Academic Affairs Policies

Policy on Certificates

Purpose of the Policy

A certificate program is a coherent grouping of courses from one or more disciplines that provides a set of learning experiences, often, but not always, related to a specific career area. Alternatively, a certificate program may provide a multidisciplinary focus on a specific topic or area. A certificate program differs substantially in focus from a degree program, although certain common courses may be applied to both degree and certificate courses of study.

Policy on Second Majors

Students may declare and complete a second major only if they meet the following criteria:

1)     Must declare second major before earning 90 units.

2)   Demonstrate that they can graduate with both majors completed in fewer than 140 total units.

Students who choose to complete a second major and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and college dean. 

Policy on Changes in Majors

Students are not permitted to change majors after they have earned 90 units, unless the new major can be completed in less than 140 total units.  

Students who choose to change majors and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.   

PASSED – April 27, 2010 – Academic Senate
APPROVED – May 10, 2010 – President Richmond
EDITED – April 2, 2019 - Academic Senate
APPROVED – June 10, 2019 – President Rossbacher

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICY ON SUPPORT FOR NON-CITIZEN FACULTY - VISA ACQUISITION

ADMINISTRATIVE MEMORANDUM

VPAA 18-02

March 12,2019

Replaces VPAA 17-01

SUBJECT: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICY ON SUPPORT FOR NON-CITIZEN FACULTY - VISA ACQUISITION

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Academic Progress Rules (Milestones) for Undergraduate Programs

The purpose of this policy is to allow departments to establish milestones for identifying at risk students who are not making sufficient progress in their undergraduate academic programs for the purposes of intervention. Students so identified will be required to meet with academic advisors to develop a plan that will lead to successful completion of the existing program. If it is determined that successful completion of the current academic program is not achievable, then the student will be dismissed from that program and guided to a more appropriate program.