Information Item #4: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee (2015/2016- Sept)
Progression and Change Major Policy
The Academic Standards Committee was asked to review the following policy
proposal from Academic Affairs regarding timely degree completion for students.
The Academic Standards Committee voted to treat this as an administrative
policy as opposed to academic policy. Thus, the Academic Standards Committee
submits this information item for the Faculty Association to review and provide
feedback to Academic Affairs as appropriate.
Policies & Regulations
Academic Affairs: Enrollment Services
Progression and Change Major Policy
Reaffirmation of Existing Policy
Major Revision of Existing Policy
Minor/Technical Revision of Existing Policy
I. OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE
for Degree Completion: The University of North Florida encourages timely completion
of degrees for undergraduate students.
Students who enter UNF as a First Time in College (FTIC) student are
expected to complete an undergraduate degree of 120 semester hours of credit
within eight semesters if enrolled full-time.
If the degree requires more than 120 semester hours, an additional
semester may be required. Also, overseas
study, certain internship or co-op experiences may extend the time needed for
degree completion. Students who transfer hours earned in high school through
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual enrollment, or
other mechanisms and those entering with prior college credits or an Associate
of Arts degree should complete their degrees in less time.
of Policy: The University of North Florida is committed to helping students
achieve their educational goals and graduate in a timely manner. As a part of this commitment, students are
required to declare an academic course of study or major at an appropriate
time. Moreover, there may be restrictions
on courses that do not contribute to degree completion, and students must
follow guidelines regarding their ability to change major.
II. STATEMENT OF
to Ensure Timely Graduation
first semester, all new undergraduate students (whether FTIC or transfer) will
meet with an academic advisor in either the Academic Center for Excellence
(ACE) or the Honors Program if the student has not yet declared a major or if a
student has declared a major and is eligible, will meet with a program
advisor. The advisor will create a
personalized degree path to ensure the student can meet the expectations for
degree completion and provide the student who has declared a major with an
Osprey Roadmap, and/or a degree evaluation, that outlines all degree
requirements, including precise course requirements, and the sequence of
critical courses to ensure timely degree completion. If the student has not yet declared a major,
the advisor will facilitate the student’s exploration of a major.
C. Restrictions on Courses
Undergraduate students are encouraged to declare an academic course of study by
the completion of 30 semester hours of credit and are required to declare a
major by the time they have earned 60 semester credit hours in order to
continue enrollment. These semester
credit hours include UNF credits, credits transferred from other institutions,
and semester credit hours awarded through credit by examination (e.g., AP,
CLEP, IB, Dual Enrollment).
students who have earned 120 credits or more will ordinarily not be permitted
to enroll in courses that are not degree applicable. Exceptions may be approved for students
required to maintain full-time status and/or in the event that a required
course is not available. Students who
have completed all degree requirements will be required to graduate. Exceptions may be approved by the college
dean or designee for up to two additional semesters to allow students to
complete an approved minor or a second major or to complete clearly defined
objectives to enhance qualifications for employment or graduate and
professional programs. If an exception
is not approved by the dean or designee, UNF will move the student through to
graduation and confer the degree earned.
a. Students who have earned more than 90 hours of credit will
be allowed to change majors only if either:
i. the current major is unattainable, or
ii. a change of major does not result in excess
hours for graduation.
b. Change of major after 90 hours requires advisor approval as well as the approval from the college dean
(or designee) of the proposed major.
c. Undergraduate students with less than 90 hours of credit may be allowed to change majors, with the
- Students must review with an academic advisor in the new
major the expected number of hours and semesters required for degree completion, with special attention to the
likelihood that the major change may result in excess hour surcharges. The college may exercise flexibility
depending on their assessment of the student’s individual circumstances.
- Changing majors between colleges must be approved by the
college of the proposed major. The
student must meet with the academic advisor in the proposed major to determine
if the student has a minimum UNF GPA of 2.0, or meets the minimum GPA specified
by the program, and can complete the major without excess hours. Students who do not meet these conditions
will be required to obtain the approval by the dean or designee of the college
of the proposed major.