On February 28, at 2:33 p.m., I received an email from the Faculty Senate asking me to fill out a survey.
The email was regarding the academic calendar, specifically the final exam schedule and how it will impact any changes to breaks. The question I wanted answered at that point is why would anybody want to change our breaks? I continued with the survey to see what could possibly affect our breaks, and I saw the worst.
The survey asked to rate my preference on 5 different choices regarding what our final schedule could be changed to and what break would I rather have shorten. A break shortened.
None of the choices I was given was the right one. Every choice seemed to either shorten one break over the other or make finals week different, and I happen to like finals week how it is. While taking this survey I was trying to figure out why they would want to change a system that I thought was solid.
Apparently, the reason for this survey is that the faculty here at Tech has concerns on how much time they have to grade final exams.
In the past years, including this one, faculty had 24 hours after the last day of exams to put in all grades into the system. I see why this can be inconvenient for faculty here at Tech, but what I don’t understand is why they have to potentially cut out breaks to give them more time to put final grades in.
If they were to ask me what I think the solution should be, it would be an easy fix: give the faculty 48 hours to put grades in. Why does this have to be an issue that involves shortening breaks or changing our finals schedule?
Personally, I think this is an easy fix, and I don’t hear of any other universities potentially having to shorten Thanksgiving break or getting rid of reading day to give their faculty more time to put in grades.
If you have any questions about this survey or if you want to give the Faculty Senate your input on this issue, contact Dr. Michael Rogers at mrogers6@ atu.edu.