The following are the NHTI Academic Policies. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

Graduation

Dropping a Class

Adding a Class

Withdrawing from NHTI

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A student who has previously attended NHTI and is admitted at a later time may be eligible for Academic Amnesty which provides for the following:

  1. All grades taken during the student’s previous time at NHTI will no longer be used to calculate the student’s new cumulative GPA. However, grades C- and above taken during the student’s previous time at NHTI will be used to meet course requirements (where appropriate).
  2. Even though previous grades will not be used to calculate the new cumulative GPA, all previous grades will remain on the student’s transcript.

In order to be eligible for Academic Amnesty a student must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. The student has not taken any courses at NHTI for a period of at least 3 years from the last semester of attendance.
  2. The student applies for Academic Amnesty before the start of his/her second semester after readmission.
  3. The student has never before received Academic Amnesty.

Please note that Academic Amnesty is designed for students who exhibited poor academic performance during previous attendance. It is not designed for students who achieved a cumulative GPA above 1. 7 during previous attendance. Students who are granted academic amnesty should be aware that while previous grades are not used to calculate the new grade point average, they will be used to evaluate “satisfactory academic progress” for financial aid purposes in accordance with Federal Financial Aid Regulations. 

Download the application for Academic Amnesty form.

Revised: Nov. 28, 2012

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Each course is assigned a number of credits based on the time obligated for formal enrollment in that course. The allocation of credits is normally according to the following formula:

One credit represents a.) one hour of classroom work per week; or b.) two or three hours of laboratory per week; c.) three to five hours of clinical experience per week; d.) three hours of practicum experience per week; or e.) three to six internship hours per week plus two or more hours of student work outside of class each week for 15-16 weeks. For complete information, see the Academic Policies of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Credit-By-Examination

In certain instances a student who has been accepted into a degree program may present evidence that would suggest that he or she may be eligible to receive credit for a course or courses either through aggregate educational experience or through some combination of occupational experiences. In such cases, an application for a credit-by-examination must be made within the first two weeks of a semester and be approved by the student’s Department Head.

The head of the department offering the course will assign a faculty member who will discuss the subject area to be tested with the student and administer the test. A fee is required from the student for each examination administered under this policy. The fee is $25 per credit hour. The credit-by-examination will be comprehensive in nature.

Grades for credit-by-examination will be either “pass” (E grade) or “no pass,” with full course credit granted for a grade of “E” (pass). Prior to 2005, students who passed a credit-by­ examination were issued a “P” grade.

If a student passes the exam, using criteria developed by the respective department, appropriate credit(s) shall be applied to the student’s academic record and a notation entered on the student’s transcript indicating successful completion. Since a traditional grade (A-F) is not entered, the Credit by Exam is not calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA). If the student fails to pass the exam, no entry is made on the academic transcript but a record of the unsuccessful completion will be maintained in the student’s file. A student who receives a grade of “No Pass” on a Credit by Exam will be ineligible for another Credit by Exam in that course and must successfully complete the course as needed to fulfill program requirements. A student who has previously received a failing grade in a course (or less than “C” for transfer) may not request credit-by-examination in that course. See Program Residency Requirement. Financial Aid does not cover courses for which a student earns credit through Credit by Examination.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams are available in 34 college- level introductory subjects and are administered at NHTI. CLEP testing is one way students can demonstrate their knowledge and competency in a subject area and earn college credits, NHTI recognizes competency demonstrated through certain CLEP subject exams in such subject areas as English, the humanities, social sciences – history, and calculus.

Experiential Learning Policy

Credit for prior learning offers students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained through life experiences and apply this knowledge towards credit in a degree/professional certificate/certificate program. To prepare for this option, students will develop a portfolio to be assessed by appropriate college personnel. A student must be matriculated in an NHTI program to be eligible to apply for experiential credit. Not all programs provide the experiential credit option; students should consult with their respective colleges for eligible programs and the process used for application.

Students may be awarded a maximum of 24 credits for experiential learning.

Students will be assessed a fee based on 50% of the current tuition rate on the total credits awarded (e.g., for 12 credits awarded: 0.50 x current tuition rate x 12 credits).

Financial Aid does not cover courses for which a student earns credit through Experiential Learning.

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Academic Research

Students wishing to broaden their individual learning experiences may participate in academic research by utilizing the independent study option offered. This format allows students to study a topic in greater depth or to study a topic not currently offered at NHTI. Please refer to the Independent Study Policy. Financial Aid does not cover credits earned via Academic Research or Independent Study.

Dean’s List/Scholastic Honors

A Dean’s List is published at the end of each semester. It includes the names of all matriculated full-time students whose Grade Point Average (GPA) for that semester is 3.3 or higher. Students who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3. 7 or higher graduate with high honors, and those who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to 3.69 graduate with honors. Cumulative GPA is calculated using all courses completed at NHTI.

Honors Courses

Honors courses offer academically strong, highly motivated students the opportunity to learn in smaller classes with a stimulating and creative environment that promotes active engagement with subject matter, and allows for a rigorous and individualized approach to learning. Each course which offers an honors section is identified in the Course Description section in the catalog. Student qualification for honors courses is based on a variety of criteria which may include prerequisite grades, NHTI assessment test scores, and/or scores on nationally recognized standardized tests.

Students who successfully complete honors courses receive an honors designation on their transcript. This designation may strengthen transfer to other colleges or candidacy for competitive programs at NHTI, such as Nursing, Dental and Radiologic Technology programs.

If you register yourself on the Student Information System, be sure the class carries the Honors designation. Please check schedule of course offerings on the Student Information System, as not all courses are offered every semester.

Phi Theta Kappa – International Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest International Honor Society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and over 1,200 chapters internationally. The Alpha Upsilon Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been established to provide opportunities for scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa students at NHTI, while providing an intellectual climate for continued academic excellence.

Academic excellence is the primary hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. To be eligible for membership consideration, a student must complete a minimum of twelve credit hours of associate degree course work and earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at the college eligible students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa honor society each semester, and inductions ceremonies are held each Fall and Spring Semester. Once inducted, students must maintain a high academic standing of 3.3 cumulative grade point average throughout their enrollment in the college, which allows them to retain a lifetime membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

Vice President’s Award for Academic Excellence

The vice President’s Award for Academic Excellence is presented each year at the May Commencement to the student(s) achieving the highest overall cumulative grade point average in the graduating class. The following criteria apply for this award:

  1. A minimum of 48 credit hours must be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
  2. All students are eligible for the award, including those who have exercised Academic Amnesty, those who have changed programs and those who have previously graduated from an NHTI program.
    • For the purposes of this award, students who have previously graduated from an NHTI program will have their GPA calculated using courses taken in the new program and any prior courses that may be applicable to the new program.
    • Students who have exercised the Academic Amnesty option will have their GPA based only on courses taken after the option has been exercised. No previous courses will be used.
    • Students who have changed majors will have their GPA calculated on the basis of all courses taken at NHTI and not just those in the new program.

 

Revised: Jan. 4, 2013

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  1. Faculty will gather all material evidence (e.g., papers, crib notes, copied materials and the source(s) from which it came, et al.) If the charges have arisen from an inconsistency in quality, prior work samples, along with the work in question, should be presented to the student. Names of those who have pertinent knowledge of the situation will also be presented.
  2. Once the information is gathered a meeting between the individual faculty member and the accused shouId be held within 5 class days ( or within 5 business days of a final exam) to discuss the matter. All parties shall maintain confidentiality at this point. The faculty member, however, may seek advice/counsel from his/her Department Head. The student may seek advice/counsel from an individual of his/her choice.
  3. Following the meeting the faculty member shall have the following options available if he/she feels disciplinary action is warranted:
    • Have the student redo the assignment or do a different assignment;
    • Reduce the student’s grade a specified amount;
    • Give the student an “F” grade for the assignment;
    • Give the student an “AF” or “F” grade for the course;
    • Issue the student a letter of sanction (copies to Registrar and student’s Department Head);
    • Other options as appropriate, not including those outlined in IV. below.
  4. Options available needing the approval of the Department Head and Vice President of Academic Affairs:
    • Suspend the student from the program or the College for one semester;
    • Suspend the student from the program or the College for more than one semester;
    • Dismiss the student from the program or the College;

The faculty member’s decision will be put in writing to the student within two class days of the meeting. If another student, not in the class, was complicit in the cheating/plagiarism, the faculty member has the obligation to pursue disciplinary action against that student. Disciplinary action against a student not in the class would be limited to III., E. and F. or IV., A.-c. above.

  1. A student may appeal actions covered in number III., A.-D. above through the Grade Appeal/Grade Change Process; a student may appeal actions covered in III., E. and IV., A.-C. above through the Student Judicial process (see the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process section of the Student Handbook).

 

Revised: Jan. 11, 2016

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Any student whose academic progress is deemed less than acceptable by his or her department may be referred to the Academic Standards Committee. The Committee considers all pertinent aspects of each individual case and recommends action to be taken by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. That action may involve, but is not limited to, a warning, academic probation, suspension from a specific program or from NHTI as a whole for a specified period of time, conditional probation or dismissal. Dismissal is permanent.

All credit courses, regardless of the grade received, are used for this calculation. Students entering with advanced standing should add their transfer credits to those credits earned at NHTI to determine their positions in the guidelines.

In addition, any matriculated student registered for two or more courses during any semester will be subject to review by the Academic Standards Committee.

Academic progress may affect financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Academic Warnings

At mid-semester, Academic Warnings are formally issued by faculty to students with grades of “C-” or below, “NP” or “PP.” Warnings are submitted by faculty to the Registrar’s Office from which formal mid-semester warning letters are emailed to students.

Warnings may also be issued at any time during a semester when deemed appropriate by faculty.

Academic Probation

Academic Probation usually will last for one semester only. The student’s Department Head will recommend to the Committee if a student can take courses in their major field during the Academic Probation. Students placed on Academic Probation may be eligible to continue receiving financial aid if they meet the minimum GPA requirements. To ensure that adequate academic progress toward a degree is being made, the College also uses the following guidelines in determining which students are automatically brought to the attention of the Academic Standards Committee:

Total Credits Accumulated (GPA Hours)

Minimum Acceptable Grade Point Average

0-13

1.5

14-27

1.7

28-40

1.8

41 or more

2.0

Suspension

Suspension may be for any period of time established by the Academic Standards Committee, but must be for a minimum of one semester excluding the summer semester (unless the summer semester is required by the student’s program). A matriculated student suspended from a program may not take major field courses during the suspension in either the Day Division or the Online & Continuing Education. Non-major field courses, however, may be taken in either division at NHTI. In lieu of a department head or other faculty advisor, students under program suspension may seek course selection and academic planning help from the Academic Advising Office. A matriculated student suspended from NHTI may not take any courses at NHTI. Students who have been suspended from the College or a program for academic reasons who wish to return must, prior to the completion of the suspension, apply for readmission by submitting a new application, with an explanatory letter, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

Guidelines for Suspension

Total Credits Accumulated (GPA Hours)

Minimum Acceptable Grade Point Average

0-13

.50

14-27

1.10

28-40

1.25

41 or more

1.50

Other Suspension Guidelines

  • NP or F in clinic
  • Academic Probation status for 3rd consecutive semester
  • Violations of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Failure to meet published technical standards

Conditional Probation Partnership

The Conditional Probation Partnership assists students whose cumulative GPA would, based on the above guidelines, be placed on program suspension. The Conditional Probation Partnership involves a contractual arrangement with the student that incorporates mentoring/counseling elements. A Department Head designates students for this program by making a recommendation to the Academic Standards Committee. Students are recommended on the basis of the Department’s judgment that they could reasonably be expected to

achieve academic success with guided assistance and realistic academic goals. A contract is then forwarded to the student along with a letter from the Vice President of Academic Affairs explaining that in lieu of suspension the student is being given an opportunity to continue in the program, if he/she agrees to the conditions of the contract. The student must sign the contract and return it to the Academic Affairs Office by a predetermined date. If the student chooses not to sign the contract, status will be determined by the guidelines for suspension. A student who accepts the Conditional Probation contract but fails to abide by its provisions will be returned to suspension immediately and will not be eligible to apply for re-admission until the end of the subsequent semester.

Appeal of Suspension or Dismissal

A student who wishes to appeal an academic suspension or dismissal may do so by writing a letter of appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, in accordance with procedures and deadlines outlined in the letter sent to each suspended and dismissed student informing them of their status. Appeal letters that are received by the required deadline are reviewed by the members of the Academic Standards Committee. In some cases, students may also be asked to appear in person before the Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will render a decision on the appeal based on the information provided by the student and by the student’s Department Head. Decisions of the Academic Standards Committee are final.

Revised: Jun. 14, 2018

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Registration for any course offered in any format presupposes that the student will participate in all scheduled activities. In addition to academic issues relative to attendance, veterans and students receiving financial aid from some sources are expected to be in regular attendance as a condition of receiving such aid.

While occasional circumstances, over which the student has no control, may necessitate absence, the content presented in the activities missed by the student is a segment of a broad base of information being taught. For any course offered in any format there is a limit to the amount of time and content a student can miss without compromising the integrity of the learning experience and the credit award. If illness, accident, emergency, or an NHTl­ sponsored activity prevents a student from meeting attendance obligations, it is the responsibility of the student to inform faculty in a timely manner to discuss either the requirements for continued enrollment in the course or the options for withdrawal from the course.

Instructors may include an assessment of attendance behaviors (absence and tardiness) into their overall grading structure for the course. Such assessment strategies will be published in the course syllabus distributed at the start of the course. A faculty member may issue a grade of AF at any point in the semester at which he/she feels a student’s absence record precludes the reasonable possibility of meeting course objectives based on published attendance expectations. (See also Withdrawal Policy. and Dropping Classes/Withdrawing from NHTI & Adding a Class)

Any student who has been suspended or dropped from a course for failure to meet published course attendance requirements may appeal following the procedures outlined in the Grade Appleal/Grade Change Policy.

 

Revised: Jan. 4, 2013

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Under the Audit policy students may enroll in courses which provide an opportunity to learn more about the challenges of college work, explore a discipline of interest, refresh prior learning, or supplement existing knowledge. Typically, a student attends lectures, seminars, and/or labs but does not complete graded assignments. When enrolled as an audit, the student will not be given a final grade nor will credit towards graduation be given for the course (the academic transcript will reflect an AU for the course).

Not all courses can be taken for audit, and entry into a course as an auditing student is by permission of the instructor. A student must complete a registration as an audit during the first week of classes. Once admitted as an audit the student may not change to credit status after the designated add period; likewise, a student registered for credit may not change to audit status after the designated add period.

Exceptions to the above may be made by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students must pay the full tuition for the course. Financial Aid does not cover costs for an audited course.

 

Revised: Dec. 7, 2012

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Currently enrolled matriculated students may request a change in their major program of study by using the “Change of Program/Dual Major Request Form” available in the Admissions Office or online here. Signatures must be received from the current major and new major Department Heads. Signatures do not guarantee or imply acceptance into the new program.

The request must be made within the ADD period at the beginning of a semester for the same semester.

Requests for the subsequent semester made after the ADD period will not take effect until after final grades for the semester have been reviewed. The student will be informed of the decision in writing by the Admissions Office. Students will follow the curriculum in effect for the semester to which they are accepted.

When calculating the grade point average (GPA) for a student who has changed programs, all courses taken at NHTI as well as courses taken in the new program will be used to calculate the new cumulative GPA. For purposes of academic review the Academic Standards Committee will consider the student’s semester-by-semester performance in the new program rather than the overall GPA.

Revised: Jun. 16, 2015

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Evaluations are conducted on all students who enroll in any course designated as a clinical, practicum or internship experience. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the goals, objectives and evaluation criteria of each clinic/practicum/internship and to adhere to all policies, rules and procedures outlined by the student’s department and/or clinic/practicum/internship site. Students enrolled in these educational experiences are evaluated not only on their technical skills and knowledge, but also on their behavior, attitude and attendance as well as adherence to policies, rules and procedures set forth by NHTI, the academic department and the participating agency to which the student is assigned.

A student will be removed from a clinic, practicum, or internship site and issued a grade of “AF” if performance or behavior is deemed unsatisfactory or unsafe as a result of a formal evaluation conducted by a faculty member/agency supervisor in accordance with published department criteria and procedures. In such situations, students are prohibited from receiving a “W” grade. In the event that a Withdrawal Form submitted by a student is processed prior to submission of the “AF” grade to the Registrar’s Office, the student-initiated “W” grade will be replaced in the student record by the faculty-assigned “AF” grade.

 

Revised: Nov. 28, 2012

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A student may repeat a course for credit one time. Registration for further repetitions of the same course will require permission from a matriculated student’s Department Head or, for a non-matriculated student, from one of the college’s academic advisors.

For purposes of calculating the cumulative grade point average (CGPA), when a student repeats a course at NHTI, the grade achieved in the most recent course will be the grade used in the CGPA calculation. All previous grades will remain on the transcript but will not be used in the calculation. Although, credits for courses repeated at a college other than NHTI may be applied as transfer credit as appropriate, grades for courses repeated at any college other than NHTI will not be used in the calculation of the CGPA; the grade received at NHTI will remain a part of the transcript and continue to be utilized in determining the student’s cumulative grade point average. (See Transferring to NHTI.)

 

Revised: Nov. 28, 2012

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A student may be eligible to substitute a higher-level course for the course prescribed in the curriculum if indicated by an evaluation of the student’s competencies. The substitution can be made only with the joint approval of the student’s Department Head and the Department Head of the area offering the course. The approval form is available in the Registrar’s Office. In addition, a student may substitute a comparable course from another program to meet degree requirements with the common agreement of the Department Heads and the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

 

Revised: Nov. 28, 2012

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A course may be waived by the Director of Admissions in consultation with the Department Head of the course only if a higher-level course has been completed at another accredited college or university with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Waivers apply only to transfer of credits from accredited colleges or universities and not prerequisites for a given program.

Students should be advised that a waiver is for the course only and that credit will not be awarded for the waived course. All students must complete a minimum of 64 credits to be awarded an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree. Students falling below 64 credits as a result of a waiver must make up the credits. Any make-up credits must have the approval of the student’s Department Head.

 

Revised: Nov. 28, 2012

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Under certain circumstances, a matriculated student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher may take a course via Directed Study in a semester when the course is not offered at NHTI. A Directed Study allows a matriculated student to pursue the published learning objectives/outcomes for a course independently under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. However, the student must explain why the course was not taken in a previous semester and demonstrate compelling reasons why the course could not be taken in a subsequent semester (e.g., adversely affects student’s anticipated graduation date in that semester). Barring exceptional circumstances, a Directed Study will not be granted for a course currently being offered at NHTI. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for a Directed Study.

A Department Head who requests that a student take a course via Directed Study must present a proposal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs detailing the rationale for the request, the specific learning activities that will be required of the student, and the specific assessment and evaluation tools that will be used to evaluate the student’s learning. In addition, the proposal should identify the faculty member who will supervise the Directed Study. The Directed Study Proposal Form is available from the Academic Affairs Office and

the Registrar’s Office.

A student may not take a Directed Study for a course which he/she has taken at NHTI and failed or for a course taken at another institution and received a grade that will not transfer to NHTI.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs must give final approval to all proposals for Directed Study.

Grading of Directed Study projects will follow the standard NHTI policies and procedures.

 

Revised: Jun. 14, 2018

 

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A matriculated student is one who has formally been accepted to and is actively enrolled in a program. To be formally accepted to a program, students must provide all the documentation required for admission to a specific program (degree, professional certificate or certificate) and be officially notified by the Admissions Office of acceptance to that program. Only matriculated students are eligible to graduate from a program and to receive an official completion credential from the College.

Students wishing to apply for financial aid must be matriculated. In addition, matriculation may be required for enrollment in discipline-specific courses. (See Individual Course Enrollment.) Students who are enrolled in courses but who have not been formally accepted into an academic program are referred to as non-matriculated students

Student enrollment at NHTI is defined according to the number of credits for which a student is enrolled in a particular semester as follows. For general purposes, this is defined as follows:

  • Full-time = 12 or more credits per semester
  • Part-time = fewer than 12 credits per semester

For financial aid purposes, NHTI defines student enrollment more specifically as follows:

  • Full time = 12 or more credits per semester
  • ¾ time = 9-11 credits per semester
  • Part-time = 6-8 credits per semester

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NHTI has implemented a letter grade system in which each grade reflects a level of achievement measured against specific course objectives.

Letter Grade

Point Equivalent

Definition

A

4.0 pts

An honor grade representing achievement of a level of understanding and ability which is excellent and distinctive.

A-

3. 7 pts

B+

3.3 pts

Represents achievement of a level of understanding and ability of consistently high quality.

B

3.0 pts

B-

2.7 pts

c+

2.3 pts

Represents achievement of a level of understanding and ability consistent with those levels required for successful entry into the student’s chosen career field.

C

2.0 pts

c-

1.7 pts

D+

1.3 pts

Represents some evidence of achievement, but substantially below the level required for successful entry into the student’s chosen career field.

D

1.0 pts

D-

0. 7 pts

 

 

F

 

 

0.0 pts

Represents negligible academic achievement. A student who receives an “F” grade in a course that’s a prerequisite to other courses must repeat the failed course with a passing grade before being eligible to continue with the course sequence.

p

Pass (not calculated into GPA)

E

Pass grade issued for Credit-By-Examinations (not calculated into GPA)

pp

Provisional Pass; warning (not calculated into GPA)

NP

No Pass; unsatisfactory (not calculated into GPA)

 

 

Letter Grade

Point Equivalent

Definition

I

Incomplete grade. Indicates that a student has not completed a major course assignment due to extraordinary circumstances. It is not used to give an extension of time for a student delinquent in meeting course responsibilities. The “I” grade is not calculated into the GPA. However, all work must be completed by the end of the third week of the subsequent semester or the grade defaults to an F.

AF

Instructor or administrator-initiated withdrawal at any time for reasons other than poor grade performance-e.g., failure to meet attendance requirements, as published in the instructor’s syllabus, violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disruptive behavior, etc. The grade may also be issued if a student registered in a clinic, practicum, internship or lab is deemed unsafe or performing in an unsatisfactory manner as determined by an evaluation by a faculty member/agency supervisor in accordance with department criteria and procedure. Calculated in GPA as an “F.”

w

Student initiated withdrawal from a course at any time prior to completion of the deadline (60% of the course). Does not affect GPA. Can be initiated by the instructor if the student, because of extenuating circumstances, is unable to initiate the process (e.g., catastrophic illness or injury, job transfer to another state).

WP

Student initiated withdrawal from a course after the drop deadline (60%) of the course; student has a passing grade at time of drop, as determined by the instructor. Does not affect GPA. Can be initiated by the instructor if the student, because of extenuating circumstances, is unable to initiate the process (e.g., catastrophic illness or injury, job transfer to another state)

WF

Student initiated withdrawal from a course after the drop deadline (60%) of the course; student has a failing grade at time of drop, as determined by the instructor. Calculates in GPA as an “F.”

AU

A course taken as an audit does not earn credit and cannot be used to meet graduation requirements. Admission by permission of the instructor. Not all courses can be taken for audit.

Grade Appeal/Grade Change

Any appeal of a grade must be initiated by the student with the instructor before an ensuing semester has elapsed. Students should be advised that in most instances a grade may be changed only by the instructor. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, the only other

individual on campus empowered to change a student’s grade, may alter a student’s grade only in a case of obvious computational error or blatant abuse of the grading prerogative.1

Students who believe they have a valid ground for a grade appeal will use the following process to resolve the issue:

Meet with the instructor. The student shall contact the faculty member and schedule a meeting to discuss the grade appeal and attempt to resolve the conflict. The faculty member and student shall meet within the next five (5) work days.2

Meet with the Program Director/Department Head. If the issue was not resolved in Step 1, the student has three (3) work days from the date of the faculty member’s decision to file a written appeal with the faculty member’s Program or Department Head, or with the VPAA if the faculty member is also the Department Head or Program

Director. Within three (3) work days the Department Head or Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) will mediate the dispute either through discussion with the instructor, or with the student in the company of the faculty member. If no resolution is reached, proceed to step 3.

File a written appeal with the VPAA. If the issue is not resolved in Step 2, the student has three (3) work days to file a written appeal with the VPAA (or designee). The letter of appeal must include the student’s name and contact information, the course name and number, the semester in which the course was taken, the student’s grade, the name of the instructor issuing the grade, and specific evidence of obvious computational error and/or blatant abuse of the grading prerogative.1 The VPAA (or designee) will have ten (10) work days from receipt of the written appeal to render a decision. The decision of the VPAA (or designee) is final.

Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is indicative of the overall quality of performance of a student. It is used by academic institutions and prospective employers as a means of describing academic achievement.

Three factors are used in computing the GPA: credit hours, point value, and letter grade earned. Letters such as A, B, B+, and C have point values.

For example, if a student is enrolled in five courses carrying 4, 4, 6, 3 and 5 credits and earns grades of B+, c-, A, D, and C respectively, his or her GPA for the semester would be calculated in the following manner:

The GPA is calculated by multiplying the number of credits times the point value, then dividing the sum of the grade points (57.0 in the example) by the sum of the credits (22 in the example). The GPA in the example is 2.59.

The cumulative GPA for all semesters the student has been at the NHTI may be calculated in the same manner by using total credits and total grade points.

 

Revised: Oct. 21, 2014

 

 

 

1Note that “blatant abuse of the grading prerogative” refers to situations in which an instructor has willfully ignored published grading and assessment criteria and/or has exhibited bad faith by acting in violation of published professional/ethical standards for faculty.

2There are times, especially during the summer, that the schedules of the faculty member, the Department Head, and/or the Vice President are not compatible with the timeframes specified above. Students who have been unsuccessful in their attempts to reach the faculty member may contact the Academic Affairs Office directly. A representative of the Academic Affairs Office will then make every attempt to arrange the required meeting with the course instructor and Department Head within the five (5) days indicated in Step 1. Students are advised, however, that it may not be possible in all cases to do so.

 

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An Incomplete Grade (I) indicates that a student has not completed a major course assignment (usually a final exam or culminating final assessment) due to extraordinary circumstances, such as serious illness, death in the family, etc. The grade is applied only in those instances where the student has a reasonable chance of passing. It is not used to give an extension of time for a student delinquent in meeting course responsibilities.

The work must be completed by the student through formal arrangement with the instructor no later than:

  • the end of the third week in the Spring semester for a grade issued in the Fall semester;
  • the end of the third week in the Fall semester for a grade issued in the Summer term;
  • three weeks from the earliest start date of the summer term for a grade issued in the Spring semester.

Should the student fail to complete the work within the designated period, the grade will automatically become an F. Exceptions to the above deadlines may be made by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

“I” grades will not be included in the computation of Grade Point Average. An “I” grade may affect a student’s financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.

 

Revised: Dec. 7, 2012

 

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Students in good standing who are matriculated in Allied Health programs (Nursing, Paramedic Emergency Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene) and who interrupt their education by not enrolling in the subsequent semester (including Summer where applicable) will be declared inactive and no longer considered a student in the program. The student must then file a request for readmission through the Admissions Office. Students will be admitted pending available space.

In all other programs, students in good standing who interrupt their education by not enrolling for three consecutive semesters (including summers) will be declared inactive and no longer considered a student in the program. The student must file a request for readmission through the Admissions Office. Students will be admitted pending available space.

 

Revised: Dec. 7, 2012

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Opportunities for credit-bearing Independent Study are available to matriculated students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher who wish to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum. Independent Study is not available to non-matriculated students.

The intention of Independent Study is to expand a student’s learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Therefore, an Independent Study cannot be taken in lieu of any course existing in any of NHTI’s catalogs. Students wishing to pursue existing NHTI courses on an independent basis should consult the NHTI policy on Directed Study.

Students wishing to take advantage of an Independent Study opportunity must consult with a supervising faculty member to prepare a proposal detailing the specific learning outcome(s) to be pursued, the specific learning activities that will occur, and the specific forms of assessment and evaluation that will be used to determine the final grade. In addition, the proposal should indicate the number of credits requested for the Independent Study (usually 1-2 credits). The Independent Study Proposal Form is available from the Academic Affairs Office and the Registrar’s Office.

The student must obtain the following signatures as indicated on the form: the student’s Department Head; the faculty member who will supervise the learning experience; the Department Head of the supervising faculty member; and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Grading of Independent Study projects will follow the standard NHTI policies and procedures.

Exceptions to the above policy require approval from the Department Head and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Financial Aid does not cover courses for which a student earns credit through Independent Study.

 

Revised: Dec. 5, 2017

 

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A matriculated student who, due to a serious medical condition that requires extended in­ patient treatment in a medical facility and/or ongoing outpatient medical treatment, becomes unable to complete his/her academic requirements and/or who becomes unable to meet the program’s technical standards and/or the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct, may apply for a formal Medical Leave of Absence for up to two consecutive semesters.

Students considering a Medical Leave of Absence should be aware that granting of such leave does not relieve a student from financial responsibility to the college. A student who is seeking a Medical Leave of Absence who is also a financial aid recipient should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the leave and any potential implications for changes in financial aid eligibility. Students who have concerns about continuing health insurance coverage may also wish to consult www.michelleslaw.com for important information.

Students requesting Medical Leave of Absence must:

  • Provide a letter to the Vice President of Academic Affairs identifying their program of study, the medical reason for the request, the proposed date on which the leave would begin, and the proposed date of readmission, and;
  • Provide the Vice President of Academic Affairs documentation of the medical condition from a licensed health care professional directly involved in the treatment of the student’s particular condition that is sufficiently comprehensive to facilitate the decision­ making process.

 

The Vice President of Academic Affairs (or designee) will make a determination regarding the appropriateness of the leave request and notify the student in writing whether the request for Medical Leave of Absence was granted and what conditions for readmission may apply.

Students whose Medical Leave requests are granted will not be required to re-apply for admission at the end of the leave period provided that all conditions for readmission have been met.

Conditions for readmission may include, but are not limited to, submission of documentation from a licensed heath care professional directly involved in the treatment of the student’s particular condition that is sufficiently comprehensive to provide reasonable assurance that the returning student will be able to meet all college and program academic, technical, and behavioral requirements. Other conditions for readmission may include a required in-person meeting with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and/or the student’s program Department Head; compliance with any new admission criteria implemented in the student’s absence; following a new curriculum plan that may have been implemented in the student’s absence; and/or repeating courses and/or clinical experiences to ensure clinical competence following

an extended absence. (Please note that students wishing to return to a residence hall may be required to meet additional, separate criteria from those required for return to an academic program. Students should directly negotiate any return to residence life with the college’s Student Affairs Office.)

Students who choose to seek Medical Leave under the provisions of this policy should be aware that information they voluntarily disclose during the application and readmission processes will be handled under the confidentiality guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and disclosed only to those persons with a direct academic need to know.

 

Revised: Dec. 7, 2012

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Many courses at NHTI are dependent upon knowledge learned in preceding courses. NHTI requires that students pass all listed prerequisite courses prior to proceeding with courses for which there are prerequisites. Prerequisite courses may be waived only with the prior approval of the head of the department in which they are taught. Such a waiver does not, however, suggest that those prerequisite courses need not be taken, but only that credit for them may be gained at a subsequent time. Corequisite courses are those that must be taken concurrently (at the same time) with another course, as listed in a particular course description. (Note that with departmental permission, a corequisite course may sometimes be taken in advance of the course for which it is a corequisite.)
Revised: Dec. 7, 2012

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NHTI offers a number of avenues for students with prior learning to gain college credit. Students must be matriculated into a program of study and may request that prior credits or experience be evaluated and applied toward graduation requirements within their programs of study. The following lists options for prior learning assessment available to students.

American Council on Education

College credit will be granted to students with military training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education. Students seeking credit for their military experience will need to submit a military transcript to the Admissions Office for the review/evaluation process. For more information on transferring credits, visit Transfer ring to NHTI.

College-Level Examination Programs®

College-Level Examination Programs® (CLEP) is a nationwide credit-by-examination program that offers students the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses.

NHTI is a CLEP testing center. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States today, helping students of a wide range of ages earn credit for what they already know. CLEP exams are available in 34 college-level subjects. With satisfactory exam scores, students may earn credits toward their college degree, depending on the exam subjects and the students’ major field of study.

For more information, visit CLEP Test ing Service.

Credit by Exam

Credit by Exam allows matriculated students to receive credit by passing a comprehensive exam of the course material. If you are seeking Credit by Exam, you have to be matriculated into an NHTI program and provide evidence that the course content has been mastered. Students should first consult with their academic advisors to determine eligibility.

Application for Credit by Exam 

The fee for Credit by Exam is $25 per credit hour. Grades will be either “pass” or “no pass,” with full course credit granted for a grade of “E” (pass). Since a traditional grade (A-F) is not entered, the Credit by Exam is not calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA). If the student fails to pass the exam, no entry is made on the academic transcript but a record of the unsuccessful completion will be maintained in the student’s file. A student who receives a grade of “No Pass” on a Credit by Exam will be ineligible for another Credit by Exam in that course and must successfully complete the course as needed to fulfill program requirements.

A student who has previously received a failing grade in a course (or less than “C” for transfer) may not request Credit by Exam in that course. Financial Aid does not cover course credits earned through Credit by Exam, nor are the credits transferable.

Process for Credit By Exam
  • Verify that you are matriculated (accepted into a program).
  • Work with your department head/advisor to schedule exam with appropriate professor.
  • If taking the exam in your graduating semester, obtain approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Complete Parts I, II, and III of the Application for Credit by Examination.
  • Acquire necessary signatures in the order listed.
  • Identify on the application the date exam will be administered.
  • Identify on the application the minimum passing grade needed.
  • Take the form to the Bursar’s Office for payment ($25 per course credit).
  • Obtain Bursar’s Office signature in Part IV.
  • Complete exam.
  • Have administering professor complete Part VI including the grade of pass or no pass.
  • Have administering professor submit exam with answer sheet attached to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Experiential Learning

Credit for prior learning offers students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained through life experiences and apply this knowledge towards credit in a degree/professional certificate/certificate program. To prepare for this option, students will develop a portfolio to be assessed by appropriate college personnel. A student must be matriculated in an NHTI program to be eligible to apply for experiential credit. Not all programs provide the experiential credit option; students should consult with their department heads, advisors, or program coordinators to determine if experiential credit is appropriate.

Additional Details

  • Students may be awarded a maximum of 24 credits for experiential learning.
  • Students will be assessed a fee based on 50% of the current tuition rate on the total credits awarded (e.g., for 12 credits awarded: 0.50 x current tuition rate x 12 credits).
  • Financial Aid does not cover courses for which a student earns credit through Experiential Learning.

Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice students who have previous training through Police Standards and Training, County Corrections, the state Corrections Academy, or in-service training may receive credit for courses required in the NHTI Criminal Justice program. For more information, contact the Admissions Office or the Criminal Justice Department.

Advanced Standing Credit – Health Science

Evaluation of credit received from a college or hospital-based program of study in a health­-related field may result in advanced-standing credit toward the Health Science degree.

Students must have current certification. Eligible credentials include licensed nurse assistant, dental assistant (national certification), and paramedic (Elliot Hospital). For more information, contact the Health Science department.

 

Other Forms of Earning College Credit

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • Running Start
  • eStart

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To be eligible to receive an NHTI associate degree, a student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work in NHTI-controlled courses with at least half of these credits numbered at the 200 level in the student’s major. To be eligible to receive an NHTI professional certificate, 9 credits or 25% or the require program credits, whichever is larger, must be taken in NHTI-controlled courses. To be eligible to receive an NHTI certificate, 6 credits or 25% of the required program credits, whichever is larger, must be taken in NHTI­ controlled courses. (See also Graduation Requirements.) Exceptions to this policy require the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Academic Standards Committee.

 

Revised: Jan. 15, 2019

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NHTI reserves the right to cancel a class that it deems under-enrolled. Students are advised that occasionally a day class may be cancelled for insufficient enrollment, and students will be asked to attend that same class, if it is also available in the evening. However, NHTI recognizes its obligation to run courses in the semesters indicated in the program curriculum section of the catalog. Therefore, NHTI will not cancel a day class unless the same or a comparable course is available in the same semester in the evening

 

Revised: Jun. 14, 2018