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MSSU Grad Surprised by Registrar Notice of Incomplete Credits:University Working on Solutions

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  Many recent college graduates are looking for jobs.

     Though one MSSU student got news that his diploma is in jeopardy even after crossing the stage on graduation day.

It’s an issue of lost hours and credits and how the university is working to curb the problem.

Kyle Jacobs just celebrated graduation from Missouri Southern State University in May, but got a surprising letter from the registrar last week.

 "It told me that due to not meeting graduation requirements, I  was being denied my degree and my diploma and until those requirements were met I would not be getting either one.   That was the surprising part. I was told by everyone, by my advisor, by the dean, by the registrar I could graduate."

Jacobs isn't alone. A fellow theater graduate Mollie Sanders came up short two general education  hours.

 The Dean of Student Affairs Darren Fullerton  says ninety-four students got letters but students usually know they're coming.

 The curriculum advising program planning  or CAPP  system should alert them. And even if some students find it confusing advisors check it too.

Marty Conklin an associate professor of kinesiology and advisor to about fifty students said, "It’s pretty straightforward. I’m not saying you can never be thrown a curve because there’s so many moving parts."

Senior Danielle Campbell likes CAPP and said, "It can look overwhelming if you just pull it up but if you actually  read this is what's required in order for you, one of these two classes and  then it tells if its fulfilled."

So not all students find the CAPP system confusing but the university is still trying to make a change to make it more user friendly.

Fullerton said, "We started conversations with different computer companies in October, um, to find a more user friendly interface so that it is almost to the point  of green light, red light, yellow light if a student  was not on track."

 Kyle failed a class but took one he believed would replace the credit.

Conklin says checking the correct course catalog is important.

Conklin said, "We go from catalog to catalog.  Most of the time our catalogs are two year catalogs. When a new catalog  comes out sometimes those courses will change  slightly, requirements will change slightly."

Fullerton says to solve that MSSU is mandating an electronic plan of study for every major. "Everyone can look at that list. It’s black and white. Here's what's allowed or not allowed for that major."

Some students  take summer school to make up  classes after graduation. Others say they may go in the fall part time. Kyle says he’s still working to resolve his issue possibly with an independent study

      The problem isn’t just for those who failed classes, some have withdrawn from a class.

     An even bigger problem can be transfer credits from other schools that don't match MSSU class guidelines..

     Students also  apply for graduation in October, so missed classes can be made up in the spring semester but sometimes those fall through the cracks.

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