The requirement is state law, not a regents policy, said Denise Mewborn, chairwoman of the UGA University Council's educational affairs committee, which heard the appeal in a subcommittee.
The student, now living in another city, thought he
could substitute other courses for the history requirement and said his
academic adviser did not tell him otherwise.
couldn't say if more students are complaining that an adviser fouled up their academic progress.But overlooking a graduation requirement can cost a student, both financially and in extra time to complete a degree, she said.
"We've seen cases where students come in and say, 'I've accepted a job or accepted an internship,' " she
said.Sometimes, students have been accepted to medical or law school - contingent on the completion of their undergraduate degree, she
While administrators aren't sure how many students get bad advice, enough suffer last-minute graduation glitches to warrant a closer look at how well the process is working, Mewborn
said.As more students take double majors and more study abroad, advising is "getting more complex," said Mewborn, a mathematics professor.Ann Crowther, associate vice president for instruction, agreed with Mewborn that advising is becoming more complex.