View Bill 19-20-27

Senate Bill 19-20-27

Bill ID: 19-20-27
Name: Amendment to the University of Maryland Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Policy
Proposed: 11/06/2019
Sponsor: Doug Roberts, Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Proposal: Following the recent development of the University of Maryland Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Policy in April 2019 and subsequent implementation process, we have identified an unintended consequence of the language in section V.A. Total Credits Earned that disadvantages undergraduate students. We would like to propose a modification of this section. The current language reads "A. Total Credits Earned: students earn credit for only one Attempt of a course. The earned credit comes from the most recent Attempt of the course." After working with advisors and other stakeholders on the implementation of the new policy, it was pointed out that this part of the policy could result in a reduction of a student's earned credit total upon repeating a course. For example, if a student earns a passing grade in a course and therefore earns credit, but fails or withdraws from a subsequent attempt of the same course, that student would lose the previously earned credit from the initial attempt. It was viewed as unfair to take away credit that a student had previously earned and paid for. Note that the GPA calculation would still be governed by Sections V.B. and VI.

We propose changing Section V. A. to read:
"A. Total Credits Earned: students earn credit for only one Attempt at a course. In cases where the earned credit for multiple Attempts differs, the highest number of earned credits will be used." This new repeat policy has not been fully implemented yet. Therefore, this change should be trivial to incorporate in to the implementation plan. Since this policy was only recently developed and approved by the Senate, it does not need a comprehensive review.
Active?Yes
Policy: https://president.umd.edu/administration/policies/section-iii-academic-affairs/iii-150a

Status

Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Academic Procedures & Standards (APAS) Committee
Received: 11/20/2019
Next Step: SEC Review
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History

Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 11/13/2019
Decision Date: 11/20/2019
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the APAS Committee with review of the item.
Next Step: APAS Committee Review
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