Rule Administrator: Provost and Chief Academic Officer

4.50 – Examinations/Tests

PART 1: EXAM WEEK Normally, every class meets at least 750 minutes per credit hour.  The University Student Records Office will schedule the sixteenth week of instruction of each regular semester in 2-hour blocks.  These blocks may count toward the 750-minute minimum per credit hour if necessary, or it may exceed the 750-minute rule.  In…
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4.55 – Grade Reports

PART 1: OVERVIEW OF NMSU GRADING SYSTEM Each course, department or instructor establishes the system for assessing student performance in achieving course learning objectives and provides this information through the course syllabus.  Individual instructors may elect whether to use fractional grading (pluses and minuses) in assigning letter grades. For some courses, instructors are required to…
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4.62 – Articulation Agreements

The decision to participate in an articulation agreement with another institution(s) rests with the faculty. For those articulation agreements that are initiated by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, the administration will appoint a representative to the HED Statewide Articulation Task Force. The representative will consult closely with faculty in individual departments on discipline-specific course…
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4.63 – Credit Hour Calculation; Class Schedules and Catalogs

PART 1 – PURPOSE This Rule establishes how credit hours are calculated. PART 2 – DEFINITIONS Credit Hour: Conventionally, the “Carnegie” Credit Hour is defined as one Class Hour of contact time (with an expectation of two hours of outside work) per week over a 15 week semester. Class Hour: A Class Hour must be…
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4.64 – Course Prefixes

A. Proposals for New Course Prefixes Colleges or departments may propose new course prefixes through appropriate channels to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.  It is assumed that the prefix will convey desirable information.  New prefixes by the departments may be instituted only if they will be applied to at least 9…
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4.65 – General Education Coursework Required for Graduation

PART 1: GENERAL EDUCATION POLICY STATEMENT The General Education curriculum required for graduation from New Mexico State University is comprised of the state’s common core and the university’s Viewing a Wider World courses. See the NMSU Undergraduate Catalog for specific category requirements, options and required credits that will fulfill both state and university requirements. Common…
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4.66 – Independent Studies

Independent studies are for students capable of self-direction, who meets the requirement for the S/U option, i.e., if the students are not eligible for the S/U option, they are not eligible for independent study.  Class tickets will not be issued, nor will on-line scheduling unless the student presents a signed Independent Study Permit to the…
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4.67 – Military Science Coordinator

PART 1: PROMOTION OF ROTC PROGRAM The university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is established as a voluntary course of study.  It is the policy of the university to advocate and promote the ROTC, and the ROTC officers on campus shall be given faculty status.   PART 2: ROLE OF THE DEAN OF THE…
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4.68 – Course Curriculum Changes

PART 1: PURPOSE This rule provides the rules and procedures to change course curricula (includes the addition, deletion of courses, modification of course descriptions, credit hours or prerequisites), including changes to the course prefixes.   PART 2: APPROVAL OF CURRICULAR CHANGES Prior to placement in, or deletion from, the Catalog or Schedule of Classes, all…
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4.69 – Academic Rules for Distance Education

PART 1: DISTANCE EDUCATION AT NMSU Distance Education at New Mexico State University refers to the formal process of delivering instruction via electronic or other media regardless of the location of the student or the instructor. This can be synchronous or asynchronous and can include face-to-face interaction. This definition doesn’t apply to dual credit courses….
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