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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

March 8, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jannis Floyd, Retan Center 208-D, ext. 4795, jfloyd@mansfield.edu.

1. Motion for Academic Affairs Committee: Academic Dismissal Policy

Motion: Add statement “The decision of the A.S.R.B. is final and may be appealed only in instances of alleged discrimination or failure of the board to properly follow university specified procedures and policies” to the academic dismissal policy contained in the catalog to clarify the appeal process for students who are dismissed for failure to meet academic standards. Add statement “and will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Advising Center” to clarify process for advising support when a student is reinstated.

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

A degree seeking student who earns a cumulative quality point average (QPA) that is below the required minimum academic QPA at the end of any semester will be dismissed from Mansfield University. The minimum QPA varies depending upon how many credits you have attempted at Mansfield University and how many credits the university has accepted in transfer. (See “Minimum Academic Standards” above.) If you are academically dismissed, you may be reinstated to the university by appealing to and appearing before the Academic Standards Review Board prior to the beginning of the next semester, or you may apply to the Admissions Office for re-admission following an interval of one year. [The decision of the A.S.R.B. is final and may be appealed only in instances of alleged discrimination or failure of the board to properly follow university specified procedures and policies.] Students who are reinstated by the A.S.R.B. would be given two semesters to acquire the necessary Q.P.A. for continued matriculation. This is contingent upon earning a minimum 2.0 semester Q.P.A. for the semester immediately following their 1st dismissal. A student who has attempted 45 or fewer credits and is academically dismissed and is then subsequently reinstated by the Academic Standards Review Board will be assigned to the University Learning Center to participate in the Academic Skills Development Program [and will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Advising Center]. The purpose is to help the student improve his / her overall academic performance. Failure to participate in the Academic Skills Development Program will be considered at any subsequent dismissal hearing. Academic dismissal may impact your eligibility for financial aid. A second or subsequent dismissal terminates your association with Mansfield University.


Rationale: The additional statement [highlighted] is to clarify policy. Students denied by the board will have no appeal to the Dean or Provost unless there is evidence of discrimination or failure of the board to follow university specified policies and procedures.

Revision submitted 3/7/06 lac.


2. Motion for Academic Affairs Committee: Minimum Academic Standards

Motion: Change the credit hours attempted for students from 0-15 to 0-16 for 1.20 QPA and from 16-30 to 17-30 for 1.4 QPA to reflect the fact that most students take up to 16 credits in their first semester at Mansfield University.

MINIMUM ACADEMIC STANDARDS

All degree-seeking students must meet the minimum academic standards of the institution. The minimum academic requirements for continuation at Mansfield are:

[0-16] credit hours attempted – 1.20 QPA
[17-30] credit hours attempted – 1.40 QPA
31-45 credit hours attempted – 1.60 QPA
46-60 credit hours attempted – 1.80 QPA
61+ credit hours attempted – 2.00 QPA
Credit hours attempted include transferred credit hours.

Rationale for change: Members of the ASRB saw freshmen who were dismissed with a 1.36 overall QPA because they had 16 credits attempted. UNV 1100 has raised the level of registered credits for regular admit students above the former 15 credit limit. The board feels the freshmen students should not be penalized with a dismissal for the additional credit.

Submitted for AAC 2/16/06 lac



 

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