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University of Mary Washington

November 2016

As has become traditional, the fall issue of the newsletter focuses on the summer session. Hopefully, we can build on the successes of last summer’s offerings. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Jonathan Levin


But First, CONGRATULATIONS are in order!

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that Dr. Robert Rycroft, Professor of Economics, has been awarded a Waple Professorship for 2016-17 and 2017-18 to support his work on completion of two book manuscripts, The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty (for which he is serving as both editor and contributor) and The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, Discrimination and Mobility (2nd edition).  Please join me in congratulating Bob on this honor.

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Summer Session Enrollments INCREASED in 2016!

For the first time since 2010, we can report that there were gains in summer session enrollments over the prior summer. The total number of student credit hours last summer was 5,981 – a 3.4% increase over the prior year. The unduplicated headcount (total number of students attending) was 1,139, a 6.3% increase from summer 2015. And the out of state enrollments increased by a healthy 16%.

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Looking Closer at Summer Enrollments – Online Summer Classes Keep Growing

A total of 164 courses ran last summer, with the largest number of these occurring in the May/June term (68 courses). The June/July session had the next highest number of courses available (53 courses). While the majority of courses continue to occur in a face-to-face mode, one quarter of the courses offered were taught in a fully online format. That’s a far cry from the 2012 summer, when just 8% of the courses offered were fully online.

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

Compensation policies followed last summer will remain in effect for summer session 2017. 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.  Compensation for supervision of summer individual study and internship credits, which was re-instated two years ago, WILL CONTINUE (see the next story as well).

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Payment for Summer Individual Study and Internship Supervision

The decision to restore payment to faculty for supervising summer session individual studies and internships has proven largely successful and will continue. When we restored this program in 2015, after a 15-year lapse, we were hopeful that this move would be greeted positively. Even though the amounts are not large, many faculty have commented to us that they see this program as a good thing.

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An Overview of Summer Session Planning

As we have done for the past two years, the plan is once again to post the full schedule of summer session courses on the web on January 25, 2017. More detail about the deadlines for summer session course schedules will be provided from the Dean’s Office in each college. Registration for summer courses will still start the first day after spring break (Monday, March 7, 2016). Here’s the full calendar of summer session planning activities.

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A Closer Look at Graduate versus Undergraduate Summer Enrollments

The overwhelming majority of summer enrollments are in undergraduate courses. Undergraduate enrollments in summer 2016 increased over the previous summer, but enrollments in graduate courses did not. And while both undergraduate and graduate summer enrollments are lower than what they were in 2013, the dip has been somewhat steeper for graduate enrollments.

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Photo Credit: Jeff McClurken