UNC Today: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Grade Replacement Policy Change Announced

UNC's Grade Replacement policy is undergoing a number of changes starting fall 2013 and students and advisors should be aware of the following important information:

  • Students must submit an application for Grade Replacement.
  • Because of the new limits on the number of courses that can be used with Grade Replacement, a student must submit a Grade Replacement Application no later than the drop deadline of the repeated course in order to be eligible for Grade Replacement.
  • Grade Replacement may now only be used once per individual course.
  • Previously, a student could repeat a course any number of times and the last grade received was the one that was used to calculate the cumulative GPA. The revised policy only allows one (1) previous grade to be removed from the GPA calculations for any given course. This aligns the policy with recent changes to federal financial aid regulations that prevent a student from getting aid for multiple repeats of a course. This limit applies to courses repeated Fall 2013 forward, so a student who had previously used Grade Replacement on a course may repeat it Fall 2013 or later and have one old grade removed from their GPA calculations.
  • There are now limitations on the number of courses that can be used with Grade Replacement.
  • The revised policy allows a student to apply Grade Replacement to up to six (6) different courses. This limit also starts with courses repeated Fall 2013 forward, so students who used Grade Replacement in previous semesters will still receive up to six Grade Replacement opportunities.

The application can be found at http://www.unco.edu/regrec/Current%20Students/Forms/Index.html.

The policy can be found at http://www.unco.edu/regrec/Current%20Students/Grades/Gradereplacement.html.

Director of Monfort Institute to Receive ASQ Award

The American Society of Quality will present its Gryna Award for innovative contributions and achievements in quality to John Latham, director of the Monfort Institute at the University of Northern Colorado, at the society's annual World Conference in Indianapolis in May.

Latham is being honored for authoring the paper "Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence: Framework, Practices and Considerations," which appeared in Quality Management Journal.

The Gryna Award is given for the paper that has made the largest single contribution to the extension of understanding and knowledge of the philosophy, principles or methods of quality management during the past year.

Latham's paper presents a framework and approach for the design of management systems that create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders. It's built on a foundation of systems thinking and design thinking combined with performance excellence concepts and principles utilized by high performing companies, including those who have received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States.

The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado, which houses the Monfort Institute, received the coveted Baldrige award in 2004.

Banner INB Java Upgrade March 14

Information Management and Technology has scheduled a Java upgrade on Thursday, March 14, to keep current with Java technology for Banner INB. Banner INB users will be required to run through a Java upgrade installer. Please contact the Technical Support Center at 970-351-4357 with questions or for more information.

OSP to Offer Office Hours in Gunter March 14

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in room 1070 in Gunter Hall Thursday, March 14. Arlene Hansen will be available from 1-4 p.m. to meet with faculty and staff. The primary reason for the session is to provide assistance with how to identify grant opportunities, but all questions and concerns about grants and sponsored projects are welcome.

Faculty in Residence Position Available

Housing and Residential Education is looking for faculty members who would like to expand their classroom into the residence halls through the Faculty in Residence program, with an application deadline of April 2 for the one anticipated opening.

You must be a term, adjunct, tenure track or fully tenured faculty member and be able to start in August.

FIR is a unique opportunity for faculty to live in the residence halls while providing students with academic programming, guidance and interaction.

An application and position description are available on the Housing and Residential Education website if you have any questions, please email Melinda Cronin.

Applications are due April 2. Interviews will be conducted before April 26, and candidates will be notified after May 1.

Presentation Brings Perspective to Genocide, Violence

Educator Heidi Rickard will present "The Rice Experience" from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Kepner Hall's Milne Auditorium (room 2050). The presentation is based on a lesson originally created for her history class at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs that helps those of any age grasp the incredible numbers of people around the world who have suffered and perished due to acts of genocide, violence, disease and torture. It's designed to provide an experience that allows the audience, through an analogy, to hear about these events and put them into perspective.

The lesson equates one individual grain of rice to one person. Using over 600 pounds of rice, the grains are slowly displayed to represent the number of people that have been lost in various genocides and conflicts around the world throughout the past 100 years.

Reminder: Upcoming Deadlines for Proposals, Nominations, Applications

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