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Change in administration of ‘Summer Term’ creates strategic improvements to flexible learning

March 22, 2019 — 

Expanding upon its commitment to flexible learning, the University of Manitoba is restructuring its approach to summer academic offerings through the establishment of a Summer Term. This replaces the former Summer Session that, until 2018, was administered by Extended Education. Summer Term will be administered by the faculties/schools, with the Registrar’s Office managing the coordinating of scheduling activities, room assignments and final exams – in keeping with the rest of the academic timetable. 

The University of Manitoba remains dedicated to student success through flexible learning options and our change in administration of Summer Term is an initiative that fits with a flexible learning approach,” explains Janice Ristock, Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

This change in administration of Summer Term does not affect what fees students are assessed. This will remain consistent with past practice.

Course offerings for Summer Term 2019 will be similar to that offered in 2018 as the transition from Extended Education to faculties/schools is completed. With faculties/schools taking the lead on the planning and delivery of courses during the Summer Term moving forward, they will be able to plan the entire academic year in a holistic manner and may be able to spread more course sections, particularly for high demand courses, throughout the year.

Referring to the National Academic Advising Association’s best practices, Brigitte Wiebe, university advising services coordinator explains the benefits for students of such an approach, “Advising literature focused on retention and progression suggests that students who can plan three terms forward in their academic programs will be more engaged in their progression to degree attainment. Roadmaps, or pathways to degree and program planning, make progress more attainable, helping to restructure complex choices. Developing successful interdependence as a student, taking ownership of personal and academic goals, will help with engagement in the academic cycle.”

Academic advisors are available to assist students with their Summer, Fall, and Winter Term planning.

Registration for Summer Term opens March 25.

Learn more here.

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