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ACADEMIC REGULATIONS


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Grading System and related
Repeated Courses
Work Ethics
Academic Probation
Graduation Information
Internships and Live Work
Notice of Evaluations

GRADING SYSTEM

The following grading system will be used to specify levels of performance in course work:

Grades Explanation Grade Points

A Excellent (90-100) 4

B Good (80-89) 3

C Satisfactory (70-79) 2

D Poor (60-69) 1

F Failing (0-59) 0

The following symbols are approved for use in the cases provided:

IIncomplete

The grade I will be given to any student who, due to extenuating circumstances, has not completed all required make-up work by the end of the quarter. If the required make-up work is not completed by the third week of the subsequent quarter, the I will automatically become an F. If a student receives a grade of I in a course which is a prerequisite to other courses, the student must complete the required make-up work to determine the final grade and eligibility to enroll in subsequent courses.

WFWithdrew Failing

The grade WF signifies the student withdrew or was withdrawn from a course after midterm and was failing. The WF will be calculated in the quarterly average as an F.

WPWithdrew Passing

The grade WP signifies the student withdrew from a course after midterm and was passing.

WMWithdrew Military

The grade WM indicates the student withdrew from school in response to being called to active duty.

NGNo Grade

Grade not submitted. See YOUR INSTRUCTOR for your grade.

AUAudit

By registering as an auditor, a student is permitted to audit a course/program and attend classes without meeting all admission requirements for the course/program and without receiving credit. Students are not permitted to change from audit to credit or credit to audit after the Drop/Add period. Students desiring to change from audit to credit must meet all necessary admission requirements.

Other regulations concerning auditing a course are found in Auditing a Course in the Registration section of this Catalog and Handbook.

EXExempt

The grade EX signifies that the student received credit by successfully completing a course exemption examination.

TRTransfer

The grade TR signifies that the student received transfer credit approved in advance by the Registrar and the department chair and/or program instructor.

IPIn-Progress

The grade IP indicates that a course continues beyond the end of the quarter. The course should be completed and a grade should be assigned by the end of the following quarter.

ACArticulated Credit

The grade AC signifies that a student passed a course exemption exam that was given based on competencies learned in high school.

WWithdrew

The grade W signifies the student officially withdrew by midterm from a credit course or withdrew from Developmental Studies, Continuing Education, or specified noncredit courses.

 

Effective Winter Quarter 2006, Learning Support

courses will be graded on an A* through F* scale

in place of S and U grades.

Learning Support Grades

A* (90-100) Excellent

B* (80-89) Good

C* (70-79) Satisfactory

D* (60-69) Pass

F* (00-59) Failing

GRADE REPORTS

Final grades will be recorded by instructors and submitted to the Office for Student Affairs at the end of each quarter. Students can access their grades via the Internet by logging onto:

http://stc-inb.southeasterntech.edu.

PROGRAM/COURSE GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Specified courses in diploma or degree programs of study may require a grade of C or higher as stated in the Programs of Study section of this catalog. A grade of C or higher may be required for specified courses that are prerequisites to more advanced courses.

CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE

The cumulative grade point average generally determines the students scholastic standing. The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credit hours for which the student has received a final grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF. Only courses taken at Southeastern Tech are considered in the cumulative grade point average. Credits earned at other institutions, credit by examination, credits for which points are not assigned and courses otherwise excluded by institutional policy are not considered when calculating the cumulative grade point average for graduation purposes.

Numerical Credit Grade

Grade Equivalent Hours Points GPA

A

4

X

5

=

20

 

B

3

X

7

=

21

 

C

2

X

4

=

8

 

D

1

X

3

=

3

 

F/WF

0

X

5

=

0

 

 

 

 

24

=

52

2.17

Points are assigned for each credit based on the following scale:

A4 points D1 point

B3 points F0 points

C2 points WF0 points

 

REPEATED COURSES

By registering for a course for which the student has already received credit, a student forfeits the previous credit in the course and the students official grade will be the one earned in repetition. All grades remain on the students record but the previously earned grade is not calculated in the cumulative grade point average for the purpose of graduation.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE COMPETENCIES

The overall goal of a college education is to help students become productive citizens. The General Education core contributes to this concept by providing a variety of learning experiences which ensure that graduates are intellectually prepared for lifelong learning.

 

STC has identified the following general education core competencies that graduates of associate degree programs will attain.

  • The ability to utilize standard written English to produce coherent, well-developed writings.
  • The ability to effectively communicate orally in a public setting.
  • The ability to solve practical mathematical problems.
  • The ability to utilize critical thinking skills.
  • The ability to effectively utilize basic computer skills.
 

WORK ETHICS

In addition to the skills necessary for success in employment, Southeastern Tech emphasizes the development of good work habits. Because work ethic skills go hand-in-hand with technical skills, students earn a work ethics grade for each course in which they enroll. Performance factors include quality of work, productivity, reliability, integrity, attendance, and initiative. This grade will not be computed in the cumulative grade point average, but does appear to the right of the academic grade. Work ethics grades are assigned as follows:

0Unacceptable

1Needs Improvement

2Acceptable

3Exceeds expectations

 

ACADEMIC PROBATION-SUSPENSION

A student who fails to maintain a 2.0 GPA for all work attempted in any quarter shall be placed on academic probation. The purpose of academic probation is to alert students to the fact that their academic performance is not acceptable and to point out possible consequences if improvement is not made during the next quarter of enrollment.

A student placed on academic probation (or admitted on probation) must attain a minimum of 2.0 during the next quarter in attendance to remove himself or herself from probationary status. A student who fails to do so is placed on academic suspension.

COURSE GRADE GRIEVANCE

If a student receives a final course grade that he/she believes is incorrect, the matter should first be discussed with the instructor. Direct communication between the student and the instructor may clear up any misunderstanding.

In order to clarify any questions about a grade or grading practices, a student should use the following procedures. The entire process must be completed by mid-term of the following quarter.

1. Discuss the final grade with the appropriate instructor;

2. If the student is not satisfied with the instructors explanation of how the grade was determined, the student shall submit a written appeal to the appropriate Director of Instruction by the third week of the quarter following the issuance of the grade. The students appeal must be signed and dated. The Director of Instruction will review the syllabus and how the final grade was determined and will respond to the student in writing within five (5) business days;

3. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Director of Instruction, the student may direct an appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The students appeal must be written, signed, and dated. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the syllabus and how the final grade was determined and will respond to the student in writing within five (5) business days.

 

GRADUATION INFORMATION

Graduation exercises for Diploma and Degree students are scheduled twice a year, at the end of the winter and summer quarters. Certificate graduation is held once a year, at the end of spring quarter. All students must achieve Regular Program Admission status prior to applying for graduation. All students eligible for graduation are expected to participate in the ceremony.

It is the students responsibility to complete an application for graduation. The application must be submitted to the Registrars Office upon registration for the final quarter of classes. The students records will be evaluated by the Registrars Office to determine successful completion of the program.

Graduation Fee

A fee of $35.00 is charged to each student who applies for graduation from a diploma or degree program and who wishes to participate in the graduation ceremony. A fee of $20.00 is charged to each student who applies for graduation from a certificate program and who wishes to participate in the ceremony. These fees defray part of the students graduation expenses. Graduating degree, diploma and certificate students who do not wish to participate in the graduation or certificate ceremony are charged a fee of $10.00 per credential. Replacement charge for a degree, diploma or certificate is $10.00 per credential. A $5.00 fee is charged for each cover requested.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must meet all course and credit hour requirements of the program. To receive a degree, diploma, or certificate from a program of instruction, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in his/her program of study. A student must earn a high school diploma or GED before being considered eligible for graduation from all diploma programs and certain certificate programs. Those students completing a diploma program without a GED or high school diploma will be given a transcript. Students will not receive a diploma or certificate until all financial accounts are clear.

Graduation with Honors

Students who graduate from Southeastern Tech in a degree or diploma program and excel in their academic performance shall be recognized at graduation. A cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a degree or diploma program will qualify a student to graduate with honors.

EXITING LEARNING SUPPORT COURSES

Students placed in learning support courses at the 097 level or higher will be required to meet two criteria in order to progress into the credit courses for their major. Criteria #1 is to earn a grade of C or better for the coursework. Criteria #2 is to achieve the necessary score on the COMPASS exam.

 

INTERNSHIPS

There are several majors which either include a required internship course or offers an internship course option in the curriculum. These programs include: Accounting diploma; Business Office Technology diploma; Commercial Truck Driving certificate; Computer Information Systems diplomas and degrees; Criminal Justice Technology diploma and degree; Early Childhood Care and Education diploma and degree; Management and Supervisory Development diploma and degree; and Marketing Management diploma and degree.

Students will be responsible for locating an acceptable site for the internship. The Director of Career Services will assist as needed. The program advisor/instructor will be consulted regarding the appropriateness of internship sites should any questions arise during the initial process. The Director of Career Services will distribute the Internship Student Packet to the student, who will return the completed Internship information sheet and Contract to the Director of Career Services. All other paperwork (including timesheets, daily logs, etc.) will be submitted to the appropriate advisor.

The Internship Employer Packet will be delivered to the Employer at the first visit of the quarter by the Director of Career Services. This packet contains a mid-term and final evaluation of the students progress to be submitted to the Advisor at the date indicated on the quarterly calendar.

All internship courses will be evaluated as follows:

Supervisor Evaluation 50%

Instructor Observation 30%

Other Course Requirements 20%

LIVE WORK

Certain programs have live work opportunities for students to benefit from. Cosmetology utilizes this method of learning quite extensively as students work in an actual live work lab at the college. Other programs that have live work as an option include: Air Conditioning Technology, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electronics Technology, and CIS Internet Specialist Web Site Design.

An instructional live work procedures notebook is kept in each program area that includes state policy procedures, Southeastern Tech procedures, program procedures, and necessary paperwork that is required before live work can take place. A nominal fee is involved, and in most cases, materials are provided by the person or agency.

Safety is heavily emphasized and taken into consideration when decisions are being made regarding live work whether on-campus or off-campus. Live work is approved only in cases in which student learning can be maximal and does not interfere with on-campus learning. Work by students is not guaranteed and any work approved would not have been otherwise granted to a for-profit contractor or company.

 

NOTIFICATION OF EVALUATION

Any or all students may be required to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievement. Critical thinking skills, and/or achievement in selected major areas prior to graduation for the purpose of evaluating academic programs may also be required. Unless otherwise provided for in an individual program, no minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation. Students may also be asked to participate in one or more satisfaction surveys designed to measure institutional effectiveness. Participation in testing may be required for all students, students in selected programs, and for students selected on a sample basis.