Graduation Standards

All Vermont Tech students are required to demonstrate competence in written and oral communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning prior to graduation. These graduation standards are evaluated for competency at the associate and bachelor levels.   

Students are required to pass each standard only once for their degree level while in the Vermont State Colleges. Completion of each standard is reflected in the student degree audit or program evaluation. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

Information Literacy

The Information Literacy standard is evaluated in the freshman English sequence. Students must pass the assessment in order to pass freshman English. The evaluation is graded as part of a research writing assignment. Successfully completing the research paper satisfies the information literacy standard for both Associate and Baccalaureate levels

Written Communication

The Written Communication standard is evaluated in the freshman English sequence and in the technical communication course. Students must pass the evaluation at the associate level as a minimum in order to pass either freshman English or Tech Comm.

  • The evaluation is graded 1 through 5
    • To pass at the associate level, students must score a minimum of 3
    • To pass at the bachelor level, students must score a minimum of 4
  • Faculty grade the standard on the final grade roster:
    • A score of 4 or 5 passes at the bachelor level and is graded PB
    • A score of 3 passes at the associate level and is graded PA
    • Less than 3 is not passing at any level and is graded NP and with a class grade of "F"
  • Bachelor degree students who have completed the English sequence through technical communication, and have not met the graduation standard at the bachelor level, may submit a research paper to the Department of English, Humanities, and Social Sciences for evaluation as a challenge exam.

Oral Communication

The Oral Communication standard is evaluated either in ENG-1070 Effective Speaking or in program courses in each major. To pass at the associate level, students must pass the standard in a program course or pass ENG 1070.

  • The evaluation is graded 1 through 5, 3 required for the AS level and 4 for the BS level
    • Associate degree students must score a minimum of 3
    • Bachelor degree students must score a minimum of 4
  • Students who have completed the required coursework in which the standards are assessed, but who have not met the standard at the required level, may take ENG 1070 or another course in which the assessment occurs, or may seek an opportunity to take a challenge exam by contacting the English department chiarperson.

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Quantitative Reasoning

  • The Quantitative Reasoning standard is evaluated in entry-level mathematics courses for non-engineering programs, and by placement exams and in the mathematics courses for engineering students. Students must pass the evaluation at the associate level to pass the course in non-engineering mathematics courses.
  • Students who achieve placement level 4 (Tech Math) will have met the standard at the associate level
  • Students who achieve placement level 5 (Calculus) will have met the standard at the bachelor level
  • Students who complete the Tech Math sequence will have met the bachelor-level standard
  • The evaluation is graded 1 through 5
    • Associate degree students must score a minimum of 3
    • Bachelor degree students must score a minimum of 4
  • Bachelor students who have completed the required coursework in which the standards are assessed, but who have not met the standard at the bachelor level, may take a departmental challenge exam.

Waivers, Challenges, Substitutions, Prior Completions, and Transfer Credit

Students who have completed graduation standards at another VSC school, or who are being awarded credit for course work in which the standard is an integral part of the learning outcome for that course, are waived from the graduation standard requirement at Vermont Tech.

Students who have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution are waived from the graduation standard requirement

  • If a student transfers into a course where the standard is evaluated and has achieved a B- or better in that course, the standard will have been met at the bachelor's level.
  • If a student has completed the course requirements for a specific program without having satisfied the graduation standards, the student may contact the department chair or director to arrange for further evaluation.

Evaluation Records

The graduation evaluations will be maintained by the individual or party who performs the evaluation for a minimum of 3 years. For faculty who complete the evaluation as part of a course, it is recommended that the evaluations and/or results be maintained with other course grading materials.

Completion of the graduation standards will be reflected in student degree audits and verified prior to graduation. A degree awarded on the Vermont Technical College transcript since 2006 is verification that the standards for that level have been met.