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Curriculum Changes Beginning 2013-14

The faculty has approved several curricular changes that begin next year, 2013-14. This memo provides information about how these changes affect current students.

Changes affecting ALL CURRENT STUDENTS

The four most important things to know about curriculum revision:

  1. Your graduation date will not change because of curriculum revision.
  2. You need to follow your current program plan.  Any course changes that go into effect next year will be indicated on your program plan.
  3. The minimum number of credits for graduation is 130.  (See possible exceptions below).
  4. The maximum number of credits per semester you can take is 18.  (See possible exceptions and the audit option below).

Q & A about Changes affecting ALL CURRENT STUDENTS

My program plan requires less than 130 credits, what other credits can I take to reach 130?

Any courses/credits in the MLC curriculum may be taken to reach 130 credits.  One, two, three or more credit courses may be taken in any combination to reach 130 credits.

My program plan requires less than 130 credits and if I take more credits, I will not be able to graduate when I planned.  What do I do?

Appeal to Dr. Wendler, the Vice President for Academics, for an exception.

I heard we can no longer overload.  Really?

The federal Department of Education is limiting the number of credits a student takes in a semester to 18.  This is being enforced through our accreditation agency.  While MLC will comply with this regulation, we also recognize that current students may have planned their programs with the intent of taking more than 18 credits in a semester.  Exceptions may be granted to help such students graduate in four or five years by appealing to Dr. David Wendler, Vice President for Academics.  Exceptions will not be granted if the intent of taking more than 18 credits in a semester is to expedite graduation.

How do I appeal to Dr. Wendler, the Vice President for Academics?

Appeals must be writing so email Dr. Wendler with a thorough explanation of why you need approval of your request.  Dr. Wendler may reply via email or may ask to meet with you.

I have 18 credits of course work and I want to be in choir and wind symphony.  I also want to take voice lessons, piano or organ lessons, and take Chinese too.  If I can’t take more than 18 credits in a semester, how can I take these?

If you wish to take more than 18 credits, you need to audit these courses.  Audit does not count as credit for graduation and audited courses are not eligible for financial aid.  For example, if your course load is 17 credits, you could add one more credit of choir for a total of 18 credits.  If you want to also take organ lessons or take a three-credit course, you could add that by auditing it.

It sounds like auditing is a good thing, is there a limit on how many credits I can audit?

The total number of credits and audit hours may not exceed 21.  Audits may be one, two, or three credit hours