Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Start Date at UGA

Georgia is hot in August, and everyone agrees UGA starts far too early. So of course the University Council is contemplating an early start date for the 2016-2017 academic year (not this coming Fall, but the Fall after).

How early? August 11. Is that early? Oh yes, my friend. Oh yes. See the table below for a list of the previous academic years and their respective August starting dates.

Year Start
2015-2016 17th
2014-2015 18th
2013-2014 12th
2012-2013 13th
2011-2012 15th
2010-2011 16th
2009-2010 17th
2008-2009 18th
2007-2008 16th
2006-2007 16th
2005-2006 18th

As you the careful reader can tell, we've never started sooner than the 12th (2013-2014). But according to the proposal now working its way through the University Council, we'd begin on August 11, almost a week sooner than the last couple of years, and at least a few days earlier than the average since way back to the 2005-2006 academic year.

No. No. No.

In a perfect world, we wouldn't start until after Labor Day, but there's Fall Break (better known as a day for students to figure out how to find Jacksonville for the UGA-UF football game), and a week, a whole week, for Thanksgiving. There is discussion of cutting Thanksgiving back, and if they do so we may see the start date massaged as well. Again, this is for 2016-2017 ... not this coming Fall.

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