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3.5.2

Educational Programs: Undergraduate:Institutional credits for a degree
At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns 25 percent of the credits required for the degree through instruction offered by the participating institutions. (See Commission policy “The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.”)

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

As stated in the current Morehouse College 2006-2008 Course Catalog under Requirements for Graduation:

"In order to earn a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. File a timely application for graduation (satisfying the dates specified by the registrar).
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of non-repeat courses (exclusive of courses numbered below 100).
  3. Successfully complete the College’s core curriculum. (See Core Curriculum Requirements.)
  4. Successfully complete an approved major concentration sequence.
  5. Present a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  6. Complete at least two years of coursework (a minimum of 60 semester hours) in residence at the College.
  7. Be in good standing at the College."

The Catalog also states that “A maximum of 60 semester hours (or the equivalent) is transferable to Morehouse College.” (See Other Admission Categories - Transfer Students.)

Using the worst case scenario as a guiding principle, a student who came in with 60 credit hours, would still have 60 semester hours of non-repeated courses to complete. This would amount to 50% of the required semester course hours based on current graduation criteria above clearly above the stated 25% needed for this standard.

To insure that a student has met the above criteria ,the Office of Records and Registration conducts final audits of each student’s file.  The final audit consists of:

  1. Printing the current transcript for each student
  2. Reviewing the departmental review of the student’s file submitted by the department chair for the declared academic discipline
  3. Reviewing the transcript against the core requirements
  4. Reviewing the total number of transfer credits awarded to the student, if any, to insure compliance with the transfer credit policy
  5. Reviewing the academic record for compliance with graduation standards


Only after all steps are taken and communicated in writing is the student’s information submitted for degree conference.

The policies concerning transfer credit work, resident status (two years), and consortia agreements are available yearly in the Morehouse College Course Catalog, real time on the Morehouse College Web site, and in special communications available in the Office of Records and Registration.

 
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