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Graduation and Degree Requirements

Through working with their Academic advisor, students should become aware of how they must meet all Graduation and Degree requirements in order to graduate, and be knowledgeable of at least the most fundamental of these requirements:

Basic Skills Math

Students who place into Basic Skills Math (MATH096: Basic Arithmetic, and/or MATH098: Basic Algebra) must successfully meet these requirements, usually by the end of their Sophomore year.

If a student places into Basic Skills Math, (which are pre-College level), they cannot take a College-level Math course (whether through the Math Program or in General Education), unless they first meets the Basic Skills Math requirement. They should not take PSY230 or PSY233 in the Psychology program, or CHEM151 or CHEM153, which are part of the Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Majors, until the Basic Skills Math Requirement is met.

How Many Credits?

Students must register for at least 12 credits to be considered full-time (9 credits for graduate students), and complete 24 credits (18 for graduate students) over the course of the academic year to maintain sufficient academic progress. This is often important for Financial Aid.

Falling below 12 credits (by dropping or withdrawing from a class), can adversely impact qualifications for financial aid, the ability to remain in residency, and college-based health insurance. Currently, 31 credits are required to proceed from freshman to sophomore status.

CAPs (College Achievement Program students are limited to 12-16.5 credits per semester during their first year. Non-CAPs students can take up to 18 credits per semester covered by tuition. Any credits above 18 in a given semester will be billed additionally and immediately at the current rate of $846 per credit.

Other Important Policies

Academic Advising File

It is necessary for departments/divisions to create and maintain accurate advising files for all advisees within the department/division. Each department/division should determine the appropriate materials to include in the advising file.

The advisor should record information in the advisees' files which may be helpful in future advising sessions with the students and for possible use by other advisors in case of referral or change of major. The advisor should also keep a record of those courses which the students were advised to take and a record of the students' final selections.

When students change their major, the contents of the student's advising file should be sent to the new department/division that houses the new major. Each time a Change of Major/Minor Form is submitted to your department/division, please forward the file to the appropriate area.

Advising File Documents

Five C's of the Skilled Academic Advisor

The most concise way to clearly define tasks of academic advisors would be through the following five C's of a skilled academic advisor. The skills and competencies needed to establish a quality ongoing relationship with an advisee are:

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