University Colleges Frequently asked question's

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  1. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE?
  2. WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE?
  3. HOW DO I CALCULATE MY GPA?
  4. WHERE CAN I FIND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?
  5. WHAT ARE THE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
  6. WHAT DEGREE PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  7. WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES OR RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ME AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  8. WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ACADEMIC OFFERINGS AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  9. HOW DO I DECLARE A MAJOR?
  10. HOW DO I GET A TUTOR OR OTHER ACADEMIC SUPPORT?
  11. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
  12. WHAT IS GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING?
  13. HOW AM I CLASSIFIED AS A STUDENT?
  14. WHAT IS FERPA?
  15. HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS OFFERED BY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE?
  16. WHEN WILL I TAKE CLASSES IN MY MAJOR?
  17. HOW MANY CLASSES DO I HAVE TO TAKE?
  18. HOW DO I CLEAR A "STOP" FROM MY ACCOUNT?
  19. IF I FAIL A CLASS, IS IT BEST TO TAKE IT OVER THE SUMMER AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
  20. CAN I INCREASE MY GPA OVER THE SUMMER BY GOING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
  21. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN "AW" AND A "WC"?
  22. WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED TO TALK TO MY PROFESSOR?
  23. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASSES ARE REQUIRED FOR MY MAJOR?
  24. HOW DO I KNOW MY GRADES?
  25. WHEN IS THE ADD/DROP DEADLINE AND WHAT THING SHOULD I CONSIDER?
  26. WHAT DOES "CONDITIONALLY" ACCEPTED MEAN AND WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

 

 

 

  1. What is the purpose of University College?

    The purpose of the University College is to ensure excellence and accessibility for all Cheyney University undergraduate students by improving, expanding, and making more accessible all student academic support services.  The University College focuses on success for all students.

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  2. What services are available through University College?

    *   Student Engagement activities
    *   College success support
    *   Educational opportunities
    *   Referrals to other campus resources

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  3. How do I calculate my GPA?

    To calculate your GPA you need to multiply the number of credits in each course by the numerical equivalent of the letter grade.  This number will give you your Quality Points:
     
    A=4
    (x)
    3 credit hours
    =
    12 quality points
    B=3
    (x)
    3 credit hours
    =
    9    quality points
    C=2
    (x)
    2 credit hours
    =
    4    quality points
    D=1
    (x)
    1 credit hour
    =
    1    quality point
    F=0
    (x)
    4 credit hours
    =
    0    quality points
     

    Add the Quality Points for all the courses taken (e.g. 12+9+4+1+0=26).  Next add the total credit hours attempted (e.g. 3+3+2+1+4=13).  Divide the Total Quality Points (26) by the total number of credit hours attempted (13) including any failed courses:  26/13=2.00

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  4. Where can I find course descriptions?

    Course descriptions can be located in the Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Catalog as well as on PowerCAMPUS Self-Service.

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  5. What are General Education requirements?

    General Education requirements are a common set of courses all students must satisfy prior to graduating from the university. 

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  6. What degree programs are offered at Cheyney University?

    *   Humanities & Communication Arts (7)
    *   Natural & Applied Sciences (6)
    *   Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)
    *   Education & Leadership Studies (6)
    *   Professional Studies (2)
    *   Hospitality, Tourism, & Leisure Management (2)

    More information can be found at:  http://www.cheyney.edu/academics/degree-programs.cfm

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  7. Where do I find information about the services or resources available to me at Cheyney University?

    Students should consult the Student Handbook.  It contains information regarding campus services, departments, resources, policies, and the Student Code of Conduct. 

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  8. Where do I find out more about the academic offerings at Cheyney University?

    Students should consult the Academic Catalog or Academics Homepage.  It provides information on academic policies & procedures, degree requirements, course descriptions, and other pertinent information. 

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  9. How do I declare a major?

    Students must complete a "declaration/change of major form" housed in the Registrar's Office and maintained in each department.  The form should either be returned to the department secretary or assigned advisor for processing.

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  10. How do I get a tutor or other academic support?

    All students seeking a tutor or needing academic support should set up appointments with the Academic Success Center located on the 2nd floor of the Vaux-Logan building.

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  11. How do I register for classes?

    Students can register for classes using PowerCAMPUS Self-Service when the registration period for the following semester opens.  Students will need to contact their advisor for authorization.

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  12. What is "Good Academic Standing"?

    To be in "Good Academic Standing" students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA by the end of their second full-time semester (or 24 semester hours for part-time students).  Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA are first sent a letter of "notification".  Student's previously on notification and fall below a 2.0 are placed on "warning".  Students previously on warning below a 2.0 GPA will then be placed on "probation" and no longer considered in "Good Academic Standing".  Students previously on probation below a 2.0 GPA will be dismissed from the University. 
     
    Academic Standing
    Good Standing
    An undergraduate is considered to be in good academic standing if the student’s cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 2.000
    Notification
    An undergraduate who fails to obtain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.000 will be placed on “Notification”.
    Warning
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on Notification and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be placed on academic warning.
    Probation
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on academic warning and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be placed on academic probation.
    Dismissal
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on academic probation and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be dismissed from the University.

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  13. How am I classified as a student?

    Students are classified according to the number of semester hours they have completed with passing grades:


    Semester Hours                     
    Minimum Cum GPA Average
    Classification
    0-29
    2.0
    Freshman
    30-59
    2.0
    Sophomore
    60-89
    2.0
    Junior
    90 +
    2.0
    Senior

    *Credits earned for developmental/remedial courses do not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation

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  14. What is FERPA?

    FERPA stands for the Federal Educational Rights to Privacy Act.  It limits the access of educational records to outside sources.

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  15. How do I find out more about the Programs offered by University College?

    A schedule of events is released each semester.  Feel free to go by the Academic Success Center to receive more information.

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  16. When will I take classes in my major?

    You may take some classes in your first two years and you will take the majority in your junior and senior years

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  17. How many classes do I have to take?

    Students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester (approximately 4 classes) to be considered full time.  Most students however take 15 to 18 credits a semester (5-7 classes).  You should speak with your advisor each semester to discuss your course load.

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  18. How do I clear a "STOP"  from my account?

    To clear a STOP from your account you will need to log into your PowerCAMPUS Self-Service account using your ID number and password.  If you have a STOP, the STOP sign will indicate the unit or office that you will need to contact.  The unit or office will then inform you what you will need to do in order to have the stop removed.

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  19. If I fail a class, is it best to take it over the summer at a Community College?

    No!  Cheyney has a repeat policy allowing you to repeat the class and have the lower grade recalculated to increase your GPA.

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  20. Can I increase my GPA over the summer by going to Community College?

    Classes transferred in form a Community College will not increase your GPA.  The credit hours for the class will be counted toward graduation if the class transfers as a required class for your major.  You must have permission signed by your Advisor and Academic Dean prior to taking a course at a Community College to make certain that the class is required for your major and will transfer.

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  21. What is the difference between an "AW" and a "WC"?

    An "AW" stands for Administrative Withdrawal.  Students that have not attended at least one class by the 3rd week of classes and have not contacted the instructor by that time are subject to an Administrative Withdrawal.  "WC" stands for Withdrawal of Credit.  The WC period starts the day after the Add/Drop period ends and before the end of the 10th week of classes.  When a student withdrawals credit from class the class will appear on their transcript signified by a WC as the final grade but it does not affect GPA.  However, WC does count as an attempted course.

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  22. What do I do if I need to talk to my Instructor?

    Instructors hold office hours for individual questions or specific questions not addressed in class.  Check your syllabus for assigned office hours and/or email your Instructor to arrange an individual meeting.

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  23. How do I know what classes are required for my major?

    Four-Year curriculum worksheets are available on-line at:  http://www.cheyney.edu/academics/degree-programs.cfm.

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  24. How do I know what my grades are?

    Both midterm and final grades are posted on the PowerCAMPUS Self Service system.  You should also communicate frequently with your instructor regarding your assignments and keep all returned assignments for your records.

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  25. When is the Add/Drop deadline and what things should I consider?

    The Add/Drop deadline is posted on the Academic Calendar for each semester of the Academic Year.  Students should speak with their advisor first before deciding to add or drop a course.  The advisor will discuss class load, number of credits attempted, and your academic progress among other things to consider to better assist you in the decision making process.

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  26. What does "Conditionally" accepted mean & what are the requirements?

    A student who fails to meet the full admissions requirements but show potential to be successful at the college level may be admitted on a conditional basis.  Students who are conditionally accepted must sign a contract agreeing to the following:
         *   Participation in the SEEK program and attendance of all workshops
         *   Obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the first two semesters

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