FacEx Minutes March 29, 2022
Approved: April 12, 2022
Approval of March 8, 2022, Minutes – Approved unanimously.
University Senate President Report: Hossein Saiedian –
There will be an Open Forum on 4/14/22, to discuss the search for the CLAS Dean. The search committee members will be attending and be prepared to answer questions. This is open to all faculty, staff, and students.
SenEx is revising the inclement weather policy. Staff are expected to take work from home when campus is closed
Faculty Senate President Report:Rémy Lequesne -no updates
FSRR 2.5.4, change to transfer hours (see below)
A motion was made by Kokobobo to approve the amendment to FSRR 2.5.4. regarding transfer hours. Seconded by Brunsell.
Passed unanimously. The amendment will be forwarded to Faculty Senate.
Old Business –
General Education policy – Syrett – no update
Resolution in Support of KU Staff – will be on upcoming Faculty Senate agenda
Procedures for Policy Development – (No update)
Data Analytics Task Group – (No update)
Shared Governance Resolution: meeting w/chancellor to discuss the status of the shared governance.
New Business – None.
FSRR 2.5.4, change to transfer hours
FacEx March 29, 2022
Passed March 29, 2022
Forward to Faculty Senate, April 14, 2022
Discuss at Faculty Senate, April 21, 2022
Proposed changes to FSRR 2.5.4
Rationale: Changing to adapt to KBOR policy that equalizes the transfer of Community/Junior College credits with 4-year college. Currently, KU-Edwards has opted into agreements and policy needs to be adjusted.
2.5.4 No more than sixty-four semester hours may be transferred as credit from a community or junior college unless the University of Kansas enters into a transfer agreement in accordance with the definition of a baccalaureate degree in KBOR policy Ch. 3, Section 9b part ii (2).
Background to Proposed Changes
KBOR voted to redefine a Baccalaureate Degree at their November 2021 meeting. The KBOR policy (with approved revisions in red) is below. The amendment gives universities permission to accept community college credits for all lower-division courses (or up to 75 credits for a 120-credit-hour Baccalaureate Degree), but only if the university and community college enter into a transfer agreement in accordance with (d).
“Baccalaureate degree” means a degree:
(a) Requiring the equivalent of at least four academic years of full-time postsecondary study consisting of courses totaling a minimum of 120 semester credit hours in the liberal arts, sciences or professional fields.
(b) Incorporating in its program design the equivalent of two or more academic years of full-time study consisting of courses totaling a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from institutions that have a majority of degree conferrals at or above the baccalaureate level, and a minimum of 45 semester credit hours in upper division courses. Institutions are not permitted to make programmatic exceptions, except as authorized in paragraph 2(ed). Institutions may make a limited number of exceptions from the 60-hour requirement for individual students, up to a maximum of 6 hours.
(c) The degree shall require distinct specialization, i.e., a “major,” which should entail approximately the equivalent of one academic year of work in the main subject plus one academic year in related subjects, or two academic years in closely related subjects within a liberal arts interdisciplinary program.
(d) Universities may have transfer agreements with institutions that make programmatic exceptions to the requirement that a minimum of 60 semester credit hours be from institutions that have a majority of degree conferrals at or above the baccalaureate level. Each university shall report to the Board of Academic Affairs Standing Committee annually or as necessary:
(i) the name of each degree and major in which programmatic exceptions apply;
(ii) the name of each institutional partner in which programmatic exceptions apply; and
(iii) the number of students who utilized programmatic exceptions.
(d) The equivalent of the first two academic years of full-time study (associate degree programs ordinarily require 64, but in some cases may extend up to 72, semester credit hours) may be from institutions that have a majority of degree conferrals below the baccalaureate level. (e) The University of Kansas Edwards campus may have transfer agreements with Johnson County Community College that make programmatic exceptions to the requirement that a minimum of 60 semester credit hours be from institutions that have a majority of degree conferrals at or above the baccalaureate level. The University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College shall report annually to the Board Academic Affairs Standing Committee on the number and type of programs subject to transfer agreements entered into pursuant to this exception, the number of Johnson County Community College students transferring in more than 60 hours into such programs, and their success.
KU Governance policies have several related requirements. USRR 3.1.1 states that “The minimum requirement for graduation with a bachelor’s degree shall be 120 credit hours of which at least 45 hours shall be in junior-senior courses, at least 30 hours of residence courses at [KU], and a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average for the coursework taken [at KU].”
Up to 90 credits transferred from other institutions may therefore count towards a degree, including up to 75 credits in first- and second-year courses (so-called “lower-division instruction” per KBOR policy Ch. 3, Section 9a part v). Credits transferred from community colleges, which by KBOR policy (ch 71, Article 18, 1802) are “courses normally offered to freshmen and sophomores in four-year public institutions”, can therefore not comprise more than 75 credits applied towards a 120-credit-hour KU degree based on USRR 3.1.1.
FSRR 2.5.4 places an additional restriction on credits transferred from community colleges. It states that no more than 64 credits may be transferred as credit from a community or junior college. This limit does not apply to “lower-division” courses transferred from 4-year institutions (see above and USRR 3.1.1).
It is proposed to modify FSRR 2.5.4 to allow KU programs to take advantage of KBOR’s redefinition of a Baccalaureate Degree, if appropriate. Both KBOR and the KU Provost’s Office have expressed an understanding that this change will not benefit all students. Many KU students must, as a requirement for graduation, complete more than 45 credits worth of courses that are not available at community colleges. It is also possible that not all community college credits transferred to KU will count towards their degree. KU faculty retain the right and responsibility to set the curriculum and requirements for graduation from KU.
It is believed that a small number of students will likely benefit from this change, and that the students who stand to benefit most will likely be non-traditional students underrepresented at KU and students with financial constraints.