Academic Calendar History at BYUH

2014-15 Calendar  2015-2016 Academic Calendar   2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Background for the 2017 Calendar Proposal

To meet the challenge from the Board of the Church Education System to serve more students and use resources more effectively, Brigham Young University-Hawaii has been working through an evolving process of calendar change since 2007.

In 2009, two 14-week semesters with one hour classes were implemented along with three terms in summer. Many faculty and students began teaching and studying for two semesters and two terms. The middle term was used very lightly and matched the local school system summer break.

In 2012, the calendar evolved to three 14-week semesters to allow more classes that needed a longer instruction period to be scheduled during the summer. This Summer semester contained within it a five-week break to accommodate the local school system summer break.

Since that time there have been concerns about the structure and complexity of that Summer semester strategy, including the lack of time for students who attend three semesters to have a break from their studies.

Different calendar ideas were proposed and circulated during 2013. In Winter 2014, a new proposal from a faculty member started to gain traction. It keeps the three 14-week semesters, but shifts the start date of the academic year to August and ends in early June, giving a seven-week break before Fall.

In addition to preliminary meetings during the development stage, during April and May of 2014 meetings to present the proposal to faculty, staff and students were held. (with faculty on 4/3 and 5/8, staff and administration on 4/10, and students on 4/17, 4/24, 4/29). In a faculty vote in early May, the calendar proposal received very strong support with a 70 pro, 1 abstain, 4 against vote.

The 2015 academic calendar proposal was approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2014.  Quick summary   FAQs   2015 Summer

View projections of future years of the new calendar: 2014-152015-162016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-2020

All of these efforts to find a way to have three full semesters each year have emphasized efficiency, but the shift with the 2017 calendar marks an effort to balance use of resources with student academic experience and closer alignment with the broader Church Education System academic calendars. 

In response to multiple requests from faculty, staff, and students for a change to the academic calendar, a proposal was sent to faculty and staff for discussion in November of 2016. A formal vote on the proposal by faculty and staff was conducted on December 1. Students were also given the opportunity to voice their opinions through a campus-wide survey.  (Link to Newsroom article)

The 2017 Calendar proposal was approved by the Board January 11, 2017.

Click here to view the current academic calendar.

More information on the 2015 Calendar:

Click here for a slideshow overview of the history and the proposal.  It includes data about internships, showing patterns that will match well with the options in the new proposal.

Click here for a student-produced video summarizing the new calendar.

Faculty who currently teach the equivalent of two semesters and a block will have a variety of options with the new calendar.


New Academic Calendar FAQs