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Crossings

Questions & Answers about Crossings

As questions arise, please contact Associate Dean Bridget Trogden (via Trogden@Clemson.edu) and/or General Education Commitee members and we will work together to find answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will we have to change all of our degree maps?

    The General Education Committee helps to set the courses and learning outcome areas, but does not set the sequencing of courses. Departments and degree programs should look at their degree maps to see if and where adjustments need to be made. (Click here for the guide shared at the April 2021 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee meeting.) Unless there are specific reasons for limiting students to specific courses or course order, flexibility is encouraged. See also Transition page.

  • Which catalog do students follow?

    New students

    • New first-year students starting Clemson in fall 2022 follow the AY22-23 academic catalog.
    • New first-year students starting Clemson in summer 2022 are considered as fall 2022 enrollees, even though they begin their Clemson coursework in the summer term. They follow the AY22-23 academic catalog.
    • New transfer students starting Clemson in fall 2022 or after fall under one of two categories:
      • For students who have been in continuous enrollment at the sending institution, the policy in the Clemson catalog is in effect as follows. (This includes students in the Bridge to Clemson Program who start the program in 2021 or prior.)
        • Students transferring may select the curriculum that was outlined in the Clemson University Undergraduate Announcements at the time they entered the sending institution, provided they have been in continuous enrollment. Further, transfer students may select any curriculum adopted subsequent to that initial curriculum. After enrolling at Clemson, if a transfer student changes from one major to another, the student will complete all of the requirements included in the new curriculum that are in effect at the time of the change. If all coursework toward a degree is not completed within six years after the initial enrollment at the sending institution, the student may be required to complete additional courses. (From http://catalog.clemson.edu/, section on Admission.)
      • For students who have not been in continuous enrollment at a sending institution, they follow the AY22-23 academic catalog.

    Former students returning

    • The catalog year depends on the number of credits the student has earned.
      • If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently returns or does not remain continuously enrolled (summers excluded), the student's curriculum year is changed to the one in effect at the time of return for students with fewer than 90 credits. The curriculum year remains the same as when they were last enrolled for seniors (90 credits and more). The student´s major department can approve an exception. A Request to Change Academic Program should be submitted in the Student Records tab in iROAR requesting the approval. (From http://catalog.clemson.edu/, section on Academic Regulations.)
  • The new curriculum goes into effect for new students in 2022. What about transfer students entering in 2022?

    According to the Clemson’s Academic Regulations, available in the Undergraduate Catalog:

    Students transferring may select the curriculum that was outlined in the Clemson University Undergraduate Announcements at the time they entered the sending institution, provided they have been in continuous enrollment. Further, transfer students may select any curriculum adopted subsequent to that initial curriculum. After enrolling at Clemson, if a transfer student changes from one major to another, the student will complete all of the requirements included in the new curriculum that are in effect at the time of the change. If all coursework toward a degree is not completed within six years after the initial enrollment at the sending institution, the student may be required to complete additional courses.

    From <http://catalog.clemson.edu/>

  • Are there ways for transfer partner institutions to work closely with Clemson on curriculum?

    Yes! Although we intend that the Global Challenges general education courses are only taken at Clemson at this time, we wish to strengthen curricular alignment and student success pathways in our Communication and Ways of Knowing student learning outcome areas and in our gateway courses leading to the baccaulaureate degree. 

    We are working to improve partnerships and alignment between 2-year and 4-year institutions, piloting GAIN (Gateway Alliance Improvement Network) through seed money from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.   

    We will be sharing more information and initiatives as they are available. Contact Dr. Trogden (serving as Project Director, trogden@clemson.edu) for more information.