.
The academic calendar committee did not address that topic, and it is not a decision the committee could make, Frey said. If the academic calendar change were to move forward, that decision would probably be made by the Academic Senate.
“That was not a charge of the academic calendar committee,” she said.
Frey said the academic calendar committee was charged with taking a look at the present calendar in comparison to other institutions, and looking at possible calendar changes that would fit student interests. Under the change, the fall 2014 semester would begin on Sept. 2, after Labor Day, effectively eliminating one week of structured class time.
Students requested to pursue an academic calendar that started after Labor Day so they would have more time to work over the summer, Frey said. She said students raised concerns about being able to earn more money to pay for their tuition.
The proposed academic calendar change would not affect winter break, she said.
The task of the academic calendar committee was to “address student concerns about starting so early in the academic year and impeding student opportunities to work and earn money,” she said.
As reported by CM Life earlier this week, the Student Government Association introduced new legislation Monday that would not support the academic calendar change scheduled in 2014. The legislation lists 38 reasons why the academic calendar change would be detrimental to the CMU student body.
“This legislation, if passed, will in my full confidence stop this from happening,” SGA President and Macomb junior Justin Gawronski told the SGA House on Monday. ”The SGA represents the near 27,000 students in the student body. We represent every student in this university. I think our voice is the most important voice on campus, and the university and the Academic Senate should recognize that.”
Frey said the academic calendar committee was also not charged with determining if the proposed academic calendar would affect the quality of academic programs. She said the committee just put together the structure for the calendar.
“The academic calendar committee never intended to have any of the work impede or reduce academic quality,” she said. “We did not address that topic nor did we see it as a concern.”
Frey said specific questions about the proposed academic calendar change can’t necessary be answered with sound bite responses.
Frey said she has worked in conjunction with Matt Serra, executive director of faculty and personnel services, and the year-and-a-half process regarding the proposed academic calendar change has been transparent.
“There has been no attempt to hide this,” she said.
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