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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Establishing, Enforcing, and Waiving Prerequisites: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester

Responsible University Officer(s):

  • Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy Owner(s):

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

Policy contact(s):

Date Revised:

Sep 15, 2014

Effective Date:

Apr 8, 2009

POLICY STATEMENT

  1. Departments and colleges should be selective in determining prerequisites for courses. Prerequisites should not be set for a course except in progressive, sequence courses or where departments can clearly demonstrate that a student will not be able to complete the course successfully without first completing the prerequisite course work.
  2. Where prerequisites have been set, catalogues and course materials must list them and advise students to take only those courses for which the prerequisites have been met.
  3. Where prerequisites have been set, instructors may require that any student who has not taken the specified prerequisites for the course must withdraw. Instructors may, however, grant permission, on an individual basis, for a student to take a course without having taken the prerequisite(s).
  4. When a student successfully completes a prerequisite course after successfully completing a subsequent course that required the prerequisite, credit for the prerequisite course will be granted. Colleges and departments, at their discretion, may also allow students to receive credit by examination for the prerequisite course.

Exclusions

This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campuses.

REASON FOR POLICY

Prerequisites inform students that, in order to be successful in a particular course, they must enter the course already having attained specific knowledge as a necessary background. Prerequisites provide a process for directing students to courses for which the students are adequately prepared. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.

PROCEDURES

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

APPENDICES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CONTACTS

SubjectContactPhoneEmail
Primary Contact(s) Sue Van Voorhis 612-625-8098 vanvo002@umn.edu
Twin Cities Campus Stacey Tidball 612-626-0075 tidball@umn.edu
Crookston Campus Ken Myers 218-281-8200 kmyers@crk.umn.edu
Morris Campus Judy Korn 320-589-6011 kornjr@morris.umn.edu
Rochester Campus Laura Walker 507-258-8008 ljwalker@r.umn.edu

DEFINITIONS

Prerequisite
A course that is a necessary requirement before subsequent advanced courses.

RESPONSIBILITIES

There are no specified responsibilities related to this policy.

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Amended:
September 2014 - Clarifications related to Higher Learning Commission accreditation requirements
Amended:
December 2009 - Policy now applies to Crookston.
Effective:
April 2009
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