Appendix F

10/27/15

SPECIAL SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LIONPATH

Change to Senate Policy 47-80 (Repeating Courses)

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon approval by the Senate and revision of relevant AAPPM policies by the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education

Rationale:

In accordance with the changes made to Policy 34-89 (removal of the late-drop credit limitation) students are limited to attempt any “non-repeatable” course a maximum of three times. Attempts are defined as earning a grade in a class or late-dropping the class. Any exception to the three-attempt limit must be approved by the appropriate academic official within a student’s college of enrollment. Schedule changes during the regular drop/add period do not constitute an attempt. Likewise, when a student withdraws from the university, these courses will not be counted as one of the three allowed attempts on given courses.

By being able to formally prevent students from persisting in courses that are not working for them, we believe that we can better help students identify viable academic plans sooner and, thereby, help promote timely degree completion. This policy change also better reflects similar policies of our peer institutions across the Big Ten.

Placing a three-attempt limit on a given course will ensure that students make thoughtful and informed decisions about whether to late-drop a specific course. Using three attempts of a given course would better align Penn State rules with federal financial aid rules.

CURRENT POLICY:

47-80 Repeating Courses

A student may repeat a course in which a grade of D or F was received. A course in which a grade of C or better was obtained also may be repeated if written evidence of consultation is obtained from the student’s adviser and a copy is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Any course repeated under this policy may be counted no more than once as a graduation requirement. Under this policy both grades are included in the computation of the grade-point average.

RECOMMENDATION:

47-80 Repeating Courses

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete].

[Delete] A student may repeat a course in which a grade of D or F was received. [End Delete]

A student is limited to attempt any given course a maximum of three (3) times. Attempts are defined as earning a grade in a class or late-dropping the class. Any exceptions to the three-attempt limit must be approved by the appropriate academic official within a student’s college of enrollment.

In situations where a student withdraws from the university (Policy 56-30) these courses will not be counted as one of the three allowed attempts on given courses.

A course in which a grade of C or better was obtained [Delete] also [End Delete] may only be repeated if written evidence of consultation is obtained from the student’s adviser and a copy is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Any course repeated under this policy may be counted no more than once as a graduation requirement. Under this policy both grades are included in the computation of the grade-point average.

This policy does not apply to courses designated as “repeatable.”

CLEAN COPY:

A student is limited to attempt any given course a maximum of three (3) times. Attempts are defined as earning a grade in a class or late-dropping the class. Any exceptions to the three-attempt limit must be approved by the appropriate academic official within a student’s college of enrollment.

In situations where a student withdraws from the university (Policy 56-30) these courses will not be counted as one of the three allowed attempts on given courses.

A course in which a grade of C or better was obtained may only be repeated if written evidence of consultation is obtained from the student’s adviser and a copy is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Any course repeated under this policy may be counted no more than once as a graduation requirement. Under this policy both grades are included in the computation of the grade-point average.

This policy does not apply to courses designated as “repeatable.”

The committee wishes to thank the members of the Project LionPATH Academic Advisors Advisory Committee and the members of the Senate Committees: SCCA, Undergraduate Education, and ARSSA for their recommendations and consultation.

SPECIAL SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LIONPATH

  • David Babb, Chair
  • Michael Büsges
  • Andrew Cole
  • Karen Duncan
  • Jacqueline Edmondson
  • Galen Grimes
  • Pamela Hufnagel
  • Michel Haigh
  • Ariel Kline
  • Robert Kubat
  • Keefe Manning
  • Sandy Murray
  • Judith Ozment
  • Richard Robinett
  • David Salvia
  • Janet Schulenberg
  • Lori Anne Stania