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.

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