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ERIC Number: ED508293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
A Comparison of Nine Universities' Academic Policies from 1988 to 2005
Brawner, Catherine E.; Frillman, Sharron; Ohland, Matthew W.
Online Submission
This study compares academic policies related to academic good standing, probation, suspension, and expulsion at nine universities over 17 years providing a benchmark to which others can compare. The print and on-line versions of the undergraduate catalogs from 1988-2005 for each of the nine public universities in the southeastern United States were examined regarding those policies. Each school requires a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for graduation, but students earlier in their careers may remain in good standing with lower CGPAs. Students not in good standing may be put on probation while remaining in school and given a chance to improve their grades. Failing that, they may be suspended with various paths to return. After one or two suspensions, students are expelled, although six institutions have policies allowing them to return after time away. Grade forgiveness policies are also examined. We find that over time those institutions with lower standards for good standing have raised them. This study lays a foundation for a study answering larger questions about how these policies affect enrollment, persistence, and graduation, particularly among women and minority students majoring in engineering at these institutions. (Contains 6 tables and 3 appendices.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States