Comprehensive Standard 3.5.2: Institutional Credits for a Degree
At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns 25 percent of the credits required for the degree through instruction offered by the participating institution. (See Commission policy “Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards: Policy and Procedures.”)
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) awards degrees only to students who have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree in courses offered by USF Sarasota-Manatee. USF Regulation 3.007(2e), Degree Requirements: Baccalaureate/Undergraduate, states that “successful completion of at least 25% of the total credit hours required for the degree must be in courses offered by the USF System Institution conferring the degree.” This information is disseminated to undergraduate students through the Academic Catalog under “Graduation Requirements (2e).” Candidates for graduation also must have completed a residency requirement of at least 30 of the last 60 hours of their undergraduate course work at USF Sarasota-Manatee (Graduation Requirements (2f)). Only the dean of the college granting the degree may approve transfer credit for any part of these 30 hours. Deans may make exceptions to this rule for students who are enrolled at other universities in approved exchanges, cooperative education programs, and correspondence work from the University of Florida.
One program has a residency requirement in addition to the institutional minimum of 30 hours. The undergraduate programs in the College of Business require students to satisfactorily complete at least 50% of required business courses and at least 12-18 credit hours in the major field at USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Business Graduation Requirements).
When a student applies for graduation, his or her academic advisor conducts a graduation check through the on-line Degree Works system to ensure that the student has met the residency requirement and any additional college or program requirements, or received a waiver as appropriate. When a student has not met the requirement, the omission will show up on the student’s record (Degree Works Screenshot 1, Degree Works Screenshot 2). Only when the academic advisor and the Registrar certify that all requirements are met is the student added to the degree-posting list. Degree audit examples of students who completed the requirements and do not have the omission noted include the following: Finance Degree Audit and Criminology Degree Audit. In addition, advisors also use screenshots in the student information system to check grades and grade forgiveness (in Banner table SHACRSE) and to verify majors/minors, grade-point averages, and honors (in SGASTDN).
The transcript for the baccalaureate degree identifies all course work from each institution attended by the student by academic term consecutively. The name of the institution is listed for each term. The cumulative hours, quantitative points, and GPA from the USF System are listed separately from those of transfer institutions at the end of the transcript.
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