Ease the ability of students with three-year degrees to complete bachelor+master’s programs at Illinois Tech by modifying the residency requirement for UG degrees here at IIT. The handbook currently states that:
There is no maximum number of hours of transfer credit from a four-year college; however, the final 45 semester hours of any degree program must be completed at Illinois Institute of Technology.
The proposal is to allow for these 45 semester hours (credit hours) to include graduate coursework for students in coterminal programs in a single field. Specifically, the proposal is to revise the language to read as follows:
There is no maximum number of hours of transfer credit from a four-year college; however, the final 45 semester hours of any degree program must be completed at Illinois Institute of Technology. Any Co-terminal or Accelerated Master’s Program with both bachelor’s and master’s components in the same department is to be considered a unified degree program for this purpose, and thus all graduate coursework in such a program may count towards these 45 semester hours.
This proposal will maintain educational quality, as students still will need to complete all regular requirements of both bachelor's and master's degrees, while lowering barriers for them. Note that students would be admitted initially to the bachelor's degree, and then to the coterminal program after one semester, based on existing criteria which this proposal would not change.
Jamshid Mohammadi (mohammadi) ( A revised version of this proposal is voted and passed by UGSC. The GSC accepts the revised version. ):