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Academic Degree Requirements

All University students are responsible for knowing and meeting all degree requirements outlined in the University Catalog at the time they commenced their studies at the University of the People. They may elect instead to complete the requirements in the most recent Catalog.

 

Credit Hours

University of the People employs a system of assigning course credit hours to all courses to track student achievement. The semester hour is used to quantify and represent the time an average student is expected to be actively engaged in the educational process. It represents a reasonable expectation of the time it will take the average student to achieve the stated learning outcomes in a course.

 

It is university policy that every semester hour is equivalent to a minimum of 45 hours of work for students during the course of the 9-week term, of which at least 15 hours must be spent in active academic engagement in addition to the remaining hours of additional preparation required to complete all of the academic work both comprising and representing the corresponding credit hours.

 

Rules governing the assignment of course credit hours are monitored by the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs. Guidance in complying with this policy is provided in the Course Development Guide and the Faculty Handbook.

 

UoPeople students who began their studies at UoPeople prior to Term 1 of the 2012-13 academic year earn 5 quarter credits per course. They are required to complete at least 90 quarter credits to earn the Associate’s Degree and at least 180 quarter credits to earn the Bachelor’s Degree and may consult the 2009-2012 Catalog Addendum for information on the past UoPeople Academic Requirements at our catalog .

UoPeople students who began their studies at UoPeople as of Term 1 of the 2012-13 academic year8 earn 3 semester credits per course. Students are required to complete at least at least 60 semester credits to earn the Associate’s Degree and at least 120 semester credits to earn the Bachelor’s Degree.

 

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science requires the completion of at least 60 semester credits, including general education courses and all courses listed for the course requirements in the major.

  • Complete a minimum of 60 approved credits.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople.
  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken in the major area of study.
  • Complete all requirements for the Associate’s Degree in no more than 25 terms of active enrollment excluding any periods of separation from the University.
  • Complete the 5 required proctored exams.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science requires the completion of at least 120 semester credits, including general education courses and all courses listed for the course requirements in the major.

  • Complete a minimum of 120 approved credits.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople.
  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken in the major area of study.
  • Complete all requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in no more than 50 terms of active enrollment excluding any periods of separation from the University.
  • Complete the 11 required proctored exams.

Proctored Exams

University of the People students are required to successfully complete the required number of proctored exams prior to graduation according to their degree program; it is a condition of awarding a degree and diploma and students cannot graduate unless all required proctored exams are successfully completed.

  • Associate’s Degree students beginning their studies at UoPeople in Term 2 of the 2011-2012 academic year are required to complete at least five course final exams under the supervision of an approved proctor.
  • Bachelor’s Degree students beginning their studies at UoPeople in Term 2 of the 2011-2012 academic year are required to complete at least eleven course final exams under the supervision of an approved proctor.

Students who do not take a proctored exam at the end of a course will be issued a failing grade in the course regardless of the student’s prior performance in the course.9 All University policies including the Code of Academic Integrity apply to proctored exams.

 

Proctor Requirements

 

It is the student’s sole responsibility to choose a proctor, and proctors must meet several requirements:

  • be responsible adults, such as a local official, supervisor at work, librarian, or a religious figure, and be at least 21 years old;
  • be willing to comply with policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of the exam process;
  • have adequate and reliable access to the Internet, including email services;
  • be available to be physically present with the student throughout the entire proctored exam.

The proctor cannot be a relative of the student, a student at UoPeople or an applicant, nor can the proctor have a conflict of interest or have any vested interest in the student’s grade or performance on his/her exam. Students are strictly prohibited from offering the proctor any payment or other benefit in return for the proctor’s willingness to supervise the exam.

Students may arrange for a proctor through a third party company or organization offering proctoring services, but students should be aware that they will be responsible for any fees incurred for this service. The hiring of a third party proctor is not required by UoPeople.

The University reserves the right to verify a proctor at any time.

 

Regulations for the Exam

  • Students must identify a proctor during online registration for courses that require a proctor by entering the proctor’s first and last name, email address, telephone number, occupation, and place of residence. It is the student’s sole responsibility to inform the Office of Student Services of any changes to the proctor’s contact information.
  • UoPeople reserves the right to verify a proctor at any time by contacting the proctor directly in order to validate his/her identity and to assure that the proctor meets all the requirements. If UoPeople rejects a proctor, the student will be notified accordingly and it will be the student’s sole responsibility to provide another proctor. Rejecting a proctor is at the sole discretion of UoPeople, and the University has no obligation to provide reasons for the decision.
  • It is the student’s sole responsibility to coordinate the date, time, and location of the final exam with the proctor. The final exam period starts on Thursday, Week 9 of the term at 12:05 am UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone) and ends the following Sunday at 11:55 pm UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone). The proctored exam must be taken within this time period. UoPeople will send the proctor a reminder a week before the exam.
  • Students are advised not to schedule an exam too close to the end of the final exam period in case there are technical problems or other unexpected issues. This will ensure that there is sufficient time to receive support if needed.
  • A student will not be allowed to start a proctored exam without the presence of the proctor. Prior to starting the proctored exam, students must present to the proctor a government issued ID which will be used to identify the student. Once the student is identified, the proctor must enter the exam code in the exam password field after the student has logged into the course area. The code will be provided to the proctor by the Office of Student Services a week prior to the beginning of the exam.
  • It is the student’s sole responsibility to make sure that the proctor is available during the final exam period. A scheduling problem with the proctor will not be considered a legitimate reason for extending the exam or requesting a makeup exam.

Proctored Courses

The following courses have final examinations which must be taken under the supervision of a proctor.

 

Proctored Courses for Non-degree Special Students

 

ENGL 0101 English Composition 1

MATH 0101 Developmental Algebra

Any other course that normally requires proctoring (e.g. ENGL 1102 English Composition 2)

 

Proctored Courses for Students Majoring in Computer Science

 

ENGL 1102: English Composition 2

MATH 1201: College Algebra

MATH 1280: Introduction to Statistics

CS 2205: Web Programming 1

CS 2301: Operating Systems 1

CS 3305: Web Programming 2

CS 3306: Databases 2

CS 3308: Information Retrieval

CS 4406: Computer Graphics

CS 4407: Data Mining and Machine Learning

CS 4408: Artificial Intelligence

 

Proctored Courses for Students Majoring in Business Administration

 

ENGL 1102: English Composition 2

MATH 1201: College Algebra

MATH 1280: Introduction to Statistics

BUS 2201: Principles of Marketing

BUS 2202: E-Commerce

BUS 3301: Financial Accounting

BUS 3303: Entrepreneurship 1

BUS 3305: Business Law and Ethics

BUS 4402: Organizational Behavior

BUS 4403: Business Policy and Strategy

BUS 4405: Leadership