Last Updated 09.09.10

This page documents changes made to the handbook throughout the course of the year.

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for maintaining the handbook and welcomes your suggestions, in person or by email to

Department: CARES
Date Submitted: July 7, 2010
Submitted By: Joan Thompson, Director, CARES (Center for Academic Retention and Enrichment Services)

CARES updates are effective Fall 2010 and to be included in Bethune-Cookman University’s catalog:
ENG – 120 – Writing for the Digital Age I                                     3 credit hours
ENG --121 – Writing for the Digital Age II                                    3 credit hours
ENG -- 122 – Writing for the Digital Age III *                               3 credit hours
MAT 120 – Concepts of Mathematics I                                         3 credit hours
MAT 121 – Concepts of Mathematics II                                        3 credit hours
MAT 122 – Concept of Mathematics III*(none SSEM, Nursing, and Business majors)    3 credit hours
MAT 123 – Concepts of Mathematics Advanced* (for majors in SSEM, Nursing,
and Business)

REA 120 – Reading for the Digital Age I                                      3 credit hours
REA 121 – Reading for the Digital Age II                                     3 credit hours
REA 122 – Reading for the Digital Age III *                                 3 credit hours

Student Life Skills Courses – Free Electives
CA 200 Math Concepts for Math Avoiders *                                  3 credit hours    
CA 210 – Critical Thinking and Personal Development *                3 credit hours
* Courses may be used as free electives
Grading System
Grades are included in the grade point average (GPA). You will earn a grade based on the A, B, C, D, or F grading scales.

A        Excellent        90              Passing – proceed to the next course
B        Good             80              Passing- proceed to the next course
C        Average         70              Passing – proceed to the next course
D        Poor              60              Passing – proceed to the next course
F        Failure           Below 60    Please reenroll in the course
Note: A letter grade of “D” is passing in all CARES courses.

Class attendance is compulsory for all students. Absences will result in lower grades earned.  Students in CARES courses who miss two (2) unexcused absences will be referred to the CARES academic advisor.

Academic Advising
CARES have assigned Academic Advisors to advise students by academic schools rather than by last name. It is our intent to strengthen the academic advisor’s knowledge of one major school rather than all schools at the university. A new academic advisor has been assigned to assist new Liberal Arts Majors.

Department: Office of Academic Affairs
Date Submitted: March 29, 2010
Submitted by: Dr. Hiram C. Powell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Credit Hours for CARES courses:
Effective Fall Semester 2010 three credit hours will be offered for CARES courses in English, Reading and Math.  Currently, the courses are four credit hours.

Department: Office of Academic Affairs
Date Submitted: March 29, 2010
Submitted by: Dr. Hiram C. Powell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Reinstatement of the Liberal Studies Degree:
Effective Fall Semester 2010 the Liberal Studies major is reinstated to the University’s degree program offerings. Interested students should consult their advisors beginning July 1, 2010.

Department: Office of Academic Affairs
Date Submitted: December 11, 2009
Submitted by: Dr. Hiram C. Powell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In order to earn a degree from Bethune-Cookman, at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree must be earned at the University.

School: Business
Department: Hospitality Management
Date Submitted: December 8, 2009
Submitted by: Dr. Aubrey Long, Dean, School of Business
Hospitality Management Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Bethune-Cookman University's Hospitality Management Program is to prepare students for leadership roles in an ethical, culturally diverse and global Hospitality Industry, by providing them with an array of skills and knowledge within the framework of our Christian tradition.

School: Arts and Humanities
Department: Religion and Philosophy
Date Submitted: Fall 2009
Submitted by: Dr. James Brooks, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
Page 101 of the University Undergraduate Catalog provides a specific list of courses for satisfying the General Education RP Elective requirement. In addition to this list, students may take any RP course at the 200-300 level to fulfill this requirement.

Notification of Printing Error in Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010 and Student Handbook 2009-2011
There was a printing error in the catalog and student handbook.  The listing of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (BSN) Program should be removed from the listing of accreditations and affiliations.  
School:    Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
Department:     Biology
Date Submitted:   October 10, 2006
Submitted by:   Dr. Herbert Thompson, Jr., Dean, School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

The course BI 330 Bioinformatics was inadvertently omitted from the Department of Biology course descriptions in the 2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog, pages 182-185. 
The course is part of the curriculum for biology majors.

BI 330 Bioinformatics    3 semester hours
A course designed to teach students the principles of data types, data storage, data mining and their application to computational biology using a hands on approach. Techniques including applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, chemistry and biochemistry will be used to solve biological problems, usually on the molecular level.  Lecture/laboratory three hours.
Pre-requisites: BI 141 and 142, MA 135, CS 132 or 133, or demonstration of equivalent computer literacy.

Department:     The Academic Affairs Office 
Submitted by:   Dr. William D. Lindsey, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Date submitted:  November 7, 2006

CHANGE:  Approval of the EXCEPTION TO THE 10-YEAR RESTRICTION POLICY by the Board of Trustees in the 2006-2008 Undergraduate University Catalog, page 60.

EXCEPTION TO THE 10-YEAR RESTRICTION POLICY:  Academic credit will be granted for credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university for courses in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better for students admitted to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The 10-year restriction policy will not apply to undergraduate students on the main campus or to professional studies students transferring to the main campus (Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 2006).

Academic School:  The School of Arts and Humanities 
Department/Area:   Area of Humanities
Submitted by:  Dr. Annette Kashif
Date submitted:  January 16, 2007

The following course has been added to the Humanities area course offerings, effective Spring Semester 2007.

This course provides an intermediate level survey of the arts, inventions, philosophy and architecture of ancient African cultures and civilizations, especially those which reflect “Classical Africanisms” (i.e., enduring models and archetypes reflecting the aesthetics, ethics and values shared throughout various regions of the Continent, including Egypt). The visual, musical, performing and literary arts are covered. The time span of interest is prehistory to the intrusions of the early Romans (5th century A. D.). The tradition of derogatory myths and stereotypes that pervade western interpretations of Africa is addressed in the course.  It also includes examinations of African cultural influences beyond the Continent.
Pre-requisites: EN 131 and EN 132

Department:     The Academic Affairs Office
Submitted by:   Dr. William D. Lindsey, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Date submitted:  January 24, 2007
The following amended version of the Bethune-Cookman University Mission Statement should be used in any publication which any unit of the University produces replicating our mission statement, effectively immediately.  This is the newly amended version approved by vote of our Board of Trustees.

Founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904, Bethune-Cookman University is an historically Black, United Methodist Church-related comprehensive university offering baccalaureate and master degrees.  The mission is to serve in the Christian tradition the educational social, and cultural needs of its students—traditional and nontraditional—and to develop in them the desire and capacity for continuous intellectual and professional growth, leadership and service to others.  Institutional priorities in the mission of the University are teaching, research, community service and commitment to moral and personal values.

The University enrolls promising secondary school graduates and adult learners from diverse social, economic and educational backgrounds.  Most of the students come from Florida; however, the University actively recruits students from the national and international communities.  To enhance student life, the University provides well-rounded activities for all students, major area clubs, intercollegiate athletics, and an intramural athletics program.
Bethune-Cookman University accomplishes its mission by providing excellent facilities, instruction, current technology, and support services for liberal arts, career oriented and continuing education programs.  The University emphasizes teaching by continually adapting techniques to meet student needs and by providing support programs for faculty development.

Research is conducted and encouraged in order to enhance knowledge and to meet the challenges of a changing world.  The University has deep roots in the social history of America and continues to provide services to the broader community through its on-and-off campus out-reach programs.

(Approved by Board of Trustees, December 2006)

Department:    The Academic Affairs Office
Submitted by:        Dr. William D. Lindsey, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Date submitted:    January 30, 2007

Click this link to view the listing of persons who joined the University as full-time faculty in August 2006 and January 2007.

Department:     Office of the President
Date submitted:  April 3, 2007
Bethune-Cookman University has adopted the following policy regarding College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), effective April 3, 2007, to facilitate early test taking and to avoid a last minute rush by graduating seniors to pass the CLAST.  The policy statement will be added to the CLAST requirements listed on pages 83-84, B-CC Catalog, 2006-2008.
All Bethune-Cookman University students will be required to take the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) prior to enrolling in junior level courses (Approved by the Board of Trustees, April 3, 2007.)