1. According to SACS Statements on Cross-Listed Courses (Section 4.3.4), t he institution offering graduate work must be able to demonstrate that it maintains a substantial difference between undergraduate and graduate instruction. Graduate study must be at a level of complexity and specialization that extends the knowledge and intellectual maturity of the students. Combined instruction of graduate and undergraduate students, if permitted at all , must be structured to ensure appropriate attention to both groups.
2. Departments that perceive a need to cross-list courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit should seek Graduate Council approval through the standard curriculum change process. Because graduate students enrolled in cross-listed courses are expected to complete requirements beyond those expected of undergraduate students, in both the curriculum change request as well as the applicable course syllabi, the requirements for graduate students should be distinct from the requirement for undergraduate students. A maximum of three cross-listed courses may be taken for graduate credit under this procedure. (Note: This limitation is exclusive of Procedure A11.50.)
3. The following guidelines should be followed by departments in the preparation of proposals for Graduate Council approval of cross-listed courses:
a. A cross-listed course is considered operationally as a single class in which both undergraduates and graduates may be enrolled.
b. Cross-listed courses have one instructor of record who meets the standards established by SACS and the university for faculty teaching master's and doctoral level courses (SACS Section 220.127.116.11).
c. The requirements and expectations for students in each course are identified in a single syllabus, which provides clearly identified evidence of substantially greater expectations for students enrolled for graduate credit. These additional expectations should include requirements, such as (a) different and/or additional reading requirements, (b) different and/or additional writing assignments, and/or (c) different and/or additional research projects (e.g., projects of greater complexity).
d. The instructor of cross-listed courses must meet the SACS and university requirements for graduate faculty, i.e. the instructor must have the terminal degree. When circumstances such as adequate enrollment justify teaching each of the cross-listed courses as separate classes, the instructor for the graduate level class must meet the SACS and university requirements for graduate faculty. The structure of cross-listed courses cannot be construed as a means by which an instructor of record for the undergraduate course, who does not hold the terminal degree, provides the majority of instruction for graduate students enrolled in the graduate course.
References: Procedure A11.54
Contact for Interpretation: Dean of Graduate Studies and Research