Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dismissal/Reinstatement Clarification

After consultation with Dr. Amlaner, this is to clarify the policy for someone that has been dismissed from graduate study at KSU and wants to return.  Their options are:
1. Request to be reinstated to the specific program they were dismissed from.  In this case the procedure would be as proposed with the Academic Standing policy.
2. Apply fresh to a different program.  The new program would decide whether to admit them or not based on their own policies.  If admitted they would carry their previous graduate GPA with them, likely resulting in beginning the new program on Probation.

Please provide your feedback through this blog, as this is our opportunity to shape and write this policy as part of our proposed Academic Standing policy.


Anonymous said...

I think that we should not prevent a student from re-applying to another KSU program...but we need to make it clear that they cannot transfer into another program, they must redo the entire application process. We do not necessarily have to label the stduent a failure. there could have been a mismatch of interest and abilities.

Alan Kirk

Anonymous said...

I agree completely with Alan. I'd like to add, too, that students in this situation need to be told clearly that the credit (s) that they may have earned in the first program won't necessarily transfer into a second program.

--Jim Elledge

Anonymous said...

"If a graduate student earns nine credit hours of grades below “B” in graduate course work, or if a graduate student on probation earns a semester or summer grade-point average below 3.0, that student will be dismissed from further graduate study at KSU and will not be eligible for readmission as a graduate student."

As the policy currently reads, a student isn't able to simply re-apply to a different graduate program within KSU if they have been academically dismissed without first being reinstated. If they are eligible to apply to a different graduate program, the wording in the catalog would need to change. I would personally prefer that the student first be required to go through a reinstatement process within the Graduate school, then be allowed to apply to a different graduate program. It seems odd, as a program administrator, to reinstate a student our program did not academically dismiss. It is one thing to reinstate a student who put in a great deal of effort but simply did not fit with the original degree he/she chose. However, it is another to reinstate a student who simply did not put in the effort at all. This information would be crucial for me to know before I could make an admission decision. The reinstatement by the Graduate school prior to the student re-applying would clarify the circumstances of the dismissal.

Tasha Bruner