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The institution's post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, and its master's and doctoral degree programs, are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs.



Southeastern is in compliance with Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs Comprehensive Standard 3.6.1.



The syllabi of the courses that compose Southeastern's master's degree programs provide evidence that these programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than the University's undergraduate programs. Both the Graduate Council and the University Curriculum Council carefully review the syllabi of proposed new graduate courses, including those to be combined with undergraduate courses, to ensure that content and requirements of all graduate-level courses are academically more advanced in content.

All course syllabi relating to graduate courses clearly specify the progressively more advanced academic content of the courses at the master's level. The following syllabi provide examples of the distinction between undergraduate and graduate requirements, with the graduate requirements stipulating that graduate students must perform at a more advanced level and undertake additional assignments as compared with their undergraduate counterparts.

  • Nursing 378, Research in Nursing and Nursing 502/602, Designs and Methods of Nursing Research
    As evident in the syllabus, Nursing 378, Research in Nursing, is an introductory course focused on learning terminology and the process of nursing research. The instructor carefully guides class discussion and small group work, and independent assignments focus on the critical analysis of research studies. The textbook used for the course, Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal, and Utilization (5 th ed.) by D.F. Polit, C.T. Beck, and B.P Hungler, is considered an introductory nursing research text that focuses on the evaluation of research findings based on merit and potential use.
    Nursing 502/602, Designs and Methods of Nursing Research, goes extensively beyond the research presented in Nursing 378. Students focus on detailed content pertaining to the protection of human subjects, the development of research hypothesis, making research design decisions, applying appropriate data sampling and collection techniques, and analyzing data. Students are required to write a research proposal. The text used for the course, Nursing Research: Methods and Principles, by D.F. Polit and C. Beck, is an advanced level text focusing on designing, implementing, and evaluating research reports.
  • Educational Technology 305, Computer Applications in the Classroom and Educational Technology 610, Integrating Computers into the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
    Educational Technology 305 is an introductory course for education students on how to use computers in the classroom. As evidenced in the syllabus, the course begins with the basics of using a computer, introduces students to basic computer applications, and introduces basic ways to use specific applications in the classroom.
    Educational Technology 610 is a more advanced course designed for experienced teachers. While it begins with a review of basic microcomputer applications, the course progresses to advanced topics such as relating learning theory to uses of computers, examining research on classroom computer applications, and exploring how computers can be used effectively with special student populations. In addition, graduate students in the course become familiar with International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.

The accelerated nature of graduate-level courses is also readily apparent in courses that combine the instruction of undergraduate and graduate students, as page 261 of Southeastern's General Catalogue states:

Courses combining instruction of undergraduate and graduate students clearly differentiate the course requirements for both groups and require the graduate students to perform work at a substantially higher level of complexity and maturity.

While undergraduate and graduate courses do meet in the same classroom and typically have the same basic assignments, students electing to take the course at the 500-level usually have one or more additional assignments that require independent learning. An example of this can be seen in the syllabus of Accounting 400/500, Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations. While the students use the same textbook and complete the same assignments, the 500-level students are additionally required to complete a Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) paper.

All graduate programs maintain high standards for initial admission into the programs, progression through the programs, and completing requirements for the degree. Graduate courses require higher degrees of research, writing, and independent learning than do undergraduate programs. This is evidenced by the fact that all graduate programs eligible for accreditation have received national accreditation from their respective agencies. Further evidence is supplied by the graduate faculty credentials process. To teach graduate level courses, faculty must achieve graduate faculty status, which requires the appropriate graduate degree, an ongoing record of scholarly productivity and/or other qualifications, and the approval of the department, college, Graduate Council, and Graduate Dean.




Policies and Procedures Manual for the Graduate Council

University Curriculum Council Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Catalogue Changes

General Catalogue 2003-2004, Combined Courses

(see page 261)

Nursing 378, Research in Nursing Course Syllabus

Nursing 502/602, Designs and Methods of Nursing Research Course Syllabus

Educational Technology 305, Computer Applications in the Classroom Course Syllabus

Educational Technology 610, Integrating Computers into the Elementary and Secondary Classroom Course Syllabus

Accounting 400/500, Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations Course Syllabi


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