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  •  Any idea how this would affect students (8+ / 0-)

    who entered college with pre-existing credits - as through dual-enrollment during high school, AP tests, and so forth?

    I entered college with a 15-credit-hour full-time-student semester's worth of credit. If I'd taken 16 credit-hours each semester for the four years it took to get my degree (and thanks to the scheduling for both my majors, there was no way I could have graduated in three years), I'd have gone over 140 my final semester.

    Kids from my high school who took every AP class offered that they could possibly scrape together the prerequisites for? They'd hit it with a year of coursework left, even though NONE of the credits would have been for anything outside distributional requirements, electives, or the absolute earliest prerequisites in a major.

    If I hadn't been looking at private schools, and if there had been a policy like this in place (betcha GA's HOPE and similar aren't going to be permitted to cover the extra fee...), this would have given me reason to not take a few AP courses I did.

    Who would take AP Stat with this policy in place? Most colleges and universities have a separate course number for its credits, because it's not calculus based. Engineering students who take it have to re-take statistics as part of their degrees - it just doesn't count as anything but a several credit-hour introduction to the subject for them.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 06:20:36 AM PDT

    •  Your question is excellent (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Hector Solon

      Your example is a great one!
      You raise an excellent point!

      We really don't know what would happen in this instance, as the summary of the "Model Legislation"  is only a paragraph long

    •  Can also apply to students who attend (2+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites, marykk

      a junior college for 2 years and get the AA.  They may also come with extra credits.

      •  On the other hand... (0+ / 0-)

        my university in Colorado treated transfer credits as having fulfilled requirements on the transcript but not as actual credits. An AA just waives the 60 credit gen ed requirement.

        That actually was somewhat inconvenient for me since my major program at the time was set up with both course and credit requirements. My transferred credits counted for the courses, but not the credit total and so I got to amuse myself in taking every possible elective in the department.

        So at least at some institutions, with some majors, this might serve as a boost to community college enrollment.

        Colorado wouldn't be one of those places since their latest proposed solution is to limit in-state tuition to a lifetime total of credits instead of per degree. That completely negates the value of an AA for someone who might want to get a BA.

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