From short blocks to different start times, the 2021-22 academic year has seen various scheduling changes, including a modified schedule for final assessments of the fall semester. This arrangement, similar to the finals schedule used in 2018, would most likely be more familiar to the class of 2022.
Final assessments will officially begin in the week of December 6, 2021 and will span a total of two weeks until December 16, after which students will be dismissed for winter break. The penultimate week of classes will meet according to the normal block schedule and be reserved for final assessment due dates in minor courses only, excluding any oral exams required
for Modern & Classical Languages courses. Majors should use this time to cover any remaining content and prepare students for the final week of assessments. Except for language classes, there should be no assignments due in major courses that would take students more than one evening of work to complete.
The week of December 13 will feature a modified schedule that prioritizes final assessments in major courses. Final assessment blocks will be two hours long, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m from Monday to Thursday. If the course requires a traditional exam, 80 minutes are allotted for students with regular time and 120 minutes for students with extended time. If the course is ending with presentations, projects, or performances, the full 120 minutes may be used for all students. During this week, minor courses will only gather if it is essential for valuable capstone experiences. Otherwise, all minor class blocks are counted towards free time for students to rest, rejuvenate, and review for upcoming exams. Make-up exams will take place on Thursday, December 16, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
With projects and assignments concluding at varying times throughout two weeks, the new finals schedule is intended to alleviate the pressure of having all assessments in one week. Review, rest up, and good luck to all!