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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2011-2012 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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• The decision of Admissions on the classification of a student as a resident or nonresident may be appealed in writing to the college’s Dean of Administration.

Further appeal of a student’s residency classification may be made in writing to the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. The decision of the Chancellor shall be final.

Dual Enrollment Across the country, high school students are taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities. Dual enrollment programs allow a student to take college courses, sometimes concurrently, while still in high school. Dual enrollment programs may be found at the home high school, the regional technical center, and/or the college campus.

Students who take advantage of the dual enrollment program receive a VSC transcript.

Credits earned can then be used to further the students’ education at Vermont Tech or at other participating post-secondary institutions. A college transcript provides evidence of a student’s academic ability and ambitions for furthering his/her education. This may assist students seeking entrance into their chosen college. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the receiving post-secondary institution.

While participation in dual enrollment will not reduce financial expenses at Vermont Tech, other benefits of the program include getting a jump start on college courses, taking advantage of a lighter credit load during the first semester, taking additional courses to balance out other occupational desires, or trying out a college course in a non-threatening venue.

International Students

If you are applying as an international student, please submit the following:

• completed application (available online at www.vtc.edu) • $42 application fee (payable to Vermont Technical College)

• official secondary school transcript. The transcript must arrive directly from the school on official letterhead in a sealed envelope. We also request that it be translated into English

• official college/university transcript (if applicable) with course by course evaluation by Education Consultants and Evaluators International (www.eceinternational.com), World Education Services (www.wes.org), or an equivalent international transcript evaluator

• official Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if English is a second language). The minimum score required on the TOEFL test is 500 for the paper test, 173 for the computer based test, and 61 for the internet-based test Admissions

• official financial statement indicating your ability to pay one full year of tuition, room, and board. Proof must be provided on official bank letterhead and is needed before an I-20 can be issued International students are encouraged to apply between the months of November and April due to the lengthy visa process. Upon acceptance, international students are required to submit a $500 deposit before we will issue your I-20. The $500 will be credited to the fall semester bill.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) According to language acquisition experts, non-native speakers of English need five to seven years of consistent exposure to oral and written academic language to achieve proficiency in

college-level work. With this fact in mind, the following conditions and recommendations apply:

• Vermont Tech’s writing placement test determines the student’s appropriate English course. If the student’s English skills are below the minimum level, he or she will be required to take ESL 1041. The ESOL student must achieve at least a B and demonstrate improved skills in two post-course placement tests in order to advance

• ESOL students who place in higher level English courses will benefit from structured time at the Writing and Communication Centers. Tutors work with students to improve reading and writing skills. In addition, ESOL software in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation are available for study and practice

• Students who do not achieve a placement level of 3 or its equivalent may require extra terms to complete their degree program

• Students at all sites have access to ESOL support

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Business Technology & Management AAS, BS algebra I; algebra IIº Civil & Environmental Engineering AE algebra I & II; geometry; lab physics or lab chemistry Computer Engineering Technology AE, BS algebra I & II; geometry; lab physics† or chemistry

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Electrical Engineering Technology AE, BS algebra I & II; geometry; lab physics† or chemistry Electromechanical Engineering BS completion of VTC’s AE program in EET, MEC, or equivalent Admissions

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Computer Information Technology AS, BS algebra I & II; geometry; lab physics or chemistry Landscape Design/Sustainable Horticulture AAS algebra I; algebra IIº: two years of science (lab course†) Mechanical Engineering Technology AE algebra I & II; geometry; lab physics† or chemistry

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AAS: Associate of Applied Science AE: Associate of Engineering AS: Associate of Science BS: Bachelor of Science C: Certificate Program * Industry-sponsored program offered at the facilities of sponsoring organizations; contact the Technology Extension Division with questions ** Apply early; admission competitive † Preferred course º Recommended course Placement Testing Students who are provisionally accepted are required to take placement tests in writing and mathematics. Test results are used to ensure that students are placed in the correct courses at registration.

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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 degree requirements.

Acceptance guidelines for nursing, dental hygiene, and respiratory therapy include placement into freshman-level English and minimum Accuplacer scores of at least 70 on arithmetic and at least 40 on algebra for Nursing and Dental Hygiene, 50 for Respiratory Therapy. 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 https://webservices.vsc.edu. Click on the Prospective Students and then Search for Sections.

All of the Vermont Tech terms start with the letter “T”. For example, T11FA translates to the fall 2011 term at Vermont Tech.

First-year students are registered by Registrar staff after placement testing results and prior credit information are received and the tuition deposit is paid. Registration for continuing students is completed in the prior term. There is no online registration for new students.

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

Non-Degree Students Non-degree students may register two weeks prior to the start of the term. Students who wish to enroll for course work but not for a program must meet the prerequisite requirements for the courses for which they register and are subject to the same academic regulations and standards as degree students.

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

There is no online registration for non-degree students nor are they eligible for federal financial aid.

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 Admissions 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 or C for any science course required for PN, ADN, DHY, or RSP; however, the transferred grades will not be computed into a student’s GPA.

Courses taken at an accredited institution on a pass/fail basis may be transferred. 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 is 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 for an associate degree or the +2 portion of a bachelor’s degree. No more than 50% of the total major 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 calculus, technical communication, ESOL, and a few other general education offerings. 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 how to view class registration online. 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’s Office.

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 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 with failing grades.

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.

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.

Academic Affairs Grading System

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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.

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.

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