Comprehensive Standard 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. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns 25 percent of the credits required for the degree through instruction offered by the participating institutions. (Institutional credits for a degree)   

Judgement: Compliant

Narrative:

Academic residency requirements are stated in the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) 2011-2012 Academic Catalog: “The last twenty-five percent of the semester hours of the degree program must be completed in residence at the University.  In residence means that students are regularly enrolled in the University, are members of a class which is supervised by a faculty member of USC Upstate, and in other ways conform to the requirements that are normally connoted by the term in residence.  In residence requirements may not be met by courses for which credit is earned by exemption or examination, or courses for which transfer credit was awarded.  Students who have not established credit for the prescribed number of hours in residency are not eligible for graduation.”  An audit of all student records for spring 2010, fall 2010, and spring 2011 indicated graduates earned at least 25 percent of their credit hours required for their degree at USC Upstate.  For those four graduates who did not meet that requirement, a waiver signed by the appropriate dean/chair is in their file.

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