SACSCOC Credentials Guidelines:
1. Faculty teaching undergraduate general education and/or baccalaureate courses: Doctorate or Master’s degree in the teaching discipline or Master’s degree with a concentration in the discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
Does this faculty member hold a terminal degree in this discipline or a related field?
Additional Qualifications Complete this section to provide additional qualifications to meet the SACSCOC credentials guidelines. Identify all additional qualifications that apply and explain each item in the justification textbox. Indicate the dates of these additional qualifications and clearly describe the relationship between these qualifications and the course content and/or the expected outcomes of the course(s) assigned to faculty member. Supporting documents such as vita, copies of licenses and certificates, etc., should be submitted with this form by clicking the "attach file" link below. External validation of additional qualifications should be supported by these supplemental documents.
Proposal and rationale
In keeping with honors organizations at peer and aspirational institutions, the Delores and Weldon Cole Honors College proposes awarding Honors credit to undergraduate students for graduate level coursework. This curriculum change meets the needs of honors students by expanding opportunities to receive honors credit for coursework without imposing new additional burdens on academic departments. Encouraging enrollment in graduate courses also supports the degree offerings included in UNA’s Accelerated Master’s Program. The change in honors recognition would align UNA with two prominent honors entities in the state: the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, both of which award honors credit to undergraduates for graduate level coursework. Peer and other institutions offering honors credit for graduate level coursework include the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Georgia, the University of Arizona, the University of Washington, and others.
Add the following language in catalog related to graduate level coursework:
“Students in the Cole Honors College who are accepted into an AMP program will be awarded Honors Credit for their graduate level coursework.”