Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.5.2  At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. (Institutional credits for a degree)

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance
Not Applicable

Narrative

The University of New Orleans Catalog defines residency requirements for all degrees. The Undergraduate Section of the Catalog specifies that candidates for the baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 25% of the credit hours through courses offered by the University of New Orleans (typically the last 30 hours of the program of study). The number of required hours for undergraduate degrees varies from 120 to 128; thus, the 25% requirement ranges from 30 to 32 credits for students earning a single degree.

The Graduate Section of the Catalog [Page: 773] establishes the maximum number of credits that can be taken as transfer work as 12 credits. The minimum number of credit hours in a Master’s program is 30 and the minimum number of credit hours in a Doctoral program is 60. Thus, the 25% minimum requirement set in Standard 3.5.2 is exceeded in all graduate programs of study.

Table 1 summarizes the data for all students earning a baccalaureate degree in Spring 2014.

Table 1 Analysis of Spring 2014 Baccalaureate Graduates

Unit # of Graduating Students Range of Credits Completed at UNO Range of Percentage of Credits at UNO
College of Business Administration 182 31-124 26%-100%
College of Education and Human Development 34 63-128 52%-100%
College of Engineering 81 48-132 39%-100%
College of Liberal Arts 174 30-125 25%-100%
College of Sciences 150 34-127 28%-100%
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 59 32-124 27%-100%
Total 680 30-132 25%-100%

 

The University of New Orleans follows strict procedures to ensure adherence to the policies referenced above. Students receive advising support from First-Year Experience advisors at the Freshman level. By the sophomore year, advising is transferred to the college or department level depending on the program of study. This provides an ideal opportunity for academic advisors to monitor student progress and verify on-going compliance with the policies referenced above. Academic advisors and deans are also responsible for the approval of courses taken as part of the academic partnerships described below.

Upon application for graduation, the department chair or their designee utilizes a series of reports and departmental or college records to review each graduating student’s degree plan to determine the successful completion of degree requirements.  This review also verifies that twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the University. A separate review by the Registrar's office also verifies that at least 25% of credits used to satisfy degree requirements have been taken at UNO prior to approval for graduation.

In Spring 2014, the University of New Orleans piloted an electronic student record management system (degree audit) to review each student’s academic degree plan (utilizing a student’s entire academic history) to verify satisfaction of meeting degree requirements.  This new system was initially used to verify graduation requirements but will be fully implemented in Fall 2014 to allow advisors to support students throughout their academic program and to more easily identify the total number of semester hours completed at UNO. Following approval by the department chair or academic director, the dean of the respective college is responsible for validating the prior approval and issuing the final approval of the degree program for graduation.

Table 1 summarizes the data for all students earning a baccalaureate degree in Spring 2014. The University of New Orleans has a large percentage of transfer students. The attached spreadsheet [***ALERT: The document Spring_2014_Spreadsheet (Spring_2014_Spreadsheet.pdf) was permanently deleted by Elizabeth Land on 05 Sep 2014 19:15:58:683 UTC] provides the number and percentage of credit hours completed for all Students graduating in Spring 2014. To assist in validating the data, transcripts and completed degree audits are provided for a representative sample. The sample was selected in the following manner. For each college, the student with the smallest percentage of completed coursework at the University of New Orleans (in other words, the largest percent of transfer credit) was selected. One college, the college of sciences, had two graduates who each had the largest number of transfer credits. Although this strategy results in a small sample size, it provides the reviewer with a better quality of evidence than a random sample since the selected students earned the smallest percentage of credit at the University of New Orleans..

College of Business Administration student (Degree Audit; Transcript)

College of Education and Human Development Student (Degree Audit; Transcript)

College of Engineering student (Degree Audit; Transcript)

College of Liberal Arts student (Degree Audit; Transcript)

College of Sciences student 1 (Degree Audit; Transcript) student 2 (Degree Audit; Transcript)

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies student (Degree Audit; Transcript)

The University of New Orleans is a member of a consortium agreement for the delivery of only one program. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors supports a consortium of all nine member institutions, including the University of New Orleans, to offer the B.A. in Organizational Leadership. The accelerated degree completion program is designed for adults who stopped out of college. The “major” coursework requirements consist of 30 credits of courses offered jointly by faculty at the nine institutions and 30 hours of concentration and elective coursework offered by the University of New Orleans. Thus, all students will complete at least 25% of the credit hours at UNO. The program began in 2013 and has not yet graduated a cohort of students.

 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconAcad_Adv_COBA_StudentDegree Audit for Student in College of Business Administration Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_COE_StudentDegree Audit for Student in College of Engineering With Lowest Number of UNO Credits Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_COEHD_StudentDegree Audit for Student in College of Education and Human Development Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_COLA_StudentDegree Audit for Student in College of Liberal Arts Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_COS_Student_1Degree Audit for Student 1 in College of Sciences Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_COS_Student_2Degree Audit for Student 2 in College of Sciences Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconAcad_Adv_IDS_StudentDegree Audit for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of Credits
Document IconBA_ORG_LDSHP_SIGNED_MOUUniversity of Louisiana System Consortium Agreement for Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Document IconSpring_2014_SpreadsheetSpreadsheet Calculating Degree Hours Completed at UNO for all Spring 2014 Graduates
Document IconTranscript_COBA_StudentTranscript for Student in College of Business Administration Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_COE_StudentTranscript for Student in College of Engineering Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_COEHD_StudentTranscript for Student in College of Education and Human Development Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_COLA_StudentTranscript for Student in College of Liberal Arts Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_COS_Student_1Transcript for Student in College of Sciences Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_COS_Student_2Transcript for Student 2 in College of Sciences Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of UNO Credits
Document IconTranscript_IDS_StudentTranscript for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Graduating in Spring 2014 with Lowest Number of Credits
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_Catalog_ResidencyUniversity of New Orleans Catalog - Residency Requirements