[TACRAO] Listserv Core Complete

Sam Carrell SCarrell at uttyler.edu
Wed Apr 6 13:37:21 CDT 2016


See response below.

Thank you,

Sam Carrell, M.B.A.
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From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Jerry Martinez
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2016 10:27 AM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Core Complete

I feel like we've discussed this at length over the years but here we go.......

How would you handle the following?


*        Regular, non-transfer student that is core complete are your institution and is declaring/changing majors and the new major has a 'preferred' core class(es) not listed with the other courses under the specific major, minor, restricted electives, etc. Does the student need to take the additional core classes?


*        Transfer student who transferred in as core complete from another Texas Public Institution. The external core is equal in the amount of hours to the core at your institution and the student is declaring/changing majors and the new major has a 'preferred' core class(es) not listed with the other courses under the specific major, minor, restricted electives, etc. Does the student need to take the additional core classes?


In both scenarios, if the student is being certified for graduation and the student has meet the minimum overall hours for the degree without the preferred core class the department is requesting, what would be the appropriate course of action?


First, let me start by saying we haven't encountered any major issues with this on our campus from a graduation perspective, but it does come up from time to time. When this sort of issues does arise, for both scenarios, there would be a rationale to force the student to take the additional 'preferred' course(s) in question only if they were either (a) explicitly required under a non-Core portion of the student's degree plan (field of study, major, minor, specialization, etc.), or (b) served as a necessary prerequisite for one or more courses required on the student's degree plan.



?  A prime example would be a Core Complete student who took MATH 1332 for their Core as an art or music major in freshman/sophomore year, then changed over to mathematics or engineering, where MATH 2413 is a mandatory prerequisite for many courses, as a junior. If the student had started out as an engineering major, they would have been advised about the need for MATH 2413 up front and been guided to take it as part of their Core, but as a late entrant they would need to take it purely for prerequisite purposes regardless of Core completion status.

In our experiences, many departments seem to encourage students to focus on 'preferred' Core classes when there is an overlap with other degree requirements (particularly for science and math courses) that allow them to 'double dip' as a way to free those students up to have more elective options, add a minor/concentration area, or simply to have an easier time with scheduling as they progress toward graduation. That sort of 'strategic scheduling opportunity' may often be unavailable to late entrants though, as they likely missed the chance to do so when they selected other courses for their Core based on their prior major (or from being undecided and just focusing on Core). In short, here at least, advising students to take 'preferred' courses seems to be more about offering students who have their degree plan picked out from the get-go the maximum degree of flexibility available along the path to graduation than anything else.


Thanks!


Jerry

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Jerry R. Martinez
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