September 21, 2016

Faculty Senate makes changes at first meeting of the year

By Dan Menningen

Cleveland State University Faculty Senate approved three changes at its Sept. 14 meeting.

The senate approved the new academic calendar for the Fall semester 2018 to Spring semester 2023, changes to SAT qualifications and changes to admission standards for the master’s degree in occupational therapy.

The new calendar is similar to the existing academic calendar, including the observation of Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day during the middle of the week instead of at the beginning.

The SAT qualification changes coincide with the new test scoring approved by The College Board and will include a reading test, writing and language test, and math test.

According to College Board, the changes made to the test related to critical reading and math scores to those of the ACT. In the new scoring system, an 860 in the math and critical reading portion of the test will be the equivalent to a 770 in the old scoring system. Because of this change, Cleveland State will raise its requirements to 860 for the math and critical reading portion of the SAT.

The changes to the master’s in occupational therapy program will remove the 300 score minimum on the GRE, but will continue with the 3.5 minimum writing requirement. The change occurred because previous requirements were too rigid excluded otherwise qualified students.

Changes to the program will also include increasing the number of students admitted from 10 students per year to 15 students starting in 2020.


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