Winter Break Programs

Considerations for Program Structure, Funding, and Administration

Topics: Academic Calendar, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

What extra- and co-curricular programming options do institutions offer during winter break? What infrastructural, staffing, and funding considerations do administrators take into account when establishing these programs? How many students and faculty members participate in these programs?


Winter break programs can increase engagement by keeping students active between semesters. This brief explores seven institutions’ winter break offerings, including service-learning trips, externships, and on-campus courses and workshops. Student, staff, and faculty participation is considered, as well as funding models that some institutions employ. Finally, this brief explores the contribution of winter break offerings to a well-rounded undergraduate education.

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