Summary: Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy
The goal of the Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy is to promote undergraduate student
success. The policy establishes a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an
undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time.
Full-time degree seeking students normally are expected to complete the undergraduate program in four
years. Within this timeframe, all students are expected to demonstrate continuing progress in their majors
by completing prerequisite or required courses with the appropriate grades, and by completing other
requirements consistent with graduation progress or benchmarks established by their academic units (see 2,
below). It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to meet these requirements. To help students meet
these requirements the University will facilitate student progress to degree by providing enhanced student
advising through the following measures:
1. Academic units will create 4-year graduation templates that will specify the degree requirements
for each major and provide semester-by-semester course schedule models that achieve graduation
within four years. Students will prepare individualized plans for completing their degrees in
accordance with the academic units' 4-year graduation plans. Students are also encouraged to
periodically update their plans with the assistance of their academic advisors.
2. Academic units will establish graduation progress benchmarks for each academic major. These
will specify the credit and course criteria that will indicate satisfactory progress to degree.
Academic units will establish schedules for regular periodic reviews of student progress, and
students who are in danger of falling behind the program benchmarks will be required to consult