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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 Faculty Senate 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

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