ERIC Number: ED320043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-22
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An Overview of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona's "Continuation Group" of Undeclared Majors Conducted during Fall Quarter, 1989.
Aseltine, Daniel; Albert, Marcia
This document describes the policies of California State Polytechnic University which severely restrict the number of students who are allowed to enroll as undeclared majors. It explains that only first-time freshmen may enter the university without a major, that transfer students must declare a major upon application, and that undeclared majors are allowed only one academic year in that status before they must declare an academic major or leave the university. It goes on to describe the dilemma of undeclared majors who complete their first year with a grade point average below 2.0, noting that most departments require a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average before a student will be accepted as a change of major. A retention effort for these "negative standing" undeclared majors piloted by the University Advising Centers is described in which selected "negative standing" undeclared majors were allowed to continue at the university beyond their normally-allotted three quarters under the auspices of a controlled group counseling program. Included are a description of the functions of the University Advising Centers, the development of the "Continuation Group" for undeclared majors, impressionistic interpretations of the group, comments from student evaluation of the group project, and a discussion of the coordinators' reactions to the student evaluation. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association for Counseling and Development (Burlingame, CA, February 28-March 3, 1990).