†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE


†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number†† ††1205F


Date of Senate Approval†††† 12/01/05††



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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document11:  ††† †††††††† †††††††††††††† Addition of Policy on Failure of LSIC 179/379;

†††††††† †† Addition of Policy on Grade Replacement for LSIC 179/379



Effective Date:   Fall 2006

Add:   On pg. 41, add the following policy statement to the end of the description for the Liberal Studies Introductory Colloquium:


Students must successfully complete the Liberal Studies Introductory Colloquium, LS 179 or 379 within their first two semesters at UNC Asheville. Students who fail to successfully complete the course in their first semester will be limited to 14 or fewer credit hours, which must include the LSIC, in their second semester. Students who do not successfully complete the LSIC requirement in their first two semesters of enrollment will not be allowed to continue in a full-time status at the University until this requirement has been satisfied. If the LSIC requirement is not satisfied in the first two semesters of enrollment, the student will be allowed to register only for the LSIC course until the requirement is successfully completed. All other courses for which the student has registered will be administratively dropped. Less than full-time status may impact the studentís eligibility for financial aid, housing, veteranís benefits, intercollegiate athletics, and progress toward graduation.


Students may receive credit for only one section of LS 179/379.If a student does not receive a grade of C or better in LS 179 or 379, he or she may replace that grade with a grade earned by taking another section at the same level, regardless of prefix.



This policy will ensure that students are receiving the academic advising attention they need if they are to succeed at UNC Asheville.By catching students who are having difficulty in their first semester of enrollment at the University, particularly in this introductory course, we will be better able both to meet their needs and to enhance retention at the institution.We regard this as a critical, positive impact of this proposed policy.Another impact of this policy will be the need for additional seats in LSIC 179 and 379 to accommodate students who fail the course.The number of seats required as a result of this policy is not expected to be great: in the 2004-5 academic year, 37 students out of 707 new freshman failed LSIC 179, and would thus have to be accommodated under the new policy.We do not expect that the percentage of failures among transfer students to differ much.A third important impact of this proposed policy is that a student who fails the course in both their first and second semesters at UNC Asheville will be limited to taking only this requirement before proceeding in their academic program. This will impact the studentís eligibility for financial aid, housing, veteranís benefits, intercollegiate athletics, and progress toward graduation. The proposed policy sends the signal that the course is important to the studentís liberal arts experience at the University, and that it should be accorded serious attention in their studies.

LSIC 179 and LSIC 379 represent our studentsí introduction to the liberal arts approach to higher education, and to our universityís specific academic culture.It is important for them to demonstrate that they can successfully complete an integrative, topical seminar if they are to proceed through the ILS Program and the major with success.For LSIC to serve as an advising resource for students and to assist in retention, it is imperative that we provide assistance immediately to students who are having difficulty with this introductory liberal studies requirement.