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Summer Session Scheduling Methods

Posted By Julie Choi, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hi Folks,

I was curious what methods you use to schedule Summer Sessions - if you rely solely on department chairs to make decisions, or heavily use data and analysis from the administrative end to influence the scheduling of future courses. Any input is much appreciated!

Thanks,

Julie, Emerson College

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Jim Burke says...
Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hi Julie,
I'm new at Colorado College, and I've tried to do a bit of both, but lean a little heavier on the admin side. I meet with all the departments to solicit proposals from faculty & chairs, but I go to those meetings knowing what courses have waiting lists and what courses fulfill all-degree requirements and suggest summer offerings like that may be helpful to students. Also, in the spring I run a report on students that withdrew or failed courses, and if there's a course or cross-listed course that could help students get back on track, I go back to departments and suggest they add a section.
But to your point, I try to run a lot of admin reports about degree progress and course popularity, and reference them when I solicit course proposals. Hope that helps!
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Christine Billings says...
Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017
At Creighton University, we utilize data to help inform our course requests and targeted communications. In addition to enrollment patterns in prior semesters (including summer, of course), we utilize data related to student curricula and progress to pinpoint needed and wanted courses. However, we also understand that departments often have insights into their programs and students - so we also welcome new/interesting courses in addition to the requested courses.

During the registration period, we monitor, daily, our summer enrollment. As courses close or are near full, we circle back with departments/instructors to request additional seats/sections (which has decreased the number of override requests we get from students).

Our goal is to be proactive and responsive - informed by data to support requests and actions.
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Julie Choi says...
Posted Friday, July 21, 2017
Thank you both for your responses, this is incredibly helpful!
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