PROPOSAL FOR CHANGING THE FIRST YEAR DROP POLICY

 

 

 

Current situation:

 

   The university bulletin indicates that first year students “who wish to withdraw from a course, including the first week of classes, should first consult with their

adviser, or the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, or a staff member of the Academic Advising Office” ( p. 101) before dropping a course.  Because the current policy states that students “should” consult with their advisers, first year students can drop courses without consulting with their adviser, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, or a member of the Academic Advising Office.

 

 

Statement of the Problem:

 

   Students are potentially putting themselves at an academic disadvantage later in their university career by dropping a course in their first year without consultation with their

adviser, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, or a member of the Academic Advising Office as to the consequences of the action. Furthermore, the lack of consultation weakens the relationship between academic advisers and advisees.

 

 

Recommendation:

  The bulletin should be changed. The bulletin should read first year students “who wish to withdraw from a course, including the first week of classes, must first consult with their adviser. In cases where the adviser is not available, students must consult with the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or a staff member of the Academic Advising Office before dropping.  The academic adviser course drop discussion form must be used when a first year student drops a course. 

 

    

Alternatives considered:

 

To leave the current policy as is.

 

Expected outcome:

 

    Students will be more aware of the consequences of dropping a course and adviser/advisee relationships will be stronger.