NU comes out with new academic calendar for fall semester
This spring semester will not only mark the end to another school year, but the end to the current academic calendar.
In the fall semester, there will be a new academic calendar. Classes will start later in September and end earlier in May. No longer will there be a five-week Christmas break “ students and professors will instead have less than a month off in between semesters. Most notably, graduation will be a week earlier and ceremonies will now be held on campus.
I really like how graduation ceremonies will be on campus; I'm really excited about that “ it's a great change, stated junior Gabrielle Wilson.
NU's academic calendar has undergone significant changes in an effort to implement a better schedule for students, one that will improve their NU experience. So says an e-mail sent out to the student body by
Executive Vice President/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonnie Rose.
This will offer an opportunity for all our graduates and their families to enjoy a beautiful spring event on their own campus, Rose stated in her e-mail on behalf of Niagara University.
In the new academic calendar, classes will be held on the Tuesday after Columbus Day, allowing Alumni Weekend to now include more opportunities for current students to engage with alumni, and more activities to encourage younger alumni to come back to campus. In addition, the university will no longer close campus to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday, but will instead make a major commitment to celebrate that day with related service opportunities on and off campus, which will feature special ceremonies and events.
The fall semester will not start until the Tuesday after Labor Day, providing students the opportunity to stay employed during the holiday weekend and/or spend it with family and friends. The later start will push finals week to Dec. 14-21.
Classes for the spring semester will start a week earlier on Jan. 16, 2012.
Some students and professors have voiced mixed reactions about the earlier start of the spring semester.
I think the new academic calendar is very interesting. It seems great for students and they are what are important, said Professor Noelle Tuner. (But) I don't really like how close finals are to Christmas.
Student Anthony Elmore said, I like starting later and getting out earlier; however, I am not a fan of losing the week at winter recess.
Students traveling home for Christmas break “ especially traveling long distances “ may face a challenge of getting home for Christmas festivities. Depending on their exam schedule, students may find that they have little time to finish any last-minute Christmas shopping with only a few days separating the last day of exams and Christmas Eve. This could cause added stress for students so soon after finals week.
I don't like the fact that Christmas break will be shorter, we should have a longer break with a chance to relax in between semesters, student Jason Gentzke said.
Some on campus have said they don't mind the new academic calendar and prefer to start the day after the holiday weekend with the shorter winter break. It's a chance for people to be outdoors and soak up the sun a little bit longer or on the less pleasurable side people could spend it working.
I like the fact we start after Labor Day, other than that I don't really mind the changes; I don't think they will affect me that much, stated Wilson.
2011-2012 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
FALL 2011 SPRING 2012
September 1 Thursday Advisement and late registration for new students from January 13 Friday Advisement and late registration for new students 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
September 6 Tuesday Classes begin January 16 Monday Classes begin
October 10 Monday Columbus Day “ Holiday
March 2 Friday Mid-term ends
October 21 Friday Mid-Term ends March 3 Saturday Spring Break begins after the last class
November 11 Friday Last day for course withdrawal without permission March 12 Monday Classes resume
November 22 Tuesday Thanksgiving recess begins after the last class
March 30 Friday Last day for course withdrawal without permission
November 28 Monday Classes resume
April 4 Wednesday Easter recess begins after the last class
December 15 Thursday Examination Week begins April 10 Tuesday Classes resume
December 21 Wednesday Fall Semester ends May 1 Tuesday Study Day
May 2 Wednesday Examination Week begins
May 8 Tuesday Spring Semester Ends
May 12 Saturday Graduate Graduation
May 13 Sunday Undergraduate Graduation
2012 Summer Sessions
Holidays: May 28, 2012 and July 4, 2012
Undergraduate Start Date End Date Graduate Start Date End Date
Session I May 22 Tuesday June 15 Friday Session I May 21 Monday June 16 Saturday
Session II June 18 Monday July 12 Thursday Session II June 18 Monday July 14 Saturday
Cross Session May 22 Tuesday July 18 Wednesday Session III July 16 Monday August 11 Saturday