UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
Summer Session and J-Term
Summer Session and J-Term courses and programs will be offered to expand academic access for UWRF students and to allow faculty and staff to support and enhance student-learning opportunities. Courses and programs offered will be guided by the Goals and Initiatives set forth in the University Operational Plan as well as the Strategic Plan which include, but are not limited to, Goal 1: Create a Culture of Learning, and Goal 7: Invest in Human Resources. Academic units will refer to the spirit of the Strategic Plan when choosing course offerings that meet the needs of various learner constituencies, such as currently matriculated students, working professionals, life-long learners, regional businesses, organizations and agencies and under-represented and minority populations. All program and course offerings will be based on a model that is fiscally sustainable. The procedures set forth in this paper are intended to allow UWRF to offer, over the course of an academic year, the broadest possible mix of classes to meet our diverse learner population needs, provide students greater opportunity to graduate within four years, and compensate faculty and staff in a manner commensurate with their rank.
Summer Session, Winter Session (J-Term), including Fully On-Line, Hybrid, Internship, Independent Study, Research, and Reading Compensation Policy guiding principles and requirements.
The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process.
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Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.
UW System and UWRF institutional plans will guide the allocation of expenditure authority for Fudn 104 from UW Extension to UWRF.
Prior to 2003 (and the development and implementation of the UWRF Strategic Plan), Summer Session courses were taught on a compensation model that was proportional to a faculty member’s nine-month academic year salary up to a maximum of 2/9 (0.2222) of that salary. A full summer session load was considered to be eight credits and course enrollments of 18 students were required for instructors to receive full compensation. Courses with fewer than 18 students were taught at a reduced rate as individually negotiated with the respective Deans. This policy changed in 2003, without Faculty Governance input or consultation, to a per-credit rate model with built-in salary plateaus. The result of this change was faculty and staff teaching courses for significantly less compensation as well as the introduction of a tremendous disincentive to offer classes whose enrollments were above the designated plateau levels or below reasonable compensation enrollments. This, along with other reasons, has resulted in a stagnant summer session program. With the introduction of the Wisconsin Growth Agenda and More Graduates for Wisconsin initiatives, it is imperative that UWRF leverage our talent and physical resources more effectively to reach our goals and expand student opportunities. Enhancing our summer school and J-Term offerings will play a significant role in teaching our objectives and better serve our student body by offering additional scheduling flexibility.
The express purpose of this policy is to align our summer session/J-Term compensation policy with overall Goals and Initiatives set forth in the Strategic Plan while specifically addressing Goal 7.1.3: “Develop and implement a new summer and J-Term session salary schedule/model.” It is a model that, among other things:
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