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Tips & Tricks: Maximum Hours in u.achieve®

Feb
24
2015
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Maximum Hours fields appear at both requirement and sub-requirement levels in u.achieve.

At the sub-requirement level, this field limits the number of hours that can accrue up to the requirement (e.g., if the student takes 10 hours, but Maximum Hours is set to 8, the requirement will report only 8 “earned” hours). It does not restrict the number of hours that will report for the sub-requirement.

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Maximum Hours
field on a sub-requirement set to restrict the number of hours to count up to the requirement to 4

 

At the requirement level, the field only limits the number of hours that are reported up to any summary requirements that are encoded to monitor that requirement.

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Maximum Hours
field on a requirement set to the default value

 

The audit below illustrates the effect of encoding Maximum Hours of 4 on each sub-requirement of the General Education Cultures requirement (audit run using a List All value of L) where the student has taken a five-hour and a four-hour course.

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The audit indicates that only 8 hours are “earned” at the requirement level, even though the student has taken 9 hours of credit

 

When Maximum Hours is specified, the audit will report:

  • HOURS ADDED” if the hours applied to the sub-requirement are less than or equal to the value in Maximum Hours
  • HOURS TAKEN” if the hours applied to the sub-requirement exceed the value in Maximum Hours

If Maximum Hours is

  • Greater than zero (0), only that number of credits will add up to the requirement, but the full GPA effect of all hours applies
  • Zero (0), neither credit nor GPA effect apply to the requirement

You can set GPA to scale with the credits permitted by Maximum Hours using the Weight field on the Reference/Other tab.

Best Practice Recommendation: Do not change the default Maximum Hours value (999.9) unless a restriction of credit contribution is really required. Due to the Adjust phase, you rarely need to enforce upper limits because satisfied sub-requirements will give up unnecessary courses to be used elsewhere.

 

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Nebraska Releases Statewide Transfer Site Powered by CollegeSource

Feb
6
2015
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A collaborative effort from Nebraska’s institutions of higher learning has resulted in a statewide student portal for accurately and efficiently disseminating college-to-college transfer information.

Accomplishing their goal in just ten months, Nebraska began by subscribing to the Transfer Evaluation System (TES®) from CollegeSource and then loaded more than 64,400 course equivalencies into the system. The final step was to construct a web portal, located at transfer.nebraska.edu, that stitches together the TES’s searchable public view for each institution.

Susan Fritz, University of Nebraska Executive Vice President and Provost, said that Transfer Nebraska opens doors for students who want to blend their college education. Nebraska’s public higher education institutions are committed to increasing access and affordability and informing students about their transfer opportunities in a consistent and collaborative way is one step toward that goal.

Nebraska’s economic success depends on our ability to produce a highly skilled, highly educated workforce. The University of Nebraska, state colleges and community colleges all play a critical role in increasing educational attainment in our state,” Fritz said. “Transfer Nebraska is an important tool that will help students earn the degree that is right for them. We’ve moved from 16 different mechanisms for informing students about transfer options to a single system that gives current and consistent information. The university is proud to collaborate with our public higher education partners in bringing this resource to Nebraska students.”

The Transfer Nebraska site will serve more than 5,000 students who move credits between the University of Nebraska, state colleges, community colleges and tribal colleges. The system will also provide information to students transferring to Nebraska institutions from more than 4,000 other institutions of higher education nationwide.

Stan Carpenter, chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, also believes that Transfer Nebraska will be a factor in improving the state’s economic future as a result of helping students achieve their educational goals. Carpenter said, “Transfer Nebraska is now live and ready to help students plan their future, become successful in the workforce, and grow into productive and engaged citizens across Nebraska” (Lincoln Journal Star).

CollegeSource wishes to extend its congratulations to Nebraska for completing such a herculean task in such a short timeframe. As creators of software designed to address the most relevant transfer challenges in today’s higher education environment, we are extremely excited to see our solutions underpinning such efforts.

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