February 4, 2014
Task force to examine moving to year-round academic calendar
David Williams, University Senate chair, announced during the Senate's Jan. 27 meeting that he has formed a task force to examine the possibility of moving Purdue to a year-round academic calendar.
The task force will compare the pros and cons of doing so. The goals of a year-round calendar would involve offering more summer courses and improving four-year graduation rates.
Task force members specifically will examine practices and policies related to hours of operation per day, evening exams, final exams, and the week before final exams. The task force is expected to submit its findings to the Senate's Educational Policy Committee, and any suggested changes to the academic schedule would need Senate approval.
The task force's members are:
* Andrew Hirsch, chair, professor of physics and interim department head.
* Kirk Alter, associate professor of building construction management technology and University Senate member.
* Eckhard Groll, the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Office of Professional Practice.
* Madeleine Henry, professor and head of foreign languages and literature.
* James Jones, associate professor of mechanical engineering and associate department head.
* Sandra Monroe, director of university undergraduate advising.
* Abdelfattah Nour, professor of basic medical sciences.
* Benjamin Wiles, assistant to the department head in Mathematics.
Writer: Amanda Hamon, 49-61325, firstname.lastname@example.org