UNDERGRADUATE ACCELERATOR PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they progress from one program level to another.

Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.

IAP Overview 

The undergraduate International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program for international students lacking the required English proficiency to be admissible to degree programs at American University. The program is comprised of two distinct tracks: The Extended Accelerator and the Academic Accelerator. Within the Academic Accelerator, students with higher language proficiency will be placed in a sub-track, the Advanced Academic Accelerator. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency level. IAP helps to ease the transition for international students to American University by combining credit-bearing academic courses from the first year of the degree with additional support, teaching, and cultural experiences. The Extended Accelerator Program is a four-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic Accelerator is a three-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree.

 

Curricular Tracks Within International Accelerator

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP):

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) is a four-term program, which requires successful completion of at least 24 academic credits transferable to a bachelor’s degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as three terms. Should students require the full four terms to complete requirements for successful progression (defined below) students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if: that term is summer and with approval from ISSS and IAP.

 

Curriculum: Extended Accelerator Program Track

Required Courses

  1. Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) (multiple terms, see 2a under Progression Plan Options, below)
  2. American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  3. English for Academic Purposes (ELTA 070)
  4. AU and the World (ELTA 071) and/ or Media and Culture (ELTA 100)
  5. Quantitative Literacy I course (as designated by Math department)
  6. Academic Writing Skills (ELTA 101)
  7. Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  8. Intercultural Understanding (SISU 130)
  9. College Writing (WRTG 100)

Elective Courses

  • Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum; at least 1 course)

Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses. All program students must complete remedial coursework in each term. Courses that satisfy the remedial standard are Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) and ELTA 160. Students will also begin earning credits towards the AU Core Curriculum, as they complete American University Experience I (CORE 101, 1.5 credits), and Quantitative Literacy I, and begin fulfilling their Writing I requirements while enrolled in the International Accelerator Program. students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the International Accelerator program.

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP):

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) is a 3-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 academic credits transferable to a bachelor’s degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as two terms. Should students require the full three terms to complete requirements for successful progression (defined below) students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if: that term is summer and with approval from ISSS and IAP.

 

Curriculum: Academic Accelerator Program Track

Required Courses

  1. Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) (see 2b under Progression Plan Options, below)
  2. American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  3. Academic Writing Skills (ELTA 101)
  4. Quantitative Literacy I course (as designated by Math department)
  5. Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  6. College Writing (WRTG 100)
  7. Intercultural Understanding (SISU 130)

Elective Courses

  • Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum; at least 1 course).

Curriculum: Advanced Academic Accelerator Program Sub-Track

The Advanced sub-track is differentiated by the writing courses in which students enroll. In the Advanced sub-track, students may complete the AU Writing requirement prior to progression. Requirements for enrollment in WRTG 101 are stipulated below.

Required Courses

  1. Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) (see 2b under Progression Plan Options, below)
  2. American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  3. Quantitative Literacy I course (as designated by Math department)
  4. College Writing (WRTG 100)
  5. Intercultural Understanding (SISU 130)
  6. Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)

Elective Courses

  • Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum; at least 1 course). Students must attempt to take WRTG 101 in the term following successful completion of WRTG 100, unless that term is summer.

Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses. All program students must complete remedial coursework in each term. Courses that satisfy the remedial standard are Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) and ELTA 160. Students will also begin earning credits towards the AU Core Curriculum, as they complete American University Experience I (CORE 101, 1.5 credits) and Quantitative Literacy I, and begin fulfilling their Writing I requirements while enrolled in the International Accelerator Program. All students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the International Accelerator program.

Progression Plan for the International Accelerator Program

The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they progress from one program level to another. Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.

General Standards

  1. For the general purposes of university degree and program requirements, students will be governed by the catalog year in effect for the academic year in which they are admitted to the IAP program rather than the catalog year in effect at the point of formal admission to a degree program, provided that they successfully maintained continuous enrollment between these two points.
  2. The maximum credit load per term should not exceed 17.5 credits, including non-transferable credits.
  3. Upon successful completion of the Accelerator program curriculum, students may transfer into an undergraduate degree program if they meet the progression standards set below and obtain the minimum GPA standards for each degree program.
  4. Compliance with American University academic regulations and standards as outlined in the American University academic integrity code.
  5. Compliance with American University Student Conduct Code.
  6. Students on academic probation must satisfy all conditions of their probation before they will be considered for progression.

 

Attendance and Visa Requirements

  1. Regular class attendance for all IAP students consistent with requirements stated on course syllabi is required to ensure students meet the goals of the program.
  2. F-1 students are required to maintain good academic standing and immigration status in every term to stay in the program. They must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits and attend classes as required by the Department of Homeland Security. Failure to meet the enrollment and attendance requirements may lead to loss of immigration status and deportation. Full details of visa requirements can be found in the AU Catalog. Students who receive grades of FX and ZX may be administratively separated.
  3. Students must complete their program in consecutive terms. Depending on their start date, a summer term may be included in the program and is therefore full course of study may be required, unless it is the final term with approved reduced course load in consultation with ISSS.

 

Language Proficiency Placement

Upon arrival on campus, all admitted IAP students are required to take an English proficiency test administered by the IAP. This test is administered for curricular track placement confirmation or course adjustment and to develop individualized academic support for student success through the IAP as needed.

 

Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status

  1. Completion of an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy I course with a grade of C or better.
  2. Completion of WRTG 100 with a grade of C or higher.
  3. Completion of all ELTA courses with a grade of C or higher.
  4. Grade of P in Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062) as stipulated in #2 in “Progression Plan Options,” below.
  5. Grade of C or higher in American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  6. Completion of a minimum of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA for transfer as set by schools as follows:
    • a. College of Arts and Science: 2.0 (except for School of Education which requires 2.70)
    • b. Kogod School of Business: 2.75
    • c. School of Communication: 2.5
    • d. School of International Service: 3.0
    • e. School of Public Affairs: 2.5
  7. Students who meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher) but do not meet the school specific GPA requirements will be advised on a case by case basis on course and program selection for progression where possible.

 

Progression Plan Options

  1. Students who fail to achieve the above standards are permitted to retake any ELTA course one time in the next term. All other courses are governed by the existing rules and regulations (see regulation 4.3). Students may repeat a maximum of five courses while at American University (see regulation 4.3.3). Students who are not successful in achieving the minimum grades required for Q1, WRTG 100, ELTA prefix courses and Aux1 are required to reattempt the course(s) in the following term.
    • a. Students who fail to earn a 2.0 and complete 80% of their attempted credits are subject to warning, probation, or dismissal (see regulation 5.3)
    • b. Retaking course(s) in the next term will only be considered if the student is able to raise the GPA to a minimum 2.0 in the next 12-17.5 credits. Retaking course(s) in a final term will only be considered if the student is able to fulfill progression requirements by completing remaining required coursework and/or raise the cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.0. within 17.5 credits or less.
  1. Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062)
    • a. EAP students: Students who do not successfully complete Live, Learn Grow (SPEX 062) in their first term are required to repeat and pass the course in their second term. All subsequent enrollments in SPEX 062 must be passed on their first attempt.
    • b. AAP students, inclusive of AAAP sub-track: Students who successfully complete ELTA 160 in their first term are required to take and pass SPEX 062 in their second term. In the event that a student does not pass ELTA 160 in their first term, they are required to repeat and pass this course. These students will not enroll in SPEX 062 unless they need the full three terms to complete the program. In this case, these students will be required to take and pass SPEX 062 in their third term.
  1. In accordance with AU academic regulation 4.3.4, “students are responsible for determining any academic or financial implications for repeating courses. In the context of this policy, passing a course includes meeting any stipulations needed to satisfy a University or major or minor requirement. Grades for each attempt are computed in the overall cumulative GPA, but only the highest grade and the credit associated with that grade counts toward the major GPA requirements.”
  1. Petitions to appeal administrative separation or additional term requirements as a result of the failure to meet progression standards as defined above must be submitted in writing by the student within 48 hours of notification. Petitions will be reviewed by the IAP Appeal committee. All decisions will be final. Information about the appeal process can be found here.

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