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Criteria for Review 2.2

All degrees - undergraduate and graduate - awarded by the institution are clearly defined in terms of entry-level requirements and in terms of levels of student achievement necessary for graduation that represent more than simply an accumulation of courses or credits.

Baccalaureate programs engage students in an integrated course of study of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare them for work, citizenship, and a fulfilling life.  These programs also ensure the development of core learning abilities and competencies including, but not limited to, college-level written and oral communication; college-level quantitative skills; information literacy; and the habit of critical analysis of data and argument.

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In addition, baccalaureate programs actively foster an understanding of diversity, civic responsibility, the ability to work with others, and the capability to engage in lifelong learning.

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Baccalaureate programs also ensure breadth for all students in the areas of cultural and aesthetic, social and political, as well as scientific and technical knowledge expected of educated persons in this society.  Finally, students are required to engage in an in-depth, focused, and sustained program of study as part of their baccalaureate programs.

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Graduate programs are consistent with the purpose and character of their institutions; are in keeping with the expectations of their respective disciplines and professions; and are described through nomenclature that is appropriate to the several levels of graduate and professional degrees offered.  Graduate curricula are visibly structured to include active involvement with the literature of the field and ongoing student engagement in research and/or appropriate high-level professional practice and training experiences.  Additionally, admission criteria to graduate programs normally include a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate undergraduate program.

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  • University catalog provides the details of entrance requirements (both hard copy and electronic, web-based version)
  • University catalog spells out the requirements for obtaining the master's degree (levels of achievement necessary): minimum 3.0 GPA in all program coursework, minimum grades required in specified courses (gateways), minimum of 60% of coursework must be in stand-alone graduate level courses, successful completion of a culminating activity required of all master's students.  
  • A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, and Format, the "Grad Handbook" (produced by Graduate School) lays out requirements for culminating activities, emphasizing the thesis and project.
  • Departmental graduate program guides (handbooks) specify departmental requirements and expectations (produced by some departments)
  • Thesis editor reviews all theses and projects and advises students who are writing theses or projects.