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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 21, 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, 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
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.

  1. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all Music (MU) and MAP 33XX and 44XX level Music Applied prefix courses.
  2. Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the syllabi of all music related courses.
  3. Required courses for the Bachelor of Music degrees or the Bachelor of Arts in Music are not included in the University Pass/Fail Option.
  4. Requirements for the Bachelor of Music degrees or the Bachelor of Arts in Music must be completed within seven years.
  5. 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.
  6. Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music Academic Requirements:
    1. A 3.0 cumulative GPA or better is required to enroll all music education related courses.
    2. A minimum QPA of 2.5 is required for all other music degrees.
    3. Students must have a “C” or better to move on to sequential courses such as Basic Music 1-IV and Music History courses.
  7. Program Academic Dismissal:
    1. 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).
    2. 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 below.)
    3. 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.
  8. Registration Restriction:
    1. 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.
  9. Appeals:
    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 Committee.
    1. Appeals process:
      1. Student is notified by the department chair that they are being academically dismissed from the music program.
      2. Students who feel they have mitigating or unusual circumstances may appeal their dismissal by filing a written request of consideration with the music department chair.
      3. The department chair will forward the appeal request to the Department Academic Progression Committee.
      4. The Department Academic Progression Committee (DAPC) will contact the student and set up an appeal hearing.
      5. 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 department.



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