SECTION EA.1


INSTRUCTION
Academic Calendar

Procedure


ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The academic calendar is initiated by the office of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness and established no later than February of each year through a consultation process that includes Deans, Registrar, Bursar and Financial Aid representatives. This calendar shall establish semester start and end dates, and include registration, payment, census, and drop dates for each established semester during the academic year. The official College calendar is published online in the College Catalog and can be altered only by the Leadership Team. All employees are subject to the dates published in the official College Calendar.


CREDIT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The term College Year is synonymous with the College Fiscal Year and represents a twelve (12) month period beginning September 1 and ending August 31 of the next calendar year.

The academic year consists of fall, spring and summer semesters. Fall and spring semesters shall normally include 15 weeks of instruction and one week for final examinations or a total of 16 weeks instruction and examinations combined. Every fall semester will end before Christmas, but not later than December 23. Each of the two summer terms shall include no less than 5 ½ calendar weeks, including registration, instructions, and final examinations. Regardless of the number of weeks in any semester, including minimester, and first or second eight week semesters, the College will ensure that sufficient clock hours of instruction are present to meet academic requirement for contact hour production.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, a public university or community, technical, or state college that begins its fall and spring semester and its first summer term within 7 days of the date set by the common calendar is in compliance with the common calendar and does not require a waiver.

Statutory holidays are observed on the dates noted, or on alternate dates if the holiday falls on a weekend, and include:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday in January)
  • Spring Break
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving break
  • Christmas Break
  • New Year’s Day

The Board of Trustees may declare other days to be holidays and close the college when good reason exists.


UPDATED: March 31, 2020