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From the President

Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017

Response to College Senate Recommendation: Amendment to DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit

At its November 10, 2017, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend to the president the following amendment to the DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit to include undergraduate-level project courses as indicated in the following resolution:

Motion to Amend DOPS regarding Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit at Buffalo State
Introduced at the October 13, 2017, College Senate meeting by the Curriculum Committee.
Presented for vote at the November 10, 2017, College Senate meeting.

WHEREAS, current policy in DOPS reflects only upper-division project courses; and

WHEREAS, the College Senate updated the current policy in December 2012 that outlined procedures for undergraduate and graduate level Course by Contract, Independent Study and Projects which require students to have completed 30 or more credits; and

WHEREAS, the Undergraduate Research Office recently put in place programs that support projects for first- and second-year students; and

WHEREAS, there is currently no policy in place for students with fewer than 30 earned credits to get credit for projects,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the College Senate Curriculum Committee recommend that Buffalo State adopt changes to DOPS that reflect the addition of lower-division project courses, as detailed below.

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS
Policy Number:  I:04:01
Date: October 13, 2017
SUBJECT: Proposals for Addition of Undergraduate Lower Division Project Courses

In order to facilitate lower-level undergraduate credit-bearing project courses, special provision must be made to ensure adequate planning and approval.

COURSE DESIGNATION:  (Prefix will indicate department)

Project (295 – Undergraduate)

Undergraduate students may undertake a project related to a required course for up to 3 credit hours per project. No more than 6 credit hours of academic project work is allowed. Application forms are available in the academic department and the Registrar’s Office, and must be filed with that office by the deadline date published in the class schedule each semester.

Title Variable: Yes
Repeatable: Limit two times
Credits: Variable 1–3
Course Description: Scholarship or creative work conducted under the supervision of a faculty member
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

  1. The College Senate Curriculum Committee does not review lower-level project courses. 
  2. Submit three copies of the Lower-Level Project Course Form, initiated by faculty, approved by department and dean.
  3. Dean forwards form to Academic Affairs

Policy Number:  (attachment)

Three copies of this form must be submitted to the Dean’s Office at least two weeks in advance of proposed instructional dates.

FORM FOR 295:  LOWER LEVEL UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT COURSE

Department ____________________________________________________________________

Faculty Member ________________________________________________________________

Description of Research Activity:

DEPARTMENTAL ACTION

Course Offering Schedule: This course will be offered: _________________________________

Approved with confirmation that all necessary laboratories, studios, resources, and

facilities for support of this course are available.

____  __________________________________________________________________

Date                            Signature of Department Chairperson Department

 

Forward three (3) copies forwarded to Dean.

DEAN’S ACTION

Approved with confirmation that all necessary laboratories, studios, resources, and

facilities for support of this course are available.

____  __________________________________________________________________

Date                            Signature of Associate Dean

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS ACTION

_____  __________________________________________________________________

Date                            Signature 

I hereby accept the recommendation of the College Senate regarding the addition of undergraduate-level project courses to the DOPS Policy on Alternate Methods of Earning College Credit at Buffalo State. I charge the provost with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this policy change and for communicating the change to the campus community.

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