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RESOLUTION TO REDUCE THE MINIMUM HOURS FOR BACCALAUREATE LEVEL DEGREES


WHEREAS, Winthrop University has long offered degrees at the baccalaureate level, currently requiring a minimum of 124 credit hours; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, in its Principles of Accreditation, states baccalaureate degrees should be based on “at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent”; and

WHEREAS, most of Winthrop University’s peer institutions consider 120 semester credit hours as a minimum threshold for degree length; and

WHEREAS, a student successfully completing 15 credit hours each semester will earn 120 semester hours in four years; and

WHEREAS, reducing the minimum number of hours required for a baccalaureate degree can encourage degree attainment and reduce the overall cost of completing these degrees.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT WINTHROP UNIVERSITY that, based on the recommendation of the Academic Council, Faculty Conference, Provost, and President of Winthrop University, the minimum number of semester credit hours required to earn a baccalaureate degree be set at one hundred twenty (120).

APPROVED, this 9th day of May, 2014.

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