Academic Policy and Program Changes
Modern Language Incentive Program
Effective Fall 2015, if an incoming student places into a modern language course at the 211 level or higher and earns a B- or better, then he or she will receive credit for the previous course in the sequence. The course must be taken before the end of the student’s second year. This policy is not applicable to native speakers who were formally educated in the language through the high school level.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Modern Languages Department.
New Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). LECOM's College of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Education Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). The School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Doctor of Dental Medicine has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. These agreements provide an excellent opportunity for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. For more information on accreditation status, please visit LECOMs accreditation webpage.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Biology Department.
New Interdisciplinary Program in Interfaith Leadership Studies (B.A.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new interdisciplinary major and minor in Interfaith Leadership Studies. The Interfaith Leadership Studies major consists of 13 courses totaling no fewer than 42 credits. The Interfaith Leadership Studies minor consists of 7 courses totaling no fewer than 22 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of Religious Studies.
New Masters Program in Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education (M.Ed.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in Peace Education. The program is designed for candidates who are already certified (PK-12) educators seeking graduate study in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis upon peace education, including issues of social justice, student rights, conflict resolution, community capacity, culturally responsive methods, and student/teacher advocacy. The program consists of 10 courses totaling 33 credits.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Elizabethtown College Education Department.
New Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine's Physician's Assistant Program
Effective Fall 2015, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program is an opportunity for Elizabethtown College students to gain guaranteed entry during their third undergraduate year into the Penn State College of Medicine, Physician Assistant’s Program.
Elizabethtown College is one of only two exclusive colleges that offers The Early Assurance Program with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program . The program was established to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers as Physician’s Assistants and to work in areas of primary care. This program gives these students the option for automatic matriculation to The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine’s Physician’s Assistant Program upon completing a Bachelor’s degree, maintaining competitive grade point average, and GRE Test scores as stipulated by The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
For additional program information and admissions requirements, contact Dr. Debra Wohl.
New Master’s Program in Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Effective Fall 2015, Elizabethtown College will offer a new Master’s Program in Public Policy (M.P.P.). Students enrolled in the program will develop leadership and analytical skills in preparation for careers in public service. Graduates of the MPP program will be eligible for careers in state and local government, nonprofit agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms, NGOs, and in the private sector. This program is a 4 +1 program open only to our currently enrolled undergraduate students.
The Master’s in Public Policy consists of 11 courses totaling no fewer than 48 credits. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue in this program. As part of the application process, students interested in this program will be required to complete both macro and microeconomics before the end of their junior year. During their senior year, accepted students will complete several master’s level courses which count towards their undergraduate degree requirements. An eight credit internship will be completed in the Summer prior to enrolling into any additional upper-level master’s course requirements. For more information on this program, please contact the Chair of our Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies Department.
How will the U.S. Department of Education's “150% limit” impact the degree audit (aka grad report)?
The U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations [Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)(Public Law 112-141)] will impact very few students.
Students are not impacted by this new regulation UNLESS it takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements.
- The new group "Non-Program Courses" bucket will appear and capture ONLY a course(s) taken by the student where the course does not satisfy a program requirement (major, minor, concentration), Core, or as a free-elective taken towards the 125 credit minimum required for degree completion.
- 5th Year Programs are NOT impacted by this change in regulation. Master’s programs like Occupational Therapy and Special Education are not impacted by the regulation change unless they take more than six years to complete their undergraduate program
An example of a situation where a student may see the new group appear on their grad report.
If a student takes a course as a free-elective counting only towards the 125 credit minimum for degree completion but they do not successfully pass the course. Once the course is letter-graded as an “F”, the new “Non-Program Courses” group will appear on the student’s grad report and the failed course will migrate from “Free-electives” to the “Non-Program Courses” group. Unless the student has takes more than six years to complete their undergraduate program requirements, this could should not impact their financial aid. Any specific questions about the “150% limit” should be directed to Financial Aid.
If the student elects to REPEAT the failed course and he/she successfully completes it - the course will move out of the “Non Program Courses” and back to the “free-electives” group provided the student has not satisfied all program requirements and the 125 credit minimum. The “Non-Program Courses” group will now be removed or hidden from view on the student’s grad report.
Signature Learning Definitions
Elizabethtown College is committed to engaging its students in real-world learning opportunities that complement classroom learning and provide pathways to productive careers and lives beyond college. All Elizabethtown College students will complete at least two Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) as part of their graduation requirements. In consultation with their academic advisor, students will select at least two of the following five Signature Learning Experiences: supervised research; community-based learning; cross-cultural experiences; internships, field experiences or practicums; and capstone experiences. More information can be found on the “Core and Real World Learning Requirements” form.
Undergraduate research actively engages students in scholarship at an advanced level under the close supervision of a faculty mentor or approved disciplinary expert. Results from the research should be disseminated publicly in a way that is appropriate to the discipline (presentation, in writing, performance, exhibition, prototype development, etc.).
Cross-Cultural Experience or Exchange
Cross-cultural experiences allow students to engage meaningfully with diverse cultures, experiences, and worldviews, by living and studying in a culture different from their own. These experiences can be domestic or abroad and include traditional semester study abroad programs as well as short-term faculty-led programs.
Internship, Field Experience, or Practicum
An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting that can be transcribed. Field experience is a learning opportunity that takes place in the field of practice, is embedded in an associated course, and supervised by faculty.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) is an instructional strategy that gives students opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from the classroom to analyze and address community problems. In so doing, students achieve a deeper and more integrated understanding of their studies while benefitting the community.
Capstone Course, Projects, or Development Portfolio
Culminating experience near the end of the college career in which students integrate, synthesize and apply what they have learned in the major or program. Capstone experiences can include courses, projects, performances, exhibits, and/or portfolios. Portfolios should include artifacts and narratives, sampled during the college career under faculty review, that demonstrate competencies or learning outcomes in the major or program.
Social Work degree changes from BA to a BSW
Faculty Assembly approved a proposal from the Social Work Department to change the degree earned by those completing the Social Work major program requirements from a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BA) to a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW).
- Current seniors (G’ 2013) will earn a BA .
- Students currently enrolled and graduating in years 2014, 2015, 2016 will have the option of earning a BA or BSW.
- For the incoming cohort Fall 2014 (G’ 2017) and all future cohorts the degree awarded will be a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW).
Faculty Assembly approved a proposal by the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department to remove MA 105, MA 117, CS 121 and HMA 270 from the list of courses satisfying the Mathematics area of understanding in the Core curriculum.
- Effective for the class entering in Fall 2013 the set of courses that satisfy the Mathematics Area of Understanding in Core include: MA 251 and MA 121.
- Students enrolled prior to Fall 2013 can continue to register into MA 105, MA 117, CS 121 and HMA 270 in order to satisfy the Mathematics Core Area of Understanding.
Real World Learning
An important component of Elizabethtown College Real-world Learning is the high impact practices which supplement classroom learning. Real-world Learning is so significant that, completing at least two of these five Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) is a graduation requirement for all Elizabethtown College students. The student’s academic adviser will assist in choosing two of five SLEs: Supervised Research; Cross Cultural Experience or Exchange; Internship, Field Experience or Practicum; Community-Based Learning; and Capstone Course, Projects or Development Portfolio.
All students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with their peer mentors, first-year seminar adviser and professors and explore the College website to see how other students have personalized a Real-world Learning experience that is just right for them.
No Academic Policies were amended by Academic Council and Faculty Assembly for inclusion in the Fall 2012-2013 catalog.