Stu­dents get sec­ond shot at ed­u­ca­tion Univer­sity: Those who fail to make the grade can trans­fer to a col­lege

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@ chi­

Stu­dents who fail to make the grade at a univer­sity in Cen­tral China have been told they will need to trans­fer to a three-year col­lege course.

Start­ing in the fall se­mes­ter, un­der­grad­u­ates who re­peat­edly fall short of the re­quired aca­demic cred­its will be trans­ferred, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice posted on the web­site of Huazhong Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

It means such stu­dents, in­stead of re­ceiv­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from a re­spected univer­sity, will only be able to get a col­lege di­ploma upon grad­u­a­tion, which car­ries less weight with po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the no­tice, stu­dents who are trans­ferred to the col­lege must fin­ish their stud­ies within three years; oth­er­wise, they will be treated as hav­ing dropped out and will not get any aca­demic cer­tifi­cate at all.

Once trans­ferred to the col­lege — which is on the univer­sity cam­pus — tu­ition drops to 75 per­cent of that of the univer­sity. They are not al­lowed to change ma­jors or get back to the four-year univer­sity study track.

A staff mem­ber in the univer­sity’s teach­ing af­fairs of­fice who asked not to be named, said the new reg­u­la­tion is “con­sid­er­ate”, as it will of­fer an­other op­tion to stu­dents and will re­duce their aca­demic stress.

“Each year there are some stu­dents who should be dis­missed be­cause of not work-

It’s a pity if they leave, as stu­dents who are ad­mit­ted ... are gen­er­ally bril­liant.” Staff mem­ber in teach­ing af­fairs of­fice at Huazhong Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy

ing hard and fail­ing to meet the univer­sity’s re­quire­ments for aca­demic cred­its,” the staff mem­ber said. “It’s a pity if they leave, as stu­dents who are ad­mit­ted to Huazhong Univer­sity are gen­er­ally bril­liant and got high scores in the na­tional col­lege en­trance exam.”

Un­der the new pol­icy, strug­gling stu­dents can still earn a col­lege di­ploma, which is much bet­ter than being dis­missed, he said.

Huazhong Univer­sity is not the only higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion in China with such a pol­icy.

In July 2015, Ts­inghua Univer­sity is­sued a no­tice say­ing that stu­dents who get less than 12 aca­demic cred­its in a se­mes­ter will be put on “pro­ba­tion” for a year. Stu­dents on pro­ba­tion must se­cure at least 30 aca­demic cred­its dur­ing the ses­sion to get back to their nor­mal four-year univer­sity stud­ies, or they will be re­quired to trans­fer to a col­lege or face dis­missal.

Zhou Li­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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