Recommendation 4: Withdrawal Policies
GIF Task Force Recommendation
Progress Toward Recommendation
Related Recommendations from Retention & Timely Graduation Task Force

4) Develop standardized institutional policies across academic units for drops and withdrawals.

During the fall 2007 semester, the University Senate revised the withdrawal policy (USRR 2.2.5) in an attempt to better advise students at the time they request to withdraw from a course. The policy revision required the instructor’s signature, but prevented the instructor from blocking withdrawal. This revision was overturned in Spring 2008 due to limits in the delivery of quality advising and inconsistencies in the assignments of WF (withdrawal failing) vs. WP (withdrawal passing) that resulted.

To assist students in the withdrawal process, the Registrar’s Office website includes information about withdrawal and add/drop policies and processes:

Recommendation 6: Make policy and technology changes that encourage retention

6A. Address issue of number of course withdrawals allowed and how late students can add


6B. Provide a simple, widely accessible method for students to track progress toward a degree

6C. Expand use of automatic prerequisite checking for course enrollment to ensure that students have critical knowledge and/or skills necessary to support success


6D. Develop more on-line introductions (following PSYC 102 model) to General Academic Areas to help students make better informed decisions


6E. Enhance technology for tracking and recording of advising information

(i)Classroom performance, advising appointment scheduling, four year academic plans, etc
(ii)Kyou advising portal should be a central clearinghouse for this information

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