Offering of Cross-Listed or Joint Enrollment Courses

Cross-listed Courses

A cross-listed course is defined as one which the University Graduate or Undergraduate Catalog explicitly states is the “same as” another course. For example, in the 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog, ACCT 8680, Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems, is listed “same as CIS 8080.”
Cross-listing of a graduate course with an undergraduate course is not permitted. Cross-listing of an undergraduate course with another undergraduate course is permitted with the approval of the Undergraduate Program Council and Faculty following normal course proposal procedures. Cross-listing of one graduate course with another graduate course is permitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Council and Faculty following normal course procedures.

Joint Enrollment Courses

A joint enrollment course is defined as an undergraduate course which is scheduled concurrently (in the same classroom on identical days and at identical times with the same instructor) with a graduate course.

  1. The course must be taught at the graduate level and all students enrolled in a joint enrollment course must meet the graduate course requirements. However,
    undergraduate students will receive undergraduate course credit.
The Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils discourage the offering of joint enrollment courses. However, in exceptional cases, the Councils will permit a graduate and undergraduate course to be offered as a joint enrollment course, subject to the following minimum criteria:

Significant and demonstrable academic benefits for offering a joint enrollment course must exist. One example would be a unique academic program with exceptionally high quality students, but for which the enrollments are relatively small, a situation routinely preventing the offering of separate undergraduate and graduate courses on a basis that would result in efficient faculty utilization. Another example would be the implementation of a new course of high academic quality where sufficient future demand for the courses can be demonstrated so that joint enrollment would eventually not be needed, but
where joint enrollment is required, in the short run, to implement the course. In all cases, demonstration of significant enrollment at both the graduate and undergraduate course levels must exist–i.e., a joint enrollment course cannot be offered where the enrollments are disproportionately (e.g., greater than 80%) in either the graduate or the undergraduate course.

Permission to offer a joint enrollment course must be requested by the academic unit at least one semester prior to the semester in which the courses will be jointly offered. The request must be in writing, explicitly addressing how the criteria stated above will be met. The written request should be addressed to the Dean. The Dean, or the Dean’s designee, will review and approve or deny the request, in some cases consulting with one or both of the Curricular Program Councils before making the decision. On a periodic basis, the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils will be provided by the Dean’s Office with a summary of all requests made by academic units and their disposition.

Selective Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

The policies stated above concerning cross-listing and joint enrollment do not preclude selective undergraduate enrollment in graduate courses.

(Recommended by Executive Committee 4/13/15 & Faculty Affairs Committee 4/14/15)
(Approved by the Faculty of the Robinson College of Business 4/22/15)