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Degree Certification

When a student attains 85 semester hours of credit (including current enrollment), the student should apply for an official degree check in the Degree Certification Office, Room 102 Russ Hall. Written application must be made for the degree on an approved form in the Registrar's Office, Degree Certification Section. The student's permanent record and current enrollment will be examined in detail to assess progress toward the degree objective. A letter is written to the student following the record analysis outlining specific requirements which must be met before a degree may be granted. A copy of this letter is sent to the student's advisor.

An automated degree audit is available through the online Web based enrollment system to all undergraduates and their advisors at the time of early enrollment each semester. The degree audit lists all requirements to be met for the degree, major and minor as selected by the student.

Class Admission

Admission will not be allowed in any course for which official enrollment has not been made.

Normal Academic Load

All undergraduate students are expected to consult with their advisors not only during enrollments, but during any changes requiring a drop or add.  For fee purposes, an undergraduate would pay a flat rate at 10 or more hours.  Academically, an undergraduate is considered full time at 12 or more hours with a normal academic load being 15-16 hours during the Spring and Fall semseter.  A graduate is considered full time at 9 hours for fee and academic purposes during the Spring and Fall.   Total recommended academic load includes both on and off campus enrollment. Academic loads in excess of these recommended loads should be taken only after careful consultation by the student with the advisor.

The maximum academic load for a graduate student is 15 hours per semester and 9 hours for the summer session. An individual who is employed on a full-time basis is limited to six hours per semester. Any exceptions to this regulation must have the approval of the major advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

International Students

All international students are required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to be full-time students. The INS requires undergraduate students to complete at least 12 hours each fall and spring semester to maintain their student status. Graduate students must complete at least nine hours to maintain their student status. When a student fails to maintain his/her INS student status, it can result in many lost benefits for the student. Students may be less than full-time their final (graduating) semester.

Enrollment in Upper Division Courses

Students shall enroll for courses in an orderly sequence that recognizes the interdependence and progression of the acquisition of knowledge. Therefore, students must meet prerequisites as identified by the faculty for specified courses and must meet grade point requirements for admission to upper division courses as follows:

  1. Courses numbered 700-799 require 170 grade points. These courses are primarily for graduate students. Undergraduates enrolling in these courses must have earned 170 grade points.
  2. Courses numbered 800-899 require admission to graduate study.
  3. Courses numbered 900-999 require admission to post-graduate studies or admission to the Master of Business Administration program.

Change of Enrollment (Drop and Add) Withdrawal from the University

If it is necessary for you to change your schedule after you have enrolled online, you may drop and/or add courses through the online enrollment process through Monday, August 25th, 2014.

Beginning August 26th, 2014, online enrollment is no longer available for the 2014 fall semester. Please seek enrollment assistance through the Registrar's Office, 103 Russ Hall, or by phone at 620-235-4200 to process any changes in enrollment.

The final day for dropping a course without the course being recorded on the transcript is August 29th. Grades of W will be recorded for dropped courses beginning  August 30th.

Students enrolled in courses scheduled for less than four weeks must withdraw prior to the last meeting of the class.

Withdrawal from the University

Withdrawals from the university must be processed through the Office of the Registrar, Room 103 Russ Hall. If you find it necessary to leave school during the semester, be sure that the official withdrawal has been made; otherwise, F grades will be recorded on your permanent record for the semester due to unofficial withdrawal.

Pass-Fail Enrollment Procedure

  1. Obtain an application for enrollment under the pass-fail system from the Registrar's Office, 103 Russ Hall.
  2. Complete the application, sign the application, and have your advisor sign the application if your enrollment is approved.
  3. Take the completed application to the Registrar's Office.
  4. The application must be received by the Registrar no later than the last day for adding classes, Monday, August 25th, 2014.
  5. Refer to the regulations governing the pass-fail system of grading in the University Catalog.

Audit

Students may audit classes by obtaining an audit enrollment from the Registrar's Office, Room 103 Russ Hall. Auditors must receive permission from the instructor of a course in order to be permitted to audit. Auditors are permitted on a space available basis. All persons who audit courses are admitted as listeners only. They are not entitled to any instructional privileges in any form and may not participate in the class activities except as listeners. No official record is made of audit enrollments. Students may not audit courses offered through the Division of Continuing Studies.

Registration for and Admission to Teacher Education

Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs or who wish to explore interest in teacher preparation should register with the College of Education during the first semester of the freshman year or as soon thereafter as their interest and plans make such registration appropriate. (See Director of Teacher Selection, 117 Hughes Hall.) Information concerning preparation and requirements is supplied at this time.

Laboratory experiences are required for all students preparing to teach and normally begin in the sophomore year.

By the close of the sophomore year for on-campus students and the beginning of the junior year for transfer students, application for admission to teacher education must be accomplished (Room 117 Hughes Hall).

Professional Semester Required

Students enrolled in the regular academic year who are preparing to teach, either elementary or secondary, are required to take the professional semester program. See University Catalog for criteria for admission to the professional semester.

Students who wish to enroll in the Professional Education Semester must submit an application and be accepted during the preceding term. Application is made to the Director of Teacher Selection, Room 117 Hughes Hall. Advisors should make certain that the permit has been obtained before giving final approval to the student's proposed program.

Applications for Spring 2015 Professional Semester are due by  September 15th, 2014.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy

Students need to be cautioned under this new policy. Students who totally withdraw after receiving Title IV assistance in many cases will have to repay a portion of the funds received. The financial aid office recalculates federal* financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, or are dismissed prior to completing 60% of a semester. Recalculation is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:

Percent earned = Number of days completed up to the withdrawal date** divided by total days in the semester.

Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned = (100% - percent earned above) times the amount of aid disbursed toward institutional charges. Institutional charges are: tuition, fees, on-campus room and board.

When aid is returned, the student may owe a debit balance to the University and/or Department of Education Title IV Programs. If a student owes a debit balance to the Department of Education, payment arrangements will have to be made with the Department.

*Federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Perkins Loan, FFEL Stafford Student Loan, and PLUS Loan.

**Withdrawal Date is defined as the actual date the student began the institution's withdrawal process through the Registrar's Office, the student's last date of recorded attendance or the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.

Parking on Campus

The entire campus is zoned for permit parking. Zone permits (if desired) may be obtained at the University Police and Parking Services Office in Shirk Hall. Students may obtain parking permits as soon as they receive their tuition bill.

Abbreviations Used in Class Schedule

AL - Axe Library
BH - Bowen Hall
FAM - Family and Consumer Sciences Building
FTS - Ft. Scott
GH - Grubbs Hall
HA - Hartman Hall
HH - Hughes Hall
HM - Horace Mann
HW - Heckert Wells
JOP - Joplin
KCM - Kansas City Metro Center
KLC - Kelce Center
KTC - Kansas Technology Center
MH - McCray Hall
MI - Mitchell Hall
MP - McPherson Nurse Ed. Building
MC - Mt. Carmel Med. Center
MRCY - Mercy Hospital
PH - Porter Hall
REC-Rec Center 
RH - Russ Hall
SC - Overman Student Center
SH - Shirk Hall
SJ - St. John's Hospital
SRC-Student Recreaton Center
TBA - To Be Announced
WE - Weede Phys. Ed. Building
WH - Whitesitt Hall
WI - Willard Hall
YH - Yates Hall
MWF - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
MW - Monday and Wednesday
M-F - Monday thru Friday
M-TH - Monday thru Thursday
TUTH - Tuesday and Thursday
MTT - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
S - Saturday
FSF - Friday, Saturday, Friday

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Vietnam Fee Waiver

A tuition and fee waiver is available for dependents of prisoners of war and servicemen declared missing in action; and children of veterans who died as the result of injuries suffered in the line of duty during the Vietnam Conflict. For further information, call the Kansas Veterans Commission at 913-296-3976.

Degrees Conferred
Graduation and retention rates are important indicators of success for students. These rates correlate to student preparation for college level academic course work. Retention and graduation rates of Freshmen classes entering during a specific fall semester are listed below.

FRESHMEN COHORT

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF 07/WF 08/WF 09/WF 10/WF 11/WF
Total Rate 917 985 938 1011 1019 1004 1079 1154
No ACT 57 55 38 59 62 69 113 114
< 21 378 377 318 391 379 373 366 436
21 - 25 345 403 429 416 442 389 438 448
26 > 137 150 153 145 136 173 162 156

FIRST SEMESTER RETENTION RATE

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF 07/WF 08/WF 09/WF 10/WF 11/WF
Total Rate 832
90.73
873
88.63
824
87.85
905
89.52
907
89.01
897
89.34
964
89.34

1029
89.17

No ACT 36
63.16
36
65.45
25
65.79
53
89.83
46
74.19
52
75.36
89
78.46

92
80.70

21 343
90.74
323
85.68
277
87.11
339
86.70
331
87.34
329
88.20
318
86.89

381
87.39

21 - 25 318
92.17
369
91.56
377
87.88
374
89.90
403
91.18
355
91.26
402
91.78
405
90.40
26 > 135
98.54
145
96.67
145
94.77
139
95.86
127
93.38
161
93.06
155
95.68
151
96.79

FIRST YEAR RETENTION RATE

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF 07/WF 08/WF 09/WF 10/WF

11/WF

Total Rate 706
76.99
721
73.20
700
74.63
743
73.49
764
74.98
729
72.61
782
72.47
0.00
No ACT 25
43.86
22
40.00
15
39.47
30
50.85
23
37.10
31
44.93
47
41.96
0.00
< 21 283
74.87
254
67.37
229
72.01
273
69.82
272
71.77
254
68.10
246
67.21
0.00
21 - 25 279
80.87
313
77.67
328
76.46
319
76.68
353
79.86
302
77.64
351
79.95
0.00
26 > 119
86.86
132
88.00
128
83.66
121
83.45
116
85.29
142
82.08
138
85.19
0.00

FOUR YEAR GRADUATION RATE

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF 07/WF 08/WF
Total Rate 268
29.23
254
25.79
253
26.97
251
24.83
259
25.42
No ACT 6
10.53
10
18.18
4
10.53
8
13.56
3
4.84
< 21 81
21.43
68
18.04
68
21.38
67
17.14
69
18.21
21 - 25 117
33.91
110
27.30
118
27.51
120
28.85
126
28.51
26 > 64
46.72
66
44.00
63
41.18
56
38.62
61
44.85

FIVE YEAR GRADUATION RATE

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF 07/WF
Total Rate 438
47.76
424
43.05
425
45.31
416
41.15
No ACT 6
10.53
12
21.82
5
13.16
13
22.03
< 21 156
41.27
128
33.95
127
39.94
130
33.25
21 - 25 183
53.04
192
47.64
207
48.25
194
46.63
26 > 93
67.88
92
61.33
86
56.21
79
54.48

SIX YEAR GRADUATION RATE

  04/WF 05/WF 06/WF
Total Rate 494
53.87
496
49.34
482
51.39
No ACT 10
17.54
16
18.18
6
15.79
< 21 183
48.41

154
40.85

151
47.48
21 - 25 204
59.13
213
52.85
234
54.55
26 > 97
70.80
103
68.67
91
59.48

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES CONFERRED

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total Degrees Conferred 1118 1073 1148 1099 1166 1123 1177 1175
Transfer Degrees 505 473 505 485 533 490 528 505
Transfer Rate 45.17 44.08 43.99 44.13 45.71 43.63 44.86 42.98

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