UNH Faculty Senate

Motion on Latin Honors
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UNH FACULTY SENATE
MOTION # XV-M10

on Latin honors

 

1.  Motion presenter:   Marco Dorfsman

2.  Date of Faculty Senate discussion:   2/28, 3/21, 4/4 and 4/25/2011

3.  Rationale:  Students receiving Latin honors at UNH are near 50% at the current criteria of a 3.2 cumulative GPA.  At UNH and other colleges and universities, the percentage of students receiving honors has steadily increased over the last ten years.  When a majority of students receives Latin honors, the award ceases to be truly honorific. A number of colleges across the country have been changing or adjusting Latin honors criteria, and UNH should consider this.

4.   Motion Latin honors will be granted as follows:  summa cum laude for the top 5% of the graduating class at the college level, magna cum laude for the next 10% of the graduating class at the college level, and cum laude for the next 10% of the graduating class at the college level.

5.  Senate action:  passed with twenty-two ayes, ten nays, and three abstentions. 

6.  Senate chair’s signature:  Edward Hinson

Forwarded to:  President Mark Huddleston, on, May 10, 2011

Forwarded to:  Provost John Aber, on May 10, 2011

Forwarded to:  Lisa MacFarlane, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, May 10, 2011

Forwarded to:  Kathryn Forbes, Registrar, on May 10, 2011

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