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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

MOTION TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF UNIVERSITY HONORS

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor Archie Holmes (electrical and computer engineering and committee chair) submitted the following motion to change the definition of University Honors. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. The Faculty Council will discuss the motion at its meeting on April 17, 2006.

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

MOTION TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF UNIVERSITY HONORS

Motion
The Educational Policy Committee proposes that the Faculty Council adopt the following policy for determining if a student receives University Honors:

Each semester, undergraduates who complete a full course load and earn outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end of the summer session. To be included on the University Honors list, a student, who did not graduate at the end of the current semester, must have achieved the following in the current semester:

  • Earned at least forty-five grade points in courses completed in residence,
  • Earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 in courses completed in residence, and
  • Have no incomplete grades (symbol X) in any course taken in residence.

Students who graduated at the end of the current semester must either meet the above criteria or:

  • Earn a grade point average of 4.0 in all courses completed in residence during the current semester, and
  • Have no incomplete grades (symbol X) in any course taken during the current semester.

Background and Rationale

The current policy for determining University Honors is shown below:

Each semester, undergraduates who complete a full course load and earn outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end of the summer session. To be included, a student must earn at least forty-five grade points and a grade point average of at least 3.50 on courses completed in residence and must have no incomplete grades (symbol X). Students are notified on the semester grade report of their inclusion on the list.

The change proposed addresses the following issue: Students in their graduating semester would not be eligible for University Honors if they have 11 hours or less left in their degree. The Educational Policy Committee believes that these students should be eligible for University Honors. Since a student could take only one class in their final semester, we propose that a 4.0 GPA be the criteria for any student who is taking less than 12 hours and wants to be eligible for University Honors.

 

Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 13, 2006. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.