Revitalized Curriculum & Academic Calendar Initiative (RCACI)
A new academic calendar & curriculum
NEOMED’s academic calendar is preparing for some significant changes. By the summer of 2019, the current calendar structure will be replaced with a new calendar that has 16-week semesters, a summer semester and a “Maymester” term. The summer semester will start the new academic year.
Variable semester length based on college/year
M1/M2 Start: late August
Spring Break: April
COM and COP White Coat Ceremonies on same day in mid-to-late September
Two-week winter break for students
Commencement: Third Saturday of May
Standard 16-week semesters
M1/M2 Start: late July-mid August
Spring Break: Early March
COM White Coat: Friday following Orientation
COP White Coat: Friday of Orientation
Three-week winter break for students
Commencement: First Saturday of May
Reasons for Changes
The change is being brought about by a mandate from the State of Ohio, which requires that all public universities of higher education convert to a semester calendar system with fall and spring semesters of no less than 15 and no more than 17 weeks in length, including final exams and/or term papers.
The University is coordinating the calendar shift to also help provide better opportunities for interprofessional training of students, as well as to encourage faculty to explore and integrate new technology and pedagogical methods that enhance content delivery and student engagement.
A new academic calendar will be implemented for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The State of Ohio mandated that all public universities convert to a semester calendar system with fall and spring semesters being no less than 15 and no more than 17 weeks in length, effective fall 2014 (see regents.ohio.gov/actions/documents/2010/Dir2010-016.pdf). NEOMED is not in compliance with that directive at this time.
Additionally, shifting accreditation standards, new academic competencies, other national expectations and the realities of the economy have required NEOMED to reevaluate and revitalize not just its academic calendar, but also the program offerings, curricular content, teaching methodologies, assessment strategies, business practices, etc., so that we may better position the University and our students for future success.
As a public university, NEOMED is not exempt from this compliance expectation. However, health professions universities in general have been given some latitude as it relates to the clinical portion of the curricula, predominantly because of our reliance on community educators to partner with us to ensure appropriate clinical education, coupled with the nuances of our accreditation standards.
Fall and spring semesters will be 16 weeks. Intercession and summer courses will remain available but the uses of these sessions and their lengths have yet to be determined.
The RCACI Committee is currently developing a comprehensive plan for the updated academic calendar and will be providing more information as it becomes available.
A change in academic calendar will necessitate curriculum review across the entire academic enterprise, and departments will likely experience a higher volume of course proposals, including new courses, major and minor edits to existing courses, course sequencing changes, etc., than one would see in any traditional academic year. Existing governance structures and committees will be utilized for this purpose.
The change in academic calendar not only provides enhanced opportunities for increased professional training and interprofessional training, but it will likely encourage the exploration and integration of technological and pedagogical aspects by faculty that are not currently utilized. This allows the opportunity for enhanced curriculum delivery and student engagement.
From an operations perspective, the change to a single calendar will allow for task and system efficiencies, and improved communications that have the potential to impact both prospective and enrolled students. This will also allow for the registration, financial aid awarding and billing processes to be standardized.
The new structure means that the academic calendar will remain consistent from year-to-year, allowing students and faculty the ability to plan long-term outside of their course schedules.
No. All parties must transition to the new academic calendar structure. It should be noted that all students will receive the same quality of curriculum regardless of the academic calendar during their entry date.
Please note the new calendar will not impact any students who are currently enrolled and who are scheduled to graduate on-time. The first class of NEOMED students to be impacted by the calendar change will be the cohort whose first year of enrollment begins during the 2016-2017 academic year. The cohort will be impacted by the calendar change in their third year of enrollment.
Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs
Graduate programs that currently accept students to begin in fall will remain in fall, but the start date may simply be different from the previous year. However, the decision for admissions timing on the graduate level is ultimately made by the specific graduate program and could potentially include spring and summer admission dates. If you have a question about a specific program, please contact that program director directly.
Professional Degree Programs
Our professional degree programs traditionally accept students only for the fall semester. However, with the dates of those semesters being more indicative of industry standard, the starting semester might be identified as a summer semester rather than a fall semester.