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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Baccalaureate Concentration Plan of Study

Through the Concentration Plan of Study (CPS) process, each candidate for the bachelor's degree in General Studies must establish and complete a faculty-approved concentration of 36 credits or more in a single subject area or combination of subject areas with which the student demonstrates in-depth knowledge within one or more fields of study. At least 15 credits in the concentration (18 in Individualized Studies and Liberal Studies concentrations) must be at the upper (junior/senior or 300/400) level. Since all colleges and universities do not follow the same course numbering system, the College will make the final determination of course level.

Concentration Approval

For students seeking a bachelor's degree in general Studies, the concentration plan of study (CPS) will be developed and submitted as part of the required cornerstone course. Acceptance of the concentration plan is dependent upon the faculty's approval of the proposed courses and the rationale presented by the student. Even though the CPS approval process traditionally takes place during a student's first semester, the student must fulfill the CPS requirements that were set forth at the time the student matriculated, not at the time in which the CPS was approved.

The baccalaureate concentration represents a significant commitment on the part of the student. The approved concentration plan of study serves as a "learning contract" between the Core Consulting Faculty and the student for the fulfillment of the concentration requirements of the baccalaureate degree.

Faculty approval enables the student and the faculty to arrive at a mutual understanding as to the content and characteristics of a particular program of study, which, when satisfactorily completed, can become the basis, along with fulfillment of other requirements, for a recommendation that the degree be awarded. The student is free to seek changes in a concentration at any time by requesting approval of a revised concentration plan of study.

Reconsideration of Concentration Denial

A student may seek a reconsideration of the decision made regarding the approval of his/her concentration proposal. The request must be submitted in writing to the Provost within 15 business days of the notification that the proposal was not approved. The request for reconsideration should specify the reasons why the proposal should be accepted.

The request, along with copies of the concentration proposal and the comments of the faculty reviewers, will be sent to the appropriate faculty committee, which will meet within 30 business days of Charter Oak's receiving the request and recommend acceptance or non-acceptance.

Within 15 business days of the meeting, the Provost will notify the student in writing of the decision of the committee. The decision of the faculty committee is final.