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Unformatted text preview: Academic Catalog 2018-2019 The information in the 2018-2019 Aquinas College Academic Catalog is subject to change without notice in order to reflect the decisions made by federal and state governments and by the Aquinas College Board of Trustees and Administration. These changes may include the elimination or modification of programs, departments, courses, policies, or other academic activities, the scheduling of classes, the cancellation of scheduled classes, and the adjustment of fees. If changes are made, the College may offer or require reasonably practical alternatives. Payment of tuition shall constitute a student’s acceptance of the College’s rights set forth in this paragraph. Academic Catalog Editor: Erin E. Peraino, MEd 2 | P a g e Academic Calendar 2018 Fall Semester August 27 31 September Classes begin Last day to add a first quad or semester-long class 3 7 21 22 22/23 October Labor Day – No Classes, No Mass Last day to drop a semester or 1st Quad class w/o financial penalty Last day to drop a 1st Quad class w/o academic penalty Last day to drop a Directed Study class w/o financial penalty Second session of Directed Study classes 22-26 29 19 1st Quad Ends Mid-Term Break Classes resume at 8 a.m. November 2 2 9 21-23 23 26 Last day to add 2nd quad class AND Last day to drop a semester long class w/o academic penalty Last day to drop a 2nd Quad class w/o financial penalty Thanksgiving vacation (for 16-week classes) begins after last class Last day to drop a 2nd Quad class w/o academic penalty Classes resume at 8 a.m. December 17-21 22 Final examinations according to printed schedule 2nd Quad ends 2019 Spring Semester January 1 14 18 25 Fall, 2018 Grades Due in Registrar’s Office Classes begin at 8 a.m. Last day to add a semester long or 3rd Quad class Last day to drop a 3rd Quad or semester class w/o financial penalty February 8 Last day to drop a 3rd Quad class w/o academic penalty March 8 11-15 18 18 22 22 29 3rd Quad ends Mid-Term Break Classes resume at 8 a.m. 4th Quad begins Last day to drop a semester long class w/o academic penalty Last day to add a 4th Quad class Last day to drop a 4th Quad class w/o financial penalty April 12 18 22 Last day to drop a 4th Quad class w/o academic penalty Easter break begins after the last class Classes resume at 6 p.m. May 2-8 11 11 15 Final Examinations according to schedule Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral Commencement Grades Due in Registrar’s Office 3 | P a g e Table of Contents 2018-2019 Calendar ................................................................................................................................................3 Contents ..................................................................................................................................................................4 I. The College ..........................................................................................................................................................7 Mission Statement Vision Statement Diversity Statement Integrity Statement Dominican Pillars Aquinas College Overview Accreditation II. Admissions and Registration ............................................................................................................................11 Admissions Traditional-Age Student Transfer Student Continuing Education International Student Michigan Transfer Agreement Registration Student Classification Academic Advising Drop/Add Independent Study Credits Academic Progress, Probation, etc. Transcripts III. Academic Policies ...........................................................................................................................................21 Attendance Student Email Account Policy Academic Integrity Academic Grievances Academic Probation, Dismissal & Warning Dean’s List 4 | P a g e IV. Expenses and Financial Aid ............................................................................................................................27 Expenses Tuition Room and Board Payment Refund Policy Financial Aid V. Academic Programs .........................................................................................................................................35 Degree Programs Programs of Study General Education Program Other Degree Requirements Academic Opportunities Graduate Degree Programs Courses of Instruction VI. Student Resource Guide................................................................................................................................209 VII. Student Policies and Regulations.................................................................................................................213 VIII. Directories...................................................................................................................................................217 Board of Trustees Administration Faculty Emeriti Faculty Index ...................................................................................................................................................................231 5 | P a g e 6 | P a g e The College The College I Mission Statement Vision Statement Diversity Statement Integrity Statement Dominican Charisms Aquinas College Overview Accreditation 7 | P a g e Mission Statement Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Vision Statement Aquinas College is recognized as the exceptional Catholic liberal arts college that prepares individuals for careers of leadership and service in developing a sustainable and just global community. Diversity Statement Aquinas College is committed to equality. This statement of the College speaks to this commitment, as do our history and heritage. We believe that diversity is a blessing, which brings a richness of perspectives to our intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual life. All members of our community—faculty, staff, students—will demonstrate respect for each other regardless of our differences. All of us will be sensitive in our actions, words, and deeds. We will demonstrate these sensitivities in our classrooms, curricula, offices, meeting places, and living environments. We will maintain the diversity of our Board of Trustees, faculty, student body, and staff and appreciate the different gifts each brings to this community regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability. Non-discrimination Policy. It is the policy of Aquinas College that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation or employment in, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which Aquinas College is responsible. Integrity Statement Aquinas College is rooted in the Dominican traditions of prayer, study, community and service, combined with a deep respect for truth, honesty and integrity. In this spirit, we strive to create an environment in which integrity is prized and practiced. We expect all community members to uphold these values through honesty, fairness and respect for others. Dominican Pillars Prayer - The Dominican tradition of prayer is two-fold: contemplative and communal. At Aquinas we are committed to gathering for rich liturgical prayer nourished by God’s Word and the Spirit. Prayer leads us into the deeper Truth needed to live out God’s call for us in the world. Study - We commit ourselves to a love of learning, both formal and informal. This necessitates an openness to learn from tried and true scholarship as well as the most unlikely sources. Service - Aquinas encourages students to engage in service projects and service learning programs. It also offers preparation for careers that will enable graduates to spread the truths that they have learned – to “make all the difference in the world.” Community - We follow in the footsteps of Saint Dominic, a 13th century preacher and founder of the Dominican order, with a commitment to building community through hospitality, inclusivity, and dialogue. We have a long tradition of working together for the common good, both within the College and beyond, for racial and social justice and outreach to persons and places in need. 8 | P a g e Aquinas College Overview Critical thinking plays a vital role in every Aquinas College classroom and is woven into every subject taught. Aquinas is a place where spirit and energy abound, and where there is a firm belief that passion has the power to transform lives, and even change the world. Students of every age and background are welcomed and challenged, and learn that the only limits to success are those they place upon themselves. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlimited ways of seeing the world. Students study a rich variety of subjects and acquire skills that help them become critical thinkers, articulate speakers, strong writers, and effective problem solvers. At Aquinas, people matter. Founded by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, Aquinas is an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition perpetuated by its dedicated faculty through a dynamic curriculum. The College’s enrollment of 1,900 full- and part-time students from twenty-five (25) states and twenty-two (22) countries is small enough to ensure individual attention, yet large enough to provide a diversity of opportunities. From the College’s establishment as Novitiate Normal School in 1886 to current position as a premier liberal arts college, Aquinas has been marked by vision, courage, creative leadership and innovation. In keeping with the College’s namesake, 13th-century scholar and teacher Saint Thomas Aquinas, the College has often been considered ahead of its time. It has an enviable record of firsts, dating back to 1931 when it was the first Catholic college in the United States to become coeducational. Aquinas was the first college in Michigan to consolidate degree-completion programming for adults, and was also was the first college in Michigan to offer degrees in Master of Management and Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business. As a liberal arts institution with a career orientation, Aquinas seeks to prepare students for life after graduation. The College offers many opportunities for growth and development, both inside and outside the classroom. Aquinas alumni are well equipped with the skills to lead a responsible life and embrace the world of work. Accreditation Aquinas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800.621.7440. The College is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to recommend candidates for teacher certification. 9 | P a g e 10 | P a g e Admissions and Registration Admissions Traditional-Age Student Transfer Student Continuing Education International Student Registration Student Classification Academic Advising Drop/Add Independent Study Credits Degree Progress, Probation, etc. Transcripts Admissions and Registration II 11 | P a g e Admissions Traditional-Age Student Admissions. A candidate for admission to Aquinas is considered on the basis of academic preparation, scholarship, and character. Admission depends on a number of factors, including highschool academic record and the scores achieved on the ACT (American College Testing Program) or the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board) and college transcripts (if applicable). If students plan to apply for financial aid from the State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, they must take the ACT or SAT. No other scores are accepted by the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority. Application for admission to the Freshman class should be made as early as possible in the senior year of high school (the college has rolling admissions). Students should present the following credentials: 1. A completed application form. The application is on our website at aquinas.edu. Aquinas does not charge an application fee. 2. An official high school transcript 3. The results of the SAT or ACT (writing component not required) Students must submit a minimum of sixteen (16) acceptable academic units from an accredited high school. The distribution of the sixteen (16) units should represent reasonable coverage of the areas usually included in a college preparatory curriculum. Home Schooled Students. Aquinas encourages home-schooled students to consider furthering their education after completion of their high school curriculum. Students are asked to submit a high school transcript indicating the coursework, curriculum, and grades received in their program. Greater emphasis is placed upon the results of the ACT or SAT standardized test in consideration for admission. Aquinas College does not require an “Ability to Benefit’’ test. Additional questions should be directed to the Admissions office. Early Admissions. In the case of an exceptional student, the requirement of graduation from a secondary school may be waived at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions. Dual Enrollment. High school students are eligible to be dually enrolled in college courses. School districts may provide tuition, books, and course-related fees. Students must apply for admission and meet set admission requirements. Appropriate paperwork can be obtained in the high school guidance office. Please be advised that, by registering for a class, you consent to an official transcript of your college credit being released to your high school upon completion of the course. Special tuition rates exist for Dual Enrolled students. Please visit aquinas.edu/undergraduate for more details. Middle College. For information regarding Aquinas College’s admission policy of Middle College credits, please refer to the admissions requirements area of our website at aquinas.edu/undergraduate/middle_college Transfer Student Admissions to the Traditional-Age Program From Two-Year Colleges. To be admitted to Aquinas, students must have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at any previous college in all acceptable college coursework. All previous credit applicable to students’ degree program, excluding that earned in vocational, secretarial, or technical courses, is accepted upon students’ transfer. Any coursework below a Cwill not be accepted for transfer credit. Transfer courses do not count toward the overall grade point average at Aquinas College. Aquinas accepts up to sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited community or junior college. Prospective transfer students from two-year schools cannot be admitted if they have been dismissed from or are currently on academic probation. Associate of Arts Degree. Students entering Aquinas College who have completed the MTA and an Associates of Arts Degree have satisfied the general education requirements except for a course in Theological 12 | P a g e Foundations. Students will also need to complete the general education competency requirements from the following categories if not already complete through transfer of credit. Writing Intensive Senior Capstone English & Mathematics Aquinas College will accept a maximum of sixty (60) transfer credits earned at a community college. NOTE: students pursuing elementary education have a special set of general education requirements. Please see the School of Education for details. Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Aquinas College accepts MTA transcripts from any Michigan college or university to meet many of the general education requirements. Details of the MTA agreement can be found online at aquinas.edu/transfer. Please contact our Registrar’s Office at (616) 632-2871 for additional information. From Four-Year Colleges. If students transfer to Aquinas from an accredited four-year college, they may transfer all liberal arts and science credits earned at previously attended school(s) and applicable to students’ degree program. Students must complete all distribution requirements and any core requirements specified in the catalog in the year in which they transfer into Aquinas College. However, at least thirty (30) semester hours must be earned in residence at Aquinas, and certain departments require at least half of the major course work to be completed here. Please refer to the index for residency requirements. Prospective transfer students from other colleges cannot be admitted if they have been dismissed from or are currently on academic probation at another college. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in previous courses is required. Any coursework below a C- will not be accepted for transfer credit. Transfer courses do not count toward the overall grade point average at Aquinas College. From Unaccredited Institutions. Undergraduate transfer credit from any institution that is not accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Higher Learning Commission) will be evaluated on a course-bycourse basis. In each case, the student must request from the institution a course description and an indication of the instructor’s qualifications for each course evaluated for transfer. Transfer of credit from another institution to Aquinas involves at least three considerations: 1. The educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers 2. The comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned to that offered by Aquinas 3. The appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the programs offered by Aquinas, in light of the student’s educational goals Guest Status. Students from other colleges may be admitted to Aquinas as “guest’’ students by obtaining a guest application from their home institution and submitting it to Aquinas. Students should request an official transcript to be forwarded to their “home’’ institution upon the completion of the course. Guest students are charged the applicable per semester hour tuition rate. Guest Applications. Aquinas students may take classes as guests at other institutions when it is advisable. Guest applications, available in the Registrar and Academic Advising Center, should be used to assure students that the courses elected will be acceptable toward a degree. If the course(s) chosen is in a major area, the student should review the choice with the major Department Chairperson prior to giving the application to the Registrar. Official transcripts should be requested from the guest institution upon the completion of the course(s) and should be mailed directly to the Registrar/Academic Advising Center at Aquinas College. Continuing Education Admissions. Continuing Education programs at Aquinas are designed and intended for persons beyond conventional college age who are established in their adult lives and careers and whose 13 | P a g e education has been interrupted. Accordingly, a person is eligible for admission to our Continuing Education program if they fit into any one of the following categories: Students whose education has been interrupted (an interruption of two or more years in higher education, or four or more years since high school graduation), or who have been continuously employed on a fulltime basis for two or more years and who qualify as a self-supporting student as defined by financial aid regulations. All veterans of the Armed Forces or persons who hold a bachelor’s degree or professional diploma. Students must meet the normal eligibility requirements for any on-camp...
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