|FROM:||Richard M. Kerper, Chairperson, Academic Policies Committee|
|RE:||Revision of Course Repeat Policy|
|DATE:||December 2, 2003|
CURRENT POLICY: Section 3: Undergraduate Academic Policies - Course Policies: Course Repeats
NOTE: Although Faculty Senate previously had approved a policy to limit the number of times a student could repeat a class, implementation issues prevented enforcement of the policy and its inclusion in the Governance Manual.
A student, in consultation with the adviser, may repeat a course to improve the GPA, to meet minimum competency requirements, or to satisfy graduation requirements. Students only need to repeat a failed course if it is specifically required for graduation. Students may repeat courses for which they have received a grade of C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, W, Z or U.
Courses failed at Millersville must be repeated at Millersville in order to earn course credit and credit toward graduation. Students may not transfer credit for any course taken at another institution that is the equivalent of a course previously taken at Millersville; this policy applies whether the course was passed or failed at MU. Students may repeat courses at Millersville for which they have received transfer credit, but they will forfeit the transfer credit.
Once the course is repeated, the new grade, credits, and grade point value replace those earned previously in both the term and cumulative GPA. The earlier grade remains on the student's record even though it is no longer included in the computation of credits or cumulative GPA. In consultation with the adviser, students who find it necessary to repeat a course will be informed of and expected to use support services available to them through the Office of Learning Services.
An undergraduate student may not take an undergraduate course of record more than three times. A course of record is defined as a course in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, (including + and -) F, U, Z or W. The academic department offering a course may drop a student from a course if the student attempts to take a course more than three times.
The proposed policy has been developed to provide students, experiencing academic difficulty in a course taken previously, with ongoing support before denying them the opportunity to take a course for the fourth time. The present policy is punitive without providing students with the support that could foster success.
There were 315 students who repeated a course 3 or more times, including W grades. Of these, 72 are currently repeating a course in fall 2003; the rest (243) repeated courses in past terms. If the W grades are excluded from the tally (per current repeat policy), a total of 228 students (55 in fall 2003, 173 previously) repeated a course 3 or more times.
The following table shows that most repeats occur in the English and Mathematics departments.
Courses repeated 4 or more times, including W grades
(for undergraduates enrolled Fall 2003