The Academic Year
The academic year consists of 30 weeks of instructional time divided into two semesters. The first semester begins in late August and ends before the Christmas holidays; the second semester begins in January and ends in May. See the academic calendars provided in the front of this catalog. There is a short Thanksgiving recess that begins at the end of classes on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ends on the Monday immediately after Thanksgiving.
There will be approximately three weeks between the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second semester. There is a spring vacation period of one week beginning on Monday of the week following mid-semester examinations. Classes resume the following Monday. Instruction is also suspended on legal holidays, i.e., Labor Day; Lee, Jackson, King Day; and Independence Day.
The Summer Session
An optional summer session is offered and includes two mini terms; a six-week term and a four-week term. It offers significant opportunities for entering freshmen and other students who wish to accelerate their studies and satisfy degree requirements. Various short workshops and institutes on topics of current interest are part of the summer offerings. The summer session begins one week after the conclusion of the spring semester.
Student Course Evaluations
The Student Course Evaluation is an online electronic questionnaire, which students utilize to respond to a series of questions in order to evaluate their completed courses. Student Course Evaluation
The administrative offices help the university carry out its mission efficiently and effectively. The University is organized into 5 divisions:
Each division is led by a vice president who is responsible for implementing programs and services that are essential for the management of the University.