Multiple Associate Degrees

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Multiple Associate Degrees

Deans’ Council

Update October 25, 2012


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Setting the Context



The problem was presented to Deans’ Council in March of
2012.



The problem:


Should a student that meets all graduation requirements be eligible
to receive two associate degrees in the same semester?



Deans’ Council Assigned a team to analyze the problem.


Team members:



Lakisha

Beck,
Laurie
Chesley
, Katie
Daniels,
Deb

DeWent
,
Diane Patrick
,
Lynnae

Selberg
, Paula

Sullivan
,
Patti
Trepkowski


2

Why is this a problem?


We
currently have
a practice but not an institutional
policy.


It appears that
we are allowing a student to
double
-
dip.


With our practice of only conferring degrees in
separate semesters, as we may be conferring a degree
in a semester that the student didn’t take any classes.


A second associate degree is using up more Financial
Aid for students, potentially leaving them without
enough eligible monies for their bachelors degree.

3

Student Examples



Student #1
-

Earned
4

Associate Degrees:*


Associate in Business


Business Administration


Associate in Business


Management & Supervision


Associate in Business


Marketing


Associate in Business


Accounting


Total of 178 credits (Winter 2005


Winter 2011)



Student # 2


Earned
3

Associate Degrees:*


Associate in Business


Business Administration


Associate in Business


Marketing


Associate in Business


Management & Supervision


Total of 123 credits (Fall 2002


Summer 2006)


*Same degree


different concentration. (Currently not distinctive and does
not have the16 credit hour difference.)

4

Topics Explored


Team created “
Principles for Multiple Associate Degree Work,
” as
guidelines to frame this complicated subject matter.


1.
Our decisions are consistent with respected external standards
(those of accrediting agencies and professional organizations).

2.
Our decisions reflect the established practices of community
colleges and transfer institutions.

3.
Our decisions honor the real value of a credential to a student in
terms of his/her career or future educational path.

4.
Our decisions will be aligned with our curriculum model.

5.
Our decisions take into consideration developing performance
funding standards at the State level, as well as gainful employment
regulations.





5

Topics Explored (Continued)



Benchmarked all Michigan Community Colleges on their
process/policies.


Benchmarked with our transfer institutions on their
policies (GVSU, FSU, DU, WMU)


Collected data on the number of Multiple Degrees
Awarded.


Developed proposed draft policy statements.



6

Larger Issues



The Multiple Associate Degree problem is a symptom of
bigger issues around clarifying our definition of degrees
and the relationships between programs and degrees.


There has been program creep over time


Need to define standard institutional guidelines for
degrees, programs, curricular content, codes, etc., the
work of the curriculum model team.


Programs that are impacted with this policy will be
identified and the decisions to be made in light of this
policy.

7

Policy Highlights






Propose effective date for all incoming new students for Fall 2013 and
full implementation for all students Fall 2015.


Implication for policy if the policy were in place.


Students selecting curriculum codes


when they switch they will be
responsible for the requirements in that catalog.


P
rograms that have less than 16 credits hours difference.


Programs with AAAS and AA listed will be problematic


Student in two curriculum codes.








8

Next Steps



Motion
and vote to bring the Multiple Associate Degree
Policy to AGC.



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