Whereas, Many colleges are considering alternative calendars with insufficient data about the successes, challenges, and issues of such calendars;
Whereas, Direction is needed to resolve issues of full- and part-time faculty load;
Whereas, Information and direction are needed regarding the effect of alternative calendars on students; and
Whereas, Colleges are being pressured to move quickly to adopt alternative calendars;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate survey the field regarding alternative calendars in the most expedient fashion to aid colleges in their decision making;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate provide information on colleges that have adopted alternative calendars and their outcomes; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate provide a current position paper to include best practices as soon as possible.
At the Spring 2008 Session, a breakout was held to discuss some of the current issues with respect to alternative and compressed calendars. Based upon this dialog for the most part it is clear that the issues have not changed over the many years colleges have gradually moved into using these options. Additionally, in a related area, through ASCCC liaison ,some of the funding mechanisms that were negatively affected by instituting compressed calendars have been rectified with Title 5 changes in the case of certain distance education courses. Additionally, a clearer interpretation of potential scheduling/funding models was produced in an Alternative Calendars white paper adopted by the CO and constituent groups.