Response to College Senate Recommendation: General Education Requirements for Transfer and Readmitted Students

From the President
At its December 12, 2008, meeting, the College Senate voted to approve and forward the following resolution to the president for approval and action:

Revision to the General Education Requirements for Transfer and Readmitted Students

The College Senate recommends that effective fall 2009 all new transfer and readmitted students be placed in the Intellectual Foundations program. The proposed new policy for both transfer and readmitted students will replace existing policies in the 2007-2009 Undergraduate Catalog as indicated below:

The current policy for transfer students (page 92 under “Course Coding System”) reads as follows:

At the time of the printing of this catalog, new students at Buffalo State College are required to fulfill Intellectual Foundations requirements. Students starting their education before fall 2006 are required to fulfill general education (GE2K) requirements and should consult their department adviser and the catalog covering their year of entry.

The current policy for readmitted students (page 14 under “Readmission”) reads as follows:

Readmitted students will be placed in a general education program on the basis of hours earned, corresponding to the current hours of the entering class of 2006. For example, the class entering in fall 2006 could be expected to have 30 credit hours earned by the start of fall semester 2007; therefore, readmitted students with 30 hours or fewer would be placed in Intellectual Foundations; students with 31 hours or more would be placed in General Education 2000. Readmitted students for fall 2007 will be appropriately placed by the Admissions Office. Readmitted students currently registered who have been placed in Intellectual Foundations may petition to be placed in General Education 2000 and their petitions (and any petitions currently pending) will be granted on the same basis.

The revised policy for transfer and readmitted students will read:

Effective fall 2009, all new transfer and readmitted students at Buffalo State College are required to fulfill Intellectual Foundations (GEIF) requirements regardless of their initial matriculation date into a regionally accredited four-year institution or two-year college. A student who has been advised at his/her previous school based on GE2K requirements can petition to be placed in General Education 2000 (GE2K) if it is advantageous for graduation.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, three general education programs (GEIF, GE2K, GEC) existing at the same time can cause confusion for students, faculty and staff;

WHEREAS, students starting their education before fall 2006 would no longer be required to complete GE2K and could choose from the current (IF) selection of classes, therefore acquiring the benefits of the most current general education program;

WHEREAS, students may petition their placement into Intellectual Foundations if it is found that GE2K would be more advantageous for graduation; and,

WHEREAS, using only one general education program will lead to simplified and more manageable academic advisement,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate supports the proposed policy revision to default all transfer and readmitted students into Intellectual Foundations upon their acceptance to Buffalo State College.

I hereby accept the recommendation of the College Senate and approve the amendments to the General Education requirements for transfer and readmitted students as outlined above. I charge the provost with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of these policy revisions and ensuring that these revisions are communicated immediately to all faculty, students, and staff.