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Faculty Senate Codifies Credit Requirement Changes

Faculty Senate Codifies Credit Requirement Changes

The Faculty Senate unanimously approved changes to the College Handbook and College Catalog to reflect that some academic programs now only require 120 credit hours for graduation instead of 124.

The amendments to the governing documents were accepted during the Nov. 16 meeting in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, after being proposed by the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) subsequent to being circulated among the campus community. EPC Chair Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, had presented the proposal at the Nov. 2 meeting.

Transfer students still must take a minimum of 45 credit hours at Cortland to earn a bachelor’s degree from the College, as the newly worded sections do not change the stated policy in both Section 410.10 on “Academic Credit from Other Colleges” in the 2010-12 College Handbook and the 2010-11 Undergraduate College Catalog’s section on “Academic Policies/Transfer Credit Policies and Evaluation.”

Both college publications previously outlined a requirement of up to 79 credit hours in arts and sciences programs, and up to 83 credit hours in certification programs. Replacing that mandate are the words: “The maximum number of credit hours accepted ranges from 75-83, depending on the number required for graduation in the chosen program.”

The amendments will be presented to the President’s Cabinet for its consideration.