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    Mississippi College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
GRADUATE CATALOG 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog]

Academic Information



Assignment to Faculty Advisor

The Dean of the Graduate School acts as general advisor to all graduate students prior to their filing application for admission, and prior to their assignment to a faculty advisor from the student’s area of concentration. The Dean of the Graduate School or the Dean or Department Chair of the student’s major will appoint a faculty advisor who will assist the student in planning an academic program and following a curriculum.

Classification of Mississippi College Students

The classification of a student is based on his standing at the beginning of any regular session.

Freshman: (0-23 hours) working toward bachelor’s degree.
Sophomore: (24-53 hours) working toward bachelor’s degree.
Junior: (54-83 hours) working toward bachelor’s degree.
Senior: (84-more hours) working toward bachelor’s degree or a Post Baccalaureate Certificate.
Graduate Student: one admitted to a Master’s degree program at Mississippi College.
Education Specialist: one admitted to an Education Specialist degree program at Mississippi College.
Doctoral Student: one admitted to a doctoral degree program at Mississippi College.
Pre-Baccalaureate, Non-degree: one who does not have a bachelor’s degree and is not working toward a
  degree at Mississippi College. Eligible to take any undergraduate course for which the student is qualified.
Post-Baccalaureate, Non-degree: one who already holds a bachelor’s degree and is not working toward a
  degree at Mississippi College. Eligible to take any graduate (except in the field of counseling) or undergraduate course for which the student is qualified as determined by the instructor or department concerned. This classification also allows a student to pursue one of the certificate programs in accounting or paralegal studies.
Law Student: one admitted to Mississippi College School of Law.

Full-Time Graduate Student

One must be enrolled for a minimum of eight semester hours to be classified as a full-time graduate student during a regular semester. International students (F-1) must maintain full-time enrollment while pursuing their degree in compliance with Immigration and Naturalization regulations. In summer school a graduate student who is enrolled for a minimum of six semester hours across a full summer session will be classified as a full-time student.

Course Load

In the regular session, the maximum load for a graduate student is 15 semester hours of graduate work per semester, including registration for a thesis. In summer school the maximum load is one academic course in the May term, and two academic courses per term (plus a non-academic course if needed), for a total of 17 credit hours for the summer session. A graduate assistant who teaches three semester hours, or performs an equivalent service, may register for a maximum load of twelve semester hours of graduate work per semester, or three semester hours of graduate work per summer term. Graduate assistants who teach six semester hours will be limited to a graduate load of nine semester hours.

Statements concerning maximum academic load apply whether a student takes all course work at Mississippi College or simultaneously at Mississippi College and elsewhere.

Attendance/Participation Regulations

Class attendance/participation is an essential part of graduate education, and students are expected to attend/participate regularly and punctually all classes and laboratories for which they are registered. Cumulative absences/non participation may result in a lowered grade or loss of credit for the course. Tardiness is also subject to penalty. Although some specific requirements may vary according to the nature and structure of the course, the following guidelines summarize institutional policy:

  1. Class attendance/participation is required, and accurate records are kept.
  2. For online courses, non participation means the failure to login for any group assignments (i.e., chants, etc.), tests, or weekly assignments. Excessive absences are the same as for classes that meet one time per week.
  3. A student receives a grade of F in any course immediately upon accumulating the following number of absences in that class:

12 in semester classes meeting 3 times per week
8 in semester classes meeting 2 times per week
4 in semester classes meeting 1 time per week
4 per session in the Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)
6 in summer day classes
Proportionate numbers in classes on other schedules.

Any exception to this rule, granted only in extraordinary circumstances, must be approved by the Dean’s Committee on Absences.
 

  1. For lesser number of absences/non participation, the student should expect a lowered grade in the course, with the maximum penalty of one letter grade for each weekof absences (in a semester) or the equivalent. The calculation of the semester grade, including any penalty for absences, is the responsibility of the faculty member and may vary according to the nature of the course and the grading scale used. In some classes points will be deducted from the semester grade for unexcused absences; in others, the penalty may be built into the grading scale by means of frequent pop quizzes, grades for class participation and the like.
  2. The faculty member will excuse a limited number of absences/non participation for serious illness, for field trips, for representing the University, and perhaps for other emergency reasons which the faculty member finds justifiable.
  3. Whether an absence/non participation is excused or not, the student who is absent misses some learning that takes place in the class. Naturally, the faculty member is more inclined to assist the student in making up the work if the absence was excused. However, the responsibility for work missed rests entirely with the student.
  4. A student registering late will be charged for all absences/non participation occurring prior to reporting to class, although these may be treated as excused absences.

Auditing

Any change from audit to credit by a student regularly enrolled in the University must be accomplished by the last day for adding a course, and any change from credit to audit must be made by the last day to drop a course without having it appear on the permanent record. No credit can be given for a class audited, nor is the student permitted an examination for credit. No faculty member is authorized to admit anyone as an auditor to any classes unless the auditor has registered as such.

Change of Schedule (Drop or Add Courses)

After the second full week of classes in a fall or spring semester, students who have been reported by a faculty member to the Registrar’s Office will be administratively dropped from those classes for which they are registered but have never attended.

Students register for courses on-line through Banner Web according to schedules published on the Banner website. Consultation with an advisor is a requirement, and the student must understand that if there is any deviation from the schedule agreed upon with the advisor, full responsibility rests on the student. After classes have begun, courses may be added or dropped according to the college calendar published in the on-line catalog and schedule.

Adding Courses

Students will not be allowed to enter a course after the first week of a semester or the beginning of the second class period of a summer term unless special permission is granted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the dean and the department chair.

Dropping Courses

The official drop date for each term is published in the college calendar and class schedule. After that official date, a student may not drop a course without receiving an F in the course unless he / she requests and receives special permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the dean of the appropriate school.

Dropping a course after the official drop date without receiving an F (receive a W) should be rare. The following conditions must be met:

  • Student experiences extenuating circumstance (circumstances beyond the student’s control)
  • Student must be passing course requirements
  • Student has attended class with regularity, and has demonstrated general good faith toward completing the requirements of the course.

For more information regarding changing a course schedule, students should contact the Office of the Registrar, (601.925.3210) and/ or consult University Policy 2.13.

Summer Session

When a student is taking only one course in a summer session and drops it, it is considered a withdrawal from the University and a withdrawal form should be processed through the Bursar’s Office.

Withdrawal from the University

With the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, a student desiring to withdraw from the University should go to the Bursar’s Office and process a withdrawal form. It is necessary for the correct procedure to be followed as discontinuance of class attendance without official withdrawal earns a grade of F in each course. See Refund Policies in this catalog for withdrawal/refund schedule.

Any claims for refunds of tuition will be based on the date on which the student files a completed withdrawal form with the Bursar’s Office.

If students are living on campus, it will be necessary for them to notify the Director of Residence Life regarding their moving out of the residence hall.

Grades

Course Numbering System

5000 — Graduate Level (and Senior Level when 400A)*
6000 — Graduate level exclusively
7000 — Graduate level for Education Specialist and Doctoral students
8000 — Graduate level exclusively for Doctoral students

*Note: A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit cannot subsequently be changed to graduate credit nor repeated for graduate credit at the 5000 level.

Grading System

The University uses the following grading system for graduate school:

  A is reserved for work which is definitely superior in quality.
  B+ Intermediate grade
  B is given for work which is consistently good and which manifests sufficient interest, effort, or originality to lift it above average work.
  C+ Intermediate grade
  C is given for average work and shows that basic requirements in class assignments have been met. Work at this level or lower is considered unsatisfactory for graduate students.
  D earns credit but is below the standard required for graduation.
  F indicates failure and, naturally, carries no credit.
  W Withdrawal (does not count in student’s academic standing)
  CR earns credit hour(s) without grade points.
  PR In Progress. Utilized exclusively for Theses 6563, 6564, EDU 7501 , EDU 7525 , and EDU 8880 ; does not count in grade point hours and thus does not affect GPA until changed to a single letter grade upon successful completion of 6564, EDU 7501 , or EDU 7525 .
  AU refers to credit without hours or grade points.
  NA no Audit because requirements were not met.
  NC no Credit because requirements were not met.
  I “Incomplete” may be given to a student who has been unavoidably hindered from completing work required in a course, provided that:
  1. semester attendance requirements have been met.
  2. the request is made at a point beyond the last date to withdraw from a class;
  3. in the opinion of the professor, the student has completed the vast majority of the work required for the courses and the remaining work can be accomplished independently and without significant oversight by the professor.
  4. the student is doing passing work;
  5. and the student has made prior arrangements with the professor to complete the remaining work at a later date.

The grade of I affects the grade point average, because it carries no grade points and the course hours are calculated as hours attempted. The grade of I must be removed promptly or it becomes an F; it cannot be removed by repeating the course. (See Removal of Incomplete section of the Graduate Catalog.)

Note: The course syllabus outlines the criteria faculty members use in determining a student’s final grade in the course.

Grade Points

A = 4 grade points per hour
B+ = 3.5 grade points per hour
B = 3 grade points per hour
C+ = 2.5 grade points per hour
C = 2 grade points per hour
D = 1 grade point per hour
F = 0 grade points
I = 0 grade points
CR = 0 grade points

Grade Point Hours

Grade point hours are those hours for which a student registered and received a letter grade (A, B, B+, C, C+, D, F, I). No withdrawals, PR grades or dropped courses are included but the GPA does include Fs and Incompletes unless otherwise specified.

Credits in non-academic courses—physical activities, band, choir, etc.—do not carry grade points.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

One’s grade point average is based on grade point hours at Mississippi College. If one repeats a course, both grades are used in the calculation of the grade point average. Formula for GPA = number of grade points divided by grade point hours.

Grade Reports

A record of each student’s grades is kept in the Office of the Registrar, and a report is available to the student at the close of each semester on the Mississippi College Banner website.

Degree Evaluation
CAPP (Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning)

Degree Evaluation is a real-time online system to use in planning degree programs. These evaluations utilize courses completed and those in which the student is currently enrolled to inform students of degree completion status at any point in their university career. The results are unofficial until they have been reviewed by the Graduate School when the student has applied for graduation.

Final Examinations

Regular examinations are held at the end of each semester. No such examination of a regular class may be held at any other time except that designated by the administration. A student who is deliberately absent from a semester examination without legitimate reason will be given a grade of F on the course.

Grade Correction

To correct a grade recorded in error, a request for correction must be filed with the Office of Registrar before the end of the following semester or term. The student who questions the accuracy of a grade in a semester grade report should ask the faculty member of the course to check for possible error. One who then still believes that the grade is inaccurate or unjust may appeal to the department chair and, if necessary, to the dean of the school. Final appeal is to the Dean of the Graduate School, who may seek the advice of the Graduate Council in resolving the issue.

Incomplete Grades

When a student has an acceptable reason for failing to complete a course in time to have the grade properly recorded, the record will be marked “Incomplete” by the faculty member. For this procedure the student will be charged a fee. Completion of the work should be as soon as possible after the emergency that made the delay necessary but no later than the end of the next semester or summer term. An I that is not removed by the deadline becomes an F whether the student remains in school or not but does not apply to students called into military service.

A form “Assignment of Thesis Grade(s) or Request for Thesis Extension” available in the Graduate Office must be used to record and later remove PR Grade(s). When an extension is granted, a copy of the form will be sent to the library and computer lab so a student may use those facilities while completing research. Thesis writers must make written requests for an extension if work is not completed within a semester or term. Thesis extensions may be granted for up to one year from the date the incomplete grade was entered upon the student’s record.

Permanent Record Changes

When the semester is complete and courses and grades have been officially recorded on the permanent transcript, course titles, numbers and departments cannot be changed. Thus, in programs where courses are cross-listed, it is imperative that the preferred course number, title and department be identified when registering for the course or be changed within the enrollment period of any given semester.

Academic Standing, Graduate Probation and Academic Suspension

Progress toward a degree is measured both quantitatively and qualitatively—by the number of grade point hours and by the grade point. Grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the number of grade points by the grade point hours.

Master’s Students End-of-Term Standings

The following are descriptions of end-of-term-standings:

  1. Academic Good Standing (00) The requirement for remaining in academic good standing as a graduate student at Mississippi College is the same as the requirement for graduation—a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (a B average) on all grade point hours applied to the graduate major at Mississippi College. A student whose GPA is less than a 3.00 will be notified.
  2. Graduate Academic Warning (GW) — 2.00-2.99 cumulative GPA on up to 6 hours of graduate level courses. This status warns students that substantial academic progress must be made toward achieving good standing or they will not be allowed to complete their degree program.
  3. Suspended with Right of Appeal (GS) — 2.00-2.99 cumulative GPA on more than 6 hours of graduate level courses. This status suspends enrollment and student must submit a written appeal to the Graduate Appeals Committee before reinstatement is considered.
  4. Suspended without Right of Appeal (GI) — 0.00-1.99 cumulative GPA. This status suspends enrollment and the student is allowed to make a written appeal only if Incomplete grades are involved in GPA deficiency.

Students who pre-register for classes and then are suspended academically at the end of a given semester or summer term are expected to withdraw from pre-registered classes pending outcome of academic appeal. Students who do not appeal for reinstatement after being suspended will be withdrawn from classes for the semester or term for which they have preregistered.

Education Specialists and Doctoral Students End-of-Term Standings

The following are descriptions of end-of-term-standings

  1. Academic Good Standing (00) The requirement for remaining in academic good standing as an Education Specialist graduate student at Mississippi College is the same as the requirement for graduation—a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on all grade point hours applied to the graduate major at Mississippi College. A student whose GPA is less than 3.25 will be notified.
  2. Graduate Academic Warning (GW) — 2.25-3.249 cumulative GPA on up to 6 hours of Education Specialist graduate level courses. This status warns students that substantial academic progress must be made toward achieving good standing or they will not be allowed to complete their degree program.
  3. Suspended with Right of Appeal (GS) — 2.25-3.249 cumulative GPA on more than 6 semester hours of Education Specialist graduate level courses. This status suspends enrollment and the student must submit a written appeal to the Graduate Appeals Committee before reinstatement is considered.
  4. Suspended without Right of Appeal (GI) — 0.00-2.249 cumulative GPA. This status suspends enrollment and the student is allowed to make a written appeal only if Incomplete Grades are involved in GPA deficiency.

Students who pre-register for classes and then are suspended academically at the end of a given semester or summer term are expected to withdraw from pre-registered classes pending outcome of academic appeal. Students who do not appeal for reinstatement after being suspended will be withdrawn from classes for the semester or term for which they have preregistered.

Special Calculation of End-of-Term Standings

A grade of D will not count on a graduate degree. The course, if a required one, must be repeated; however, the D is still calculated in determining the overall GPA. A student who accumulates a total of nine semester hours of C’s or lower, but has a B average, may continue in a degree program only as long as the B average is maintained.

Earning a grade of F in any graduate course will result in automatic graduate program suspension.

Any student who is suspended for academic reasons has the right of appeal to the Graduate Appeals Committee. This committee will consider each case on its merits, taking into account the full academic record, the student’s rate of progress in making up deficiencies, and any special circumstances that might reflect on the student’s ability and readiness to do acceptable graduate work. If a student wishes to register a written appeal, please contact the Graduate Office immediately for a specific form to be used for that purpose.

Special Status

When a student encounters program-ending academic difficulty during their first attempt at graduate-level work, they may request a change of major. The student must meet all admission requirements, including any undergraduate prerequisites and standardized test, for the new major. Graduate hours accumulated during the first attempt will remain on the official permanent record (transcript) but will be excluded from the overall G.P.A. calculation for the new graduate-level program as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Department Dean. A student may request this special status one time during his/her graduate school career at Mississippi College.

Dismissal from Joint Degree Programs

If a student who is enrolled in a joint degree program such as the J.D./M.B.A. is dismissed from one of the degree programs, then he/she is automatically dismissed from the other degree program as well. The student may appeal for readmission to either or both of the programs. If a student wishes to register an appeal, they should contact the Graduate Office immediately for a specific form to be used for that purpose.

Field Studies

Although the proper focus of a university is its academic instruction, there is a value in relating the academic program to the world of work. This is done in many ways at Mississippi College, including a limited number of internships and field studies courses. The following courses will carry credit in the student’s major subject field, but the rules of the program and the course descriptions are the same for all participating departments.

6591, 6592, 6593 Field Studies Credit, 1, 2, or 3 semester hours respectively
These courses are taught in response to a specific need and request. They may involve nontraditional teaching techniques and will usually combine formal education with practical experience in a career field.

Note: Courses 6591, 6592, and 6593 may be repeated as necessary for up to six hours of credit. In most cases the student should not expect to earn more than six semester hours in any combination of field experience courses.

Some academic departments also include special field experience courses in the regular departmental curriculum; see the appropriate catalog section or consult with your faculty advisor.