Course Credit Change FAQ
The College of Business faculty decided in January of this year to change all three and five credit courses to four-credits. The decision to change credits was based on pedagogical and academic factors. The administrative process required to make the change involved input and deliberation of faculty across campuses and disciplines. This decision was not made lightly and the implications for students did not go unaddressed. The College of Business faculty and administration remain, as always, committed to student success. We will do everything in our power to minimize the effect the credit changes may have on your graduation plans.
When will this change take affect?
Will this change the total credit hours I need to graduate?
Will I receive fewer credits for the classes I have already completed?
Do I need to take more classes?
Will this affect my tuition?
Will the classes I need to take for my business degree change?
I am a student interested in going for a CPA. How will the course credit change affect my plans?
I took a course for five credits, but received a “D” grade. If I retake the course that now has four credits, how many credits will apply?
Q: Will I receive fewer credits for the classes I have already completed?
A: Any of the business courses you have taken to date will NOT be affected. The courses you take beginning Winter term 2014 will reflect the change.
Q: Do I need to take more classes?
A: The impact on business courses alone is eight credits or less, which means you might need to take, at most, two additional courses. Look at these additional courses as an opportunity to take two courses that interest you, that count toward the 180 credit graduation requirement, and that increase your knowledge set.
Q: Will this affect my tuition?
A: Since your tuition is based on credits and there has been no change in the total number of credits you need to graduate, the amount you pay in tuition will not be affected.
Q: Will the classes I need to take for my business degree change?
A: Your focus in completing your degree requirements for business should be on the courses you need to take by title, not on the credits. So, if your current check list for business says you need to take three courses in your concentration or 15 credits, be concerned about the courses and not on the credits associated with those courses.
Q: I am a student interested in going for a CPA. How will the course credit change affect my plans?
A: The CPA education requirement is 225 quarter credit hours; the 180 credits required to graduate from EOU all count towards that requirement. With the course credit changes, you will meet the additional course requirements to sit for the CPA exam (see this link for Oregon requirements, http://www.becker.com/accounting/cpaexamreview/oregon/index.cfm, and note the site’s numbers are for semester credits while EOU has quarter credits; the conversion is roughly .833 quarter credits = 1 semester credit). Within the 180 credits, you need 58 hours in accounting and accounting related courses. As structured and including the credit changes, the EOU accounting concentration provides students with 62 hours in necessary courses. You will need an additional 45 quarter credit hours beyond our program offering; hence the reason why many Accounting students pursue an MBA before sitting for the CPA exam.
Q: I took a course for five credits, but received a “D” grade. If I retake the course that now has four credits, how many credits will apply?
A: A student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C- or better in all required business courses to to graduate with a degree in Business. A “D” in any course would mean the course doesn’t count towards the degree, so it would need to be retaken. If a student retakes the course with the changed credits and, passes the class, he or she would receive the grade and four credits. In other words, in order to overwrite the previous failing or unacceptable grade, the new credit hours would also apply.
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