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Moving Summer Enrollment from Spring Term to Fall Term?

Posted By Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson, Monday, October 24, 2016

Good morning!  We're discussing moving our enrollment for Summer term from the Spring term to the Fall term.  We've heard this helps students plan better, departments plan better, and improves enrollment in Summer.


If you institution has made this move, could you share some of the specific changes you saw, including impact on enrollment, impact on retention and graduation, etc.?  We'd love to have an idea of how much this will help!


Thank you,
Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson
Program Coordinator
Global Campus
Kansas State University
1615 Anderson Ave., Room 214
Manhattan, KS 66502-4098
Phone: (785) 532-2570

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Blake Nemelka says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
We couldn't get our faculty or registrar's office on board for this type of switch because it would cause a dramatic shift in the planning for summer courses timing but we did change from mid-March to Feb 1 timing and that seemed to be well received with everyone. Also, we did a survey out to undergrads and out of 4,800 responses, only 15% said they would register for summer before the winter break. Let me know if you'd like to talk more. -Blake (
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Kevin Krycka says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
We are on quarter system and moved our registration for summer from May to late February, a week after students register for spring quarter. We had a big jump in registration, but a bigger melt than in prior years. Complaints were that internships and job opportunities would not be known until later in the academic year. For us internsthips, study abroad, etc., often aren't settled until late April or May.
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Kathy Gavazzi says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
Our University wants Bursar holds on for spring before I can turn on Summer registration.
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Gary Simon says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
At The University of Tampa, our summer schedule goes live for students and faculty to view in late November (this year, the 28th), but registration for summer does not open until Feb 20th, which is about a month before Fall registration begins. This has worked well, because students can start planning their summer and fall schedule while on holiday break. It also gives us the ability to tweak the summer schedule before registration actually starts... as we all know that happens.
PS Summer schedules are due to me today from the department chairs :-) .
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Danielle Lindsey says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
At Illinois State University our summer schedule is available for students to view starting in October. This coincides with our Spring advanced registration, so students can plan for summer while registering for spring. Summer advanced registration begins in February.
The summer schedules are due to me the end of August.
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Barbara H. Gotshall says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
At Colorado State University the preliminary list of summer courses are available the third week of October which coincides with spring registration. The more detailed schedule is available the first week of January and summer registration begins right after spring break (third week of March). This timeline seems to work well.
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Diana M. Ramey says...
Posted Monday, October 24, 2016
For 2016 summer classes with student planning timelines in mind, we moved the posting of the schedule from February 2016 to November 2015. We wanted students and parents to know what was going to be offered as they were considering over the holidays all existing opportunities for the following summer--including summer classes. We pushed out a notice just prior to Thanksgiving 2015 to check our summer page for summer class listings; clicks increased by 408% over the previous November, 582% over the previous December, 575% over the previous January, and 304% over the previous February. It was not about registering early--it was about planning; students register for summer and fall at the same time beginning February 1. Summer enrollment was up 1.2% and semester hours taken was up 3.3% from the previous year. It is difficult to say that this change alone was the cause for increases, but it appeared to have made a positive impact. Initially it seemed impossible to make such a big institutional change, but once the Interim Provost was on board it quickly gained momentum.
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Marlys Boote says...
Posted Friday, November 4, 2016
At the University of Iowa we now have Summer course proposals due in early September, with Summer courses online for students to view in mid-October. Students plan for summer while registering for spring. Summer registration begins in early March. This will be our second year on this schedule, and while it took more than a year of meetings across campus to get it approved, the results are well worth it!
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