Accounting department toughens course retake policy

Correction: Lower-level accounting classes are not allowed to be retaken once a student has taken an upper-level accounting course. This includes only ACCT 20153 and 20163, and not ACCT 20653, which is a new accounting course for business minors only.

While the Faculty Senate is investigating a new course retake policy, the accounting department is implementing its own.

Starting in the fall, the accounting department of the Neeley School of Business will implement its new course retake policy, which will not allow students to retake lower level accounting classes after they have taken upper level accounting courses, said Lynn Cole, assistant dean of undergraduate academics.

The university’s policy allows students to repeat any grade, and there is no limit to how many times a class can be retaken. The last attempt at the course is the only grade calculated into a student’s GPA and credit is given once for a course that is retaken, said Blaise Ferrandino, Faculty Senate Academic Excellence Committee chair.

Ferrandino said he doesn’t think the accounting department is trumping the TCU’s policy.

“Colleges often have rules specific to their own department,” Ferrandino said.

The accounting department is the only one to set rules apart from the university’s policy so far, Cole said.

The change is meant to get a fair representation of grades, said Danny Lanier, assistant professor of accounting.

“People were retaking classes just for the sake of GPA-padding and we wanted to prevent that,” Lanier said.

Melissa Stewart, a sophomore accounting major, said she doesn’t think the policy is necessary.

“It’s kind of a useless rule because retaking two lower level classes isn’t going to help your GPA that much,” Stewart said. “I would rather go by the university policy.”

Jared Meadows, a junior finance and accounting major, disagreed.

“My initial reaction is this won’t affect too many people, but I’m for it because it rewards people who did well the first time around,” Meadows said. “It gives those who retake classes an unfair advantage and pads their GPA.”