Policy Name: Undergraduate Alternative Admission
Extenuating academic, social, cultural, or legal circumstances may necessitate an" Alternative Admission" pathway to the University of North Alabama for a small percentage of students seeking admission to the University for the first time (freshman or transfer).
If a student who does not meet UNA's minimum admission requirements is denied admission, an appeal in writing may be filed on the student's behalf by a University official (e.g. faculty member, Admissions recruiter, athletic coach) to the Director of Admissions. For student-athletes, the appeal must be supported and approved by the Director of Athletics. The student's entire file, any supporting documentation provided by the University official including a statement of rationale for appeal, a plan for academic support during the student's time at UNA written by the University official, and a
statement from the student will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. The committee may recommend to either approve or deny the appeal via Alternative Admission. The committee's recommendation is then forwarded to the Chief Enrollment Officer, who will forward it to the Provost along with his or her recommendation on whether or not to admit or deny the student. The Provost will make the final decision about whether to admit or deny the student.
The purpose of the Admissions Review Committee is to consider candidates for first-time undergraduate admissions with a special talent and/or extenuating circumstance that indicate potential for success but require further documentation and/or an alternative method of evaluation. One primary goal of the committee is to enhance and foster the University's demographically-diverse student population. The Director of Admissions chairs the committee and it has five other members approved by the Provost, including at least two UNA faculty members.
The total number of students admitted via the Alternative Admission process may not exceed two-percent of the total number of new students admitted to the University (freshman or transfer) in any given year.
Here is the shared governance approval chain prior to this proposal being created in CourseLeaf:
Approved by Faculty Senate on 10-5-19
Approved by Staff Senate on 10-14-19
Approved by SGA via notification from SGA President on 10-21-19
Approved by SGEC via e-business for transmittal to President Kitts for approval 10-23-19
Approved by President's Office on 10-23-19.