SACS Principles of Accreditation
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Section IV: COC Programs

3.6.1 The institution's post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, and its master's and doctoral degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.




The University's post-baccalaureate degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.

The aim of graduate work at the University is to provide opportunity for further study in a chosen field.  Graduate study should focus on greater breadth and greater depth of knowledge in the field with emphasis placed on finding, evaluating, organizing and applying knowledge. (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate)

A departmental admission committee in each College/School reviews applications including the student's entire record; overall, upper level and major grade point average; Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores; letters of recommendation; Statement of Purpose; and professional and/or academic experience. (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Graduate Admission Requirements)

Graduate study is intended to develop independent work, thus the character of work (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Character of Graduate Work) expected of graduate students is different from work expected of baccalaureate students.  Graduate students are expected to have a wide knowledge of the major and related subjects.  Graduate work includes assigned readings, lectures, conferences, practicums, internships, research, comprehensive exams, theses, and dissertations.  The character of graduate work also leads to processes of student assessment that are substantially different from those of undergraduate courses. Programs may require written and oral comprehensive exams as well as the thesis defense. (Academic Assessment Reports)

Ongoing curricular review is maintained by the Degree Program Coordinators along with other faculty in the discipline through the department curriculum committee.  In some graduate programs, a maximum of six semester credit hours of 4000-level work may be used to satisfy degree requirements.   Graduate students taking 4000-level courses are held to a qualitative and quantitative higher standard than those of undergraduate students in the same course. (Course Syllabus Sample)

In professional fields such as business, education, and nursing, graduate courses build on the competencies of baccalaureate courses related to the same content. (Nursing Assessment Undergraduate and Graduate Syllabi) For example, a discipline-specific research course at the baccalaureate level prepares students to review and evaluate the merits of research studies that address specific questions that arise in the course of their profession. The master's level research course builds on those competencies and prepares students to review the current literature and design (and conduct, in some cases) a modest research study addressing the question. At the doctoral level, the expected depth of the research is more stringent and involves functioning as an independent researcher.



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Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate

Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Graduate Admission Requirements
Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Graduate, Character of Graduate Work
Academic Assessment Reports
Degree Program Coordinators

Course Syllabus Sample
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Nursing Assessment Undergraduate and Graduate Syllabi Adobe Acrobat File

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