Summer Strategy Group & Report

Date: 
15 Oct 2013
Description: 

SSG Outcomes Report

This web page is a collection of documents for use by the Summer Strategy Group, with charge as follows:

[Original recipients below]

Dear all,

Summer session is crucial to undergraduate student success, graduate student support and training, and campus finances.  Undergraduate students can decrease their time to degree, enroll in impacted classes, and take pre-reqs required for fall courses.  Graduate students can hone their teaching skills and maintain employment.

I am establishing a Summer Strategy Group. I and your dean are inviting you to be an active member.  I hope you will accept. I expect the group to meet three times and have scheduled meetings for:

Thursday, July 18 from 1:00 to 2:30pm, Kerr Hall Room 212
Thursday, August 1 from 10:30am to noon, Kerr Hall Room 212
Tuesday, September 10 from 1:00 to 2:30pm, Kerr Hall Room 307

We will arrange for phone participation for those who will not be on campus.

The Summer Strategy Group (SSG) will focus on increasing undergraduate enrollments in Summer 2014*. This is expected to also positively affect:

  • Undergraduate time to degree

  • Graduate employment through TA and GSI positions

  • Campus finances

The SSG will need to recommend action on several key items quickly, in order to have changes take effect for Summer 2014. Items include:

  1. Financial incentives to departments and programs for offering courses.

  2. TA Allocation policy. 

  3. Course cancellation policy. 

  4. Fees, especially those charged to visitors.

  5. Online education incentives. 

This group is part of our ongoing effort to consult, communicate, and ensure transparency and continuous improvement in policy and implementation. There is growing campus consensus that “business as usual” will not enable us to meet (or exceed) our longer-term summer enrollment goals.  The Summer Strategy Group may also begin to form the questions and foundations for a broader discussion, including such items as:   

  • How to evaluate possibilities among the multitude of competing funding goals—ladder faculty, graduate student instructors, teaching assistants, graduate student researchers, the campus as a whole, departments, divisions, financial aid, and of course student retention, graduation, and time to degree.

  • Examining the systems used by other summer sessions, in particular other UC campuses. For  example, UCI introduced a “pay for only 8” program of tuition discounting this year, letting students enroll in up to 20 units while paying for just 8 (this may be worth considering for Summer 2014).

  • Determining the best ways to continue and expand our focus on transparency and local decisions with respect to summer session curricular planning.

Thank you for considering joining this team. Please let Mackenzie Aluffi (9-4908, mfaluffi@ucsc.edu) know if you will be able to attend some or all of the meetings and if you will attend in person or by telephone.


Sincerely,
Richard
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*The campus has set a long-range enrollment plan (LREP) target to grow undergraduate and graduate enrollments 44% by 2020.  In particular, the LREP estimates for Summer 2013 are 775 undergraduate and 70 graduate; targets for Summer 2014 800 and 115; targets for Summer 2015 1000 and 165;  followed by steady growth to Summer 2020 enrollments of 1500 undergraduate and 415 graduate student FTE enrollments

Original Recipients:
ARTS: Jenny Brown, Carrie Haber, Jude Pipes
ENGINEERING: Monique Vairo, Glen Winans
HUMANITIES: Julie Brower, Roxanne Monnet, Lisa Oman, Stephanie Sawyer
PHYSICAL & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Cindy Hodges, Elaine Rivas
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Kyle Eischen, Jill Esteras, Dana Rohlf
ACADEMIC SENATE: Joe Konopelski
PLANNING & BUDGET: Meg Lehr, Free Moini
GRADUATE DIVISION: Tyrus Miller
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Jessica Fiske Bailey, Ted Codding, Monica Parikh

Cc:  Deans, VCPB, EVC