Summer Session Organizational Models at Canadian Universities

  • Bill Kops


The issue of summer session organizational models continues to be of interest to summer session deans/directors and university administrators. The University of Victoria surveyed Canadian universities on this issue in 1994. Based on a similar survey done in 2009, this paper updates the status of Canadian university summer session organizational models, and looks at changes that have occurred over the last decade and a half. It appears that the predominance of more centralized models of summer session administration at Canadian universities has continued. Nevertheless, closer examination suggests that the predominant model is actually a hybrid model wherein responsibilities are vested in a centralized summer session unit with selective responsibilities devolved to faculties and/or departments.

Author Biography

Bill Kops
Bill Kops is a professor in extended education and director of summer session and general studies at the University of Manitoba. He teaches in the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program, and his research interests are in the areas of continuing professional education, continuing learning of older adults, and self-directed learning.