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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

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

Policy Contents
Effective Date: April 2009
Last Update: September 2014
Responsible University Officer:
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Policy Owner:
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
Policy Contact:
CONSULTED WITH: Faculty Senate

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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

There are no procedures related to this policy.

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

There are no forms related to this policy.

APPENDICES

There are no appendices related to this policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There is no FAQ related to this policy.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject
Contact
Phone
Fax/Email
Primary Contact(s)
612-625-1064
Twin Cities Campus
612-625-8098
Crookston Campus
218-281-8200
Morris Campus
320-589-6011
Rochester Campus
507-258-8008

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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