Revise Presidential Policy Memorandum No. 72
Credit Granted Other Than That Obtained in Traditional Enrollment at Virginia Tech

Policy Memorandum No. 197

Approved by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies: April 12, 1999
Approved by University Council: May 3, 1999
Approved by President: May 3, 1999
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies, unanimously approved a resolution to revise Presidential Policy Memorandum No. 72 -- Credit Granted Other Than That Obtained in Traditional Enrollment at Virginia Tech.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

Whereas, The Academic Agenda's Strategic Direction 3.1 specifies "in our undergraduate programs we will help all students to reach their full potential, by providing a multifaceted supportive learning environment in which we strive for both disciplinary competence and 'education of the whole person,'" and

Whereas the "State Policy on Transfer," endorsed by the State Board for Community Colleges and the State Council of Higher Education (11/21/91) specifies "Community colleges and senior institutions . . . share an obligation to facilitate transfer," and "all parties should ensure effective communication with one another," and

Whereas the "Report of the Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention Implementation Committee," often called the Perry-Sorensen Report (8/8/95), also recommended "clear and consistent policies concerning a student's ability to transfer to Virginia Tech" . . . and specifically, a centralized process for the evaluation of transfer credits, and

Whereas, the University Task Force on Community College Transfers (4/24/96) addressed the university's policy on the admissions of transfer students [Resolution 1995-96 D as Amendment to Presidential Policy No. 68, "Entrance Requirements"], recruitment initiatives, and improved services to the transfer student population, and

Whereas both the "State Policy on Transfer" of 1991 and the University Task Force on Community College Transfers of 1996 encourage articulation agreements between community colleges and senior institutions, and currently the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Human Resources and Education have such agreements, and

Whereas, approximately 15% of recent admissions classes have been transfer students, and

Whereas, about 32% of freshmen bring over 10,000 hours of Advanced Placement (AP) that are granted annually, making Virginia Tech one of the leading universities in the number of applicants bringing AP credits, and

Whereas, Virginia Tech has received International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas or courses for 25 years, and

Whereas, the delivery of on-line and distance learning has grown rapidly, and

Whereas, state policy, enrollment patterns, university core curriculum requirements, university priorities, and conventional practices among peer institutions have changed since the implementation of Policy 72 in 1986,

Therefore, Be It Resolved that Policy 72 be revised as follows:

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President's Policy Memoramdum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm197