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 PlanningInitiative_L@listserv.bemidjistate.edu.)

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
__Other

Comments:

 

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
MNA
Commissioner’s Plan req lang change
Classified Managerial
BSUSA Student Senate

Comments:

 

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
__Denied
__Other

Comments:
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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