Request to be Grandfathered as Health Studies and/or Gerontology Graduates
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Starting in September 2018, the Department of Health, Aging and Society changed the name of their undergraduate degree offerings from "Health Studies" and "Gerontology" to "Health and Society" and "Aging and Society." This change was made without consultation with the student body. We have recently been informed that we will not have the option to have our degrees reflect the program we originally enrolled in. As a result of this change, students who applied to the program under the original names will not be graduating with the credentials that they had anticipated achieving.
For those of us who have been working towards a Health Studies and/or Gerontology degree for two, three or four years, we are committed to these programs and have put a lot of time, effort, and resources into graduating with these credentials. We are concerned that the new names may limit our opportunities as they do not reflect the future that we had planned for ourselves upon deciding to enroll in this program over others. For the students in this program, the names ‘Health Studies’ and ‘Gerontology’ are meaningful as they represent more accurately the job opportunities we expect to secure after graduation. Health Studies and Gerontology are globally recognized academic fields which people are familiar with and often look for in potential job candidates.
The other option that was presented to us was having “Bachelor of Arts” on our degrees instead of our program names. In our opinion, this option is unfair to the undergraduate students who had expected and were looking forward to having their original program names represented on their degree certificates. We believe that we should be given the opportunity to graduate with the degree that we applied for, and which represents what we have been spending our time and resources to achieve.
We are requesting that the Registrar allow students who entered into undergraduate studies with the “Health Studies” and “Gerontology” program names be allowed to graduate with these names on their degrees and transcripts.
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