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.03.02; SUSC 03.02.

The attached calendars are proposed for the 2004-2006 academic years, along with a comparison chart. The calendars are based on the following guidelines which have been approved by the Faculty Senate and recommended by the University and Executive Councils.

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.

On 5/7/03 the Academic Affairs Committee approved the calendars and endorsed Calendar A.

On 4/30/03 the Student & University Services Committee approved the calendars without stating a preference for one model over the other.

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).
  • Survey of the student body on calendar issues (March 21, 2003).
  • Development of model calendars based on the guidelines.
  • Two models, A and B, distributed to bargaining units through Planning Initiative ListServ for feedback (April 29, 2003).
  • This joint AAC, SUSC Initiative to the University Council on May 12, 2003.

Date Initiative Brought to University Council: May 12, 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: May 12, 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:

Comments:
Dr. Fredrickson asked for a vote on sending the academic calendar initiative models A and B to Executive Council – 10 voted in favor; 3 opposed.

Date Recommendation Brought to Executive Council: June 13, 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: June 13, 2003

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

Comments:

 

Dates Forwarded to Bargaining Units/Student Senate:

President sent memo to bargaining units on 7/7/03

BSUFA Meet and Confer 7/9/03
MSUAASF Meet and Confer 7/10/03 MSUAASF endorsed exec council rec. 7/22/03
AFSCME Council 6 Meet and Confer
MAPE Meet and Confer
MMA Meet and Confer
MNA
Commissioner’s Plan
Classified Managerial
BSUSA Student Senate

Comments:

Memo dated 7/7/03 went to bargaining unit heads and student senate president requesting feedback on Executive Council’s proposed calendars.

Date of President’s Action/Response: 9/5/03

(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:

Approved Draft B with Executive Council’s suggested modifications.

For approved initiatives

Date notice sent to all bargaining units: 9/5/03
Date posted on BSU web page: 10/22/03
Signed, dated copy of initiative placed in archival file in the Library


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