Until now, students who took language courses below the level at which they tested did so sans credit. For some, the value of auditing such a course to brush up on their knowledge of French or Spanish was nada—a waste of time and money. The only thing they might get out of it was a chance to succeed when they took the course assigned them on the placement test.
As of the fall 2004 semester, however, students can parlez with pleasure, knowing they’re now getting credit for such courses. The credit hours won’t count toward their language requirement, but they will count as elective hours, says Thomas Kennealy, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“It was done because students feeling unsure of their language in high school were tempted to switch to another language and start over, and this was counterproductive,” Kennealy says. “Now with permission students may take the previous level for credit as a free elective, not as a language credit. It counts toward graduation.”
Which, he says, would be a fait accompli.