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Scheduling of Summer Courses

Guidelines for the Distribution of Summer Courses
Approved by the English Faculty, 10/30/01

At the request of the Chair, the Curriculum Committee has embarked upon a reassessment of our policy regarding the scheduling of summer courses. Currently the Department determines its summer schedule based primarily on faculty availability. Because this situation does not account for the need, under the new program, for students to have a greater number of required courses available to them nor does it differentiate the particular teaching and learning demands of the short and long summer sessions, the Curriculum Committee offers the following policy for consideration by the department.

To help make required courses available to students over the summer, the Committee proposes that of the upper division courses generally offered in the summer, at least two should be courses that are required for either the English or the Secondary Education program. Furthermore, they should represent diverse requirements-for instance a genre course and a period course or an individual authors course and a writing course rather than two period courses. Whenever possible, at least one 4000-level course will be offered in a 17 day term and one offered in a 36 day term.

Further, the Committee proposes that the following classes not be offered in the short (17 day) summer terms but instead be reserved for the long (36 day) summer session:

English 1101 and 1102
Any 4000-level course whose learning outcomes stipulate research-based writing.
Any 6000-level seminar

Courses that require consent of the Chair-Practical Criticism and the Senior Seminar-should not be offered in any summer term.

The Committee does not feel that it is advisable at this time to place restrictions on the number of summer courses students can use to fulfill the requirements of the major. Regulating which courses the department schedules in the summer term will already help to limit and direct students' choices, and restricting these options further would most likely hamper student enrollment in English offerings. While these new guidelines will necessitate some changes in the way faculty assignments are determined for the summer sessions, they will still provide enough flexibility for faculty to rotate these duties. If these recommendations are approved by the Department, the Advisory Committee should take up the question of how to manage the staffing of these courses.