I. OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE
This policy establishes the guidelines for cross-level
listing Graduate and Undergraduate courses. This is necessary for compliance
with the expectations of UNF's regional accreditor, the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, whose Comprehensive Standard 9.6
requires that an institution be able to clearly demonstrate that its
"post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, master's and doctoral
degree programs, are progressively more advanced in academic content than its
undergraduate programs." Program specific accrediting requirements should
be governed by the appropriate academic department.
Cross-level listing occurs when an undergraduate and
graduate course are offered at the same time, with the same instructor, and in
the same physical or online space. While the classroom experience is shared
between the undergraduate and graduate students, the actual courses are
expected to have content, learning outcomes, and assessment measures that are
both separate and distinct.
III. STATEMENT OF POLICY
In general, the cross-level listing of undergraduate and
graduate courses should be rare and require compelling, academically defensible
rationales for combining students of such different academic levels. Graduate
level work must demonstrably involve a greater degree of analysis, synthesis,
rigor, critical thought, and independence than undergraduate-level work.
Therefore, if it is necessary for an undergraduate and graduate course to be
cross-level listed, it is imperative that a clear distinction is made in the
student learning outcomes and in the work of the students. In this event, the
following guidelines should be observed:
configurations of such courses include only 4000/5000 and 4000/6000
cross-listings. Undergraduate course at the 3000 level or below should not
be cross-listed with a graduate course.
course must have a separate syllabus, and specific student learning
outcomes are to be provided for each course clearly indicating the greater
degree of analysis, synthesis, rigor, critical thought, and independence
required for the graduate course. Differentiated syllabi will be approved
by the appropriate designee as determined by?? Graduate School Dean
expectations of graduate students must be commensurate with the level of
the graduate course and exceed the expectations of the academic content of
the undergraduate course. Graduate students are to do more difficult work,
not just more work, than undergraduate students.
titles should be similar but do not need to be identical.
Courses that do not meet the above qualifications for
cross-level listing may not be cross-listed or taught together in the same time
and/or space. Approved courses are based on submitted
content only and do not apply if course details such as assigned instructor,
title/topic or level changes occur. Courses that vary by term such as Special
Topics require unique approvals for each topic offered. Exemptions to this
policy must be approved by the Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. Courses
will not be formally scheduled until approved.