## Tuesday, May 23, 2017

## Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to be financially supported, students must meet the Minimum Standards for Academic Progress (SAP). Academic Progress Criteria Satisfied for financial assistance purposes other than the school's academic requirements. In some cases, students with learning disabilities may find that while they are allowed to remain in school, they may not receive financial aid until they meet the minimum academic standards. valve. The SAP standards apply to all terms you have attended regardless of whether or not you receive financial support.

NOTE: Financial aid is not the same as a Student Visa. However, some students can achieve both states at the same time. Students during probation must follow a prescribed appeal process that allows them to test the learning from your room even if they have been financially challenged.

The federal financial aid regulations require that you maintain at least a minimum accumulated GPA score necessary for graduation, and progress with the pace for you to achieve your degree in the maximum period. Allowed, measured by credit hours. Rowan University Financial Aid The SAP standard will help you achieve this goal.

You must maintain SAP to continue to receive financial assistance

To ensure that recipients of financial aid are in Progress of Academic Progression (SAP), the academic transcript will be reviewed at the end of each term to determine eligibility for the next term. All terms of attendance will be considered, including the time when the student did not receive financial aid. Each semester, your Rowan University academic records will be reviewed for the following three measures and you will be assigned a SAP Status.

1. GPA: College students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (average C). Graduates must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

Grades A, B, C, D, and F affect your GPA (including +/- variations). W, WF, WP, I, U, P, NP, or NC classes and / or transition credits do not affect your GPA. All scores are calculated, including the original score (s) from the repeating subjects.

2. PACE: Students must complete at least 67% of all courses (credit hours registered) tried at Rowan University.

Failure (F), Incomplete (I), Not reported (NR), Audit (AU), or No Credit (NC) are not considered. Job completion course. A course is counted as completed only once, no matter how many tries or points are scored. Credit transfers are counted as both tried and completed, thus increasing the student completion rate.

3. MAX (Maximum Time Frame): Students must complete their program within 150% of the credit hours needed to complete your program, including all transition credits.

Students who have reached the maximum allowable credit hour will be suspended from financial aid. Development time or modification is excluded from this calculation. The MTF calculates all hours of effort including repetitive classes, ineligible courses, and transfer hours accepted by Rowan University. This also includes hours worked on prior class hours and hours when students did not receive financial aid.

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## Tuesday, May 2, 2017

## How to Use the Final Grade Calculator?

__First__, list all the points you have earned so far. Enter the points you earn in one column, and in the other column list the percentage that each level counts toward your final average.

__For example__, if you earned 95 in the first exercise and 20% in the last one, you would fill in the corresponding columns: 95 20. Do not use a percent sign when filling in the columns, as it will cause confusion. As well as the final score calculator. Of course, the total percentage of classes is not over 100, because you can not get more than 100% of your total class. In computers, you can type 20 points and their respective weights.

Then enter the minimum average required for each sign. Enter the different letters provided in the course (A, B, C, D) and the minimum final averages needed to receive each point. If you have entered A 90; B 8-0; C 70; D 60, this means your final average of at least 90 to get A, or at least 80 to get B, at least 70 to get C, and at least 60 to get D. You Can enter 11 different levels.

There are more than one final score machines available on the net, usually you can find them on the websites of most colleges, helping students determine which class they need to receive in the final exam. Their same to achieve a desired score level for the course.

All kinds of computers you can find are based on the same principal. Most services try to design the final point calculator so that it can quickly and easily find you average among all your modules.

Each institution has different categories, but most computers are designed as a tool by which you can calculate the weighted average without having to know much about the sorting policies. The calculator will give you an average over the percentage you have so far received. You can calculate the impact on the future score by evaluating the rating as if you had achieved a score.

Usually, professors have heavy classes to define your class: homework, tests / tests, and final exams. Because the final exam grade is still 0/0 all year, until you have the test, it counts as the average of all other grades and does not affect your grade. Therefore, your final grade can be calculated manually without the use of the final grade calculator, by the following formula:

**Final Mark = Exam Worth x Exam Mark + (1 – Exam Worth) x Current Mark.**

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## Thursday, April 27, 2017

## Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

**Delivering an interdisciplinary course is a complex challenge — ideally the learning is co-produced by both teachers and students, but getting the balance right is difficult.**Just dropping lecturers with different backgrounds into the syllabus can result in a series of disconnected presentations which pushes all the work of constructing a coherent whole onto the students. On the other hand, the expense of several lecturers developing and delivering a course which brings together the perspectives and expertise of different disciplines is hard to reconcile with standard models for resourcing teaching. Together with colleagues Arno Verhoeven and James Stewart, I have been involved in two initiatives that engage with these challenges. Our first stab involved Design for Informatics (D4I), one of the courses offered by the School of Design as part of the Design Informatics MA. Our collaboration arose out efforts to build momentum in

**Edinburgh Living Lab**by setting teams of students to work on ‘wicked problems’ within the city in collaboration with the Council and the Neighbourhood Partnerships. Development of the course was generously supported by a PTAS grant, and a crucial ingredient was the three of us working ‘under the radar’ to jointly craft and deliver a course that combined ideas and methods from participatory design, qualitative social science and data analysis.

__By contrast,__it ought to be possible to assemble a cohort of students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and indeed this is relatively easy to achieve in Masters-level courses. A case in point, which I’ll return to shortly, is Design Informatics, a degree that intentionally brings in students with backgrounds in design and in computing. However, at pre-Honours level, timetabling clashes between different degrees make it harder to fashion courses that rely on some interdisciplinary mixing of students. Once we had developed a formula that had been worked through two iterations for Masters students with some success, we asked ourselves whether it would be possible to adapt the approach to work for pre-Honours teaching. Of course, the only way to get an answer was to actually do this through launching a new course, and this was the genesis of Data, Design and Society (DDS), a 20-point level 8 course offered for the first time in 2015/16 by the School of Informatics. Like D4I, DDS adopted a ‘learning by developing’ pedagogic model in which interdisciplinary teams of students collaborated on a semester-long project which addressed a practical problem. Alyssa Alcorn (the course Teaching Assistant) and I worked hard to refine the structure of D4I and to give more explicit guidance to students on how to progress from one phase of work to the next. Since we were somewhat apprehensive (in retrospect, unjustifiably) about letting teams of undergraduates run riot in the city, we decided to focus on an issue that could be researched within the confines of the University and chose Food and Sustainability as the challenge. This choice was strongly supported by contributions from Alexis Heeren and Alan Peddie of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and we also benefited from the overseas development perspective of Cat Magill.

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## Wednesday, April 5, 2017

## What Role Do Coursework and GPA Play in College Admissions?

To understand how colleges think, it's important to put yourself in their shoes. I explain this in much more detail in my Getting into Harvard guide, but in short,

**colleges want to admit students who are going to change the world**.
But how do you predict who's going to change the world when applicants are just 17-18 years old?

**By using their past achievement as a predictor of future achievement.**
Admissions offices at colleges do a lot of research studies on what types of students they admit and how to predict students who are going to be most successful. Often in these studies, high school coursework has one of the strongest correlations with college grades.

The former Dean of Admissions at Harvard said:

We have found that the best predictors at Harvard are Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate Exams, closely followed by the College Board subject tests. High school grades are next in predictive power, followed by the SAT and ACT.

The Dean of Admissions at Lawrence University said:

In the majority of studies, high school grades have the strongest correlation with college grades. The SAT and ACT have the next strongest correlation, but this too is not surprising because they have a strong correlation with high school grades.

This is not surprising - it takes a lot of skill and effort to excel with a high school courseload requirement. The qualities that lead to success in high school education, motivation, hard work, good planning, time management, and control over your psychology - can lead to academic success. And career. These are all the qualities we will mention in this guide.

Therefore, your high school subjects are one of the most important parts of your college application. In terms of spending time, where you will spend the most time, more than 2,000 hours per year (180 school days * (7 hours a day at school + 4 hours homework). This is equivalent to a full time job.

*Learning is your job. But instead of building a house, you're building your future.*

Finally, just to beat a dead horse, here are quotes from admissions offices from top colleges on importance of coursework to your college application.

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## Sunday, March 5, 2017

## How to Figure out Your College GPA?

In many ways, figuring out your college GPA (grade point average) is actually easier than figuring up your high school GPA. If you know your letter grades and credit hours (a unit of measurement to reflect your weekly time in the classroom), you should be able to find your GPA for a term. You can also use this information to calculate your overall college GPA.**Write down your grades.**Write down a list of what classes you took during the term. Next to each class, write down the grade you earned. Don't worry about writing down a percentage, just note the letter grade that you got. For example, your list may look something like this:

- Biology: B
- Calculus: A
- History: A
- Spanish: C

**Use a grading scale to note how many points each letter grade is worth.**Use your school's grading scale to determine how many points each letter grade earns. For example, you'd build on your list like this:

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- Biology: B (3 points)
- Calculus: A (4 points)
- History: A (4 points)
- Spanish: C (2 points)

**List how many credits each course is worth.**Once you've made your list, look in your school's course catalog to determine how many credits each course is worth. Sometimes, seminars or labs may be worth fewer credits so it's important to calculate how many credits you took in a term. Write down how many credits each course is worth. For example, your list may now look something like this:

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- Biology: B (3 credit points) at 3 hours
- Calculus: A (4 credit points) at 4 hours
- History: A (4 credit points) at 3 hours
- Spanish: C (2 credit points) at 3 hours

**Determine how many grade points (credit points) you earned for your courses.**For each course on your list, multiply the credit for your grade by the number of hours the course was worth. Once you've done this for each course, you can add up all of the grade points (credit points) to calculate your total grade points (credit points) for the term. Your list may look like this:

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- Biology: B (3 credit points) at 3 hours = 9 credit points
- Calculus: A (4 credit points) at 4 hours = 16 credit points
- History: A (4 credit points) at 3 hours = 12 credit points
- Spanish: C (2 credit points) at 3 hours = 6 credit points
- Total = 43 credit points

Need help forecasting your GPA? The GPACalculator is a great online tool. This calculator uses the website: https://gpahub.net

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## Sunday, February 26, 2017

## What is the difference between weighted and unweighted GPA?

The method for calculating GPA that I just described is the general, more traditional method for calculating GPA, but there are actually several ways a student’s GPA can be computed.

This can get pretty confusing, so you should check with your child’s school and ask how they calculate GPA.

Typically schools compute two separate GPAs for each student, their weighted GPA, and their unweighted GPA. I know what you’re thinking…

*How can my student have two GPAs? WHAT IS GOING ON???*

## Unweighted GPA

The unweighted GPA is the average of all class grades based on the 4.0 scale I described at the beginning of this post.

If the student earned an “A” in an advanced English class, the unweighted grade would still be a 4.0– the corresponding number on standard grade conversion charts–instead of, for example, a 4.5.

Regardless of class level, each class is graded on the same point system. Things can get a bit confusing when schools have an unweighted scale but still offer and “A+” that is worth 4.3 points. While still unweighted, this GPA is higher than a 4.0.

## Weighted GPA

Many schools offer Accelerated and Advanced Placement (AP) classes to students who show academic merit. To distinguish an “A” in the advanced geometry class from that in the regular one, schools often assign a different point system to harder classes.

They may, for example, bump up a student’s grade by .5 points if the class they took was accelerated. Therefore, a student with three “Bs” in a regular class may have a 3.0 GPA while one with three “Bs” in advanced classes may have a 3.5 GPA.

If a student takes only accelerated classes and their school bumps up each accelerated grade by one point, they may potentially earn a 5.0 GPA.

The weight a school assigns to each class varies, and straight “A” students can graduate with different weighted GPAs depending on the school they attended.

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal,

*right*?
Don’t get too excited though. Most colleges only ask their applicants to report their unweighted GPA, not their weighted GPA–this brings me to my next point, the unweighted GPA.

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## Wednesday, February 15, 2017

## What’s a High School GPA Scale?

GPA (Grade Point Average) is a way of measuring academic achievement in high school. It’s a numeric value that correlates with a student’s grades. Each letter grade that a student earns is worth a certain number of grade points depending on how high it is and, in some cases, the level of the class where it was earned. The average of the grade points from all of a student’s converted letter grades in high school makes up his or her final GPA. Typically, one of two GPA scales will be used to measure the grades of students throughout their time in high school.

The unweighted GPA scale goes up to a 4.0 and doesn’t take class difficulty into account. A weighted GPA scale typically goes up to a 5.0 and does consider the difficulty of a student’s classes. I’ll go over the basics of these two scales in the next couple of sections to give you a sense of how they work.

The unweighted GPA scale is the most commonly used GPA scale. It’s found in high schools and colleges alike and is very straightforward. Essentially, the highest GPA you can earn is a 4.0, which indicates an A average in all of your classes. A 3.0 would indicate a B average, a 2.0 a C average, a 1.0 a D, and a 0.0 an F. This scale does not take the levels of your courses into account. For example, if you’re in all honors classes and earn a B average, you’ll have the same GPA as someone in all low-level classes who has earned a B average.

Here’s a table that shows how this scale corresponds to each letter grade:

## Weighted 5.0 GPA Scale

Instead of using the basic unweighted scale, many high schools will use a weighted GPA scale. On a weighted scale, which typically goes up to a 5.0 instead of the standard 4.0, a student who earns an A in a high level class will have a higher GPA than a student who earns an A in a low-level class. While this scale is used frequently in high schools, you’re unlikely to encounter it in college since it takes course difficulty into account.

For the highest-level classes like honors and AP, students get an extra 1.0 added to the unweighted GPA value of their grades due to the difficulty of the class. A B in an honors class would be equivalent to a 4.0 on a weighted GPA scale, and an A would be equivalent to a 5.0. Some schools also offer mid-level classes between honors and low-level. For these courses, 0.5 points are usually added to the unweighted GPA, meaning an A would be equivalent to a 4.5. Grades in low-level classes are measured using the unweighted scale, so an A in those classes would be equivalent to a 4.0.

Weighted GPA scales give colleges a better initial sense of the academic potential of students based on the rigor of their coursework. They also lead to greater accuracy in class rankings.Students who take lower level classes won’t surpass high-level students in the rankings as frequently because GPAs are adjusted for class difficulty. This can help incentivize students to take more difficult classes and challenge themselves since it won’t harm their GPAs unless they end up earning signficantly poorer grades.

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