The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possibility and mechanics of offering a Bachelor of Arts in “University Studies” degree out of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The purpose of such a degree would be to graduate those students who have more than the requisite 120 credit hours of university credit but who currently are not on a path to graduate for one reason or another. Megan provided statistics regarding the number of students who fell in this category.
Earle had a list of the students, their GPAs, their total number of hours, and their current declared major and it was estimated of the 150 or so students making that list that maybe half were actually making progress toward degree completion but the other half were maybe in some kind of limbo and could benefit from a BA in University Studies.
Dan Moon, Interim Dean of COAS discussed their current BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and its purpose – that of allowing students to more or less design, with the assistance of an advisor, a program of study that could meld courses from various disciplines together to meet a student’s interest. He further stated that the purpose of the degree wasn’t to create a degree for a student after the fact with a collage of unrelated courses.
Megan also discussed the new/recent efforts to prevent students from finding themselves adrift in a sea of courses with no end game in sight. The 90 hour review being one such new procedure as well as automatic administrative holds that cause a student to see an advisor before they are cleared to register for courses.
However, after a good discussion among those present of the benefit of a BA in University Studies with both pro and con elements being presented – some themes seemed to develop.
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