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Academic Policies

Class Attendance and Participation Policy

Effective 05/2014

All on-campus classes are held at ITU, 2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134. Class attendance is mandatory for all on-campus courses at ITU.  Showing up for each class session is the minimum requirement for students to learn and be successful in their studies. As a graduate institution, ITU requires all of its students to attend, fully participate, and be engaged in all of the classes for which they are enrolled each term.

It is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to monitor and record student engagement and participation for their class(es), both on campus and online. This can be done in a number of ways, such as in-class quizzes, participation points during in-class discussions, roll call, etc. How attendance is measured may vary from class to class. To encourage student engagement, faculty are encouraged to use classroom participation as a part of their grading.

Class Size Limit

Classes are limited to 48 students per weekday course, and 75 students per weekend course.

Credit Hour Policy

Adopted 08/2012

Except as provided in Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practice, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Besides:

(3) One credit hour is assigned to a part time CPT in which the student needs to get between 10 to 20 hours training a week for at least 15 weeks; three credit hours are assigned to a full time CPT in which the student takes 21 to 40 hours training per week for at least 15 weeks. In addition, given the nature of our school, many of our engineering classes meet in a laboratory of the subject matter these classes meet in accordance with the time requirements of the above policy. In addition to the class meeting time, which is largely lecture/didactic and discussion classes, students are required to complete additional lab work/assignments outside of their class hours.

Addendum to the Credit Hour Policy (Approved 01/15/2014)

With regard to ITU’s online course offerings, ITU has adopted the United States Department of Education requirements for “courses offered entirely online and without any required face-to-face class meetings.”
A week of instructional time is any given seven-day period in which at least one session of regularly scheduled instruction or examination occurs. Students are expected to be academically engaged through means which could include, but are not limited to, submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; attending a virtual study group assigned by the instructor; contributing to an academic online discussion; and engaging in contact with the faculty member and class peers related to the academic subject of the course. Departments must document through scheduling of classes or syllabi that they are meeting the minimum semester credit hour requirement for the credit awarded. (U.S. DOE, CH-A5, 2.22.2013)

The course syllabus communicates an expectation to students that the student will be required to participate as a part of the course and indicates the expected minimum time that students will need to devote to the course. The total expected time should be a minimum of 45 hours per semester for each unit of class.
The credit hour requirement for a course may be achieved through working online, attending online discussions, watching video presentations, taking quizzes, participating in group activities, etc. A student’s participation may be randomly monitored for quality control by the instructor for that course, faculty mentors assigned to courses, or the program chair.

Credit Measurements

Academic credits are measured in terms of credit hours. This is a listing of how Academic Credits are measured:

1 credit hour = 1 trimester term hour
1 trimester credit hour = 15 hours of classroom lectures/30 laboratory hours/45 practicum hours

The student should enroll in 9 credits to maintain the F1 status for all trimesters, unless he/she is in Semester Break, Last Trimester, or Reduced Course Load.

International Students: For purposes of enrollment certification to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ITU considers a foreign student to be full-time if s/he registers full-time for the Fall, Spring and/or Summer Trimesters.

Final Exam Policy

All classes conducted at ITU main campus have a mandatory in-class final examination or presentation.

Grading System

The following grades are used:

A4.0 grade points per credit hour
A- 3.7 grade points per credit hour
B+3.3 grade points per credit hour
B3.0 grade points per credit hour
B-2.7 grade points per credit hour
C+2.3 grade points per credit hour
C 2.0 grade points per credit hour
C- 1.7 grade points per credit hour
D+1.3 grade points per credit hour
D1.0 grade points per credit hour
D- 0.7 grade points per credit hour
F 0(failure: not accepted as degree credit hour)
IIncomplete. Used only for reasons beyond student's control. An "I" that is not removed on the student's record as an "I", with no credit earned, and is not computed in the GPA.
P/NP(Pass/Not pass)-Used as an alternative grading option for students. Not available for required core courses. Passing mark earns grade points towards graduation, but is not calculated in the GPA. No grade points are earned for the NP mark, and the grade is not computed in the GPA.
AUDAuditing. No grade points are earned and the grade is not computed in the GPA.
RRepeated class
NR Used by the office of Admissions and Records to indicate no grade was reported.
WFFailed the course at the time of withdrawal. No grade points are earned and the grade is not computed in the GPA.
WPPassed the course at the time of withdrawal. No grade points are earned and the grade is not computed in the GPA.
Only courses in which a student has earned at least a grade of C- and P are counted towards the master’s degree. All registered credit hours are counted as attempted credit hours, and all grades except I, P, NP, WP, WF, AUD and NR are used in GPA computation. A student must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the master’s degree.

All courses require letter grades, except those specifically designated otherwise. For deficiency courses, a letter grade should be given, although not counted in the student’s overall GPA. A grade of C- or better constitutes a passing grade for a deficiency course. All deficiency courses can be completed at any accredited institution.

Internship Policy

For internship information, click here.

Master’s Degree Program Admissions Policy

Effective Fall 2015

Students applying for admission into ITU master’s degree programs are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to succeed in a rigorous graduate educational environment. As such, successful applicants who are admitted to the University should have earned (the equivalent of) a US bachelor’s degree with a cumulative 2.75 GPA or above, or (the equivalent of) a US master’s degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above. Degrees earned in the United States must be from a regionally accredited US institution. In some cases, ITU may also consider other evidence of readiness for academic studies at the graduate level, including: outstanding undergraduate work in the major, completion of graduate-level coursework at a 3.0 GPA or above, post-baccalaureate studies, and professional certifications.

Given the diversity of grading scales and accreditation standards worldwide, ITU requires that any foreign credentials (i.e. undergraduate/graduate diploma and transcript) be evaluated by an approved third-party evaluation service. The University will only accept foreign credentials that are deemed by the approved service provider as equivalent to a US bachelor’s or master’s degree. International applicants will also need to provide proof of English proficiency (see ITU’s English Proficiency policy).

Approved by AQC on May 4, 2015

Policy for Independent Study

Independent Study (IS) is a form of educational activity involving an individual instructor and an individual student in which the student conducts research on a mutually agreed upon topic under loose guidance from the supervising instructor. Usually an instructor will make it known to the University in which fields s/he is willing to guide independent study in a particular trimester.

A student who intends to register for and conduct independent study (IS) has to follow the rules described below.

  1. The student applies for independent study with the Registrar. The registrar approves or denies the application dependent on condition a) listed below. If approved, the Registrar issues to the student the ‘Outline of Independent Study’ form.
  2. With this form the student seeks approval for IS from the Department Chair of the student’s major and suggests a supervising instructor. The Department Chair approves or denies the application dependent on condition b) listed below which is subject to the Department Chair’s judgment.
  3. If approved the Department Chair assigns the suggested or a different instructor as supervising instructor at his/her discretion.
  4. The instructor and the student fill out the ‘Outline of Independent Study’ form, which contains the student’s and instructor’s names, the trimester in which the IS is to be conducted, the credit units to be awarded, the topic of the IS, and the desired outcome. The maximum credit units for IS is 3. It can be reduced to 2 or 1 credit units by the supervising instructor at the preparation of the Outline form. The completed form is submitted to the Department Chair for approval.
  5. Upon approval and signature of the Outline form by the Dept Chair the form is sent to the Registrar, who files it and makes the entry in the student’s record, and EMS, as registered for IS.
  6. IS must be conducted and completed in the trimester specified in the Outline form. Upon completion of the IS the instructor assigns a letter grade in compliance with the general grading policy. Assignment of Incomplete grade (I) is not allowed for IS.

Approval of Independent Study at ITU is subject to the following conditions:
a) No course is available in the schedule for the given trimester that counts for the student’s degree as listed in the curriculum.
b) There is some hardship for the requesting student that makes the earning of additional credit units through IS a necessity (typically visa requirements, preceding loss of credits through disease etc.) If the situation of the requesting student is not deemed a hardship by the Department Chair, the application is denied.

The wish to gain more credit units than possible with the current course schedule, does not constitute a hardship.

WASC Policy on Teach-Out Plans and Agreements

Adopted 08/21/2013

An institution accredited by the Commission must submit to the Commission for its prior approval a teach-out plan or agreement upon the occurrence of any of the following:

  1. The Secretary of Education notifies WASC that the Secretary has initiated an emergency action against an institution in accordance with section 487(c)(1)(G) of the HEA or an action to limit, suspend, or terminate an institution participating in any Title IV, HEA program, in accordance with section 487(c)(1)(F) HEA, and that a teach-out plan is required.
  2. WASC acts to withdraw, terminate, or suspend accreditation or candidacy of the institution.
  3. The institution notifies WASC that it intends to cease operations entirely or close a location that provides one hundred percent of at least one program.
  4. A state licensing or authorizing agency notifies WASC that an institution’s license or legal authority to provide an educational program has been or will be revoked.

A teach-out plan means a written plan developed by that institution that provides for the equitable treatment of its own students if an institution, or an institutional location that provides one hundred percent of at least one program, ceases to operate before all students have completed their program of study, and may include if required by the institution’s accrediting agency, a teach-out agreement between institutions. A teach-out agreement means a written agreement between two institutions that provides for equitable treatment of students under these circumstances. WASC may require an institution to enter into a teach-out agreement as part of its teach-out plan.

When an institution enters into a teach-out agreement with another institution, the initiating institution must submit the agreement to the Commission for approval prior to its implementation. The teach-out agreement may be approved only if the agreement is between institutions that are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; and

  1. must be consistent with applicable standards of accreditation and Commission Policies;
  2. Must provide for the equitable treatment of students by ensuring that the teach-out institution has the necessary experience, resources, and support services to provide an educational program that is of acceptable quality and reasonably similar in content, structure, and scheduling to that provided by the institution that is closing or discontinuing its program(s), to remain stable, carry out its mission, and to meet all obligations to its existing students;
  3. Must ensure that the teach-out institution can provide students access to the program and services without requiring them to move or travel substantial distances;
  4. Must provide for notification of another accrediting agency if the teach-out institution holds accreditation from that agency; and
  5. Must specify additional charges, if any, levied by the teach-out institution and provide for notification to the students of any additional charges

If an institution the Commission accredits or has granted candidacy to closes without a teach-out plan, the Commission must work with the Department of Education and the appropriate State agency, to the extent feasible, to assist students in finding reasonable opportunities to complete their education without additional charges. The Commission has adopted Guidelines for Closing an Institution, available from the Commission office.

The University will provide all graduate students currently in the affected programs who have at least 3 hours in the major, an opportunity to complete degree requirements during a “teach out” period. Dean or designees will inform affected students of the program closure and the time within which they must complete the program. Students should work closely with the Registrar or designee, who will be knowledgeable about the projected course offerings of the terminated program. New students will not be enrolled in the program. The university will follow all rules and regulations stated by WASC and BPPE.

Addendum to the WASC Teach-Out Policy

Approved 01/13/2014

For the fully online degree option to existing university Master’s programs, should it be necessary to teach out the online versions of these programs, the same WASC-approved policies will serve as a guide, and apply to all students who have enrolled in these programs.

  1. Students in the online schedule of offerings will be informed of the teach-out of the fully online versions of the program and a teach-out schedule of online offerings in that program will be promulgated, which will permit students in continuous enrollment to complete the required coursework in the online delivery format.
  2. All degree students may complete all degree requirements through on-campus offerings, in either weekend or weeknight schedules or a combination thereof.
  3. For all students who cannot complete all course requirements in the teach-out period, a policy to permit students to transfer degree-relevant coursework from other WASC or regionally accredited institutions will be adopted to ensure students access to completing course requirements.
  4. If needed, and with prior WASC approval, an articulation agreement will be developed to allow smooth transfer of ITU students into another regionally accredited university’s graduate programs in that discipline.
  5. In exceptional cases, and where needed, individual teach-out plans will be developed for any students in the program for whom the above accommodations do not permit timely completion of their respective degree programs.

Last modified: June 3, 2016