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Summer Funding Models

Posted By Saint Louis University, Wednesday, February 21, 2018

As we look at improving our current summer model, I am curious as to what funding models are set-up at other colleges and universities.

1. How is your summer session office/department funded?

2. What does your summer revenue share model look like?

3. How are marketing and administrative costs for summer funded?

If you are comfortable answer the questions above, please respond to this thread or contact me directly at Thank you in advance.

Tags:  budget model  revenue share  summer funding 

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Janet M. Lange says...
Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Bradley University is in the midst of reviewing our administrative structure for our summer and interim sessions, and possibly our funding model. Administration of summer/interim is now a separate office housed in Continuing Education, which reports to the Associate Provost, with revenue and expense budgets for each term. The director of summer/interim is responsible for oversight of these budgets. The director is a position that has become merged with my role as executive director of continuing education. I am responsible for working with the business office annually to set budget and expense goals. No revenue is currently shared, but we are considering creating a model in which we would share a portion of the $$ above a 3-year average to the colleges. In other words, they have to increase the net revenue and then may receive a portion of the increase. We have a budget for marketing cost and supply costs, plus a 1/2 time clerical position. Marketing work is absorbed as part of a continuing education staff member's duties. In addition, the Provost is considering decentralizing summer and interim sessions. His goal is to give the colleges more responsibility and authority. So far, the colleges are not very interested in the decentralization because they see the value of a central office and don't want to take on the additional work with little, and possible no, additional revenue. But we will see where this goes!
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Bowling Green State University says...
Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018
Bowling Green State University does not have any summer revenue share. My office, which runs online, summer, and winter, relies on centralized funding from the Provost. The colleges do not have their own summer budgets, and all contracting is routed through my office for approval or rejection. Courses that do not meet minimum required enrollments are prorated or cut as needed, based on an institutional proration chart I developed with all the associate deans some time ago.

We have not implemented any sort of RCM, but I think it might be helpful if we eventually move in that direction, on a variety of levels. There is currently no broad push to do so.

All marketing & communications costs associated with summer and winter session are "pass-through". That is, we closely coordinate with our Marketing & Communications office on any / all campaigns or promotions related to these sessions, including swag and related items. They then implement and order everything, and send us the bill. My office pays it. Once the session in question is over, we submit all such paid invoices to our CFO office. They do a budget transfer for that total amount back into our budget, and the cycle repeats for the next session.

This is not an elegant solution, but on some levels it works.
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Susan Delap says...
Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018
1. UCM's summer program (ON, ONL, OFF, and UCMLS campus) and expenses are funded by the General Fund (pass through).
2. Revenue is shared with the college and GF at 50/50 for the campuses mentioned above. We have other programs with various revenue share models (Dual Credit, Entrepreneurial, etc.). Most are a 70/30 split with the college and the GF. Extended Studies keeps a fee of 21% of the gross revenue for these special programs.
3. Our summer marketing is funded by the GF and given to us in our budget at the beginning of the fiscal year.

I'll add that Extended Studies processes all summer faculty salaries based on the summer formula and the available revenue generated for each course.
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Danielle Lindsey says...
Posted Monday, March 19, 2018
Responses for Illinois State University:
1. How is your summer session office/department funded?
Summer Session is administered through the Provost's Office. The Provost's Office allocates funds to colleges to support instruction for courses for our current and summer visiting students. In addition, courses offered to students who would not otherwise attend Illinois State if not for the unique offering of a specific course (location, cohort program, for example) may apply to offer the course using our full-cost recovery model. This funding program is available for the fall, spring and summer. The guidelines are available here:
2. What does your summer revenue share model look like? See link above for specifics.

3. How are marketing and administrative costs for summer funded? Funded with permanent budget and coordinated through the Provost's Office.
Contact: Danielle Lindsey
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