In Fall 2013, the District Academic Calendar Committee (ACC) began considering options for adopting a compressed calendar (wherein the students have more contact with instructors per day, for fewer days or weeks, with no loss of instructional time over the course of a primary term, i.e., fall and spring). Compressed calendars have become increasingly popular over the past several years. Currently over half (52.25%) of the 111 community colleges in California have adopted a compressed or alternative calendar.
Our intent is to modify our calendar for the 2016-17 Academic Year. We are considering shortening the length of each semester to 16 weeks without affecting overall instructional time in the classroom. This will result in a 32-week academic year. This would allow summer session to be a longer, more flexible program, or winter break could be lengthened to include a selection of short courses.
On October 8, 2015, the Board of Trustees will consider the recommendation to move to a compressed calendar for the 2016-17 Academic Year.
October 5, 2015
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