Recommendation 8: Strategic Course Scheduling
GIF Task Force Recommendation
Progress Toward Recommendation
Related Recommendations from Retention & Timely Graduation Task Force

8) Offer alternative and/or strategic course scheduling.

For Fall 2009, KUCE (Continuing Education) courses became classified as resident credit providing an additional, flexible option for course scheduling throughout the academic year. In addition, CLAS approved the development of 8-week sessions within the Fall and Spring Terms.

The University Calendar Committee has also recommended changes that provide realistic options for intersession courses.

CLAS and school enrollment management evaluates course availability for all terms, including summer, to maximize course offerings. Course availability currently meets summer demands.

During New Student Orientation between incoming students and academic advisors, Academic Information Meetings specifically address academic milestones for graduation, including completion of 31 hours minimally each academic year, utilizing summer school if necessary. This message is reinforced with GPS communications in the first year, at the end of the second academic year, and in preparation for graduation.

A summer school website provides students with information about taking online and on-site summer courses. For 2010, summer courses were also publicized in press releases, directed emails, and in printed media.

In addition, students and advisors can access summer course enrollment information through the Online Advising Tool on the KU portal.



8a) Add course offerings in the summer that allow students to stay on track.

8b) Offer short courses during winter break and/or late spring between convocation and the start of the summer semester.

8c) Stress enrollment in summer school through advising and promotional materials.

8d) More proactively recruit students to enroll in summer. For example, the Edwards Campus sends postcards promoting summer enrollment to all undergraduate students in the KC metro area. 80% of undergraduate students at the Edwards Campus in summer are Lawrence campus students.

8e) Send advisors a list of students who could graduate if they took summer courses in their last semester



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