General Education 1.0 Policies, Procedures, Substitutions, and Exceptions (for students who started at Appalachian between Fall 2009 and Summer 2015 ONLY)

i. First Year Seminar

ii. Writing Across the Curriculum

iii. Designations in Perspectives

iv. Quantitative Literacy

v. Wellness Literacy

vi. Aesthetic, Historical and Social, and Local to Global perspectives

vii. Science Inquiry perspective

viii. Blanket Substitutions

ix. Departmental Honors Courses

x. Watauga Global Community/Watauga Residential College Courses

xi. Petition Process

xii. Documented Advising Errors

xiii. Completion of General Education Requirements Through Transfer Work

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i. First Year Seminar

For students starting at Appalachian in Fall 2009-­‐Second Summer 2012:  

The following need to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement through credit for UCO 1200, HON 1515, or WGC 1103:

•     All students who need to complete General Education requirements, with the exception of Distance/Extension students

The following DO NOT need to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement:

•     Distance/Extension students

•     Students with a notation of CCC CORE, GEP MET, or DEG CORE on their record

Repeat policy: Students who wish to repeat UCO 1200 to exclude the original grade from the GPA may take any section of UCO 1200 in a future semester; they do not need to repeat the same topic they originally took. Students who wish to repeat HON 1515 to exclude the original grade from the GPA but are no longer a part of the Honors College may take any section of UCO 1200 in a future semester; an additional signature may be needed on the repeat form to allow a different course number to serve as the repeat. Students who wish to repeat WGC 1103 to exclude the original grade from the GPA but are no longer participating in the Watauga Global Community program may take ENG 1000 and UCO 1200 in a future semester; additional signatures may be needed on the repeat form to allow different course numbers to serve as the repeat.

For students starting at Appalachian in Fall 2012-­‐future:  

The following need to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement through credit for UCO 1200, HON 1515, or WGC 1103:

•     All students who are classified as freshmen (less than one year out of high school) and do not have a notation of CCC CORE, GEP MET, or DEG CORE on their record

•     All students who are classified as transfers with 29 or fewer hours of transferable credit

The following DO NOT need to fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement:

•     Students who are classified as transfers with 30-­‐59 hours of transferable credit may take First Year Seminar but are not required to. Students choosing to take First Year Seminar or transferring in an equivalent course will have 44 hours of General Education requirements. Students choosing to take advantage of the exemption will have 41 hours of General Education requirements and will have a notation of UCO MET on their record. 

•     Students who are classified as transfers with 60 or more hours of transferable credit may not take First Year Seminar unless they have received a permit from the Office of General Education.  Students who transfer in an equivalent course or have a valid reason for taking First Year Seminar will have 44 hours of General Education requirements. Others will have 41 hours of General Education requirements and will have a notation of UCO MET on their record.

•     Distance/Extension students

•     Students with a notation of CCC CORE, GEP MET, or DEG CORE on their record

Repeat policy: The repeat policy is the same as above.

NOTE: If there is a noticeable negative change in the retention rate and/or GPA of transfer students taking advantage of the exemption allowed under this new policy, this policy will be revisited.

Catalog Year Change: As the new FYS policy for transfer students is a catalog policy approved by AP&P with a Fall 2012 effective date, students who started at Appalachian prior to Fall 2012 may adopt the 2012-­‐2013 catalog year to take advantage of the new policy. Students who choose to do this will also be required to adopt the 2012-­‐2013 requirements of their major and minor, which may have changed since they initially began at Appalachian. The split catalog option does not extend to students in this situation. Advisors should be sure that students understand this before choosing to go this route. For students who pursue this option, the advisor should have the catalog year updated in Banner and contact the Assistant Director of General Education, Kristin Hyle (hylekm@appstate.edu), to add a note in Banner and update DegreeWorks as needed.

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ii. Writing Across the Curriculum

First Year Writing: All students who need to complete General Education requirements need to fulfill the First Year Writing requirement through credit for ENG 1000, F L/LLC 1000, or WGC 1103.

Second Year Writing: All students who need to complete General Education requirements need to fulfill the Second Year Writing requirement through credit for ENG 2001 or WGC 2001.

For the period Fall 2009-­‐Second Summer 2010 ONLY, the English department allowed ENG 1100 to substitute for ENG 2001. ASU credit and transfer credit for ENG 1100 from that period are loaded in Banner with the appropriate General Education attribute.

Students who receive elective credit for a second writing class transferred from another institution may petition the English department for ENG 2001 equivalent credit using the petition form available on the website of the Office of Transfer Services (http://transferservices.appstate.edu).  In addition to the documentation requested on the form, students should also provide a syllabus from the transferring institution.

iii. Designations in Perspectives

All students who need to complete General Education requirements must complete 3 hours for each of the three designations: Fine Arts, Historical Studies, and Literary Studies. Students are encouraged to take all designation courses within the hours required for completion of themes in the perspectives. Students who complete all perspectives themes but have missed one or more designations may take 3 hours for each missing designation from any theme; they do not need to stay within their already completed themes.

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iv. Quantitative Literacy

All students who need to complete General Education requirements must complete 4 hours of coursework approved as Quantitative Literacy.

For the period Fall 2009-­‐Second Summer 2011 ONLY, the General Education Council approved a policy to allow a 3 hour Math course and CIS 110, both taken at a North Carolina community college, to satisfy the Quantitative Literacy requirement. Eligible students from the appropriate time period will have the General Education attribute loaded onto CIS 110 in Banner.

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v. Wellness Literacy

All students who need to complete General Education requirements must complete 2 hours of approved Wellness Literacy coursework.

Students who transfer in one or more physical education activity courses from another institution do not automatically receive credit for the Wellness Literacy requirement. For each semester hour of P E ACTV credit, they must complete 3 of the online wellness modules available through the website of the department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science. Upon completion of the test after each module, they must contact Edgar Peck in HLES and he will update the student record to reflect Wellness Literacy credit.

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vi. Aesthetic, Historical and Social, and Local to Global perspectives

All students who need to complete General Education requirements must complete a minimum of 21 hours in these perspectives. The 21 hours include a theme in each perspective, specifically two 6 hour themes and one 9 hour theme. Students who were classified as transfer students upon their start at Appalachian may use the “wild card” option to complete the 9 hour theme.

“Wild Card”: In a perspective where a transfer student has transferred in at least one 3 hour course into a theme, 6 hours in one theme and 3 hours in a different theme within the same perspective will be considered to have fulfilled the requirement for a 9 hour theme. While this option is available to all students classified as transfers, it is a manual process. Upon receipt of a request from an advisor or dean’s office staff, the Assistant Director of General Education, Kristin Hyle (hylekm@appstate.edu), will update Banner to reflect the new theme credit on the appropriate course. Requests should include the student’s name, Banner ID #, course number, and wild card theme. After Banner has been updated, the new theme credit will be immediately visible in the Gen Ed Overview by refreshing the page and in DegreeWorks by refreshing Banner and doing a Process New. The wild card was recently approved by General Education Council to be in effect for transfer students through Second Summer 2013.

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vii. Science Inquiry perspective

All students who need to complete General Education requirements must complete a minimum of 8 hours of coursework in Science Inquiry.

For any student (whether classified as a freshman or transfer) who transfers in two approved General Education Science Inquiry courses which are in two different themes, the Science Inquiry perspective requirement is considered to be satisfied. As with the wild card, this is a manual process. Upon receipt of a request from a student, advisor, or dean’s office staff, the Assistant Director of General Education, Kristin Hyle (hylekm@appstate.edu), will update Banner to reflect the new theme credit on both courses. For example, if a student transfers in BIO 1101 and GLY 1101, the updated record will reflect 8 hours in both the Biology and Society and Restless Planet themes. When completing the theme selection, the student may choose either Science Inquiry theme. Requests should include the student’s name, Banner ID # and the course numbers for both courses.

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viii. Blanket Substitutions

The Office of General Education has reviewed elective courses from the North Carolina community college system and assigned General Education credit where appropriate. The effective date of this credit is Spring 2012 and the credit is visible on the transfer course equivalency section of the website of the Office of Transfer Services and also on the Gen Ed Overview and in DegreeWorks. The Office of General Education is in the process of conducting a similar review of elective courses from the other UNC system schools. The effective date of this credit will be Summer 1 2012.

Effective Spring 2012, transfer credit ONLY for COM 2101 receives credit in the Aesthetic perspective theme How We Tell Stories. COM 2101 taken at Appalachian will not receive General Education credit. This is an unusual situation, since transfer courses with an ASU equivalent normally receive the General Education credit proposed and approved for that course. This substitution was precipitated by an initiative coming out of the community college system. Consultation with the department of Communication resulted in the chair’s agreement that Public Speaking would be a great General Education course and is included in the General Education requirements of many universities, but it is not feasible for the department to offer enough seats to meet the current demand from majors and the anticipated demand if it were to be offered in General Education here at Appalachian.

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ix. Departmental Honors Courses

A number of departments offer Honors versions of their General Education courses. Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, all courses except HIS 1510/1515 are being offered with the regular course number and an Honors section number instead of a special Honors course number. This should lessen the confusion that previously happened when a single Honors course number was used for multiple General Education requirements.

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x. Watauga Global Community/Watauga Residential College Courses

There have been a number of cases where misinformation about where particular WGC courses would count in General Education was communicated to students. In an effort to avoid punishing the students, the Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Mike Mayfield, and the Director of General Education, Paulette Marty, have approved substitutions as deemed appropriate. The most wide-­‐ reaching of these substitutions are to allow WGC 1104 taken in Spring 2010 to count in the Local to Global perspective theme Regions in Global Context and to allow individual Tangents and Junior Seminar topics approved for General Education credit with an official effective date of Spring 2011 to be substituted on student records back to Fall 2009. The Watauga program is now following the same timeline required for all curricular change on campus.

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xi. Petition Process

Students or advisors may request a review of transfer elective credit for possible credit in General Education by submitting a petition to the Assistant Director of General Education, Kristin Hyle (hylekm@appstate.edu).   Kristin will gather the information necessary for the Director of General Education, Paulette Marty, to make a determination on the petition. Kristin then will communicate the decision to the student, the student’s advisor (if known), and the advising area of the college if the student has declared a major already.

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xii. Documented Advising Errors

When there is documentation that shows that an advisor (current or previous) made an error in advising a student about completion of General Education requirements, the Office of General Education can consider a reasonable exception. The advisor who notices the error should inform the supervisor of the advisor who made the error. That supervisor will discuss the situation with the advisor to confirm that an error did indeed occur and, if so, should propose a solution to the Assistant Director of General Education, Kristin Hyle (hylekm@appstate.edu).   The Office of General Education tries to maintain a balance between the trust a student places in his or her advisor and the student’s own responsibility for understanding and satisfying requirements.

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xiii. Completion of General Education Requirements Through Transfer Work

Please refer to the recent document distributed via email on March 26, 2012 by the Office of Transfer Services to learn more about the possibilities for students with an associate’s degree from another state, the process for reverse transfer, and the closer scrutiny of coursework used in an AA/AS degree from a North Carolina community college. The General Education Council recently approved a policy which will allow a student who has completed the general education requirements at another UNC system school, with a grade of C or better in all courses, to be exempt from Appalachian’s General Education requirements, with the exception of the major requirements of Writing in the Discipline and Senior Capstone. This policy will now go on to University College Council and AP&P for approval.

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