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Latin honors also retroactively bestowed on qualifying bachelor’s degree graduates

Greenwood Village, Colo. (Monday, August 29) -Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) has implemented a new Latin honors system for undergraduate degrees, beginning July 1, 2016. The new policy will distinguish 4.00 students while recognizing achievements of 3.90 GPA and higher. Graduate students will still be eligible for Distinguished Scholar designation, with a GPA of 3.97 or higher. The new system will also provide retroactive honors and amended documentation to all qualifying CSU Global graduates.

Previously, only students with a cumulative 3.97 GPA or higher were eligible for university honors designation. The decision to implement a Latin honors system was based on student feedback and comprehensive research. The initial recommendation was made by an honors task force, created in spring 2016 and comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and administrators.

“Our honors task force did a tremendous job of facilitating the discussion around this issue,” said Stephanie Protsman, CSU Global registrar. “Through their discussions, and our research, we realized that this was a great value for our students that we could provide.”

According to Protsman, the Latin honors system is highly respected across the education industry, and is widely used by similar institutions. Latin honors refers to phrases used to indicate levels of distinction in the attainment of academic degrees. The new designations will be as follows: summa cum laude (4.00), magna cum laude (3.95-3.999), and cum laude (3.90-3.949). These designations can be included on resumes to help recent graduates distinguish themselves in a competitive job market, as well as on applications for graduate school or other post-collegiate academic programs.

“Through the work of the task force, we learned how much our adult, non-traditional students valued Latin honors as a way to document their academic success,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, CSU Global provost and executive vice president. “We’re proud to offer our students the opportunity to distinguish themselves academically, which will help them achieve their long-term career goals.”

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