ERIC Number: ED314968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Legitimacy and Integrity of Summer Sessions.
Taylor, Alton L.
The paper offers a framework for examining the organization and governance of summer sessions that best support the college or university's institutional mission of teaching. Discussion centers on issues of legitimacy and integrity that arise when summer sessions deviate from the primary responsibility of meeting the academic needs of students. Summer session legitimacy requires an official statement of purpose of an adequate level of organizational authority. Threats to legitimacy and integrity of summer sessions include a lack of institutional acknowledgement of purpose and authority and of the contributions made during the summer term that facilitate student progress toward degrees, faculty employment, use of facilities, and major revenue contributions to the institution. Some administrators may attempt to gain control of summer programs for their special interests especially as summer programs succeed in generating additional revenues. Struggles for the assurance and protection of quality academic programs remain in continuous conflict with obtaining adequate financial support which transcends academic year or summer terms. 10 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Association of Summer Sessions. (Reno, NV, November 13-17, 1988).