Proposed Posthumous Degree Guidelines

 (October 25, 2002 Draft)

A.     Initial recommendation of a candidate for a posthumous degree is made by the appropriate division or department of the faculty to their Dean.  If the Dean agrees, the recommendation is routed as follows if approved at each step:

1.      Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

2.      Chair of the Faculty Senate and ECOS

3.      During an Executive Session of a Faculty Senate meeting, the nomination may be presented by Senate Chair, Dean or Provost.

B.     Information provided to ECOS and faculty senators should indicate

1.      Type of degree

2.      Major

3.      Candidate's progress towards earning the degree.  Indicators of progress could include:

a.       standing (e.g., junior, senior)

b.      number of credits completed towards their major (>50% completed)

c.       total number of credits completed

d.      grade point average

e.       completion of general education requirements

C.     Optional indicators of the candidate's leadership, skill or enthusiasm include:

1.      faculty comments

2.      awards, honors, scholarships, or other recognition in their field

3.      personal or professional activities (e.g., tutoring, school committees, student organizations)

Background Information and Initial Comments:

Section A

The wording for this section was based on the honorary degree guidelines in Section 5, 3 of Faculty Senate By-laws and Phil Bain's "Process Used to Confer Posthumous Degree" (January 2000) document that outlines the steps in the process to request a degree.  Wording suggestions from Bill McBroom are also incorporated.

Section B

Based on suggestions from Bill McBroom, the original indicator list was expanded to include new items and provide actual benchmarks for others.  It focuses on quantity and quality of work completed and the extent to which a candidate meets university, school, and department requirements for a degreeSection C

In an effort to find additional ideas for supporting a posthumous degree, I tried to capture college-related activities that are not academic.  The question is whether these items are appropriate or necessary indicators of a candidate's progress towards a degree.

Section C

In an effort to find additional ideas for supporting a posthumous degree, I tried to capture college-related activities that are not academic.  The question is whether these items are appropriate or necessary indicators of a candidate's progress towards a degree.