An academic term is the time during which a school, college or university holds classes. Most such schools use either semesters or quarters.
A semester typically lasts between 15 and 18 weeks. Institutions often have two (spring and autumn) semesters in an academic year, with the possibility of a summer semester as well. A quarter (or trimester) lasts between eight and 12 weeks, and there are typically three (autumn, winter and spring) per year, again with the possibility of a summer quarter.
The semester calendar being considered would be the calendar adhered to at Berkeley and referred to widely as the "early semester calendar".
Should a semester calendar be endorsed, it must be flexible enough to permit departure from regular semesterlong course schedules." 6 Indeed, both Berkeley and Michigan State University have encouraged modules of information in the sciences as part of a thoughtful major.
The subcommittee believes that conversion to the semester system could be of benefit in providing a unique opportunity for thorough reorganization of the curriculum, but it also recognizes the difficulties that conversion may create for academic units that have recently completed or are completing a reorganization of its curricula.
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