Mission & Constitution


The basic purposes and overall mission of the summer sessions offered by the members of the Association of University Summer Sessions are:

  • To provide courses and programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional degree-seeking students who are also enrolled during the fall and spring terms, thus enabling them to complete their degree programs in a timely fashion;
  • To provide formats and opportunities for teaching and learning partnerships that are more difficult to offer and enroll in during other terms, e.g. intensive foreign language courses, limited term academic institutes, field courses, internships, and field research;
  • To provide courses and programs serving special groups of clientele, e.g. teachers, concurrently registered high school students, guests, and students from other colleges and universities;
  • To provide a setting for curricular experimentation, innovation and change;
  • To provide pre-college programs which may serve to recruit students, serve as bridge programs for minority/disadvantaged youth, and/or continuing intellectual development;
  • To encourage and support a variety of cultural and intellectual events on campus for students and staff as well as for the surrounding community.




The organization shall be named the Association of University Summer Sessions.


The Association is founded to serve as a convenient and effective forum for the mutual consideration of matters of education policy and administration peculiar to university summer sessions. This purpose is served by research, sharing of relevant data, and by annual deliberative meetings of the membership.


1. Qualifications

  1. The membership shall consist of universities which offer established and substantial programs of instruction, both undergraduate and graduate.
  2. There shall be in each member institution a central administrative officer responsible for the summer session.
  3. In considering the addition of new membership, concern shall be given to regional representation and to a relative balance of public and private universities. Concern for balanced representation in both these regards, however, shall be tempered by the present membership’s judgment of the ability and willingness of the proposed member to contribute to and benefit from the aims of the organization.
  4. The organization’s aims require the maintenance of an effective, representative, deliberative body and to that end limits membership to fifty universities.

2. Election of members

  1. A Membership Committee shall be established with the following functions:
    1. The receiving and evaluation of nominations for membership from the current members.
    2. The presentation of recommendations for membership at the annual business meeting.
  2. The recommendations of the membership committee shall be subject to ratification by two-thirds of the members present at the annual business meeting.

3. Requirements for continuing membership

  1. Institutions who are not represented at three consecutive annual meetings of the Association may be dropped from membership by simple majority vote of the members present.


The Association shall hold an annual meeting at such time and place as may be determined by vote of the members. Attendance at the annual meeting shall be limited to representatives of the member institutions and to guests invited by the host institution under the authority of the Executive Committee.


The Executive Committee shall prepare a program for each annual meeting.


The officers of the Association shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Recorder. The President, Vice-President, and Secretary shall be elected annually for a period of one year. The secretary being the representative of the institution where the Association is to hold it’s next meeting, and the Recorder for the term of five years. These four officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Association.


1. The President of the Association, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint each year the following standing committee: Research and Publication, Resolutions, Membership, Time and Place, and Nominations.

2. The President of the Association, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall have the authority to establish ad hoc committees to meet special needs as determined by the Executive Committee or the membership.


This constitution may be amended at the annual business meeting by a two-thirds vote of those members present, provided that written notice has been given by the Recorder to the member institutions at least sixty days prior to the date of the annual meeting. The provision of written advanced notice may be waived by unanimous vote of the members present at the annual business meeting.