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From the President

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018

Response to College Senate Recommendation: Revision to DOPS Policy I:04:01: Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit - Course Challenge

At its March 9, 2018, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend revisions to DOPS Policy I:04:01: Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit - Course Challenge. The resolution and revised policy language are as follows:

DOPS Revisions: Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit – Course Challenge

WHEREAS, the Buffalo State student population is becoming increasingly diverse, with more adult and returning learners; and

WHEREAS, students may enter Buffalo State with previous life and work experience that has prepared them to demonstrate the stated learning outcomes or objectives of a particular course; and

WHEREAS, the current Course Challenge policy, within the Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit (1:04:01) policy, is limited in scope, speaking only to an examination as the method of course challenge versus a portfolio, performance, or other means; and

WHEREAS, the current Course Challenge policy does not consider graduate students,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Buffalo State amend its DOPS policy on Course Challenge within Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit (1:04:01) as revised in this document to enhance student success toward degree completion (see language in the section “Proposed Revised Policy Course Challenge” below); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the college catalog and college website be updated to ensure that DOPS language is consistently reflected for these policies.

DOPS Policy Number: I:04:01  Subject: Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit - Course Challenge 

Current Policy
Course Challenge 

Each department determines which courses may be challenged by examination. Matriculated undergraduate students may earn credit hours by challenging the specially designated courses.

The following rules apply:

1. Total challenge credit may not exceed 30 credit hours.

2. A course in which a student is currently enrolled may not be challenged.

3. A course may not be challenged more than once.

4. Credit earned will be recorded as credit (CR) only rather than by grade.

5. No credit will be awarded when the challenged area duplicates an area for which credit has already been awarded.

6. A student must be matriculated to register for a course challenge.

Proposed Revised Policy
Course Challenge

A course challenge may be used to request college credit for a Buffalo State course when the course objectives and student learning outcomes have been previously met. Each department determines whether credit for a successful course challenge may be applied to the major or minor.

The following rules apply:

1. A student must be matriculated to challenge a course.

2. Department determines challenge method, which may include but is not limited to examination, portfolio, performance, or presentation.

3.  No credit will be awarded when the challenged course duplicates a course for which credit has already been earned (except in the specific case of a repeatable course), a course for which a grade has already been earned, or a course in which a student is currently enrolled.

4. Credit earned will be recorded as credit (CR) only rather than as a grade.

5. A student may not receive more than 30 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits through course challenge.

6. The grade grievance policy can be invoked by a student who wishes to appeal an unsuccessful course challenge.

I hereby accept the recommendation of the College Senate to revise the Policy on Course Challenge as outlined above. I charge the provost with the responsibility for overseeing that this change is implemented and communicated appropriately.

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