Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion on Declaration of Major

Motion:

New Policy, Effective Fall 2006

All applicants other than freshman must declare a degree and major at application. All freshman must declare a degree and major one calendar year after their first enrollment at Georgia State. Students are encouraged to declare a major as early as possible. This is especially true for students following a track in natural sciences, health sciences, or mathematics. Colleges and departments may require students to declare a degree and major earlier than indicated above. The Director of the Student Advisement Center is authorized to grant exemptions to this policy.

Policy Repealed if Motion Passes

All transfer applicants must declare a degree and major at application. All other students must declare a degree and major before they earn 42 hours. Students who transfer to GSU with more than 42 hours must declare a degree and major before registering for their second semester at GSU. Students are encouraged to declare a major as early as possible. This is especially true for students following a track in natural sciences, health sciences, or mathematics. To declare or change a degree or major, students must consult with the official who advises majors in the department in which they wish to major.

Colleges and departments may require students to declare a degree and major earlier than indicated above. This policy will be enforced by placing a hold on a student's registrations. The Director of the Student Advisement Center is authorized to grant exemptions to this policy.

Rationale:

As we work to improve student retention, we need to know students’ intentions regarding their major so that we can advise them properly. In addition, we want students to start thinking early about their major so they will be better able to “get their ducks in a row” to graduate in a timely manner. A review of the policies at other institutions with high graduation rates indicates that they have policies similar to the one proposed.

Given the current computer system, we anticipate that this policy will be enforced by placing a hold on the student’s records immediately after the end of the add/drop period of their 3rd semester at Georgia State. The Subcommittee considered the issue of whether freshmen should be required to declare a major at application (as is currently the case for transfer students) but the relevant literature does not indicate that this is an effective retention strategy.


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