Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion on RCB Dual Degrees

Background:

Section 1340.40 of the Undergraduate Catalog reads as follows:

1340.40 Dual Degrees

Dual degrees are earned when a student satisfies all requirements for two baccalaureate degrees within one or more colleges of Georgia State University. The minimum residence requirement of 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above must be met for the first degree. If the second degree is completed concurrently with the first degree, or within five calendar years of the first degree, this requirement shall be deemed to have been satisfied for both degrees. A student may earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree only one time.

After five years from the date of the award of the first degree, credit that has been used to satisfy the university’s academic residence requirement for this degree cannot be applied toward the university’s minimum academic residence requirement for the second degree. Regardless of when the second degree is completed, both degrees require that at least one-half of the courses comprising the major or 11 semester hours in the major, whichever is less, must be taken at Georgia State.

Students who wish to earn dual degrees should consult with the Student Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second degree is offered by another college of this university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.

Motion:

Delete the following sentence from Section 1340.40 of the Undergraduate Catalog (last sentence in first para):

“A student may earn the Bachelor of Business Administration degree only one time.”

Rationale:

All colleges at GSU, except RCB, allow students to earn the same degree more than once. For example a student could earn a BA in Philosophy from GSU and then come back 10 years later and get a BA in Psychology. However, based on current policy once a student earns a BBA from RCB that student can never earn another BBA from RCB.

In this dynamic, fast changing, and global business world, GSU’s BBA graduates find the need to come back to GSU and get another BBA degree. The current restriction prohibits students from coming back to GSU to get a second BBA degree. We lose these students to other institutions in the Atlanta area.

Therefore, to be consistent with the policy of the other Colleges, and be able to attract and retain GSU’s BBA graduates who wish to get another BBA degree, the restriction on earning the BBA degree only one time needs to be removed.


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