College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Unit Head Mailing 11-30-10

1.      Finals Week

2.      Protecting Confidentiality of Student Work

3.     University-wide Assessment Conference – January 7, 2011

4.     CLAS Important Dates


1.            Finals Week – from Mary Schutten

Hi everyone,

As the semester draws to a close I would like to send a reminder about final exams.  Please remind your faculty that all classes must meet for a culminating experience during final exam week, on the appropriate scheduled exam day and time. We have fifteen week semesters; we must fulfill our obligation to provide students with rigorous educational structure and content of material.

In the event that the course structure involves a take home final, the due date for submission of this exam should be the appropriate scheduled exam day and time.

Both the Provost and the Dean expect strict compliance with this policy, and unit heads will be held accountable for any faculty member that does not meet his or her classes.

I’m sure the rationale for the policy is nothing new and it extends to all instructors who teach at Grand Valley. There are no exceptions to this policy.  The Dean himself is complying with this policy for the course he is teaching this semester.

Thank you for your time and help with this matter.


2.            Protecting Confidentiality of Student Work

As the end of the semester nears, a reminder to safeguard student work is appropriate. While it seems efficient to place graded student work in the halls, this practice breaches confidentiality procedures. Please remind colleagues that all student work should be returned in a manner that ensures confidentiality and reduces the likelihood of student theft of the graded work of other students.


3.            University-wide Assessment Conference – January 7, 2011

Mark your calendars!

University-wide assessment conference: Effective Assessment: Practicing Excellence and Excellent Practice
January 7, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Eberhard Center

Keynote speaker and consultant, Trudy Banta, Ed.D, nationally known for her work in assessment and evaluation.  Plus, invited faculty and staff presentations including several CLAS colleagues.

Watch for more information: http://www.gvsu.edu/assessment/module-news-view.htm?newsId=2D52F9CB-E7E8-8BEF-5C5640990EA952F5

4.                  CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



Dec. 2

GVSU Service  Awards and Holiday Party

Grand River Room, 3:00-5:00

Dec. 3

CLAS Holiday Open House

Pere Marquette Room, 2204 KC, 11:30-1:15 p.m.

Dec. 3

Dueling GVSU Trombone and Tuba Ensembles

Kirkhof Center Balconies, 1:00-1:30

Dec. 3

Carillon Holiday Open House

1:30-3:00 p.m., Carillon Tower Plaza

Dec. 8

Unit Head Meeting

2263 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Dec. 11


Van Andel Arena, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Dec. 13-17

Final Exam Week


Dec. 13

Round two schedule to UH (tentative)

Due back to Dean’s office Jan. 3.

Dec. 21

Final Grades Due from Faculty


Dec. 21

Blackboard closes for upgrade


Dec. 24

Offices closed until Jan. 3, 2011





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