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Last approved: Fri, 19 May 2017 12:55:01 GMT

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Lisa Wilson lisadwilson@georgiasouthern.edu 912-478-5200
Ming Fang He mfhe@georgiasouthern.edu 912-478-1546
Sabrina Ross sross@georgiasouthern.edu 912-478-0008
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1405 - Curriculum Foundations & Readi
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Proposal Change in the Full-Time Enrollment Graudate Assistant Eligibility Requirement for College of Education Ed.D. Curriculum Studies Program students
 
The Ed. D. in Curriculum Studies Program in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading in the College of Education requests that full-time enrollment classification for graduate assistant eligibility be changed from nine (9) to six (6) credits for each semester. We request that this change be enforced beginning fall, 2017.
We are seeking this change to allow for students in the Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies program who are enrolled in six credit hours, to be eligible to hold a graduate assistantship. Students in our program follow a course sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner. The Ed. D. in Curriculum Studies Program consists of work in five areas: (1) Curriculum Studies Core; (2) Research and Inquiry Core; (3) Advanced Doctoral Core (with Certification and Non-Certification Options); (4) Emphasis Area, and (5) Dissertation. The first two areas require a combined minimum of 33 semester hours of course work, the third area requires a minimum of 9 semester hours of course work, the fourth area requires a minimum of 12 semester hours, and the fifth area requires a minimum of 9 semester hours. The complete program requires a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work plus 9 hours of dissertation credit. In order to help our students to make progress in their course work and graduate in a timely manner, we have established a course sequence that requires each student to take two classes per semester. In addition, our program has been using the cohort model and our classes are hybrid with both face-to-face and online components. Nevertheless, the current policy requires that a student must be registered in nine (9) credits to be eligible to hold a TA, RA or GA position. As a result, students who hold a graduate assistantship and take 9 credit hours may find themselves out of sequence and out of step with their cohort, which hinders the department’s programmatic responsibility to help students with progression and graduation. Because the vast majority of students in the program are working full-time professionals, the number of students who need a graduate assistantship are minimal. Thus, the loss of credit hours associated with our request would be minimal.
Finally, there are six (6) programs with a full-time registration requirement of less than 9 credits exists across the campus. Four of the six are listed below, including another doctoral program within the College of Education.
Master of Music students must register for a minimum of 7 credits to be eligible.
Master of Public Administration students must register for a minimum 6 credits to be eligible.
Master of Science in Nursing must register for a minimum of 5 credits to be eligible.
Ed.D in Educational Leadership must register for a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible.
(Georgia Southern University 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog, p. 45).

We would like for this program to be added to the current statement in the catalog. This statement is found on page 45 of the graduate catalog under the heading Assistantships for Fully-Online Students, Credit Requirements
"Graduate Assistants must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits of course work for Fall or Spring semester, within the program of study throughout the period of the assistantship. The only exceptions are:
Master of Music students must register for a minimum of 7 credits to be eligible.
Master of Public Administration students must register for a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible.
Master of Science in Nursing must register for a minimum of 5 credits to be eligible.
Ed.D. students in Educational Leadership must be registered in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible."
*please add the following sentence*
Ed.D students in Curriculum Studies must be registered in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible."



 
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