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This Residency Reqt. is too many credits. The end result of this will be to reduce Junior level transfer students. At many, if not most, colleges the first two years are more credit-intensive than the second two. For a BFA program, the current maximum number is 86, which is a lot, but reducing it to 58 seems too far to me. It should be the equivalent of a 2-year (AAS or AFA)degree.
AAS/AFA degrees are usually 60-69 credits so students who compete an AFA at DCAD (one of our big transfer schools) would lose up to 11 credits in transfer, even though their curriculum is nearly identical to Pratt’s. Our AAS degrees are 66 credits.
The biggest issue will be students who transfer from liberal arts colleges with all of their Gen Ed requirements completed (very common). Those students will still have transferred all of their Gen Ed, and all of their All-Institute electives, and probably their Sophomore requirements but will still need to take 58 credits in 4 semesters.
The problem with this is that transfer students tend to also be the ones that need time to work in order to pay for Pratt so requiring them to take 15 credits every semester instead of 12 (particularly if those credits will be additional to the 126) is significant.Reference
This Policy should clearly state who has the authority to approve courses for transfer after matriculation and to approve waivers to the policy.
Also, it is more common than it should be for students to be granted waivers of the residency requirement concurrent with permission to take at another school. What usually happens is a student finishes all of their required classes but drops of fails a Gen Ed class, and then is allowed to take that class at another school in order to graduate. The final 30 credits section should include text stating something like: “To petition for a waiver of this policy, students must demonstrate extenuating circumstances that prevent them from taking the course at Pratt.”Reference