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Federal Requirement 4.4

Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. (Program length)  

Judgement: Compliant

Narrative:

The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) determines program length in accordance withthe best practices implemented by the USC system. All USC Upstate baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours, and all USC Upstate master’s degrees require a minimum of 36 credit hours. These minimums reflect national norms and are based on a traditional full-time schedule of 15 hours per semester over eight semesters (four academic years) for a baccalaureate degree and a full-time schedule of nine hours per semester over four semesters (two academic years) for a master’s degree.

The curricula for new degree programs and curricula changes, including program length, are reviewed or approved by appropriate department deans or chairs, unit academic affairs/curricula committees, the Executive Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, and the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Some USC Upstate undergraduate degrees require more than 120 credit hours and master’s degrees require more than 30 credit hours. When this is the case, the additional required credit hours have been reviewed or approved by appropriate department deans or chairs, unit academic affairs/curricula committees, the Executive Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, and the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. These additional credit hours are generally required to meet the demands of USC Upstate’s general education program and/or those of state, professional, and/or national accreditation agencies.

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