2017-18 AcademicCatalog - 138
Throughout the term, it is now policy at Thaddeus Stevens
that all teachers must regularly update grades in the My
Stevens College portal. Individual teacher policy, which is
located on the syllabus, will define how often teachers will
update simple and complex assignments, but students will
always have access to their progress in this way.
By the fifth week of the semester, instructors identify for the
Vice President for Academic Affairs those students who are
in poor academic standing and could possibly fail. A series of
steps are then taken by the instructors, academic advisors,
and counselors to prescribe actions to alleviate the students'
problems in the courses.
Final semester grades are available on the college portal
after the end of the marking period. The grade report shows
all coursework completed by the student. To protect the
confidentiality of a student's record and in compliance
with federal law, no grades are given over the phone. The
complete procedure for appealing a grade can be found in
the Student Handbook.
Course Repeat and Program Acceptance Policy
Students may repeat a course to earn a higher or passing
grade. Only the highest grade earned will be used in the GPA
Definition: The term "repeat" is applied when a student
retakes a course that the previously were awarded a grade,
including a "W." The first time a student completes a course
for a grade is considered the first attempt. The second time
a student completes a course for a grade it is considered the
second attempt and the first repeat.
Students who are required to successfully complete
developmental coursework prior to enrolling in their desired
major will be given the opportunity to repeat a developmental
course one time which includes taking the course at another
college or university. Students who cannot successfully
pass a developmental course within two attempts will not be
permitted to continue into their program of study. Students
must pass developmental courses with a C or better. In
addition, they must pass the COMPASS test. Students
however, are not limited in the number of times they may
take the COMPASS test.
Students may repeat college-level courses to improve a
grade, including a "W." Students may only repeat a course two
times, which includes taking the course at another college
or university. Students unable to successfully complete
courses that are required for the graduation requirements
of their desired major should discuss alternate graduation
plans with their academic advisor.
Students do have the opportunity to appeal this policy
to the vice-president for academic affairs if they feel they
have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from
adhering to the policy.
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The institution reserves the right to withhold a student's
grades and/or degree if any loans or fines (for example,
parking fines or library fines) are outstanding. Other
situations for withholding grades include unmet financial
obligations such as tuition fees or destruction or replacement
of Commonwealth property. Students with unpaid loans or
fines may view their grades in the Office of Financial Aid and
Registration; however, no printed copy will be released to
The College believes that placing students at the proper
educational level will contribute to their success. Advanced
placement is designed to give students credit for the learning
they have acquired prior to entering
Thaddeus Stevens College. Students who have acquired
skills and knowledge through advanced courses in high
school, vocational/technical training, military service, or life/
work experience, may be eligible for advanced placement.
Credit through Dual Enrollment
Students earn college credit by completing a college-level
course at their home school. Usually this course is taken
concurrently with a similar high school course of the same
nature. Dual enrollment is usually pursued by a traditional
student, and a grade is assigned.
Credit by Department Examination
Students who have skills superior to those taught in a
required course may qualify for this option. Students may
opt to take a "final" test as a means to acquire the credit
without the cost and time devoted to a redundant course.
Credit by department examination is usually pursued by a
traditional student, but no grade is assigned.
Credit by Standardized Exams (AP, CLEP, Excelsior, etc.)
Students may take a nationally-recognized exam for different
disciplines, and gain credit at a college that recognizes the
test. Credit by a standardized exam is usually pursued by a
traditional student, but no grade is assigned.
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.