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Credit or no credit an option for students

Submitted by Lisa Lakey on November 5, 2010 – 8:40 amNo Comment

Early priority registration for the spring 2011 semester doesn’t begin until Nov. 19, but students across all disciplines are meeting with advisors to map their college career. 

Seniors planning to graduate in May could discover during their advising appointment they lack the number of credits needed to graduate.  UALR requires a minimum 124 credit hours, with 45 of those hours being from upper-level courses.  For students who need to fill the gaps, credit or no credit courses may come in handy.

According to UALR Registrar Joyce Hail, when a student takes a class for credit or no credit, a final grade is not given for the course.  Upon passing, the allotted credit hours are applied to a student’s transcript.  “Students have the option of taking one class like this every term,” Hail said.

However, there are restrictions students should be aware of. Students can opt to take certain classes just for credits, but only general electives. Students are not given the credit or no credit option for core classes or classes going towards the students’ major or minor.  The restriction also excludes courses taken to satisfy elective requirements for a particular major, Hail said.

Not all credit or no credit classes are electives, however.  While UALR does not offer many, a few departments require students to take at least one.  The Department of Nursing holds an essential nursing skills course in which students are graded on a credit or no credit basis. 

Graduate students may also find credit or no credit classes as part of the course description.   Some graduate seminar classes are set up on this system as well.

Something to take into consideration before signing up for a credit or no credit class is the ability to transfer credits.  It is UALR policy to not accept any transfer course credits designated as credit or no credit. Students planning on moving to a different university should check the institution’s policy on accepted course credits before enrolling in a credit or no credit class.

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