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Faculty reminded to explain the unintended consequences

Dale TampkeFaculty members will receive a card in their mailbox this fall that offers tips on how to help students who want to drop a class.

The green card – headlined Before You Sign a Drop Slip – lists several questions faculty members should ask, such as “Are you aware of the consequences of dropping this class regarding financial aid and academic standing?”

The card, below and attached, also suggests that faculty members ask students if they have consulted the financial aid office and their academic advisor, and advises resources that will help students with their classes.

The card comes after changes in financial aid regulations requiring students to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester in order to keep their financial aid. Under the revised regulations, UNT monitors SAP after each semester of enrollment.

Students must be in good academic standing and maintain pace of progression – the minimum number of credit hours based on the total number of registered hours, which is determined on sliding scale.

So students could find their financial aid at risk if they are making good grades, but drop more than six out of 15 hours of coursework, for example, said Dale Tampke, right, dean of undergraduate studies.

The card, right, helps faculty members communicate with students about financial aid.

Faculty Drop Card“It’s our way to get our campus speaking the same language about SAP,” Tampke said.

Students are being informed about the changes as well. The Orientation and Transition Office has mailed a card to students called “Before You Drop Any Courses,” which provides them with a list of locations and phone numbers for advising and financial aid offices, as well as tutoring and help labs.

If their financial aid is at risk, students are given a warning, and then have to raise their grades or successfully complete a proper percentage of course hours to maintain their financial aid.

“It’s distressing for the students,” Tampke said. “We want to make sure we’re communicating with the faculty.”

In the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester, more than 2,500 students of the 36,000 students enrolled were given a warning.

Students could receive refunds for the classes depending on when they drop the class.

-          Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing


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Posted on: Mon 10 September 2012

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