As each semester begins the faculty and staff of BYU-Hawaii gathers for what’s known as the Ohana meeting to discuss upcoming changes in the university. At the heart of this year’s meeting were four key elements.
1. The Academic Calendar is Changing
It’s official. Rather than try to squeeze a full course into seven summer weeks, or 14 weeks with a five week break in the middle as the University has been doing with the model of Summer A and B, BYU-Hawaii has opted for a model with three equal semesters. Fall term will begin in August, Winter in November, and Spring in March with a seven week break before the following Fall semester commences. Several reasons were given for this shift in the Ohana meeting.