Academic Integrity

At Goodwin College, we value integrity as an essential component in our interactions with each other. We believe that the purpose of higher education is for students to learn to think critically and to express their own opinions using their own ideas. The concept of academic integrity in all intellectual pursuits is a value that is fundamental to academic life and scholarly practice. All students at Goodwin College are obligated to uphold high standards of academic integrity in their scholarship and learning. It is expected that students take personal responsibility for their work and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic integrity means doing one’s own work and giving proper credit to others whose ideas and work a student is utilizing. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.

Goodwin College defines academic dishonesty as including, but not limited to, (a) plagiarism: presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgement and (b) cheating: providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects, and presentations.

The entire Policy on Academic Integrity is available in the Student Handbook and on the college website in the undergraduate college catalog.

Grading System

Grades are an indication of the standard of academic work performed. Throughout their program of study, students will be continually apprised of their academic progress. Students’ grades are provided at the end of each course. Students may view their unofficial transcript by logging into their Sonis account. Requests for official transcripts must be filled out online at: http://www.goodwin.edu/forms/transcript-request/. Students must pay a $10.00 administrative fee which can be paid by debit, credit, or PayPal. Official transcripts are released by the Registrar's Office only after all other offices have issued clearances for the student.

Goodwin College uses the following academic grading system. The chart also describes the impact of each grade on a student’s academic progress.

Grade Quality Points Explanation Included in Credits Earned Included in Credits Attempted
A (93-100) 4.0 Excellent Yes Yes
A- (90-92) 3.7 Excellent Yes Yes
B+ (87-89) 3.3 Good Yes Yes
B (83-86) 3.0 Good Yes Yes
B- (80-82) 2.7 Good Yes Yes
C+ (77-79) 2.3 Satisfactory Yes Yes
C (73-76) 2.0 Satisfactory Yes Yes
C- (70-72) 1.7 Below Average Yes Yes
D+ (67-69) 1.3 Poor Yes Yes
D (63-66) 1.0 Poor Yes Yes
D- (60-62) 0.7 Poor Yes Yes
F (below 60) 0.0 Fail No Yes

Grades followed by an "R" on transcripts indicate that the course has been repeated.

Grades not used in the calculation of Grade Point Average:

Grade Quality Points Explanation Included in Credits Earned Included in Credits Attempted
P N/A Pass Yes Yes
TR N/A Transfer Credit Yes Yes
UG N/A Ungraded No Yes
CBE N/A Credit by Examination Yes Yes
AU N/A Audit No No
W N/A Withdrawn No Yes
INC N/A Incomplete No Yes
EC N/A Credit Awarded for Experiential Learning Yes Yes
EXT N/A Continuing Education Credit No No
AP N/A Advance Placement Yes Yes

Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of quality points of each grade total by the total number of assigned credits for that course. The GPA is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted.

A student’s transcript identifies two different Grade Point Averages (GPA). The first is the Semester GPA, which is based on the courses taken only for that semester. The second is a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) that consists of all the courses a student has taken at the College and the grades received for those courses unless grades fall under the Second Chance Policy. See Course Repeats for further information.

Appeal of Grades

Grades are part of the student’s permanent record. In rare instances, there can be situations in which course grades may need to be changed. These include computational errors, clerical errors, or the discovery of overlooked components in a student’s body of work. Students are able to view their final grades on Sonis and are responsible for checking their grades at the end of each semester. Students must appeal a final grade within one semester of the grade's issue date.

A student who believes that an error in grading has occurred may request a review by the instructor of the record until the end of the semester following the one in which the grade in question was earned. Students may appeal a grade by submitting a completed Grade Review Request available in the Registrar's Office. If the instructor believes the change is justified, the instructor will initiate the grade change, and the student will be notified. If the instructor does not agree with the grade change, the student may appeal the decision to the Department Chair within 15 days of the instructor's decision. If this process results in agreement that the grade should be changed, the instructor will initiate the grade change and notify the student. If the agreement is that a grade change is not justified, the Department Chair will notify the student in writing with a copy to the instructor. If the problem is still not resolved, the student may appeal the grade to the Goodwin College Appeals Board, the final arbitrator of all grievances. All grade changes must be reported to the Registrar's Office.

Course Incompletes

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned by the faculty member. Course Incompletes are counted as credit hours attempted but not earned. Generally, if a student receives an “Incomplete,” (s)he has two (2) weeks from the end of the course to complete all course requirements in order to receive a grade for that course. If requirements are not met, the incomplete will be converted to an “F”. Academic standing will be recalculated after the “INC” is replaced with a grade. In both cases the final grade will then be included in calculating the student’s GPA and count as credits attempted. In cases where the Incomplete has been issued for a prerequisite course, the student may not be allowed to move on to the higher level course if the Incomplete has not been replaced with a satisfactory grade.

Credit Hours

Goodwin College complies with federal regulations defining the credit hour and describes all collegiate courses in semester credit hours. A credit is a unit of academic achievement that is awarded upon successful completion of a course and is not necessarily an indicator of credit transferability. Goodwin College offers three semesters in a calendar year. An academic year consists of the three semesters beginning in September. Each semester is 15 weeks in length. Two semesters constitute an academic year for purposes of financial aid. Day and evening courses are 15 weeks in length. For a complete description of the college's credit hour policy and procedures, refer to the college's website: http://www.goodwin.edu/policies/.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), defined as achieving minimum academic standards, progressing at a satisfactory rate toward program completion, and completing the program of study within the maximum time frame, in order to remain enrolled in the college. Graduate students must earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 and a rate of completion (PACE) of 67% throughout the course of their program. Students will also be expected to receive a grade no lower than a B- in all enrolled courses. If the student earns a grade below a B- in more than one course, the college will withdraw the student.

Maximum Time Frame

Maximum time frame is defined as 150% of the length of an academic program, measured in semester hours attempted. For example, using the 150% maximum, students enrolled in a program that is 30 semester hours in length must complete the program with a CGPA of 3.0 and 67% rate of completion by the time they have attempted 45 semester hours.

If at any point it becomes mathematically impossible for the student to complete his/her program within the maximum time frame, the student will become ineligible for federal financial aid and will be notified via Goodwin College email.

Evaluation Points

A student’s academic progress toward meeting SAP requirements is evaluated at the end of each semester. CGPA and rate of completion (PACE) are reviewed to determine Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students must meet all of the minimum standards to be considered in good standing.

Academic Warning

At the end of each semester, each student’s CGPA, PACE, and maximum time frame are reviewed to determine whether a student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students who are not meeting the 3.0 CGPA and 67% PACE standards at the end of a semester will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester. Academic Warning status is assigned to the student by the Academic Progress Coordinator without the need for any appeal. All students placed on Academic Warning will be notified via Goodwin College email before the start of the next semester. Students on Academic Warning are eligible to continue to receive federal financial aid for one semester.

During the semester which a student has been placed on Academic Warning status, the Academic Progress Coordinator will evaluate a student’s academic standing to determine if he/she is meeting the minimum standards of SAP. Students who raise their CGPA and PACE at or above SAP standards will return to good standing. Students who do not meet the SAP standards will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid, unless the student successfully appeals the determination and is placed on Academic Probation. All students not meeting SAP requirements will be notified via Goodwin College email before the beginning of the next semester.

Appeal Process

Graduate students who lose their eligibility to receive federal financial aid may appeal to the institution for reinstatement of eligibility. A student may also appeal for exceeding maximum timeframe. A typed appeal must be initiated by the student and sent to the Academic Progress Coordinator. The deadline for the appeal will be emailed to students via Goodwin College email. The appeal must be based on mitigating circumstances such as the death of a relative, injury or illness of student or family member, or other special circumstances that prohibited the student from making SAP. The appeal must also provide information regarding what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to meet SAP standards at the next evaluation point. Furthermore, student must demonstrate that such circumstances will not continue to adversely impact his/her academic performance. The Graduate SAP Appeal Board will review and approve/deny all appeals.

If received in a timely fashion, all appeals will be responded to before the beginning of the next semester. If a student’s appeal letter is approved, he/she will be eligible for federal financial aid and be placed on Academic Probation. Students whose appeal letters are denied will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid. All students will be notified of the outcome of their appeal via Goodwin College email.

Academic Probation

If the Graduate SAP Appeal Board approves the appeal and determines that the student can meet SAP standards by the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be placed on Academic Probation and will be eligible to receive federal financial aid for one semester.

At the end of the semester on Academic Probation, the student must raise his/her GPA and PACE to the SAP standards in order to return to good standing. If the student does not meet these standards, the student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid funds. Students will be notified of their academic standing through their Goodwin College email.

Costs

Tuition for our graduate programs is competitive with other private non-profit colleges in CT.

Non-Goodwin College Graduates

Tuition $750 / credit
General Student Fee $300 / semester
Technology Fee $150 / semester
Program Fees See below

Goodwin College Graduates

Tuition $660 / credit
General Fees Waived
Technology Fee Waived
Program Fees See below

Program Fees

This schedule of fees is comprehensive and is expected to prevail during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Board of Trustees of Goodwin College reserves the right, at any time, to authorize changes. All fees are non-refundable.

Task Stream Fee $100
MSOL Capstone Fee (OL 695) $100
MSN Background Test (NUR 695) $65
MSN Drug Test (NUR 695) $40

Administrative Fees

Official Transcript of Academic Work $10
Late Registration Fee $100
Late Payment Fee $50
Payment Plan Fee $40 per semester
Returned Check Fee $25