Bemidji State University
University Initiatives Tracking Form

Planning Committee: Academic Affairs; Student & University Services

Initiative Proposal/Recommendation and Code Number:
(Code number consists of committee initials.fiscal year.initiative number, e.g. AAC.03.01.)
Code Numbers: AAC.03.01; SUSC 03.01.

The following guidelines will be utilized to develop the 2004-2006 Academic Calendar:

The academic calendar should

  • promote student success—put their learning needs first - by building adequate and well-spaced breaks into each semester, and creating semesters that have the same number of instruction days;
  • maintain our current standard of 15 classroom hours per credit;
  • include well-spaced and periodic breaks that facilitate student, faculty, and staff health and well-being.

Consultation with Relevant Groups:
(Planning committees should send initiatives to student senate, bargaining units, alumni, other planning committees, community, etc. as appropriate for feedback before an initiative is brought to University Council. A Planning Initiative Listserv which includes all bargaining unit heads, the student government president, and university council members is available at

Please indicate which organizations you have consulted with in preparing this initiative as well as the date the initiative was sent to the Planning Initiative Listserv:

Activities to date include the following:

  • AAC surveys of academic departments, student and university services directors, and administrative offices (Fall 2002).
  • Development by AAC of proposed Guidelines based on survey results (Fall-Spring 2002-03).
  • AAC and SUSC joint meeting at the request of Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Joann Fredrickson, based on charges of the committees (February 2003).
  • Survey of faculty and staff through the fac-staff listserve and through a mailing to the planning committee, bargaining unit, and student senate (February 2003).

FYI: The next steps include the following:

  • Survey of the student body on calendar issues (results due March 21, 2003).
  • Development of model calendars based on the guidelines.
  • Opportunities for students, faculty and staff to offer feedback on the proposed calendar/s.
  • Revision of the calendar, as appropriate, based on feedback.
  • Joint AAC, SUSC Initiative with a calendar recommendation.

Date Initiative Brought to University Council: April 21, 2003
(Submit in writing to University Council through the Sr VP for Academic Affairs at least one week prior to regularly scheduled meeting.)

Date of University Council Action/Response: April 21, 2003

(Please check one.)
X Adopted, forwarded to the Executive Council
__Modified, returned to the planning committee
__Returned to the committee for reconsideration



Date Recommendation Brought to Executive Council: April 29, 2003
(Submit in writing to Executive Council through the President’s office at least one week prior to regularly scheduled meeting.)

Date of Executive Council Action/Response: April 29, 2003

(Please check one.)
X Adopted, presented to the President
__Modified, returned to University Council
__Returned to University Council for reconsideration
______ Other

Comments: Unanimous, recommended to President


Dates Forwarded to Bargaining Units/Student Senate: April 30, 2003

BSUFA Meet and Confer 4/30/03
MSUAASF Meet and Confer 5/7/03
AFSCME Council 6 Meet and Confer req lang change
MAPE Meet and Confer no mtg req, req lang change
MMA Meet and Confer 5/8/03, req lang change
Commissioner’s Plan req lang change
Classified Managerial
BSUSA Student Senate



Date of President’s Action/Response: June 13, 2003

(Please check one.)
X Initiative Approved (approved with suggested language change to 3rd bulleted item)
__Returned to Executive Council with suggested revisions and feedback

President Quistgaard approved with suggested language change to third bullet under guidelines development:

  • include well-spaced and periodic breaks that facilitate student, faculty and staff health and well-being. The following language has been removed: and allow administrative offices necessary time to catch up on office-related work.

For approved initiatives

Date notice sent to all bargaining units: June 17, 2003
Date posted on BSU web page:
Signed, dated copy of initiative placed in archival file in the Library

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