As a former VAP and now-instructor at Miami University, I wholeheartedly agree with a designated midterm exam week leading into fall break. I think it's an excellent idea — just one midterm exam and one final exam. There should also be a moratorium on quizzes and projects due in the preceding and following week(s) of the mid-term exam week.
Andor J Kiss, PhD
Director - Center for Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics