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 that aims to improve English proficiency and academic readiness in preparation for degree seeking admission to American University. The program is comprised of three distinct program tracks: The Extended Accelerator, the Academic Accelerator, and 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 27 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic and Advanced Academic Accelerator Programs are three-term programs during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree.

 

Curricular Tracks Within International Accelerator

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP):

EAP is a 4-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 semesters.  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, it is approved by ISSS and IAP, and all other program requirements are met (defined in #1 and #2 in “Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status” below).

 

Curriculum: Extended Accelerator Program Track

Required Courses

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

Elective Courses

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

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP):

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 semesters.  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, it is approved by ISSS and IAP, and all other program requirements are met (defined in #1 and #2 in “Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status” below).

 

Curriculum: Academic Accelerator Program Track

Required Courses

  1. American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  2. Academic Writing Skills (ELTA-101)
  3. Quantitative Literacy I course (as designated by Math department)
  4. Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  5. College Writing (WRTG-100)
  6. Intercultural Understanding (SISU – 130)

Elective Courses

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

Advanced Academic Accelerator Program (AAAP):

AAAP 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 semesters.  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, it is approved by ISSS and IAP, and all other program requirements are met (defined in #1 and #2 in “Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status” below).

 

Curriculum: Advanced Academic Accelerator Program Track

Required Courses

  1. American University Experience I (“AUx1”, CORE 101)
  2. Quantitative Literacy I course (as designated by Math department)
  3. Culture of US Higher Education (ELTA 160)
  4. College Writing (WRTG-100)
  5. Intercultural Understanding (SISU – 130)

Elective Courses

  • Electives (to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum; at least 1 course)
  • WRTG 101 (must be registered for WRTG 101 excepting summer)

Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses.  All program students must complete non-remedial coursework, such as Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX 062) or American University Experience I or II (CORE 101, CORE 102), with a C or better 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

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.

 

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 CatalogStudents who receive grades of FX and ZX will be administratively separated.
  3. Students must complete their program in consecutive semesters. 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.  Curricular track may be adjusted based on post arrival exam results; this may result in a longer program duration and added cost. Students will be advised accordingly.

 

Standards for Transfer from IAP to Degree Seeking Status

  1. Completion of an appropriately designated Q1 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) [EAP only]
  5. Grade of C or higher in American University Experience I (CORE 101)
  6. Completion of a minimum of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA for transfer as set by schools as follows:
    1. College of Arts and Science: 2.0 (except for School of Education which requires 2.70)
    2. Kogod School of Business: 2.75
    3. School of Communication: 2.5
    4. School of International Service: 3.0
    5. 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 (seeregulation 4.3.3). Students who are not successful in achieving the minimum grades required for Q1, WRTG 100, ETLA prefix courses and Live, Learn Grow/ Aux1 are required to reattempt the course(s) in the following semester.
    1. 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)
    2. 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 GPA to a minimum of 2.0. within 17.5 credits or less.
  2. 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.”
  3. Failure to complete the program successfully in accordance with progression standards above will lead to administrative separation from the universityexcept in those instances where a student was granted a reduced course load as an ASAC approved disability-related  Students will be advised on further options on a case by case basis.
  4. Petitions to appeal administrative separation or additional semester 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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