TBR resets GPA rule, approves new degree
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 21, 2012 | 1153 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Academic Policies and Programs approved a new degree program and changed how transfer students’ GPA is calculated, during a meeting at Cleveland State Community College Thursday.

The motion to pass the new policy was made by Faculty Regent Bob Raines and seconded by Student Regent Ashley Humphrey.

“This is a pretty significant change,” said Committee Chair Robert Thomas.

Under the new policy, a student transferring from one Tennessee Board of Regents institution to another would have a GPA of zero starting at the new institution. The policy will not take effect until 2014, and does not change the number of credits that transfer.

Interim Vice Chancellor Kay Clark presented the proposed change to how transfer students’ GPA is calculated. She said the change was being proposed to bring continuity across the system.

“Currently, our institutions vary in the manner in which they calculate it (GPA of a transfer student), so keeping with the seamless transfer that we’ve established ... our academic officers put forth an idea that had actually been presented earlier in the decade, but had not come to fruition,” Clark said.

The policy also establishes that TBI institutions will accept a grade of “D” on a student’s transcript, except in a degree program such as nursing where a higher grade is required. Clark said this will keep transfer students from having to repeat classes that they had passed with a D. Some institutions are not accepting such grades at this time.

The committee also approved an associate of applied science degree in entertainment media production for Volunteer State Community College. The degree program will offer four tracks, including video production; music production; multimedia and Web design; and music business.

Clark said the degree is a good fit for the college because of its proximity to Nashville.

Clark said the cost to implement the degree program would be minimal because the school has much of the equipment already. The college estimates there will be 20 graduates a year in this new degree program, according to Clark. The school is also looking to use the “cohort” setup for the classes, in which the same students have classes with each other through the entire program. Approval of the degree program was unanimous.

The Board of Regents is holding its regular board meeting today. The meeting started at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until close to noon. Coverage of the meeting will be provided in Sunday’s edition of the Banner.