Recent Academic Policies And Changes

Under a new pass-fail grading system proposed in December of 1967, students can take one “pass-fail” class a semester. A passing grade is the equivalent of any grade D or above, and fail is the equivalent of an F. The purpose of pass-fail is to allow students “to explore fields in which they are unsure of their aptitude, and for majors who want to take courses outside their fields in which they know they have less aptitude.” (“Pass-Fail Grading…”, 1967) Classes designated as General Education and classes required for a student’s major cannot be taken with pass-fail grading.

A new term system was proposed in 1968 that would allow students to take a month-long “intersession” between semesters. Called the “4-1-4” system, semesters would last four months with the intersession in the middle. This period would be used to do independent study, volunteer programs, or a more focused study on one’s major. As of February 24, 1969, the 4-1-4 system has been approved by the Student Government Association Curriculum Committee and awaits further approval. (Tomalonis 1969)

The required GPA for Honors recognition has changed as of March 1965. To achieve Honors, a student must have a grade point average of 2.25 in their major and an overall grade point average of 2.0. Honors acceptance will also be more heavily based on a student’s extracurricular activities and academic focuses than before.(“Faculty Lowers…”, 1965)

First mentioned in the 1969-1970 Student Handbook, students are able to particpate in the Junior Year Sudy Abroad program. Students must have a B average or better. The cost of the trip is $2500 for 9 months abroad.


“Faculty Lowers Honors Average.” The Bullet, March 20, 1965.
“Pass-Fail Grading System Proposed Dec. 5 by SIC.” The Bullet, sec. Editorials, December 11, 1967.
Tomalonis, Alex. “Committee approves 4-1-4.” The Bullet, February 24, 1969.