An issue recently was brought to attention regarding language from the current catalogue (p. 30):
The number of hours that can be taken from any one academic area (i.e. course with the same prefix) as part of an individual student's core requirements is limited to six hours from the foundational courses and nine hours from the categories of knowledge.
After due deliberation, it was decided by the Core Advisory Council that all areas of the GPS, both language-study and border crossings courses, are to be considered exempt from this language.
What is WebCape testing and what is the point?
WebCape testing is a sophisticated new online diagnostic tool that Ashland University will use to place students into appropriate areas.
The tests are extremely user-friendly: they automatically adjust to the student’s own skill level and so never leave them feeling stupid.
We strongly recommend as many students as possible to complete WebCape testing, even if students indicate a strong preference not to continue in language study.
Students and advisors may not realize that their high-school investment in language-study may in fact create shorter paths through the GPS requirement!
The test is presently available on the Eagle’s Landing page (the last step to enrollment). It is also available on the Foreign Language homepage. Students can take the test anytime and helpful feedback will be provided by the FL department.
WebCape scores will be placed in the TSUM screen in Datatel.
That score will then appear on your advisee View Student Test Summary Screen in Web Advisor
There is a concern regarding mass catalog migration by students. Students are allowed to jump ahead with regard to what catalog jurisdiction they will be under.
Advisors however, are asked to use extreme caution with such a move, since when students jump, they ‘land upon’ many new requirements not necessarily connected to the GPS at all.
To ease these transitions, the ATF and CAC committees endorsed the idea that already completed IPR courses could count for GPS, if they have been approved by the Core Advisory Council as Border Crossing courses.
Degree Evaluation Changes
GPS will be added to the degree evaluation to aid advisors and students in choosing a GPS path.