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University of Mary Washington

October 2015

As has become traditional, the fall issue of the newsletter is all about the summer session. Our goal is build the strongest possible offering of summer courses for our students. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Jonathan Levin

Looking Ahead to Summer Session 2016

Spring registration just started today, so it might strike you as just a little odd that we are already talking about the summer session! About this time two years ago, we had an open forum to review a number of policies related to the summer. Last year, we redoubled our efforts to stress collaborative planning. These developments have been partially successful in addressing some of the challenges affecting our summer session but work remains. As the articles in this newsletter suggest, summer 2015 brought mixed results.

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Summer Session Enrollments Showed Smaller Decline in 2015

While total summer session enrollments again decreased in summer 2015, the rate of the decline was smaller than had been the case for the prior three summers. The number of fully online courses offered increased by 65% over the prior summer, and these courses were strong performers. UMW is not unique in seeing declining registration in summer session courses. We need to keep doing everything possible to try and reverse these enrollment trends.

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An Overview of Summer Session Planning

Three of the changes adopted for summer session planning last year are being repeated as we build the next summer session. We will again distribute an online survey to all active students to gauge their potential interest in attending the summer session. We will release the schedule of summer session courses at the end of January rather than December (as had been the case previously) in order to afford more time to plan the schedule of offerings. And a list of the strongest summer session courses over the past four years will be made available to all academic programs to assist in planning which courses to offer.

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

The compensation policies we followed last summer will remain in effect for summer session 2016. 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 last year after a 15-year absence, will continue. Details about that are included in the compensation policy.

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