Academic Schedule Review

We want to hear from you!

The Academic Schedule Review Committee is seeking feedback from the university community on a number of questions related to the academic schedule. The committee is particularly interested to know whether students, faculty and staff feel the fall term break could be set up in a more beneficial way, at a time when students most need additional days to study, prepare lab work and complete assignments.

Background

The Academic Schedule Review Committee was formed in response to Senate debates in 2015-16 about the timing, length, and need for a Fall Term break. At this time, members of Senate, UMSU, GSA, faculty, Student Services, the Registrar’s office, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Université de Saint Boniface are part of an ad hoc working committee to discuss a wide range of topics related to the academic schedule. The academic schedule and teaching terms must be approved by Senate at least a full year in advance of the start date and changes can have an impact on everyone.

Most importantly, the Academic Schedule Review Committee is looking at the scheduling practices of universities across Canada, as well as the distinctions in schedules and teaching requirements among and within academic units at the University of Manitoba. The U of M’s current academic schedule practice is based on a number of factors, including the need to accommodate various programs and modes of content delivery.

There are also important academic and financial considerations that must be taken into account for students related to the start of term, registration revision and VW dates, course-scheduling conflicts and ensuring students have time to connect with an academic advisor prior to making decisions about VWs, majors or other academic choices.

Preferred course schedules are developed based on statutory holidays, particular program needs and accreditation requirements and can vary significantly depending on the number of meetings and/or labs per week as well as the number of registered students. These variations and the needs of each program can lead to room booking and timetable conflicts, large distances for students to travel between classes, waitlists, etc.
The academic schedule has an effect on all aspects of the university and the committee is now seeking input from the broader community.

Submit your feedback

Take part in one of two ways:

  1. Click here to access the Student online submission form. or 
    Faculty and staff members online submission form
  2. Directly send an email to Nicole.Gareau-Wilson@umanitoba.ca or any of the members of the committee by May 3rd!

The committee is particularly interested in hearing your thoughts on the following:

Students:

• Is a Fall Term study break helpful for you?
• When do you feel stress most? Do feelings of stress peak at mid-term or do you feel stress more towards finals?
• Would it be helpful to start the Fall Term before Labour Day, in order to allow a Fall Term break that doesn’t shorten the term?
• In terms of preparing for assignments, labs, mid-terms, etc. would you benefit more from a Fall Term break that was 2 days or 4 days in length (in a week with a statutory holiday)?
• Would the Fall Term study break be more effective in terms of preparing for course work if it were scheduled in the same week as Remembrance Day instead of Thanksgiving Day?
• Would it benefit you to have the date for dropping courses without academic or financial penalty scheduled before the last date for adding new courses to your schedule?
• Would you be interested in seeing 75-minute lecture slots on all days, rather than only on Tuesdays and Thursdays?

Faculty and staff members:

• Is a Fall Term study break in the schedule helpful for students in your course or unit (e.g., for large-enrolment courses).
• What are the patterns of stress levels among students? Do your students feel stress peaking at mid-term; or do stress levels peak towards finals?
• Would it be helpful to start the Fall Term before Labour Day, in order to allow a Fall Term break that doesn’t shorten the term?
• Should a Fall Term study break be 2 days or 4 days in length (in a week with a statutory holiday)? 
• Would the schedule of lectures and labs/tutorials be affected less if the Fall Term study break were scheduled during the week of Thanksgiving Day or Remembrance Day, rather than the week before a holiday?
• Would course(s) be affected less if the Fall Term study break were scheduled with Remembrance Day rather than with Thanksgiving Day?
• How important it is to maintain 39 hours of contact time in a term (Fall or Winter Terms)?
• Would it help your course(s) or program(s) to have the date for dropping courses without academic or financial penalty scheduled before the last date for adding courses, to help accommodate late registrations? 
• Would it be useful or preferable to include 75-minute slots for lectures on all days, rather than only on Tuesdays and Thursdays?
The committee also welcomes feedback or comments on any other aspect of the academic schedule, the timetable and other issues related to the delivery of academic program content. 

 Academic Schedule Review Committee Members

Todd Mondor

Graduate Studies; Provost’s Office

Greg Smith

Arts 

Nariman Sepehri

Engineering

Allison Kilgour

UMSU

Carl Neumann

GSA

Judy Anderson

Biological Sciences

Junyon Im

Business Administration

Carol Enns

Nursing

Sheryl Zelenitsky

Pharmacy

Lisa Landrum

Architecture

Neil Marnoch

Registrar

Christine Mahé-Napastiuk

Registraire, Université de Saint-Boniface

Jonathan Kennedy 

Centre for Advancement of Teaching & Learning

Brigitte Wiebe

Student Engagement and Success

Nicole Gareau-Wilson

Registrar’s Office