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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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Returning students desiring financial aid will have to appeal to the Office of Financial Aid to have their aid reinstated. A new housing contract will need to be completed if the student wishes to live on campus. After returning, students will be on probation and will receive increased supervision and academic support for a minimum of one semester. Students will also be required to enroll in and pass the Effective Learning course.

Academic Affairs Changing Programs If a student wishes to change programs, he or she must petition through the registrar’s office and be approved by the appropriate department chairperson.

Dual or Multiple Majors If a student wishes to receive credit for a second degree or major, he or she must petition through the registrar’s office. If approved, the student must successfully complete at least 15 credit hours for an associate degree or 30 credit hours for a bachelor’s degree of course work beyond the first major for each successive major. This course work will include all courses required in the successive major(s) that are not required in the first.

Regular course schedules are optimized for students with one program and major taking a full course load. Because of this, dual majors typically require a minimum of an extra year at Vermont Tech.

All students with multiple majors will be awarded one degree with the additional majors annotated on his or her diploma.

Graduation Standards A Vermont Tech degree demonstrates not only accomplishment in the major field, but also acquisition of the fundamental transferable skills required for success in today’s world. For this reason, Vermont Tech is committed to ensuring that graduates have achieved proficiency in written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy.

All degree students will be required to demonstrate competence in these disciplines at the appropriate level for their degree program. Students will have more than one opportunity to meet the expected level of performance.

All transfer students are required to take all graduation standards except:

• students with a bachelor’s degree or higher

• students who have completed the assessments at another VSC college

• students who are granted a special exemption by the Dean of Academic Affairs Procedures for completing the graduation standards are outlined in the Student Handbook.

Graduation Requirements

• Have a 2.00 cumulative GPA

• Complete 30 of the last 39 credits at Vermont Tech or 15 credits minimum for programs of less than two years

• Complete at least 50% of the coursework at Vermont Tech or 15 credits minimum for programs of less than two years

• Complete 60 credits minimum for an associate’s degree, 64 for +ABET programs

• Complete 120 credits minimum for a bachelor’s degree

• Satisfy all financial obligations to Vermont Tech

• Apply for graduation The department chairperson will submit program candidates who satisfy the above, as attested by the Registrar, to the full college faculty for recommendation to graduate.

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specified number of terms outlined in the curriculum for their programs. Students who leave the college for a full-term will be assigned the requirements for the catalog that is in effect for the year of their return. These students will be expected to meet any new requirements for that catalog year unless the sponsoring department approves an earlier catalog year.

Each student operates under degree requirements in effect at the time of initial acceptance as a degree candidate. If, after two years for a certificate, four years for an associate, or six years for a bachelor’s, the degree requirements have not been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.

A student participating in a college-sponsored part-time degree program has two years from the conclusion of the last scheduled course in the sponsored program to complete the degree requirements. After this time, if the degree requirements have not been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.

Requirements for Participating in Graduation Commencement is an important celebration of a student’s academic success, as well as an opportunity for family, friends, and future employers to recognize those efforts in a formal manner. Academic credentials are important benchmarks in a student’s career. All students are strongly encouraged to attend commencement.

Students who successfully complete all graduation requirements and are recommended by their departments will graduate and receive a diploma.

Students who are within 7 credits of the graduation requirements, have applied to walk or graduate on their application, and have the recommendation of their department may participate as walkers. Although walkers participate in the graduation ceremony, they will not actually graduate until they have successfully completed all the graduation requirements and are so recommended by their departments. Walkers who subsequently complete their degree requirements must apply for a diploma that will be mailed after approval and the next commencement. Walkers have one year to meet the specified requirements.





Term Honors At the end of each term, degree students who have attained the following term GPA while carrying 12 or more letter-graded credit hours and who have not received a failing

or incomplete grade in any subject during that semester will be accorded academic honors:

3.5 Dean’s List 4.0 President’s List There is one exception to the above: full-time nursing students are eligible for term honors while enrolled in a non-graded clinical course.

Honor Societies

Vermont Tech students may qualify for membership in the following national honor societies:

Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society formed to recognize and encourage scholarship, academic excellence, leadership, and service among two-year college students.

Requirements for candidacy:

• 3.5 cumulative GPA with no incomplete grades

• Sophomore status

• Must be working toward an associate degree with a minimum of 12 credits completed at Vermont Tech Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for associate and baccalaureate degree Academic Affairs students in engineering technology. Its purpose is to recognize academic excellence in fields of engineering technology study and to encourage a lifetime commitment to learning and scholarship.

Requirements for candidacy:

• Cumulative GPA of 3.5 with no incomplete grades

• Minimum of 24 credits completed at Vermont Tech while in an engineering technology program Engineering technology students with more than 48 credits may be considered with a 3.3 or better cumulative GPA.

Sigma Phi Alpha is the national honor society for dental hygiene students. It was formed to recognize, promote, and honor outstanding scholarship, service, and character among students or graduates of dental hygiene schools in the U.S. and Canada. Second year dental hygiene students who rank highest in scholarship and character and who exhibit potential for future growth are, upon recommendation of the full-time dental hygiene faculty, elected to this prestigious group. Membership is limited to ten percent of the graduating class.

Graduation Honors

To be eligible for graduation honors, a degree student must:

• have 30 credits for an associate degree, 60 credits for a bachelor’s degree completed within the VSC

• have achieved the following cumulative GPA for all coursework:

Cum Laude 3.5 Magna Cum Laude 3.7 Summa Cum Laude 3.9

To be eligible for graduation honors, a certificate student must:

• complete 50% of the degree requirements within the VSC system

• have achieved the following cumulative GPA for all coursework:

3.0 Honors

3.5 High Honors Awards Each year a number of students receive awards for distinguished performance, noteworthy improvement, and/or superior service and dedication to the college. A student who fulfills the requirements for two degrees is eligible for awards in both majors. Full-time students

who are degree candidates are eligible for these awards:

The American Society of Civil Engineers Awards is given to the graduating senior with • the highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program.

• The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Award, sponsored by the Champlain Valley Chapter, is given to a deserving senior who is graduating from a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology program. Award is based on factors such as participation in student and parent chapter activities and interest and excellence in building mechanical engineering systems. This award is given most years, but not every year.

The Angus A. Murray Athletic Award is given to an individual who demonstrates • selfless dedication to the college’s athletic program.

The Angus A. Murray Award for Excellence in Writing is given to a returning student • who demonstrates the greatest overall excellence in writing in Vermont Tech’s two required English courses.

Academic Affairs The Business Technology & Management Faculty Awards are given to graduating • seniors for the highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in this program.

The Computer Engineering Technology Awards are given to graduating seniors with the • highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in this program The Dental Hygiene Peer Recognition Award is given to a second-year dental hygiene • student who, in the opinion of his/her fellow classmates, exhibits the interest, attitude, and cooperative spirit desirable in a dental hygienist. This award will be given out at the pinning ceremony on graduation day.

The Dorothy Wootton Outstanding Clinician Award is given to the graduating student • who best demonstrates outstanding clinical performance from the faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene.

The Edward F. Kibby Memorial Award is given to the athlete who has displayed the most • outstanding sportsmanship throughout the year from the Vermont Tech Alumni Association.

The Edward H. Jones Testimonial Fund Award is given to the graduating senior who has • shown the greatest all-around academic development in an agricultural technology program.

The Faculty Award is given to the graduating student who has made the greatest • contribution to student activities while attending Vermont Tech.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Awards are given to graduating • seniors with the highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.

The Lambda Beta Society is a national honor society for the profession of respiratory • care and students are proposed for membership if they are in the final semester of the Respiratory Therapy program and rank in the top 25% of the graduating class.

The Landscape Development & Ornamental Horticulture Faculty Awards are given • to the graduating seniors with the highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in this program.

• The Practical Nursing program recognizes clinical excellence through academic awards that are specific to the individual PN nursing campuses. Graduation awards are given at the Putnam Campus, Thompson Campus, Williston Campus and at the Randolph Center Campus. Additional awards are also awarded under the college’s extended campus designation.

The Nursing Program Awards are given to graduates of the Associate Degree in • Nursing program from the Vermont State Nurses Association, for clinical excellence, and from the VTC Nursing program, for academic excellence.

The Paul Calter Scholarship Award is given to the student who, in the opinion of • the mathematics faculty, has shown the best performance in the regular mathematics sequence (MAT 1420 and MAT 1520) for the last year.

The Respiratory Therapy Program Award is given to a graduate of the associate of • science degree, for academic excellence.

The Robert S. Brady Memorial Award is given to the graduating senior who has shown the • greatest all-around academic development in the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology program from the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Ruth Freeman Memorial Award is given to the graduating senior with the highest • academic average in the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology program from the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Rutland County Alumni Award is given to the graduating senior who is a Rutland • County resident with the highest academic average.

Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society was organized to recognize, promote, • and honor outstanding scholarship, service, and character among students or graduates of dental hygiene schools in the US and Canada. Second-year dental hygiene students Academic Affairs who rank highest in scholarship and character and who exhibit potential qualities for future growth are, upon recommendation of the full time dental hygiene faculty, elected to this prestigious group. Membership is limited to ten percent of the graduating class.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Twin States Chapter 40, Award is given to • graduating seniors with the highest academic average and greatest all-around academic development in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

The Stanley G. Judd Memorial Fund Award is given to the graduating senior with the • highest academic average in an agricultural technology program from the Vermont Tech Alumni Association.

The Student Engineering Technician of the Year Award is given to a senior who is • selected from nominations by the engineering technology departments for outstanding scholarship, character, and leadership.



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