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John Carroll Educational Policy Proposal

Date: Spring 2019

Authors/Sponsors: University Committee on Educational Policies

Policy Name: Minor Residency Requirement

Time Sensitivity: Part of Undergraduate Bulletin revision cycle

  • Current University Policy

At least 50% of the credits for the degree must be earned at John Carroll or through an approved dual-degree or study-abroad program. At least 50% of the credits for the major must be earned at John Carroll or through an approved dual-degree or study-abroad program.

  • Revised University Policy

At least 50% of credits for the degree and the major must be earned at John Carroll or through an approved dual-degree or study-abroad program.  At least 30% of a minor, which is an optional program of study and not required for degree completion, must be earned at John Carroll or through an approved dual-degree or study abroad program.

Some programs vary from these minimum credit rules.  Students should refer to program entries in the Bulletin for further information.

  • Rationale and Discussion

The revised policy language establishes a minor residency requirement at the University.  This requirement ensures that a conferred minor has been completed with John Carroll coursework, which also allows for the establishment of a minor grade point average.  Current University policy requires a 2.0 in an optional minor for degree completion; GPAs are only computed using John Carroll courses.

The current residency requirement for the degree and required major does not change with this policy update.  The Committee determined that concentrations within majors would fall under the 50% major residency requirement, and as such, did not include separate language regarding “concentrations” in this policy.

  • Implementation Timeline, Budget, and recommendations

The implementation effective date would be for the 2019–2020 Undergraduate Bulletin.  No budget implications were identified.  The updated policy would be included in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

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