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Academic Requirements Committee

Annual Report 1997-98


July 14, 1998

TO:    	           Maggie Niess, President
	              Faculty Senate President

FROM:          Mary Ann Matzke, Chair
	     	      Academic Requirements Committee
   	              Members:  Polly Gross, Phil Rossignol, Tracy Bentley-Townlin, Susan
   	              Longerbeam, Neil Eldin, Barbara Roth, Larry Flick, Kurt Peters, Brandon
                      Antoni (student), Christine May (student), Ron Oliveira (ex-officio)
  
SUBJECT:  Annual Report 1997-98

The Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) met weekly during 1997-98 to review and make 
decisions on petitions from students requesting exceptions to the academic regulations.  A summary 
of these decisions appears at the end of this report.  In addition, the committee was involved in a 
year-long project to review and modify the petition process.  I would like to thank the hard-working 
committee for the extra hours spent on the review process and Leslie Burns for her assistance with 
the focus groups.

Review of the petitioning process:

In summer of 1997 the Registrar expressed dissatisfaction with the current petitioning process.  Due 
to staff cutbacks and changes, she felt it was no longer possible to continue with the current process 
as it was very time intensive for the Registrars staff, students, advisers, and the committee.   
Meetings were held with the ARC and the Registrars Office.  As a result of these meetings, Leslie 
Burns, Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, offered to lead five focus group meetings to 
gain a better understanding of the perceptions of and issues/concerns with the petition and review 
process.  Two groups of faculty and advisers, one group of students, the ARC and the Registrars 
Office met during the fall and early winter.  The sessions were recorded and a report was prepared by 
Leslie Burns.  The following changes were made following the Focus Group report and on-going 
discussions with the Registrars Office:

1.  A memo was written from the ARC to the Registrars Office clarifying that the Registrar would 
automatically approve petitions in certain categories.  This year 49% of the add/drop requests and 
68% of the miscellaneous category requests were automatically approved.  

2.  The petition form was changed into two different forms - one dealing with registration changes and 
one with miscellaneous requests (extension of I, exam for credit, etc.).  The new format is easier for 
the Registrars Office to process and requires fewer signatures.  

3.  Written guidelines for both faculty and students were prepared.  The faculty guidelines were 
presented at the April Academic Advising Council meeting.  The student guidelines are being 
distributed with the petition form.  

4.  Several meetings were held with the Academic Regulations Committee to discuss changes that 
would simplify the petition process.  The revision of AR2 was implemented and the Academic 
Requirements Committee will no longer review vo-tech course credits.

Recommendations:

1.  Post Faculty Guidelines for Student Petitions on the web.  Remind faculty of deadlines to drop 
and withdraw from classes, ask their assistance in providing information regarding attendance on 
petitions, and ask that they inform students of their performance in class prior to the withdraw deadline.

2.  Continue to work on simplifying the petition process by delegating more approvals to the 
Registrars Office when appropriate.

3.  AR12 (Withdrawal from Individual Courses).  We recommend that the Faculty Senate reconsider 
the withdrawal deadline.  We feel that the 7th week deadline is not supported by the faculty and 
should be extended. 

4.  In AR 13 (Withdrawal from the University). The wording is vague and has been interpreted to 
include the weekend or up to the day the student takes his/her first final.  Recommend:  State that 
the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Finals Week.

5.  AR13.   Discuss with the Academic Regulations Committee what the guidelines should be for a 
late withdrawal. Should there be a time limit on a request to late withdraw?

6.  AR23d  (Exam for Credit)  ARC recommends that students be allowed to take an exam for credit 
in the term in which he or she completes requirements for graduation.

7.  AR23 and 24 (Exam for Credit/Waiver) should be reexamined in light of the PASS (Proficiency 
Based Admission System) which will be in effect at OSU in Fall 2001.  Students coming in from high 
school at a higher proficiency level may wish to test for credit.  Currently our regulation does not allow 
credit based on work done in high school.

8.  Continue discussions with the Student Health Center concerning medical documentation of 
illnesses.  Currently it is the Health Center's policy not to provide medical excuses for absenteeism 
from classes or exams.  However, the ARC feels that medical information is sometimes needed when 
a student requests a late withdraw from an individual course or from the term. 

Academic Requirements Committee Final Report 1997-98
Approved Denied Total % Total Grade Changes by Petition 36 101 137 5.24% Special Exams 78 5 83 3.17% E Grades 0 0 0 0% Adds/Drops 1644 (935*) 273 1917 73.42% Withdrawals 155 133 293 11.22% Miscellaneous 96 (67*) 2 98 3.75% Other Miscellaneous 62 21 83 3.17% TOTALS 2071 540 2611 100% *Automatically approved and included in Approved totals. Note: The number of student petitions continues to increase. Total number of petitions considered was 1491 in 95-96; 2,106 in 96-97; and 2,611 in 97-98. cc: 1997-98 Academic Requirements Committee Barbara Balz, Registrar Ron Oliveira, Associate Registrar Leslie Burns, Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs