Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion on Taking a Course More Than Twice

Motion:

Effective Fall 2003, Colleges may limit the number of times a student takes a course for a grade. Colleges may place this limit on some courses but not others and different courses may have different limits. All limits must be stated in the Catalog. For purposes of this policy, a student takes a course for a grade when they receive a grade notation which figures into the GPA calculation. For example, a student who earns an A or a WF has taken the course for a grade but a student who earns an S or W has not. Student who wish to take a course more times than authorized by the college must enroll as an auditor.

At the request of the Registrar, Deans will submit a list of courses with limits.

Rationale:

Here is an example of how colleges might place this limit on some courses but not others and different courses may have different limits--Phil 2010 might be limited to 2 attempts while Phil 3000 might be limited to 4 attempts and Phil 4000 might have no limit at all.

The policy that a student takes a course for a grade when they receive a grade notation which figures into the GPA calculation implies, for example, that a student who earns an A or a WF has taken the course for a grade but a student who earns an S or W has not.

With the plateau fee structure, students are attempting to boost their GPAs by taking the same course multiple times. For example, a native speaker of Spanish might take Spanish 1001 four or fives times over the course of two or three years. In addition, some student are repeating certain gateway courses many times when their repeated failure indicates that they need to reconsider their choice of major. These problems tend to be specific to certain courses. This policy allows department, with the approval of their Dean's Office, to limit the number of times students take these courses for a grade.


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