Response to Senate Resolution: Academic Level (Class Level) Policy

From the Interim President

Motion to Change the Academic Level (Class Level) Policy
Introduced by the Standards for Students Committee on December 13, 2009 (co-sponsored by the Student Welfare Committee).

Whereas, the current undergraduate Academic Level (Class Level) Policy does not accurately reflect the progress required for timely graduation (i.e., 120 credits within eight semesters/four years) as a full-time matriculated student at Buffalo State College, and

Whereas, the current policy is inconsistent with the typical campus practice of advising students to take an average load of 15 credits per semester, and

Whereas, the current policy creates difficulty for various office functions (e.g., Institutional Research, Financial Aid) due to external procedural requirements,

Therefore, be it resolved that effective summer 2010, the college revise the Academic Level (Class Level) Policy as freshmen from 0 to 29 credit hours, sophomores from 30 to 59 credit hours, juniors from 60 to 89 credit hours, and seniors from 90 and above credit hours.

CURRENT POLICY
(2009–2011 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 27)
Academic Levels (Class Level)

Students are given class designations according to the number of credit hours they have earned. Undergraduate levels are:

Freshmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 to 28 credit hours
Sophomores . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 to 56 credit hours
Juniors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 to 88 credit hours
Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 or more credit hours

RECOMMENDED POLICY
Academic Levels (Class Level)

Students are given class designations according to the number of credit hours they have earned. Undergraduate levels are:

Freshmen . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 to 29 credit hours
Sophomores . . . . . . . . . . .30 to 59 credit hours
Juniors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 to 89 credit hours
Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 or more credit hours

I accept the recommendation of the College Senate and hereby authorize the changes to the Academic Level Policy as outlined above. I charge the interim provost with the responsibility of overseeing that these changes are implemented in all appropriate documentation and communicated widely throughout the institution.