SUBJECT: UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENT
Late last spring, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted a statewide "degree-granting policy" that requires, among other things, a minimum of 45 credit hours of upper division work for the baccalaureate degree, effective Fall 2003. Degree requirements for Washburn degrees are set by the Washburn Board of Regents in consultation with the faculty, and thus the University's position is that the KBOR policy does not automatically apply to Washburn. However, every other public 4-year institution in Kansas will soon require 5 more credit hours of upper division work than we (and they) currently require, and failure to develop a similar policy at Washburn may result in a perception of higher quality for those institutions with a higher upper division requirement.
Item 7 under "Requirements Common to all Bachelor Degrees" (p. 47 of the 2002-2003 Washburn University Catalog) states: "Forty hours of Junior-Senior work are required (300-400 numbered courses)."
We recommend changing this item to "Forty-five hours of upper division (300-400 numbered) courses are required."
The effective date for this change would be with the 2003-2004 catalog, i.e., Fall 2003.
The University Council approved the policy change on October 8, 2002. General Faculty approved the policy change on December 5, 2002.
President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the requirements for upper division work.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President