Chapter IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
The policies and procedures described in this chapter
govern the conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled
in the College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only
upon written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors
students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College
students petition the RC Counseling Office.
Honors and Awards for Superior Academic Achievement
The College acknowledges the superior academic achievement
of its students in a variety of ways. These include the awarding
of class honors, special awards, honors at graduation, election
to national honor societies, the LS&A Scholarship Program,
and departmental academic awards. Transfer credit does not count
Awards that recognize superior academic performance
in the area of concentration are described in the departmental/program
information in Chapter VI.
James B. Angell Scholars
James B. Angell Scholars are students who earn
all A+, A, or A grades for two or more consecutive terms
in a calendar year based on a minimum of 14 credits in courses
which include 12 credits elected on a graded (A-E basis elected
each term); all other grades must be P, S, or CR. Terms of fewer
than 14 credits completed with grades of A+, A, A, P, S,
or CR enable a student to maintain standing as an Angell Scholar.
Any other grades earned during a full or half-term make a student
ineligible for this honor. Angell Scholar Honors are posted on
a student's transcript by the Office of the Registrar, and recipients
of this honor are invited to attend the annual Honors Convocation.
Angell Scholars are selected and honored annually.
Students who earn a minimum of 14 credits in courses
which includes 12 credits elected on a graded basis (A-E)
and who earn a 3.5 grade point average are eligible for University
Honors. This honor will be awarded each full term of classes
(Fall & Winter terms). This distinction is posted on a student's
transcript by the Registrar's Office. Students who receive this
honor two consecutive terms will be invited to attend the annual
William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize
Freshmen students in the top 5% of their school/college
class are eligible for this honor if they have earned at least
14 graded credits at Michigan. Advanced placement credit does
not disqualify a student of this award. Students who have previously
earned credit at another institution of higher education are
ineligible. A book with an inscribed nameplate is presented to
each student; a notation is made on the student's transcript
by the Office of the Registrar, and recipients of this award
are invited to attend the annual Honors Convocation.
Highest Distinction/High Distinction/
Degrees with distinction are awarded on the basis
of rank in class. Students who have completed at least 58 credits
in residence, at least 45 of which are "graded" (A+
to D), and rank in the top 3% of their class are recommended
for a degree "with Highest Distinction." Those students
who rank in the top 10% of their class but not in the top 3%
are recommended for a degree "with High Distinction."
Those students who rank in the top 25% of their class but not
in the top 10% are recommended for a degree "with Distinction."
A notation is made on the diploma and the transcript. The GPA
ranges for the distinction notations are determined each May,
based on the cumulative GPAs of LS&A graduates of the May
degree period. Those same numbers are used for the August and
December degree periods of that calendar year. The ranges for
May 2001 were:
|Highest Distinction: ||3.908 - 4.000 |
|High Distinction: ||3.775 - 3.907 |
|Distinction: ||3.574 - 3.774 |
Highest Honors/High Honors/Honors
Students who have completed at least 58 credits
in residence and have demonstrated high academic achievement
and capacity for independent work in a department or degree program
may be recommended for a degree "with Highest Honors,"
"with High Honors," or "with Honors" in the
field of concentration. Capacity for independent work must be
demonstrated in part by superior performance in an honors program
or some achievement of equivalent character. A minimum overall
grade point average of 3.2 is required. A notation is made on
the diploma and the transcript.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa, founded
in 1776, is the oldest scholastic society in America. Up to four
per cent of each year's graduating seniors and a very few juniors
of the highest scholastic ranking in the College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts may be invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.
Seniors with outstanding achievements in the liberal arts in
other schools and colleges of the University of Michigan may
be invited to join if they have earned at least forty-five credits
in LS&A. Transfer students with superior academic records
in the liberal arts and at least forty-five credits earned in
LS&A may also receive invitations to join.
Invitations to membership in the national Phi
Beta Kappa Society are issued by the local chapter, taking
into account achievement in the liberal arts as indicated by
a student's cumulative grade point average, numerical rank, and
percentile rank. Letter grades reported for Pass/Fail courses
will be used in estimating such rankings.
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