Academic Affairs Committee
November 21, 2006
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, Teri
Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.
Curricular Action Notice: Music
Program Change Request: Music
Rationale for change:
In an effort to increase our persistence rate and also manage enrollment
in our department, the music departments submits this program change
to all undergraduate music programs. (See Attached proposed Continuation
in Music Policy). The music department’s enrolment is
capped and seats in the program are limited by instrument played
and degree plan. We would like to include this policy in our catalogue
and hand book and have modeled this after the nursing program’s
continuation policy. It is our hope that it will encourage students
to be more diligent in their academic progress and that it will
help us to more quickly guide those students who do struggle into
other avenues of study where appropriate.
Impact on other programs (if any):
This policy would be applied to all undergraduate music degrees
including Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Music
Education, Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music
in Business and Technology, Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.
List all changes:
Proposal from the Music Department for
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSION IN THE MUSIC PROGRAM
Affecting All Undergraduate Music Degrees
Students are subject to all university academic requirements. The
following academic requirements apply only to continuance in the
undergraduate music programs at Mansfield University. Non-music
major or minors may enroll in music classes when seats are available,
but priority seating in all MU and MAP courses is given to music
majors and minors.
A grade of “C” or better must be
achieved in all Music (MU) and MAP 33XX and 44XX level Music Applied
Students must abide by all requirements outlined
in the syllabi of all music related courses.
Required courses for the Bachelor of Music
degrees or the Bachelor of Arts in Music are not included in the
University Pass/Fail Option.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Music degrees
or the Bachelor of Arts in Music must be completed within seven
Applied study is based on a specific number
of semesters of study and not merely a total number of credits
earned. Students transferring from a degree program where credit
for applied study is higher than another degree program are not
exempt from the total number of semesters for applied study. Likewise,
a student transferring to a degree with increased credits required,
may receive a waiver of some credits if the applied instructor
can certify that the student is performing at an appropriate level.
Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts
in Music Academic Requirements:
A 3.0 cumulative GPA or better is required
to enroll all music education related courses.
A minimum QPA of 2.5 is required for all
other music degrees.
Students must have a “C” or
better to move on to sequential courses such as Basic Music
1-IV and Music History courses.
Program Academic Dismissal:
All students in music degrees must pass
the departmental Sophomore Review. Failure of the review will
result in dismissal from the program unless remediation is
evidenced in the final sophomore music jury (Spring).
Students who receive 2 failing grades (F’s)
in core music courses during the same academic semester will
be dismissed from the program. Students failing (F) any repetition
of a course taken previously in the music core will be dismissed
from the music program. Students who receive two failing grades
(F) in any sequential courses in the music core will be dismissed
from the program. All dismissals may be petitioned (See Appeals
If a student has not met music program
standards by the end of the Spring term of their sophomore
year or has been dismissed under F.2 above will be dropped
from all MU, MAP and MTH prefix courses in which he/she has
registered. If and when the student has met the music program
requirements, he/she must contact the music program Academic
Progression and Retention committee to see if a seat is available.
Re-admission is not guaranteed, though the student can progress
if a seat is available; a seat will not be saved
for a student who has dropped below music program standards.
All students who are in good academic
standing and have made continuous progression in the music
programs will take precedence over those students who have
not met music program standards or who have not continuously
progressed in the music program.
Students who have not met academic standards for the music program
due to unusual circumstances may appeal to the Department Academic
Progression Committee for individual consideration. Any decisions
made by the Committee are based solely on individual circumstances
and are not precedent setting. Written appeals should be
directed to the Chairperson of the Music Department who will forward
the petition to the department Academic Progression and Retention
Student is notified by the department
chair that they are being academically dismissed from
the music program.
Students who feel they have mitigating
or unusual circumstances may appeal their dismissal by
filing a written request of consideration with the music
The department chair will forward the
appeal request to the Department Academic Progression
The Department Academic Progression
Committee (DAPC) will contact the student and set up an
The student should present all evidence
of mitigating circumstances to the DAPC for consideration
and will be notified in writing of the final decision.
Decisions of the DAPC may not be appealed further in the
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