In order to best position our students for success, we will be changing the opening week calendar to decrease the amount of time students are on campus prior to the start of classes. This change originated as a recommendation from the First-Year Study Group and involved careful consideration and consultation with numerous stakeholders. It also aligns with practices at peer and peer-aspirant institutions.
Currently, new students are on campus for more than six days before classes begin, which leads to disengagement, risky behaviors, and other challenges associated with a considerable amount of unstructured time. In fall 2016, new students will move in on Sunday, Aug.14 and Monday, Aug. 15, reducing the gap between move-in and the first day of class.
This compressed 2016 calendar will result in several changes to the current opening week schedule and will have wider implications.
1) Convocation and the First-Year Reading Experience will be merged into one event on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016.
2) First Night Carolina will be shifted to the evening of Monday, Aug 15, 2016.
3) Given that Convocation will now occur after families have left, colleges will need to redesign or reschedule the receptions that preceded this event. If colleges desire to include families in these receptions, the events should take place prior to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.
4) A new send-off event for all families will take place in the late afternoon of Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 as a way for the president to welcome and connect with families.
We recognize that there will be adjustments necessary as we transition to this new schedule, and we appreciate your flexibility and mutual investment in the support of our students.