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2015-16 Academic Calendar

Summer (May-August 2015)

Second Five-Week Session 2015 (July 13-August 12)
Classes begin
July 13
Last day to register or drop/add
July 14
Tuition and fees due
July 14
Last day to select S-NC or audit
July 16
Last day for official withdrawal from classes ending August 12
August 10
Final class periods
August 12
Grades due at noon for Second Five-Week Session
August 17

Regular 13-Week Session 2015 (May 18-August 12)
Classes begin
May 18
Last day to register or drop/add
May 19
Tuition and fees due
May 19
Memorial Day holiday
May 25
Last day to select S-NC or audit
May 26
Independence Day holiday observed
July 3
Last day for official withdrawal from classes ending August 12
August 10
Final class periods
August 12
Grades due at noon for the Regular Session
August 17

Diploma Graduation Date for the Summer Term is August 13, 2015 (no August ceremony)

Fall Semester (August-December 2015)

AUGUST
Department Chair Workshop August 18
New Faculty Orientation August 20
Faculty/Professional Staff Opening Meetings August 21
Freshman Orientation August 21-23
Classes Begin at 8 a.m. August 24
Last day for late drop/add/fee adjustments August 30
Tuition and fees due August 31

SEPTEMBER
Teaching Excellence Award materials available
September 1
Apps for 2016-17 leave of absence available on G-drive
September 1
Labor Day recess: No classes
September 7
NSCS Board of Trustees meeting in Chadron
September 10-11
Revised 2015 goals due to Dean
September 11
Fall Assessment Retreat: No classes
September 11
Constitution Day
September 17
Recommendation for appointment to graduate faculty form due to Graduate Studies Office
September 25
Graduate faculty review forms due to Graduate Studies Office
September 25
Last day to elect S-NC/audit
September 25
Fridays @ WSC
September 25

OCTOBER
2015 goals for first-year faculty due to Dean
October 1
Faculty 2015-16 evaluation materials available
October 1
Incomplete grades due from spring/summer 2015
October 2
Deadline for clearing December graduates
October 2
Fridays @ WSC
October 2
Teaching Excellence nomination forms due to VPAA
October 5
Homecoming Activities
October 8-11
Regalia orders due to bookstore
October 11
Teaching Excellence nominees notified
October 12
General Faculty/Professional Staff meeting
October 13
Spring 2016 book orders due to bookstore
October 16
Fridays @ WSC
October 16
Assessment reports due to Assessment Director
October 16
Mid-term break
October 19-20
Mid-term low grades due
October 21
Fridays at @WSC
October 23
Mid-term low grades mailed
October 26
Fridays at WSC
October 30

NOVEMBER
Academic Policies proposal deadline November 1
Deans submit diversity activities to VPAA November 1
Tenure and promotion apps available on G-drive November 2
Spring 2016 pre-registration advising begins November 2
Graduate Council proposal deadline November 2
Requests for leave of absence 2016-17 to department chair; Second-year non-tenured faculty evaluation materials to Dean
November 2
Online course listing due to VPAA (summer 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017)
November 3
Fridays @ WSC
November 6
Just Juniors Day
November 7
Last day for class withdrawal (no fee adjustment)
November 9
Requests for leave of absence 2016-17 to Dean's office
November 9
Teaching Excellence materials due to VPAA November 9
Independent/directed study contracts completed
November 10
NSCS Board of Trustees meeting in Wayne
November 12-13
Course registration for spring 2016 begins at 7:30 a.m.
November 16
Deans submit evaluations of second-year faculty to VPAA
November 16
Low enrollment review for spring 2016 begins
November 23
Fall break
November 25-27
VPAA forwards Teaching Excellence materials to RPD
November 30

DECEMBER
Neihardt/Leadership Scholar applications due
December 1
WSC New Freshmen Student Scholarship apps due
December 1
Requests/leave of absence for 2016-17 due to VPAA
December 1
Spring 2016 low enrollment cancellations due to Dean
December 3
Last day for official withdrawal from school
December 7
Notification of course changes/deletions for spring 2016
December 7
Study week
December 8-14
Determination of spring teaching assignments
December 15
Non-renewal notification of second-year non-tenured and tenured faculty
December 15
RPD recommendations for leaves/absence to VPAA
December 15
Final exams
December 15-18
Commencement at 1:30 p.m.
December 18
Final grades due (noon)
December 22
Winter break begins
December 23
WSC offices closed
December 24-January 1

Spring Semester (January-May 2016)

JANUARY
VPAA notification of recommendations to leave candidates
January 8
VPAA leave recommendations to President
January 8
Tenure/promotion applications due to School office
January 11
Classes begin at 8 a.m.
January 11
Campus review committee forwards Teacher Excellence Award recommendation to VPAA
January 11
NSCS Board of Trustees meeting in Lincoln
January 12
Deans submit program reviews to VPAA
January 15
Last day for add/drop/fee adjustments
January 17
Tuition and fees due
January 18
Martin Luther King Day (classes will be held)
January 18
Spring 2016 goals to department chairs
January 18
All faculty submit 2015 evaluation materilas and 2016 goals to School Dean, except second-year faculty
January 29
Fridays at WSC
January 29

FEBRUARY
President's notification of leave of absence approval
February 1
WSC current student scholarship/transfer apps due
February 1
Department RPT rep forwards promotion/tenure apps to Dean
February 1
2016-17 VPAA/Tech Grant apps available on G-drive
February 1
VPAA Teaching Excellence recommendation to President
February 1
Program reviews due to System Office
February 1
Fall student evaluation summaries to faculty
February 1
Dean forwards promotion/tenure apps to VPAA
February 5
Summer book orders due to bookstore
February 5
Dean evaluations of first-year probationary faculty to VPAA
February 8
Last day to elect S-NC/audit
February 12
Department chair elections begin (where needed)
February 15
Teaching Excellence materials due to System Office
February 15
Deadline for clearing May/August 2016 graduates
February 19
Incomplete grades due from fall 2015
February 19
Fridays at WSC
February 19
Summer 2016 course registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
February 22
2016-17 VPAA/Technology Grant apps to department chairs
February 22
Deadline for Dean to review faculty evaluation materials, write evaluations, return evaluation to faculty member
February 29

MARCH
Non-renewal notification deadline for first-year non-tenured faculty
March 1
RPD committee promotion/tenure recommendations to VPAA
March 1
2016-17 VPAA/Technology Grant apps to Dean's office
March 1
Faculty committee elections begin
March 1
2016-17 VPAA/Technology Grant apps to VPAA
March 7
Mid-term break
March 7-11
Dean letters for promotion/tenure to VPAA
March 10
Regalia orders due to bookstore
March 13
Mid-term low grades due (11:59 p.m.)
March 14
Department chair election results to VPAA
March 14
VPAA recommendation for promotion/tenure to President
March 15
Mid-term low grades mailed
March 17
NSCS Board of Trustees meeting in Peru
March 17-18
Fall book orders due to bookstore
March 18
Spring Assessment Retreat; PM only classes cancelled
March 18
Fridays @ WSC
March 18
Just Juniors Day
March 19
Fall 2016 pre-registration advising
March 21
Spring break
March 28
RPD and TLTC grant recommendations to VPAA
March 29
Last day for class withdrawal (no fee adjustment)
March 30
Deans' evaluations of faculty due to VPAA
March 31
Independent/directed study contracts completed
March 31

APRIL
President's notification of promotion/tenure approval
April 1
Graduate assistant apps due
April 1
Grant apps are notified of decisions
April 1
Course registration for fall 2016 begins at 7:30 a.m.
April 4
Faculty committee election results to Dean's office
April 4
Standing Committee year-end reports to VPAA
April 5
General Faculty/Professional Staff meeting
April 12
Graduate Faculty meeting
April 12
Promotion/tenure candidates deadline for appeal
April 15
Faculty Committee election results to VPAA office
April 15
Fridays at WSC
April 15
Assessment reports due to Assessment Director
April 15
Last day to officially withdraw from school
April 22
Study week
April 26-29

MAY
Rule 24 Matrix to Field Exp./Certification Office
May 1
May 2016 low enrollment cancellations due to Dean
May 1
Study week
May 1-2
May 2016 low enrollment cancellations due to VPAA
May 2
Final exam week
May 3-6
May 2016 contract recommendations due to VPAA
May 4
Commencement (9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
May 7
May 3-, 8- and 13-week session contracts issued
May 9
Final grades due for spring 2016 (11:59 p.m.)
May 11
Outstanding Alumni Award slection due to Alumni Office
May 15

Summer (May-August 2016)

MAY
May 3-, 8- and 13-week session classes begin
May 16
May 3-, 8- and 13 week session tuition/fees due
May 17
May 3- and 13-week sessions - last day to register or drop/add
May 17
Low enrollment review for June 2016 begins
May 18
May 3-week session - last day for S-NC/audit
May 18
June 5-week low enrollment cancellations due to Dean
May 18
June 5-week low enrollment cancellations due to VPAA
May 19
June 5-week contract recommendations due to VPAA
May 23
June 5-week session contracts issued
May 27
Memorial Day recess
May 30
Non-renewal of non-tenured faculty
May 30
VPAA/Technology Grant funds encumbered or spent
May 30
May 13-week session - last day to select S-NC/audit
May 31

JUNE
May 3-week session - last day for class withdrawal
June 1
May 3-week session - classes end
June 3
June 5-week session - classes begin
June 6
June 5-week session - last day to register or drop/add
June 7
June 5-week session - tuition/fees due
June 7
May 3-week session - final grades due (11:59 p.m.)
June 8
May 8-week and June 5-week session - last day S-NC/audit
June 9
NSCS Board of Trustees meeting in Lincoln
June 10
Spring student evaluation summaries to faculty
June 17
July 5-week low enrollment cancellations due to Dean
June 22
July 5-week low enrollment cancellations due to VPAA
June 23
July 5-week contract recommendations due to VPAA
June 27
VPAA/Technology Grant reports due to VPAA
June 30
2015-16 leave of absence reports to VPAA
June 30

JULY
July 5-week session contracts issued
July 1
July Fourth holiday observed
July 4
May 8-week and June 5-week sessions - last day for class withdrawal
July 5
May 8-week and June 5-week sessions - classes end
July 7
July 5-week session - classes begin
July 11
July 5-week session - tuition and fees due
July 12
July 5-week session - last day to register or drop/add
July 12
May 8-week and June 5-week session - final grades due (11:59 p.m.)
July 13
July 5-week session - last day for S-NC/audit
July 14

AUGUST
Determination of fall teaching assignments
August 1
Low enrollment review for fall 2016 begins
August 1
May 13-week and July 5-week sessions - last day for official class withdrawal
August 8
May 13-week and July 5-week sessions - classes end
August 10
Fall 2016 low enrollment cancellations due to Dean
August 12
Fall 2016 low enrollment cancellations due to VPAA
August 15
May 13-week and July 5-week sessions - final gradues due (noon)
August 15
Department chair workshop
August 16
New faculty orientation
August 18
Opening meetings
August 19
Classes begin
August 22