New academic calendar to begin in 2012

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University will soon join the ranks of Ohio’s other 12 four-year universities when it switches to a semester-based academic year in Autumn 2012.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously today (4/3) to adopt a resolution approving the conversion from an academic quarter system, in place since 1922, to a semester calendar.

“Ohio State is acting partially in response to the University System of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education, 2008-2017, which calls for a common academic calendar across all state universities,” said Ohio State Provost Joseph A. Alutto. “But the move to semesters has been seriously considered for some time.”

In 1991, during E. Gordon Gee’s first tenure as university president, the prospect of a calendar conversion was rejected in the committee stage. In 2001, the conversion was approved by committee, but tabled by the University Senate, citing an inadequate student information system at the time. The university has since implemented a new, modern system.

“The conversion to semesters will allow us to better integrate with other universities, facilitating the transfer of credits and students,” said Alutto.

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