Nov 042003
Authors: Lindsay Robinson

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

right away.

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

right away.”

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

the classes.

“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

Schedule Catalog




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