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University of Mary Washington

November 2014

This issue is all about the summer session and it summarizes a number of new approaches we are trying this year to build the strongest possible offering of summer courses for our students. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Jonathan Levin

Collaborating to Build the Summer Session for 2015

It’s that time of year again– time to begin planning summer session.  The Academic Task Force recommended further centralization of the management of summer session, in order to “strategically plan and be proactive in the determination of course offerings to better meet student needs.”  This is without question the right goal, but whether empowering one individual to oversee the summer session would make that happen remains, for me, an open question.  In the end, planning summer session is a collaborative activity.

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New Approaches to Summer Session Planning Are Underway

In the effort to generate the strongest possible set of summer session course offerings, we are taking two different planning approaches. First, we have distributed an online survey to all active students to gauge their potential interest in attending the summer session. And second, we have decided to release the schedule of summer session courses later this year (in January rather than December) in order to afford more time to plan the schedule of offerings.

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Recent Summer Session Enrollments Show Declines

Because summer session provides support to ongoing operations at the University (and is not applied just toward the costs of running the summer session), enrollment declines can have far reaching consequences. The truth is that UMW’s summer enrollments have dropped off sharply, just as the national trends have shown. As we plan for the 2015 summer session, it’s useful to take a look at what our trends have been.

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Teaching Summer Session Courses – Last Year’s Compensation Policies Remain in Effect

As you’ll recall, we reviewed our summer session faculty compensation procedures last year. Many of you took part in the open forum I held, and others contributed comments via email. So that there is no ambiguity, let me start by clearly stating that the compensation policies we followed last summer will remain in effect for summer session 2015. You can easily find the summer faculty compensation policies posted on the Provost’s website (look under the category called “Policies” in the header menu) or use this direct link: summer session compensation policy

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