The Academic Affairs division at United Tribes Technical College provides programs that prepare students to be lifelong learners and productive professionals in a global and diverse society. Through a culture of continuous improvement and reflective assessment, Academic Affairs is committed to enhancing opportunities for students to grow intellectually, think critically, and develop leadership skills. Faculty, staff, students and community members collaborate on professional, scholarly and creative works that contribute to the health of our institution, our community and tribal communities throughout the country.
- Implement best practices for advancing student learning in an environment focused on student success
- Develop educational programs that differentiate United Tribes Technical College as a leader in education, leadership development and innovation in student research
- Establish a scholarly environment for faculty and staff
All academic departments have academic advisors who are readily available to assist students with questions pertaining to academic regulations and procedures, selection of courses that satisfy degree requirements, major options, and alternatives. Academic advisors confer with students about overall degree requirements, academic difficulty, program planning, or assistance with anything related to academics. All department chairs and faculty serve as academic advisors for students in their programs.
UTTC believes it is important to recognize students who have distinguished themselves with high scholastic achievement. Full-time students with a term GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 will be placed on the President’s List. Full-time students with a term GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 will be placed on the Vice President’s List. These lists are publicized to give recognition to the students and are noted on the student’s transcript.
A student will be placed on probation (and will remain on probation) at the end of a semester if either the term Grade Point Average (GPA) or the cumulative GPA is below 2.00. When a student is on academic probation, the student must achieve a term and cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 during the semester to be removed from probation. If these conditions are not met by the end of the semester in which the student is on probation, the student will be academically suspended.
A student on academic probation is suspended at the end of the semester if the student does not earn a minimum term GPA of 2.0 and a maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. While on suspension, a student cannot register for any courses for at least one full academic year from the semester in which they were suspended (e.g. fall to fall, spring to spring, summer to summer).
Students may appeal the suspension directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) within three (3) business days after the day grades are due for the semester per the academic calendar. The appeal is a written document (email or letter) detailing what the student will do differently in an effort to increase his or her GPA if allowed to continue. The VPAA will respond within three (3) business days with what is considered the final decision.
A student seeking re-admission after a period of suspension must re-apply for admission and meet all typical institutional admission requirements. The admission process for students returning after a period of suspension will be completed through the UTTC Registrar’s Office.
The Accuplacer is a computer-based placement tool designed to provide placement and advising information for students entering college and is required for placement in all courses requiring Reading, Math, or English. Students who have been accepted for admissions to UTTC will complete the Accuplacer tests prior to registering for courses for their first semester. For more information regarding the Accuplacer testing processes.
Accuplacer Testing Exemption
Students will be exempt from the testing requirement if they meet a minimum of one of the following criteria:
- Students who have taken the ACT within the past five (5) years, and can provide a copy of the scores
- Students who are registering for certificate programs (Welding, HEO and Medical Billing & Coding)
- Transfer students who have successfully completed (“C” or higher) a college-level writing course (ENG 110) or a college-level math course (MTH 103 or MTH 104) within the past five (5) years, and have documentation of these courses on an official transcript.
- Students who have taken the Accuplacer test(s) within the past three (3) years and can provide a copy of the results.
- Students who are taking all of their courses online.
The cut scores for the Accuplacer tests are posted on the UTTC website.
Auditing a Class
Auditing classes (attending classes without being required to take written tests and final exam and without earning college credit) is permitted but requires permission from the instructor for the course and a $50 audit fee per credit hour. The audit fee is payable prior to the start of the course. Full-time students may audit a course at no additional charge if their total course load (including audit class) is 18 credits or less.
Students who audit courses are expected to participate in all course activities other than tests and final examinations. Students registering for audit may not register later in that same course for credit. Audited courses do not apply toward degree requirements.
Continuing Education Units
The Registrar’s Office coordinates the process for awarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professional development activities. These units are offered through workshops, institutes, and a variety of other training formats. All training for CEUs must be pre-approved through the UTTC Registrar’s Office.
Students wishing to add or drop a course must do so on or before the tenth (10) instructional class day (Census Date) of the fall and spring semesters and the fourth (4) instructional class day (Census Date) for the summer semester. The academic advisor initiates the Add/Drop form for the student and forwards it to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar will make the change in the Jenzabar system. The form is available on the UTTC website.
Adding classes is not allowed after the last day to add classes has passed on the Academic Calendar. Courses that are dropped may be noted as “Dropped” or “Withdrawn” depending on the date of the actual withdrawal from the course. It is the student’s responsibility to know these dates and make the appropriate decision regarding this process.
The student will submit an email to the VPAA requesting approval to register the student for an overload. The VPAA will consider the student’s prior course completion history before replying to the email, either granting or denying approval.
The syllabus is considered a contract between the institution and the student. The Registrar’s Office mandates every course for every semester will have a syllabus in a manner compliant with identified best practices. A template will be provided with components that are the minimum requirement for the syllabi and that cannot be removed. Instructors may choose to include additional information that is relevant to their courses in addition to the information on the template.
Each syllabus will have a minimum of the following components:
- Instructor contact information, office hours and office location
- Class name, number, location, credit hours, days of the week, and time of day
- Required textbooks: author, title, edition, publisher, and ISBN number
- Listing of all supplemental materials required and suggested
- Course description, course learner objectives, and assessment measures for each objective as approved by the Curriculum Committee
- Program assessment information
- Course calendar: unit topics, assigned reading, major assignments, due dates
- Evaluation/grading system: descriptions of performance assessments and scoring guides, grading criteria for individual assignments and the course
- Course policies: attendance, late work, academic integrity, student conduct, course procedures, professionalism, and other information on the syllabus template
- Disabilities services statement
When a student registers as a first-time student at UTTC, the degree plan that is approved and in effect at that time will be the degree plan the student will remain on until the student graduates, changes programs, or withdraws from the college. If the student returns to college or changes programs, and a revised degree plan has been approved during the student’s absence, the new degree plan will be in effect upon the date of the student’s return.
Degree Change/Major Declaration
A Degree Change Form must be completed in the following situations:
- A student intends to change from one academic program to another.
- A returning student graduates with a certificate or AAS degree and intends to move onto the next degree level within their program (from an AAS to a BS).
The student’s current academic advisor will initiate the Degree Change form if the student is choosing to change programs. The form is available on the UTTC website. The new advisor and a representative from the Financial Aid Office will also sign this form. After the form is signed, it is forwarded to the Registrar, who will record the change in the Student Information System.
Independent Study Request
The College recognizes there may be instances when a student needs to take a course that is currently not being offered according to the master course schedule. In these exceptional cases, the course or courses may be offered as independent study, providing the following steps have been taken:
- When the need for an independent study for a student is determined, the student’s primary advisor will submit an email to the VPAA and request approval to offer a course as an independent study course provided there is a legitimate student need (i.e. extenuating circumstances). The advisor will complete the Independent Study Contract form that is available on the UTTC website and from the Registrar’s Office.
- The VPAA will approve, on a case-by-case basis, the independent study course request based on student course need and availability of instructional resources. NOTE: The instructor of the independent study course must be made aware of, and agree to, teaching the course according to the Independent Study Instructor Fee Schedule.
- Provided there is a legitimate student need, approval will be given by the VPAA to offer the course as an independent study.
- The advisor will inform the student that the course will be offered as an independent study course, and:
- Inform the student the standard tuition rates and applicable fees apply to independent study courses.
- Discuss with the student the dynamics of an independent study course, including limited face-to-face instructional time, adherence to student learning objectives and assessment processes, self-directed learning, timeframe and deadlines, adherence to the other course syllabus requirements, etc.
- The student requesting the independent study must agree to attend scheduled meetings with the instructor, with a mandatory face-to-face meeting with the independent study instructor at the beginning of the course and at the end of the term.
- The student must sign the Independent Study Student Contract, a copy of which will be given to the student and the VPAA.
- Once the advisor has a signed Independent Study Student Contract, the advisor will contact the Registrar’s Office to have the course scheduled as an independent study course. The advisor will provide the Registrar’s Office with the course, name of the instructor, and the name of the student. The Registrar’s Office will add the course to the schedule and permit registration for the student. The course will then be closed to additional registrations to ensure other students are not inadvertently enrolled. Independent study courses will be scheduled to run for the same number of weeks as other courses in the term, and maintain established course codes, names, and numbers. For ease of identification, these courses will be coded as an “I” section.
The independent study course student and the instructor will adhere to established instructional policies, including regular tracking of satisfactory academic progress, grading procedures, and be submitting mid-term and final grades as scheduled. The instructor has the responsibility of maintaining the integrity and high expectations for the independent learning process and its outcomes.
Students may repeat courses to improve grades and grade-point averages; however, the last grade received following each repetition becomes the grade of record. In all instances, the transcript will show the previous registration(s) and grade(s) received.
Any UTTC courses repeated to improve a grade must be taken (repeated) at UTTC. Courses repeated elsewhere will not affect the UTTC grade point average. Repeating courses may affect athletic and financial aid eligibility.
A student will have a grade of W (Withdrawal) recorded for the semester if the student chooses to withdraw from a course after the Census date and prior to the last day to withdraw from the term, as published in the academic calendar. The student will meet with the academic advisor to initiate the Add/Drop form that is signed by the academic advisor and submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Students who withdraw from a course after the last day to withdraw identified on the academic calendar will have a failing grade (“F”) recorded on the transcript. Students who do not complete the withdrawal forms, but discontinue attending and/or participating, will have the grade they earned recorded as their final grade.
Withdrawal from the College
UTTC is firmly committed to assisting students in exploring all alternatives to formally withdrawing from college. If a student decides to withdraw, a Withdrawal Form will be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The student’s academic advisor or Academic & Personal Counselor will initiate the withdrawal process for students, for both student-initiated (voluntary) and college initiated (involuntary) withdrawals. The form is available on the UTTC website.
- Student-initiated withdrawal forms are processed by the Registrar’s Office within two (2) days of being received from the Academic & Personal Counselor.
- College initiated withdrawal forms are initiated by the academic advisor and Academic & Personal Counselor. The student is notified about the withdrawal by the counselor and has three (3) days to appeal directly to the VPAA. The VPAA will make a determination on the appeal and contact the student, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and the Academic & Personal Counselor within two (2) days of receiving the written appeal. The Academic & Personal Counselor will inform all interested parties of the results and the Registrar’s Office will process withdrawal.
- A student who has withdrawn from UTTC for any reason, including medical, is no longer enrolled. Consequently, as of the date of the withdrawal, the student cannot continue to attend classes or complete work that was assigned in the term in which the withdrawal occurred, even if the deadline for such assignments was previously extended. A student who decides to return to UTTC in the future will be required to re-apply for admission.
Withdrawal Prior to Census Date
Any students who have not attended class within the first two (2) weeks of the semester will be dropped from the course(s). If the student has not attended one or more courses, the academic advisor will complete an Add/Drop Form to withdraw the student from the course(s). If the student has not attended any courses during the first two (2) weeks of class, the Academic & Personal Counselor will complete a Withdrawal Form based on a recommendation from the student’s academic advisor.
Every effort will be made to verify the student has not attended class. If this has been determined, the Add/Drop Form must be completed no later than two (2) weeks after the semester start, on the Census date for the semester. If the student is withdrawn on or before Census date, there will be no academic record for the student for that semester and no charges will be incurred. The Academic & Personal Counselor will notify the appropriate parties on campus that the student is no longer enrolled at UTTC.
In the event a student is allowed to register for courses but is not able to meet the requirements for payment by the date due, Student Accounts will submit a request to the student’s Academic & Personal Counselor to depart the student based on non-payment. The Academic & Personal Counselor will complete the Add/Drop Form for the student’s courses and submit it to the Registrar’s Office on or before Census date and the student will be withdrawn. The Academic & Personal Counselor will notify all interested parties on campus regarding the student’s status.
The date on the Add/Drop Form or the Withdrawal Form is the last day the student attends classes. If the withdrawal is the result of a college initiated withdrawal form process, and the student intends to appeal, the student will continue to attend classes until a decision has been rendered regarding the appeal (within five (5) days of the initial withdrawal date). This extended time period allows two (2) days for the student to file an appeal with the VPAA and for a decision to be made regarding that appeal. The VPAA will contact the student, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and the Academic & Personal Counselor within two (2) days of receiving the written appeal when a decision has been made. The Academic & Personal Counselor will relay the results of the appeal to all interested parties, including Housing, Student Accounts and others.
The decision by the VPAA is final. The student will not attend classes any day after the final decision.
Transferring to Other Institutions
UTTC makes every attempt to align courses with other colleges and universities to increase transferability of course credits between institutions; however, UTTC cannot guarantee courses will transfer. If a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar’s Office at the selected college or university and inquire about which UTTC courses they will accept. This process should be started as early as possible.