Getting those math and composition credits out of the way early
could take on a new importance for CSU students starting in the
Fall semester of 2004.
The 60-credit rule has been around for years, but due to relaxed
implementation, some students might not realize its effect.
This effect will likely become more noticeable in the near
future, as the Faculty Council plans to begin implementing this
policy with much more force.
The 60-credit rules requires students to take three credits of
math and three credits of composition by the time he or she
completes 60 credit hours. Those who have not fulfilled the
requirement will be allowed to register for only the classes needed
to meet the rule, although this will be phased in and not happen
Starting during this registration period, a “phase-in” of strict
enforcement of the 60-credit rule will begin. Students who have not
taken the classes will have a hold placed on their registration and
will be directed to the Registrar’s Office so they can register for
math or composition. The hold will then be released.
For composition, the consequences will not be enforced until
registration for Fall 2004 classes. The penalty will not be
completely enacted for math until Spring 2005 registration.
“We had to start sometime,” said Faculty Council Chair C.W.
Miller, a professor of biomedical sciences. “There’s a phase-in so
it’s not like you’re going to be put in jail if you don’t do it
But when the phase-in is complete a student will be limited to
register only for six credits of class, and the student’s status
will be reduced to part-time. Some students depend on being
recognized as full-time for scholarships and loans.
Furthermore, the 60-credit rule could potentially force a
student to take an extra semester of school in order to make up for
the classes he or she was not allowed to take during his or her
semester devoted to composition and math.
Cheryl Hartshorn, freshman biology major, thinks the rule is too
“I don’t think that’s reasonable. Making a student take only six
credits is ridiculous,” she said. “I think it’s good that they make
them take it, but not if you have to miss a whole semester.”
At the same time, Hartshorn thinks something needs to be
“They need to have it where freshman or sophomore year you get
it done. There’s something wrong with the process if you have 60
credits but haven’t taken these classes.”
Kevin Oltjenbruns, vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, does
not think the rule will cause any major problems in regard to
students being forced to “miss” a semester in order to catch up on
“We don’t want many students to get a hold on their
registration. That is not our goal at all,” she said. “The hope is
really that students will proceed while we are phasing this in to
in fact clear the requirements so that they can take full
schedules. That was our goal in doing the phase-in, that we did not
want to diminish the time frame needed.”
The Faculty Council’s decision to begin implementing the
60-credit rule was not necessarily caused by anything specific.
“We’re embarrassed that we haven’t encouraged students to get
this done, so there’s been lots of exceptions made and now we’ve
got all these students who haven’t taken these (classes),” Miller
said. “It’s a policy that everybody felt good about but it’s just
not being enforced so it kind of reached a head.”
Associate Registrar Nolan Oltjenbruns said the Faculty Council
believes the rule is definitely in the best interest of the
“I believe there’s a feeling on the part of a larger portion of
the faculty that too many students were getting too far along in
their programs without having these basic skills in place. It’s the
type of thing that’s intended to be taken early in the program, so
those skills are with you all the way through your program,” he
Miller said that Faculty Council is absolutely set on
accomplishing a full implementation of the rule, but that in no way
is the goal to create problems for students.
“We do not want this to be a hardship,” he said. “We just want
to strongly encourage students to get this done. We’ve all agreed
this is important. I think student leaders think it’s important and
we just kind of have the intent to get it done. It’s time to
enforce the policy.”
“Knuckle down and try to get it done,” Miller said. “All
undergraduate students pursuing degrees at Colorado State must
complete the all-University composition and mathematics
requirements within the first 60 semester credits passed, including
any transferred to the university. Failure to do so will lead to
denial of registration for any courses except the courses that are
necessary to satisfy those requirements.” -Spring 2004 Class