Catalog Table of Contents

Catalog Table of Contents Official Vermont Tech 2022-2023 Academic Catalog (Looking for a catalog from a previous year? See the archive below.) Digital Course Catalog (unofficial and subject to change) Vermont Tech Programs Foreword Academic Calendar Admissions Academic Affairs Tuition & Fees 2022-2023 Financial Aid School of Agriculture, Plant, & […]

Catalog Table of Contents

Official Vermont Tech 2022-2023 Academic Catalog

(Looking for a catalog from a previous year? See the archive below.)

Digital Course Catalog

(unofficial and subject to change)

Vermont Tech Programs
Foreword
Academic Calendar
Admissions
Academic Affairs
Tuition & Fees 2022-2023
Financial Aid

School of Agriculture, Plant, & Animal Sciences

Agribusiness Management
Dairy Farm Management
Diversified Agriculture
Forestry
Landscape Contracting
Veterinary Technology

School of Engineering & Computing

Advanced Software Development
Architectural & Building Engineering Technology
Architectural Engineering Technology
Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology
Computer Engineering Technology (AE)
Computer Engineering Technology (BS)
Computer Information Technology (AS)
Computer Information Technology (BS)
Computer Software Engineering (AS)
Computer Software Engineering (BS)
Computer Software Engineering (MS)
Construction Management (AAS)
Construction Management (BS)
Electrical Engineering Technology (AE)
Electrical Engineering Technology (BS)
Electromechanical Engineering Technology
General Engineering Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Renewable Energy
Software Development

School of General Education

General Education
Interdisciplinary Studies
Technical Education
Undeclared Major

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Dental Hygiene (BS)
Dental Hygiene (+2 BS)
Nursing (PN)
Nursing (AS)
Nursing (BS)
Paramedicine
Radiologic Science
Respiratory Therapy

School of Professional Studies & Management

Applied Business Management
Automotive Technology
Business Technology & Management (AAS)
Business Technology & Management (BS)
Business Technology & Management (+2 BS)
Diesel Power Technology (AAS)
Diesel Technology (C)
Entrepreneurship (AAS)
Entrepreneurship (BS)
Entrepreneurship (+2 BS)
Entrepreneurship Minor or Concentration
Professional Pilot Technology
Small Business Planning Specialization

Course Descriptions by Subject
Vermont Tech People

Course Catalog Archive

Admissions

Application Deadlines Vermont Tech has a policy of rolling admission for most majors. We process applications throughout the year until we determine that we have filled each term’s class and may close admission once the class is filled. Applicants are notified promptly of their admission status after a review of […]

Application Deadlines

Vermont Tech has a policy of rolling admission for most majors. We process applications throughout the year until we determine that we have filled each term’s class and may close admission once the class is filled. Applicants are notified promptly of their admission status after a review of their complete file.

Admission to some programs is exceptionally competitive. Deadlines for application to these programs are below. After the initial round of reviews, complete files are reviewed on a rolling admission, space-available basis.

  • Dental Hygiene, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Science, & Veterinary Technology: December 1
  • Associate Degree Nursing: March 15
  • VAST: May 1

Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is optional. A student may submit the SAT I or ACT. Accuplacer testing is required for selected majors. The College Entrance Examination Board code for Vermont Tech is 3941. The ACT code number is 4323.

Applicant Requirements

First-Year

  • Official high school transcript with at least the first marking period grades of the senior year or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)
  • SAT I, ACT, or Accuplacer results (optional)

Transfer

  • Official high school transcript or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
  • Official transcripts from any other VSCS school attended prior to summer 2002

If an applicant attended another VSCS school prior to summer 2002 or any college outside the VSCS, Vermont Tech requires official transcripts. These should be sent directly to Admissions from the college at the time of application. Transcript evaluations are available upon request.

Credit for applicable college courses completed may be granted for those courses taken at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C- or better or C for any science course completed in the last ten years that’s required for Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Science, or Respiratory Therapy. Transferred grades aren’t computed into a student’s GPA. Courses taken at an accredited institution on a pass/fail basis may be transferred. Vermont Tech may require the student to obtain a grade equivalent in the course. Exams may be required to show competence in subject material.

Vermont Tech is the final judge as to what transfer credit it accepts depending upon factors such as the student’s academic record, the institution attended, and the program selected.

Earned VSCS credits are transferable to other institutions at their discretion.

Healthcare Professions

  • Official high school transcript or official scores from a high school equivalency exam (GED)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
    SAT I or ACT results, if available
  • Vermont Tech placement test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation dated within the past six months and submitted directly to Admissions. Letters should address work ethic, communication skills, potential for adaptation to a fast-paced clinical environment, and potential to competently and compassionately deliver healthcare to patients across the lifespan.
Letters from family members or friends can’t be accepted.
  • Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification (Nursing & Paramedicine)
  • A personal statement between 250 and 500 words

All Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Science, and Respiratory Therapy students are required to pass a background check prior to June 1 (see policy below).

Additional Requirements for Dental Hygiene

Accepted Dental Hygiene students must complete a four-hour observation in a dental office.

Additional Requirements for Nursing, Associate Degree

  • An unencumbered PN license
  • Vermont Tech PN graduates must have transferable credits in Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits), Nutrition (3 credits), and Human Growth & Development (3 credits) and a GPA of at least 3.0 in PN coursework (BIO 2120, ENG 1061, MAT 1040, PSY 1010, or an approved AH elective may be taken after graduation to improve GPA)
  • Graduates of a non-college PN program must submit a program transcript
  • Current PN students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 each term and proof of passing the PN NCLEX
  • At least one letter of recommendation must be from someone in the nursing field

PN students attempting to complete courses for the ADN program may not enroll in spring or summer courses at any VSCS institution until their spring2 term is complete.

Additional Requirements for Nursing, Bachelor’s Degree

  • An unencumbered RN license

For non-VTC applicants, see Program Prerequisites.

Additional Requirements for Paramedicine Certificate

  • Valid EMT license
  • Letters of reference should be from ALS providers familiar with the applicant’s character, abilities, and capability to succeed

Additional Requirements for Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy applicants must have 8 transferable credits in Anatomy & Physiology.

Nursing Direct Progression Policy

Qualified accepted PN or ADN students may progress directly to the next level nursing program at Vermont Tech without reapplying. See the Nursing pages for more information.

Nursing Policy for Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening

To ensure the safety of all patients under the care of Vermont Tech nursing students and all faculty and students, all nursing students must have criminal background checks (CBCs) which include FBI fingerprinting. A CBC must be completed and reviewed prior to the first day of class. In the event that the student is admitted late, the CBC must be completed and reviewed prior to any clinical experience. Any student who fails to comply with this process is dropped from the program. The school uses the CBC for screening purposes and to secure clinical placements. In the event that there are positive findings (either convictions on the CBC or positive drug screen results at the sites that require them), the Associate Dean of Nursing and a member of the administration review all provided documentation and meet with the student to determine enrollment status. The student must provide a written explanation of all convictions and positive drug screens prior to this meeting. Court documents must be provided that detail the disposition of the case. Failure to do so results in dismissal from the program.

The student must report any convictions that occur after the CBC while enrolled in school.

A third-party vendor conducts the CBC and drug screens and maintains the records. Accepted students receive instructions on when and where to complete the CBC.

International

  • Official secondary school and college/university transcripts (if applicable) with course-by-course evaluation by an international transcript evaluator
  • Testing: official TOEFL score (if English isn’t the first language) with a minimum score of 500 for paper, 173 for computer, or 61 for internet. IELTS with a recommended minimum score of 5.5 for engineering, health professions, and aviation and a minimum score of 5 for business, computer, construction, and plant or animal sciences. Pearson with a recommended score of 44 or higher. Duolingo with a score of 90 or higher.
  • Official financial statement on bank letterhead indicating ability to pay one full year of tuition, room, and board.
  • A copy of the passport information page with complete name, date of birth, and countries of birth and citizenship

We encourage international students to apply between November and April due to the lengthy visa process. Upon acceptance, international students must submit a $300 deposit before we issue an I-20. The deposit is credited to the first term bill.

Graduate

  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
  • GRE results

VAST

  • Official high school transcript with at least the first marking period grades of the junior year or a home school plan
  • PSAT, SAT I, or ACT results (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher, one from a school counselor or principal)
  • Personal interview
  • College-administered placement test (Accuplacer)
  • Essay that addresses: what do you envision yourself doing ten years from now? How do you think attending the Academy will help you reach these goals? What can you contribute to the Vermont Tech community? A significant event in your life and how it has affected you

Entry into VAST is competitive. Applicants should have a strong academic transcript and meet minimum Accuplacer required scores.

VAST is recognized as an approved independent high school and awards diplomas. Because the state allows VAST students to transfer credits back to their sending high schools, students may receive a second high school diploma from that school.

A Vermont student’s general state support grant may be used to cover VAST tuition. Vermont Tech provides financial aid to residents for any gap between the state grant and tuition, enabling Vermonters to attend VAST tuition-free. Other fees are the student’s responsibility.

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis.

A student is eligible for a VAST diploma when they have a minimum of 2.0 GPA and meet the minimum number of credits as required by the state of Vermont.

VAST students must adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the student handbook.

Upon completion of the program, students may remain at Vermont Tech to complete a degree.

Program Prerequisites

We have a complete list of program prerequisites and recommendations here.

Advance Standing

Vermont Tech may grant advance standing in a degree program by transfer of courses from other accredited post-secondary institutions; advance placement or challenge exams; recognized equivalent military courses; or previous relevant experience.

Consideration of experience for credit is initiated by receipt of a completed academic portfolio by the Department Chair via Academic Affairs. If approved, the portfolio is forwarded to the Registrar with signatures of approval from the Department Chair, the credit-granting department, and the Academic Dean. The college may require a challenge exam.

Advanced standing toward a degree program is subject to the following restrictions:

  • No more than 50% of the total required credits may be obtained by advanced standing for an associate degree or the +2 portion of a bachelor’s degree
  • No more than 50% of the total major technical course credits in an academic program may be obtained by advanced standing.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs allow a student to take college courses while still in high school. Programs may be found at the home high school, a regional technical center, or a college campus.

Placement Testing

Some applicants may require placement tests in English and mathematics. Test results are used for course placement and admission purposes. If a student’s skills are below minimum levels, they must take developmental courses in appropriate areas. This results in additional coursework and longer overall enrollment. A student has the right to retest one time if they’re dissatisfied with their original score.

A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited US college or university or has met the English and mathematics program requirements may be exempted.

Deposits

Accepted students must remit a tuition deposit of $200 by May 1 for the fall or December 15 for the spring. After these dates, we accept deposits on a space-available basis. The tuition deposit is credited toward the first term’s bill and is non-refundable after May 1.

If a student intends to live on campus, a $100 room deposit must be paid by May 1 (or within two weeks if accepted after May 1) with a completed Housing Contract. For returning students, room deposits are due in early April. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1. Housing deposits are placed in a holding account until the end of the spring term, at which time they’re placed on a student’s account and go toward any dorm damage fines that may be incurred. Any amount not used is refunded to the student at the end of May. If a balance remains on the student’s account, the deposit is applied to the balance.

Vermont Residency

For Determination of In-State Residency for Tuition Purposes, see VSC Policy 301.

Vermont Tech participates in the Regional Student Program (RSP) of the New England Board of Higher Education. Under this agreement, students from New England states pay 150% of the in-state tuition when they enter an eligible program under the RSP pact. A program not generally eligible because it’s also offered in a student’s home state may be eligible if the student’s legal residence is closer to Vermont Tech than to the home state institution. State eligibility is subject to change without notice. For a full list of eligible states and majors for both RSP and the Good Neighbor Policy here.

Readmission

You may apply for readmission if:

  • You’ve been a matriculated student within the last three years but haven’t attended Vermont Tech for a year or more
  • You’re a previously matriculated student who left while on probation or were academically dismissed within the last three years
  • You’re a previously matriculated student in Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Science, Respiratory Therapy, or Veterinary Technology and have been absent from the program for any length of time
  • You applied within the previous two years but didn’t matriculate (updated supporting documents may be requested)

To apply for readmission, the applicant must complete a Vermont Tech application. Completion of this application doesn’t guarantee admission. Contact Admissions for more information and to determine eligibility.

A student who attended Vermont Tech within the last year doesn’t need to apply for readmission. They may contact their advisor or the Registrar for re-enrollment.

Nursing Re-entry

See the Nursing Student Handbook.

Respiratory Therapy Re-entry

See the Respiratory Therapy Student Handbook.

Non-Degree Students

A student who wishes to enroll in courses but not a degree program must meet all of the prerequisites for the courses and is subject to the same academic regulations and standards as a degree student.

Registration for courses is subject to availability, with initial priority given to degree students. Non-degree students register for classes through the Registrar. There’s no online registration for non-degree students nor are they eligible for federal financial aid.

Prohibition of High-Pressure Recruitment Tactics

Vermont Technical College is a member of the National Association of Admissions Counselors and abides by the guiding principles outlined in their Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission. In accordance with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, Vermont Technical College specifically prohibits the following:

  1. Providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance
  2. Use of high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing service member enrollments
  3. Providing inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis (defined as “an insignificant amount”) to any individual or entity or its agents, including third-party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of service members or obtaining access to TA funds. Educational institution-sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible

Academic Affairs

Academic Policies T101 Academic Affairs Policy: Academic standing, probation, dismissal, academic appeals, graduation requirements, graduation participation requirements, honors, time limits on graduation, graduation standards T103 Grading System & GPA Calculation: Grading system, calculating GPA, incomplete course work, auditing, transfer credit, challenge exams, withdrawal, repeating courses, change of grade, grade amelioration/forgiveness […]

Academic Policies

Academic Advising

Vermont Tech provides comprehensive advising to enrich the educational experience of every student. Students should communicate with their assigned advisors throughout the year to discuss their progress and future plans. If students need to change advisors, they should contact the Registrar.

Students who are having academic or personal difficulties may get extra help from faculty advisors to identify problem areas; clarify educational and personal goals; resolve difficulties; and obtain referrals to campus services such as the Center for Academic Success.

Attendance & Assignment Requirements

Students must meet the attendance and assignment requirements set by the instructor for each class in which they’re enrolled. Failure to meet these requirements may result in removal with a failing grade. In cases of excessive absences a student may be dismissed from the college with failing grades.

The make-up of any work is at the discretion of the instructor. Any time a student misses a class, exam, lab, or other scheduled event, it’s the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor and to make satisfactory arrangements for any make-up work.

Participation in varsity athletic contests may be considered excused absences. Practices aren’t excused absences. Athletes are responsible for all work missed; the instructor and athlete will make every reasonable effort to establish an acceptable make-up procedure. If no reasonable make-up alternative is possible, academic standing has priority.

Auditing Courses

Students may audit a Vermont Tech course, provided they have met all course prerequisites, have obtained the permission of the instructor, and there is space available. Audit course credit hours aren’t applied to student credit load or status.

In giving permission for an audit, instructors specify expectations for auditors. Students who successfully audit a course receive an AU grade, which carries no credit or quality points. Students who don’t meet expectations of the audit are dropped from the course with no grade or with a W grade. Students may not change to audit status to avoid receiving poor final grades.

Tuition charges for an audit course are 50% of the full applicable per-credit rate. Students must register to audit a course by the end of the add/drop period.

Transcripts

A transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent record of attendance at the college and can’t be altered. Current or former students may request that the college issue an official transcript to any school, employer, or other agency. For each transcript, students must submit a written, signed request to the Registrar or the electronic transcript exchange along with the transcript fee. Allow a minimum of five days for normal processing and two weeks following the end of a term. Transcripts aren’t sent for students who haven’t satisfied financial obligations to the college.

All VSCS courses taken after the 2002 summer term are included and count in the determination of quality points and GPA on the Vermont Tech transcript.

Grade Amelioration

One time in an academic career, a student who’s changing programs or VSCS schools may have selected grades excluded from the calculation of their cumulative GPA in the new academic program. Grades may only be excluded for courses that are required in the old program and not required in the new or subsequent four-year program. All credits earned in courses excluded from the calculation are lost. This policy doesn’t apply to electives or credits used for any diploma, certificate, or degree already awarded.

Approval from the student’s new Department Chair or Program Director is required for grade amelioration. The student must have one term of at least 6 credits with a term GPA of 2.00 or better following the term for which amelioration is requested and approval from the Academic Deans of both the home and sending institutions.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA is determined by dividing the quality points earned by the GPA credits attempted. GPA credits are those taken for a letter grade, A through F. Remedial or zero level letter-graded courses taken count as GPA credits only in the term taken. They aren’t included in the cumulative GPA.

Grading System

A+: 4.0

A: 4.0

A-: 

B+: 3.0

B

B-

C+: 2.0

C

C-

D+: 1.0

D

D-

F: 0.0 (failure)

P: 0.0 (pass)

NP: 0.0 (no pass)

I: 0.0 (incomplete)

AU: 0.0 (audit)

W: 0.0 (withdrawn)

CR: 0.0 (credit received [challenge, AP, CLEP, etc.])

TR: 0.0 (transfer)

Official grades are issued online at the end of each semester. Unofficial academic warnings are issued online prior to the mid-point of each term.

Letter to Numerical Grade Scale

A+: 97-100

A: 93-96.9

A-: 90-92.9

B+: 87-89.9

B: 83-86.9

B-: 80-82.9

C+: 77-79.9

C: 73-76.9

C-: 73-76.9

D+: 67-69.9

D: 63-66.9

D-: 60-62.9

F: > 60

Incomplete Work

Work in a course which has not been completed due to satisfactory reasons may receive an I grade. The incomplete work must be made up as specified by the instructor or no later than halfway through the subsequent term. The final grade for the course is determined by the quality of the make-up work and the previously completed work. If the student fails to complete the assigned work, the instructor determines a default grade that’s entered on the student’s transcript.

A student receiving an I grade may enroll in courses for which the incomplete course is a prerequisite. Continued enrollment in the new course is contingent on completion of the incomplete course with a passing grade.

Repeated Courses

When a course is repeated and completed, the initial grade remains on the record but doesn’t count in the GPA or for credit. The most recent grade earned in a course is entered on the record and used in computing the term and cumulative GPA and class rank. If a grade other than a W grade is recorded in the repeated course, all attempts appear on the record and the most recent earned grade is used in computing the cumulative GPA.

Add/Drop Period

The normal add/drop period is defined as the first two weeks of classes (or the first 15% of class meetings for non-regular offerings). Degree students may add or drop a course until the end of the second week of classes with their advisors’ permission. To add a class after the first week, a student must have permission from both their advisor and the instructor. Non-degree students must have the instructor’s permission to add a course after the first week.

Students pay for any classes dropped after the second week of classes.

Students who have enrolled under the VSCS Enrollment Consortium Agreement follow the policy of their home institution.

Withdrawals & Leaves of Absence

To withdraw or take a leave of absence once the term has started, a student must give written notification to the Registrar or off-campus site office. A parent or guardian must approve requests made by minors.

A student who stops attending classes after add/drop and doesn’t inform the college is considered to have withdrawn after the 60% point of the term if the last date of an academic event can’t be determined.

Grades for students on approved withdrawals or leaves of absence are in accordance with the guidelines except that I or W grades may be used after the 60% point until the end of the leave of absence.
If the request is for a medical leave of absence, a letter from the student’s health practitioner is required. Students approved for a medical leave of absence must provide a time frame for their return to a normal class schedule and a subsequent letter from their health practitioner stating that they’re medically fit to return to their studies.

To get approval for a leave of absence, the student must show that incomplete coursework can be satisfactorily completed upon their return.

If a student fails to return to school at the end of an approved leave of absence or if the student makes a written request to rescind the leave of absence, the withdrawal date is the original date of the request for leave or the last date of an academic event, whichever is later.

College policy is followed for students required to take a mandatory leave of absence.

Non-Returning Students

Students who don’t intend to return to Vermont Tech for the subsequent term should complete a non-returning student form at the Registrar or off-campus site office and complete an exit interview with Financial Aid.

Credit by Challenge Examination

Students who can document coursework, private study, or on-the-job experiences equivalent to a Vermont Tech course may receive credit by examination.

Documentation must be submitted to the Department Chair for approval at least three weeks prior to the planned date of testing. After review and acceptance, the student submits an application for credit by examination and a challenge exam fee. Upon satisfactory completion of the exam, a maximum of 12 credits may be given toward any one program. These credits are subject to advanced standing restrictions.

Challenge exams that are taken to replace failed coursework must comply with all of the above criteria and must document new coursework, private study, or on-the-job experience since the failure occurred.

Waiver or Substitution of Courses

A student may have a specific course waived by submitting an academic petition to the Department Chair through the Dean of Academic Affairs. The petition must be approved by the student’s program department and by the department offering the course.

A student may substitute another course for a specific required course if they’re unable to take the course for an approved reason. The student requests a substitution by submitting an academic petition to the Department Chair through the Dean of Academic Affairs. The petition must be approved by the student’s program department and by the department offering the course.

Class Level

Class level is based on total earned credits toward an academic program. It affects financial aid, class standing, and other calculations regarding student progression. Non-degree students have no class standing.

  • Freshman 0-29.99
  • Sophomore 30-59.99
  • Junior 60-89.00
  • Senior 90+

Credit Overload

A student credit overload is defined as a course load in excess of 19 credits in a single term.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00+ may be approved for a load of up to 24 credits in a term. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00-2.99 may be approved for a load of up to 21 credits in a term. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 aren’t approved for a term credit overload. Students with overloads are reviewed at mid-term for possible load reduction.

Academic Standing

At the end of each term, academic standing is calculated for each matriculated student. There are three levels of academic standing:

  • Academic Good Standing: A degree student is in good standing if they meet the enrollment criteria for the term and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better (1.75 for students with fewer than 30 earned credits).
  • Academic Probation: A degree student is on academic probation if they have a cumulative GPA below 2.00. Probation is used to identify students who may need additional services or help.
  • Academic Dismissal: A degree student will be academically dismissed from the college for a minimum of one term for having a term or cumulative GPA below 0.70 or for not achieving good standing while on probation (on probation for more than one semester). They receive a grade of F or NP in any incomplete course and may not enroll in any VSCS course for a minimum of one term. Upon their return, they are placed on probation for a minimum of one term. A student who believes there are significant mitigating circumstances may submit an email to the Academic Appeals Committee (AAC). This email shall include the student’s full name, address, and college identification number and should fully explain the circumstances surrounding the appeal. The AAC makes a recommendation to the Academic Dean, who makes a final decision regarding the appeal. This decision is final and not subject to further appeal. A student reinstated on appeal is normally reinstated on academic probation. The student must also submit a separate appeal to Financial Aid to have their aid reinstated.

Disciplinary Dismissal

Students who are dismissed from Vermont Tech for non-academic reasons are no longer matriculated students. They aren’t eligible to enroll in Vermont Tech courses. These students may apply for re-admission through Admissions after they have met the conditions set for them at the time of dismissal. Re-admission requires the approval of the Dean of Students.

Returning after Dismissal

A student who has been dismissed from the college may return once they meet the requirements placed upon them at the time of dismissal. The student notifies Admissions in writing of their intent to return to Vermont Tech and must be approved for re-admission. The student is on probation and receives increased supervision and academic support for a minimum of one semester.

Upon receiving notification from Admissions, the Department Chair or Program Director determines whether a fall or spring re-admission is most appropriate and sends a registration to Admissions outlining coursework or suggested coursework prior to re-admission. Admissions forwards returning student information to the Registrar, student housing, and Financial Aid.

A Nursing student wishing to return to the Vermont Tech Nursing program after dismissal should refer to Re-admission After Clinical Dismissal in the Nursing student handbook

Changing Programs

If a student wishes to change programs, they must petition through the Registrar and be approved by the appropriate Department Chair.

Dual Major & Dual Degree

A student who wishes to receive an additional degree or major must complete a Change of Program request form with the Registrar. The student must complete all of the requirements of the new major or degree. There’s no need to retake completed courses. An additional associate degree major must contain at least fifteen credits that weren’t part of the previous major. An additional bachelor’s degree major must contain at least thirty credits that weren’t part of the previous major.

A student who earns multiple majors is awarded one degree with the additional majors annotated on the diploma.

Residency Requirement & Matriculation

A matriculated student is one who has been formally accepted by the college and registered in a degree program. All matriculated students have a minimum number of credit hours that must be taken at Vermont Tech. For bachelor’s candidates, the residency requirement is that at least 30 credit hours, including substantial advanced work in the major, must be achieved in courses specifically taken at a VSC school. For associate and certificate candidates, at least 15 credit hours must be achieved in courses taken specifically at Vermont Tech. For master’s candidates, at least 18 credit hours of coursework within the major must be completed at Vermont Tech.

Graduation Standards

All degree students are required to demonstrate competence in written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy at the appropriate level for their degree program. Students have more than one opportunity to meet the expected level of performance.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a student must:

  • Have a 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Complete 30 credits minimum of coursework at Vermont Tech for a bachelor’s degree program; 15 credits minimum for an associate degree or a certificate program; or 18 credits minimum for a master’s degree program
  • Complete 60 credits minimum for an associate degree; 120 credits minimum for a bachelor’s degree; or 30 credits minimum for a master’s degree
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to Vermont Tech
  • Apply for graduation

Department Chairs submit program candidates who satisfy the above, as attested by the Registrar, to the full college faculty for recommendation to graduate.

Time Limitation on Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to finish their degree programs with continuous enrollment in the specified number of terms outlined in the curriculum for their programs. Students who leave the college for a full term are assigned the requirements for the catalog that’s in effect for the year of their return. These students are expected to meet any new requirements for that catalog year unless the sponsoring department approves an earlier catalog year.

Each student operates under degree requirements in effect at the time of initial acceptance as a degree candidate. If, after two years for a certificate, four years for an associate, or six years for a bachelor’s, the degree requirements haven’t been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.

A student participating in a college-sponsored part-time degree program has two years from the conclusion of the last scheduled course in the sponsored program to complete the degree requirements. After this time, if the degree requirements haven’t been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.

Graduation Participation Requirements

A student who successfully completes all graduation requirements and is recommended by their department graduates and receives a diploma.

A student within 7 credits of the graduation requirements who has applied to walk or graduate on their application; and has the recommendation of their department may participate as a walker. Although walkers participate in the graduation ceremony, they don’t actually graduate until they have successfully completed all graduation requirements and are so recommended by their departments. A walker who subsequently completes their degree requirements must apply for a diploma that’s mailed after approval and the next commencement. Walkers are expected to complete their remaining requirements within one year.

Term Honors

At the end of each term, degree students who have attained a term GPA of 3.50 or 4.00 while carrying 12 or more letter-graded credit hours and who haven’t received a failing or incomplete grade in any subject during that semester are accorded Dean’s List honors or President’s List honors, respectively. Full-time nursing students are eligible for term honors while enrolled in a non-graded clinical course.
For more information on Graduation Honors and Honor Societies at Vermont Tech, please see the Student Honors & Awards page on our website.

Reporting Academic Concerns

A student who wishes to report academic concerns, including complaints, concerns, conflicts, and problems related to academics, courses, faculty, other students, or academic facilities, should contact the office of Academic Affairs.

Honesty & Ethics

Vermont Tech expects high standards of truthfulness and honesty in all academic work. Any student who’s found guilty of academic dishonesty faces disciplinary action, including dismissal from the college. Cheating refers to plagiarizing or using unauthorized aids or copying another person’s work on exams, quizzes, or assignments.

Public Notice Designating Directory Information

Directory information is information which wouldn’t generally be considered harmful if disclosed. It includes: name; home and college addresses; telephone listing; mailing address; date of birth; major; enrollment status (full-time or part-time); dates of attendance; awards received; weight and height of athletic team members; photographs; most recent and previous educational institutions attended; and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of personally identifiable directory information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To withhold disclosure, the student should obtain and complete a FERPA form, available at the Registrar. Vermont Tech assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure.

Records Review, Release, & Right-to-Know

Vermont Tech informs students of FERPA annually. This act was designated to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records; and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

The college has a policy of disclosing educational records to Vermont Tech and VSC officials with a legitimate educational interest without prior consent. Questions concerning FERPA may be referred to the Registrar.

Disability Services

Whether you are a high school student with a disability looking to make the transition to college, a college student who is looking for more information, or one of the many faculty and staff who spend time working with students with disabilities on our campuses, the information provided here is […]

Whether you are a high school student with a disability looking to make the transition to college, a college student who is looking for more information, or one of the many faculty and staff who spend time working with students with disabilities on our campuses, the information provided here is intended to help you.

Vermont Tech is a very special place with a strong reputation for supporting students with all sorts of learning challenges. Our goal is always to develop resilient independent learners who are capable of embracing the challenges that lay ahead of them. Please reach out if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns!

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Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Vermont State Colleges and its member institutions do not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, positive HIV-related blood test results, or any other status protected by state or federal law.

Inquiries regarding the Vermont State Colleges’ non-discrimination policies may be directed to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinators (regarding disability accommodations):

ADA/SECTION 504 COORDINATORS

Vermont Technical College(Employees):
Kelly-Rue Riso, Director of Human Resources
Administration Building, Randolph Center, VT 05061
kriso@vtc.edu
(802) 728-1211

Vermont Technical College(Students):
Jason Enser, Dean of Student Affairs
Conant Hall, Randolph Center, VT 05061
jenser@vtc.edu
(802) 728-1434

Freedom of Expression

The College considers freedom of inquiry and discussion to be part of a student’s educational development. The College recognizes the right of its students to engage in discussions, to exchange thoughts and opinions, and to speak, write, or publish on any subject, in accordance with the guarantees of the United […]

The College considers freedom of inquiry and discussion to be part of a student’s educational development. The College recognizes the right of its students to engage in discussions, to exchange thoughts and opinions, and to speak, write, or publish on any subject, in accordance with the guarantees of the United States and Vermont Constitutions, as well as applicable state and federal law.

However, there are recognized constitutional limits on freedom of expression, including, but not limited to: defamation (libel and slander), fighting words, true threats, inciting an imminent lawless action, and certain forms of obscenity. Furthermore, material disruption to the College’s operations and educational mission is not acceptable. The College may place reasonable limits on the time, place and manner in which expressive conduct may occur. View Policy 320 for additional information.

VSC Policy 311 (Non-discrimination and Prevention of Harassment) provides that:

The VSC recognizes that the protection of free and open speech and the open exchange of ideas are essential to any academic or artistic community, and crucial for the activity of scholars and artists. The VSC also recognizes its obligation under policy and collective bargaining agreements to respect the academic freedom of faculty members.  This Policy is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussions, in or out of the classroom, of complex, controversial, or sensitive matters, including race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or HIV-positive status, when in the judgment of a reasonable person such discussions arise appropriately and with respect for the dignity of others.  The VSC is a community of learners and as such recognizes and affirms that free, honest intellectual inquiry, debate, and constructive dialogue are vital to the academic mission of the VSC and must be protected even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial.

The VSC also recognizes, however, that verbal conduct can be used specifically to intimidate or coerce and to inhibit genuine discourse, free inquiry, and learning. Such abuses are unacceptable. If someone believes that another’s speech or writing is offensive, wrong, or hurtful, he or she is encouraged to express that judgment in the exercise of his or her own freedom of speech or to seek redress when appropriate.

Students are expected to be familiar with and comply with VSC Policy 311: Non-discrimination and Prevention of Harassment and Related Unprofessional Conduct and VSC Policy 502: Computing and Telecommunications Technology Conditions of Use Policy.

Graduate Checklist

____Have you completed your Application for Graduation? Students who plan to graduate in May 2022 should have completed their graduation application by December 3, 2021. PN students who plan to graduate in June must complete their graduation application by April 25, 2022. The application can be found on Self Service. […]

____Have you completed your Application for Graduation?

  • Students who plan to graduate in May 2022 should have completed their graduation application by December 3, 2021. PN students who plan to graduate in June must complete their graduation application by April 25, 2022. The application can be found on Self Service. Applications not received by April 29 for May ceremonies, and June 3 for the PN ceremony, will not make the Commencement program.
  • Whether a student plans to participate in the actual ceremony or not, the application and the graduation fee are required to have your degree awarded.
  • A student within 7 credits of the graduation requirements who has applied to walk on their application and has the recommendation of their department may participate as a walker. Although walkers participate in the graduation ceremony, they don’t actually graduate until they have successfully completed all graduation requirements and are recommended by their departments. A walker who subsequently completes their degree requirements must reapply for a diploma that’s mailed after approval and the next commencement. Walkers are expected to complete their remaining requirements within one year.

____ Have you paid your Graduation Fee?

The Graduation Fee of $125 is added to your bill after the Registrars’ Office has received and processed your graduation application. This fee is set by the Vermont State College Board of Trustees and is charged to every graduate’s account. This fee covers the administrative aspects of graduation and is not tied to the Commencement ceremony itself, nor does it include the cost of your cap and gown.

___ Do You Have a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan?

If so, you are required to complete a Loan Exit Counseling session online to review your rights and responsibilities under this federal loan program. Log-in to www.studentaid.gov to complete your online counseling. Exit counseling takes about 30 minutes to complete. You must complete it on one session; you cannot save and return to an incomplete session.

Please review the Exit Counseling Instructions. Contact finaid@vtc.edu if you have questions regarding this process.

___ Have you completed your Graduation/Employment Survey?

Instructions on how to complete the graduation survey will be sent to your Vermont Tech email by May 8.

___ Have you ordered your cap, gown and hood?

If you have a plain black cap and gown from a previous graduation, a new gown is not necessary. You will need to order a 2022 black tassel for all programs and 2022 tassel and hood for the Bachelor degree programs.

  • Order your regalia directly from Balfour by April 15.

___Have you returned all library books?

If you have not, please do so promptly. Contact the library if you have any questions.

___Have you paid your bill?

Please check your live billing statement on your Self Service account for any balance due or you may check directly with the Student Accounts Office. All charges must be paid in full to receive your diploma and transcript.

Additional information:

Tickets to the Ceremony

Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony and we are no longer limiting guests.

Commencement will be held under the tent, on the lawn of the President’s House, on the Randolph Center, Vermont campus. It is generally cooler under the tent, particularly for the morning ceremonies. Do plan accordingly.

Photographs:

GradImages provides the photography services at the Commencement ceremony.  Proofs will be available online or through the mail. There is no obligation to buy. Graduates are required to complete a readers card prior to the Commencement ceremony. These cards are used by the company to send proofs.

Accommodations:

If you have a disability and require an accommodation in order to fully participate in an upcoming event, please contact Nate Ball at nate.ball@vtc.edu or (802) 728-1607. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event if at all possible. You may be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs and to request any supporting information that may be needed.

Center for Academic Success Staff

Contact us! Robin Goodall, Interim Director, Center for Academic Success and Trio Program | Coordinator of Disability Services Conant 201 (802) 728-1673 robin.goodall@vtc.edu Skye Erskine, Academic Counselor | Coordinator of Grant Data Conant 233 (802) 728-1399 skye.erskine@vtc.edu Laura St. George, Cognitive Skill Tutor East Building, Room 406 (802) 879-2329 laura.stgeorge@vtc.edu […]

Contact us!

Robin Goodall, Interim Director, Center for Academic Success and Trio Program | Coordinator of Disability Services
Conant 201
(802) 728-1673
robin.goodall@vtc.edu

Skye Erskine, Academic Counselor | Coordinator of Grant Data
Conant 233
(802) 728-1399
skye.erskine@vtc.edu

Laura St. George, Cognitive Skill Tutor
East Building, Room 406
(802) 879-2329
laura.stgeorge@vtc.edu

Beth Camp, Student Support Specialist
Conant 234
(802) 728-1241
bcamp@vtc.edu

Mary Cooper, CAS Coordinator
Conant 222
(802) 728-1396
mcooper@vtc.edu

Ashley Stackowitz, Academic Support Counselor
Conant 224
(802) 728-1353
ashley.stackowitz@vtc.edu

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology can prove to be an extraordinarily useful tool for students with a variety of challenges to their learning. Here at Vermont Tech, we strive to provide students with an array of tools that are both useful and reasonably priced if not free. All of our software is vetted […]

Assistive technology can prove to be an extraordinarily useful tool for students with a variety of challenges to their learning. Here at Vermont Tech, we strive to provide students with an array of tools that are both useful and reasonably priced if not free. All of our software is vetted before we recommended and there is always at least one person on staff who is comfortable with its use.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a program designed to improve productivity among executives by allowing them to navigate their computer and dictate text rather than type. The newer versions have a very short training time, and are remarkably accurate. All of the computers in the Center for Academic Success have Dragon NaturallySpeaking installed on them. Voice files are portable and may be carried on a thumb drive from one computer to the next. The Learning Specialist will provide training for students interested in using Dragon and support as they acquire skill. To see how Dragon works, check this out this Dragon demo.

Ginger software

Ginger software is an online spellchecker that was developed in the United Kingdom specifically for students with learning disabilities however, it has proven especially useful for many populations of students including students with weak reading skills and those for whom English not their primary language. It is far more robust than the spell checker and grammar checker that is available in most word processing programs, works on any platform and it is free to students. The only restriction is that the student must be online in order to make use of it. No registration is required, and there will be no e-mail generated as a result of the download. Download Ginger software.

Claro

Claro is a relatively new addition to our assistive technology arsenal. Claro is part of a suite of products that we make available to our students. Included is an e-text reader, scanning software that will also convert PDF files to text, a program that will adjust the color of the computer screen for ease in reading, and mind mapping software him him that students can use to plan and organize papers and projects. Claro is available on all the computers in the Center for Academic Success and as a free download for students.

Microsoft Word

There are many accessibility features included within Microsoft Office 2010. One of the most useful for students when they are writing is the ability for Microsoft Word to speak what has been typed on the page. This function can be added to the quick access toolbar which is usually above the ribbon. The most helpful thing about this is that it can be turned on in all the labs without a specialized installation. Detailed instructions are available here.

Livescribe Pens

The Livescribe pen is a unique tool designed to provide support for note taking. Utilizing specialized paper, the pen creates a visual and auditory recording of the student notes that can then be accessed later within the notebook, and saved to the student’s computer. A video demonstrating some of the capabilities of the pen is available here. The Center for Academic Success has several pens and notebooks available for loan.

There’s an App for That…

Many of our students arrive with smart phones, tablets, or iPads and Chromebooks without a clear idea of how these tools can be leveraged to improve their educational performance. The Center for Academic Success has developed a list of apps specifically geared to be useful in higher education. Many of the apps are free, and those that are not, are very reasonable. The selection includes both time management and study tools. The list is updated regularly. Chromebook and Chrome users might check this out. It is a list of apps assembled by some assistive technology consultants that will help you get the most out of your Google account. This list is also updated regularly.

Free Text to Speech Options

The ability to have the computer read text out loud has come a long way from the early days of mechanical voices that marched along at a particular pace regardless of what the listener needed or wanted. There are many options available for students who are looking for something that gets the job done without too many other features. These are some of the more effective choices. This list is updated regularly.

Academic & Personal Counseling

The Center for Academic Success offers a wide range of services to help Vermont Tech students graduate successfully and maintain as much balance as possible in their lives along the way.   The increasing demands of school can often make students feel overwhelmed and when you have a full plate, […]

The Center for Academic Success offers a wide range of services to help Vermont Tech students graduate successfully and maintain as much balance as possible in their lives along the way.  

The increasing demands of school can often make students feel overwhelmed and when you have a full plate, and it helps to talk to someone about your questions and concerns.

Academic success counselors are available for counseling to help reduce stress, promote learning and growth, and improve achievement. Counselors can also help connect students to resources within and outside of Vermont Tech, assist in overcoming obstacles, and provide support and/or coaching in any of the following areas:

  • Stress management
  • Test anxiety
  • Study skills
  • Goal setting and decision making
  • Issues of transition, social adjustment, or relationships
  • Improving communication skills
  • Time management skills/avoiding procrastination
  • Managing emotions and relaxation techniques
  • Planning for the future/financial and family concerns
  • Career exploration
  • Moving past depression that sometimes accompanies the challenge of college