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Fall Academic Calendar - Council Study & Proposal


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Fall Academic Calendar - Council Study & Proposal

  1. 1. A Fair Fall for All<br />A Working Joint Proposal by the Undergraduate Student Councils on the Fall Academic Calendar<br />Respectfully Submitted by<br />Sue Yang<br />President, Columbia College Student Council<br />Whitney Green<br />President, Engineering Student Council<br />Katie Palillo<br />President, Barnard Student Government Association<br />Katherine Edwards<br />President, General Studies Student Council <br />Alex Frouman<br />Senator, Columbia College<br />
  2. 2. Why is this Important to Students?<br />Impacts on Academics, Health, Family, and Travel<br />
  3. 3. Students Voice Concerns<br />Council-Sponsored Survey<br />745 responses<br />By School<br />74% CC<br />16% SEAS<br />8% GS<br />2% Barnard<br />By Year<br />17% Seniors<br />26% Juniors<br />28% Sophomores<br />28% First-Years<br />Student-Initiated Facebook Petition<br />Launched independently by students, Dec. 2009<br />As of 1/24/10: 2,414 members = 25% entire undergraduate population<br />
  4. 4. Academic Impact<br />“How many exams did you have on the following days?”<br />Respondents<br />Dates<br />
  5. 5. Academic Impact<br />“For how many final exams/papers did you feel you were NOT prepared?”<br />Respondents<br /># Final Exams / Papers<br />
  6. 6. Academic Impact<br />“If you had one more day to study (3 instead of 2), how would you have used the time?”<br />
  7. 7. Health Impact<br />“How would you rate your stress level during the following times of the year?”<br />During Fall 2009 finals period<br />During semester, on average<br />During normal finals period<br />
  8. 8. Travel Impact<br />51% of students left campus on Wed. Dec. 23<br />It cost more to travel this time for 52% of students surveyed<br />51%<br />19%<br />15%<br />
  9. 9. Travel Impact<br />“To where were you traveling?”<br />33%<br />Travel international<br />or to the West coast<br />13%<br />Travel international<br />
  10. 10. Travel Impact<br />“How much did you pay to travel home/away for winter break?”<br />20%<br />Paid Over $500.00<br />
  11. 11. Family Impact<br />The late conclusion of the semester interrupted family plans for 78% of students surveyed.<br />
  12. 12. Including all Stakeholders<br />Students remain top priority for the undergraduate councils, but other stakeholders have also been included and taken into consideration.<br />
  13. 13. Including StakeholdersInformation collected and funneled from various groups to understand needs, constraints<br />Some Faculty <br />Senate Edu.<br />Grad. Apts<br />Athle-<br />tics<br />Health Servics<br />Students<br />Faculty & Admin.<br />Other CU Members<br />Logistics<br />Main Findings, Issues Raised<br />
  14. 14. Clarifying the Problem<br />With constraints and needs identified, areas of compression and flexibility can be better targeted in the calendar <br />
  15. 15. Within a 1-Year Frame<br />August<br />September<br />December<br />November<br />December<br />FIXED<br />Thanksgiving<br />Week before Labor Day<br />Study Days / Finals<br />Fall Break<br />Faculty proposal suggests removing Monday of this fall break. Students react with strong disagreement.<br /> All:<br />Agree that we should try to end before 12/23.<br /> Students:<br />87% of students surveyed would support starting before Labor Day<br /> Faculty: <br />Starting before Labor Day is hard for those with children<br />PROPOSED SOLUTION:<br />Start a week earlier to end a week earlier in SOME years<br />
  16. 16. BUT looking only at a 1-year time frame is incorrect and doesn’t allow for much flexibility to accommodate all stakeholders. It mistakenly assumes every year to be the exact same.A10-year outlookis truer to the situation, accounting for nuances from year to year.It becomes clear: the fall semester calendar is only a problem in some years. <br />
  17. 17. 4 / 10 Years End on Dec 232 / 10 Years Especially Problematic<br />2010<br />2011<br />2012<br />2013<br />2014<br />2015<br />2016<br />2017<br />2018<br />2019<br />2020<br />Fall semester ends on 12/23 in these years, according to the current plan<br />Especially compressed: <br />Additionally, 2 total days must be cut, either both from study period or 1 from study period and 1 from exam period<br />
  18. 18. Proposal<br />Adjust for years only in which Labor Day falls late in September.<br />
  19. 19. Start one week earlier in just: 2011 2015 2016 2020<br />
  20. 20. 2011-2020 Fall Academic Calendars<br />Fall<br />2012<br />Fall<br />2013<br />Fall<br />2014<br />Fall <br />2011<br />Fall<br />2015<br />Fall<br />2017<br />Fall<br />2018<br />Fall<br />2019<br />Fall<br />2016<br />Fall<br />2020<br />Shifting the fall calendar one week earlier in just these 4 years alleviates the compression that would otherwise be experienced at the end of these 4 fall terms.<br />
  21. 21. Comparisons Against Current Cal.<br />How Columbia’s Fall 2010 calendar (which we are not looking to change) compares with that of other Ivies and NYC Public Schools.<br />
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  25. 25. In Comparison with other Ivies(Princeton & Dartmouth are not included as they follow a trimester system)<br />FALL 2010 AS EXAMPLE:<br />SEP<br />OCT<br />NOV<br />DEC<br />AUG<br />COLUMBIA<br />7<br />1-2<br />25-28<br />14-15<br />16-23<br />Brown<br />6<br />1<br />11<br />24-28<br />4-8<br />9-17<br />Cornell<br />25<br />6<br />9-12<br />24-29<br />5-8<br />8-17<br />Harvard<br />12<br />11<br />26-29<br />4-12<br />13-21<br />6<br />1<br />UPenn<br />8<br />9-12<br />24-29<br />11-14<br />15-22<br />Yale<br />19-29<br />3-10<br />6<br />1<br />11-18<br />Thanksgiving<br />Labor Day<br />Study Days<br />Days Off During Semester<br />Start Date<br />Final Exam Period & End Date<br />
  26. 26. In Comparison with NYC Public Schools<br />FALL 2010, AS EXAMPLE: (again, we are not proposing to make any changes to this year)<br />SEP<br />OCT<br />NOV<br />DEC<br />AUG<br />7<br />25-28<br />14-15<br />16-23<br />COLUMBIA<br />1-2<br />Actual:<br />What it would have looked like under the proposal:<br />30<br />25-28<br />14-15<br />16-23<br />COLUMBIA<br />1-2<br />6<br />NYC Public<br />9-10<br />8<br />11<br />2<br />11<br />25-28<br />23<br />Thanksgiving<br />Labor Day<br />Study Days<br />Days Off During Semester<br />Start Date<br />Final Exam Period & End Date<br />Faculty with children would have needed childcare on 5 days (8/30, 8/31, 9/1, 9/2, 9/3). <br />Columbia provides a Backup Care Program that helps subsidize up to 100 hours of family care each year beginning on July 1. According to the Work-Life Office, starting a week early would require more funding for this program or the creation of a day camp or childcare program for that week.<br />
  27. 27. FLEXIBILITYexists if we consider the nuances from year to year over 10 years.A FAIRsolution for all can be achieved. Starting a week in advance just in the few years when Labor Day falls late (Sep. 5th or later, we have found), alleviates the compression at the end of the fall term, allows for an earlier conclusion, and does not require permanent compromises.TheFALLsemester can work for all by just adjusting the start dates for FOUR of the years.<br />