Three-year calendar proposal would streamline planning

Michael Roccia
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne is in the process of adopting a new three-year calendar plan that administrators hope streamline planning and help the school run more efficiently. 

In previous years, the academic calendar was published on an annual basis. 

The three-year calendar plan, with most programs on the same schedule, allows for better advance planning. 

The University recently moved most programs to the same schedule of two eight-week terms embedded in 16-week semesters, adding a fall break to accommodate the eight-week sessions and making fall semester mirror spring semester, which has always had week-long spring break.

The addition of fall break meant pushing the fall semester start date back a week in August. 

With the three-year calendar, the first day of classes for 2024-25 would be Aug. 19.

Rick Hasse, instructor of accounting and finance, and chairman of the faculty budget and compensation committee has taken a close look at the new calendar plan, and he believes that the change will benefit the school and students in the long run.

It’s more efficient, we can better track our costs,” Hasse said. “We can better track schedules, courses and have it in line for the next three or four years. We can show that in our marketing efforts to prospective students, ‘Here’s your schedule for the next three years, we got it mapped out.’”

Hasse made it clear that students are eager and want to learn. They want to pay for an education that is of value to them and their career aspirations. They also do not want to keep paying more money every year. The University sees implementing a new master calendar for the next three years as a way to help both of these issues. 

“There’s a lot of pressure on University administration and faculty to put together a program that’s cost efficient,” Hasse said. “Stop raising tuition 3%, 4%, 5% every year and keep it flat and provide us with value. This is one of those first steps to do that is giving a cohesive calendar that can be worked by all parties.”

Paul Alvarez, president of the Faculty Senate, has reviewed the calendar plan. He noted that students may not be happy about losing a week in summer, but he thinks the new calendar overall plan is a positive step. 

“The good thing is now for the next three years an incoming freshman would go, ‘Okay,  I know when I start, I know when I have Christmas or winter break, I know when I get done and I can plan my life, work schedule, and my internships around it’,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said the University wanted to implement a new calendar a while ago, but they wanted to make sure it was properly evaluated and looked over so that as many people as possible could be happy with the results.

“There were a couple of comments asking, ‘Couldn’t we have done this sooner?’ Yeah, but then we would have potentially been rushing it,” Alvarez said. “I think we’ve edited everything and we have had a thorough opportunity to look at it as faculty and it just took a little bit longer as a result.”

The three-year calendar plan was approved last month by the Faculty Senate and Faculty Assembly. 

Students, however, have not weighed in on the plan. 

Isela Chavez, president of the Associated Students of University of La Verne, said the student government is usually involved in decisions like this one. A new calendar schedule affects students, she noted.

“No one has come in to present the calendar plan to ASULV,” Chavez said. “It’s only been talked about in the Faculty Senate…I didn’t know that they were planning on doing any changes.”

ASULV is waiting for a meeting with Eric Bishop, interim vice president of enrollment management, who presented the new calendar plan to the Faculty. 

Bishop had been scheduled to meet with ASULV on Feb. 12, but that meeting was canceled. 

Jayleen De La Cruz, ASULV senator, added that she’d hoped ASULV would have a chance to give input on the calendar proposal before it was codified. 

“It was kind of upsetting that they didn’t let us have input,” De La Cruz said. “It’s supposed to be student representation being one of the voices and they’re supposed to actually take into account what students think, not just say, ‘Hey this is going to happen and we want you guys to get on board.’”

Bishop declined to be interviewed by the Campus Times for this story. 

Michael Roccia can be reached at michael.roccia@laverne.edu.

Michael Roccia is a junior communications major with a concentration is public relations. This is his first semester as a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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