Catalog Excerpt: Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Time Limit, Grade Point and Residency Requirements

To earn a degree through Wilson University, students must complete all required coursework, within the specified time limit, while maintaining a sufficient grade point average and fulfilling WU’s residency requirements. Students must meet all financial obligations in order to receive their diplomas.

Course Requirements

For lists of required courses for each Wilson University degree program, see the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

Minimum Grade Point Average

To earn an undergraduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. To earn a graduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Culminating Experience

  • For the A.A. and B.S. degrees, students are required to select, document, and assemble evidence in an electronic portfolio to demonstrate mastery of all general education learning outcomes before graduation.
  • For the B.S. degrees, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of all program learning outcomes before graduation.
  • For the M.A. degree, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of al program learning outcomes before graduation.

Time Limit for Completing Degrees

Students must complete all degree requirements within 7 years of initial enrollment, inclusive of any Leaves of Absence. They must complete the final 24 units of degree requirements during the five years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.

Changes in Degree Requirements

Although the university fully intends to offer all the programs and courses described, it retains the right to alter or cancel programs or course offerings. Specifically, the university reserves the right to make substitutions if courses required under a given degree program are significantly altered or removed from the curriculum.

Students enrolling in a certificate or degree program enter under the Catalog requirements in effect at the time they enroll in the university. Students who do not enroll in courses for a full year return under the requirements in force at the time of re-enrollment.

Graduation, Academic Honors, and Commencement

Commencement vs. Graduation

Students graduate when Wilson University certifies that they have completed all degree requirements and posts the degree on the official student transcript. Commencement is not the actual awarding of a degree, but a formal ceremony marking the actual or anticipated completion of that degree. WU holds a commencement ceremony once each year in September.

Graduation

Students nearing the end of their degree programs follow five steps to complete the graduation process:

Step 1: Students submit a Petition to Graduate which includes a Completion Plan, to their Academic Coach. The deadlines for Degree posting is 90 days prior to the requested posting date. Petitions must be received by August 1 for the Commencement.

Step 2: The Academic Coach conducts a preliminary degree audit to verify the students’ readiness for graduation. If students are not ready, then the coach assists them in revising their Completion Plan. If students are ready, then the coach passes the Petition to Graduate to the Registrar’s Office.

Step 3: The Registrar’s Office then confirms the degree posting date for which the student is eligible. The processing period through the time of approval to actual posting of the degree is 90 days for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The posting date is the last day of the month following official documentation that all degree requirements have been met. The Registrar must possess all required documentation for degree posting by the 15th of the month in order to post the degree at the end of that month. For example, documentation must be received by March 15th in order to post the degree on March 31st. Once the degree is posted, students’ transcripts show that they have “graduated” from Wilson University.

Step 4: Transcripts may be ordered immediately, and graduates should receive their diplomas via certified U.S. mail within 90 days of the degree posting. However, the university will not release diplomas or transcripts until students meet all financial obligations.

Step 5: In the case of delayed documentation, the Registrar’s Office notifies students of the next eligible posting date and deadline.

Honors List

The Honors List is for undergraduate students only. Following each semester, the Honors List is published. To qualify, students must have completed 12+ units in that semester for which they earned at least a 3.5 grade point average. Honorees receive a letter and certificate signed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in recognition of their achievement. Qualifying for the Honors List is not a determining factor for receiving the graduation honors described below.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate Programs

Wilson University awards three types of graduation honors to Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s degree programs’ graduates. The university recognizes students who have achieved these honors at its Commencement ceremony held each September.

Latin Honors: Wilson University awards Latin Honors to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence throughout all of their WU coursework.

  • Students with a 3.5-3.74 GPA graduate cum laude (“with honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a silver cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.75-3.89 GPA graduate magna cum laude (“with high honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a blue cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.9-4.0 GPA graduate summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a white cord to wear at Commencement.

Graduate Programs

The university does not award honors to graduate students. Since such students must perform at a high level simply to graduate (3.0 cumulative GPA), graduation itself is considered honor enough.

Commencement

Wilson University holds Commencement ceremonies once each year in September. Participation in Commencement normally requires:

  • A completed Petition to Graduate (including fee payment)
  • A degree posting date closer to the imminent Commencement than to the subsequent Commencement
  • Financial clearance from all University offices (Student Accounts, Library, etc.) by August 15.

Early Commencement

Wilson University students who, at the time of Commencement, have 6 or fewer units outstanding beyond the current semester’s enrollment, may be approved to participate in the ceremony under the following conditions:

  • Students must file a Petition to Graduate by July 1. The Petition must include the Graduation Petition Fee.
  • Students must file a Petition to Participate in Commencement with Units Outstanding with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This request must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  • The anticipated completion date for all remaining coursework must be in reasonable proximity to the Commencement ceremony.
  • The university must approve the Petition to Graduate, certifying that all other degree requirements have been satisfied.
  • Students must receive financial clearance from all University offices for obligations incurred up to the time of Commencement.
  • The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the final determination on a student’s request to participate in Commencement with units outstanding.

In all cases, degrees will not be recorded, nor will diplomas be presented, until all degree requirements have been certified as successfully completed by the university Registrar.

Please Note: Students who take advantage of this “Early Commencement” privilege cannot qualify for Academic Honors to be presented or announced at the time of Commencement. Such honors are based on students’ final GPA, and the final GPA is unknown until all coursework is completed and the degree is posted. Academic Honors WILL be posted on the student’s final transcript and will be noted on the diploma.

Limits

Specific Limits on Course Substitutions

Students may fulfill degree requirements by successfully completing courses offered at WU. Students may also secure credit for prior learning.

Undergraduate Programs

Students in undergraduate programs are limited to two course substitutions within the Major Course Sequence through transfer credits or credit for prior learning. Otherwise WU accepts an unlimited number of credits for prior learning within the bounds of the university’s residency requirements.

Learning Decisions

Responsibility for Prior Learning Decisions

Decisions regarding the awarding of credit for prior learning are made by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the appropriate College Dean. The Registrar’s Office provides students with transcript evaluations and other documents specifying the type and amount of credit granted.

Credit by Transfer

For high school graduates, baccalaureate level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better (or “P” if the courses were offered on a Pass/Fail basis), are eligible for transfer toward a degree with WU. College courses taken by high school students must meet the following accreditation criteria in order to be transferable to an WU degree: The college or university must be an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting body, national accrediting body, or professional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Courses taken at an unaccredited institution will be considered on a case by case, course by course basis. Applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi or other evidence needed to make those judgments. If experience shows that WU can have confidence in a given college, then the Registrar’s Office may place it on a list of “approved colleges,” which will facilitate the transfer process.WU reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits awarded by any college or university that does not, in the opinion of the administration, meet reasonable academic standards.

Credits earned at vocational or technical institutions, which are equivalent in content to required WU courses, may be transferred according to the policies stated above. A maximum of 12 such credits may be applied as General Electives. If students have completed vocational programs based on clock hours, rather than credit hours, then transfer credit will be computed on the basis of 50 clock hours equaling 1 credit hour.

Once admitted to WU as a degree-seeking student, students must petition in advance of taking courses at other colleges. An approved Petition to Take Coursework Elsewhere grants permission to transfer such courses to WU for degree program credit. This petition is available from the Registrar’s Office. Courses taken concurrently which are not pre-approved will have no guarantee of being accepted for credit toward an WU degree, but will be evaluated for suitability of transfer.

WU does not grant credit for remedial coursework, college orientation, high school level courses (apart from the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs described below), or General Education Development (GED) tests. The university also does not grant credit for duplicated courses (e.g. Beginning Composition completed at one college and Freshman English completed at another). If a course has been repeated for credit, the last grade earned will be used in the evaluation of the acceptance of credit.

Students who transfer credits from non-English-speaking countries must provide a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions, as well as a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the transcripts performed by Global Credential Evaluators (www.gcevaluators.com) or some other service approved by the university. A copy of the transcript in the native language must accompany the certified translation.

Credit by Examination

Credit toward graduation may be granted by examination and from non-traditional sources. Scores should be reported by the appropriate testing service. WU does not grant duplicate credit for subject areas covered by multiple examinations (e.g. AP credit for English and CLEP credit for English). Credit may be granted for:

  • Successfully passing Advanced Placement Exams of The College Entrance Examination Board (APCEEB). WU students receive units of credits for AP exams completed with a score of 3 or higher.
  • Successfully passing International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations. WU students receive units of credits for IB exams completed with a score of 5 or higher.
  • Successfully passing College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. WU students receive units of credits for CLEP exams completed with a score of 50 or higher
  • Successfully passing American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams.
  • DANTES, PEP, and Other Types of Credit by Examination: Students may also secure credit through other standardized examinations. Examples include the U.S. military’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support tests (DANTES) and the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Credit for Military Training

Military training courses are evaluated according to the guidelines set forth by the American Council on Education (ACE) as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students must submit all pertinent documentation to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Military transfer courses should be reported on an Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript (AACERT) or Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)—or, if not available, on form DD295 for personnel still in the armed services and on form DD214 for those discharged. A maximum of thirty units may be granted on the basis of Military Service Study.

Credit for Business and Industry Training

Business and Industry courses are evaluated according to the American Council on Education (ACE) National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and/or the National Program on Non-College Sponsored Institutions (NPONSI). Students must submit all pertinent documentation to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

Policy:

Definition

A unit is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates 45 hours of work per unit. The unit value (synonymous with credit hours) awarded for a given course or academic experience must be an equivalent amount of work over a 5-week or 8-week period of time.

Designation of Unit Value

Due to the fact that the pace of reading, writing, and other activities varies widely, time spent in any of these areas will not be identical for all students. Assigned activities should reflect a reasonable expectation by the instructor of the time it should take to meet the learning outcomes of the course or assignment. Wilson Pacific University has developed guidelines for the calculation of time for typical assignments. The hours may consist of course activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Face-to-face course meetings – actual meeting time
  • Readings – 25 pages/hour but may be adjusted based on density of the text
  • Online research – estimation of actual time
  • Lectures – actual lecture time
  • Threaded discussions – 4 hours/week for undergraduate students and 3 hours/week for graduate students
  • Quizzes and exams – estimation of actual quiz time plus 3 hours of study time for each hour of quiz time
  • Synthesis and reflection activities such as research papers, reflection papers, reading logs, and journals – 90 minutes per page for papers requiring outside research; 60 minutes per page for papers not requiring outside research; 30 minutes total for a journal
  • Practicum activities – estimation of actual time

Periodic Review

Wilson University will ensure the assignment of units is accurate and reliable for new courses through the process of new course approval and for existing courses through the process of program review.

+ Graduation Requirements

Catalog Excerpt: Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Time Limit, Grade Point and Residency Requirements

To earn a degree through Wilson University, students must complete all required coursework, within the specified time limit, while maintaining a sufficient grade point average and fulfilling WU’s residency requirements. Students must meet all financial obligations in order to receive their diplomas.

Course Requirements

For lists of required courses for each Wilson University degree program, see the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

Minimum Grade Point Average

To earn an undergraduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. To earn a graduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Culminating Experience

  • For the A.A. and B.S. degrees, students are required to select, document, and assemble evidence in an electronic portfolio to demonstrate mastery of all general education learning outcomes before graduation.
  • For the B.S. degrees, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of all program learning outcomes before graduation.
  • For the M.A. degree, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of al program learning outcomes before graduation.

Time Limit for Completing Degrees

Students must complete all degree requirements within 7 years of initial enrollment, inclusive of any Leaves of Absence. They must complete the final 24 units of degree requirements during the five years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.

Changes in Degree Requirements

Although the university fully intends to offer all the programs and courses described, it retains the right to alter or cancel programs or course offerings. Specifically, the university reserves the right to make substitutions if courses required under a given degree program are significantly altered or removed from the curriculum.

Students enrolling in a certificate or degree program enter under the Catalog requirements in effect at the time they enroll in the university. Students who do not enroll in courses for a full year return under the requirements in force at the time of re-enrollment.

Graduation, Academic Honors, and Commencement

Commencement vs. Graduation

Students graduate when Wilson University certifies that they have completed all degree requirements and posts the degree on the official student transcript. Commencement is not the actual awarding of a degree, but a formal ceremony marking the actual or anticipated completion of that degree. WU holds a commencement ceremony once each year in September.

Graduation

Students nearing the end of their degree programs follow five steps to complete the graduation process:

Step 1: Students submit a Petition to Graduate which includes a Completion Plan, to their Academic Coach. The deadlines for Degree posting is 90 days prior to the requested posting date. Petitions must be received by August 1 for the Commencement.

Step 2: The Academic Coach conducts a preliminary degree audit to verify the students’ readiness for graduation. If students are not ready, then the coach assists them in revising their Completion Plan. If students are ready, then the coach passes the Petition to Graduate to the Registrar’s Office.

Step 3: The Registrar’s Office then confirms the degree posting date for which the student is eligible. The processing period through the time of approval to actual posting of the degree is 90 days for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The posting date is the last day of the month following official documentation that all degree requirements have been met. The Registrar must possess all required documentation for degree posting by the 15th of the month in order to post the degree at the end of that month. For example, documentation must be received by March 15th in order to post the degree on March 31st. Once the degree is posted, students’ transcripts show that they have “graduated” from Wilson University.

Step 4: Transcripts may be ordered immediately, and graduates should receive their diplomas via certified U.S. mail within 90 days of the degree posting. However, the university will not release diplomas or transcripts until students meet all financial obligations.

Step 5: In the case of delayed documentation, the Registrar’s Office notifies students of the next eligible posting date and deadline.

Honors List

The Honors List is for undergraduate students only. Following each semester, the Honors List is published. To qualify, students must have completed 12+ units in that semester for which they earned at least a 3.5 grade point average. Honorees receive a letter and certificate signed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in recognition of their achievement. Qualifying for the Honors List is not a determining factor for receiving the graduation honors described below.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate Programs

Wilson University awards three types of graduation honors to Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s degree programs’ graduates. The university recognizes students who have achieved these honors at its Commencement ceremony held each September.

Latin Honors: Wilson University awards Latin Honors to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence throughout all of their WU coursework.

  • Students with a 3.5-3.74 GPA graduate cum laude (“with honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a silver cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.75-3.89 GPA graduate magna cum laude (“with high honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a blue cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.9-4.0 GPA graduate summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a white cord to wear at Commencement.

Graduate Programs

The university does not award honors to graduate students. Since such students must perform at a high level simply to graduate (3.0 cumulative GPA), graduation itself is considered honor enough.

Commencement

Wilson University holds Commencement ceremonies once each year in September. Participation in Commencement normally requires:

  • A completed Petition to Graduate (including fee payment)
  • A degree posting date closer to the imminent Commencement than to the subsequent Commencement
  • Financial clearance from all University offices (Student Accounts, Library, etc.) by August 15.

Early Commencement

Wilson University students who, at the time of Commencement, have 6 or fewer units outstanding beyond the current semester’s enrollment, may be approved to participate in the ceremony under the following conditions:

  • Students must file a Petition to Graduate by July 1. The Petition must include the Graduation Petition Fee.
  • Students must file a Petition to Participate in Commencement with Units Outstanding with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This request must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  • The anticipated completion date for all remaining coursework must be in reasonable proximity to the Commencement ceremony.
  • The university must approve the Petition to Graduate, certifying that all other degree requirements have been satisfied.
  • Students must receive financial clearance from all University offices for obligations incurred up to the time of Commencement.
  • The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the final determination on a student’s request to participate in Commencement with units outstanding.

In all cases, degrees will not be recorded, nor will diplomas be presented, until all degree requirements have been certified as successfully completed by the university Registrar.

Please Note: Students who take advantage of this “Early Commencement” privilege cannot qualify for Academic Honors to be presented or announced at the time of Commencement. Such honors are based on students’ final GPA, and the final GPA is unknown until all coursework is completed and the degree is posted. Academic Honors WILL be posted on the student’s final transcript and will be noted on the diploma.

+ Transfer Credit Policy

Limits

Specific Limits on Course Substitutions

Students may fulfill degree requirements by successfully completing courses offered at WU. Students may also secure credit for prior learning.

Undergraduate Programs

Students in undergraduate programs are limited to two course substitutions within the Major Course Sequence through transfer credits or credit for prior learning. Otherwise WU accepts an unlimited number of credits for prior learning within the bounds of the university’s residency requirements.

Learning Decisions

Responsibility for Prior Learning Decisions

Decisions regarding the awarding of credit for prior learning are made by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the appropriate College Dean. The Registrar’s Office provides students with transcript evaluations and other documents specifying the type and amount of credit granted.

Credit by Transfer

For high school graduates, baccalaureate level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better (or “P” if the courses were offered on a Pass/Fail basis), are eligible for transfer toward a degree with WU. College courses taken by high school students must meet the following accreditation criteria in order to be transferable to an WU degree: The college or university must be an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting body, national accrediting body, or professional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Courses taken at an unaccredited institution will be considered on a case by case, course by course basis. Applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi or other evidence needed to make those judgments. If experience shows that WU can have confidence in a given college, then the Registrar’s Office may place it on a list of “approved colleges,” which will facilitate the transfer process.WU reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits awarded by any college or university that does not, in the opinion of the administration, meet reasonable academic standards.

Credits earned at vocational or technical institutions, which are equivalent in content to required WU courses, may be transferred according to the policies stated above. A maximum of 12 such credits may be applied as General Electives. If students have completed vocational programs based on clock hours, rather than credit hours, then transfer credit will be computed on the basis of 50 clock hours equaling 1 credit hour.

Once admitted to WU as a degree-seeking student, students must petition in advance of taking courses at other colleges. An approved Petition to Take Coursework Elsewhere grants permission to transfer such courses to WU for degree program credit. This petition is available from the Registrar’s Office. Courses taken concurrently which are not pre-approved will have no guarantee of being accepted for credit toward an WU degree, but will be evaluated for suitability of transfer.

WU does not grant credit for remedial coursework, college orientation, high school level courses (apart from the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs described below), or General Education Development (GED) tests. The university also does not grant credit for duplicated courses (e.g. Beginning Composition completed at one college and Freshman English completed at another). If a course has been repeated for credit, the last grade earned will be used in the evaluation of the acceptance of credit.

Students who transfer credits from non-English-speaking countries must provide a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions, as well as a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the transcripts performed by Global Credential Evaluators (www.gcevaluators.com) or some other service approved by the university. A copy of the transcript in the native language must accompany the certified translation.

Credit by Examination

Credit toward graduation may be granted by examination and from non-traditional sources. Scores should be reported by the appropriate testing service. WU does not grant duplicate credit for subject areas covered by multiple examinations (e.g. AP credit for English and CLEP credit for English). Credit may be granted for:

  • Successfully passing Advanced Placement Exams of The College Entrance Examination Board (APCEEB). WU students receive units of credits for AP exams completed with a score of 3 or higher.
  • Successfully passing International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations. WU students receive units of credits for IB exams completed with a score of 5 or higher.
  • Successfully passing College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. WU students receive units of credits for CLEP exams completed with a score of 50 or higher
  • Successfully passing American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams.
  • DANTES, PEP, and Other Types of Credit by Examination: Students may also secure credit through other standardized examinations. Examples include the U.S. military’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support tests (DANTES) and the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Credit for Military Training

Military training courses are evaluated according to the guidelines set forth by the American Council on Education (ACE) as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students must submit all pertinent documentation to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Military transfer courses should be reported on an Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript (AACERT) or Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)—or, if not available, on form DD295 for personnel still in the armed services and on form DD214 for those discharged. A maximum of thirty units may be granted on the basis of Military Service Study.

Credit for Business and Industry Training

Business and Industry courses are evaluated according to the American Council on Education (ACE) National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and/or the National Program on Non-College Sponsored Institutions (NPONSI). Students must submit all pertinent documentation to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

+ Credit Hour Policy

Policy:

Definition

A unit is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates 45 hours of work per unit. The unit value (synonymous with credit hours) awarded for a given course or academic experience must be an equivalent amount of work over a 5-week or 8-week period of time.

Designation of Unit Value

Due to the fact that the pace of reading, writing, and other activities varies widely, time spent in any of these areas will not be identical for all students. Assigned activities should reflect a reasonable expectation by the instructor of the time it should take to meet the learning outcomes of the course or assignment. Wilson Pacific University has developed guidelines for the calculation of time for typical assignments. The hours may consist of course activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Face-to-face course meetings – actual meeting time
  • Readings – 25 pages/hour but may be adjusted based on density of the text
  • Online research – estimation of actual time
  • Lectures – actual lecture time
  • Threaded discussions – 4 hours/week for undergraduate students and 3 hours/week for graduate students
  • Quizzes and exams – estimation of actual quiz time plus 3 hours of study time for each hour of quiz time
  • Synthesis and reflection activities such as research papers, reflection papers, reading logs, and journals – 90 minutes per page for papers requiring outside research; 60 minutes per page for papers not requiring outside research; 30 minutes total for a journal
  • Practicum activities – estimation of actual time

Periodic Review

Wilson University will ensure the assignment of units is accurate and reliable for new courses through the process of new course approval and for existing courses through the process of program review.