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VIU Addenda to 2014-2015 Catalog

NOTE: The following addenda are modified in the softcopy of the catalog, available on the school website.
Deleted language is struck.    New language is underlined.

  1. 12/2/14 Deletion on p. 6, 14, 36, 67, 97, 169, & 187. Graduate Certificate of Education program is terminated and no longer offered.

    11.4.  Graduate Certificate of Education Program (p. 6)
               Graduate Certificate of Education (p. 14)
               Graduate Certificate of Education (p. 36)

    Program of Study NPL in credits MTF Allowed in credits*
    Undergraduate Certificate Programs 24 36
    Graduate Certificate of Education
    30
    45
    All Other Graduate Certificate Programs 18 27
    Baccalaureate Degree Programs 120 180
    Master of Education
     39**  57**
    All Other Master’s Degree Programs 36** 54**

              Graduate Certificate of Education (p.97)
    11.4.  Graduate Certificate of Education Program (p. 169)
               Graduate Certificate of Education

  2. 12/2/2014 Correction on p. 53 for Academic Regulations.  Under section 6.1 Enrollment, Full-Time Student, should read, “Graduate level programs and 12 semester credit hours for undergraduate level program.”

    “for graduate level programs and 12 semester credit hours for undergraduate level programs.”

  3. 12/2/2014 Modification on p. 56. The grading scale has been revised. Two decimal places are added in the percentage section. The grade points and CGPA are changed from the tenth to the hundredth.
    6.5. Grading System and Grade Point Average
    Percentage Letter Grade Grade Points CGPA Academic Standing
    95.00-100.00 A 4.00 4.00  
    90.00-94.99 A- 3.70    
    85.00-89.99 B+ 3.30    
    80.00-84.99 B 3.00 3.00 Satisfactory grade for graduate level programs
    75.00-79.99 B- 2.70    
    70.00-74.99 C+ 2.30    
    65.00-69.99 C 2.00 2.00 Lowest passing grade for graduate level courses, and satisfactory grade for undergraduate level programs
    60.00-64.99 C- 1.70    
    55.00-59.99 D+ 1.30    
    50.00-54.99 D 1.00    
    45.00-49.99 D- 0.70 0.70 Lowest passing grade for undergraduate level programs
    0.00-44.99 F 0 0.0 Failure
    -- AU 0 0.0 Audit
    -- I -- -- Incomplete
    -- NR -- -- Not Reported
    75.00-100.00 S -- -- Satisfactory (non-credit)
    -- TC 0 0.0 Transfer Credit
    0.00-74.99 U -- -- Unsatisfactory (non-credit)
    -- W -- -- Withdrawn

  4. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 57. I: Incomplete is added in the list of symbols.

    Symbols: The following symbols may appear next to a grade or in the grade column:

    AU: Audited Course               I: Incomplete                   R: Repeat Course
    TC: Transfer-in Credits         NR: Not Reported            W: Withdrawn

  5. 12/2/2014 Correction on p. 59. Under 6.8. Graduation Requirements, the total required credit hours for Graduate Certificate of Education is removed from the table.

     

    Graduate Degree Undergrad. Degree Graduate Certificate Undergrad. Certificate
    Minimum Passing Grade Per Course C D- C D-
    CGPA 3.00 2.00 3.00 2.00
    Total Required Credit Hours 36 or 39* 120 18 or 30** 24

    *Master of Education requires 39 credits. All other master’s degree programs require 36 credits.
    **Graduate Certificate of Education requires 30 credits. All other graduate certificate programs require 18 credits.

  6. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 88 for item number 10, the following information has been added.

    10. School Transfer: If a student needs to make a school transfer, they are advised to do so in a timely fashion. It is recommended that students inform VIU of their intention to transfer at least 15 days before the start date of the new semester at VIU.  However, Initial students are required to inform VIU’s International Student Services Department of their intention to transfer, via email, phone or in person before the program start date listed on their I-20. Failure to do so will result in the termination of the student’s status.  We ask that any student who informs the department via phone, also follow up with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  7. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 89, this entire section has been added after item number 14.

    Travel Authorization for F-1 Visa Students
    F1 students should only travel outside of the U.S. during official school breaks (such as Annual Break for ESL students or Summer or Winter Break for academic students) with the exception of extreme emergency cases.  The ISS Office reserves the right to ask for documentation supporting emergency cases.  If a student cannot provide this documentation, the ISS Office reserves the right not to authorize the student’s travel outside of the U.S.
    Anytime a student wishes to travel outside of the U.S. they should be able to submit the following for proof of travel:

    1. A completed Travel Authorization Form
    2. A complete Travel Itinerary (flight information) that shows a departure date as well as a return date
    3. Your most current I-20
    4. Other documentation (if applicable)

    All F-1 students should understand that they assume any and all risks associated with traveling outside of the U.S. The ISS Office will guide and advise students to the best of their ability, with the understanding that CBP has the right to question and detain any student they choose for any reason.
    For more information about F-1 visa rules and regulations for international students, students should consult with the International Student Advisor/DSO in the ISS Office.

  8. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 90 under the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) section, the following information has been added to the end of the paragraph.

    Any student applying for a 3 credit CPT will need to make sure that their CPT application has been approved by the end of the add/drop week for that current semester. Students applying for 1 credit CPT may be approved at any time during the current semester, at the discretion of the Dean as well as the International Student Advisor.

  9. 12/2/2014 Modification on p. 30 under Admission Requirements, the following description has been added.

    • Official recommendation letters
    • Academic statement of purpose
    • Resume/curriculum vitae
    • OFFICIAL RECOMMENDATION

      Minimum of 1 official recommendation from a professional who can speak to the candidates academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer).  All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.

    • ACADEMIC STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
      A 500-word statement of purpose defining the reasoning behind joining the program.  This statement should address the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program
    • RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
      Detailing current and/or previous work history and education.  Previous work history will not impact admission decisions.

    4* Prospective students applying for the School of Education programs must obtain academic-level scores on all components of the placement/exit test or other approved standardized exams demonstrating English language proficiency accepted by the university.

  10. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 176 under MIR Core Courses, the following change has been added.

    MIR Core Courses (7 courses – 21 credits)
    The Core Courses provide the students with the skills and knowledge needed by all International Relations professionals.

    Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
    GOVT 505 Research Methods None 3
    GOVT 510 Theories of International Relations None 3
    GOVT 520 International Security None 3
    GOVT 618 International Economics & Trade MBA 511/ Dean’s Approval 3
    GOVT 632 Comparative Politics GOVT 510 3
    GOVT 711 Globalization GOVT 510 3
    GOVT 790 Advanced Research Project A minimum of 15 Credits
    GOVT 505, GOVT 510, GOVT 520, GOVT 632, GOVT 618, GOVT 711
    3

  11. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 288 under the course description for GOVT 790.

    GOVT 790: Advanced Research Project (3)
    Prerequisite: A minimum of 15 credits from GOVT 505, GOVT 510, GOVT 520, GOVT 632, GOVT 618, & GOVT 711
    Internship/CPT Qualified
    This course is designed for students to develop a project that will encompass the key elements of International Relations which have been studied throughout the MIR program, culminating in the submission of a final project paper and an oral presentation.

  12. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 180 under MPA Core Courses, the following change has been added.

    MPA Core Courses (7 courses – 21 credits)

    Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
    PUAD 505 Research Methods None 3
    PUAD 513 Organizational Theory & HR Management None 3
    PUAD 514 Public Policy Analysis & Implementation None 3
    PUAD 515 Administration in Public & Non-Profit Organizations None 3
    PUAD 608 Financial Reporting & Decision Making None 3
    PUAD 611 Business Ethics & Law None 3
    PUAD 790 Advanced Research Project A minimum of 15 credits
    PUAD 505, PUAD 513, PUAD 514, PUAD 515, PUAD 608,
    PUAD 611
    3

  13. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 311 under the course description for PUAD 790.

    PUAD 790: Advanced Research Project (3)
    Prerequisite: A minimum of 15 credits from PUAD 505, PUAD 513, PUAD 514, PUAD 515, PUAD 608, PUAD 611
    Internship/CPT Qualified
    This course is designed for students to develop a project that will encompass the key elements of public administration which have been studied throughout the MPA program, culminating in the submission of a final project paper and an oral presentation in front of a panel of experts in the field that includes defense of their project.