Board policy results in changes to academic calendar

Llolanda Hernandez, Staff Writer

Wayne State College has made changes to the academic calendar with the Nebraska State College System.

“The changes we are making to our campus schedule are to keep us in alignment with that NSCS board policy,” said Ronald Loggins, Associative Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students can expect these changes to begin the following school year: 2020-2021.

One of the changes will be the date fall semester starts ranging from August 20-27. The semester will be 16 weeks long with instruction in class or online being 15 weeks. Finals will then take place on week 16.

“Shorter instructional terms may be established within a semester, based on appropriate credit and time requirements,” according to the edited board policy.

The fall semester will end before Dec. 22. Fall commencement will be held the Friday of the week the semester ends.
Fall break and holidays include mid-term break and Thanksgiving.

“No classes will meet on the Monday and Tuesday following mid-term, which will follow the Friday of the eighth week of the semester,” according to revisions of the board policy.

There will be no classes Wednesday, Thanksgiving and the following Friday.

Spring semester will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by not holding classes. Mid-term break will follow the week after midterm (eighth week), which will go from Monday through Friday. Classes will not meet the Monday after Easter Sunday. Lastly, Spring commencement will be held the Saturday of the week the semester ends.

Summer sessions still have arrangements to be made with the calendar to ensure students receive the same instruction while online or in class. Three classes had start-time changes that were called on by the guidelines, but they were not made.