Advising High-Achieving Students - Excess HoursPresentation Transcript
Advising High AchievingStudents in theAge of Excess HoursFlorida Advising Drive-in ConferenceMay 6, 2013Melissa L. Johnson, Ph.D.University of Florida
Outcomes• Discuss concerns about excess hours legislationrelated to high achieving students• Share current methods of advising high achievingstudents within excess hours framework• Propose action plans for advising high achievingstudents within this framework
Excess Hours Defined“For the 2012-2013 academic yearand thereafter, an excess hoursurcharge equal to 100 percent of thetuition rate for each credit hour inexcess of 110 percent.”Florida Statute, Section 1009.286 (see http://bit.ly/ZjHGSx)
Excess Hours – Exceptions• (a) College credits earned through an articulated acceleratedmechanism identified in s. 1007.27.• (b) Credit hours earned through internship programs.• (c) Credit hours required forcertification, recertification, or certificate programs.• (d) Credit hours in courses from which a student must withdrawdue to reasons of medical or personal hardship.• (e) Credit hours taken by active-duty military personnel.• (f) Credit hours required to achieve a dual major taken whilepursuing a baccalaureate degree.• (g) Remedial and English as a Second Language credit hours.• (h) Credit hours earned in military science courses that are part ofthe Reserve Officers’Training Corps (ROTC) program.Florida Statute, Section 1009.286 (see http://bit.ly/ZjHGSx)
The Challenge• “They (honors courses) were smaller and had moreinteresting class offerings, but eventually I felt like itwasn’t worth my money to spend on credits that weren’tgoing to help me graduate.”• “The courses being offered had little or nothing to dowith my major and I did not want to pay the extra tuitionmoney”- UF Honors Graduating Senior Survey, Spring 2013
Discussion• How do we as advisors encourage students to participatein these types of activities knowing they may run the riskof earning excess hours?• How does excess hours legislation impact participation inhonors programs and colleges?• Will students applying for nationally-prestigiousfellowships and top-level graduate programs be ascompetitive if they are afraid to take fuller schedules, awell-rounded curriculum, and/or research credits?
Current ApproachesHow are you advising high-achieving students in the age ofexcess hours?Let’s share!
BrainstormHow can we better work withour students to keep theminvolved and engaged in theseactivities?
ContactMelissa L. Johnson, Ph.D.Assistant Director, Honors ProgramUniversity of Floridamjohnson@honors.ufl.edu(352) 392-1519