- Dean’s List Criteria
- Continuing to a Bachelor’s Degree
- Continuing Education after Graduation
- Requirements for Graduation
- Completing an Exit Interview before Graduation
- Leave of Absence
Dean’s List Criteria:
Determination of the Dean’s List will be made at the end of each academic cycle, which is comprised of two completed terms (e.g. Term 1 and Term 2 make up an academic cycle).
Consideration will be made on the basis of academic and attendance performance achieved within the academic cycle. To become a Dean’s List recipient, a student must meet all of the following criteria:
- Maintain an average GPA of 3.70
- Not earn any grade below a “C”
- Not receive a “W” or “I”
- Absence will not exceed 12% per academic cycle and no more than three sessions in each module within the academic cycle
Continuing to a Bachelor’s Degree:
We make it easy for current students to continue the pursuit of their educational goals. There are no admissions testing or interview requirements. Students who are in term three of the associate degree program may submit the bachelor degree enrollment packet to the registrar. This packet will be distributed during our Continuing Education Presentation that takes place during the Introduction to Web module, or can be picked up from our administration office.
Continuing Education after Graduation:
Since the digital media design industry is one that is constantly progressing, we know it is important to keep up-to-date skills and latest industry trends. With that in mind, further opportunity to continue learning or skill development may be achieved through professional development courses, diploma programs or auditing a previous class. Professional Development classes are offered year round. Graduates may audit within five years of their graduation date any class previously completed, as determined by current course description. A Graduate interested in auditing a class must discuss seat availability with the Registrar prior to entering the classroom.
Requirements for Graduation:
Students graduate when they meet all academic and financial requirements. All students must complete the required number of semester credit hours for their program of study as detailed in this catalog. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (a “C” average) or better must be earned in each technical course. A “D” is acceptable for credit in general education courses, as long as the student has a grade point average of at least 1.80 in the General Education module and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. The completion of classes is determined based on a combination of in-class work, out-of-class work, quizzes, exams, papers, and projects. The course syllabus will specifically outline how each course grade is determined.
Students must meet with the Financial Aid, Career Services, and Registrar departments prior to graduation. A “Graduation Procedures” checklist will be distributed by the Registrar prior to the graduation date. The complete checklist must be turned in to the Registrar for processing.
In addition, students must complete an independent portfolio review (unless the Portfolio Development class was successfully completed as part of the program) and submit an updated resume to Career Services.
Completing an Exit Interview before Graduation:
Exit interviews are required for all students, who may have obtained loans, before a student withdraws, graduates or drops below half-time attendance. During an exit interview, a student will meet with a financial aid and career service representative.
- Helps students understand the rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower
- Provides useful tips and information to help manage student loans
- Explains Entering Repayment & Types of Repayment plans
- Disclose student total loan indebtedness
- Disclose Approximate student monthly payment
- Key facts given about budgeting
- Applying for a Forbearance or Deferment
- Consequences of Default
- Update Contact information
Leave of Absence:
Students must apply in writing for a leave of absence. A leave of absence cannot exceed 120 days in a continuous 12-month period. Any extension of the 120-day maximum must be presented in writing and reviewed by the FA director and registrar. Approval for an additional extension is on a case-by-case basis. Under no circumstances may the number of leave days in the continuous 12-month period exceed 180 days. Only in the case of military deployment may an additional leave of absence be granted. A student may verbally request an extension of the request for extension within 14 calendars days of the verbal request. If unforeseen circumstances exist that prevent the student from signing the leave of absence, he must contact the registrar for further direction. If the student does not return from a leave of extension of leave on the scheduled return date, the student will automatically be terminated from the College.