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Unformatted text preview: Southern New Hampshire University University College 2014-2015 Catalog Published August 6, 2014 2014-2015 University College Catalog Southern New Hampshire University Welcome to Southern New Hampshire University Message from the President It gives me great pleasure to present to you the Southern New Hampshire University catalogs. A university catalog offers a comprehensive overview of the variety of programs and classes offered both on campus and online. I’m particularly excited to present this year’s editions to you as they represent the first time that we have moved to a new electronic catalog management system which contains information about our history and mission, our services and outreach, our facilities and the many opportunities we provide students for meeting their life and career goals as well as a new mobile app. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a student at SNHU. This year, in a prominent public speech, President Obama praised us for finding new innovative pathways to a degree. Fast Company has named us the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. We ranked with such heavy-hitters as Apple, Google and HBO and were listed ahead of such industry giants as the National Football League, Starbucks and LinkedIn. We achieved such accolades on the basis of our Center for Online and Continuing Education which is now one of the largest online-degree providers in the US as well as for carrying out our core mission of providing access. One great example is our campus-based Degree-in-Three program which uses a competency-based model to reduce time to graduation and the cost of a degree by 25%. Students can get a jump in entering the workforce or stay on campus and earn a master’s degree with a fourth year. In addition, our new Library/Learning Commons opens in August 2014, creating a vibrant learning space on campus which will not only house the library but also media services, instructional support, IT help desk, faculty development, and The Learning Center. A new 300 bed dorm was recently completed and two more are in design. We have enhanced career services and routinely have scores of major employers visiting campus. SNHU continues to give you more options to complete your degree than almost any other institution. You can blend traditional on-campus courses with wholly online courses or take a mix in one of our hybrid courses. With a number of centers besides the main campus, you can access courses in a place most convenient to home or work and at a competitive cost. We welcome you to explore all that we have to offer. We think that you’ll find us to be an exciting institution that is dedicated to helping you make the most of your potential and committed to providing the types of programs that make all of your career aspirations possible. Best wishes, and we hope that you can be part of the excitement of an SNHU education soon! Sincerely, Paul J. LeBlanc President 2 Southern New Hampshire University 2014-2015 University College Catalog University Mission Southern New Hampshire University educates intellectually and culturally enriched individuals to be successful in their careers and contribute to their communities. SNHU’s educational philosophy challenges students’ intellectual potential and prepares them for professional lives in an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world. It provides a supportive and close-knit learning community, delivering engaging instruction in a flexible variety of formats. Students develop the knowledge to understand a complex world, the skills to act effectively within that world and the wisdom to make good choices. They do so within a community of teachers, staff and peers that is encouraged to add its scholarly, creative and pedagogical contributions to the larger social good. The Purpose of a University Catalog The purpose of a university catalog is to be of use to present or potential students and family members, to serve as a historical document and to let others know the nature and scope of programs available. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy at the time of publication; the various staff and faculty members listed herein will do their best to answer questions. Students have the responsibility to become familiar with these policies and processes as they pursue their educational goals. The students, administration, faculty and staff have the mutual responsibility of bringing the words to life by making the learning experiences as pleasant and productive as possible. The university reserves the right to change any part of it and to make any changes retroactive for students currently enrolled. Catalog Content Subject to Change These publications are certified as true and correct in content and policy as of the date of publication. The university, however, reserves the right to make changes of any nature in programs, calendar, or academic schedules whenever these are deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in policies and procedures, course content, class rescheduling, and the cancelling of scheduled classes or other academic activities. 3 2014-2015 University College Catalog Southern New Hampshire University Table of Contents Table of Contents Welcome to Southern New Hampshire University .............................................................................................................. 2 Message from the President ................................................................................................................................................. 2 University Mission .................................................................................................................................................................. 3 The Purpose of a University Catalog ................................................................................................................................... 3 Catalog Content Subject to Change .................................................................................................................................... 3 Table of Contents......................................................................................................................................................................... 4 About SNHU ................................................................................................................................................................................ 14 Accreditations, State Authorization and Program Approvals ......................................................................................... 14 Goals of the University ........................................................................................................................................................ 17 History of the University ...................................................................................................................................................... 17 On Campus ........................................................................................................................................................................... 20 The SNHU Community ........................................................................................................................................................ 20 University Mission ................................................................................................................................................................ 21 Academic Calendars ................................................................................................................................................................. 22 Academic Program Policies .................................................................................................................................................... 24 Academic Requirements, Sport Management ................................................................................................................. 24 Academic Standards ................................................................................................................................................................. 25 Academic Honors ................................................................................................................................................................. 25 Academic Renewal .............................................................................................................................................................. 26 Amendment of Degree Requirements ............................................................................................................................... 27 Ceremonial and Latin Honors ............................................................................................................................................. 28 Credit Hour Definition .......................................................................................................................................................... 29 Scholastic Standing ............................................................................................................................................................. 30 SNHU-107 Required Course .............................................................................................................................................. 31 Admissions.................................................................................................................................................................................. 31 Admission Statuses ............................................................................................................................................................. 31 Admissions Requirements, International Students .......................................................................................................... 32 Articulation Agreements ...................................................................................................................................................... 34 Graduate Admissions .......................................................................................................................................................... 35 Readmission ......................................................................................................................................................................... 41 Undergraduate Admissions ................................................................................................................................................ 41 Special Academic Programs Admission (Undergraduate) ............................................................................................. 44 Transfer Admission (Undergraduate) ................................................................................................................................ 44 Course and Program Enrollment ....................................................................................................................................... 46 4 Southern New Hampshire University 2014-2015 University College Catalog Special Academic Options .................................................................................................................................................. 47 Course Add and Drop .......................................................................................................................................................... 48 Course Load ......................................................................................................................................................................... 48 Course Load and Restrictions, International Students ................................................................................................... 48 Course-by-Arrangement ...................................................................................................................................................... 48 Credit Overload .................................................................................................................................................................... 49 Criminal Background Check ............................................................................................................................................... 49 Enrollment Statuses ............................................................................................................................................................. 49 Freshman Course Requirements ....................................................................................................................................... 49 Independent Study ............................................................................................................................................................... 50 Leave of Absence ................................................................................................................................................................ 50 Religious Observance ......................................................................................................................................................... 51 Second Major ........................................................................................................................................................................ 51 Transfer Among SNHU Colleges ....................................................................................................................................... 51 Undergraduates Taking Graduate Courses ..................................................................................................................... 52 Withdrawal from Class......................................................................................................................................................... 52 Withdrawal from SNHU ....................................................................................................................................................... 53 Financial Information ................................................................................................................................................................ 53 Computer Purchase Program ............................................................................................................................................. 53 Course Withdrawal Refund ................................................................................................................................................. 53 Federal and State Programs .............................................................................................................................................. 54 Financial Aid ......................................................................................................................................................................... 55 Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress ................................................................................................................ 56 International Students and Financial Aid .......................................................................................................................... 58 Loans and Employment....................................................................................................................................................... 58 Merit Based Aid for New Students ..................................................................................................................................... 60 Non-Matriculated, Part-Time Students .............................................................................................................................. 62 Payment Information ............................................................................................................................................................ 62 Printing on Campus (PenmenPrint) ................................................................................................................................... 65 Return of Title IV Grant or Loan Assistance ..................................................................................................................... 65 Scholarship Opportunities ................................................................................................................................................... 65 Tuition and Fees ................................................................................................................................................................... 71 Veterans' Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................ 75 Withdrawal and Proration of Fees ..................................................................................................................................... 76 Grades and Credits.................................................................................................................................................................... 77 Audit a Course ...................................................................................................................................................................... 77 Awarding of Credit by Examination ................................................................................................................................... 77 Credit for Courses in Other Postsecondary Settings ...................................................................................................... 77 5 2014-2015 University College Catalog Southern New Hampshire University Credit for Prior Learning through Portfolio ........................................................................................................................ 77 General Education Transfer................................................................................................................................................ 78 Grade Change ...................................................................................................................................................................... 79 Grade Status ......................................................................................................................................................................... 79 Grades and Grading ............................................................................................................................................................ 79 Incomplete Grade ................................................................................................................................................................. 81 Institutional Examinations ................................................................................................................................................... 81 Repeating Courses .............................................................................................................................................................. 82 Standardized Testing Programs......................................................................................................................................... 82 Testing of Students with Disabilities .................................................................................................................................. 82 Transfer Credit and Other External Credit ........................................................................................................................ 82 Transfer Credits ......................................................
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