2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

30 establishing equivalency, faculty should consider course content, method of delivery, pedagogical methods, and measurement of intended student learning outcomes, academic calendars, degree levels, and other factors to assure equivalency. The university grants credit only for courses approved by the academic policies established by the university and taught by faculty approved by the university. The process for approving course credit involves individual faculty members developing a new course proposal which is then vetted by the department and the curriculum committee of the appropriate college or school. If approved, the course proposal is sent to the Academic Committee of the University for discussion and final approval. In some cases the protocol requires approval of the University faculty. The process for approving course credit for graduate classes follows the same procedure with the exception that once approved by department and college/school, the course is sent to the Graduate council for discussion and approval, and finally to the Graduate Faculty for approval. Course Levels In all graduate programs, at least one-half of the courses must be 6000 level courses. Maximum Course Load Students wishing to enroll for more than nine semester hours should consult with the academic advisor to consider whether the workload will negatively affect academic performance. Students wishing to take more than 12 hours of graduate study in a long term or more than six hours in a summer term must receive approval of the advisor and the dean of graduate studies. Transfer Credit Work completed before the student applies for admission at HSU, or completed at another institution after admission to HSU, may transfer if, 1) it is graduate work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; 2) an official transcript of the work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies; 3) the work was completed during the last 10 years; and 4) it is approved by the appropriate program or department. Amaximum of 12 semester hours of approved graduate work may be transferred provided the student did not complete the previous degree. A maximum of six semester hours may be transferred from a previously completed degree. For the Master of Divinity degree’s special policy for transfer work and for transfer work from a previous master’s degree in religion, please see Logsdon Seminary Catalog. For the Physical Therapy policy for transfer work, see page 125 Distance Education for Out-of-State Enrollment On October 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released new program integrity regulations. One of the regulations focused on the need for an institution offering distance education, including practicums, seminars, test proctoring, online courses and degree studies, to acquire authorization from any state in which it operates. This authorization is required to maintain eligibility for students of the state to receive federal financial aid. From October 2010, HSU has demonstrated a “good faith effort to comply in each state in which it serves students. States with regulations in place expect that institutions already be in compliance with their regulations before serving any students in their state. On October 29, 2015, the State of Texas was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) under the administration of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In late Fall 2015, HSU was able to start the application process to join the SARA agreement for the State of Texas and is a