Admissions and Standards Committee


S-U Grading in Honors 1000

Motion:

Section 1350.10 is modified as follows: Additions

S: Satisfactory
This symbol indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work. The use of this symbol is approved for Hon 1000 (Freshman Honors Seminar), dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. This symbol is also used in a Regents’ Test Preparation Course when the Regents’ Test was passed.

U: Unsatisfactory
This symbol indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work. No credit will be given. The use of this symbol is approved for Hon 1000 (Freshman Honors Seminar), dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. This symbol is also used in a Regents’ Test Preparation Course when the Regents’ Test was not passed.

Rationale:

The Honors Program currently has no introductory course, and fewer than 50% of incoming freshman honors students enroll in the Freshman Learning community program (largely because they have AP or other kinds of credit for some of the courses offered in the FLCs). This course is designed to introduce them to the Honors Program and to engaging with research questions with faculty from their area of interest, and also to encourage the best faculty to engage with high-ability students early in their academic careers. The seminar, it is hoped, will accomplish for the honors students what the FLC program does for students generally—that is, begin to provide them with a community and a context for succeeding academically at GSU.

We believe that S-U grading will encourage talented faculty, including administrators who normally don’t have contact with undergraduates, to participate in this course if it is a one hour per week commitment conducted as a seminar without the normal focus on graded assignments. The emphasis of the course is on introducing students to serious academic work in the discipline, and on encouraging discussion and exploration of key issues, as well as helping students to begin to identify and plan for course work and research in their disciplines. During their first semester, when they are also taking a heavy load of academic course in the core, it seems unnecessary to add another graded course. They would still be graded, of course, but the S/U will simplify the instructor’s life and permit the students to focus on the course objectives rather than on making a specific grade.

Effective Fall 2007 if approved by the Chancellor.

Note: By BOR policy, if approved by the Senate, this policy must also be approved by the Chancellor


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