2014-16 Graduate Catalog
The Registrar's Office maintains and secures the official academic student record and coordinates all processes involved with the registration of classes and processing of all curriculum changes. The office offers a variety of services including transcript evaluation & disbursement, enrollment verification, grade changes, degree confirmation & graduation, official catalog, academic standing determination, residency appeals, athletic eligibility and serves as the university compliance office for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Degrees awarded at UW-Superior include: Associate Degree, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Music Education (BME) and Bachelor of Science (BS).
The associate degree (a two-year degree) is primarily intended to provide a broad liberal arts background and is designed to be the foundation for, and satisfy the general education requirements, for most bachelor degree programs. Students who intend to transfer to another institution should earn an Associate degree prior to leaving UW-Superior. Latin honors are not awarded for associate degrees.
Overall Associate Degree Requirements
Additional Associate Degree Requirements
Bachelor degrees are four-year degrees that include all general education requirements plus a minimum of additional credits toward a specific major(s)/minor so that a minimum of 120 credits are earned. Latin honors are awarded for bachelor degrees.
Overall Bachelor Degree Requirements
Note: See other sections of the catalog for additional or specific requirements for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Other sections of the catalog should also be consulted for the specific requirements for General Education, academic major and minor programs of study, and professional preparation such as teacher education.
A. Overall requirements (Note that credits are semester credits.)
- 120 or more total undergraduate credits, i.e. in courses numbered 100-499.
- 36 or more undergraduate credits in upper-division courses, i.e. courses numbered 300-499.
- A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above for all undergraduate credits.
- 30 or more undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior.
- The last 12 undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior.
B. Completion of the General Education requirements (See the General Education section of the catalog.)
- Core courses.
- Non-Western and diversity requirement.
- Knowledge categories.
C. Completion of the requirements for major, minor, and/or comprehensive major programs in different disciplines (See the Academic Programs section of the catalog.)
Note: Items c and d above do not apply to comprehensive major programs.
D. Variations from these requirements.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA)
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
See above under degree requirements.
Certificates are awarded for short programs consisting of 9 to 30 credits. To be awarded a certificate for completion of a credit-bearing certificate program, students must: complete a certificate application form, and submit it to the Registrar's Office for the certificate to be posted to the student's transcript.
Students earning certificates do not participate in Commencement and Latin honors are not awarded for certificates.
Certificates are not awarded to students with academic suspension status.
General Education Program
The goals of the General Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are to foster the growth of the following skills and habits of mind:
Communication: Students demonstrate effective communication skills in writing, speaking, reading, and listening.
Critical Thinking: Students engage in critical thinking based on multiple forms of evidence.
Creative Expression: Students develop skills in creative expression, including abstract thinking.
Diversity and Global Citizenship: Students demonstrate empathetic and ethical thinking based on knowledge of the diversity of human experience.
Interdisciplinary Connections: Students connect knowledge and methods from a variety of disciplines through courses across the general education curriculum.
Description of General Education Core Categories
1. College Writing (WRIT 101 and 102)
Improves students' abilities to read critically and write analytically and clearly; develops their rhetorical skills; enables them to see research as a means of discovering ideas, information, and evidence and to conduct library research; helps them learn to properly acknowledge, cite, and document sources; helps them learn to recognize various persuasive appeals in the arguments of others and to incorporate appropriate, reasoned appeals into their own arguments.
2. Communicating Arts (COMM 110)
Helps students develop essential interpersonal communication, group communication, and public speaking competencies through practice, analysis, and critical exploration of diverse human interactions.
3. Mathematics and Computer Science (MATH & CSCI)
Develops the skills necessary for analytical and quantitative problem-solving in all subjects, using central concepts and methods from mathematics and computer science, including number systems, symbolic representation, formal languages, mathematical modeling, and logical reasoning.
4. Health and Human Performance (HHP 102)
Provides students with a knowledge base, creating a positive attitude and lifelong skills concerning the seven dimensions of wellness:
Environmental (personal health)
Description of General Education Knowledge
Enables students to recognize that reasoned interpretations of the human past must be consistent with verifiable historical evidence and are, nontheless contested as they are reshaped to serve the concerns of the present, and empowers students to create personal meaning by developing their own reasoned interpretations of the human past.
Instills the joy of reading literature; stimulates the power of the imagination; promotes the analysis of various types of literary expression; and explores different traditions and modes of telling stories.
World Language, Culture, and Philosophy
Encourages students to make connections across all areas of knowledge, different modes of communication, and diverse cultural, linguistic, and conceptual traditions; and encourages students to develop empathy and understanding for other cultural, linguistic, and conceptual traditions.
Enables students to examine human behavior or interaction using the methods and assumptions of social science research.
NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Enables students to understand our natural environment and the effects of human interactions on it.
Enables students to understand the nature of science and scientific inquiry through hands-on experiences.
FINE AND APPLIED ARTS
Fine Arts History, Criticism, and Appreciation
Helps students to analyze, evaluate, and relate artists, creative artifacts, and artistic productions of diverse cultures from ancient times to the present.
Gives students practical experience in developing their own creativity in one or more genres of expression, and augments appreciation for the diversity of creative communication.
Description of General Education Diversity & Non-Western
Promotes understanding of issues arising from diversities such as racial, ethnic, linguistic, class, religious, rural/urban/suburban, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and national origin.
Promotes empathetic thinking about the world and its challenges through the study of at least one non-European or non-Euro-American society, country, or region.
General Education Requirements
Students should check the Center for Academic Advising or their degree audit for additions or changes in courses that qualify for the General Education requirements.
The General Education requirements below do not necessarily meet the Department of Public Instruction requirements for Teacher Education certification. Check the Teacher Education program requirements for details.
Courses that satisfy a General Education requirement and are required as a part of a major and/or minor can be used to fulfill the General Education and major/minor requirements.
All students entering UW-Superior as freshmen must complete the Core General Education Requirements of WRIT 101 and 102, COMM 110, HHP 102 and their choice of MATH or CSCI among their first 60 credits. Failure to complete these courses by that time will result in a hold being placed on an ensuing registration that does not contain the missing course(s), which may not then be dropped. Students will only be able to register through the Registrar's Office and enrollment in the missing course(s) must be included.
A. Core Courses
General Education requirements, especially the core courses, should be taken early. Core courses strengthen reading, writing, public speaking, problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Core courses (WRIT 101 and 102, COMM 110, HHP 102, and the MATH or CSCI course) cannot be applied or substituted for any major or minor requirement.All core courses should be taken in the freshman and sophomore semesters: WRIT 101 and 102 taken sequentially; COMM 110 in the first year, MATH or CSCI started during the first year; HHP 102 in the first semester.
WRIT 101 and 102 (each 3 credits)
These are required courses for all students. Following the second semester of the freshman year, students who have not completed the College Writing sequence with a grade of C- or better will be required to enroll continuously in WRIT 101 or FYS 116 and WRIT 102 or FYS 117 until the courses have been completed with a grade of C- or better.
Placement in the College Writing sequence is done using students' ACT English or SAT Verbal scores. Prior to the time of enrollment, all entering freshmen, except those whose first language is not English, are required to take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) if they do not have ACT or SAT scores. If the WEPT, ACT, or SAT score achieved is below that recommended for enrollment in WRIT 101, the student must be placed in WRIT 099, Fundamentals of Writing. The course must be taken during the first term of attendance or the first time the course is offered, and it may not be postponed. Students must successfully complete WRIT 099 before earning 30 credits. Students must continually enroll in the course until successful completion. WRIT 099 credits do not count toward graduation. If the WEPT, ACT or SAT score achieved is above a certain level, exemption from the WRIT 101 requirement is granted. A transfer student arriving with or near sophomore status but without having completed the full College Writing requirement must immediately enroll in and work continuously toward the completion of the College Writing requirement.
Credit by examination for WRIT 101 or 102 may be earned through taking the CLEP General Examination in English Composition with essay. A student may also earn credit for WRIT 101 through the appropriate AP (Advanced Placement) exam the English Literature and Composition or the English Language and Composition test.
Communicating Arts 110 or FYS 105 (3 credits)
No student may take COMM 110 or FYS 105 on a Pass-Fail basis.
Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
Students must choose a minimum of three credits in MATH and/or CSCI courses from among these courses: MATH 112, 115, 130, 150, 151, 230, 240 or CSCI 101, 201 or FYS 110.
MATH 112, 130, 150, and CSCI 101 are recommended. For students with appropriate preparation, MATH 115, 151, 240 and CSCI 201 are also recommended. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select a course appropriate to their level of mathematical preparation, interests, and major field of study.
All students entering UW-Superior are required to take the Wisconsin Math Placement Test. Test results are used to determine which Mathematics and Computer Science courses students are eligible to take at that time. Students with insufficient preparation may become eligible to take more advanced Mathematics and Computer Science courses by completing one or more lower-level courses as indicated by the Math Placement Test results. Students placing into the remedial level MATH 090 or MATH 095 are expected to complete the remedial course before earning 30 credits.
Health and Human Performance 102 (3 credits)
All students must successfully complete HHP 102 Health and Wellness or FYS 100. Students with medical restrictions should contact the coordinator of HHP 102 before the first lab session. All Health and Human Performance department majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better in HHP 102.
B. Knowledge Categories
The General Education courses listed in the Knowledge Categories expose students to a broad array of concepts, perspectives and methodologies. They all integrate skills from the core courses into their content and require active engagement.
No more than six credits from any one program bearing the same prefix may be applied toward Knowledge Category requirements.
The credits given are the minimum for each category.
NW = Meets non-Western requirement
D = Meets diversity requirement
HUMANITIES (9 credits)History (3 credits): FNS, 223 (D), 224 (D); FYS 101, 111, 121: HIST 111, 115 (D), 151, 152, 160 (NW), 212, 219 (NW), 220 (NW), 223 (D), 224 (D), 225 (NW), 230, 231, 240 (NW), 241 (NW), 254 (D), 264, 266, 281 (NW); POLS 175, 264, 266.
Literature (3 credits): ENGL 211, 212, 221, 222, 228 (D), 229 (D), 241 (NW), 242 (NW); FYS 102, 112 (NW), 122 (D)
World Language, Culture, and Philosophy (3 credits): FNS 101, 110 (D), 201, 230 (D), 242 (D); FREN 101, 102, 201, 202; FYS 103, 113 (NW), 123 (D); GERM 101, 102, 201, 202; MUSI 161 (NW, D); PHIL 151, 160, 211, 212, 262; POLS 101 (NW), 262, 265; PSYC 212; SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202; WLLC 203, 204
Any foreign language course will meet the Humanities Elective requirement if it is a language proficiency (rather than culture) course and at minimum three credits.
SOCIAL SCIENCES (6 credits) (Must include two different prefixes)
ANTH 101 (D), 205; CJUS 106; ECON 235, 250, 251; FIN 210; FNS 151; FYS 104, 114, 124; GEOG 100 (NW), 102 (NW); GST 150 (D), 210 (D); LSTU 115, 261; POLS 100, 150, 230, 260, 263; PSYC 101; SOCI 101, 200, 201, 210 (D), 273 (D)
NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE (6 credits) one environmental and one lab course required
Environmental Course: BIOL 100, CHEM 100, 101; FYS 106; GEOL 130
Lab Course: BIOL 111, 115, 123, 130; CHEM 102, 105; FYS 107; GEOL 110, 130; PHYS 100, 107, 160, 201
FINE AND APPLIED ARTS (6 credits)
Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits): ART 221, 222, 224 (NW), 331 (NW); COMM 104, 122, 285, 286; FYS 108, 118 (NW), 128 (D); MUSI 266 (D)
Aesthetic Experience (3 credits): ART 101; COMM 125, 180, 200, 273; FYS 109, 119 (NW), 129 (D); HHP 132-136; MUSI 104-116, 118, 120-139, 170; WRIT 250, 270
C. Diversity and Non-Western Requirement
Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on issues of diversity. Courses within the Knowledge Categories that also satisfy this requirement are indicated with "D." Students must choose separate diversity and non-western courses.
Diversity (3 credits): ANTH 101; CJUS 312; COMM 467; ENGL 228, 229, 304, 328; FNS 110, 223, 224, 230, 242, 304, 324, 386, 460, 480, 491; FYS 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129; GST150, 210, 255, 258, 302, 322, 328, 348, 365, 372, 374, 460; HIST 115, 223, 224, 254, 302, 318, 322, 324, 372; LSTU 357, 365; MUSI 161, 266; PHIL 330, 365, 459; POLS 374; PSYC 258, 360, 459; SO W 386; SOCI 210, 273, 460; SPAN 350, TED 270; WRIT 255, 348
Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on non-western issues. Courses within the Knowledge Categories that also satisfy this requirement are indicated with "NW." Students must choose a separate diversity and non-western course.
Non-Western (3 credits): ANTH 306, 315, 320, 368; ART 224, 322, 331; ENGL 241, 242; FNS 368; FYS 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118, 119; GEOG 100, 102; GST 302, 372; HIST 160, 219, 220, 225, 240, 241, 281, 302, 306, 368, 369, 371, 372, 384, 385, 393, 394, 395; MUSI 161; PHIL 175; POLS 101; SOCI 300
Master degrees are graduate-level degrees. The catalog requirements in effect upon the student's term of entry define the graduation requirements for the degree sought. Application for the graduate degree must be made online at the beginning of the final term of attendance.
For a graduate degree to be posted, all requirements and course work must be completed within four weeks of the final day of the student's last term of attendance. Students who have applied, but do not graduate must reapply for graduation.
All credits used in meeting the requirements of a graduate degree or certification in professional education must be earned within a period of not more than 10 consecutive years, commencing with the enrollment date in courses applicable to the degree (or certification program) rather than the completion date of applicable courses.
All master's degree candidates are required to complete a thesis or culminating project as prescribed by the graduate program and approved by the faculty advisor. Evidence of completion of this requirement must be verified by the advisor as indicated on the student's Plan of Study.
UW-Superior awards two master degrees: Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science in Education (MSE).
Overall Graduate degree requirements
Master of Arts (MA)
UW-Superior offers MA degrees in:
See specific requirements in the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.
Master of Science in Education (MSE)
UW-Superior offers MSE degrees from the following departments in the following majors with minimum requirements listed:
See specific requirements in the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.
Specialist in Education (EdS)
UW-Superior offers an EdS in Educational Administration with specializations in:
See specific requirements in the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.
UW-Superior offers courses that lead to certifications for licensure in:
See specific requirements in the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.
Minor Awarded after Bachelor Degree Earned
Students, who have already earned a baccalaureate degree, and wish to earn a subsequent minor, must complete all requirements of the minor including a minimum of 21 distinct additional semester undergraduate credits that are not applied to the first degree.
This means that students seeking a subsequent minor from UW-Superior must have a minimum of 141 earned degree-seeking credits. Students must apply for and pay the graduation application fee for a subsequent minor.
Students MAY use the same credits to satisfy requirements for a major and minor (double-dipping IS allowed).
The subsequent minor shall be listed separately on the official transcript with the date awarded.
Transfer Students earning a Minor after being awarded a transfer baccalaureate degree.
Students with a baccalaureate degree from any other regionally accredited institution who wish to earn a subsequent minor from UW-Superior must complete a minimum of 21 distinct additional semester undergraduate credits from UW-Superior, subsequent to the awarding of the first degree.
Students MAY use the same credits to satisfy requirements for a major and minor (double-dipping IS allowed).
The subsequent minor IS NOT LISTED on a UW-Superior official transcript and students do NOT apply for graduation.
UW-Superior Alum who wish to earn a second UW-Superior degree who have earned a baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior, may not return to UW-S to seek a second major that will be attached to the UW-Superior degree already earned; rather students will be required to earn a second degree.
Students, who have earned a baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior, and who wish to earn a second, distinct undergraduate degree from UW-Superior, must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester undergraduate credits from UW-Superior, subsequent to the awarding of the first degree. Requirements for a second major must be completed AS WELL AS requirements for a third major or a minor (if the second major sought is not a comprehensive major). This means students seeking a second baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior must have a minimum of 150 earned degree-seeking credits. Students must apply for and pay the graduation application fee for a second degree.
For example, a student can be awarded a BS degree in biology and a BS degree in chemistry, assuming s/he has met the requirements of both majors and have earned at least 150 credits from UW-S. Students MAY use the same credits to satisfy requirements for more than one major or for a major and minor (double-dipping IS allowed).
Students with a baccalaureate degree from any other accredited institution who wish to earn a second baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester undergraduate credits from UW-Superior. These 30 credits cannot be from the original degree (from the transfer institution).
Transfer students must complete the requirements of a UW-Superior major AND a UW-Superior minor or third major (if not a comprehensive major). This means students, who already hold a baccalaureate degree, seeking a second baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior, must have a minimum of 150 earned degree-seeking credits. Students must apply for and pay the graduation application fee.
Second Master's Degree
Additional master's degrees are permissible but each degree requires 30 to 60 semester credits (as per the catalog requirements) beyond the credits earned for the previous master's degree(s). Courses taken as part of a prior master's degree may not count toward the credit requirement for a subsequent master's degree. Students who have completed a master's degree program at UW-Superior who wish to re-enter for a second master's degree must use a re-entry application to begin a subsequent master's degree.
Concurrent Degree Policy
Students may be awarded two undergraduate degrees concurrently provided that the degree programs have substantial differences or entitlements. Students may be awarded concurrent degrees including the BM, BME, BFA, BA and BS degrees provided they have different comprehensive majors or non-comprehensive majors with either an additional major/minor. Each degree must be distinct. For example, two of the same degree cannot be awarded concurrently such as two Bachelor of Arts degrees. Students must complete all requirements for both programs, including degree, major, and unique requirements including certification requirements for teachable majors/minors. The major from either degree may not be used in place of any minor required in the other degree (e.g., the music major from the BME degree may not replace the minor required in the BA degree).
The student must complete a minimum of 150 credits to be awarded two degrees either concurrently or by returning to add an additional degree which requires 30 additional credits beyond the first degree. Please refer to the Second Baccalaureate Degree Policy.
Students will be assigned an advisor from each program that is being pursued.
The duplicate credit rule applied between the majors and/or minors of both degrees pursued.
The general education requirements for the University only need to be met once; however, students must meet any specific general education requirements for the academic program(s).
Students who elect to pursue concurrent degrees are not exempt from the UW System Excess Credits surcharge.
A request for a posthumous degree is initiated by a person, or persons associated with the deceased to the Registrar. This is usually a family member, but the academic department of the student can initiate it in accordance to the wishes/support of the family.
The deceased student must have completed at least 7/8 of the degree requirements of his/her major. If the deceased student was not close to meeting graduation requirements, the academic department may recommend that a "Certificate of Accomplishment" or other similar acknowledgement be issued.
The request must be approved by the academic department and the Provost. The Registrar may also suggest a posthumous Associate degree, if the deceased had completed 7/8 of an Associate degree.
Web registration for Fall term and Summer College begins on Monday of the first full week in April. Web registration for Spring term and J-term begins on Monday of the first full week of November.
Students are emailed specific assigned appointment times when they can begin the registration process via their E-Hive account. Students must have met with their advisor and have the advisor registration hold removed prior to being able to register through E-Hive.
Students with negative holds on their account will not be allowed to register for classes.
In-Person registration (where students register in-person with a hard-copy registration form) begins on Tuesday of each registration week. Beginning on this same day students may also bring signed Drop/Add forms to the Registrar's Office for processing, providing the form has his/her advisors signature.
Students may add classes via their E-Hive account, or at the Registrar's Office, without instructor permission, through the fifth class day of each term (pro-rated for Summer College). From the sixth through the tenth class day of each term, students are required to have permission from their advisor and instructors before they are allowed to enroll. This requires either a permission number to add a course via E-Hive, or signatures on a Drop/Add form submitted to the Registrar's Office for processing.
After the eleventh class day of each term, students may add a class with signatures from the instructor, their advisor and department chair on a Petition form which is submitted to the Registrar's Office for consideration by the Credits and Student Reinstatement Committee.
Students who wish to add a class during the last two weeks of the term, or thereafter, are required to pay a $20 fee.
Dropping Classes During a Regular Term
Students may drop classes via their E-Hive account, or by submitting a signed Drop form to the Registrar's Office, through the tenth class day of each term (pro-rated for Summer College). No additional signatures are required on the drop form during this period. Individual classes dropped during this period are not recorded on official transcripts.
If all classes are dropped a single notation of "withdrawn" and the date the student initiated the process is noted for the respective term on the official transcript. There is a $50 fee to drop all classes from the first day of the term through the tenth day of the term.
From the eleventh class day of each term through the 60% calendar day of each term (does not include 9 days of Spring Break week), students may drop classes by completing a drop form that is submitted to the Registrar's Office. There is a $20 fee that must first be paid at the Cashier's Office. This $20 fee is regardless of the number of classes being dropped. Classes dropped during this period are recorded on students' official transcripts with a grade of W (withdrawal).
Students seeking to drop classes after the 60% day of each term must submit such requests to the Credits and Student Reinstatement Committee for consideration with all required signatures and documentation (see the Petition section of this catalog). If the Committee approves the petition, W grades will be entered on the student's transcript for each course approved to drop late. If the Committee denies the petition, the course will remain on the official transcript for faculty to assign the grade the student earned.
Adding Classes During Summer College or Shorter Periods
Students enrolled in classes that are two weeks in length are allowed the first two class days of the session to add a class without instructor permission.
Students enrolled in classes that are three weeks in length are allowed the first three class days of the session to add a class without instructor permission.
Students enrolled in classes that are four weeks in length are allowed the four class days of the session to add a class without additional instructor permission.
Classes five weeks in length or longer, will follow the same procedure listed above for adding regular-term classes.
After the specific class day of the session listed above, students may add a class with signatures from the instructor, their advisor and department chair on a Petition form which is submitted to the Registrar's Office for consideration by the University Petition Committee.
Dropping Classes During Summer College or Shorter Periods
Two Week Classes
The last day to drop without permission is the second day of classes for the session. From the third class day of the session to the 60% calendar day of the session, students may drop classes by completing a drop form that is submitted to the Registrar's Office. There is a $20 fee that must first be paid at the Cashier's Office. This $20 fee is regardless of the number of classes being dropped. Classes dropped during this period are recorded on students' official transcripts with a grade of W (withdrawal). Students seeking to drop classes after the 60% calendar day of the session must submit such requests to the Credits and Student Reinstatement Committee for consideration. If the Committee approves the petition, W grades will be entered on the student's transcript for each course approved to drop late. If the Committee denies the petition, the course will remain on the official transcript for faculty to assign the grade the student earned.
Three Week Classes
The last day to drop without permission is the third day of classes for the session. From the fourth class day of the session to the 60% calendar day of the session, students may drop classes by completing a drop form that is submitted to the Registrar's Office. There is a $20 fee that must first be paid at the Cashier's Office. This $20 fee is regardless of the number of classes being dropped. Classes dropped during this period are recorded on students' official transcripts with a grade of W (withdrawal). Students seeking to drop classes after the 60% calendar day of the session must submit such requests to the Credits and Student Reinstatement Committee for consideration. If the Committee approves the petition, W grades will be entered on the student's transcript for each course approved to drop late. If the Committee denies the petition, the course will remain on the official transcript for faculty to assign the grade the student earned.
Four Week Classes
The last day to drop without permission is the fourth day of classes for the session. From the fifth class day of the session to the 60% calendar day of the session, students may drop classes by completing a drop form that is submitted to the Registrar's Office. There is a $20 fee that must first be paid at the Cashier's Office. This $20 fee is regardless of the number of classes being dropped. Classes dropped during this period are recorded on students' official transcripts with a grade of W (withdrawal). Students seeking to drop classes after the 60% calendar day of the session must submit such requests to the Credits and Student Reinstatement Committee for consideration. If the Committee approves the petition, W grades will be entered on the student's transcript for each course approved to drop late. If the Committee denies the petition, the course will remain on the official transcript for faculty to assign the grade the student earned.
Fives Week (or longer) Classes
Classes five weeks in length or longer, will follow the same procedure listed above for dropping regular-term classes.
Cancelling Classes Before a Regular Term/Summer College/Shorter Period
Students may cancel classes via their E-Hive account, or by submitting a signed Cancellation form to the Registrar's Office, BEFORE the first day of each term. No additional signatures are required on the Cancellation form. Cancelled classes are not recorded on students' official transcripts.
Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course, or who do not participate in a course related activity in an on-line course, or who do not notify the instructor that they will be absent for special reasons, will be dropped from the course.
Students should not assume that a course will be dropped automatically. It is still the students' responsibility to verify official enrollment through their class schedule.
An auditor may enroll in a course, with the instructor's consent, for which the auditor will receive neither grade nor credit. The student is expected to attend class regularly but will not be expected to submit assignments or take examinations. Audited courses do not count toward a degree and cannot be converted to credit after the last day to add classes. Audited courses do not count in determining credit load. A student's transcript will indicate "Aud" as the grade earned for auditing a course. When registering for an audit, indicate Aud credits on the signed course registration form. Charges for auditing a class are located in the Cashier's section of this catalog.
Students may cancel classes via their E-Hive account, or by submitting a signed Cancellation form to the Registrar's Office, BEFORE the first day of each term. No additional signatures are required on the Cancellation for. Cancelled classes are not recorded on students' official transcripts.
Cross Registration (with University of Minnesota-Duluth & College of St. Scholastica)
Full-time undergraduate students (12 credits or more) at UW-Superior can cross-register for two classes per term, except summer, at either the University of Minnesota-Duluth UMD) or the College of St. Scholastica (CSS). UMD evening courses are not available for cross-registration. Online courses, Distance Learning Center courses and Continuing Education courses at UW-Superior are not available for cross-registration. Registration forms are available in the Registrar's Office, Old Main 139 and under the Forms link at www.uwsuper.edu/registrar.
Conditions of cross-registration include the provisions that the course requested must have an available seat for the student and that the chair of the department in which the course is offered has given permission for the student to enroll in the course. Students must be enrolled at the home institution as full-time students and maintain those credits for at least the first four weeks of the term.
Cross-registered courses are counted in the plateau (total credit load). Additional fees will be charged for credits over 18.
Students wishing to use a cross-registered course to fulfill a degree requirement should get confirmation that the course is acceptable prior to enrollment. Repeating a course taken previously at UW-Superior through cross-registration will not remove the initial UW-Superior grade from the record. For courses in a major, the advisor and department chair must authorize the substitution. For general education courses, the advisor and department chair, where the course is offered, must authorize the substitution.
Distance Learning Registration
Coursework through the Distance Learning Center (DLC) is normally open only to students enrolled in the program. However, on-campus students, with the support of their advisor, the instructor and the department chair of the instructor, and the DLC director, may enroll in coursework through DLC. The form to request this action is at www.uwsuper.edu/dl under the forms link with the title of Petition for on-campus student to take a DLC course.
Enrollment in Courses Numbered 001-099
Students enrolled in English and Mathematics courses numbered 099 or lower will normally not be permitted to enroll for more than 15 credits during that term. Courses numbered 099 or lower are considered remedial courses and do not count toward the 120 credits needed for graduation. (New freshman required to take WRIT 099 or MATH 099 must successfully complete remedial coursework before completing 30 semester credits.)
Many of the academic programs at UW-Superior encourage or require their students to participate in an internship.
First, to be eligible to enter an internship, each student must complete all requirements to enter the internship as established by the department in which the internships offered.
Second, departments offering internships must have a signed affiliation/partnership agreement in place with each agency, school, or site in which it intends to place its interns. No intern may be placed in an internship site until such an agreement is signed by both parties. These agreements are to articulate the roles and responsibilities of each party and establish responsibility for liability coverage.
Copies of the signed and approved affiliation or partnership agreement must be filed both with the department granting credit (or supervising it in the case of zero credit) and with the vice chancellor for administration and finance. The contract must be on file and the student must be registered for the course prior to beginning the hours involved.
Students are officially enrolled only in those courses which appear on the program on file in the Registrar's Office. Faculty will record a grade for each course listed on the official program even if the student does not attend. No grades will be recorded in courses not appearing on the official program.
Students are allowed to repeat a course previously passed only one time. This means a student can enroll two times maximum for any course. Exceptions to this are:
Repeated courses required for major/minor.
Repeated course numbers, but different course titles (special topics courses)
Repeatable courses as noted in course description
Each time a student attempts to enroll in a previously passed course, s/he will receive a message indicating past enrollment in the course. Students will earn credit only one time for repeated courses, (exceptions listed above). The Registrar's Office will email students notice if they are enrolled in a previously passed course; however, it is the student's obligation to drop the course.
By repeating courses students may raise their grade point averages. The grade of record is the grade earned the last time a course is attempted. Repeating a course will not remove the initial grade from the transcript; however, it will change the cumulative GPA.
Students who believe they have a valid reason to repeat a previously passed course more than one time are required to submit a petition form requesting to do so.
There is no limit on the number of times students can repeat failed courses.
Requirement to Repeat Courses Over Seven Years Old at Time of Graduation
Any student who plans to graduate with course requirements or the required courses for any major offered by all academic departments that will be seven years old at the time of graduation should be aware that the department retains the option to required the student to repeat any such courses. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially.
Senior Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses
Second-semester UW-Superior seniors, with approval of the Graduate Council, may take a maximum of six graduate semester credits in courses numbered 500-699 during their final semester, subject to certain provisions. The graduate credits must be beyond those required for the baccalaureate degree, and cannot count toward the baccalaureate degree. Permission to enroll for the graduate credits requires approval of the Graduate Council, obtained by means of a petition during the prior semester. Seniors seeking this privilege must meet the grade point average required for unconditional admission to Graduate Studies. Undergraduate academic fees will be charged for these six graduate credits. After completion of an undergraduate degree, these graduate credits will be entered on the student's graduate transcripts. The student will have to pay the differential between undergraduate and graduate fees for the process to be completed.
Dropping all classes for a term is considered a Total Withdrawal. Students must complete a Total Withdrawal form, at www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/forms, secure all required signatures on the form and then meet with the Registrar, who is the last person to sign the Total Withdrawal form.
Total Withdrawal from All Classes for a Term/Summer College/Shorter Period
First Ten Days of Term
Students must complete a Total Withdraw form, securing all required signatures. The final signature on the form is the Registrar's. Withdraws are not listed on the official transcript prior to the eleventh day of the term; however a notation of "withdrawn" and the date the student initiated the process does appear on the transcript for the term the student withdrew from. There is a $50 fee for totally withdrawing prior to the eleventh day of a term. This fee must be paid to the Cashier's Office before the form is submitted to the Registrar's Office
Eleventh Day to 60% Day of Term
The last day to totally withdraw from all courses, whereby students earn a W on his/her transcript for each course, is the 60% calendar day of each term or Summer College session/shorter period classes. Students must complete a Total Withdraw form, securing all required signatures. The final signature on the form is the Registrar's. There is no charge. Withdrawal from all classes after this date requires a petition appeal to the Credits and Reinstatement Committee. There are specific requirements for this request as listed on the Petition form.
60% Day to End of Term
Students seeking to withdraw from courses after the 60% calendar day of the term (through the petition process), must secure a signature from each faculty member for each course, as well as the department chair for each course, on the petition form located at www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/forms. The petition form is then submitted to the Registrar's Office for consideration by the Credits and Reinstatement Committee. If the Committee approves the petition, W grades will be entered on the student's transcript for each course and notation of "withdrawn" and the date the student initiated the process. If the Committee denies the petition, the course will remain on the official transcript for faculty to assign the grade the student earned. Students who fail to complete the official withdrawal process will be considered enrolled and will be graded accordingly. Student may not totally withdraw from all courses in a term if any of the classes in the respective term, or Summer College session have been graded. Students, who have totally withdrawn from all courses for a term, will not be allowed to register for any subsequent classes in the same term. Neither UW-Superior faculty nor staff will normally initiate the withdrawal of a student on the basis of non-attendance.
Incapacitated Student Total Withdrawal
When a University official is made aware that a currently enrolled student has become incapacitated due to injury or illness and the Registrar receives written confirmation of such from a medical doctor, the Registrar may initiate a total withdrawal on the student's behalf.
Class Level Standing
0 - 27 earned credits = freshman
28 - 55 earned credits = sophomore
56 - 83 earned credits = junior
84+ earned credits = senior
Courses numbered 99 and below are considered non-college level and are referred to as remedial courses. These courses are not used to satisfy graduation or degree requirements. However, the grades earned in remedial classes are used in calculating term and cumulative grade point average. Remedial credits are also used in computing financial aid and athletic eligibility.
Courses numbered 100-299 are classified as lower-division courses. Faculty must assign D or F mid-term grades for all lower-division courses.
Courses numbered 300 to 499 are classified as upper division courses. A minimum of 36 upper-division credits are required for every bachelor's degree.
Courses numbered 500 and above are considered graduate-level courses. Students (in most cases) must be admitted as a graduate student to enroll in these courses.
The first digit of the course number generally indicates class level for which the course is intended. Students are not encouraged to enroll in more than one year above their class standing.
Credit Definition Credit Load
A class hour is defined as 50 minutes. The following definitions refer to number of class hours during a semester that is approximately fifteen weeks long, or an equivalent amount of time for terms of longer or shorter duration.
One on-campus class credit is defined as 1 class hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction per week and an expectation of 2 class hours of out-of-class student work each week.
One distance learning or hybrid class credit is defined as an equivalent amount of instruction and student work leading to equivalent learning outcomes, as required for an on-campus class as defined above.
One laboratory credit is defined as a minimum of 2 class hours of work each week in a laboratory under the supervision of a lab supervisor/instructor and an expectation of 1 class hour of additional out-of-class student work each week.
One studio credit hour is defined as a minimum of 2 class hours of studio work each week under the direct supervision of an instructor and a minimum of 2 class hours of individual studio work each week.
One ensemble music credit is defined as a minimum of 1 class hour of supervised rehearsal each week and a minimum of 2 class hours of individual student work each week.
One internship or practicum credit is defined as at least 45 hours of supervised work in a field placement each semester.
One individualized study credit (e.g. thesis, independent and applied music) is defined as a minimum of 3 class hours of direct instruction and/or individual work each week.
Full-time status is 12-18 semester credits for undergraduate students. Additional fees will be charged for credits over 18 and for online or Distance Learning Center courses. Class standing is determined by the number of credits earned, not by number of credits attempted. Students who are in academic difficulty or employed may find it beneficial to take fewer credits than the maximum load. This load could be prescribed by the student's advisor or by the Credits and Reinstatement Committee.
Remedial Students: Students required to enroll in MATH 090 or 095 or WRIT 099 are considered remedial students. They are limited to 15 credits per term.
Students carrying credits in UW-Extension must include these credits in computing total load.
Semester Credit Load for Undergraduate Students
When enrolling in MATH 090, MATH 095, or WRIT 099: students may enroll for the semester in a total of 15 semester credits.
Freshmen (0-27 earned credits): may enroll in 17 credits; and 1 additional credit with advisor approval resulting in a total of 18 semester credits.
Sophomores (28-55 earned credits), Juniors (56-83 earned credits, and Seniors (84+ earned credits): regular load is 18 credits, and may enroll in 1 additional credit with advisor approval for a total of 19 semester credits.
If Sophomore, Junior, or Senior students' GPA is 3.0-3.49; regular load is 19 credits, and may enroll in 1 additional credit with advisor approval for a total of 20 semester credits.
If Sophomore, Junior, or Senior students' GPA is 3.5-4.00; regular load is 20 credits, and may enroll in 2 additional credits with advisor approval for a total of 22 semester credits.
Summer College Enrollment: Students enrolled in Summer College are limited to 14 credits per term. Full-time status for summer school is six to nine credits for undergraduate students. Undergraduates pay per credit for 1 to 5 credits. A block amount of tuition is paid for 6 to 9 credits and Undergraduates enrolled for 10 or more must pay a per credit incremental rate.
The maximum load for Graduate students during the summer session is one credit per week of attendance or nine semester credits for a nine-week session. Graduate students pay per credit.
Retroactive Credit is transcripted for students who acquire learning in vertical content courses in which higher levels are dependent on skill and knowledge learned at lower levels. If lower level learning can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of faculty who offer vertical content course such as foreign languages, students may request to enroll in the higher level course. Students who earn a grade of B- or higher in the higher level course will be awarded retro-credit posted on the official transcript in the term in which the higher level course was completed.
Retroactive credits for lower level language courses are only awarded for completing courses numbered 102, 201 or 202, or a 300- level course with a grade of B- or higher. For example, if students place into a 300- level foreign language course and earn a B- or higher, they would receive retroactive credit for 101, 102, 201 and 202 in that foreign language, and it would be posted to the official transcript. Retroactive credits are not awarded for upper division language courses.
Students should ensure the faculty teaching the higher level course complete and send the Retroactive Credit form to the Registrar requesting the posting of retro-credit.
Credit for Prior Learning
Students may acquire knowledge and skill competencies through and by experiences which are not necessarily tied to the traditional coursework. It is the philosophy of this University to allow students to pursue credit by examination opportunities to broaden students' educational opportunities and accelerate their progress toward completion of degree requirements.
Students transferring to UW-Superior may transfer up to 32 semester credits acquired through credit by examination in those courses and disciplines for which credit by examination opportunities are provided at UW-Superior; this includes CLEP/DANTES exams.
Credit by examination can be pursued through Departmental Exams, CLEP/ DANTES exams, Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB):
A. Departmental Examinations-the following guidelines have been established
for departmental examinations:
Departmental examination opportunities may be available in courses offered for undergraduate credit. Instruction and evaluation are the responsibilities of academic departments. Accordingly, academic departments will designate those courses eligible for departmental examination and will determine the standards, methods, and procedures for course content and credits.
To have the opportunity for credit by departmental examination, students must make arrangements with the appropriate academic department. Then print the Departmental Credit by Examination form, take the form to the Cashier's Office and pay a $25 per course service fee before taking the examination. A receipt showing payment of this fee will be verified by examiners at the time the examination is scheduled. The final step is to submit the completed and signed form to the Registrar's Office so that the course is entered on the official transcript.
Where departmental examination credit is awarded, a grade of (P) pass will be assigned as determined by the faculty in the department. Credit earned through examination will be so noted as such on the student's transcript. Courses completed by departmental examination will not be computed in determining students' grade point averages.
No entry will be made on a student's transcript unless s/he successfully completes a course according to the requirements for departmental examinations.
Students will not be allowed to earn credit by departmental examination in courses in which they already have earned a grade.
Students will not be allowed to repeat an examination for credit in a course in which they have previously attempted to gain credit by examination.
Academic departments will provide opportunities for departmental examinations during the registration period and the first three weeks of each semester or summer school session. Departmental examination credits must be received in the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the fifth week of the semester to be recorded for that semester.
B. CLEP-DANTES (DSST) Examinations: Students at UW-Superior may
receive college credit for passing scores on certain examinations offered by
the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for
Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES or DSST). CLEP and
DANTES tests are offered online only. The following policies and procedures
must be followed to earn credit for CLEP or DANTES:
Students can apply to complete at CLEP or DANTES exam at: http://www.uwsuper.edu/support/forms/clep-dantes-form.cfm .
CLEP or DANTES examination credit is awarded only for course exams approved by UW-Superior faculty as listed at http://www.uwsuper.edu/support/testing/clep-tests.cfm
Only students enrolled at UW-Superior may receive credit for CLEP or DANTES examinations. Students who take examinations before actual enrollment at UW-Superior will receive college credit only after enrolling.
Students who complete CLEP or DANTES exams at other institutions, will have to request the official CLEP or DANTES transcript be sent to UW-Superior to have credit awarded.
Credits awarded at UW-Superior for CLEP/DANTES may, or may not be, transferable to other institutions. Transfer of credit is at the discretion of the institution to which students are transferring.
When successful on a particular examination, students are awarded credit for the course (no grades are awarded). Failure on an exam is not recorded on student records. Students can repeat the examinations six months after the initial examination.
Normally, students will not be allowed to gain credit by examination for courses in which they already have earned a grade.
C. Secondary school students who have participated in the Advanced
Placement (AP) Program in high school may have college credit awarded based on AP exam scores.
Credit may be awarded for a score of 3 or above on appropriate examination.
To determine scores that equate to UW-Superior courses go to: http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/testing/ap/superior.aspx.
D. Secondary school students who have participated in the International
Baccalaureate (IB) Program in high school may have college credit awarded
based on IB exam scores.
To determine scores that equate to UW-Superior courses go to: http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/testing/ib/superior.aspx
E. Credit for Prior Learning through Portfolio Assessment. UW-Superior grants credit based on prior learning experience when three criteria are satisfied:
The portfolio process requires presentation of evidence supporting a claim that, through extensive work and life experience, the student has mastered learning outcomes equivalent to those for a particular course.
Verification and documentation of what was learned must be presented. If evidence to verify and document the learning experience is not presented, there is no basis for judgment and evaluation.
What was learned must be communicated to the appropriate faculty member(s). If what was learned from the experience cannot be communicated, then no evaluation is possible. A documented portfolio is prepared by students and evaluated by the faculty. Credit awarded through this process can be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
Credit awarded will not count toward the 30 resident credits required for graduation, because credit for prior learning is awarded at UW-Superior, not earned at UW-Superior.
Portfolio credits usually do not transfer to another institution. It is at the discretion of the institution to which you are transferring as to whether or not they accept portfolio credits.
Evaluation will be on a "P" (pass) or "F" (fail) basis.
Fees include an administrative fee plus a per credit fee for credits assessed. Assessment fees are paid upon submission of the portfolio for assessment.
The university accepts credit awarded for prior learning through portfolio assessment by other regionally accredited colleges and universities, through the same process used to award transfer credit.
For more information on assessment guidelines, assessment forms and sample portfolios, refer to www.uwsuper.edu/pla.
F. Students seeking credit for technical college (outside of the existing
articulation agreements) or other non-collegiate coursework need to contact the Registrar's Office for procedures. The fee for this process is $25.
Students accumulating more than 165 credits (or 30 more than required for a baccalaureate major, whichever is greater) toward their first undergraduate degree will pay the full cost of instruction (which is double the amount of tuition only). This covers all resident undergraduate students including students pursuing a double major. Exceptions include undergraduate special students, students pursuing post-baccalaureate certification or licensure, and Minnesota reciprocity students (until such time that Minnesota adopts a similar surcharge).
The policy applies to all UW System-earned credits and WTCS transfer credits accepted toward a degree. Credits transferred from other institutions as well as other types of credit or coursework for which credit may be awarded (such as advanced placement, retroactive credits, credits by examination, remedial credits, etc.) are not included in the credit limit.
The additional cost is applied to students in the semester following the one in which they reached the earned the credit limit. The Registrar's Office notifies students in advance, via a mailed letter, when they have reached 145 credits.
Appeals for exceptions, because of extenuating circumstances, may be made to the Excess Credit Appeals Committee, which is comprised of the Registrar, the Bursar, and the Financial Aid Director.
Below are listed the official grades of UW-Superior. Grades listed below are used to calculate term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) unless noted with an asterisk. Grade points are assigned for each grade (including zero grade points) used to calculate GPA.
Faculty electronically assign final grades students have earned at the end of each term or Summer College session. Students access grades via their unofficial transcript in E-Hive.
Below are listed grade points assigned for each grade.
|Letter Grade||Grade Points per Credit||Credit Earned?|
|AUD (Audit) *||N/A||No|
|I (Incomplete) *||N/A||No|
|IP (In-Progress-only assigned
for specific courses) *
|NC (No Credit) *||N/A||No|
|NR (Not Reported)*||N/A||No|
|W (Withdraw) *||N/A||No|
Grade Point Average
The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is based on the grade point system and is computed by dividing the total number of points earned per credit by the total number of credits attempted. Grades of Aud, I, IP, NC, NR, P, and W and not counted as credits attempted in computing GPA.
The cumulative grade point average for a straight A letter grade in six three-credit courses is computed by diving the total number of grade points (A=Four grade points multiplied by 18 credits=72 grade points) by the number of attempted credits (18), which would give the student a cumulative average of 4.000.
Major/Minor GPA Calculation
Major and minor grade point average (GPA) calculation shall be based on all coursework attempted (this excludes "I", "IP", "NC" and "W" grades) in residence that applies to the respective major or minor. There is no limitation placed on the number of credits that are used in this calculation.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior's Repeated Coursework Policy (AP 1206) will be enforced for this calculation. For example, if a student repeats a required course within a major, it will be the most recent grade that is used in the major GPA calculation.
The major/minor GPA only includes pre-requisite coursework when it has been included in the major/minor as a requirement. This also applies to coursework required to get into the major/minor. Departments may apply additional coursework to the major/minor by notifying the Registrar's Office. Department chair approval is required.
This is the GPA that will be used for graduation eligibility (2.00, while in residence) within the major or minor. A given major or minor may require a higher GPA for graduation eligibility as specified in the catalog.
Dean's List Honors
To be eligible for Dean's List honors, students must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.50, while carrying a minimum of twelve (12) semester college level (courses above 100) credits on the A/F grading system.
Courses graded with a Pass (P) grade and courses numbered below 100 do NOT count toward the 12 semester credits required to calculate Dean's List honors.
Dean's list honors are printed on the official transcript.
Instructors are expected to evaluate students regularly and consistently by criteria and guidelines provided to the students at the beginning of the semester in the course syllabus. If a student has reason to believe that a grade is incorrect, the student may act on that concern through the following process.
A student may seek to appeal the grade based on one or more of the following factors:
Student Appeal Process
It is the student's responsibility to call the instructor's attention to any perceived error in grading as soon as possible after grades are reported. It is the instructor's responsibility to correct grading errors as soon as they are noted, if warranted.
The instructor authorizes a grade change by signing a Change of Grade form. The department chair approves this form and then submits it to the Registrar's Office, where the record will be changed and the student notified of the change of grade.
A change of grade can result in a student's change in academic standing (good standing/probation/suspension).
Instructors have the purview to change grades at anytime, (regardless when the grade was assigned) providing they have department chair approval.
Final examinations are scheduled during the last week of each semester. The final exam schedule for each term is listed at http://www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/exams.cfm. In the event that final examinations on a given day have to be cancelled due to inclement weather or other emergency circumstances, the following procedures shall apply:
The examinations scheduled for that day will be moved to the day immediately following the last scheduled examination day.
If the cancellations happen during the first part of a split examination week, the make-up day will be the Saturday within the exam week.
If instructors can determine an alternate time for their examination outside of the above, they are permitted to do so. It is their responsibility to communicate this to members of the class.
If instructors can determine an alternate examination format (i.e. take home exam, web exam) they are permitted to do so. It is their responsibility to communicate this to members of the class.
Incomplete Grade Lapse
A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given by an instructor when a student has been engaged for at least two-thirds of the class, but has been prevented by emergency circumstances from completing the course. There should be, in the judgment of the instructor, a reasonable probability that the student can complete the course successfully without again attending regular class sessions or needing extensive instructor supervision.
Instructors who assign an I grade must submit a change of grade form (requesting the I be replaced by a regular grade A-F or P) by the end of the next Fall or Spring term. I grades for Summer lapse after Fall term.
If a grade change is not submitted by the last day of the subsequent term, by the instructor who assigned the Incomplete grade, the Registrar's Office will lapse the Incomplete grade to a Failing (F) grade the day after the last day of the term (last day of final exams).
Degrees will not be posted to transcripts if there are any I grades listed on a transcript. The Registrar will request faculty to change any I grades, for courses not required for graduation with NC (no-credit) grades prior to posting a degree. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to ensure all I grades have been replaced with regular grades prior to applying for a degree.
In-Progress (IP) Grades
A grade of In-Progress (IP) may be assigned by an instructor in specially designated courses where the expectation is that students cannot finish the course within a traditional term. There should be, in the judgment of the instructor, a reasonable probability that the student can complete the course successfully within one calendar year without attending regular class sessions or needing extensive instructor supervision.
Courses meeting this requirement are student teaching, internships, senior capstones, practicums or theses. ONLY the specific courses listed below can be assigned IP grades:
ART 435, 497, 498, 635, 697, 698, 735, 797, 798, 799
BIOL 181, 281, 481, 491, 492, 496
CHEM 181, 281, 381, 481, 491, 496, 497
CJUS 160, 301, 320, 491, 492, 498, 499
COMM 698, 798, 775, 780
COUN 750, 756, 758
EDAD 760, 761, 762, 763, 860, 861, 862, 863, 864, 867
FNS 486, 490
GEOG 281, 298, 450, 481, 491, 491, 496, 498, 681
GEOL 281, 281, 491, 496, 681
HHP 188, 339, 422, 423, 424, 435, 458, 471, 490, 491, 492, 494, 495, 496
HIST 301, 490, 495, 695
LSTU 301, 485, 488, 497, 499
PHYS 281, 381, 481, 681
POLS 301, 485, 499
SOCI 301, 497
SO W 422, 427
TED 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 448, 449, 450, 752
Instructors who assign an IP grade must submit a change of grade form (requesting the IP be replaced by a regular grade A-F or P) within one calendar year of date the IP grade was assigned. If a grade change form is not submitted by the end of one calendar year, by the instructor who assigned the IP grade, the Registrar's Office will lapse the IP grade to a Failing (F) grade.
Degrees will not be posted to transcripts with Incomplete (I) or In-Progress (IP) grades listed on the transcript. The Registrar will request faculty to change any IP grades, for courses not required for graduation with NC (no-credit) grades prior to posting a degree. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to ensure all IP grades have been replaced with regular grades prior to applying for a degree.
Students earning a D or F in 100- to 200-level semester-long courses through the middle of the term will receive a mid-semester grade email. Mid-term grades are not issued during summer session. Mid-term grades are not calculated in the grade point average and do not appear on students' transcripts. Mid-term grades are valuable for both students and faculty as progress checks and advising tools. Students are encouraged to discuss their academic performance with the instructor and/or adviser to determine ways to improve course performance so that academic standing is not negatively affected when final term grades are posted.
Mid-term grades are not issued during Summer College.
Students are allowed a total of 15 elective Pass/Fail (P/F) credits, with the exclusion of WRIT 101 and WRIT 102.
Specific courses, identified by the various departments and in the student's major, may not be taken P/F. Degree-seeking students cannot take COMM 110 as P/F. Students in Business and Economics programs, and other students who wish to enroll in 300- or 400-level Business or Economics courses, may not include courses taken as P/F as pre-requisites. Details are specified in the Business and Economics section of this catalog.
Students who choose the P/F grading option should do so upon enrollment in a course, but they are allowed to change to P/F grading up through the tenth day of Fall or Spring term (or the last day to drop/add for Summer College/J-Term courses).
Students who wish to change to P/F grading after the tenth day of term may do so WITH the approving signature of the faculty teaching the course and the department chair (of the department that houses the course) on a Pass/Fail form obtained from the Registrar's Office (or www.uwsuper.edu/registrar).
Students are allowed to submit this form to the Registrar's Office until the day before final examinations begin for any term or Summer College/J-Term. If a student receives a Pass grade, s/he may not subsequently repeat this same course for a letter grade.
Students should be aware that it may be difficult to transfer P/F graded courses to other institutions of higher education.
Successful movement towards goals combined with adequate acquisition of academic competence is a responsibility of the student. Students should choose the academic pace that best meets their personal goals. The following standards have been defined for undergraduate students classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, or undergraduate specials.
The policies and regulations listed below define the minimum academic standards of the University. A separate set of standards exist for financial aid and athletic eligibility.
Academic standing is calculated after grades are processed for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students whose semester or cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 are notified via email within two weeks of the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students should contact their advisor before the beginning of the next semester to discuss potential modifications to the next semester's schedule.
Good Academic Standing
To be eligible to enroll for classes, a student must be considered to be in good academic standing. Students who have been suspended are not considered to be in academic good standing and will be eligible to enroll for classes only after approved reinstatement. An exception to this policy is for summer college enrollment. See the following section titled Academic Suspension.
Students are placed on academic probation whenever one of the following occurs:
Students on probation must earn a 2.0 semester grade point average the following semester to move good standing. Good Academic Standing occurs once the cumulative grade point average improves to 2.0 or higher. If students fail to earn a 2.0 semester grade point average, while on probation, they will be suspended.
Transfer students accepted with less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, from all previously attended institutions, are admitted on academic probation.
Suspended students readmitted by the Credits and Reinstatement Committee are readmitted on academic probation.
Students previously on probation whose semester grade point average fall below 2.0 are notified via email within two weeks of the end of Fall, Spring and Summer terms that they have been suspended for the subsequent term. If students are enrolled in classes for the subsequent term, these classes are dropped by the Registrar's Office.
Suspended students may attend classes during Summer College without being reinstated.
Suspended students are required to petition for reinstatement regardless of how long ago the suspension occurred, unless they have raised their cumulative grade point average over 2.0. Students are allowed to submit reinstatement petitions at an time to the Registrar's Office. The last possible time to submit a reinstatement petition is one week prior to the beginning of the term in which the student wishes to re-enter. Students will not be considered for Reinstatement before the lapse of at least one semester unless it can be demonstrated to the Credits and Reinstatement Committee that the academic suspension was due to factors beyond the students' control and that the cause for the suspension has been removed. If students have been suspended previously and been readmitted, they will not be eligible to be considered for readmission until a period of one year has elapsed unless they can satisfactorily demonstrate that the cause for suspension has been removed.
Re-entry transfer students must furnish official transcripts. Admission, even after the above waiting periods, is not guaranteed. It will be necessary for the students to demonstrate that their studies can be successfully completed.
If a student's written Petition for Reinstatement is denied, the student may request a personal appeal requiring the student to meet with the Credits and Reinstatement Committee personally. Students should be aware that a personal appeal must be supported by information and/or documentation over and above what was provided on the written petition, if the appeal is to have a chance to succeed.
There are individuals, who for a variety of reasons have poor previous academic records. UW-Superior allows students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree to submit a petition requesting academic forgiveness for up to two consecutive semesters if the following requirements are met:
A minimum of three years must have lapsed between when the student last attended UW-Superior and the date of the submitted petition request.
The student must have completed at least 24 credits at the 100 level or above (pass/fail credits do not count) at UW-Superior with a GPA of 2.30. These 24 credits must be completed following the semester(s) to be forgiven.
The student must submit with their petition form, a written letter explaining why academic forgiveness should be awarded, including the student's current academic plan.
The semester(s) to be forgiven must contain at least one D or F grade in each semester. An entire semester (not individual courses) must be considered for forgiveness. This means all courses within the forgiven terms, regardless of the grade earned, will no longer count toward fulfilling major/minor/graduation requirements.
Students must petition for forgiveness at least one term prior to the term a degree/certificate is to be awarded. Students may choose up to two consecutive terms to be forgiven. Students can request Academic Forgiveness only one time in their academic career.
When forgiveness has been granted, the student's transcript will be annotated to indicate the term(s) has been forgiven. The previous earned grades will still show on the transcript to reflect the true academic history of the student; however, grade points and credits will be removed so that prior grades are excluded from the computation of the student's official cumulative GPA.
This policy does not apply to graduate students. The Graduate Academic Standing Policy is AP1112G.
Students are expected to attend all classes. Individual absences from class may be excused only by the instructor. Consult the course syllabus for proper procedures for notifying the instructor in case of emergency.
Group absences for both off- and on-campus activities, such as field trips, music clinics, and athletic trips, must be cleared with the appropriate administrator and a list of students participating be made available for publication. The list of students should be posted on the faculty/staff digest by the sponsoring authority. Students absent for University-approved activities will be excused from class and allowed to make up missed course work. Instructors may require students to complete a supplementary assignment in lieu of class attendance. It is the student's responsibility to directly notify instructors prior to the absence.
Accommodations for Pregnancy, Religious Beliefs
The Faculty Senate of UW-Superior reaffirms the obligation of the institution and its employees to make appropriate physical and academic accommodations for students who are pregnant and who give birth during the academic semester; this includes the parent supporting those who are pregnant or giving birth. It is the institution's obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for pregnancy and childbirth and should be clearly indicated in course syllabi, the UW-Superior catalog, and all other locations that list University accommodation policies.
It is the policy of the Board of Regents that students' sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to scheduling all examinations and other academic requirements.
UWS 22.03 Accommodation of Religious Beliefs
A student shall be permitted to make up an examination or other academic requirement at another time or by an alternative method, without any prejudicial effect, where:
There is a scheduling conflict between the student's sincerely held religious beliefs and taking the examination or meeting the academic requirements; and
The student has notified the instructor, within the first three weeks of the beginning of classes (within the first week of summer session and short courses) of the specific days or dates on which he or she will request relief from an examination or academic requirement.
Instructors may schedule a make-up examination or course requirement before or after their regularly scheduled examination or other academic requirement.
Instructors shall accept, at face value, the sincerity of students' religious beliefs.
Students may choose to graduate from the catalog in which they were admitted, or a more recent catalog, as long as the student attended during the time period of the catalog used; provided the catalog is not more than seven years old at the time of graduation. Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry which corresponds with the academic year they started at the previous institution or the UW-Superior catalog in effect at the time of transfer, or a more recent catalog as long as the transfer student attended during the time period of the catalog used; provided the catalog is not more than seven years old at the time of graduation. Mandatory legal changes may provide exceptions to these requirements.
Students may only graduate under one catalog; requirements for the degree, major, minor and general education must all be met using one catalog only. Requests to graduation using a split catalog (major or minor or general education requirements from more one catalog) must be submitted on a student petition form submitted to the Credits and Reinstatement Committee.
Students who do not complete course work for the degree within seven years must be graduated under the provisions of the current catalog. Any exceptions regarding major or minor requirements must be approved by the academic department and submitted to the Registrar's Office via a course substitution form.
Any student who plans to graduate with course requirements or the required courses for any major offered by all academic departments that will be seven years old at the time of graduation should be aware that the department retains the option to require the student to repeat any such courses. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially.
The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution.
While the provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, UW-Superior reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation and schedules for course offerings without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. It is the students' responsibility to keep apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree program by reviewing their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via their E-Hive account.
Application for Degree
Students planning to graduate must pay the $50 graduation fee and make application for a degree on or before the deadline date listed in the University's Academic Calendar during their last term of attendance. The graduation fee does not include the cap and gown, which is purchased separately in the University Bookstore. Students can apply online through their E-Hive account using the Application for Graduation link.
A senior will not placed on the list of candidates for a degree if the student begins the last term in residence (coursework must be UW-Superior credits) with a grade point average lower than the minimum required for graduation. The last term must be spent in residence. Students who attempt to complete the baccalaureate degree in absentia must have the approval of the University Credits Committee and complete complete the degree within one year.
All coursework must be completed and all grades that apply toward a degree must be received in the Registrar's Office within four weeks after the end of a student's last term of attendance. If this deadline is not met, the student's name will be removed from the term's graduation list and the student will be required to reapply for graduation. The Registrar's Office will not place a student's name on any future graduation lists unless a new degree application is received from the student. If re-application is necessary, the application fee will be assessed again.
A student is not officially graduated until all grades have been received in the Registrar's Office and the student's record has been reviewed and cleared for graduation. This process takes four to six weeks after the end of the term.
After the graduate has been cleared, the degree granted will be included on the transcript. An official transcript and diploma will be sent to the student's permanent dress. If a replacement diploma is requested, the charge is $25.
Graduation Latin Honors Designations for Undergraduates
At UW-Superior there are two Graduation honors notes on the official transcript.
Graduation Honors are calculated using both the resident and transfer grade points for students who have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence, with at least 27 of those credits graded with letter grades. Graduating students must earn the minimum GPA at each of the levels of distinction listed below:
Summa Cum Laude 3.850 and above
Magna Cum Laude 3.60 to 3.849
Cum Laude 3.4 to 3.599
Major Honors are calculated using both the resident and transfer grade points from the courses that are required for the major. Graduating students must earn the minimum GPA at each of the levels of distinction listed above.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended: Sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. Specifically, FERPA governs:
Education records: Records, handwritten or in any media, (including conduct records) that are directly related to a student and maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UW-Superior) or by a party acting for the institution. Records NOT protected by FERPA include:
Student: A person, who attains the age of 18, or who attends an institution of higher education regardless of age, who is enrolled in a UW-Superior credit or non-credit course.
UW-Superior considers the following Directory Information and WILL release this information WITHOUT the written consent of the student.
Students may submit a "Directory Information Restriction Request" form to the Office of the Registrar to prevent directory or non-directory information from being released. This Restriction form is valid for one year and must be re-submitted if the student intends for the restriction to be in effect for a longer period of time.
The Solomon Amendment
This law requires universities to release the information listed below regarding enrolled students to the military for recruitment purposes. Students may restrict this disclosure to the military only by restricting all disclosure of Directory Information.
UW-Superior considers Non-Directory Information to include, but not to be limited to the following, and therefore will NOT release this personally identifiable information without the student's written consent, or as specified in this policy.
Upon request, UW-Superior discloses education records without consent to officials of another institution that a student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for the purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.
Disclosure of Non-Directory Information
UW-Superior may disclose non-directory information from students' education records, without student's written consent, to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records, or to certain other individuals or organizations, as specified below. The release of information to those described below does not constitute authorization to those individuals or organizations to share that information with a third party without the student's written consent.
A school official is
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if:
The official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Those professional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Other permissible recipients of such disclosures are:
The Registrar shall decide the legitimacy of requests for permissible disclosures of student information.
If the Registrar is served with a valid subpoena requesting student information, the Registrar must comply with the request. Before doing so, the Registrar shall attempt to notify the student of the subpoena in advance of compliance so the student may seek protective action, unless the disclosure is in compliance with a subpoena issued by an agency that has ordered the contents of the subpoena, or the information furnished in response to the subpoena, not be disclosed.
Student Class Schedules
The Office of the Registrar will not release current class schedules or locations for any student, unless that information is requested pursuant to a valid subpoena, as described above. In the event of an emergency that involves the health and/or safety of an individual, UW-Superior will deliver a message to a student. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of all students to make available their whereabouts to parents, children, spouses or anyone else they deem appropriate.
Information on deceased students may be made available to survivors or third parties via a request to the Registrar. An individual student's rights under FERPA are no longer valid upon death of that student.
Record of Requests for Disclosure
UW-Superior must maintain a record of each request, with the exceptions listed below, for access to, and disclosure of, personally identifiable information from education records. The record of each request for access and each disclosure must contain the name of the parties who have requested or receive information and the legitimate interest the parties had in requesting or obtaining the information.
A record does not have to be kept if the request was made by or disclosure was made to:
Thus requests for, or disclosure of education record information without a student's written consent, which UW-Superior is required to record, would include, but is not limited to:
These records must be maintained with the education records of the student as long as the records are maintained by UW-Superior.
Student Rights Under FERPA
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
The Office of the Registrar is the primary contact for all student information inquiries.
Access to Public Records
The archivist has been designated by the chancellor as the custodian of all public records maintained at UW-Superior. Requests for records should be made directly to the designated custodian during normal office hours or by mail addressed to Laura Jacobs, Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin-Superior, (715) 394-8343. Records which are readily available will be provided promptly.
If an extensive search is required, the person making the request will be notified of costs when they reach a level of $50 or more. Copying charges are 5¢ per page. If copies of records are to be mailed mailing, processing and copying charges will be made. Should the total charge exceed $5, the charges must be prepaid.
The Registrar's Office should be notified as soon as possible of a student's change in name or address. Each student is expected to maintain his or her mailing address through his or her E-Hive account or through a change of address form submitted to the Registrar's Office. The mailing address represents the address to which official university mail will be sent during the student's career.
Students who wish to have their billing statements mailed to an address different than their mailing address should contact the Cashier's Office. Graduate students may request a business address be entered by the Graduate Studies Office.
Exceptions to established undergraduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the Credits and Reinstatement Committee. Petitions are available in the Registrar's Office or at www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/forms . Students are encouraged to read the full directions (as listed on the reverse side of the petition form) as well as the Rules for Petition Decisions attached to the form. Petition forms submitted without the required signatures will not be considered by the committee.
If students' written petitions are denied, they may request to attend a Credits and Reinstatement Committee meeting in person for a subsequent decision IF the student is able to provide additional documentation not submitted with the written petition request.
Exceptions to graduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the Graduate Council. Petitions are available in the Graduate Studies Office or at www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/forms.
Residency for tuition purposes is based upon standards set forth in Wisconsin Statues 36.27(2), which govern resident status for tuition purposes. To read the statue or System brochure visit http://www.uwsa.edu/acss/residency/ Students are urged to contact the Registrar at UW-Superior for further explanation of the policy and process for applying for an exemption.
Wisconsin requires payment of nonresident tuition by students who are residents of states other than Wisconsin.
For undergraduate students, residency status is determined at the time of admission. Residency status of graduate students is determined during the admission process to the Graduate Studies program.
A student's original resident status remains in effect unless the student requests and is granted reclassification. Such requests must be submitted to the Registrar's Office before the tenth day the semester in which reclassification is to take effect. To do this, submit the Residency Appeal Form Part II located at www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/forms.
Full and partial waivers of the nonresident portion of tuition are available on a limited basis to those who qualify. The Non-resident Tuition Waiver (NTW) Program offers financial assistance to non-Wisconsin and non-Minnesota students who enroll at UW-Superior. Non-resident students who are interested in attending UW-Superior and wish to be considered for the NTW Program are encouraged to complete and return the on-line form and apply for admission as early as possible prior to their intended term of enrollment. Note that awards through the NTW Program apply only to the non-resident portion of tuition and do not apply to the resident portion of tuition. The on-line form is located at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions/forms/ntw.cfm.
To qualify for exemption from paying nonresident tuition, students must be able to prove number 1 or 2 below.
If a student is able to answer yes to number 1 and 2 above, then they must prove they are a bona fide Wisconsin resident; meaning they have established and plan to maintain a residence in Wisconsin. A student who enters and remains in Wisconsin mainly to obtain an education, is presumed to continue to reside outside Wisconsin and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence.
Intent to become a bona fide resident of Wisconsin may be demonstrated or proved by several factors, including but not limited to: filing Wisconsin income tax returns; eligibility to vote in Wisconsin; motor vehicle registration in Wisconsin; possession of a Wisconsin driver's license; place of employment; and self support (all items and documentation required are listed on the residency appeal form.
Students can qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition if they meet one of the qualifications listed below:
The Registrar will assist students in determining whether they qualify as bona fide Wisconsin residents.
Credit is normally accepted for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.) Courses must be similar in nature and content to a course in UW-Superior's curriculum and applicable to an academic program. Courses are transferred at the same level (lower division or upper division) unless directed by the appropriate UWS academic department to do otherwise. (Cross-registered courses with the University of Minnesota-Duluth or the College of St. Scholastica are an exception to this statement.) Courses that are remedial (usually numbered below 100); technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are generally not transferable.
Transfer credit is evaluated by the Transfer Specialist and recorded on the official UW-Superior transcript. The Transfer Specialist evaluates all transfer credit for general education course equivalency as well as equivalency for major and minor courses based on past practice, approved articulation agreements, review of the transfer course description, or approval from the faculty.
Transfer analysis will be based only on official transcripts received directly from the transfer institution, not from student copies or course work posted on a different institution's transcript other than the one where the credit was earned. A transcript must be received from each previous institution attended.
International transfer students are required to submit original grade reports/transcripts for all post-secondary institutions and courses attended and original academic diplomas, certificates, and national or other major exam results. Official records must be submitted in their native language and must be accompanied by an official English translation. Official records should be sent directly from the institution or examining board. Transfer credit evaluation may require submission of course syllabi (official explanation of course content) from the institution.
Transfer students who have attended non-US institutions may be required to submit their transcripts to an external agency for credit evaluation. A list of acceptable agencies is available at www.naces.org/members.htm.
Students who have attended a Chinese college or university must arrange for a verification report of their college/university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.cdgdc.edu.cn). The report must be mailed directly to UW-Superior by the CDGDC, rather than by the student or any third party.
Transfer courses with descriptions that closely match the descriptions of courses taught at UW-Superior will generally transfer as direct course equivalent credits. For example:
A course that carries more credit than the corresponding UW-Superior course is transferred to meet the credit hours of the UW-Superior course; the additional hours are counted as elective credit.
Credits that do not apply toward specific requirements will be applied toward the minimum number of total credits required for graduation.
Students should not enroll for any UW-Superior course they already have transfer credit indicated. This will result in the transfer course being removed from the transcript since duplicate credit for a course is not allowed. Transfer courses that are not equivalent to UW-Superior courses are designated as elective credit, and assigned the appropriate elective number (189, 289, 389, 489, 589, or 689) for academic level of the course. Transfer grades are not computed in the cumulative UW-Superior grade point average, except for those taken as part of the cross-registration programs with the University of Minnesota-Duluth or the College of St. Scholastica or Study Away courses. If a student is awarded transfer credit for a course and then repeats the course at UW-Superior, the transferred credits will be removed from the student's record.
Grades earned at previous institution(s) are not calculated into the UW-Superior cumulative grade point average; however, transfer grades are used when calculating degree grade point average used for graduation honors. Grades received for transfer work will not replace a grade for a course taken at UW-Superior.
Course substitutions in a particular general education, core or knowledge category may be appropriate when a transfer course is similar but not equal to a UW-Superior course. A course transferred as elective credit is eligible to be redirected for a general education, major, minor, or degree requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the appropriate documentation such as a course description or syllabus from the previous institution to support her/his request.Course substitutions should be broadly interpreted according to the Principles of Accommodation. General Education/liberal arts requirements will be accepted in the broad academic areas of non-Western and diversity, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and fine and applied arts.
A course designated as fulfilling a general education, diversity, or non-western requirement at another UW institution will transfer as the same at UW-Superior; whether or not UW-Superior has a direct course equivalent. In general the Transfer Specialist will award the appropriate credit earned from the transfer institution.Courses completed by UW System transfer students will transfer in accordance with the course equivalency in effect when the course was taken.
Transfer credit received from an institution that uses quarter credits will be converted from quarter credits/units to semester credits. A quarter credit is equated to .666 or 2/3 of a semester credit. Thus a course for three quarter credits would be changed to two semester credits when transferred to UW-Superior.
Transfer credit received from an institution that uses quarter credits will be converted from quarter credits/units to semester credits. A quarter credit is equated to .666 or 2/3 of a semester credit. Thus a course for 4 quarter credits would be changed to 2.66 semester credits when transferred to UW-Superior.
Those courses that transfer converted from quarter credits will satisfy course requirements provided they fulfill 2/3 of the requirement. For example, if a course transfers in as 2.66 credits and the general education requirement is 3 semester credits, the transfer course will satisfy the requirement. Transfer courses from other types of systems that meet at least two thirds of the required credits of a course will meet the requirement. Transfer courses that do not meet 2/3 of the credit requirement must be approved through the Credits and Reinstatement Committee to satisfy the requirement.Any course used in this way will meet only the course requirement.Overall credit requirements for majors/minors must still be fulfilled.
Academic credits with a grade of D- or higher will transfer to UW-Superior. Certification or programmatic requirements may require a higher level of proficiency in core courses. For example, Elementary Education and teacher certification programs may only accept a minimum of C in College Writing I and II, COMM 110, MATH requirement of student's major, HHP 102, and teacher certification courses. A course equivalent to Introduction to Education will only be accepted with a minimum grade of B- or higher.
The maximum number of combined transferable semester credits from a two-year college is 72. There is no credit limit on transferable credits from a four-year university. Regardless of the number of credits transferred, students still must earn 30 resident credits from UW-Superior.
UW-Superior lower-division General Education requirements are considered satisfied for those students who have earned an associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS), associate of arts and sciences (AA&S) degree from a University of Wisconsin System institution or from any of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU) community colleges. UW-Superior has program-to-program articulation agreements for students who have graduated from many programs within the Wisconsin Technical College System, UW Colleges and the MnSCU system.
Students who earn an AA, AS, or AA&S degree from many community colleges may also be considered to have satisfied the UW-Superior General Education requirements.
The following may not necessarily be satisfied by an Associate Degree:
If a student has a previous baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university within the United States, the student will be awarded 120 hours of transfer credit and have all general education requirements met. If a student has an international baccalaureate degree the student will be awarded 120 credits and may have all general education requirements met pending an evaluation of breath of coursework and language assessment.
Remedial course work (courses numbered 99 or below) will only be transferred if a college-level course has not been completed in the subject area and the course is needed as a pre-requisite and the grade earned is a C- or higher. The coursework will only be transferred for milestone purposes, so no credit will be accepted.
Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry at UW-Superior which corresponds with the start of the academic year at their previous institution, or students can choose the current UW-Superior catalog at time of transfer. The catalog used cannot be more than seven years old.
All students must receive pre-approval for study away courses. Study Away courses will be equated according to the pre-approved study away form. After grades are posted at the study away institution, an official transcript must be mailed to the UW-Superior Registrar's Office from the international institution before courses, credits, and grade points will be posted to a student's degree program. Study away courses are used in calculating cumulative grade point average.
Active-duty or veteran students must request their military transcript be sent to UW-Superior for evaluation for appropriate transfer credit. Depending on the branch of the military, credit may be accepted for basic training. In addition, military transcripts are evaluated for academic credit that is similar in nature to UW-Superior undergraduate curriculum and applicable to an academic program.
Credit may be awarded for military experience and/or education. In awarding credit for such technical or specialized training, the recommendations of the American Council on Education are followed:
Students whose length of service was one year or more are allowed up to six semester credits.
A maximum of 32 semester credits may be allowed for military experience and education.
An admitted Graduate student may transfer up to 9 credits that are appropriate for his/her UW-Superior graduate program. Credits must be a grade of B or higher to transfer. No credit will be accepted for graduate work completed more than 10 years before the expected degree date, or work used to complete another degree. Each transfer course must be approved by the graduate student's advisor and department.
Graduate credits cannot count toward a baccalaureate degree. Any exceptions must be approved by the Credits and Reinstatement Committee.
College courses taken prior to high school graduation will be accepted at UW-Superior as long as the credit is:
Students who wish to appeal the transfer analysis, should contact the Transfer Specialist in the Registrar's Office before proceeding with academic advising and registration.
A University of Wisconsin-Superior official transcript is a complete record of a student's enrollment at the university and is maintained by the Registrar's Office. An official transcript includes all undergraduate and graduate courses and includes the University seal and Registrar signature. Partial transcripts are not available.
This permanent record is considered confidential between the student and the university. No transcripts are released, except to authorized representatives within the university, without the written permission of the student. Third party requests will not be accepted. Official transcripts will be sent to the address indicated on the request.
Students can obtain an "unofficial" transcript through their E-Hive account if enrolled Fall Semester 2000 or later. For assistance with an E-Hive log-in and password, contact the Helpdesk at (715) 394-8300 or email@example.com.
Not all institutions (colleges, employers, scholarship funds, etc.) will accept unofficial transcripts. It is up to you to verify with the receiving institution if official transcripts need to be sent directly from UW-Superior.
Electronic Transcript Request Procedure
Transcripts are ordered on line 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse. You can place as many orders as you like in one session using any major credit card. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed. Order updates will be emailed to you. You can also track your order online using your email address and order number.
Your signed consent may be required to fulfill your transcript order. For your convenience, a consent form will be generated for your order that you can return to the Clearinghouse via fax, mail or as a scanned email attachment.
Orders placed after 93:30 a.m. Central Time will be processed the following business day by the University Registrar's Office. To continue and place your order online, please follow this link Clearinghouse Secure Site.
If you have further questions regarding the National Student Clearinghouse order process feel free to contact them at (703) 742-4200 or via email at transcripts @studentclearinghouse.org.
Paper Transcript Request Procedure
There are two methods that can be used via paper to request a transcript.
Transcripts can be ordered by completing the paper Transcript Request Form or by coming to the Registrar's Office in Old Main 139 and completing the Transcript Request Form.
$10 Standard Processing within three business days and may be sent electronically or mailed to the recipient;
$15 Rush Processing is sent the same day requested, or it may be picked up from the Registrar's Office, or sent electronically or mailed to the recipient.
$25 Express Processing within the U.S. and $50 for sending international. Orders are processed the same day requested and delivered FedEx.
b. Mail the Transcript Request form along with the proper fee to the
UW-Superior, Registrar's Office
Belknap & Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880-4500
2. Send us a letter requesting a copy of your transcript and include the
If you have questions about transcripts, call (715) 394-8227, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name (include any other last name(s) you may have used while in attendance)
Social Security Number or Student Identification Number
Approximate dates of attendance
Graduate or undergraduate transcript being requested
Name and address of person or organization where the transcript is to be sent
Your signature at the bottom of the letter.
Make check or money order payable to UW-Superior
Note: Transcripts are sent in the time described above except for the first two weeks at the beginning or end of a semester.
Note: Paper transcripts are sent in sealed envelopes to recipients. If the seal is broken, most institutions no longer consider the transcript as official.
Note: All paper transcripts sent directly to students and alumni are stamped "issued to student". Not all institutions (colleges, employers, scholarships, etc.) will accept these transcripts as official even if they are in a sealed envelope. It is the student's responsibility to verify with the receiving institution if transcripts need to be sent directly from UW-Superior. Most institutions require transcripts be sent directly from UW-Superior to their institution to be considered official.
UW-Superior strives to make the transition from veteran to student as easy as possible. The university's Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) Coordinator, located in Old Main will assist veteran and active duty military students with requirements to be admitted and to receive veteran benefits. For information regarding the veteran's student organization, advocacy and other services, contact the Coordinator, VNSC, 715-394-8406, in Old Main, Suite 118.
UW-Superior is an institutional member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC), a group of more than 400 colleges and universities providing voluntary post-secondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As a SOC member, UW-Superior recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.
Information and applications for federal veteran's benefits may be obtained online at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site or through the Registrar's Office, Old Main, Room 139, (715) 394-8250. Veterans leaving active duty, if not applying online, must provide UW-Superior a certified copy of their discharge papers (DD214). Reservists and National Guard veterans must provide UW-Superior with an original of DD-2384 Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), and, if eligible for "kicker" monies, a copy of the kicker agreement. The commanding officer of a student's unit initiates these forms.
Students who have served in the armed services MUST have an official military transcript sent to UW-Superior prior to being admitted to the institution. All enlisted officers and warrant officers, both active and veterans from all Army components, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy must request an official military transcript from JST be sent to the University. Questions? E-mail email@example.com. Air Force personnel should contact CCAF to received transcripts.
Veteran students may receive transfer credit for education and some certain specialized training programs completed while in military. To determine the course equivalency for education and training, the recommendations of the American Council on Education are followed. The American Council for Education (ACE) evaluates military training and education, and translates courses and occupations held by service members into college credit recommendations. Descriptions of the courses and occupations evaluated by ACE, along with recommended numbers of credits, are published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (also known as the Guide), distributed every two years to military education offices, colleges, and universities. The actual type and amount of credit awarded depends on the policies of the college or university and your academic goals. The Guide is also available online at www.militaryguides.acenet.edu. Students whose length of service was of one year or more are allowed up to six semester credits to transfer to UW-Superior. A maximum of 32 semester credits may be transferred for military experience and education.
Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations.
Military Student Policy
The policy below is to assist Veteran students who must begin classes late, leave/return to classes in mid-term or leave classes early as a result to military deployment or training.
Veteran students, or children, or spouse of a veteran student, (already enrolled) who notify the Registrar that s/he must begin attending classes after the first day of a term, due to a military assignment, will be allowed to do so up through the 15th class day of the semester.
Late fees will not be charged to the veteran student, his/her children or spouse who make this request.
The veteran student, his/her children or spouse must provide a copy of the veteran's military orders to the Registrar and state in writing when the veteran will be released and able to attend classes.
The Registrar will send email notices to the following, notifying them of the first day the veteran student, or child or spouse, plans on attending classes for the respective term:
The Registrar will place an Advising hold (negative service indicator) on the veteran student, child or spouse's record to ensure s/he meets with the Veteran's Official in the Registrar's Office upon return to UW-Superior.
The veteran student, child or spouse returning from military duty shall report to the Veteran Benefits Associate in the Registrar's Office upon her/his return to discuss starting classes late and the problems associated with late enrollment. The Veteran's Official shall release the hold (upon meeting with the student).
The Bursar shall withhold any funds to the veteran student, child or spouse, until the Veteran Official has released the Advising hold.
Faculty will make every attempt to accommodate students for whom this policy applies.
Students are responsible for completing all course requirements (including any portion they may have missed).
Leave During and Return Prior to End of Term
A veteran student who receives verified military orders (copy of military orders is required) requiring him/her to stop-out for a short duration within a term may request to continue enrollment and participate in the course if:
Leave Before End of Term
A veteran student, child or spouse, initiating a Total Withdrawal due to verified military activation (copy of military orders) shall be given a choice to either Withdraw from all classes or receive Incomplete grades.
Withdraw from all classes and be given a full tuition refund of monies paid by the student. Students, who receive the WI GI Bill Waiver, will not receive a refund because their tuition is waived. Students who qualify for Chapter 33 benefits will not receive a refund because their tuition and fees is paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Students seeking a total withdrawal will receive W grades on their transcript, regardless of the date of withdrawal. If the military activation date is within three weeks from the end of a term, veteran students, child or spouse are allowed to request Incomplete grades. Students should seek written procedures, from each faculty member assigning an Incomplete grade, for completing any coursework in which he/she is doing satisfactory work. Incomplete grades lapse to Failing grades after one term. If a veteran student should need longer than one semester, following the semester in which the Incomplete was given, to complete the work; sh/e should consult with the faculty member who assigned in the Incomplete grade. If the student and the faculty member agree to extend the Incomplete deadline for another semester, the faculty member shall notify the Registrar of the extension.
In the event of immediate deployment, the Dean of Students will be empowered to act on behalf of the veteran student, child or spouse for purposes of completing withdraw procedures.
Students are responsible for completing all course requirements (including any portion they may have missed).
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