General Academic Information
Ideas to Action
Ideas to Action: Using Critical Thinking to Foster Student Learning and Community Engagement is the University of Louisville’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as required by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Ideas to Action (I2A) is the University’s multi-year initiative to promote meaningful transformation of our undergraduate programs through intentionally connecting and sharing learning outcomes and curricular enhancements in order to foster students' critical thinking skills and promote community engagement in academic, co-curricular and real-world contexts. For more information, visit the I2A website:http://louisville.edu/ideastoaction/
University Philosophy of Academic Advising for Undergraduates
Academic advising at the University of Louisville is an on-going, intentional, educational partnership dedicated to student academic success. The University is committed to an academic advising system that guides students to discover and pursue life goals, supports diverse and equitable educational experiences, advances students’ intellectual and cultural development, and teaches students to become engaged, self-directed learners and competent decision makers.
The University and its undergraduate academic units and advisors believe that student success is a comprehensive, campus-wide, process/effort/responsibility to express these values:
• Teaching and learning as an academic advising function.
• Fostering a community of respect.
• Encouraging the individuality/diversity of students and their unique educational/needs/experiences.
• Working collaboratively with others through shared challenges, achievements, ideas, and resources continuously to incorporate best practices into university-wide advising.
• Identifying a common goal of student engagement in learning and success.
• Using technological innovations that seek to improve the student experience/ academic advising experience.
• Promoting diversity as central to intellectual and cultural development.
• Developing student satisfaction with academic advising.
University Classification of Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students are admitted to an undergraduate enrollment unit and classified as follows:
• Full-time students: those who are registered for 12 or more semester hours in a regular school session.
• Part-time students: those who are registered for fewer than 12 semester hours in a regular school session.
• Regular students: those who have satisfied the admissions requirements for the academic unit in which they are enrolled.
• Special students: those who do not satisfy the admissions requirements for the academic unit in which they are enrolled, but who are admitted by special consent.
• Visiting students: those regularly enrolled in other institutions who desire to register in one of the academic units of the University for one semester. Visiting students must be in good standing in their regular college or university.
• Freshmen: students who have fewer than 30 semester hours credit.
• Sophomores: students who have 30 or more, but fewer than 60 semester hours of credit.
• Juniors: students who have 60 or more, but fewer than 90 semester hours credit.
• Seniors: students who have 90 or more semester hours credit but have not received baccalaureate degrees.
• Post-baccalaureate: students holding baccalaureate degrees and taking further undergraduate work.
• Auditors: students enrolled in a class or classes on a noncredit basis.
Undergraduate Grading System
The University awards letter grades which are translated into quality points to determine the grade point average or point standing. The “+/-” grading system may be used to help students understand their performance more accurately. Under this system, quality points are assigned as follows:
The grade of A+ is given for extraordinary work and appears on the transcript with the “plus” qualification, but it awards no additional quality point value in the calculation of the grade point average.
“F” means Not Passing and earns neither semester hours toward graduation nor quality points; however, the number of semester hours attempted is computed into the point standing, so that “F” has a negative effect on the point standing.
Other letter grades include the following:
“AU” means Audit and does not enter into the point standing.
"I" means 'Work in Course is Incomplete. This grade does not enter into the point standing. The grade and quality points awarded when the incomplete is made up (or the "F" that is given by default if the incomplete is not made up by the last day of final examinations of the next fall or spring semester) become part of the point standing at that time.
“P” means Passing in a course taken on a pass-fail basis. A grade of “P” is given for achievement equivalent to the standards for the grades “A” through “D” in the same course. A “P” does not enter into the point standing, but earns the designated number of semester hours.
”S” and “U” mean Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. These grades are used only for certain courses, and are not available by student option. Courses using these grades will earn semester hours, but those hours may not be counted toward the minimum number of hours required for graduation or a degree. “S” and “U” do not affect the point standing.
“W” means Withdrew and does not enter into the point standing.
“X” means the work is not finished because of the nature of the study. This grade is available only for graduate level courses.
All missing grades change to failing grades one year after the completion of the semester in which the course was taken.
University Grade Point Average
The student’s grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. The number of hours attempted is computed by adding the hours for all courses in which the student has earned grades. The overall point standing takes into account all work taken at the University. Courses numbered below the 100 level (000–099) taken in the 1998 Fall Semester or after will not be used in the earned hours or University Grade Point Average calculations. However, decisions involving probation, dismissal, honors and eligibility for graduation are defined by each academic unit. Grades and quality points earned at other institutions are not incorporated into the university grade point average. Students should review the unit sections to determine how their enrollment unit uses transfer credit grades in the calculation of the grade point average.
Course Numbering System
Each course has an alphabetic subject area code and a three-digit number. Within each department these numbers are used to identify the courses.
• Freshman courses are numbered 100 to 199.
• Sophomore courses are numbered 200 to 299.
• Junior courses are numbered 300 to 399.
• Senior courses are numbered 400 to 499.
• Senior and graduate courses are numbered 500 to 599.
• Graduate courses are numbered 600 to 799.
In registering to enroll for courses during a particular term, students are required to use a unique four digit course code, available in the university course schedule, to designate the particular course section in which they seek to enroll.
The catalog years for this catalog are 2008 through 2009. The requirements, rules and policies therein are generally applicable to students who enroll at the University beginning with the Fall 2008 semester through the Summer 2009 term. The University reserves the right to change programs of study, academic policies, academic requirements, fees, schedules of courses, or the announced academic calendar without prior notice. Each academic unit has its own catalog years policy as related to degree programs. Students with continuous enrollment who transfer within the University will be expected to meet the general education requirements in effect the year they were admitted to the University. Students are responsible for knowing the catalog year policy for general education and the degree programs of the academic unit in which they intend to earn a degree.
Change of Address
Students requiring address changes during and between terms can make the adjustments on the address change form in the Registration Information newspaper and submitting the form to the Registrar's Office or via the web through ULink at http://ulink.louisville.edu. Under heading “Personal Information, select ”home and mailing addresses”, then select "edit". Students may also go directly to the Registrar’s Office, Room 31, Houchens Building, and submit their new address in person. Address changes will also be accepted by calling the Registrar’s Office at (502) 852–6522. Verification of student personal identification number will be required.
Student Information System
The Student Administration System is the electronic system which is used to register students and record their grades. It is from this system that transcripts are produced for students completing coursework at the University beginning with the 1982 fall semester.
ULtra: the University of Louisville Transfer Program
The ULtra Program combines the commitment and resources of the University of Louisville (UofL), Jefferson Community and Technical Colleges (JCTC), the Kentucky Community and Technical College system (KCTCS) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPCS) so that all Kentucky students have access to a baccalaureate degree.
ULtra is a program for students who choose, or who are advised by University of Louisville Admissions, to begin their academic career at Jefferson Community and Technical College (or any KCTCS institution) before transferring to UofL to complete a Bachelor’s degree. These students are encouraged to complete an Associate’s degree before transfer but may transfer after completing 24 college credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (GPA requirements for some degree programs may be higher.). ULtra is located on the JCTC campuses and provides transfer specific advising for UofL degree programs, connections to UofL, mentoring and other opportunities before transfer, assistance with the transfer process and support after transfer.
Students interested in the University of Louisville Transfer Program can learn more about programs, transfer coursework and opportunities by visiting the Ultra website at http://louisville.edu/ultra or by calling (502)213-4582.
JCTC and UofL also work collaboratively to address the needs of students who are admitted to UofL in good standing but who need some developmental coursework.
Additional contact information:
Dr. Kathleen Mandlehr
Jefferson Education Center
200 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202