SECTION 16 EXTENDED EDUCATION
- Summer Session: A finite and specific collection of individual course offerings made available to all eligible members of the campus community and general public. (Summer session teaching assignments are made through the special Summer Session contract. Summer Session is not synonymous with summer, the season of the year. Western offers numerous courses and programs during the summer months that are not official Summer Session offerings and do not use the special Summer Session contract. Those categories of work are governed by the same rules that apply at all other times of the year.)
- Cohort Program: A fixed and closed offering of tightly sequenced courses generally made available only to admitted and enrolled members of the cohort group, and not available to the wider community. Cohort classes can be delivered through a variety of modalities.
- Online Course: A course delivered entirely through technological means and lacking any regular or significant face-to-face instructional component. For purposes of this definition, “hybrid,” “blended,” or mixed modality courses are not considered to be “online.”
16.1 All credit-bearing courses offered through Extended Education, including summer session, online, and independent learning courses, are bargaining unit work and covered by the provisions of this agreement.
16.2 Any credit-bearing course or program developed for Extended Education shall be subject to the same curricular review and approval process that applies to all other credit-bearing University courses. Adapting an existing course for Extended Education shall require approval by the department, the curricular body within the relevant college, and approval of the dean.
16.3 Credit-bearing Extended Education courses, including summer courses, will count toward FTE percentage for non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty for the purpose of determining eligibility for benefits and senior instructor status.
16.4 Compensation for all credit-bearing Extended Education courses will be subject to the terms of this agreement. Maximum class size will be determined by the department. The University shall provide necessary administrative and technical support for teaching a credit-bearing Extended Education course.
16.5 Correspondence courses, non-credit-bearing instruction, and non-instructional work contracted through Extended Education are governed by University Policy 5400.18. Work governed by 5400.18 cannot be used to compute workload, FTE level, or benefits eligibility.
16.6 Faculty may teach one or more courses above their regular teaching load with a recommendation from the department chair and approval by the Dean.
16.7 Summer Session
16.7.1 All departments shall maintain a written policy governing the assignment of Summer Session classes. Changes to these policies must be approved by a majority of tenured and probationary faculty, the faculty governance committee, the Dean, and the Provost.
16.7.2 Excluding study abroad, no Summer Session course with more than five students may be canceled without the consent of the faculty member. If a Summer Session course enrolling five or fewer students is to be canceled, the faculty member must be notified in writing by the chair or the Dean that the contract is canceled a minimum of two weeks prior to the first day of Summer Session. A faculty member may choose to cancel a Summer Session course with more than five students for pedagogical reasons but must do so no later than two weeks prior to the first day of Summer Session.
16.7.3 The dean, after consulting with departments and with input from Extended Education, determines the Summer Session schedule. Departments determine faculty assignments for summer session offerings according to their established policies regarding such faculty assignments. The dean may request from the department a rationale for individual course offerings. Once Summer Session registration begins, individual course offerings may be cancelled for enrollment reasons only in accordance with 16.7.2.
16.8 Correspondence and Contracted Independent Study
Correspondence and contracted independent study courses are not counted in workload or FTE computations. They are governed by University
16.9 Online courses
16.9.1 With departmental and dean approval, faculty may teach online courses as part of their regular teaching load.
16.9.2 Course enrollment policies and caps for online courses shall be set by the department and dean.
16.9.3 No online course with more than five students may be canceled without the consent of the faculty member. If an online course enrolling five or fewer students is to be canceled, the faculty member must be notified in writing by the chair or the Dean that the contract is canceled a minimum of two weeks prior to the first day of the quarter. A faculty member may choose to cancel an online course with more than five students for pedagogical reason but must do so no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the quarter.
16.9.4 The dean, after consulting with departments and Extended Education, determines the schedule of online courses for the academic year. Departments determine faculty assignments for online courses during the academic year. The dean may request from the department a rationale for individual course offerings.
16.10 Cohort Programs, Off-Campus, and Special Duties Assignments
Tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching in a cohort program may do so as part of their regular load or paid as an extra teaching assignment.