The current academic calendar configuration is an 18-week flexible calendar. It includes two 18-week semesters and 10 days of professional development. Title 5, Section 58120, as modified in 1996, permits districts to count any day that includes at least three hours of instruction, including Saturday and Sunday. As a result, primary terms can be shorter since more days can now be counted towards the 175-day requirement.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) is seeking approval from the State Chancellor's Office to shorten, or compress, its primary terms. Specifically, the proposed compressed calendar would include two 16-week semesters, as well as an intersession during January, while retaining 10 days of professional development and eliminating finals week. Final exams can be scheduled the last week of class. There are many potential benefits to transitioning to a compressed calendar. For example, research has shown increases in student success and retention. In addition, the 16-week configuration aligns more closely with the term lengths of local colleges and universities, and provides students with earlier opportunities for summer employment and competitive internships.
The District created a task force in 2017-2018 to analyze the movement to a compressed calendar. The task force, comprised of both constituent and expert members, studied internal factors (such as student and employee preferences and operational matters), regional issues (such alignment between other educational institutions), and worked with the State Chancellor’s Office to ensure technical compliance with state mandates. While the District did not move forward with the compressed calendar at that time, both Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College Faculty Senates have recently approved a resolution to move forward with a compressed calendar for 2023–2024, and formal adoption of the 2023-2024 compressed academic calendar will be brought forward to the Board at the October 2022 meeting.
- Cuyamaca College – Calendar Alignment Resolution
- Grossmont College – Academic Calendar Alignment Resolution
- Academic Senate Presentation – Calendar Alignment Resolution
- 16-Week Compressed Calendar Compared to 18-Week Flexible Calendar