3.34.1 Academic Calendar

Responsible Position

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs


Minnesota State Board Policy

Minnesota State System Procedure


Alexandria Technical and Community College develops an academic calendar that complies with Minnesota State Board Policy and the MSCF contract. The college utilizes the following consultation process to develop the calendar:

  1. Academic Affairs prepares a draft calendar.
  2. Faculty Shared Governance and Leadership Council discuss the draft and work for compromise, if needed.
  3. Presented to the college student senate for review.
  4. Faculty Shared Governance, Leadership Council, and Student Senate must approve the final draft.
Mid-Semester Advising

Alexandria Technical & Community College shall designate a mid-semester advising day as part of the academic calendar for each fall and spring semester. Academic advising is to occur on this date, along with registration for the following semester.

End of Semester

In an 80+ instructional-day semester, the last day of the semester shall be non-instructional for all programs and faculty (no students). The preceding school days of that calendar week may be used in the following manner based on each course instructor’s discretion.

If instructor uses a final exam for end of semester assessment, instructional class hours may be cancelled. Final exam hours are to be scheduled within the ISRS listed course meeting times.

Any final exam schedules requiring student attendance outside of the normal course schedule times must be approved by Academic Affairs.

If instructor uses final course/program capstone projects, these days may not require normal class attendance by students when project(s) is completed.

If instructor chooses not to use final exams or final projects (see above), classes shall meet in normal manner through the final "instructional" day of the semester.

Where programs/divisions are tightly cored, coordination and communication between instructors regarding what their intentions are will provide a more professional semester end for our students.

Related ATCC Documents:


Approved by: Leadership Council

Effective Date: 2/3/2021

Next Review Date: February 2024

Archive:  3.27 Academic Calendar
                  3.32 End of Semester
                  3.34 Mid-Term Advising