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The ABCs for Student Success

Remember to meet with your ACADEMIC ADVISOR  every semester. ALWAYS ARRIVE on time and prepared with a current copy of your degree AUDIT.

BUY the BOOK! For the first time you can write in it. TIP: While used books offer a discount, you don't know if the previous owner highlighted the right information.

It is important to attend all scheduled CLASSES. Be aware that not attending classes has CONSEQUENCES. As a COURTESY to CLASSMATES and your professor, remember to turn off your CELL PHONE during class and meetings.

DATING, DRUGS and DRINKING: make wise decisions that won't affect your career.

Know where your major DEPARTMENT is located and the DEPARTMENT CHAIR. You should also know your DEAN. This information can be found in Clarion's campus DIRECTORY, which you receive Fall Semester.

Learn how to read your DEGREE AUDIT and remember to always take a current copy when meeting with your advisor.

Success in college requires EFFORT. Attaining an advanced EDUCATION is why you came to college.

All FACULTY have office hours and e-mail addresses. This information is located on your class syllabus or in the campus directory. When e-mailing faculty, allow a reasonable amount of time for a response.

GRADE-POINT AVERAGE (Quality-Point Average or QPA): learn how it's figured. Some majors require a specific QPA (i.e. education) to take upper-level courses or complete an internship. Employers generally look for QPAs above 3.0.

HELP! Is available from the Advising Center, Counseling Services, Residence Life Services, Career Development Center, Keeling Health Center, Financial Aid, Registrar, Tutoring Center, The Writing Center, and TRIO Student Support Services. Remember, you can always ask your advisor.

  Be INDEPENDENT by becoming a self-advocate for yourself.

Internships are generally completed the summer of your JUNIOR year.

KNOWLEDGE is power! Much can be found by navigating Clarion's system or is e-mailed to you. Remember to check your CU mailbox and e-mail daily.

Being LATE for class, registration, appointments, and class assignments is not acceptable in college. Adhere to deadlines!

Undecided students must declare a MAJOR by the end of their sophomore year.

NOTETAKING is important. If your professor uses PowerPoint slides, check to see if they are available on D2L. Print them before class and take notes next to the slides. It is also a good idea to recopy your notes after class.

Take advantage of the OPPORTUNITIES that college offers: cultural events, clubs, in-hall councils, Greek life, and campus and community activities.

It is important you get to know your PROFESSORS especially in your major. PARKING PERMITS are available from PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICE.

Always ask QUESTIONS!

Know your RESOURCES; many are listed above.

REQUIREMENTS for your major and graduation can be found on your degree audit and the college catalog. You are RESPONSIBLE for knowing them.

SCHEDULING can be less frustrating if you are prepared ahead of time. Meet with your advisor prior to scheduling to review your degree audit. Check for hold flags prior to the day of scheduling. SELECT classes prior to meeting with your advisor, so you can discuss your new SEMESTER SCHEDULE.

Practice/develop good STUDY HABITS.

Practicing good TIME MANAGEMENT skills is a must. Learning to balance your time and freedom is essential for success. Learn to use a day planner. 

UNDERGRADUATE status: 1-59 credits, UPPERCLASSMAN: 60 credits and above.

You should have a working knowledge of  "college VOCABULARY." All of the definitions can be found in the college catalog or this guide. You should also learn the PROFESSIONAL VOCABULARY of your major as you take classes.

When you have a question see first if you can answer it yourself by referring to this guide on the WEB!

X indicates where you would sign. Be careful of campus credit card offers and understand leases or any other financial agreements before signing.

YOUR SUCCESS depends on how you decide to navigate your college career!

ZZZZZ Lack of sleep affects performance and class attendance. Sleep is another area that requires good time management.



Dictionary of Academic Information

A typical course load for a full-time student consists of four or five courses. Twelve semester hours per semester represents a minimum full-time load.

Full-time students falling below the 2.00 standard in either the semester or cumulative average will be placed on academic probation effective the next semester of attendance. Students on academic probation may not attempt more than 15 credit hours per semester. The best way to be removed from academic probation is to repeat courses with a grade of D or E and get a higher grade in these courses. (Repeat courses do not count towards academic progress for financial aid.)

Sophomore, junior, and senior students with a cumulative average lower than 2.00 who fail to achieve at least a 2.00 semester average while on probation will be suspended. Second semester freshmen on probation who fail to achieve at least a 1.75 cumulative or a 2.00 semester average will be suspended.

Students may earn credits and advanced standing through the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Departmental Proficiency Exams, or Credit for Life Experience. Refer to the catalog for specifics.

Academic complaints and disagreements between students and faculty on student rights may be dealt with in the following manner: The student may first explain the problem either to the appropriate departmental chair or college dean. The student is entitled to a private conference with the administrator and to a conference involving both the administrator and faculty member. Please see the Student Rights, Regulations, and Procedures Online Handbook for further clarification.

Clarion University regards student participation in class as essential to the learning process. Therefore, regular class attendance is required for all students. Faculty members determine the absence policies for their own classes, except that participation in university sanctioned activities will be excused and the student will be given reasonable assistance when class work is missed.

The Undergraduate Catalog represents an agreement between students and the university. Students are responsible for the degree requirements in place at the time of admission to the program or the requirements in effect at the time of readmission after an absence of more than one year. If a student elects to graduate under the provisions of a subsequent catalog, approval by the appropriate department chair and the development of a detailed program of study is required. This document acts as the final authority when policy decisions are in question.

Undergraduates are classified as the following:

  Class Standing Number of Credits

Freshman  0-30

Sophomore  31-60

 Junior  61-90

Senior 91-120+

With permission of the instructor, interested persons may sit-in on courses if there is space available in the course from the first day of class and up until the end of the drop/add period. Students must register for the course and declare the option to audit, in writing, at the Office of the Registrar.

Students may take up to 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters. Students wishing to take in excess of the maximum number of credits must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better and obtain written approval from the appropriate dean in order to register. Students are required to pay for each credit over 18.

Courses numbered 100 to 299 inclusive are typically for freshman and sophomores, while courses numbered 300 to 499 are recommended for juniors and seniors. Some courses numbered between 400 and 499 are acceptable for graduate credit. Courses numbered above 500 carry graduate credit.

Proficiency exams are offered in a number of courses normally taken during the first two years. A satisfactory score on an examination affords student credit for the course in question. Students are required to have a 2.5 QPA and there is a 38-credit maximum.

After students have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit and are in good academic standing, they may schedule a maximum of six courses or 18 semester hours for credit-no-record. One such course may be taken each semester or summer session. Satisfactory work (defined as a "C" or better) in a credit-no-record course shall be shown on the grade report. The option for taking a course credit-no-record is limited to the first five weeks of each semester and the first five days of any five-week summer session. Please note that credit-no-record is not permissible in the major or minor areas of study and the form requires the advisor's signature.

Students who take at least 12 credit hours in a semester and earn a quality-point average of 3.50 or higher for the courses attempted that semester merit placement on the Dean's List.

This is a computerized record of a student's remaining academic requirements and how credits already completed have been allocated in the degree program. The student can read his or her degree audit on MyClarion.

Students may drop and/or add classes during the first week of classes through MyClarion. Classes which a student drops during the period of drop/add will not appear on his or her record. See the Registrar's Webpage for important dates and deadlines and Drop/Add procedures.

Students may graduate with a major in two or more programs leading to the same bachelor's degree by completing departmental requirements for each field. Approval by the appropriate department chairs of detailed programs of study for both majors is required.

This 48-credit requirement is universal for all majors. Requirements include the following flags: one first-year Values, one second Values, one Quantitative, two Writing Intensive. These may be taken in the major, general education and/or electives.

The university may put a hold on your records for various reasons (i.e. academic, financial, disciplinary, etc.). This hold will restrict you from any registration activities, including dropping and adding courses. At any time, you may check MyClarion for active holds on your record.

An academic opportunity for students whose intellectual and creative interests and abilities extend beyond conventional university offerings. Any student may apply for admission to the program. Honors graduates receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies and their transcripts indicate Honors Program completion.

A temporary grade given to students who are unable to complete all course work on schedule. It is used only when conditions and circumstances warrant and when evidence is presented to justify it being given. All requirements must be completed by the end of the next semester or as per the instructor's arrangement or the incomplete converts to a failing grade.

Provides the opportunity to students for a unique academic experience otherwise not available through regular curricular offerings. A project description must be composed by the student and submitted along with the petition form.

Allows a student to take an unscheduled course required for completion of a program of study.

Students may elect minor programs in addition to their major field of study. Minors require no fewer than 18 hours and no more than 30 hours of study. Courses toward the minor can be counted in the major, general education, and/or electives.

This form must be updated on MyClarion by registration day each semester to avoid a hold being placed on the student's account.

The average of all the earned grades attempted at the university. The quality-point average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours. Work completed at other institutions is not included in the quality-point average.

Students need to fulfill a Quantitative Reasoning requirement, which refers to a wide range of learning about data, quantitative expression, evidence and assertions, and quantitative intuition. The Quantitative Reasoning flag can be taken in general education, the major, or electives.

The Schedule of Classes, is posted by the Registrar before early registration. Instructions for Web registration, schedule adjustment, payment of tuition, general education requirements, and other pertinent information can be found at Students are advised to schedule classes during the period of early registration.

Students shall be permitted to repeat any and all courses as often as they choose; however, once they have graduated from the university, a course cannot be repeated for the purpose of improving one's cumulative quality-point average (QPA). The latest repeat grade shall be the counting grade in the QPA prior to graduation. Clarion courses cannot be repeated at another institution.

Clarion University is committed to providing a variety of study abroad and exchange programs for American students. Exchange agreements offer Clarion students the opportunity to pay tuition to Clarion, but attend any of over 100 universities. For additional information, contact the Office of International Programs at 393-2340.

An official copy of students' academic records. Transcripts are available through the Office of the Registrar and can be ordered through the Office of the Registrar's Website, in writing, or in person.

Students may transfer credits from regionally and/or nationally recognized, accredited institutions. The initial evaluation of the transcripts takes place in the Admissions Office. Student will be informed which transferred courses will be accepted by the university. The college dean will determine where the accepted course(s) will be placed on the degree requirements.

Students must take two values flagged courses: a first-year values flag, which promotes reflection on personal values, interpersonal values, and societal values; and a second values flag (generally in the major) which encourages exploration in human values, applied values, or ethics in a particular context.

As of the Fall 1999 semester, new undergraduate students are permitted five individual course withdrawals. All class withdrawals must be made through the Office of the Registrar. Course withdrawals between the end of the second and ninth weeks may be made without financial penalty; however, a "W" will appear on the student transcript. Students are advised to check what impact withdrawing from a class may have on the completion of degree requirements as well as eligibility for financial aid, athletics, health insurance coverage/benefits, veterans' benefits, scholarships, and other areas. The withdrawal form must have the advisor's signature before it is submitted to the Registrar's Office.

Students must take two writing intensive flagged courses. These courses can be taken in the major, general education, and/or electives. In these courses students engage in higher order reasoning and communication in specific disciplines.