The four-year guarantee for undergraduate graduation relies on mutual commitment from the student to follow a list of practical guidelines while attending college, and from the university to ensure that required courses or acceptable alternatives are available.
Students must have appropriate high school preparation, pursue a course of study that is intended for four-year completion and follow these prudent practices:
- Select a major early in college and stay with that major.
- Work closely with academic advisors to develop a four-year curricular plan.
- Sign up early for classes during each semester’s pre-registration period.
- Register for and complete 15-18 credit hours per semester with acceptable grades.
- Work at a job fewer than 20 hours per week.
- When a required course is not available, notify the department chair in a timely fashion.
In turn, the university guarantees the student will be able to enroll in courses that permit graduation in four years. If that is not possible, the university will provide mutually acceptable alternatives or substitutions. Of course, not all students are in a position to graduate in four years. Some may need or prefer to work more hours and attend school part-time, or they may be enrolled in a program that requires more than four years. Others may just choose a different pace or the opportunity to take a wider range of courses that are not directly related to their field of study. This program is designed for those who want to complete their degree program as quickly as possible.
The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee was approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2002. The program recognizes the importance of Nebraska undergraduate students being able to earn their bachelor’s or first-professional degrees in timely fashion.