2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    Nov 13, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies and Procedures



Classification of Students

Students are classified on the basis of semester hours of work successfully completed as follows:

  • Freshman: A student who has earned fewer than 30 semester hours of collegiate level credit.
  • Sophomore: A student who has earned 30 or more but fewer than 60 semester hours of collegiate level credit.
  • Junior: A student who has earned 60 or more but fewer than 90 semester hours of collegiate level credit.
  • Senior: A student who has earned 90 or more semester hours of collegiate level credit.

Orientation for New Students

For detailed information regarding ABAC’s orientation policy and process, visit http://www.abac.edu/future-students/orientation/. A non-refundable orientation fee of $40.00 is charged to each student.

Course Load

To stay on track for graduation, students should plan to take 15 hours each fall and spring. In addition to the number of hours required for a degree, students are required to take PHED 1100  Health and Wellness and one physical education activity. The maximum number of semester hours a student can take in fall and spring semester is 18. A student with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 may carry additional course work. See your advisor for the overload permission.

Credit Hour

ABAC does not rely on any means of determining academic credit other than semester credit hours. ABAC uses the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Policy Manual, Section 3.4.4 and established federal regulations that are reflected in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ (SACSCOC) policy on credit hours updated in January 2012 for determining the amount of credit awarded for courses. The BOR Policy Manual, Section 3.4.4 states “a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction or equivalent is required for each semester credit hour.” The U.S. Department of Education and SACSCOC’s Credit Hours Policy Statement define a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work [engaged learning activities] each week for approximately 15 weeks.

College Policy on Class Attendance

Courses at ABAC are provided for the intellectual growth and development of students. The interaction with instructors and other students is an important element of the learning process, and a high correlation exists between class attendance and course grades. Therefore, to attain maximum success, students should attend all their classes, be on time, and attend all scheduled course activities. Absence from class does not excuse students from full responsibility for class work or assignments missed. Students must accept this responsibility.

Individual instructors will establish attendance policies for each class, will publish the policy in the course syllabus, and keep attendance records. The penalty for absences is at the discretion of the instructor and may include failure of the course. Students who stop attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade for the course. A student penalized for excessive absences may appeal through the grade appeal process as stated in this catalog and the Student Handbook.

Institutional Absence

Institutional absence is defined as an absence that occurs due to activities students are involved in as official representatives of the College. A student who serves as an official representative of the College is defined as meeting the following criteria.

  • Authorized to use the College name in public relationships outside the institution;
  • Regularly interacts with non-College individuals and groups over an extended period of time (at least one semester);
  • Represents the College as a part of a group and not as an individual;
  • Represents the College under the direct supervision of a college faculty or staff member; and is authorized, in advance, by the President, or President’s designee, of the College.

Students with institutional absences are not released from the obligations and responsibilities of all students. However, these students will not be penalized with unexcused absences when absences result from regularly scheduled activities in which they represent the College.

Further, students are to contact instructors, prior to the absence, for arrangements to make up any work that will be missed in a manner acceptable to the instructor. Advisors of activities will schedule off-campus activities in a manner that does not unduly disrupt the learning process for students.

Withdrawals

Dropping Classes: The start of each term has a “Drop/Add” period. Drop/Add is the only time during which students may “drop” a course completely without either academic or financial penalties. After this period, students will need to officially “withdraw” from their courses, with academic or financial penalties as stated in the following.

Single Course Withdrawal: If students need to reduce their course load during a semester, they may officially withdraw from a class with a grade of W, provided they complete this action before the mid-point in the semester or session (see the academic calendar - last day to withdraw with a W). After midterm, students withdrawing from a class will receive a grade of WF. Students withdrawing from a course must first see their instructor for permission to withdraw. After the instructor completes a drop form, the students should submit the signed form to the Academic Support Center. See the “Change of Schedule” section below for further information. Although a grade of W has no impact on the GPA, the student should be aware that negative effects on Financial Aid result when withdrawing from any class. A grade of WF has an impact on the GPA and may also have negative effects on Financial Aid.

Total Withdrawal from the College: Students who voluntarily withdraw from the College must first consult with the Academic Support Center and complete a “Student Withdrawal Form”. Students who withdraw from the College prior to mid-term will receive a grade of W in all classes in which they are enrolled. Students who withdraw from the College after mid-term will receive a grade of WF.

Withdrawal from Learning Support Courses: Students who wish to withdraw from a co-requisite Learning Support course must also withdraw from the college-level course for which the Learning Support course is a co-requisite.

Medical Withdrawal: Prior to mid-term, medical withdrawals are the same as all other official withdrawals from the College. Students will receive a grade of W in all classes. After mid-term, students seeking a medical withdrawal must submit the appropriate medical documentation on a medical doctor’s letterhead, signed by a physician who is not a family member, to the Student Development Center. If it is determined that students must withdraw from classes for a given term for medical reasons, the Student Development Office will notify the students’ instructors, the Registrar’s Office, Enterprise Information Services, and the Housing Office. Students will be given the grade of W in all classes if the students had passing grades in their classes at the time of withdrawal. If the student was not passing at the time of withdrawal, the grade of WF will be assigned. In all cases, students should make every effort to keep the instructor informed of any situation which affects class attendance. A medical withdrawal must be only for the student’s illness or medical issue.

Medical Withdrawals for Prior Semesters: Medical withdrawals for prior semesters will be granted only if students can provide adequate documentation that the medical condition for which they withdrew was such that the students or family members could not contact the College before the semester ended.

Change of Schedule (Drop/Add)

Students are discouraged from changing schedules after classes begin. However, consideration is given to every request for a change in students’ programs, and recommendations are made in accordance with the educational goals and the individual needs of the students.

If a change in schedule becomes necessary after registration, all changes should be made at the beginning of the semester during the official drop/add period. The official drop/add period is published in the official

Academic Calendar. No refund will be made for a dropped course after the official drop/add period. During the drop/add period, students may change their schedule through Banner Web.

Residency Requirements for Graduation

Resident credit is defined as credit earned at ABAC. To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree from ABAC, the student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours toward the degree in residence at ABAC, including at least 21 semester hours of upper division (3000 level or above) course work in the major field. To be eligible for an associate degree (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, or Associate of Science in Nursing) from ABAC, the student must complete a minimum of 20 semester hours toward the degree in residence at ABAC. Transfer, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), DSST (formerly DANTES), DD 214, physical education, freshman seminar, and academic renewal credit do not count as resident credit.

Physical Education (PE) Requirements

All students (with the exceptions noted herein) will be required to take one PE activity course and the Health & Wellness class (PHED 1100 ). The Health & Wellness class is a graduation requirement for all students except those graduating in the nursing program. The Health & Wellness requirement applies even if students are exempt from PE activity courses. Students must select one PE activity course to fulfill the physical education requirement.

Students exempting their activity requirement through military and/or professional service are still required to successfully complete PHED 1100  as a graduation requirement. Veterans or service members completing Basic Training may receive one hour of PE activity course credit. The DD 214 must be provided to the Registrar’s Office as documentation before the determination of credit can be awarded.

Students who have a disability which prevents them from participating in PE activity classes should visit the School of Nursing and Health Sciences for information on a possible waiver of the activity requirements.

Students who have earned an associate or baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met all physical education requirements for graduation from ABAC.

Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)

The Required High School Curriculum applies to any student described in the categories below.

  1. Students graduating from high school or home school within the past five years. This includes students graduating from any high school, public or private, in-state or out-of-state.
  2. Students who passed the GED in lieu of high school graduation if their class graduated within the past five years.
  3. Transfer students graduating from high school within the past five years who have not completed 30 hours of transfer credit at the college level.
  4. Beginning freshmen in college transfer fields of study

Please visit the University System of Georgia’s site: http://www.usg.edu/academic_affairs_handbook/section3/C660/ section 3.2.3 Required High School Curriculum.

Students can address a RHSC deficiency either:

  1. Prior to enrollment at ABAC
    • Out-of-state applicants who have met the college preparatory curriculum requirements in their home state, but have a deficiency, can request an exemption from the RHSC requirement. As part of the exemption process, the student must provide evidence of competency in the deficient area.
    • Students can demonstrate “Subject Matter Proficiency” and satisfy a RHSC deficiency by
      • Taking standardized examinations such as the SAT, ACT, CLEP, DSST, Accuplacer, and other Board of Regents approved exams in the deficient area(s),
      • Completing a USG-approved high school course in the deficiency area(s) prior to enrollment, or
      • Completing a terminal course in the deficient area (for example, a student who has completed calculus in the 11th grade).
  2. After enrollment at ABAC
    • A student can address a deficiency by successfully completing collegiate coursework in the deficient area(s) during the first 30 credit hours. This coursework will satisfy the deficiency and count towards the degree program. The exception is any introductory foreign language course (e.g., SPAN 1001 , LANG 11XX), which will satisfy the RHSC deficiency in foreign language but will not count towards the student’s degree program.

Competency Requirement in History and Constitution

Students who receive a bachelor degree or associate degree from a University System of Georgia institution are required by the Georgia legislature to show competency in United States and Georgia history and knowledge of the constitutions of the United States and Georgia. Successful completion of POLS 1101 - American Government  may be used to fulfill the constitution requirements. Successful completion of HIST 2111 - United States History I  or HIST 2112 - United States History II  may be used to fulfill the history competency requirements. Students who transfer American History and/or American Government courses from institutions outside the state must also fulfill the legislative requirements in Georgia history and/or constitution by examination.

Prior Learning Assessment

Math Placement by Examination

Math scores on the SAT or ACT are used to place students into the appropriate math course. The chart below indicates the course placement based on the score. Students may elect to take a CLEP exam for MATH 1111 , and if successful may enroll in MATH 1112 - Trigonometry  or MATH 1113 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics .

Old SAT New SAT
(March 2016)
ACT Additional High School Course ABAC Placement
480 25.5 20 —– MATH 1111  
590 30.5 26 —– MATH 1112  
590 30.5 26 Trigonometry MATH 1113  
630 32.5 28 Trigonometry MATH 2053  

Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma

“The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is an international curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study. Alongside in-depth understanding of a variety of subjects, students also need to master a broader range of skills critical for success in university study and employment.”

“The Cambridge AICE Diploma was first awarded in 1997 and has since become popular with a range of schools in different parts of the world. It encompasses the ‘gold standard’ Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications, and offers students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and future plans within an international curriculum framework”. (Source: Cambridge AICE Diploma, 2015).

The table below contains Cambridge AICE Scores and ABAC Course Equivalents; credit will be awarded for passing grades of A - D at the AS Level and A Level. Official Cambridge transcripts with the scores will be required for any AICE credit to be awarded.

Cambridge AICE Scores & ABAC’s Course Equivalent**

AICE Exam Name AS Level Credit Awarded for ABAC Course Credit Hours A Level Credit Awarded for ABAC Course Credit Hours
Accounting ACCT 2101   3 ACCT 2101 ACCT 2102   6
Biology BIOL 1107 BIOL 1107L   4 BIOL 1107 BIOL 1107L ,
BIOL 1108  , BIOL 1108L  
8
Business BUSA 1105   3 BUSA 1105   3
Chemistry CHEM 1211  , CHEM 1211L   4

CHEM 1211  , CHEM 1211L  , 
CHEM 1212  , CHEM 1212L  

8
Economics ECON 2105   3 ECON 2105 , ECON 2106   6
English-Language OR Language & Literature ENGL 1101      3 ENGL 1101 , ENGL 1102   6
English Literature ENGL 2115   3 ENGL 2114 ,ENGL 2115   6
History-American* HIST 2111    3 HIST 2111 , HIST 2112   6
History HIST 1112   3 HIST 1112   3
Mathematics MATH 1112 , MATH 1113    7 MATH 1113 , MATH 2053   8
Music MUSC 1100   3 MUSC 1100   3
Physics PHYS 1111 , PHYS 1111L   4 PHYS 1111 , PHYS 1111L  , PHYS 1112 , PHYS 1112L   8
Psychology PSYC 1101   3 PSYC 1101   3
Sociology SOCI 1101   3 SOCI 1101   3
Spanish SPAN 1001   3 SPAN 1002 , SPAN 2001   6

* Students receiving Cambridge’s AICE credit for American History must validate proficiency for the students’ having satisfied the Georgia History requirement.  See State of Georgia Legislative Requirements at https://www.abac.edu/academics/academicsupport/georgia-history-constitution.
** Exams and credit awarded will be added as other courses are reviewed and approved.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The College participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Through this program, high school students who plan to enroll at ABAC can take AP examinations in several subject areas. If students achieve the minimum score detailed in the AP Examination Score Requirements Table below, the College will award regular college credit in the subject areas of the exam(s), provided the subject area(s) are taught by the College. High school students can gain college credit and/or advanced placement at ABAC before actually beginning college. Students needing further information about the AP Program should contact their high school counselor.

Because of variation in credit awarded by different USG institutions, students who are awarded AP credit at ABAC and plan to transfer to another institution should determine what AP credit is accepted at their intended transfer institution. Official College Board transcripts with the AP scores will be required for any AP credit to be awarded.

Credit by AP Examination Score Requirements Table

AP Examinations Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
Art History 3 ARTS 1100 - Art Appreciation (previously ARTS 2213)   3
Biology 4 BIOL 1107 /BIOL 1107L   4
  5 BIOL 1107 /BIOL 1107L BIOL 1108 /BIOL 1108L   8
Calculus AB 3 MATH 1113 , MATH 2053   8
Calculus BC 3 MATH 2053 , MATH 2054   8
Chemistry 3 CHEM 1211  /CHEM 1211L   4
  5 CHEM 1211  /CHEM 1211L , CHEM 1212 /CHEM 1212L   8
Computer Science A 3 CSCI 1301   4
Computer Science Principles 3 CSCI 1100   3
Macroeconomics 3 ECON 2105   3
Microeconomics 3 ECON 2106   3
English Lang/Comp 3 ENGL 1101   3
  5 ENGL 1101 , ENGL 1102   6
English Lit/Comp 3 ENGL 1101   3
  5 ENGL 1101 , ENGL 1102   6
Environmental Science 3 SCIE 1005 /SCIE 1005L   4
European History 3 ELECTIVE IN CORE AREA E * 3
French 3 LANG 12XX ** 3
  4 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX ** 6
  5 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX, LANG 22XX ** 9
German Language 3 LANG 12XX ** 3
  4 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX ** 6
  5 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX, LANG 22XX ** 9
Government & Politics 3 POLS 1101 *** 3
Human Geography 3 GEOG 1101   3
Latin 3 LANG 12XX ** 3
  4 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX ** 6
  5 LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX, LANG 22XX ** 9
Music Theory 3 MUSC 1134 /MUSC 1134L   4
Physics 1 3 PHYS 1111 /PHYS 1111L   4
Physics 2 3 PHYS 1112 /PHYS 1112L   4
Physics C: Mechanics 5 PHYS 2211 /PHYS 2211L   4
Physics C: Electricity 5 PHYS 2212 /PHYS 2212L   4
Psychology 3 PSYC 1101   3
Spanish 3 SPAN 1002   3
  4 SPAN 1002 , SPAN 2001   6
  5 SPAN 1002 , SPAN 2001 , SPAN 2002   9
Statistics 3 MATH 2000   3
Studio Art: 2-D Design 3 ART ELECTIVE 3
Studio Art: 3-D Design 3 ART ELECTIVE 3
Studio Art: Drawing 3 ART ELECTIVE 3
US History 3 HIST 2111 *** 3
  5 HIST 2111 , HIST 2112 *** 6
World History 3 HIST 1111   3
  5 HIST 1111 , HIST 1112   6

* This elective may be used in the Core Curriculum Area E to satisfy three hours of the “choose 6 hours” requirement.
**LANG 21XX and LANG 22XX may be used in the Core Curriculum Area C to satisfy the “foreign language (2001 or higher)” elective.
***Students receiving credit for American Government or American History must meet the State of Georgia Legislative Requirements regarding Georgia History and Georgia Constitution through examination.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits

When appropriate, and evidence is provided that the course work is comparable to a college course, ABAC will award college course credit for IB credit following the guidelines outlined below:

  • Semester credit hours and course credit will be given for IB Diploma completers only. Please visit http://apps.abac.edu/Registrar/Transfer_Credit/ABAC_Policy_IB_Credits.pdf for details.
  • The particular courses for which students receive college credit may vary from institution to institution, depending on what courses the institution offers - determinations of course comparability will be made by the respective departments; the range in credit hours allows for a match with particular courses, including labs.
  • Total college course credits awarded for IB assessments may not exceed 24 credit hours.
  • Students may opt not to take the credit.

In addition, the following may be allowed.

  • After the appropriate core courses are credited, if students (diploma completers) have additional acceptable IB assessment scores (minimum 4 for HL, minimum 5 for SL) that have not been awarded course credits, ABAC may award credit for other lower-division courses outside of the core for up to a maximum of 24 total credits.
  • ABAC may choose to award credit to students who did not complete the diploma program but were awarded a certificate for completion of a specific subject area for higher level courses with a minimum assessment score of 4.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students enrolled at the College may earn full credit for certain courses by achieving acceptable scores on the College Level Examination Program tests. With a few exceptions, adequate test scores will match and substitute for specific courses in the current catalog. CLEP Tests are computer-based and individually administered by the Testing Center. If credit is earned, the results are recorded by course, course number, and semester hours earned. A grade of K is awarded for successful CLEP exams in which students earn the minimum score stated below. Students interested in learning more about CLEP can visit http://www.abac.edu/academics/academicsupport/clep. Official College Board transcripts with the CLEP score(s) will be required for any CLEP credit to be awarded.

Credit by Clep Examination Score Requirements Table

Composition and Literature Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
American Literature 50 ENGL 2131 /ENGL 2132   3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 No Credit
College Composition 50 ENGL 1101   3
College Composition Modular 50 ENGL 1101   3
English Literature 50 ENGL 2121 /ENGL 2122   3
Humanities 50 HUMN 2221   3
Foreign Languages Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
French Language - Level 1 Proficiency 50 LANG 11XX, LANG 12XX * 6
French Language - Level 2 Proficiency 59 LANG 11XX, LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX 9
German Language - Level 1 Proficiency 50 LANG 11XX, LANG 12XX * 6
German Language - Level 2 Proficiency 60 LANG 11XX, LANG 12XX, LANG 21XX 9
Spanish Language - Level 1 Proficiency 50 SPAN 1001 , SPAN 1002   6
Spanish Language - Level 2 Proficiency 63 SPAN 1001 , SPAN 1002 , SPAN 2001   9
Social Sciences and History Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
American Government 50 POLS 1101 *** 3
History of the United States I 50 HIST 2111 *** 3
History of the United States II 50 HIST 2112 *** 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 2103   3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 No Credit
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 1101   3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOCI 1101   3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 2105   3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 2106   3
Social Sciences and History 50 No Credit
Western Civilization I 50 Area E Elective ** 3
Western Civilization II 50 Area E Elective ** 3
Science and Mathematics Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
Biology 50 BIOL 1107 , BIOL 1107L   4
Calculus 50 MATH 2053   4
Chemistry 50 CHEM 1211 , CHEM 1211L   4
College Algebra 50 MATH 1111   3
College Mathematics 50 No Credit
Natural Sciences 50 No Credit
Precalculus 50 MATH 1113   4
Business Minimum Score ABAC Course Credit Semester Hours
Financial Accounting 50 ACCT 2101   3
Information Systems 50 CISM 2201   3
Introductory Business Law 50 No Credit
Principles of Management 50 No Credit
Principles of Marketing 50 No Credit

* LANG 21XX and LANG 22XX may be used in the Core Curriculum Area C to satisfy the “foreign language (2001 or higher)” elective.
** This elective may be used in the Core Curriculum Area E to satisfy 3 hours of the electives.
***Students receiving credit for American Government or American History must meet the State of Georgia Legislative Requirements regarding Georgia History and Georgia Constitution through examination.

DSST (Formerly Dantes) Program

Students enrolled at the College may earn credit for certain courses by achieving minimum scores on the DSST Tests. Minimum test scores will match and substitute for specific courses in the current catalog. DSST tests are electronically administered by the Testing Center. If credit is earned, the results are recorded by course, course number, and semester hours earned. A grade of K is awarded for successful DSST exams in which students earn the minimum score. Please visit, http://www.abac.edu/future-students/testing, for a current listing of DSST exams accepted for credit. DSST credit may be transferable but the student must check with the receiving institution to verify credit acceptance. Official DSST transcripts with the DSST score(s) will be required for any DSST credit to be awarded.

High School Education Pathway

In 2008, the University System of Georgia approved a policy to award high school students who successfully completed the Education Pathway three (3) college credit hours in lieu of EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education.

For students enrolling in USG institutions (prior to fall 2011) and meeting all the criteria for successful completion outlined below, with the exception of passing the statewide assessment, USG institutions may award credit based on agreements with local school systems.

For students enrolling at USG institutions in the fall of 2011 or later, credit will be awarded for all students from any Georgia public school who satisfy the criteria for successful completion outlined below. Students should contact their high school and request required documentation be provided to the Registrar’s Office.

Successful completion is defined as follows:

  1. Passing the three Education Pathway courses with a minimum grade of C,
    • 13.01100 - Examining the Teaching Profession
    • 13.01200 - Contemporary Issues in Education
    • 13.52100 - Teaching as a Profession Internship in Education
  2. Completion of a portfolio as part of the Pathway course requirements, and
  3. Passing of the statewide assessment (unless prior to fall 2011).

Auditing Class

Students interested in auditing a class must indicate to the instructor their intention to do so during the first five days of the term. Instructors should complete the “Request to be considered an Auditor” form, obtain the student’s signature, and forward the forms to the Registrar’s Office. A grade of V will be automatically assigned to auditing students. No credit is granted when the course is completed. Students cannot change from audit to credit status while enrolled in a course as an auditor. Students interested in obtaining credit for a class which has been audited will be required to take the course under non-audit status in a later term. Fees are calculated the same for an audit course as for a credit course.

eCore Classes

eCore offers students the opportunity to complete undergraduate requirements in Core Areas A-E completely online via public colleges and universities within the University System. eCore courses are taught by instructors from SACSCOC accredited institutions within the system, and are transferrable within the USG as well as to most regionally accredited schools. Visit ABAC’s eCore website, http://www.abac.edu/academics/ecore, for more information.

Academic Support

Academic Support houses the Academic Achievement Center (Tutoring Services), the Academic Support Center, and the Testing Center. In addition to tutoring and testing services, ABAC students can visit Academic Support for dropping/adding a course, complete withdrawals, transient permission requests, registration issues, graduation application submission, academic advising, major changes, academic intervention, and learning support requirements. Please visit http://www.abac.edu/academics/academicsupport for additional information.

The Academic Achievement Center is an internationally certified tutoring center through the College Reading and Learning Association and its tutors meet the requirements of this certifying body. Tutoring services are provided on a drop-in basis at no cost to all enrolled ABAC students. A detailed tutor schedule and subject list are provided each term in the Academic Achievement Center and on the center’s website (http://www.abac.edu/academics/academicsupport/tutoring). Although ABAC does not guarantee that tutoring is available for all subjects, tutors can generally assist in most subjects.

Grades and Final Examinations

Grades are based on performance by students in the classroom and laboratory as shown through tests, oral responses and other class work, outside assignments, experiments, term papers, other acceptable academic procedures, and final examinations. The grade is intended to reflect student progress toward objectives of the course.

All students are required to take final examinations in courses each semester in accordance with the published final exam schedule. No instructor shall deviate from the published schedule of final exams for a class or individual student without the written approval of the school dean.

Final Instructional Class Days and Reading Periods

The following applies to the standard academic terms, including the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Full Summer Session. It does not apply to the Early Short Summer Session and Late Short Summer Session. Given the variability in the exact timing of the Full Summer Session, the Office of the Registrar will adjust the final instructional class days and reading periods for this semester only in order to meet required instructional time.

Final Instructional Class Days

  1. Final Instructional Class Days are scheduled during each standard academic term including the Full Summer Session, and are the last two days a course officially meets.
  2. No tests or quizzes are to be administered on these days. Lab quizzes and/or practicums may be given in courses comprised of both a lecture and a scheduled lab, wherein the lecture carries at least two credits.
  3. For all courses, graded homework or assignments, lab reports, course projects, demonstrations, studio reviews, and presentations may be due during these two days, provided that they are listed on the syllabus at the start of the semester.
  4. All quizzes and tests should be graded and reported to students on or before the last Final Instructional Class Day.

Reading Periods

  1. Reading Periods will be designated to provide time for students to prepare for final examinations.
  2. No classes meet. This includes labs, recitations, projects, design/capstone courses, and studios.
  3. No assignments, projects, presentations, or other graded activities are allowed.
  4. Instructors may schedule optional study review sessions for students during reading periods, but no credit or extra credit may be attached to these optional sessions. New content may not be covered, and any materials (e.g., handouts, slides, practice problems, etc.) that are provided at these optional review sessions must be made available to all students. This provision does not require that such optional sessions be audio or video recorded.

Final Examinations

  1. In regularly scheduled lecture courses of the Institute, a final examination shall be administered at the time specified in the official Final Examination Schedule as distributed by the Office of the Registrar. In courses such as seminars, senior design, capstone, writing courses, and laboratories, final examinations may be waived and may be replaced with appropriate assessment. The decision to give a final examination in these courses shall be made by the instructor of record. An announcement of the course’s final examination policy shall be made to the class at its first meeting and included in the syllabus.
  2. No assessment other than a final examination or its replacement may be due during the Final Examination Period.
  3. A change in the scheduling of a final examination for an individual student ordinarily will not be permitted; however, such a change may be allowed for hardship cases at the discretion of the instructor and approval by the school dean. The request for a change must be justified in writing by the student and shall be submitted to the instructor at least one week prior to Final Examination Period and may be rescheduled to an appropriate time.
  4. In the event a student has two final examinations scheduled for the same time, the course having the lower number shall be considered in conflict and the student shall notify the instructor no later than two weeks before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period. In such case, the final examination in that course shall be given during the Conflict Examination Period or, by agreement of the instructor and the student, at an alternate time.
    1. If the student notifies the instructor after the above deadline but before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period, the student shall, at the discretion of the instructor be given the final examination during the Conflict Examination Period or at an alternative time during the Final Examination Period.
    2. A student who fails to notify the instructor of the conflict before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period shall, at the discretion of the instructor:
      1. Receive a score of zero on the final examination, or
      2. be given the final examination during the Conflict Examination Period or at an alternative time during the Final Examination Period.
  5. In the event a student is scheduled for three final examinations in one day, the examination scheduled for the middle period shall be considered in conflict and the student shall notify the instructor no later than two weeks before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period. In such case, the final examination in that course shall be given during the Conflict Examination Period or, by agreement of the instructor and the student, at an alternate time.
    1. If the student notifies the instructor after the above deadline but before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period, the student shall, at the discretion of the instructor:
      1. Be given the final examination during the Conflict Examination Period or at an alternative time during the Final Examination Period, or
      2. be given the final examination at the time scheduled for the course.
    2. A student who fails to notify the instructor of the conflict before the Thursday of the Final Examination Period shall, at the discretion of the instructor:
      1. Receive a score of zero on the final examination, or
      2. be given the final examination during the Conflict Examination Period or at an alternative time during the Final Examination Period, or
      3. be given the final examination at the time scheduled for the course.

The Grading System

All institutions of the University System of Georgia shall use a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) system. The following grades are approved for use in institutions of the University System of Georgia and are included in the determination of the grade point average.

A Excellent 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Satisfactory 2.0
D* Passing* 1.0*
F Failure 0.0
WF Withdrew Failing 0.0

*Although a grade of D is considered passing, a grade of D may not be acceptable for progression in certain courses and/or majors. See course descriptions for specific information.

The following grades are approved for use in the cases indicated, but will not be included in the determination of the grade point average.

I This grade indicates that students are producing satisfactory work, but for non-academic reasons beyond their control, were unable to satisfy the full requirements of the course. Grades of I cannot be removed by re-enrolling in and completing a course. For Fall 2018 and prior terms: If a grade of I is not satisfactorily removed after 12 months, the Registrar will change the grade of I to the grade of F. For Spring 2019 and future terms:  If a grade of I is not satisfactorily removed by midterm of the subsequent term, the Registrar will change the grade of I to the grade of F.
W This grade indicates that students were permitted to withdraw without penalty. Withdrawals without penalty will not be permitted after the mid-point of the semester except in cases of hardship as determined by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
WM This grade indicates students were permitted to withdraw under the Board of Regents policy for military service refunds. The use of this grade indicates that students were permitted to withdraw without penalty at any time during the term.
S This grade indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work. The use of this grade is approved for dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. Exceptions to the use of this grade for academic course work must be submitted to the Chancellor for approval.
U This grade indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work. The use of this grade is approved for dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. Exceptions to the use of this grade for academic course work must be submitted to the Chancellor for approval.
V This grade indicates that students were given permission to audit the course. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status.
K This grade indicates that students were given credit for the course via a credit by examination program (CLEP, AP, DSST, Proficiency, etc.).
^ This symbol following the grade is used for Learning Support courses.

Transient Permission

To be eligible for transient permission at another institution, students must have completed at least one term at ABAC and must have attended ABAC within the past three terms and be in good academic standing. If students have any outstanding financial obligations to ABAC, they will not be approved for transient permission. Permission to enroll on a transient basis at another institution for the purpose of transferring credits back to ABAC must be secured in advance of such enrollment. Transient permission originates with the student’s academic advisor and must be approved by the school dean before submission of the Transient Permission Request form to the Academic Support Center. Permission will be granted only for courses equivalent to an ABAC course. Students may not take any 3000-4000 level courses required for their major as a Transient Student at another institution. Exceptions require permission from the school dean. For more information, contact the Academic Support Center. Students must request that an official transcript from the other institution be sent to ABAC at the end of the transient term.

Grade Point Averages (GPA)

Institutional GPA. The institutional grade point average (IGPA) includes ABAC courses in which students earn a grade of A, B, C, D, F and WF. Beginning fall semester 2016, all grades earned in repeated courses will be used in the IGPA calculation. Courses repeated prior to fall semester of 2016 will be treated per the 2014-2015 ABAC catalog.

Semester Institutional GPA. The semester institutional grade point average (SIGPA) is the institutional GPA for a single semester (not overall).

Regents’ GPA. The Regents’ grade point average (RGPA) includes all ABAC courses in which students earn a grade of A, B, C, D, F and WF.

Transfer GPA. The transfer grade point average (TGPA) includes all earned transfer credits accepted by ABAC in which students earn a grade of A, B, C, D, F, and WF.

Overall GPA. The overall grade point average (OGPA) includes all ABAC earned hours and all earned transfer credits accepted by ABAC with grades of A, B, C, D, F, and WF. Beginning fall semester 2016, all grades earned in repeated courses will be used in the OGPA calculation. Courses repeated prior to fall semester of 2016 will be treated per the 2014-2015 ABAC catalog.

Reporting of grades

Mid-term advisory grades are reported in Banner Web to students who have a grade of C, D, F or U in a class. These grades are not entered on students’ permanent records.

Final grades are reported by the instructor to the Registrar’s Office within 24 hours following the end of the examination schedule. Final grades are then processed by the Registrar and made available in Banner Web. Students are notified by email when grades are available to view. Students have the responsibility to check their final grades in Banner Web.

Final grades submitted by the instructor cannot be changed except when special circumstances merit. A formal grade change request must be submitted to the Registrar by the instructor after the change is approved by the dean of the academic school.

Appeal of Grades

Students wishing to contest a grade must initiate the appeal in writing to the instructor within 30 calendar days from the last day of class of the term in which the grade was recorded. Students must first appeal the matter in writing to the instructor(s) who taught the course. The appeal must specify reasons the assigned grade is incorrect or inappropriate. The instructor(s) will respond to the student in writing within 10 working days of the date of the appeal. Should this response not satisfy the appeal, the student can appeal in writing within 10 working days from the date of the instructor’s response to the department head/dean of the academic school in which the course was taught. The department head/dean may conduct a conference including the dean, the department head, the student, and the instructor. The department head/dean may convene an impartial committee in the discipline to review pertinent documents. Within 10 working days from the date of the student’s appeal to the department head/dean, the department head/dean will respond to the student in writing. Should this procedure fail to resolve the appeal, the student must provide a written appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs within ten working days from the date of the school department head/dean’s response. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will take the appeal to the Academic Review Committee, where further hearings may be conducted. Should this procedure fail to resolve the appeal, the student must provide a written appeal to the President of the College within 10 working days of the Provost’s response. The judgment of the President will be considered the final and binding decision on the matter.

The appeals process is intended to provide a venue whereby students may voice a claim of discrimination, capricious or unfair dealings, or denial of due process.

Academic Standing

The College recognizes four categories of academic standing: Good Standing, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension 1, and Academic Suspension 2.

Good. Students are required to maintain a minimum Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of 2.0 to obtain and maintain good standing.

Academic Probation. Students are required to maintain a minimum Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of 2.0. When students’ OGPA falls below 2.0, they will be placed on probation. Freshmen who are placed on probation for the first time will be required to attend an Academic Success Workshop. All students who are on academic probation will be restricted to taking no more than 12 semester credit hours and are encouraged to seek assistance through the Academic Support Center. Students on academic probation may be in jeopardy of losing Federal Financial Aid.

Students earning a semester (term) Institutional GPA (SIGPA) of 2.0 or greater the semester immediately following a probation will be removed from probation if their OGPA is 2.0 or greater. If the OGPA remains below 2.0, they will remain on probation.

Any student whose semester (term) Institutional GPA (SIGPA) is less than 2.0 during the semester following probation will be suspended in accordance with ABAC’s academic standing policy.

Academic Suspension. Students not attaining minimum academic standards subsequent to being placed on academic probation will be suspended from the College. The minimum standard for avoiding academic suspension subsequent to being placed on academic probation is a SIGPA of 2.0. Consecutive terms of probation in which students continue to earn a SIGPA of 2.0 or greater will prevent suspension. However, failure to earn a SIGPA of 2.0 while on academic probation will result in a suspension. The first suspension will be for the first 16-week semester (fall or spring, not summer) immediately following the suspension; subsequent suspensions will be for one full academic year (three terms).

Appeal of Academic Suspension. Students may appeal academic suspension by notifying in writing the Office of Academic Affairs. This appeal will be heard by the Academic Review Committee. An additional appeal may be submitted to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Should the decision of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs fail to resolve the appeal, the student must provide a written appeal to the President of the College within 10 working days of the Provost’s response. The judgment of the President will be considered the final and binding decision on the matter.

The appeals process is intended to provide a venue whereby students may voice a claim of discrimination, capricious or unfair dealings, or denial of due process.

Students returning to ABAC after suspension will be placed on post-suspension probation and be subject to probation requirements as noted above unless they have an OGPA of 2.0 or higher. Students returning on post-suspension probation status who earn a minimum SIGPA of 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue in the probationary status until the OGPA of 2.0 for good academic standing is reached.

Academic Renewal

Students who are either returning to ABAC or transferring from a regionally accredited institution of higher education to ABAC may be eligible for Academic Renewal. Academic Renewal for the student signals the initiation of a new grade point average to be used for determining academic standing. This provision allows University System of Georgia degree-seeking students who earlier experienced academic difficulty to make a fresh start and have one final opportunity to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Procedures

  1. Applying for Academic Renewal Status
    1. Students are encouraged to apply for Academic Renewal status at the time of re-enrollment or enrollment as a transfer student at ABAC. Students who do not request Academic Renewal status at that time may do so up to one calendar year after enrollment.
    2. The application for Academic Renewal is available through the Registrar’s Office or online at http://apps.abac.edu/registrar/Student_Resources/AcademicRenewal.pdf(scroll to page 3)
    3. The denial of a request for Academic Renewal status can be appealed to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    4. A student can be granted Academic Renewal status only one time
  2. All previously attempted coursework continues to be recorded on the student’s official transcript.
    1. A Renewal GPA is begun when the student resumes taking coursework following approval for Academic Renewal.
    2. The Academic Renewal GPA will be used for determining academic standing and eligibility for graduation.
      • To earn a degree from ABAC, a student must meet the Institution’s residency requirements after acquiring Academic Renewal status.
      • The student’s overall GPA, not the Academic Renewal GPA, will be used for determining honors for graduation.
    3. Academic credit for previously completed coursework, including transfer and transient coursework, will be retained only for courses in which a grade of A, B, or C has been earned.
      •  Retained grades are not calculated in a Renewal GPA. Such credit is considered in the same context as transfer credit, credit by examination, and courses with grades of “S.”
      • Courses with grades of D or F must be repeated at the Academic Renewal institution if they are required in the student’s degree program.
      • Applicability of retained credit to degree requirements will be determined by the degree requirements in effect at the time Academic Renewal status is conferred on the student. Specific institutional program regulations must also be met.
  3. Students who are transferring to ABAC or are returning to ABAC may be eligible for Academic Renewal for coursework taken prior to the period of absence.
    1. Readmitted Students
      • Students who return to ABAC may be eligible for Academic Renewal for coursework taken prior to the period of absence.
        1. Students must have been absent from ABAC for a minimum period of five (5) years
        2. Transfer credit for any coursework taken during the period of absence will be granted according to ABAC policies regarding transfer credits.
    2. Transfer Students
      • Students who leave a regionally accredited institution of higher education and transfer to ABAC may be eligible for Academic Renewal for coursework taken prior to a period of time equal to the period of absence required for Academic Renewal eligibility for readmitted students, which is five (5) years.
        1. Only coursework completed five years or more prior to transfer to ABAC can be considered for Academic Renewal.
        2. Courses taken more recently than five years prior to the date of transfer to ABAC are ineligible for consideration for Academic Renewal. However, transfer credit for coursework taken within the five-year period will be granted according to ABAC policies regarding transfer credits.
  4. Any academic suspensions that occurred in the past shall remain recorded on the student’s permanent record. If a suspension (either first or second) is on the record and the student encounters subsequent academic difficulty after having been granted Academic Renewal, the next suspension subjects the student to dismissal.
  5. The Renewal GPA begins with the semester following re-enrollment.
  6. Re-entry into any program is not automatic.
  7. The granting of Academic Renewal does not supersede financial aid policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  8. The granting of Academic Renewal does not supersede the admissions requirements of certain programs, e.g. teacher education and nursing, which require a specific minimum grade point average based upon all coursework.
  9. Academic Renewal status granted by one USG institution shall be honored at all other USG institutions.

Institutional Policy Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include the following:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
    A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
    If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

Source: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/ps-officials.html

Academic Freedom Policy

ABAC subscribes to the “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure” published by the American Association of University Professors. With respect to academic freedom and related responsibilities, these principles are as follows:

  • The purpose of this statement is to promote public understanding and support of academic freedom and tenure and agreement upon procedures to assure them in colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.
  • Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. It carries with it duties correlative with rights.
    • Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.
    • Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.
    • College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak, or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.

In the classroom, faculty members should make every effort to create an environment in which intellectual diversity is valued and students have the assurance that they will not be penalized for expressing opinions or beliefs that differ from others’ views.

Students who feel they have been penalized because of expressed opinions or beliefs have the right to file a formal written complaint to this effect with the appropriate school dean. The complaint will be investigated and a determination will be made as to whether disciplinary action is necessary. If students remain unsatisfied with the outcome of the investigation, they have the right to appeal in writing to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Source: http://www.aaup.org/report/1940-statement-principles-academic-freedom-and-tenure

Transcripts and Transfer of Records

A transcript is a document containing the student’s permanent academic record. The transcript contains a minimum amount of personal data about the student and a chronological account of the student’s academic history.

Any current or former students who wish to have a transcript released must make the request at the following web page http://www.abac.edu/academics/registrar/transcripts. Outstanding financial obligations on a student’s record will prevent a student’s transcript from being released.

President’s Honor List

Superior achievement in academics is recognized each semester by the publication of a President’s Honor List, which includes those students who complete 12 or more non-Learning Support credit hours with a semester institutional grade point average (SIGPA) of 4.0.

Excluded from the selection criteria:

  • I grade and credit hours
  • LS grades and credit hours
  • Repeated courses with excluded grades and credit hours
  • Grade changes processed after grades are posted in Banner

Dean’s Honor List

Excellence in scholastic achievement is recognized each semester by the publication of a Dean’s Honor List, which includes those students who complete 12 or more non-Learning Support credit hours with a minimum semester institutional grade point average (SIGPA) of 3.5.

Excluded from the selection criteria:

  • I grade and credit hours
  • LS grades and credit hours
  • Repeated courses with excluded grades and credit hours
  • Grade changes processed after grades are posted in Banner

Distinguished Achievement List

Excellence in scholastic achievement among part-time students is recognized each semester by the publication of a Distinguished Achievement List. To be included on the Distinguished Achievement List, students must complete between 6 and 11 semester hours of non-Learning Support course work with a minimum semester institutional grade point average (SIGPA) of 3.5.

Excluded from the selection criteria:

  • I grade and credit hours
  • LS grades and credit hours
  • Repeated courses with excluded grades and credit hours
  • Grade changes processed after grades are posted in Banner

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers academically talented students a combination of specially designed academic experiences along with advanced professional opportunities. As a living and learning community, Honors students develop social networks with other students who share their same academic skills. All courses in the Honors Program encourage student participation through interactive classroom techniques and require students to engage in research.

The Honors Program requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours from Honors courses or through Enhanced Experience Honors Contracts. At the Tifton site, hours must include HUMN 1100H  and HNRS 1102 . Membership in the Honors Program is gained by invitation from or application to the Honors Directors. For further information, contact the Honors Director at either Bainbridge or Tifton. Additional Honors Program hours can be earned through the Enhanced Experience Honors Contract arranged by the student, the course instructor, and the Honors Program Directors. For a list of courses, please see Honors Program Courses in Course Descriptions .

Honors Day

Honors Day was introduced to give public recognition to students who demonstrate high scholastic achievement. Students are selected for honors on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Completing 45 non-Learning Support semester hours at ABAC with a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average (OGPA) recognizes a student as an Honor Student.
  2. Completing 45 non-Learning Support semester hours at ABAC with a minimum 3.50 overall grade point average (OGPA) recognizes a student as a Superior Honor Student.
  3. Completing 45 non-Learning Support semester hours at ABAC with a minimum 3.75 overall grade point average (OGPA) recognizes a student as a Distinguished Honor Student.

Requirements for Graduation

Bachelor degrees and associate degrees are awarded at the end of the spring, summer, and fall semesters to those students meeting degree requirements. Participation in the graduation ceremony at the end of spring and fall semesters is encouraged.

Students must meet the graduation requirements as listed in a single ABAC Catalog which is not more than five years old at the time of their graduation and which is in effect for a term during which they earned academic credit at ABAC. There will be no exceptions unless specifically approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students who are candidates for a degree must satisfy the following criteria.

  1. Complete the required exams, courses, and credit hours outlined in the Catalog for the degree and major for which they are candidates.
  2. Have a 2.0 or higher overall grade point average (OGPA) and have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of non-Learning Support academic work for an Associate’s degree or 120 semester hours of non-Learning Support academic work for a Bachelor’s degree, plus physical education courses (see Physical Education Requirements section). Students who meet requirements for graduation based on a catalog in which eligibility for graduation was calculated using the institutional grade point average (IGPA) will have the option of using the overall grade point average (OGPA) or institutional grade point average (IGPA) to calculate the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement.
  3. Earn at least 30 non-Learning Support semester hours at ABAC which are applicable to the Bachelor’s degree; or earn at least 20 semester hours at ABAC which are applicable to the A.A., A.S., or A.S.N. degree; or 30 hours at ABAC which are applicable to the A.F.A.M. or A.A.S. degree for which students are candidates.Transfer, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), DSST (formally DANTES), DD 214, physical education, freshman seminar, and academic renewal credit do not count as resident credit. (See Residency Requirements for Graduation section).
  4. Comply with the Georgia law which requires a minimum level of competence in Georgia and U.S. History and in Georgia and U.S. Constitution through examination or through specified courses.
  5. Complete required physical education or have a specifically approved exemption filed with the Registrar’s Office (see Physical Education Requirements section).
  6. Satisfy all obligations (financial, equipment, academic, etc.) to the College.
  7. Apply for graduation with the Academic Support Center:

Fall Semester - by the 5th Friday after classes begin
Spring Semester - by the 5th Friday after classes begin
Summer Semester - by the 3rd Friday after classes begin

Applications received after the ceremony will be evaluated with the subsequent semester’s applications.

  1. If students are completing graduation requirements at another institution, they must have the other institution send an attendance verification letter to ABAC within one week of ABAC’s graduation date. For the students to participate in ABAC’s graduation ceremony, the Registrar’s Office must receive verification that the students remain enrolled in the required course(s) after the other institution’s mid-term withdrawal deadline. This verification should be received no later than the last day of classes for the ABAC graduation term.

Students who do not satisfy the graduation requirements in the term specified on the graduation application should contact the Registrar’s Office and inform of plans for completing the degree requirements. The graduation application of these students will be kept in the Registrar’s Office for one calendar year. If students do not satisfy all the graduation requirements within one calendar year of the original intended term of graduation, the student will be required to submit another graduation application.

Students may earn any combination of the following:

  1. Students may earn multiple B.S. degrees.
  2. Students are allowed to receive only one each of A.A., A.S., A.F.A., and A.S.N. degrees.

Students must submit a graduation application for each degree. Students’ legal names will be printed on the diploma (no nicknames).

Honor Graduates

Honor graduates are selected based on their overall GPA (OGPA) at the end of the previous term and on the following criteria.

  • Honors for Baccalaureate Degrees
  Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Summa Cum Laude
3.50 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.89
3.90 - 4.00
  • Honors for Associate Degrees
  With Merit
With Distinction
With Honors
3.50 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.89
3.90 - 4.00

After graduation, posting of final grades, and verification of all degree requirements, honor status will be calculated and added to diplomas and transcripts of students who qualify.

Status of Graduates

Students who are awarded associate degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are not automatically entitled to transfer to another college or university. Students who wish to transfer must satisfy the admissions requirements, course requirements, and grade requirements of that institution receiving transfer.