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Thursday, June 10,2010

OU releases details of semester calendar that begins fall '12

By Athens NEWS Staff

Ohio University's approved academic calendar for 2011-12 through 2013-2014 has been posted at, and reflects the transition from quarters to semesters beginning with fall semester 2012.

A shorter summer session in 2012, featuring two sessions of four weeks each, will help the transition to semesters that fall, according to an OU news release.

Highlights of the approved academic calendar include:

" Fall and spring semesters include 14 weeks of classes and one week for exams.

" Summer semesters run 14 weeks, with two sessions of seven weeks each.

" Fall semester start dates are the fourth Monday in August. Start dates are Aug. 27, 2012 and Aug. 26, 2013.

" Fall semester closes in mid-December, followed by a four-week break between fall and spring semesters. Close dates are Dec. 15, 2012 and Dec. 14, 2013.

" Spring semester opens in mid-January. Start dates are Jan. 14, 2013 and Jan. 13, 2014.

" Spring semester closes the first week of May. Close dates are May 4, 2012 and May 3, 2013.

" Spring break is the first week of March. Spring breaks are March 3-9, 2012 and March 2-8, 2013.

In January 2010, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced that she had accepted the recommendation of the deans to adopt a semester calendar consisting of 14 weeks of instruction and one week of examinations. Within the same recommendation, the deans supported a brief hiatus for Thanksgiving instead of a mid-term break, which would have lengthened fall semester, and a four-week break between semesters. The deans' consideration of a 14-week calendar was made at the behest of the Faculty Senate.

The OU Board of Trustees approved the university's transition from quarters to semesters in fall 2008. OU is one of 17 public universities and community colleges across the state converting to semesters in accordance with the University System of Ohio's (USO) strategic plan. Three private institutions are converting, as well. Each institution is responsible for determining its process and calendar for the transition. The consistency of academic terms will facilitate the attainment of USO goals, including enhancing the transfer process.


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...really ''dumb'' decision , now u r going to see droves of people transfer to quarter system colleges, heres why the semester option is a 'ancient dinosaur concept'

1. no one wants to waste time and $$$ taking the same course for five extra weeks when they could be learning some NEW material

2. the psychological ramifications are ENORMOUS !! and very, very disturbing, most human beings are conditioned since birth to adapt to the seasons of the year, as dictated by the dawn of creation, we have spring summer fall and winter, thats why the quarter system WORKS !! and forever will work as the best option for getting a degree.

3. though i do not claim to be nostradamus, i predict after this WRONG change to semesters is made in 2012 (also the mayan end of the world) that the OU campus pop. will drop from about the current 21,000 to about 12 to 14,000 students remaining, that loss of approx. 7,000 people will translate to a substantial loss of OU support staff jobs as well have a 'deep impact' on the local businesses,

I have my transfer papers in order to head to ohio state univ. b4 fall of 2012.



good luck with that transfer to OSU, considering that they are also switching to semesters in Fall 2012. If every university in Ohio is on the semester system, I don't think OU is going to see a drop in enrollment because of the switch.


All Ohio state funded universities are switching to the Semester system. It is part of a state mandated university system to make inter-collegiate transfer of credits and accreditation easier.
"In June 2009, the University Senate voted to adopt a new academic calendar that will become effective in Autumn 2012."