UI officials seek to change academic calendar


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University of Iowa administrators hope to change next year’s academic calendar to allow one more week of summer.

The added week during the summer would give more time for both faculty and student research, as well and internships and summer courses.

As the calendar stands now, the spring semester begins the day after Martin Luther King Day.

However, the changes would push back the spring semester—it would begin the Monday before Martin Luther King Day. Graduation would also be pushed back a week.

School would end one week earlier in May.

“Basically, we are trading out a week over winter break for an extra week in summer break,” Associate Provost Beth Ingram said Tuesday in a Faculty Council meeting.

Spring break, though, would coincide with the spring break of the Iowa City School District.
Officials hope to enact the change soon.

“We were actually hoping we could make this change for the 2013-2014 [school year],” Ingram said.

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