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Conversations That Matter: Approaching the Academic Calendar More Creatively


In one of our recent 7 Second Surveys, we found that:

  • 92% of colleges responding to the survey offer summer sessions.
  • 52% offer winter sessions.
  • 41% offer maymester.
  • 31% -- less than one third -- offer other flexible options on the academic calendar, such as fast track sessions or late start semesters.

Special sessions are emerging as a key strategy for optimizing enrollment. To learn a little more about the opportunities these calendaring options present, we interviewed Ken Smith, Virginia Tech's vice provost for resource management and institutional effectiveness, in the following 7 minute podcast. Ken has both chaired and staffed multiple committees charged with overall improvement of special sessions operations at Virginia Tech.

Want to Take a Closer Look?

Join Academic Impressions to learn the financial and operational models for managing and optimizing enrollment for special sessions—summer sessions, winter sessions, maymester, etc. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Review existing models.
  • Develop a working plan.
  • Apply what you learn to your institution.

Learn more here.

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About the Authors

Daniel Fusch, Director of Publications & Research

Daniel provides strategic direction and content for AI’s electronic publication Higher Ed Impact, including market research and interviews with leading subject matter experts on critical issues. Since the publication’s launch in 2009, Daniel has written or edited more than 500 articles on strategic issues ranging from student recruitment and retention to development and capital planning. If you have a question or a comment about this article, feel free to contact Daniel at