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Progression Requirements

American Collegiate Overview

The American Collegiate program is designed to prepare international students for rigorous academic study and to transfer to a U.S. institution of higher education.

American Collegiate students enroll in both credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses to improve their academic profile, earning approximately 30 general education credits transferable to the second year of an undergraduate degree.  Students enroll in elective coursework in the following foundation areas: STEM, Computer Science, Business, Finance, Economics, Social Sciences, and Humanities.  The program includes core, major, and elective courses, allowing students to pursue a wide variety of majors after completion of the program.  American Collegiate students may also receive additional developmental English language support, if necessary for successful transfer to competitive U.S. universities.  Students will have the opportunity to consult with program advisors throughout their time in the American Collegiate program, as they prepare for transfer to another US university.  American Collegiate students are required to complete the Program in consecutive semesters. Summer term is optional based on advisement. Students must comply with full-time enrollment requirements as defined through the International Student and Scholar Services. Course selection and load will be selected in consultation with advising.

 

Curricular Tracks Within American Collegiate

Extended First Year

The Extended First Year is a 4-term program, which requires successful completion of at least 27 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree.   Students may complete the program in as few as three terms.

Curriculum: Extended First Year

Required Courses

  • Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062)
  • English for Academic Purposes (ELTA-070)
  • AU and the World (ELTA-071)
  • Media and Culture (ELTA-100)
  • MATH 15X or higher
  • Academic Writing Skills (ELTA-101)
  • Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  • College Writing (WRTG 100)
  • Intercultural Understanding (SISU – 130)

Elective Courses

  • Major Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising; at least 1 course)
  • General Education Courses (at least 1 course)

 

First Year

The First Year is a 3-term program, which requires successful completion of at least 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. Students may complete the program in as few as two terms.

Curriculum: First Year

Required Courses

  • Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062)
  • Media and Culture (ELTA-100)
  • MATH 15X or higher
  • Academic Writing Skills (ELTA-101) and/ or College Writing (WRTG 100) [based on English proficiency]
  • Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  • Intercultural Understanding (SISU – 130)

Elective Courses

  • College Writing (WRTG 101)
  • Major Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising; at least 1 course)
  • General Education Courses (at least 1 course)

Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to obtain letter of successful completion from the American Collegiate program.  All program students must take Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062), in each term of the program. Students must take traditional onsite courses.  However, if an online course is appropriate for a student’s course of study, an exception may be made on a case-by-case basis by the Assistant Academic Director. In these cases, a maximum of one online course per semester would be allowed. All students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the American Collegiate program.

 

Progression Plan for the American American Collegiate Program

The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they progress from one program level to another. Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.

General Standards

  1. For the general purposes of program requirements, students will be governed by the catalog year in effect for the academic year in which they are admitted or progressed to the American Collegiate Program.
  2. The maximum credit load per term should not exceed 17.5 credits, including Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062).
  1. Students must register for and complete all required courses in American Collegiate curriculum as specified by their curricular track.
  1. Upon successful completion of the American Collegiate program curriculum, students may seek admission to transfer into an undergraduate degree program at a U.S. university.  Successful completion  requires meeting the progression standards set below:
    1. Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to obtain certificate of completion from the American Collegiate program (see below).
    2. For the general purposes of AU university degree and program requirements, students who are accepted as transfer students to AU will be governed by the catalog year in effect for the academic year in which they are admitted to the American Collegiate program rather than the catalog year in effect at the point of formal admission to a degree program, provided that they successfully maintained continuous enrollment between these two points.
  1. Compliance with American University academic regulations and standards as outlined in the American University academic integrity code.

Attendance and Visa Requirements

  1. Regular class attendance for all American Collegiate students consistent with requirements stated on course syllabi is required to ensure students meet the goals of the program.
  2. F-1 students are required to maintain good academic standing and immigration status in every term to stay in the program.  They must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits and attend classes as required by the Department of Homeland Security. Failure to meet the enrollment and attendance requirements may lead to loss of immigration status and deportation.  Full details of visa requirements can be found in the AU CatalogStudents who receive grades of FX and ZX will be academically dismissed or administratively separated from the program.
  3. American Collegiate students are required to enroll in full-time coursework consecutive fall and spring terms only. Summer term is optional based on advisement. Students must comply with full-time enrollment requirements as defined through the International Student and Scholar Services. Course selection and load will be selected in consultation with advising.

Language Proficiency Placement

Upon arrival on campus, all American Collegiate students are required to take an English proficiency test administered by the American Collegiate program. This test is administered for curricular track placement confirmation or course adjustment and to develop individualized academic support for student success through American Collegiate as needed.  Curricular track may be adjusted based on post arrival exam results; this may result in a longer program duration and added cost. Students will be advised accordingly.

Standards for Program Completion

  1. Completion of all Required Courses with a grade of C or higher is required
  2. Satisfactory completion of all prerequisites as designated in the university catalog.
  3. Students who meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress but do not meet the American Collegiate intended school specific requirements (See: APPENDIX: “Standards for Progression or Transfer from American Collegiate to Degree Seeking Status”) will be advised on a case by case basis on course and program selection for transfer where possible.

Progression Plan Options

  1. Students who fail to achieve the above standards are permitted to retake any ELTA course one time in the next term. All other courses are governed by the existing rules and regulations (see regulation 4.3). Students may repeat a maximum of five courses while at American University (seeregulation 4.3.3). Students who are not successful in achieving the minimum grades required for Math-15X, WRTG 100, ELTA prefix courses and Live, Learn Grow are required to reattempt the course(s) in the following semester, unless the course is not offered.  Retaking course(s) is only acceptable if the GPA is mathematically possible to raise to minimum 2.0 in the next 12-17.5 credits.
  2. In accordance with AU academic regulation 4.3.4, “students are responsible for determining any academic or financial implications for repeating courses. In the context of this policy, passing a course includes meeting any stipulations needed to satisfy a University or major or minor requirement. Grades for each attempt are computed in the overall cumulative GPA, but only the highest grade and the credit associated with that grade counts toward the major GPA requirements.”
  3. Failure to complete the program successfully in accordance with progression standards above will lead to administrative separation from the universityexcept in those instances where a student was granted a reduced course load as an ASAC approved disability-related accommodation. Students will be advised on further options on a case by case basis.

American Collegiate Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Standards for successful completion are:

  1. Completion of all Required Courses with a grade of C or better
  2. Completion of 24 transferable credits
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
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