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Credit for Life/Work Learning (Portfolio)
Students may prepare a portfolio of materials (training certificates,
work experiences, seminars, businesses, etc.) that defend the
acquisition of skills taught in a specific course. Faculty will evaluate
the portfolio against the requirements for a specific course. Credit
by portfolio for life/work experience is usually pursued by a
nontraditional student, and (usually) no grade is assigned.
Credit for Military Training
College credit can be assigned for specific technical training
received during military service (electronics, auto mechanics, etc.).
Credit for military training is usually pursued by a nontraditional
student, and no grade is assigned.
Credit for Formal Apprenticeship Training
College credit can be assigned for the completion of a formal
apprenticeship program (machinist, plumbers and pipe fitters,
electricians with the IBEW, etc.). Credit for formal apprenticeship is
usually pursued by a nontraditional student, and no grade is assigned.
Credit by Articulation
Students may receive college credit for the completion of high
school technical training if a formal articulation agreement exists
between the high school and Thaddeus Stevens College. Credit
by articulation is usually pursued by a traditional student, and no
grade is assigned.
Credit by Program of Study (POS)
Students may receive college credit for completion of a statewide
program of study (POS) if the College has established such an
agreement. Credit by POS is usually pursued by a traditional
student, and no grade is assigned.
Interested students should consult the registrar. Eligibility
will be determined based upon substantial evidence of prior
experience or course work. Advanced placement is then possible
through testing and/or competency assessment determined by
the appropriate department.
Advanced credit is not used in calculating the student's cumulative
grade point average (GPA). Only the course number, title, and
the number of credits will be entered on the transcript. No letter
grades will be shown. Up to a maximum of half the total program
requirements may be granted through nontraditional credit
evaluation (advanced placement or credit by exam). Credit will
only be granted to full-time students in good standing after one
semester. Any exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of
the vice president for academic affairs.

Graduation Requirements

Students are accountable for meeting all graduation requirements.
Although faculty advisors will assist in planning and scheduling
courses, students bear the final responsibility for meeting all
requirements.
Entering students must display basic competencies (reading,
mathematics, and written expression) needed to succeed at
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Students who do not
demonstrate these skills on placement tests will be required to
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complete specified remedial courses to improve competency
levels. Students must obtain a "C" or better in a remedial course in
order to move onto college-credit courses.
Associate Degree
To be eligible for an associate degree, students are required to
satisfy the following:
* Complete all courses, both general education and technical,
as set forth in this catalog as required within a specific
technical major. Substituting courses may only be done with
the prior approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
Only courses numbered 100 and above can be applied toward
meeting graduation requirements for an associate degree.
* Earn at least an overall "C" average, a 2.0 cumulative quality
point average (out of a possible 4.0), plus an overall "C"
average (2.0 cumulative average) in one's technical major.
* Fulfill all financial obligations to Thaddeus Stevens College.
Additional Information Students not having earned all
the credits required for a degree after four semesters in a
major may enroll in another accredited institution to fulfill
requirements. It is strongly encouraged to confirm with the
Registrar's Office a course will meet graduation requirements
prior to enrolling in a class at another institution.
Any exceptions to graduation requirements must be approved by
the vice president for academic affairs.
Graduating students are responsible for knowing and understanding
all graduation and commencement requirements. This information
includes commencement and rehearsal dates as issued by the
vice president for academic affairs. Model schedules and catalog
requirements are used to determine degree requirements.

Academic Good Standing

A full-time student must maintain at least 12 credits during a
semester and must have earned a "C" average (2.0 cumulative GPA)
and a "C" average in one's technical major to be in good standing.

Academic Probation

Students not maintaining an overall 2.0 cumulative grade point
average (GPA) and/or a 2.0 cumulative GPA in their technical
major at the end of any semester shall be placed on academic
probation for the following semester.
At the conclusion of the probationary semester, students on
probation must have a 2.0 or better semester GPA in the deficient
area to avoid dismissal. If the semester minimum of 2.0 is achieved
in the deficient area but the cumulative GPA or the cumulative
GPA in the technical area is not above 2.0, students will remain
on academic probation. If, at the conclusion of any probationary
semester, students have below a 2.0 semester GPA in the deficient
area, they will be dismissed from the College.
In order to ensure that students have the ability to monitor their
GPAs, both the cumulative total GPA and the cumulative technical
GPA will appear on the student's grade report.



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