Archive for Thursday, April 15, 2010

Statehouse Live: Regents OK shorter year for KU

The KU school year will be four days shorter starting fall 2011 to increase winter break opportunities and give more time for summer internships.

April 15, 2010


— The Kansas Board of Regents today approved a request from Kansas University to shorten its academic year from 150 instructional days to 146.

KU’s Interim Provost Danny Anderson said the change was needed to increase inter-session class opportunities and help some students who were seeking summer internships.

Officials also said the shorter year would more closely equalize minutes for classes that meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with those that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We are balancing multiple pieces,” Anderson said.

Some regents weren’t thrilled about the proposal. Ed McKechnie asked if the goal of balancing interests could be accomplished by adding more instructional days, and Christine Downey-Schmidt said “it feels a little funny” to shorten the year.

But other regents said the 146-day year was in line with what many other institutions are doing.

Under the measure, both the fall and spring semesters will have 73 days each. The change will take effect in the fall of 2011.


sourpuss 7 years, 4 months ago

My current university has 12-week terms. That is a bit short, but many international schools have terms less than 15 weeks.

justonething 7 years, 4 months ago

i think maybe your 8th year would have helped there, notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol. 7x4 is 28.

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