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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2009-2010 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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• Students at all sites have access to ESOL support.

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* Industry-sponsored program offered at the facilities of sponsoring organizations; contact the Technology Extension Division with questions ** Apply early; admission competitive Acceptance Placement Testing Students who are provisionally accepted are required to take placement tests in writing and mathematics. The test is scheduled during the spring and summer. Test results are used to ensure that students are placed in the correct courses at registration.

Students who have completed bachelor’s degrees in the United States or have met the English and mathematics program requirements may be exempted.

If a student’s skills are below minimum levels, he or she will be required to take developmental courses in the appropriate areas. This would result in additional coursework and a longer overall enrollment period.

A student has the right to appeal the results of the placement test by contacting the Office of the Academic Dean. Students with disabilities should contact a Learning Skills Specialist to discuss possible test accommodations.

Students who place into a three-year mathematics or English sequence may still be accepted into programs that do not offer the three-year option. These students may require an additional year to complete their associate’s degree requirements.

Acceptance guidelines for nursing and respiratory therapy include placement into freshman level English and minimum Accuplacer scores of at least 70 and at least 40 on algebra. Testing may be waived if an applicant has previous assessment testing from another VSC or if the applicant has approved transfer credit in math and English.

Student Registration Schedules/Class Listings Vermont Tech courses are available online at http://blackboard.vsc.edu. Click on the VSC Courses/Catalog tab at the top of the page.

Students who have a username and password may view schedules, grades, and limited demographic data. New students who do not have a username and password may view course offerings for the upcoming semester using the Search for Sections tab without logging in.

All of the Vermont Tech terms start with the letter “T”. For example, T08FA translates to the Fall 2008 term at Vermont Tech.

First-year students will be registered by staff and faculty after they have reviewed placement testing results, prior credit information is received, and the tuition deposit is paid. Registration for continuing students is completed in the prior term.

During orientation and the first week of classes, students may meet with advisors or department representatives regarding schedule changes.

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Registration for courses is subject to the availability of those courses, with initial priority being given to degree students. Non-degree students may register for classes through the registrar’s office.

Non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Related Academic Information Transfer Credit If an applicant has attended another VSC school prior to the 2002 summer term or another college outside the VSC system, Vermont Tech requires official transcripts. These should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the college at the time of application.

There is a $25 fee for evaluation of transcripts outside of the VSC. This evaluation is normally completed after the student’s acceptance of the offer of admission and the fee is billed to the student’s account. Early transcript evaluation can be made for applicants who pay the evaluation fee in advance.

Generally, credit for applicable college courses taken may be granted for those courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better; however, the transferred grades will not be computed into a student’s Vermont Tech GPA.

Courses taken at an accredited institution on a pass-fail basis may be transferred. However, Vermont Tech may require the student to obtain a grade equivalent in the course from the institution at which the course was taken.

Examinations may be required to show competence of subject material. Vermont Tech will be the final judge as to what transfer credit it accepts. Transfer credit varies depending upon a number of factors, such as the student’s academic record, the college or university selected, and the program selected.

Credits earned within the VSC are transferable to other colleges or universities only at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Advanced Standing Admission candidates may be granted advanced standing in a degree program by transfer of courses from other accredited post-secondary institutions; advanced placement examination;

recognized equivalent military courses; credit by challenge examinations; or previous relevant experience.

Consideration of previous relevant experience for credit is initiated by a completed academic portfolio to the department chairs through the Dean of Academic Affairs. If approved, the portfolio will be returned to the registrar’s office with the signatures of approval from the program’s department chair, the credit-granting department, and the Academic Dean. The college may require a challenge exam in these cases

Advanced standing toward a degree program is subject to the following restrictions:

• No more than 50% of the total required credits may be obtained by advanced standing Acceptance

• No more than 50% of the total technical course credits in an academic program may be obtained by advanced standing Summer Programs Vermont Tech offers a number of summer courses which usually include physics, calculus, technical communication, microbiology, English for speakers of other languages, and computer programming. There is also an intensive, four-week summer bridge program. This is a preparatory program in math, physics, computers, and English.

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Orientation Prior to the start of the fall and spring terms, the college will send accepted applicants detailed instructions on orientation and class registration. This will include information on housing assignments, recommended room furnishings, rules for cars on campus, and other general items.

Academic Advising Vermont Tech is committed to providing comprehensive advising designed to enrich the educational experience of every student. Students are assigned academic advisors, usually within their program department, and are encouraged to meet with them throughout the academic year to discuss their progress and future plans.

Students having academic or personal difficulties may get extra help from faculty advisors to identify problem areas, clarify educational and personal goals, resolve difficulties, and obtain referrals to other campus services. If students need to change their advisor, they should contact the registrar.

Attendance Requirements Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements set by each instructor for each class in which they are enrolled. Failure to meet attendance requirements may result in removal from the class roster without punitive grades through the 60% point of the course. After the 60% point, students may be dismissed from the course with a failing grade.

In cases of excessive and willful absences and upon the recommendation of the instructor and the department chairperson, students may be dismissed from the college.

The make-up of any work missed for any reason will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Any time a student misses a class, exam, laboratory, or other scheduled event, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor and to make satisfactory arrangements for any make-up work Participation in varsity athletic contests may be considered excused absences. Practices are not excused absences. Athletes are responsible for all work missed and the instructor and athlete will make every reasonable effort to establish an acceptable make-up procedure. If no reasonable make-up alternative is possible, academic standing has priority.

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Official grades are issued online at the end of each semester. Unofficial academic warnings are issued online at the mid-point of each term.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation GPA is determined by dividing the quality points earned by the GPA credits attempted. GPA credits are those taken for a letter grade, “A” through “F”. Remedial or zero level courses taken count as GPA credits only in the term taken. They are not calculated in the cumulative GPA.

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Transcripts Credits earned within the VSC system are not considered transfer credit. All VSC courses taken starting in the 2002 summer term will be included and count in the determination of quality points and GPA on the Vermont Tech transcript.

A transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent record of attendance at the college and cannot be altered. Current or former students may request that the college issue an official transcript of his or her record to any school, employer, or other agency. For each transcript, students must submit a written, signed request to the registrar’s office. A transcript fee will be charged.

Transcripts will be sent as soon as possible. Please allow a minimum of five days for normal processing and three weeks following the end of a term. Transcripts will not be sent for a student who has not satisfied financial obligations with the College.

Grade Amelioration Policy One time in an academic career, a student who is changing programs or VSC schools may, with proper approval, have selected grades excluded from the calculation of his or her cumulative GPA in the new academic program. Grades may only be excluded for courses required in the old program that are not required in the new or subsequent four-year program. All credits earned in courses excluded from the calculation are lost. This policy does not apply to electives or credits used for any diploma, certificate, or degree already awarded.

Approval from the student’s new program department chair or director is required for grade amelioration.

The student must have:

• one term of at least 6 credits with a term GPA of 2.00 or better following the term for which amelioration is requested

• approval from the academic deans of both the home and sending institutions.

Auditing Courses Tuition charges for an audit course will be 50% of the full applicable per-credit rate. Students registering to audit a course must do so by the end of the add/drop period.

If space is available, students may audit a Vermont Tech course provided they have met all course prerequisites and have obtained the permission of the instructor. The audit course credit hours will not be applied to student credit load or status.

Instructors, in giving permission for an audit, will specify the expectations for students participating as an auditor. Students who successfully audit a course will receive an “AU” grade, which carries no credit or quality points. Students who do not meet expectations of the audit will be dropped from the course with no grade or with a “W” grade. Students may not change to audit status to avoid receiving poor final grades.

Academic Affairs Incomplete Work A grade of “I” applies to work in a course which has not been completed because of illness or other satisfactory reasons. The incomplete work must be made up as specified by the instructor no later than halfway through the subsequent term.

The grade for the course will be determined by the quality of the make-up work and the previously completed work. If the student fails to complete the assigned work, the instructor will determine a default grade that will be entered on the student’s transcript. A student receiving an “I” grade may enroll in courses for which the incomplete course is a prerequisite. Continued enrollment in the new course is contingent on completion of the incomplete course with a passing grade.

Repeated Courses When a course is repeated and completed, the initial grade remains on the record but does not count in the GPA or for credit. The most recent grade earned in a course will be entered on the record and used in computing the term and cumulative GPAs and class rank. If a grade other than an earned grade (“W”, “NG”) is recorded in the repeated course, all attempts will appear on the record and the most recent earned grade will be used in computing the cumulative GPA.

The English, mathematics, electrical, and physics departments all have courses that have been created for students pursuing the three-year options in various majors. These are “stretched” versions of courses in the two-year programs. If a student who has taken a course designed for the three-year option repeats the equivalent course(s) in the two-year format, or vice-versa, the more recent grades and credit will be substituted in computing the GPA.

Add/Drop Period The normal add/drop period is defined as the first two weeks of classes or the first 15% of class meetings for non-regular offerings. Degree students may add or drop a course until the end of the second week of classes. During the second week, degree students may drop with the advisor’s permission. To add a class after the first week, students must have permission from both their advisor and the instructor.

A fee is charged for adding or dropping after the second week. Students will pay for any classes dropped after the second week of classes. Non-degree students must have the instructor’s permission to add a course after the first week.

Dropping a Course

A student who drops a course:

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If a student successfully completes a course before withdrawing from the college, he or she will receive from that course’s instructor an appropriate grade.

Students who drop courses after the first two weeks of class will not be reimbursed unless they withdraw from all their courses for the term.

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