The college awards the following grades and assigns quality points on a 4-point per credit scale:
||Points Per Credit
Midterm Grade Policy
A grade at midterm is required for all freshman students both fall and spring semesters. Freshmen midterm grade reports will
be mailed to faculty advisors during the advising period as determined by the academic calendar. In addition, faculty are
required to report any earned "D" or "F" midterm grades for students other than freshmen. Names of students given "D" or "F"
midterm grades will be mailed to their respective faculty advisor.
Incomplete Grade Policy
In exceptional cases, a student may request an incomplete grade ("X") for a course. If approved by the instructor, the request for an "incomplete" will be submitted on the appropriate form to the Registrar's Office. In the event that the student does not complete the necessary work within six (6) weeks from the beginning of the semester following the semester in which the incomplete grade was awarded, the "X" grade will automatically become an "F" grade. Extension beyond six weeks may be granted only by an academic dean and then only in the most compelling circumstances.
Pass or No Credit
A student may register for one pass or no credit course each semester. Major, major elective courses, and college graduation
requirement courses are not available for the pass or no credit option, except for internship courses. Individual departments
will determine whether internship courses will be graded on a pass or no credit basis.
Application for the pass or no credit option may be obtained from the Registrar's Office. Signed applications must be
submitted at the time of registration. This formal application is irrevocable after the last day to add. Since no quality
points are assigned for a pass or no credit grade, the grade is not used in the calculation of the QPA.
Freshmen students are required to complete academic course placement tests prior to their first semester enrollment. Testing
is required in five areas: writing, English comprehension, reading comprehension, arithmetic and elementary algebra. Transfer
students who have not or will not receive transfer credit for ENGL 1011 and/or a math course beyond MATH 1006 must complete the
appropriate placement tests prior to their first semester enrollment.
Students who do not achieve satisfactory levels on the placement tests are required to complete appropriate developmental
courses. Specific courses and their term of completion are assigned by the assistant dean for academic and career advising in
consultation with appropriate faculty. Developmental course credits apply toward a student's class standing and academic
progress for financial aid purposes. Developmental course credits do NOT, however, apply toward college graduation credit
requirements, nor may their grades be calculated toward Dean's List consideration.
A course may not be repeated more than one time without the approval of the student's academic advisor and the department chair. When a course is repeated, the grades received in both the original course and the subsequent course will remain on the student's academic record. The higher grade of the two grades earned is included in the computation of the GPA. The repeated course must be the same in which the original grade was earned. In extenuating circumstances where a course is not longer offered, another course of similar content, verified by the chair of the department offering the course, may be approved as the replacement. If a course number or title changes, with no change in content, the new number and title will be accepted as the replacement. Courses may not be repeated at any other institution and have that grade accepted as a replacement for the original grade earned at La Roche.
Semester Credit Maximum
The average number of credits carried by full-time students is 15 hours each semester. Students with a 3.00 QPA for the
preceding semester and a 2.5 cumulative average may take more than 17 credit hours during a semester with approval of the student's academic advisor.
During the last week of each semester each student confidentially and anonymously evaluates each course in which s/he is enrolled. The faculty use these evaluations as a guide in improving their teaching and advising.
Once a student is matriculated at La Roche College, no more than two courses, not to exceed 8 credits, may be taken and
transferred from other colleges. Authorization to have these credits transferred to La Roche must be obtained in writing before
enrolling at another college. Students may not transfer credits during their residency (the last 30 credits of their
coursework). Only courses not available at La Roche may be taken at other institutions. In most cases, permission
for temporary transfer will be granted for the summer semester only.
All requests for transcripts should be submitted online to the Registrar's Office. A student's written or electronic signature is required to
release any transcript. A fee is charged for each transcript copy requested. A student who has not met all financial
obligations to the college will not be given a transcript of credits.
Transfer and Extramural Credits
A student may transfer to La Roche College from other accredited colleges or universities. In such cases, only those credits
transfer which: (1) are congruent with the academic programs of La Roche, and (2) the student received an A, B or C grade.
Credits are evaluated course-by-course by the registrar. In all cases the academic departments at La Roche will have final determination
on the evaluation of courses which satisfy major and/or department requirements. Transfer students may transfer credits toward
their major at La Roche with the following limitations:
- Graphics, Design and Communication - individually determined by the department chair.
- Humanities - 9 credits in a major
- Sciences - 50% of the credits in a major
- Administration and Management - 39 credits in a major
- Social Sciences - 15 credits in a major
Every student transferring to La Roche College will have their transcripts evaluated by the Registrar after they have been admitted. Credits will be awarded on a course-by-course basis, taking into account course descriptions, outcomes and objectives. The Registrar may choose to consult faculty for further review of courses. In all cases the academic departments will have final determination in the evaluation of courses which satisfy department/major requirements.
Transfer Credit Limits
- La Roche College will accept a maximum of 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree from four-year degree-granting institutions, regionally accredited by one of the six accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
- A maximum of 66 credits will be accepted toward an undergraduate degree from regionally accredited Community or Junior Colleges that offer two-year education programs and awards associate degrees.
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- A maximum of 45 credits will be accepted toward an undergraduate degree from a technical school, accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education. A technical school is defined as a two-year institution of higher education that focuses on an occupational or technical curriculum, and awards associate degrees at the conclusion of the program.
- La Roche may accept up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit toward a graduate degree at the discretion of the department.
In all cases, only those courses which are congruent with the academic programs of La Roche will be accepted.
Students may transfer in no more than 50% of the courses counted for a major. Individual departments may further limit the number of credits accepted to fulfill major requirements.
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Students may transfer in no more than 50% of the courses counted for a minor.
- All students must complete the last 30 credits (in residency) at La Roche College. In extenuating academic circumstances, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean may grant an exception to the residency policy. Transfer credit and credits from all other sources (see below) cannot be included within the last 30 credits.
Grades, Credits and GPA
- Only courses with a letter grade of “C” or better are accepted in transfer.
- Transfer credit is not calculated in the La Roche College grade point average.
- La Roche College operates on a semester system. Courses accepted from institutions on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 value.
Official Transcripts and Evaluations
- All transfer students must request and file official transcripts of courses taken at other institutions before transfer credit will be awarded.
- Transfer students who attended universities outside of the United States must submit an international credential evaluation report which explains how their international education compares to the U.S. system. (Transcripts must be translated into English before an evaluation can be processed.) A course-by-course evaluation including a grade point average (GPA) must be sent directly from an approved evaluation service to La Roche College.
Courses Not Accepted In Transfer
- Computer technology courses completed more than 10 years before a student’s matriculation at La Roche College
- Courses completed more than 10 years before a student’s matriculation at La Roche into a nursing major, unless the student is a licensed Registered Nurse
- Courses offered for non-credit Continuing Education Units (CEU)
- Remedial courses in English or Mathematics, usually numbered below 100
- Non-credit courses providing instruction in English as a Second Language
- Course completed with a grade of “P” or “S” (Pass or Satisfactory); unless verified in writing by the Registrar of the prior institution that such grade is equivalent to a grade of “C”.
Non-Traditional Learning Options
La Roche College will accept a maximum of 60 credits total from non-traditional sources listed below:
- Advanced Placement (AP). Departments approve qualifying scores through the Advanced Placement Program of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students must have their scores sent directly to the College Registrar to receive credit.
- Challenge Examinations. A qualified applicant may earn credit by proficiency Examination upon the recommendation of the department chair and the approval of the registrar. The exam is administered by a La Roche faculty member must be completed prior to the last 30 hours at La Roche with a minimum grade of C.
- External Examinations. Satisfactory scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), and other examinations evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE) for college-level credit. Students must have scores reported directly to the College Registrar.
- Credit for Training. Credit will be awarded for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must submit documentation (AARTS or SMARTS transcript is recommended, at minimum a DD214 or DD295) of training to the College Registrar.
- Credit for Life Experience. A La Roche student can earn up to 30 credits at the undergraduate level through work and life experience through the development of a portfolio. Portfolios are submitted to the Registrar’s Office and evaluated by La Roche faculty in the student’s intended major. Credit for Life Experience credit hours can be applied toward general and major electives and courses for lower and upper division requirements for your major.
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Updated November 2011