Definition and Purpose
For the purpose of this policy paper the words Summer session, Summer semester and long vacation program are used interchangeably.
In its mission of being the fulcrum of a knowledge-driven society, building competencies and fostering determination and competition among people through the instrumentality of modern technology, during the long vacation, the Kwara State University (KWASU) offers its students and the community in general courses, workshops, and other experiences which meet students’ needs and contribute to the accomplishment of a few objectives.
The three primary objectives of the Summer semester are to provide instruction which:
1.Satisfies general education requirements;
2. Satisfies major undergraduate/graduate/certificate program requirements;
3.Satisfies students’ demands for specific courses.
In recent years, summer sessions have become an increasingly popular academic option for students all over the world who are looking to remain productive even after the standard session concludes. Summer courses usually cover the same amount of material discussed in standard semesters, but in a shortened period of time. The typical summer class is approximately six weeks in length.
Among other advantages of Summer courses perhaps are the ability to catch up or move ahead in the degree curriculum is the most beneficial one. In KWASU, students who fall behind in their standard session may see the long vacation program as a great opportunity to catch up. Another advantage of Summer courses is the possibility to take difficult hard-core calculus courses that require a lot of effort and time to master their content, which could be difficult in a standard session due to the other courses students have to dedicate their time to.
Departments and Centers also can benefit a lot by offering short-term professional courses that will attract non-traditional students and other interested people from the larger community. Courses on Information technology, Business and Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Hotel management and many others that can offer practical skills training that could generate funds for departments, centers the University and as well honorarium for lecturers and participating staffs. Such courses can provide students with a chance to improve their knowledge and get a certificate at the end of it, which may increase their chances for job opportunities.
Policies and Procedures
1. The Summer semester is designed to enable students to take their carry over courses during the long vacation so that such courses will not become a burden for them during the regular academic semesters of Harmattan and Rain.
2. The Summer semester is the third semester of KWASU's academic year. Therefore, class workload, instructions, class requirements and results will be treated the same way as for the other semesters. The CIT will make the summer semester available for students to register for classes and for staff to upload results from their portal. Passing results from summer semester classes will not be used to replace failing results from previous semesters.
3. The amount of academic work (class hours, assignments, assessments, extra class activities…) during the summer is exactly the same as the academic semesters of Harmattan and Rain. To comply with that policy, departments will arrange offerings in any modes they find appropriate. For example, a course can meet for six hours of class a day, five days a week, or even on weekends.
To implement the long vacation programs the following procedures should be followed.
1. Academic Preparation
A. Departments and Centres develop academic offerings appropriate with the, curriculum, class requirements, and students’ needs.
B. Departments consult students to determine which courses are most demanded for and which are to be offered in the Long Vacation Program.
C. Departments determine the estimate number of students who will register for each course.
D. Departments identify appropriately qualified faculties to teach summer sessions offerings and/or perform needed service and activities.
E. The University determines the student’s fees considering lecturer’s honorarium, University facilities, material and any other costs involved in the course.
F. HODs and Centre Directors submit a complete proposal that includes the course title and content, syllabus, schedule, number of hours, lecturer’s name to the Institute of Education.
G. The Institute of Education assesses proposals and forwards them to the Vice-chancellor for his approval.
2. Timeline for the Summer semester and other logistics
The Programme should commence in early June and ends in July of every year based on the academic calendar. Within the two months the activities will include lectures, exams, release of results and senate approval. The programme should go like 6 weeks for lectures, 1 week for exams and 1 week for uploading of results and senate approval.
3. Registration and Portal Development
Registration will be done from the student portal.
It is recommended that the summer tuition fee could be N 30,000 for up to 2 courses. Each additional course to costs N20,000.
Lecturers to be paid N 40,000 for each course taught.
Hostel is optional.
Interested students who stay in campus hostel will pay N20,000 for the period of his/her stay (8 weeks).
7. Student life
During the summer, the student code of conduct will be applied as in standard sessions.
Credits to Summer Program Committee