Section Five: General Academic Information and Policies

General Education Curriculum

Philosophy and Purpose

The higher education offered by the University and other colleges and universities differs from other forms of postsecondary education in the belief that education involves preparation for living life as a whole rather than simply training a student for a specific job. Typically, colleges and universities have sought to provide such preparation by requiring that students devote a substantial portion—often about one-third—of their coursework to General Education programs that provide sufficient breadth of education and mastery of essential learning skills to enable them to understand and to adapt to a changing world as well as to contribute to its betterment. While virtually all institutions of higher education have some sort of General Education requirements, there is much variety, and the pattern that a college's General Education program takes says a great deal about its values, its view of the world, and its personality.

The University's General Education requirements are grounded firmly in the University's mission statement, which places the University squarely within the liberal arts tradition of higher education. It speaks of intellectual growth and of a shared search for truth within a community that values diversity in ways of learning and forms of knowledge as well as in terms of the people the University seeks to serve.

In crafting a General Education program that reflects the mission statement, the faculty believed that students graduating from the University should first of all possess certain competencies that define a college-educated person. In curricular terms, this takes the form of a competency block in which students must demonstrate proficiency in applied ethics, information technology, critical thinking, mathematics, and written and oral communication.

These learning skills are valuable in and of themselves and, doubly so, when used as means to realize the "intellectual growth" and "shared search for truth" of the mission statement. They are also skills much in demand by employers.

A liberal arts education is rooted in the idea of preparing a person for life as a citizen in a free society and, so, demands breadth. In structuring this part of the General Education program, the faculty formulated eight general goals in the areas of cultural and aesthetic awareness, literature, science, history, diversity awareness, social and personal awareness, political science, and humanities. These goals were then defined in greater detail as learning outcomes within each subject area. Courses appropriate to the desired outcomes were identified and incorporated into the General Education curriculum. Certain subject areas relate directly to elements of the mission statement. More generally, the distribution of coursework across eight subject areas requires students to take courses in many disciplines. By experiencing a diversity of subject matter and ways of knowing, students will emerge with a broadly based education that equips them, in conjunction with studies in their major and elective coursework, not only to pursue successful careers but also to lead meaningful lives.

General Education Requirements

The General Education program incorporates a framework that balances specified competencies and general subject areas.

In addition to satisfying the competencies, a total of 25 credits of General Education courses in eight subject areas are required for the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees.

General Education requirements for all Ashford University Associate- and Bachelor-level programs are outlined in this section; however, specific General Education courses may be required for some programs and majors. Every Ashford University General Education course is not available in every modality and/or degree program. Please refer to the program requirements section of this Catalog for information on specific degree program requirements.

General Education Total 52 credits
Competencies 24 credits
Applied Ethics 3 credits
Communication 9 credits
Critical Thinking 3 credits
Information Technology 3 credits
Mathematical 3 credits
Mathematical Competency
Prerequisite
3 credits
General Subject Areas 25 credits
Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness 3 credits
Diversity Awareness 3 credits
History 4 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Literature 3 credits
Political Science 3 credits
Science  3 credits
Social and Personal Awareness 3 credits
General Education Capstone 3 credits

Competencies (24 credits)

Competencies are skills deemed necessary by the faculty to demonstrate a quality college education. The following general policies apply to the competencies:

  • Prerequisite courses, if needed, must be completed before taking the competency course. However, required courses listed can be waived by means of high school advanced placement (AP) coursework and/or placement/competency testing. Students should consult their Student Advisors for additional information regarding a waiver of competency requirements;
  • A minimum grade of “C–” will be required to satisfy competencies and competency prerequisites; and
  • Competency courses may not simultaneously be used to satisfy subject area requirements.

Demonstration of the competencies subsequently listed is required for the AA, BA, and BS degrees. Courses offered by Ashford University to satisfy these competency requirements are listed in each area.

Applied Ethics Competency (3 credits)

The Applied Ethics competency involves two major components: (1) understanding principles of normative and non-normative ethical theories and (2) applying these principles in decision-making activities including case studies and contemporary social issues. Moral character is explored in all its dimensions: virtues and vices, commitments and attitudes, personal relationships, and community involvement, in addition to right and wrong conduct.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Define the nature and scope of morality and ethics.
  2. Examine the historical perspective on the development of morality and ethics.
  3. Compare and contrast different theories of ethics.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills in analyzing ethical systems and issues.
  5. Evaluate contemporary issues using a variety of ethical perspectives.
  6. Examine through personal reflection one’s own response to ethical issues.

One applied ethics course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • ABS 415 Leadership & Ethics in a Changing World (3 credits)
  • BUS 250 Corporate & Social Responsibility (3 credits)
  • BUS 319 The Social Responsibility of Organizations (3 credits)
  • GRO 440 Ethics & Legal Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • HCA 322 Health Care Ethics & Medical Law (3 credits)
  • HIM 252 Legal Aspects of Health Information (3 credits) 
  • HMC 334 Ethics in Health Marketing & Communication (3 credits)
  • HSM 311 Ethics & Homeland Security (3 credits)
  • LEA 316 Ethics in Law Enforcement (3 credits)
  • MIL 275 Military Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHI 107 Philosophy of Human Conduct (3 credits)
  • *PHI 200 Mind & Machine (3 credits)
  • PHI 208 Ethics & Moral Reasoning (3 credits)
  • *PHI 307 Philosophy of Human Conduct (3 credits)
  • *PHI 402 Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
  • *REL 203/303 Contemporary Human Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility (3 credits)
  • SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)
  • SOC 331 Social Justice & Ethics (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, courses that deal with ethics or morality, usually with a PHI or REL prefix, may be applied in transfer to satisfy this competency.

A competency test is available to Clinton campus students upon request.

Communication Competency (9 credits)

The communication competency will enhance students’ written and oral/interpersonal communication skills. Students will examine and show competency through the use of different types of communication appropriate in professional and academic settings. Students will assess what communication is appropriate for certain audiences and ethical issues that arise from communicating with others. Students will be able to effectively communicate through oral/interpersonal and written communication methods.

Communication I and II (6 credits)

Communication I and II Learning Outcomes

In writing, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate communication methods that are appropriate for different occasions, audiences, and purposes.
  2. Apply the conventions of standard written English with proficiency.
  3. Assemble scholarly information from electronic and non-electronic sources, including the library, for use in academic research projects.
  4. Analyze information gathered from various sources.
  5. Demonstrate ethical use of information in academic writing and research assignments.
  6. Compose written assignments using the specified style of documentation.

Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy the Communication I and II requirement:

  • ENG 121 English Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENG 122 English Composition II (3 credits)
  • ENG 325 Intermediate Composition (3 credits)
  • ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • COM 340 Technical Writing (3 credits)

Students have the option of using a passing score on a CLEP examination to fulfill the Communication I and II requirement. Clinton campus students may fulfill the Communication II requirement by earning a passing score on an Ashford English Department examination.

Please note: Students placed in ENG 100 must earn a grade of “C” before progressing to ENG 121.

Communication III (3 credits)

Online students must complete 3 credits from the Communication III requirement in either the Oral Communication area or the Interpersonal Communication area. Clinton campus students must complete 3 credits from the Oral Communication area.

Oral Communication Learning Outcomes

In Oral Communication, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply oral communication skills to achieve a variety of purposes (to inform, to persuade, to present formal speeches).
  2. Demonstrate competency in the use of technology and visual aids in presentations.
  3. Demonstrate competency in verbal and non-verbal aspects of delivery.
  4. Exhibit ethical use of credible information in oral presentations.
  5. Employ a variety of strategies to organize and present information in order to adapt the message to a specific audience and occasion, and to achieve a desired purpose.
  6. Apply active listening skills.

Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy the Oral Communication area:

  • *COM 323 Persuasion & Argumentation (3 credits)
  • *COM 425 Communication in Organizations (3 credits)
  • SPE 103 Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • *SPE 315 Business & Professional Speaking (3 credits)

*Denotes courses that must be taken at the Clinton Campus to fulfill the Oral Communication competency.

Clinton campus students may also satisfy the speech requirement by earning a passing score on an Ashford University speech examination or through a portfolio demonstrating a range of public speaking experiences.

Interpersonal Communication Learning Outcomes

In Interpersonal Communication, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the principles of effective interpersonal communications.
  2. Demonstrate competency in the use of technology and visual aids in presentations.
  3. Examine the influence of gender, culture, perception, behavior, and values on interpersonal communications.
  4. Compare and contrast supportive and defensive communication methods.
  5. Employ a variety of strategies to organize and present information in order to adapt the message to a specific audience and occasion, and to achieve a desired purpose.

Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy the Interpersonal Communication area:

  • BUS 340 Business Communications (3 credits)
  • CGD 240 Media Writing & Editing (3 credits)
  • COM 200 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
  • COM 323 Persuasion & Argumentation (3 credits)
  • COM 325 Communication & Conflict (3 credits)
  • COM 345 Media Writing for Communications (3 credits)
  • COM 360 Advanced Communications in Society (3 credits)
  • COM 425 Communication in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HHS 307 Communication Skills for Health & Human Service Personnel (3 credits)
  • JRN 331 Advanced Writing & Editing for the Media (3 credits)

Students have the option of using a passing score on a CLEP examination to fulfill the English Composition I and English Composition II requirement. Clinton campus students may fulfill the English Composition II requirement by earning a passing score on an Ashford English Department examination. Clinton campus students may also satisfy the speech requirement by earning a passing score on an Ashford University speech examination or through a portfolio demonstrating a range of public speaking experiences.

Please note: Students placed in ENG 100 must earn a grade of “C” before progressing to ENG 121.

Critical Thinking Competency (3 credits)

Critical Thinking competency is defined as a set of skills and strategies for making reasonable decisions about what we do and believe. These skills and strategies include understanding the use of thought and language, recognizing the most common logical fallacies, and using the essential skills of deductive and inductive argument analysis and evaluation. Students must demonstrate practical applications of critical thinking in academic disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Define the concepts of critical thinking, logic, and argument.
  2. Assess the function of clarity in arguments.
  3. Compare and contrast the purposes of language in persuasive statements.
  4. Evaluate different types of inductive and deductive arguments.
  5. Distinguish fallacies from good arguments.
  6. Apply critical reasoning concepts in order to evaluate issues of contemporary importance.

One critical thinking course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • COM 323 Persuasion & Argumentation (3 credits)
  • PHI 103 Informal Logic (3 credits)
  • *PHI 104 Fundamentals of Critical Reasoning (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, logic courses or courses stressing critical thinking may be applied in transfer to satisfy the critical thinking competency. Most applicable courses will have a PHI or LOG prefix.

A competency test is available to Clinton campus students upon request.

Information Technology Competency (3 credits)

Information technology competency is defined as the level of computer, electronics, and telecommunications literacy necessary to understand the purpose of information technology. Students will discover how information technology assists individuals and organizations to work more efficiently, and how information technology influences society. In addition to learning the technical fundamentals of computer use, students will build a skill and knowledge base in researching information, making appropriate ethical choices about the use of informational technologies, and using technology to advance societal goals.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the basics of information technology, from hardware and software to future devices, social web, and trends in the digital age.
  2. Analyze ethical issues involving information technology
  3. Demonstrate the use of information technology as a problem solving and productivity tool.
  4. Utilize library and computer resources to locate reliable and relevant information for ethical use in research projects.

One information technology course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • GEN 103 Information Literacy (3 credits)
  • GEO 308 GIS Software Application (3 credits)
  • HHS 440 Technology in Health & Human Services (3 credits)
  • INF 103 Computer Literacy (3 credits)
  • INF 220 IS Principles (3 credits)
  • INF 231 Programming Concepts (3 credits)
  • INF 325 Telecommunication & Networking Concepts (3 credits)

Typically, introductory computer courses or courses stressing the application of computers to a specific industry may be applied in transfer to satisfy the information technology competency requirement. Most applicable courses will have a BPC, CIS, INF, or COMP prefix.

Upon request, Clinton campus students may take the INF 103 competency test in the Flavian Center.

Mathematical Competency Prerequisite (3 credits)

Students in the online modality are required to successfully complete the mathematical competency prerequisite course with a grade of “C-” or better unless it is waived through an equivalent course in transfer or a passing score on the Math Skills Test.

Students are allowed two attempts and are allotted a total of one week (7 days) to submit both attempts, beginning from the time the test is first made available to the student. Ashford University offers the following course to satisfy this requirement:

  • MAT 221 Introduction to Algebra (3 credits)

Mathematical Competency (3 credits)

Mathematical competency enables students to efficiently process data and to learn new material in fields inside and outside of mathematics. Students will develop a knowledge base that allows logical reasoning and valid problem-solving techniques that can be applied in the student’s personal and professional careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of algebraic concepts.
  2. Demonstrate reasoning skills to analyze situations and draw valid conclusions.
  3. Analyze mathematical data.
  4. Identify mathematical connections to other disciplines.

One math course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • MAT 222 Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)
  • *MAT 225 College Algebra (3 credits)
  • *MAT 227 Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
  • *MAT 228 Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
  • *MAT 270 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • *MAT 320 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
  • *MAT 332 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
  • *MAT 351 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry (3 credits)
  • *MAT 352 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

A comparable course with a grade of “C-” or better may be applied in transfer to satisfy the mathematical competency.

Placement in math classes is based on standardized ACT/SAT mathematics sub-scores. Placement tests are available to Clinton campus students who would like to try and test into a higher level of math, other than placement determined by ACT/SAT mathematics sub-score.

General Education Subject Areas (25 credits)

A course may be applied only once to meet a General Education requirement. Whether a course may be applied simultaneously to a General Education requirement and to a major requirement depends on the requirements specified for each major. Courses offered to satisfy the General Education subject area requirements are subsequently listed:

Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness (3 credits)

The students will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of the arts as an expression of culture through individual expression and through an examination of the impact of the arts on society.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the role of the arts as both a reflection of, and an influence on, culture.
  2. Apply knowledge of the terminology and skills necessary to understand the artistic experience.
  3. Interpret aesthetic qualities in works of art.
  4. Examine the impact of the creative process on people’s cultural and ethical values and principles.
  5. Describe the communal and communicative value of the arts through participation in cultural events, programs, classes, and other experiences.

One cultural and aesthetic awareness course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • ART 101 Art Appreciation (3 credits)
  • *ART 102 Study of Art & Culture Abroad (3 credits)
  • *ART 103 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • *ART 105 Drawing I (3 credits)
  • *ART 111 Survey of Modern Art (3 credits)
  • *ART 200 Art Appreciation II: Modern Art (3 credits)
  • *ART 202 Study of Art & Culture Abroad (3 credits)
  • *ART 300 Art Appreciation II: Modern Art (3 credits)
  • *ART 302 Study of Art & Culture Abroad (3 credits)
  • *ART 411 Survey of Modern Art (3 credits)
  • *ART 402 Study of Art & Culture Abroad (3 credits)
  • CGD 218 Visual Literacy in Business (3 credits)
  • ENG 225 Introduction to Film (3 credits)
  • *LIB 123 Leadership in Film (3 credits)
  • *LIB 304 Fine Arts Seminar: Creativity & Culture (3 credits)
  • *LIB 327 World Music (3 credits)
  • *LIB 328 Shakespeare & Music (3 credits)
  • *MUS 101 Masterpieces of Music (3 credits)
  • *MUS 255 Music in the United States (3 credits)
  • *MUS 257 The American Musical Theater (3 credits)
  • *MUS 355 Music in the United States (3 credits)
  • *SPE 301 Oral Interpretation (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, a course in one of the following subject areas may be applied in transfer to satisfy the cultural and aesthetic awareness requirement: art, film, photography, dance (non-PE activity), and music.

Diversity Awareness (3 credits)

Students will examine diverse cultures, while focusing on selected historical and contemporary examples. Students will study identities, influences, and practices that shape and contribute to the diversity of culture. The diversity requirement supports student awareness of contemporary issues in the global community.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify sources and forms of cultural diversity.
  2. Examine major forms of interaction among different cultures.
  3. Analyze the implications of globalization on culture and diversity.

One diversity awareness course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • ANT 348 Native American Anthropology (3 credits)
  • BUS 357 International Business (3 credits)
  • COM 360 Advanced Communications in Society (3 credits)
  • ELL 240 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners (3 credits)
  • ELL 359 Contemporary Issues in English Language Instruction (3 credits)
  • ELL 361 Language Learning in a Global Context (3 credits)
  • *ENG 212/312 African-American Literature (3 credits)
  • *ENG 217/317 International Voices (3 credits)
  • *GEO 201/301 Survey of World Regional Geography (3 credits)
  • HCS 316 Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (3 credits)
  • HHS 320 Cultural Awareness in the Human Services (3 credits)
  • HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits)
  • HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits)
  • HIS 310 American Women’s History (3 credits)
  • HIS 342 The Middle East (3 credits)
  • HIS 351 Asia in the Age of Decolonization & Globalization (3 credits)
  • HIS 379 The Atlantic World (3 credits)
  • *LIB 307 Social Science Seminar: Race Relations in America (3 credits)
  • LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (3 credits)
  • LIB 332 Science & Culture (3 credits)
  • LIB 380 History & Culture of Mexico (3 credits)
  • LNG 360 Language & Society (3 credits)
  • *PSY 333 Psychology of Diversity (3 credits)
  • *REL 113 Comparative Religions (3 credits)
  • *REL 114 Comparative Religions II (3 credits)
  • SOC 304 Social Gerontology (3 credits)
  • SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)
  • SOC 315 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
  • SOC 318 Sociology of Sport (3 credits)
  • SOC 326 Diversity & Aging (3 credits)
  • SPA 103 Beginning Spanish I (3 credits)
  • SPA 104 Beginning Spanish II (3 credits)
  • SSC 101 Introduction to Socal Science (3 credits)
  • TVL 315 Historical & Literary Explorations of Post-Colonial South Africa (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, a course with a cross-cultural, global context, or a context other than the United States, may be applied in transfer to satisfy the diversity awareness requirement.

History (3 credits)

Students will explore changes and continuities throughout history to better understand elements of the human experience. The history general education requirement will introduce students to the interrelations of political, social, economic, cultural, and religious perspectives from the recent and more distant past.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Investigate the past as a context for explaining significant aspects of the present.
  2. Examine the development of selected societies, institutions, and processes over time.
  3. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and explain the use of each in understanding the past.

One history course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • EDU 324 History of American Education (3 credits)
  • HIS 103 World Civilizations I (3 credits)
  • HIS 104 World Civilizations II (3 credits)
  • HIS 203 American History to 1865 (3 credits)
  • HIS 204 American History since 1865 (3 credits)
  • HIS 206 United States History II (3 credits)
  • *HIS 303 The American Constitution (3 credits)
  • *HIS 306 Twentieth-Century Europe (3 credits)
  • *HIS 308 Modern Britain (3 credits)
  • HIS 310 American Women’s History (3 credits)
  • *HIS 330 World War I (3 credits)
  • *HIS 331 World War II (3 credits)
  • *HIS 335 The American Revolution (3 credits)
  • HIS 340 Recent American History (3 credits)
  • HIS 342 The Middle East (3 credits)
  • *HIS 344 The Cold War World (3 credits)
  • HIS 351 Asia in the Age of Decolonization & Globalization (3 credits)
  • HIS 378 Historiography & Historical Methodologies (3 credits)
  • HIS 379 The Atlantic World (3 credits)
  • LIB 316 Historical Contexts & Literature (3 credits)
  • *LIB 325 The Civil War in American Culture (3 credits)
  • LIB 380 History & Culture of Mexico (3 credits)
  • *MAT 300 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MIL 310 American Military History I (3 credits)
  • MIL 311 American Military History II (3 credits)
  • POL 303 The American Constitution (3 credits)
  • TVL 311 Literary & Historical Developments in 19th Century England (3 credits)
  • TVL 312 Mark Twain: Writer & Observer of American Culture (3 credits)
  • TVL 313 Literary & Historical Explorations of Classical Greco-Roman Culture (3 credits)
  • TVL 314 Literary & Historical Developments in 19th Century America (3 credits)
  • TVL 315 Historical & Literary Explorations of Post-Colonial South Africa (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, a course in World or Western Civilization, or an American history course, may be applied in transfer to satisfy the History requirement.

Humanities (3 credits)

In studying the humanities, students will learn the various ways we as humans attempt to answer questions about the meaning of our world and existence. Through the examination of religious beliefs, philosophies and the human condition students will examine issues of morality, values, ethics, and tolerance. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills in addressing dilemmas and acknowledging ambiguity.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Explore the concepts of values in a variety of contexts.
  2. Examine the sources of values and beliefs that guide individuals and groups.
  3. Analyze the principles of philosophical inquiry.
  4. Apply critical thinking and logic to philosophical issues.
  5. Analyze the effects of contemporary issues on the expression of values and beliefs.

One humanities course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • *PHI 100 Human Person & Values (3 credits)
  • *PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • *PHI 107 Philosophy of Human Conduct (3 credits)
  • *PHI 200 Mind & Machine (3 credits)
  • PHI 208 Ethics & Moral Reasoning (3 credits)
  • *PHI 210 Franciscanism Yesterday & Today (3 credits)
  • *PHI 307 Philosophy of Human Conduct (3 credits)
  • *PHI 310 Franciscanism Yesterday & Today (3 credits)
  • *REL 100 Introduction to Theology (3 credits)
  • *REL 101 Person & Faith (3 credits)
  • *REL 107 Introduction to Sacred Scripture (3 credits)
  • *REL 113 Comparative Religions (3 credits)
  • *REL 114 Comparative Religions II (3 credits)
  • *REL 125 Christianity (3 credits)
  • *REL 130 Quest for Judaic-Christian Values (3 credits)
  • *REL 203 Contemporary Human Problems (3 credits)
  • *REL 250 Judeo-Christian Thought (3 credits)
  • *REL 301 Person & Faith (3 credits)
  • *REL 303 Contemporary Human Problems (3 credits)
  • *REL 325 Christianity (3 credits)
  • *SRV 220 Service Learning: Values & Actions (3 credits). 

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

     

     

     

Literature (3 credits)

The student will develop life-long habits of reading literature for pleasure, information and personal growth. This subject area will provide students a disciplined study of literature and a skill set that includes critical thinking, reading and writing skills that will be applicable in personal, academic and professional settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the influence of the reader’s perspective on the interpretation of literature.
  2. Apply critical reading and analytical skills to make logical and interpretive inferences.
  3. Evaluate the influence of the author’s perspective on the development of individual works of literature.
  4. Describe the interrelationship of imagination and experience in creative writing.
  5. Analyze the historical and cultural context of literature.
  6. Compose critical essays on literary topics using the specified style of documentation.

One literature course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • ENG 125 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 201 American Literature to 1865 (3 credits)
  • ENG 202 American Literature after 1865 (3 credits)
  • *ENG 212 African-American Literature (3 credits)
  • *ENG 217 International Voices (3 credits)
  • *ENG 303 Survey of Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • *ENG 312 African-American Literature (3 credits)
  • *ENG 317 International Voices (3 credits)
  • ENG 341 Studies in Literary Genres (3 credits)
  • ENG 345 British Literature I (3 credits)
  • ENG 346 British Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENG 438 Literary Theory (3 credits)
  • LIB 316 Historical Contexts & Literature (3 credits)
  • *LIB 328 Shakespeare & Music (3 credits)
  • MIL 322 The Literature of War (3 credits)
  • REL 107 Introduction to Sacred Scripture (3 credits)
  • TVL 311 Literary & Historical Developments in 19th Century England (3 credits)
  • TVL 312 Mark Twain: Writer & Observer of American Culture (3 credits)
  • TVL 313 Literary & Historical Explorations of Classical Greco-Roman Culture (3 credits)
  • TVL 314 Literary & Historical Developments in 19th Century America (3 credits)
  • TVL 315 Historical & Literary Explorations of Post-Colonial South Africa (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, survey courses in American and British literature and courses dealing with works of major writers, applied in transfer, will satisfy the literature requirement.

Political Science (3 credits)

Political Science is instrumental for imparting knowledge of political processes, values, and public policy. It is designed to provide students with the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for informed citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Examine the ways in which power and authority are embedded in the structures and workings of the government and politics.
  2. Analyze political issues from diverse perspectives.
  3. Examine political behavior in various contexts.
  4. Analyze the causes and implications of conflict, compromise, and cooperation at the local, national, transnational, and global levels.
  5. Evaluate public policy as it relates to the ethics of political behavior.

One political science course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • *COM 357 Political Communication (3 credits)
  • CRJ 303 Corrections (3 credits)
  • EDU 365 Politics of American Education (3 credits)
  • *ENV 310 Environmental Policies (3 credits)
  • GRO 330 Social Policy & Aging (3 credits)
  • *HCS 226 Introduction to Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • *HIS 303 The American Constitution (3 credits)
  • LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (3 credits)
  • LIB 323 Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World (3 credits)
  • LNG 360 Language & Society (3 credits)
  • POL 201 American National Government (3 credits)
  • POL 211 Introduction to Politics (3 credits)
  • POL 303 The American Constitution (3 credits)
  • POL 310 Environmental Policies (3 credits)
  • POL 319 State & Local Government (3 credits)
  • POL 325 Congress & the Presidency (3 credits)
  • POL 353 Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • POL 355 International Relations (3 credits)
  • POL 411 Political Behavior (3 credits)
  • SOC 320 Public Policy & Social Services (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Science (4 credits)

Students will utilize scientific inquiry as a method for studying the natural world as they explore the fundamentals of science. Through critical thinking and problem solving, students will apply scientific concepts and methods.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Utilize the scientific method to analyze the effect of natural phenomena on living things and the physical world.
  2. Examine relationships between human activity and environmental sustainability.
  3. Apply problem solving skills in scientific laboratory experimentation.

One science course, 4 credits (with lab), is required. Students with transfer credits in science may substitute 6 credits of science without lab. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • *BIO 100 Life Science (4 credits)
  • *BIO 101 Humanity & the Environment (4 credits)
  • *BIO 103 Principles of General Biology I (4 credits)
  • *BIO 104 Principles of General Biology II (4 credits)
  • *BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • *BIO 205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • *CHE 108 Introductory Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • *CHE 151 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • *CHE 152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • *CHE 306 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • *ENV 101 Humanity & the Environment (4 credits)
  • *ENV 108 Introductory Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • *ENV 306 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • HIM 205 Anatomy & Physiology for HIM I (4 credits)
  • HPR 205 The Human Body, Health & Disease (4 credits)
  • *PHY 103 Weather & Climate (4 credits)
  • *PHY 105 Introduction to Physical Science (4 credits)
  • *PHY 201 College Physics I (4 credits)
  • *PHY 202 College Physics II (4 credits)
  • *SCI 201 Physical Geology (4 credits)
  • SCI 207 Dependence of Man on the Environment (4 credits)
  • SCI 208 Humans and the Environment (4 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

Typically, introductory courses with lab, in the following areas may be applied in transfer to meet the science requirement: natural sciences including chemistry, biology, astronomy, and physics.

Social and Personal Awareness (3 credits)

The students will use fundamental concepts of social science methodology to identify and explain the relationship between the self and the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain relationships between the individual and society.
  2. Evaluate the social implication of institutional change.
  3. Identify the fundamental concepts of social science methodology.

One social and personal awareness course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • ABS 200 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3 credits)
  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • ANT 348 Native American Anthropology (3 credits)
  • ANT 351 Anthropology of Religion, Magic, & Ritual (3 credits)
  • CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice (3 credits)
  • CRJ 303 Corrections (3 credits)
  • CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Behavior (3 credits)
  • ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • EDU 372 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • HCA 415 Community & Public Health (3 credits)
  • HHS 435 Contemporary Issues, Trends, Health Law Ethics in Health & Human Services (3 credits)
  • LEA 316 Ethics in Law Enforcement (3 credits)
  • LIB 125 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • LIB 307 Social Science Seminar: Race Relations in America (3 credits)
  • MIL 275 Military Ethics (3 credits)
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 302 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 304 Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • PSY 323 Perception, Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSY 331 Psychology of Learning (3 credits)
  • PSY 344 Issues & Trends in Adult Development (3 credits)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 203 Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 304 Social Gerontology (3 credits)
  • SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)
  • SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)
  • SOC 312 Child, Family & Society (3 credits)
  • SOC 313 Social Implications of Medical Issues (3 credits)
  • SOC 318 Sociology of Sport (3 credits)
  • SOC 322 Sociological Aspects of Adulthood (3 credits)
  • SOC 326 Diversity & Aging (3 credits)
  • SOC 402 Contemporary Social Problems & the Workplace (3 credits)
  • SSC 101 Introduction to Social Science (3 credits)

General Education Capstone (3 credits)

This course provides students with a cumulative and integrative learning experience grounded in their general education experience. Through the study of selected interdisciplinary topics and course-embedded assessments students will demonstrate mastery of essential competencies and application of different ways of knowing. Students will apply the general education principles informed by ethical and critical sensibility and provide evidence of growth in acquiring the habits of active citizenship. Prior to beginning their capstone course for their major, students must successfully complete the General Education capstone, unless they previously completed a Bachelor’s degree. Refer to Completion of Additional Bachelor’s Degrees in this section of the Catalog. A minimum grade of "C–" is required to meet course requirements. Pre-requisite: 75 credits or permission of the student’s college or school dean.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this requirement will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate the application of ethics and moral reasoning with regard to academic knowledge and societal concerns.
  2. Apply the principles of critical thinking to contemporary issues.
  3. Exhibit clear communication skills through investigative research and writing.
  4. Utilize information technology skills appropriate to interdisciplinary studies.
  5. Articulate the responsibility of global citizenship and multicultural understanding with regard to academic and professional pursuits.

One general education capstone course, 3 credits, is required. Ashford University offers the following course to satisfy this requirement:

  • GEN 499 General Education Capstone (3 credits)

Freshman Experience Requirement

  • *EXP 103 Freshman Experience (3 credits)

*Denotes course offered on-campus only.

The primary goal of this course is to assist all first-year Clinton campus-based students in their personal adjustment to college life. This is accomplished by investigation and practice of specific academic skills, by inquiry into life skills necessary for citizenship in any diverse community, and by knowledge of history, traditions, and values at Ashford University.

Note: Faculty Academic Advisors, Registrar’s Advisors, and Student Advisors assist students with course selection, but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she fulfills the previous requirements.

Course Delivery Methods

Ashford University offers programs using the following course structures and delivery modalities:

Clinton Campus Course Delivery

Generally, Ashford University courses are offered on the Clinton campus during two traditional 16-week semesters. A limited number of course offerings are also available during shorter May terms and summer sessions. Classes meet on campus throughout the weekdays.

Online Course Delivery

Generally, undergraduate students complete three credits in accelerated online delivery in five weeks. An accelerated online graduate course typically lasts six weeks. Specific log-in requirements are built into the design of each course and monitored over the Internet through the online learning instructional platform. The course structure allows students to take the initiative to learn content on their own time and provides carefully developed learning activities that allow students to optimize their knowledge processing/application efforts. Course objectives are clearly stated and measured through multiple measures. Instructors are expected to respond to assignments within 10 days and projects, such as in capstone courses, within 30 days from the date of the student’s submission.

Schedule Changes, Program Changes, and Course Cancellation

Ashford University reserves the right to make adjustments to student schedules including, but not limited to course dates, sequence, and modality as deemed necessary by University administration. Registration in a particular course section or with a specific instructor is not guaranteed.

Ashford University may cancel or postpone courses or programs as deemed necessary by the University. In such situations, the University will work with students in an effort to provide them with the opportunity to reschedule or to transfer to a comparable University course or program, if available. Any payments made for canceled courses will be refunded or will be applied to another University course or program.

The University will make a reasonable attempt to notify affected students through various communication methods.

Prerequisite Courses

Students are required to fulfill any prerequisites for registered courses, even if those prerequisites are not a requirement within their selected majors. Any prerequisite courses that are not included in the student’s major may be applied to his or her elective requirements.

Plans to Improve an Academic Program

Ashford University continuously looks for ways to improve our academic programs. In the event we plan to make a significant improvement to a program, as deemed so by the University, we will post that information on our Student Consumer Information page, located at www.ashford.edu/about/consumer-information.htm. Once an effective date for a significant improvement to an academic program is determined, information about the change will be posted on the website. Please note that significant improvements to academic programs generally only impact new students enrolling after the effective date. In the event that a significant improvement impacts current students in the program, students will be notified directly.

Classification of Students

Degree-Seeking Students

A degree-seeking student is one who has been accepted into a degree program by the University as a degree candidate and is currently enrolled. A student who remains continuously enrolled is classified as a less than half-time, half-time, three-quarter time, or full-time student according to enrollment requirements for the degree program. Undergraduate students are further classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, according to the number of undergraduate credits earned.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who wish to take a limited number of courses and do not wish to be enrolled in a degree program at Ashford University may enroll as non-degree seeking students (non-degree students or non-matriculated students) by completing an application for admission. Non-degree seeking students pay the standard tuition rate and are ineligible for financial aid or in-school Title IV loan deferment. Credit is granted when courses are successfully completed and all earned grades are recorded.

Applicants seeking to enroll in one or more courses as a non-degree seeking student are generally expected to meet the full admissions requirements for the degree program through which the course(s) are offered* and any prerequisite coursework required for an individual course. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to take EXP 105, PSY 202, or Capstone coursework. Admission requirements for enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student are outlined specifically in each degree-level section of this Catalog.

Registering as a non-degree seeking student in no way guarantees or implies admission to an Ashford University degree program. Non-degree seeking students planning to formally apply for admission to a degree program should have their intended course selections reviewed by their Student Advisors to determine relevance and potential applicability to the program. Students who wish to apply non-degree seeking coursework to an undergraduate or graduate-level degree program at Ashford University may apply up to 15 credits, unless otherwise approved by the Executive Dean of the School or College.

Individuals who previously have been denied regular admission, or those who have been dismissed or disqualified from Ashford University must petition the Registrar’s Office and receive permission to register as a non-degree seeking student. Graduates of Ashford University are generally permitted to register for continued coursework as non-degree seeking students.

The number of non-degree seeking students in any class may be limited. Ashford University reserves the right to limit courses for which a non-degree seeking student may register, as well as to assess the suitability of a non-degree seeking student for any course.

*Note: Online applicants under the age of 22 cannot be enrolled in an Ashford University degree program unless they meet specific exceptions. Please refer to undergraduate online admission requirements for full admission requirements into an online degree-seeking program.

All applicants applying under the age of 18 must have all legal documents signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Undergraduate Restrictions of Minor/Specialization Pairings

The following undergraduate minor/specialization combinations are not permitted:

Minor

Specialization

Accounting

Sports and Recreation Management

Business Administration

Business Economics
Sports & Recreation Management

Business Economics

Business Economics
Finance
International Management

Child Development

Child Development
Early Childhood Education

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Finance
Sports & Recreation Management

History

History

Human Resources Management

Human Resources Management

Information Systems

Information Systems
Project Management

International Management

International Management
Marketing

Logistics Management

Logistics Management
Operations Management

Marketing

International Management
Marketing
Mass-Market Retail Enterprise Management
Sports & Recreation Management

Operations Management

Information Systems
Operations Management
Project Management

Political Science and Government

Political Science and Government

Project Management

Operations Management
Project Management

Public Administration

Public Administration

Sociology

Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care Management

Sports and Recreation Management

Sports and Recreation Management

Minor/Minor Overlap Exceptions

A maximum of 50% of required credits in a minor can overlap with courses fulfilling an additional minor’s requirements in order to declare the given minor/minor combination. For students declaring more than two minors, all minors must meet the 50% unique credit requirement.

Note: Please refer to the Clinton Campus Programs and Online Undergraduate Programs sections in this Catalog for more details on Ashford University Minors policies.

Major/Minor Overlap Exceptions

A maximum of 50% of required credits in a minor can overlap with courses fulfilling major requirements in order to declare the given major/minor combination, unless otherwise specified by current program. For students declaring more than two minors, the major must meet the 50% unique credit requirement.

The following major/minors combinations are approved exceptions to the 50% rule:

Major

Minor
Business Administration Information Systems
Sports & Recreation Management
Biology Chemistry
Botany
Natural Science Child Learning & Development
Botany
Natural Science (BS) Chemistry
Botany
Public Relations & Marketing Marketing Communications
Sociology Social and Criminal Justice
Sports & Recreation Management Business Administration

 

 

Completion of Additional Majors

Students who wish to pursue an additional major at the undergraduate level may do so by successfully fulfilling the requirements for that major. Students must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits that are unique to each major. Coursework in the additional major must be completed within the normal timeframe for the degree. Students who wish to receive an additional major after earning an Ashford University Bachelor’s degree should refer to the Completion of Additional Bachelor's Degrees section subsequently. Additionally, students must declare an additional major prior to end date of the last course in their degree program.

Completion of Additional Bachelor's Degrees

A student who has previously earned a Bachelor's degree at Ashford University or from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution, and wishes to earn an additional Bachelor's degree must complete an additional 30 upper-division credits at the University and fulfill all graduation requirements applicable to the additional degree. Students should have a minimum of 24 unique credits in their major coursework in order to receive an additional Bachelor’s degree. Students who completed a Bachelor’s degree from countries other than the United States must have their degree evaluated by an approved evaluation service, and accepted by Ashford University, as equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the United States. Unless the additional degree requires coursework that also fulfills General Education requirements, an appropriately accredited Bachelor’s degree will meet all General Education requirements.

Completion of Additional Master’s Degrees

A student who has previously earned a Master’s degree at Ashford University, or from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution, and wishes to earn an additional Master’s degree must fulfill all degree and graduation requirements applicable to the additional degree. Students who completed a Master’s degree from countries other than the United States must have their degree evaluated by an approved evaluation service, and accepted by Ashford University, as equivalent to a Master’s degree in the United States. Any credits applied to a previously awarded degree cannot be applied to a subsequent degree. If a student has completed coursework that fulfills content requirements for the second Master’s degree, the student must complete additional courses to fulfill total credit requirements for the additional degree. Completion of an additional area of specialization within the same degree does not qualify for a second degree. For Ashford University graduates, a Forbes School of Business additional Master’s degree cannot duplicate specializations with the prior Master’s degree. The additional Master’s degree must be taken with a new advanced sequence or a new specialization.

Completion of Concurrent Master’s Degrees

For students who enroll concurrently in more than one Master’s degree program, courses cannot be used to fulfill total credit requirements across more than one Master’s degree program. Any credits applied to one Master’s degree cannot be applied to another Master’s degree. If a student completes coursework that fulfills content requirements for more than one Master’s degree, the student must complete additional courses to fulfill total credit requirements for the additional degree. Students pursuing this option should discuss financial aid implications with their Student Advisor.

Graduate Restrictions for Degree Pairings

The following graduate degree program and specialization pairings are restricted. Students who wish to complete an additional or concurrent Master's degree that is restricted must choose a new specialization or degree program.

 

Restricted Program Pairings
MBA, Health Care Administration Specialization MA in Health Care Administration
MBA, Public Administration Specialization Master of Public Administration
MA in Organizational Management, Public Administration Specialization Master of Public Administration
MA in Organizational Management, Health Care Administration Specialization MA in Health Care Administration
MAED, Distance Learning Specialization MA in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Standard Specialization
MAED, Educational Technology Leadership Specialization MA in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Standard Specialization

 

 

Degree Regression

Degree regression may occur if a student enrolls in a lower level degree than one previously earned. Students may experience regression when course content completed at a higher level is repeated for fulfillment of lower level degree requirements. Since students applying for lower level degrees risk regression, degree-seeking students must petition the Provost to enroll in a lower level degree, prior to being admitted to the program, in order to ensure credit requirements for the additional degree will not be considered regression.

Sequence of Courses

In most cases, students are not permitted to take a course for credit after they have completed a more advanced course in the same subject with a grade of “C-” or higher. Course sequencing requirements may be outlined for each degree program, major, minor, and/or specialization.

Capstone Courses

Most Bachelor’s and graduate degree programs require students to successfully complete a capstone course. Capstone courses are designed as a comprehensive method for students to demonstrate achievement and understanding of their program learning outcomes. Students will be scheduled for their capstone course as the final course requirement to complete their degree with the exception of those pursuing an undergraduate specialization. Students may not take capstone courses for elective credit.

Academic Credit

Academic credit at Ashford University is granted using the semester credit hour system.

Grade Point Average

The grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted for which quality points are given. The grades of “Incomplete” and “Passing” do not alter the grade point average. If a student repeats a course, only the most recent grade earned affects the grade point average; the grade point value of the first grade is no longer included in calculating the cumulative average. “W” grades are counted as credits attempted when calculating completion-rate requirements for satisfactory academic progress. “WF” grades are counted as credits attempted and equal the same grade points as an “F.” No grades are awarded for transferred credits, and transfer credit hours are not reflected in the Ashford University grade point average.

Grading System and Grade Points

Credits are awarded in semester credit hours.
Note: Plus and Minus grades and/or "D" grades are not applicable to graduate programs.

Grades/Quality Points:

A

=

4.0

C-

=

1.7

A-

=

3.7

D+

=

1.3

B+

=

3.3

D

=

1.0

B

=

3.0

D-

=

0.7

B-

=

2.7

F

=

0

C+

=

2.3

WF

=

0

C

=

2.0

Other Grading Designations

 

T = Transfer Credit
I = Incomplete Course
(replaced when final grade is awarded)
AU = Audited Course (Clinton Campus Only)
P = Designates Pass/Fail credit earned for courses specifically designated as Pass/Fail. Credits earned count toward the degree requirements, although grade points will not be earned.
E = Enrolled in Course
W = Withdrew from Course
WF = Withdrawn Fail, issued when a student drops or is administratively dropped from a course after the deadline for dropping a course with a grade of W has passed, based on the last date of attendance. Credits are marked as attempted and grade points are equivalent to a "F" grade.
CE = Competency by Exam
** = Repeated Course*
NC = No Credit
*A student may repeat a course previously taken only if the initial grade earned was a "C" or lower. Unless otherwise designated, credit is earned for a course only once. The previous grades for all repeated courses are retained on the transcript and count as credits attempted. Only the most recent grades and points are used in calculating the grade point average (GPA). Transfer credit from other institutions is noted on the transcript in semester credit hours.

 

Repeated Courses

A course may be repeated at the University if the initial grade in the course was a “C” or lower. The most recent grade earned in the course is used in computing the cumulative grade point average. Limits on the number of courses or times a course may be repeated may be set at the degree and/or major level. Clinton Campus students should refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Review and Evaluation policy in the Clinton Campus Programs section of this Catalog for more information on repeating term-based courses. Introductory undergraduate courses EXP 105 and PSY 202 may only be retaken within 9 attempted credits of the original attempt. Additionally, a student may not retake a course in an area in which he or she has already a completed coursework that is more advanced in content level. Degree-seeking students should meet with their Student Advisor to determine if coursework will fit into their academic plan and not be considered regression from previous credit awarded. Students choosing to repeat coursework must do so prior to the completion of program requirements. Repeating coursework may affect eligibility for Title IV financial aid.

Incomplete Grades

Eligibility Criteria
Incomplete (“I”) grades are issued at the discretion of the instructor and are based upon compelling circumstances. To issue a grade of “I” for a course, the following conditions must be met:

  • The student must have completed at least 2/3 of the assignments in the course.
  • With the exception of assignments due during the final week of the course, the student’s Course Weighted Average To Date must be at least 59.50 (undergraduate students) or 69.50 (graduate students).
  • The student must submit an Incomplete Grade Request to his or her instructor prior to the submission of final grades.

Students who are unable to submit an Incomplete Grade Request prior to the submission of final grades should refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section in this Catalog for complete details on Ashford University’s Grade Appeals policy to review other options.
Attendance Requirements
Regardless of a request for an incomplete grade, students must meet weekly attendance requirements through the end of the course or term. Students who are dropped from a course or term due to not meeting attendance requirements are not eligible to receive an “I” grade.

Approved Incompletes
The instructor must approve the plan presented by the student for satisfying the requirements of the course.

The student has up to 30 days, based on instructor discretion, from the last day of the course to finish his or her coursework. If the student does not complete the work, his or her grade automatically defaults to the grade earned as of the conclusion of the course. Students who have an outstanding incomplete grade at the time of SAP review may not be allowed to continue to the next term until the “I” grade is successfully completed. The “I” grade appears on grade reports and/or official transcripts until a final grade is determined and recorded.

Appeal Procedure
Students requesting an extension for an incomplete grade and students who have been denied an incomplete grade may appeal the decision to the University Provost, or designee. The outcome of the request will be communicated in writing to the student. A maximum of an additional 30 days may be granted to a student with an approved appeal.

Course Drop

Students who officially drop from a course or courses during the add/drop period as defined by the drop deadlines will have that course removed from their academic transcripts.

Drop Deadlines:

16-week course = Week 2
8-week course = Week 1
6-week course = Week 1
5-week course = Week 1
3-week course = Day 3

Students who officially drop or are administratively dropped from a course after the drop deadline and prior to the end of the instructional week or day shown subsequently will receive a “W” in the course.

Deadlines to Drop with a Grade of W:

16-week course = Week 12
8-week course = Week 6
6-week course = Week 5
5-week course = Week 4
3-week course = Day 16

Students who officially drop or are administratively dropped from a course after the deadline to drop with a grade of “W” will receive a grade of “WF” in the course.

Please note that course drop dates are based on a student’s last date of attendance in the course.

Requests for Program Change

Students who are requesting a program change must submit a new application required for the new program of study. Students must meet admission requirements and complete all degree requirements in effect for the program of study at the time of admission to the new program. Admission is not guaranteed. The University will determine the conditions under which the student may enroll and will convey those conditions to the student. Any changes to a program may result in removal of an approved transfer concentration, specialization, or minor.

Associate’s to Bachelor’s Program Change Requirements

Matriculated students seeking approval to change from an Associate’s to a Bachelor’s degree program must have earned a minimum of 18 credits at Ashford University and be in good academic standing. Matriculated students who have earned fewer than 18 credits at Ashford University are exempt from this requirement if all General Education and Introductory coursework has been successfully completed.

Withdrawal from the University

Official Withdrawal

Ashford University determines that a student is officially withdrawn when a student requests to officially withdraw or takes an academic leave from the University. Online students wishing to officially withdraw from Ashford University must notify their assigned Admissions Counselor, University Advisor, Student Advisor, or other advisor within the Admissions or Student Services Department. Clinton campus students wishing to officially withdraw must notify the Registrar’s Office.

For official withdrawals, a student’s withdrawal date is:

  • The last documented date of academically related activity by the student (attendance is documented on a daily basis in courses utilizing online learning); or
  • For independent study courses, in which the last date of academically related activity cannot be determined, the date the student begins the withdrawal process or the date that he or she provides notice of his or her intent to withdraw. Independent study courses include but are not limited to thesis, practicum, and internship experiences.

Unofficial Withdrawal

Ashford University determines that a student is unofficially withdrawn when he or she falls into one of the following categories:

  • Students who do not register for and attend the current semester, term, or course sequence;
  • Students who fail to follow the proper procedures for requesting an Academic Leave or who do not return from an approved Academic Leave as scheduled; or
  • Students who do not meet the minimum attendance requirements for the program as outlined in the current Catalog or Catalog Supplement.
  • For unofficial withdrawals, a student’s withdrawal date is:
  • The last documented date of academically related activity by the student (attendance is documented on a daily basis in courses utilizing online learning); or
  • For independent study courses, in which the last date of academically related activity cannot be determined, the date of withdrawal will be the midpoint of the payment period up through the 60% point. Independent study courses include but are not limited to thesis, practicum, and internship experiences.

Reinstatement Process After Withdrawal (Less Than One Year)

Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from Ashford University may request reinstatement to the same degree/program in which they were enrolled at the time of withdrawal. Students seeking reinstatement to a different degree/program must submit a new application required for the new program of study. Students must meet admission requirements and complete all degree requirements in effect for the program of study corresponding with the catalog year in which the student changed his or her program. Students seeking reinstatement to Ashford University should contact their Student Advisors for accelerated programs and the Registrar’s Office for traditional programs. Reinstatement is not guaranteed. If reinstatement is granted, Ashford University will determine any conditions under which the student may be reinstated and will convey those conditions to the student.

Students seeking reinstatement to Ashford University should contact their Student Advisors (online modality) or the Registrar’s office (Clinton campus modality).

Military service members should review the Readmission of Students after Military Service under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 policy located in this section of the Catalog.

Readmission Process After Withdrawal (One Year or More)

Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from Ashford University and are seeking readmission to the same or a different degree/program must submit a new application. This process is to ensure that the University has current demographic information for each student. If the student has continued his or her education at another school since leaving the University, official transcript(s) from any other college attended should be submitted to the Registrar's Office.

Students must meet admission requirements and complete all degree requirements in effect for the program of study at the time of readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed. If readmission is granted, the University will determine the conditions under which the student may re-enroll and will convey those conditions to the student.

Military service members should review the Readmission of Students after Military Service under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 policy located in this section of the Catalog.

 

Military Deployment Provisions

Any member of the United States armed forces, spouse of an Active Duty, National Guard or Reservist, a Department of Defense employee or a civilian employee of the US Coast Guard who is ordered to state or federal service or duty is entitled to the following provisions for each course the student is attending:

  • Students may withdraw from any current course(s) and receive a tuition credit to be applied in the amount of tuition accrued in the current course(s). Students will be assigned a withdrawal grade that does not count negatively against Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Students may make arrangements with instructors for course grades or administratively request a grade of incomplete by submitting any of the subsequent request forms. If such arrangements are made, tuition shall be assessed for the course(s) in full.
  • Students who withdraw from the institution due to military service are allotted a one-year grace period for collection of any institutional balances owed. This grace period does not apply to repayment of federal student loans which are subject to Title IV repayment regulations.

Students who request to drop any current course(s) due to military necessity and do not need to request an Academic Leave should submit a Military Course Drop/Incomplete Request.

Students who request a break in attendance of 45 days or greater due to military necessity may do so by submitting a Military Withdrawal Request. This request form also facilitates withdrawal from any current course(s), if necessary.

Both of these request forms are available in the Student Portal.

Readmission of Students after Military Service under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

Ashford University does not deny readmission to a service member of the uniformed services for reasons relating to that service. Students who meet the criteria subsequently outlined will be readmitted with the same academic status as the student had when he or she last attended Ashford University. An affected service member is any individual who is a member of, applies to be a member of, or performs, has performed, applies to perform, or has the obligation to perform, service in the uniformed services. Service in the uniformed services means service, whether voluntary or involuntary, in the Armed Forces, including service as a member of the National Guard or Reserve, on active duty, active duty for training, or full-time National Guard duty under Federal authority for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days.

Any student whose absence from Ashford University is necessitated by reason of service in the uniformed services is entitled to readmission if the following apply:

  • the student (or an appropriate officer of the Armed Forces or official of the Department of Defense) gives advance written or verbal notice of such service to Ashford University and provides such notice as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances;
  • the cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from Ashford University by reason of service in the uniformed services, including only the time the student spends actually performing service in the uniformed services, does not exceed five years; and
  • except as otherwise provided in this section, the student submits a verbal or written notification of intent to re-enroll at Ashford University by informing a University Advisor, a Student Advisor, an Admissions Counselor, or the Office of the Registrar or by submitting a new application for admission.

However, no advance notice by the student is required if the giving of such notice is precluded by military necessity, such as a mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that is classified; or a pending or ongoing mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that may be compromised or otherwise adversely affected by public knowledge.

In addition, any student (or an appropriate officer of the Armed Forces or official of the Department of Defense) who did not give advance written or verbal notice of service to a Student Advisor, a University Advisor, an Admissions Counselor, or the Office of the Registrar may meet the notice requirement by submitting, at the time the student seeks readmission, an attestation to Ashford University that the student performed service in the uniformed services that necessitated the student’s absence from Ashford University.

When determining the cumulative length of the student’s absence for service, the period of service does not include any service:

  • that is required, beyond five years, to complete an initial period of obligated service;
  • during which the student was unable to obtain orders releasing the student from a period of service in the uniformed services before the expiration of the five-year period and the inability to obtain those orders was through no fault of the student; or
  • performed by a member of the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) who is:
    • ordered to or retained on active duty under sections 688, 12301(a), 12301(g), 12302, 12304, or 12305 of Title 10, U.S.C., or under sections 331, 332, 359, 360, 367, or 712 of Title 14, U.S.C.;
    • ordered to or retained on active duty (other than for training) under any provision of law because of a war or national emergency declared by the President or the Congress as determined by the Secretary concerned;
    • ordered to active duty (other than for training) in support, as determined by the Secretary concerned, of an operational mission for which personnel have been ordered to active duty under section 12304 of Title 10, U.S.C.;
    • ordered to active duty in support, as determined by the Secretary concerned, of a critical mission or requirement of the Armed Forces (including the National Guard or Reserve); or
    • called into Federal service as a member of the National Guard under chapter 15 of Title 10, U.S.C., or section 12406 of Title 10, U.S.C (i.e., called to respond to an invasion, danger of invasion, rebellion, danger of rebellion, insurrection, or the inability of the President with regular forces to execute the laws of the United States).

An affected service member must, upon the completion of a period of service in the uniformed services, notify Ashford University of his or her intent to return to Ashford University not later than three years after the completion of the period of service. However, a student who is hospitalized for or convalescing from an illness or injury incurred in or aggravated during the performance of service in the uniformed services must notify a Student Advisor, a University Advisor, an Admissions Counselor, or the Office of the Registrar of his or her intent to return to Ashford University not later than two years after the end of the period that is necessary for recovery from such illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within the required period does not automatically forfeit eligibility for readmission to Ashford University, but is subject to Ashford University’s established general policies and practices.

A student who submits an application for readmission to Ashford University must provide to Ashford University documentation to establish that

  • the student has not exceeded the specified service limitations; and
  • the student’s eligibility for readmission has not been terminated due to the occurrence of:
    • a separation from the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) with a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge.
    • a dismissal of a commissioned officer permitted under section 1161(a) of Title 10, USC by sentence of a general court-martial; in commutation of a sentence of a general court-martial; or, in time of war, by order of the President.
    • a dropping of a commissioned officer from the rolls pursuant to section 1161(b) of Title 10, USC due to absence without authority for at least three months; separation by reason of a sentence to confinement adjudged by a court-martial; or, a sentence to confinement in a Federal or State penitentiary or correctional institution.

In order for a service member to qualify for these benefits by reason of service, a student must submit appropriate documentation to the University. Documents that might establish service member eligibility include, but are not limited to:

  • DD214—Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty;
  • Copy of duty orders prepared by the facility where the orders were fulfilled with a service completion endorsement;
  • Letter from the Commanding Officer of a Personnel Support Activity (or someone of comparable authority);
  • Certificate of completion from military training school;
  • Discharge certificate showing character of service;
  • Copy of extracts from payroll documents showing periods of service; or
  • Letter from National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Team Leader or Administrative Officer verifying dates and times of NDMS training or Federal activation.

Ashford University may not delay or attempt to avoid a readmission of a student under this section by demanding documentation that does not exist, or is not readily available, at the time of readmission.

  • Students who meet the criteria for readmission after military service outlined previously will be promptly readmitted with the same academic status as when they last attended or were last admitted to the institution, but did not begin attendance because of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation to permit service. “Same academic status” means that Ashford University shall admit the student:
    • to the same program to which he or she was last admitted, or, if that exact program is no longer offered, the program that is most similar to that program, unless the student requests or agrees to admission to a different program;
    • at the same enrollment status last held at Ashford University, unless the student requests or agrees to admission at a different enrollment status;
    • with the same number of credit hours completed previously, unless the student is readmitted to a different program to which the completed credit hours are not transferable; and
    • with the same academic standing previously held.

If the student is readmitted to the same program, for the first academic year in which the student returns, the student will be assessed the same tuition and fee charges that the student was or would have been assessed for the academic year during which the student left the institution.

If the student is admitted to a different program, and for subsequent academic years for a student admitted to the same program, the student will be assessed no more than the tuition and fee charges that other students in the program are assessed for that academic year.

If Ashford University determines that the student is not prepared to resume the program, or will not be able to complete the program, the University will make reasonable efforts at no extra cost to the student to help the student become prepared or to enable the student to complete the program, including but not limited to providing refresher courses at no extra cost to the student, and allowing the student to retake a pretest at no extra cost to the student.

Ashford University is not required to readmit the student on his or her return if

  • after reasonable efforts by the University, the University determines that the student is not prepared to resume the program at the point where he or she left off;
  • after reasonable efforts by the University, the University determines that the student is unable to complete the program; or
  • the University determines that there are no reasonable efforts it can take to prepare the student to resume the program at the point where he or she left off or to enable the student to complete the program.

Servicemembers Opportunity College

Ashford University is a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Degree Network School for the Coast Guard. As a SOCCoast member, students who apply for admission to a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ashford University and are members of one of the following Armed Forces are eligible to receive a Servicemembers Opportunity College SOC Student Agreement:

  • Coast Guard;
  • Coast Guard Reserve; 
  • Spouses and adult dependents of Coast Guard active duty service members; or
  • Coast Guard Civilian Employees.

Ashford University may also issue SOCCoast agreements to servicemembers of other branches of service based on SOC policies and requirements.

Ashford University must receive all previous college transcripts and military credit recommendations prior to the end of the second attempted course. Upon full admission, the student will receive a SOC Student Agreement outlining their degree requirements.

SOC Student Agreement degree requirements are valid for 8 years from the time the agreement is issued or the student voluntarily changes the degree program at which time a new agreement will be issued for the new program. Students who leave Ashford University and return after one year under a valid SOC Student Agreement will be given the program requirements under the last contract for degree. When degree or course requirements change, students have the opportunity to voluntarily choose the new program to be more in-line with industry standards. Students that return to a degree program that is no longer offered through Ashford University will be given the opportunity to be admitted into the most current program or under the contract version without loss toward academic progress.

Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership

Ashford University is a participating institution in the Voluntary Education Partnership with the DoD. In accordance with this partnership, any Active Duty, National Guard, or Reservist student who attends the University will receive a military degree plan wthin 60 days after admission to the educational institution in which the individual has selected a degree program and all required official transcripts have been received.

The student will receive a Military Degree Plan with the evaluation of previous coursework received and the requirements for the degree program selected.

The Military Degree Plan affords the student the opportunity to complete the degree requirements within the enrolled degree program within five (5) years of the issued date without the loss of academic progress. Students who choose to change their degree program will forfeit the issued degree plan and be reissued a new Military Degree Plan for the new program.

Transfer of Ashford University Credits to Other Institutions

Since Ashford University is a regionally accredited institution, other institutions may elect to accept Ashford University credits. However, students should be aware that the transfer of credit is controlled by the receiving institution, and therefore cannot be guaranteed by Ashford University unless part of a valid articulation agreement or included in an articulation numbering system.

Outside any formal partnership or agreement, students considering transferring to another institution have the responsibility to determine whether that institution will accept Ashford University credits. Ashford University does not imply, promise, or guarantee transferability of its credits to any other institution. Please visit www.ashford.edu/admissions/transferability.htm to find information about transfer guidelines and a current list of articulation agreements.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Ashford University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in an Ashford University program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Ashford University to determine if your credits or degree will transfer.

Learning Resources

Appropriate Use of Database Content

Researchers are permitted to access the databases only for the purposes of providing or pursuing an education through Ashford University. They may not use the materials for any other purpose. Neither database access nor materials retrieved from the databases may be shared inside or outside of the University.

Violations may result in disciplinary action and/or legal liability to the database providers. Ashford University requires its students, faculty and staff to respect intellectual property rights, and will take action against anyone who abuses access to the database content made available by the library.

Library

The Ashford University Library coordinates access for online students and faculty to electronic academic and business research databases or collections. These resources provide hundreds of thousands of full-text periodicals and academic journal articles, e-books, videos and other materials. These electronic research resources are available to students on a 24/7 basis. Instruction in the use of these databases and other library resources is available on the Clinton Campus for groups, classes, and individuals and by email. The library provides all students with tip sheets and video tutorials that show users how to navigate the Ashford Library and help them better understand the research process.

Clinton Campus students can get assistance from librarians in person, and via phone and email. Online students can interact with librarians via phone, chat and email. These resources, as well as librarian contact information, instructional aids, and tutorials are available on the library website, which can be accessed through the Student Portal or through your online courses.

The library also provides campus students access to a wide variety of research resources in paper and microfilm formats. Students have on-campus access to 101,000+ book volumes and more than 650 periodical titles. The campus library also includes the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC), which provides access to 7,500+ print and non-print instructional materials in support of the University’s academic programs in the field of Education. Clinton Campus students also have access to the RiverShare Libraries consortium’s catalog, which provides access to the book collections of more than 90 regional libraries.

The library is also a full cataloging and interlibrary loan member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). With this national network, all students can access more than 72,000 collections, large and small, through interlibrary loan. Ashford librarians can obtain articles and other documents for students if these items are not available through the Ashford University Library’s collections.

Assistance in Developing Writing Proficiency

A number of self-help resources are available on the Ashford University website for students preparing to meet the writing proficiency standards in degree programs offered online. In addition, fee-based tutorial services are available to students who need personal assistance in writing skill improvement. Clinton campus students are provided with support and tutoring through the Flavian Achievement Center.

Flavian Achievement Center (Clinton Campus)

The Flavian Achievement Center is named for Sister Flavian Launderville, OSF, who taught for many years in Clinton’s Catholic schools. Sister Flavian was renowned for giving students individual attention in those areas of study where they experienced difficulty. The Flavian Center seeks to further her work.

The Center is committed to helping Clinton campus learners of all ability levels achieve and maintain the academic competencies that form the core of a liberal arts education. The General Education requirements in a liberal arts institution cover a wide range of disciplines, and most students can benefit from academic assistance. Students are invited to come to the Flavian Center for individual tutoring, to engage in group study, or to participate in competency-based activities suggested by the academic departments. These free services are provided by professional staff and peer tutors who have demonstrated excellence in the basic competencies as well as in a variety of content areas.

In addition to academic assistance, the Flavian Center has computers that may be used for academic research and word processing and a number of software programs relevant to the content areas. Make-up and assessment testing are also provided by the Flavian Center.

Course Digital Materials (CDM) – Online Modality Only

Course digital materials (CDM) refers to all course-specific educational materials and resources provided directly to the student via the online classroom. Course materials include essential readings, audio and video assets, interactive exercises, and other digital supplements. CDMs offer a more dynamic, interactive, and robust set of resources for student learning in the online modality. For courses in which course digital materials are provided in lieu of textbooks, an $85.00 fee (CDM fee) is applied directly to the student’s account concurrent with the charge for tuition. Students are not charged the CDM fee for repeated coursework if previously charged. CDM fees are fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Week 1 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule).

Constellation™

Constellation™ course digital materials are designed to help students master the instructional goals of Ashford University degree programs. Constellation™ digital materials are created specifically to support Ashford University’s curriculum. These materials may be displayed on a browser-based Constellation™ Reader or on a number of devices, such as the iPhone, Kindle, and Blackberry. Once students have access to their Constellation™ digital materials through the online classroom, they can read their materials online, download and save them to their hard drive, print without restriction, keep materials for future reference, or share with friends.

Constellation™ does not include restrictions on file storage or print functions. Full functionality of Constellation™ is best experienced with the included reader. The Constellation™ Reader will allow students to highlight material in a variety of colors, create notes and make bookmarks. While the reader offers robust functionality, students will be able to access, download and print their learning materials in accordance with their preferences. Students will lose access to any course digital materials approximately 60 days after the end of their course or their withdrawal date, unless they have downloaded the material to an external device or hard drive.

Honor Societies for Clinton Campus Students

Junior/Senior Honor Society

Recognizes and encourages scholarship among juniors and seniors. Membership is extended to full-time juniors and seniors who have completed at least one semester at the University and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better. Thereafter, the student must maintain a grade point average of 3.20.

Lambda Sigma Society

A national honor society that recognizes scholarship, service, and leadership in sophomores. Membership in the Alpha Upsilon chapter is extended to full-time sophomores who have completed at least one freshman semester at the University and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.20 or better.

Mu Sigma Eta

A society composed of honor students from the fields of biology, chemistry, and mathematics. This organization promotes the scientific development of its members. Admission is by faculty invitation only.

Honor Societies for Online Students

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society devoted to the advancement of scholarship and leadership of nontraditional/adult students in higher education. To be eligible for membership in the Ashford University Alpha Lambda chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, students must be seeking their first Bachelor’s degree, be in the highest twenty (20) percent of eligible baccalaureate students based upon cumulative GPA, and meet the following criteria as of December 31 or June 30 and completion of a minimum of:

  • 24 credits at Ashford University; and
  • 12 credits of liberal arts coursework.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be sent an invitation via email to become a member. There are no membership fees or dues. Once a student has participated in an online induction ceremony, the student becomes a lifetime member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. Names of inductees will be published on the Alpha Sigma Lambda webpage on the Ashford University website once the induction process for eligible students is complete. Students who are inducted into the honor society will be mailed a certificate.

Any Alpha Sigma Lambda member who participates in the Ashford University Commencement Ceremony will be distinguished with Alpha Sigma Lambda regalia provided by the University.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the two-year college/Associate’s degree-granting institution. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

Membership is by invitation only. In order to receive an invitation for membership, students must meet the criteria listed subsequently as of May 30 and November 30:

  • Be an active student seeking an Associate’s degree;
  • Have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework that may be applied to an Associate’s degree;
  • Have a grade point average of 3.7 (a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 must be maintained to remain in good standing); and,
  • Be willing to adhere to the moral standards of the Society.

There is a one-time membership fee of $55.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be sent an invitation to become a member. Names of inductees will be published on the Phi Theta Kappa webpage on the Ashford University website once the induction process for eligible students is complete. Students who are inducted into the honor society will be mailed a certificate.

Any Phi Theta Kappa member who participates in the on-campus commencement ceremony will be distinguished with Phi Theta Kappa regalia provided by the University.

Honor Societies for Clinton Campus and Online Students

SALUTE National Veterans Honor Society:

SALUTE is the first national veteran's honor society. SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. In 2009, Colorado State University was awarded the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant, and from that SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was created. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military at two- and four-year higher education institutions nationwide.

To attain membership into SALUTE as an undergraduate student, the following criteria must be met as of May 30 or November 30:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student;
  • Qualify as military or veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions, or submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge);
  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.0;
  • Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves or, if no longer serving, submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge); and
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.

A unique element for undergraduate students is the GPA-ranking tier. This system was designed to encourage student veterans to strive for academic success at their university. Undergraduate members of SALUTE advance to higher tiers of the GPA ranking system during their tenure at their university.

To attain membership into SALUTE as a graduate student, the following criteria must be met as of May 30 or November 30:

  • Be currently enrolled as a graduate student;
  • Qualify as a military or veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions;
  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.5;
  • Have completed at least 12 credits of graduate coursework;
  • Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves or, if no longer serving, submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge); and
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.

Membership in SALUTE consists of one-time lifetime membership fee of $20 paid at the time of induction.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be sent notice of their eligibility via email and be provided with information on the necessary application materials to be reviewed by a committee. Following committee review, students who meet all eligibility requirements will be sent an invitation via email to formally induct into SALUTE. Names of inductees will be published on the SALUTE webpage on the Ashford University website once the induction process for eligible students is complete.

Students who are inducted into the honor society will be mailed a certificate and a military style challenge coin.

Any SALUTE member who participates in the Ashford University Commencement Ceremony will be distinguished with SALUTE regalia provided by the University.

Golden Key International Honour Society:

Golden Key International Honour Society is the world’s premier collegiate honor society connecting members locally, regionally and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward and success. Membership in Golden Key is by invitation only.

To qualify for membership in Golden Key International Honour Society, active students must meet the following criteria as of January 1 or July 1:

  • be in the top 15% of your undergraduate class (Bachelor’s degree seeking Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors), based on GPA; or
  • be a top-performing graduate student, based on GPA.

Membership in Golden Key consists of one-time lifetime membership fee of $80 paid at the time of induction.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be sent notice of their eligibility via email and be told to expect an exclusive invitation via email to join the honor society directly from Golden Key International Honour Society headquarters.

Names of inductees will be published on the Golden Key webpage on the Ashford University website. Students who are inducted into the honor society will be mailed a certificate.

Any Golden Key member who participates in the Ashford University Commencement Ceremony will be distinguished with Golden Key regalia provided by the University.

Program Completion and Honors

Dean’s List

Online Modality:

Associate and Bachelor degree-seeking students will be evaluated three times per calendar year for academic recognition, in December, May, and August. Students who meet the following criteria will be recognized for their scholarship through the Academic Dean’s List.

  • Have a 3.50 Ashford University cumulative grade point average;
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in an online program;
  • Have enrolled in and completed at least one course since the time the previous Dean’s List was determined;
  • Are in good academic standing at the time of review; and
  • Are currently attending or are on an approved Academic Leave at the time of review.

Clinton Campus Modality:

Following the close of each semester, the Student Records department identifies students who merit academic recognition for their scholarship. Students enrolled for a minimum of six credits who earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above are placed on the Dean’s List.

Graduation Process

Online students should petition to graduate when they are within six (6) months of program completion. Clinton campus students should petition to graduate before the beginning of their final semester. The completed Petition to Graduate form, including required fees, must be submitted to release all transcripts, diplomas and verifications for degrees awarded. The Petition to Graduate is available in the Registrar’s Office or online in the Student Portal at www.ashford.edu.

The date of degree conferral recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma reflects the date the student completes all academic degree requirements. Degree completion is generally recorded on a student’s official transcript within 30 days after completion of ALL program requirements. Diplomas are generally ordered within 30 days after completion of all program requirements and payment of all related tuition and fees. Diplomas and transcripts will be withheld until all accounts at the University are paid in full.

Graduation Honors and Awards

Candidates for an undergraduate degree who have exhibited outstanding achievement may be awarded the following honors at graduation by earning the corresponding grade point average:

  • Cum laude 3.50–3.69
  • Magna cum laude 3.70–3.89
  • Summa cum laude 3.90 or above

Recognition also is given to Scholars Institute graduates and to students who are members of honor societies: Junior/Senior Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Mu Sigma Eta. Also recognized are students who were selected for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”

Several awards are given to Clinton campus graduates who have distinguished themselves in their major areas of study:

The Forbes School of Business

The Business Scholar’s Award, is awarded to the graduate(s) within the business administration major who has/have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, service, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as determined by the Faculty members from the Forbes School of Business.

The Accounting Scholar’s Award, is awarded to the graduate(s) within the accounting major who has/have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, service, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as determined by the Faculty members from the Forbes School of Business.

The ISCPA Student Award is sponsored by the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. The award is presented annually for “Excellence in Accounting” to students at Iowa’s colleges, universities, and community colleges by the ISCPA, Career Awareness Committee.

The College of Education

The Alex Esquivel Promising Teacher Award is given in memory of a graduate of the Elementary Education program to a graduating future teacher who exemplifies the characteristics of: Enthusiasm for learning; dedication to teaching; a spirit of joyful service; and perseverance through challenges. The recipient is selected by the College of Education faculty.

Sr. Marilyn Shea Outstanding Dispositions Award is for the graduating future teacher who exemplifies the dispositions of teaching modeled by Sister Marilyn Shea, College of Education Faculty member: reflection, professional conduct, respect for diversity, high expectations, respect for others, compassion, advocacy, curiosity, dedication, honesty, and fairness. The recipient is selected by the College of Education faculty.

The College of Liberal Arts

The James Mooney Social Science Award recognizes the social science graduate with the highest grade point average and is named for the distinguished American anthropologist whose sister, Sr. Agnes Mooney, was Mother Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis from 1879 to 1900.

The Joan Walsh Richeson Award honors the memory of a former faculty member and prominent artist and goes to the Liberal Arts major who best personifies the values of a liberal arts education.

The College of Health, Human Services, & Sciences

The Science and Mathematics Academic Excellence Award recognizes a student with an outstanding academic record pursuing a science or mathematics major. From a pool of science and mathematics students with a minimum of 60 credits earned at Ashford University and the highest cumulative grade point average, the mathematics and science faculty selected one individual to receive this award.

The Psychology Academic Excellence Award is given when the psychology faculty agree that a psychology graduate has exhibited distinguished performance in the psychology curriculum at Ashford and in preparation for a career in psychology. The criteria include academic performance, and participation in upper level psychology coursework and other psychology and service related activities.

The Healthcare and Health Science Academic Award recognizes a graduate in either Health Care Administration or Health Science Administration having an outstanding academic achievement. Students eligible to receive this award must have completed at least 60 institutional credits at Ashford University.

Posthumous Degree Policy

The University may grant undergraduate and graduate degrees posthumously. When the University determines that a deceased student was in good standing and had completed enough credits toward a degree, the Provost or designee has the authority to grant the degree posthumously.

Undergraduate students should have completed a majority of their coursework (within 15 credits of meeting degree requirements) for the program of study. Graduate students should have completed a majority of their coursework (within 9 credits of meeting degree requirements) for the program of study.

Additionally, students must have been meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and all Student Community Standards.

Formal requests may be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar for consideration by emailing student.records@ashford.edu.

Degree Rescindment Policy

An Ashford University degree may be rescinded when there is clear and convincing evidence that one of the following has occurred:

  • A degree has been conferred in error;
  • All University-defined requirements were not satisfied at the time the degree was granted; or
  • A previously awarded passing grade is reversed, resulting in unmet degree requirements.

The University Registrar or designee processes all degree rescindments.

Commencement Ceremony

Ashford University commencement ceremonies are held in the spring and fall each year. In order to participate, students must meet the following requirements:

Spring Ceremony

    Expect to graduate between January 1 and June 30;
    Complete Petition to Graduate form by March 31; and
    Purchase appropriate* cap and gown by March 31.

Fall Ceremony

    Expect to graduate between July 1 and December 31;
    Complete Petition to Graduate form by August 31; and
    Purchase appropriate* cap and gown by August 31.

*Cap and gown must be purchased from Ashford University’s authorized vendor.

Students who wish to attend a ceremony different from that assigned by his or her expected graduation date may request to attend a future ceremony by emailing graduation.information@ashford.edu.

Commencement Dates
for 2014/2015
Location
October 4-5, 2014 San Diego, CA
May 2-3, 2015 Near Clinton, IA

Note: Dates may be changed or updated periodically and are available on the Graduation Information webpage located at www.ashford.edu.