Alternate Format Course Requests for Students in Traditional Programs

This policy does not apply in the summer semester, as students generally take a lighter course load. The accelerated evening, weekend, and online formats are ordinarily available to the University’s nontraditional/adult students. Nontraditional students can be full or part-time. A nontraditional student is defined as an adult learner who is starting or returning to college and is generally 25 years of age or older; or because of life circumstances has assumed such responsibilities as family and career, and would be classified by Financial Aid as an independent student. In restricted circumstances, a full-time, traditional student may be granted permission to register for these adult focused formats. In such a case, registration will only be accepted for a full-time, traditional student prior to the beginning of the semester.

Criteria to be considered for approval of a full-time traditional student are:

  1. The student has senior standing and is not able to complete necessary degree requirements for graduation without enrollment in the alternate course format.
  2. The desired course is not available in the traditional schedule or a conflict with the required course exists.
  3. The student’s total semester credit load with the alternate format course does not exceed 18 credits.
  4. The student has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  5. The student has received specific written permission to register for the alternate format course from his/her advisor and the Director of the Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE).

Process for approval for traditional students to register for alternate format course:

  1. Student completes a Traditional Student’s Approval to Take Alternate Format Course form and submits to the Registrar after obtaining the advisor’s signature.
  2. The Registrar evaluates the student’s request per the criteria indicated on the form (and above) and submits the form to Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE).
  3. The Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) reserves the right to make the final determination, which will be based on the criteria met, special circumstances, or other significant factors. After a decision is rendered, the form is returned to the Registrar for communication to the student of the outcome of his/her request and for processing, if approved.

(Note: CACE will inform student of the demands of online courses, direct students to the Blackboard tutorial and other resources available to ensure student’s success.)