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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 complete specified remedial courses
to improve competency levels. Students must obtain a "C" or
better in a remedial course in order to move onto collegecredit 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.

Academic Dismissal

Decisions for academic dismissal shall be made by the vice
president for academic affairs and will be based on a student's
GPA. Students who have not earned a minimum 2.0 grade
point average overall at the end of a semester during which
the student is on academic probation shall be dismissed from
the institution. Students must also earn an overall 2.0 grade
point average in their major.
Students are responsible for meeting all requirements of the
educational program. Any student not earning a minimum
grade point average of 1.5 at the end of the first semester
will be liable for dismissal. The student whose GPA is 2.0
or lower at the end of the second semester is liable for
dismissal. A student with a GPA of 1.0 or below during the
first semester will be dismissed.
Students dismissed from the institution may reapply
the next academic year. Students may appeal academic
dismissal. This procedure is found in the Student Handbook.

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