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MOTION TO ACCEPT RECOMMENDATION ON 124 CREDIT GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on December 8, 2010
1 opposed

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Motion to Accept CAPP Recommendation on 124 Credit Graduation Requirement

CAPP formed a sub-committee to consider the proposal from the Committee on Enrollment Planning to reduce the minimum number of credit requirement to graduate from UHM with a Bachelor’s degree from 124 to 120 credits. The sub-committee’s findings were based on reviewing several land grant universities, UHM’s peer institutions and consultation with some faculty. The sub-committee’s survey findings are attached.

CAPP’s recommendation is based on its sub-committee’s report and that 1) the minimum hours (length) of the BA at UHM will be similar to most other schools; 2) students may complete their degrees within four years if they choose to take 15 credit hours each semester; 3) there is no strong feeling that the reduction will adversely affect the quality of education; and 4) it will make UHM BA programs more competitive, giving potential students additional argument to choose UHM.

CAPP unanimously passed the following motion and is forwarding the recommended change for SEC’s and the full senate’s consideration.

1. UHM BA graduation requirement be changed from a minimum of 124 to a minimum of 120 credit hours.

2. UHM course catalog state that students must enroll in 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate in four years with 120 credit hours.

3. Full-time undergraduate standing remains at 12 credit hours per semester.