Degree Completion Program The accelerated Degree Completion Program provides a unique alternative to the traditional method of obtaining a degree. This program is tailored to non-traditional adult learners who need to balance school with work and family schedules. The accelerated program meets one evening each week for four hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management, Accounting, Project Management or Business Innovation and Marketing. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Management is also offered in a full online format. An academic background in business is helpful, but not required. Students work in a variety of occupations, including business, healthcare and administration, government, social service and agriculture. For admission criteria and course descriptions, see Degree Completion Program section.
Academic Policies General The academic regulations of the University are designed to ensure the quality of the degrees earned by students. Students are responsible for seeing that all degree requirements are met. Each student is assigned to an academic advisor who is available to assist the student in planning his or her program. Academic advising is coordinated by the Registrar's Office in cooperation with the faculty. Where the student believes a modification of graduation requirements or academic regulations is in order, the request and reasons justifying it should be presented in writing to the Registrar and to the Academic Policies Committee of the faculty. Credit Hour Policy A credit hour shall be the unit of University academic credit representing approximately three hours of work per week by a student throughout a 15 week (fall, spring) semester or its equivalent in total work for short courses. Specifically, in accordance with the Department of Education Program Integrity rules, the University of Sioux Falls defines a credit hour as: An amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than (1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. For traditional lecture courses, a 1 credit hour class meets 50 minutes per week over the course of the semester. Laboratory classes, including rehearsals and musicianship classes, typically meet 100 minutes or more per week for 1 credit hour. Clinical experiences are defined as a part of the program
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that allows for observation, participation, studies of individual pupils or clients, individual field work, and practicums both on and off campus. Required pre-service clinical experiences in teacher education programs are generally associated with specific courses and do not receive academic credit independent of course credit. Credit for clinical experiences in other programs is determined in accordance with recommendations of their specific accrediting bodies or applicable state regulation. Short term courses: Half-semester courses, summer session courses, and other courses offered over a compressed period of time will require an equivalent amount of class meetings and out of class work. This may include substantive outside class work designed to accomplish student achievement of defined learning outcomes. Workshops and Contract Courses: Credit bearing courses offered for special populations by special arrangement will meet regular academic credit hour standards. Distance Education and Hybrid (Blended) Courses: Credit hour policy is consistent with the standards of courses offered through face to face instruction. Some or all of content and faculty-student interaction occurs through one or more forms of synchronous or asynchronous interaction All definitions and standards apply equally to courses offered both on and off campus.
Registration and Class Changes Registration for enrolled students who plan to return for the next academic year is held in the spring. New and transfer students entering in the fall term may register during the summer. Those entering interim or spring semester may register prior to the first day of classes. Students are expected to register online during the announced registration dates. Class attendance is not permitted until enrollment is completed with the Office of the Registrar and financial arrangements are made in the Student Accounts Office. The academic program of the University is offered in a 4-1-4 calendar supplemented by a summer program. The normal course load for a full-time student is 14-15 semester hours in the fall and spring terms and 3-4 semester hours in the January interim. Tuition paid by the full-time student (excluding DCP students) allows him or her to take up to 16 semester hours in the fall and spring terms and up to four semester hours in the January interim. The student is charged at the part-time hourly rate for additional semester hours. No student may carry more than 17 semester hours in the fall or spring terms without special permission from the Registrar's Office. Students are permitted to audit courses without credit or grade with permission of the Registrar and the instructor of the course. Audited courses are counted in the load of full-time students and are charged at the audit rate for part-time students. Once a student has enrolled in a course, he or she is considered an official member of that class unless he/she submits the necessary withdrawal forms to the Office of the Registrar. Through the second Friday of the semester, courses may be dropped with no record on the transcript. No courses can be added after the second Friday of the semester without the instructorâ€™s written permission. Students may withdraw from a course after the second Friday of the semester until the second Friday after midterm. A grade of â€œWâ€?