Academic Updates


This page reports changes approved within the division of academic affairs. The information provides students with greater transparency and tracking of changes in academic policies, program requirements, and other related topics.

New Fall 2017:

Graduation Requirement Revision:

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, new students matriculated to the college or those who choose the newest degree requirements will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits to qualify for a degree. 
Rationale: SUNY and State Ed require 120.  Oneonta requires 122 because in the 1960s, two 1sh courses in health were required as part of the degree.  When those courses were removed from the degree requirements, the total credit requirement did not change.  The change should not be immediate and universally applied as reducing current student’s total credits may adversely affect their financial aid eligibility.

Calculation of Major GPA Revision:

2016-2017 Catalog GPA description

Effective Fall 2017

Normally, grades for all courses taken in the major are used to compute the GPA in the major. Grades for all courses taken to complete minor requirements are used to compute the GPA in the minor.
Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in their major and minor (if one is declared) in order to graduate. Individual programs may require a higher GPA. See your faculty advisor or the department chair if you have questions.

The major GPA is calculated using the highest grades earned to fulfill the requirements of the approved curriculum, excluding related course work. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA in their major. Individual programs may require higher GPAs.

The minor GPA is calculated using the highest grades earned to fulfill the requirements of the approved curriculum. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA in their minor. Minors are only awarded if they are completed at the time the degree is awarded.


Provost Endorsement of Essential Learning Outcomes (11/8/2017):

SUNY Oneonta Undergraduates will be able to demonstrate:
1. Awareness of global connectedness, diverse human cultures, and principles of inclusivity.
2. Scientific and quantitative reasoning.
3. Oral and written communication skills.
4. Technological and information literacy.
5. Critical and creative thinking.
6. Personal and social responsibility

Part 2. Form a taskforce lead by the Senate Steering Committee and including representatives of the Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, GEAC, SA and other interested parties to consider, develop and forward to the College Senate additional ESLOs, and further consider the initial list endorsed by Curriculum Committee, by the middle of Spring semester 2018.


Provost Announcements:

  • The Provost has accepted the College Senate resolution to open external (national) searches for the Dean of the School of Sciences and the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. More information can be found on the College Senate website.
  • I am pleased to announce that successful negotiations between Management and UUP has resulted in the College working with Scantron Corp. to replace the current Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) paper process with an online process.  The online process will be piloted in the Spring 2018 semester by volunteer faculty from each of the five schools (two full-time teaching faculty from each school).   In the near future, the Deans will be soliciting volunteers from among the full-time teaching faculty.  More information will follow as we proceed toward full implementation of the online process for all faculty and all courses beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.


New Programs:

Curriculum Changes:

Discontinuance of Programs:

New Fall 2018


Curriculum Changes: