University of Missouri

49-49: A Resolution Calling for the Recording of the Length of Time Between the Taking of Finals and the Posting of Final Grades at the End of a Semester

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri – Columbia

Bill #49-49

A Resolution Calling for the Recording of the Length of Time Between the Taking of Finals and the Posting of Final Grades at the End of a Semester

WHEREAS, the Academic Affairs committee is charged with “addressing any academic issues pertaining to students, [and] helping administrators develop new policies that affect the academic life of students and researching ways to improve the education of students at the University of Missouri-Columbia,” and,

WHEREAS, the timing of the finals schedule was a major issue last spring when the University decided to modify the finals week schedule for Fall 2009 by moving “Stop Day” up one day and starting Finals on the Friday of the week preceding Finals Week,and,

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri-Columbia is comprised of 11 different colleges, each with many different divisions and degree opportunities, and,

WHEREAS, these educational divisions allow their instructors to issue different types of finals, including but not limited to, Multiple Choice Finals (either Scantrons or Written), Essay Finals, Verbal Finals, and,

WHEREAS, the timely issuing of final grades at the end of the semester is of particular concern to many parties including students who are about to graduate and other students who are trying to establish their futures in a proactive manner by sending out applications to jobs and graduate schools, and,

WHEREAS, for the Fall Semester of 2009, the Academic Affairs Committee made a limited record of the dates of when their finals were taken and when the final grades were posted in order to gauge the length of time used by their teachers between the taking of finals and the posting of semester final grades, and,

WHEREAS, these results are not sufficient in number to warrant standing alone as a complete and comprehensive survey of the elapsed time between the time a particular final was taken and when the grades for that particular class were posted, but should be used as a foundation for future investigations, and,

WHEREAS, these results are intended to be used as a source of dialog amongst MSA and Faculty members regarding Finals Week issues.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION thatmore comprehensive inquests be made by the Academic Affairs Committee in future semesters to provide the Senate with a source of internal information in order to make better decisions regarding ideas on the future of Finals Week(s).

Respectfully Submitted,

Ian F. Krause, Academic Affairs