Academics

Academics

Gainful Employment Information

 

 

Business Management A.A.S.

 

Business Management B.P.S.

 

Childhood Education B.S.

 

Childhood Education M.S.

 

Composition/Arranging D.M.A.

 

Film/Video B.F.A.

 

Jazz/Commercial Music Mus. M.

 

Jazz/Commerical Music A.A.S.

 

Jazz/Commercial Music Mus. B.

 

Liberal Arts A.A.

 

Mass Communications B.S.

 

Music Education Mus. B.

 

Music Education D.M.A.

 

Music Education Mus. M.

 

Music History and Literature D.M.A

 

Music Performance D.M.A.

 

Theatre Arts B.F.A

 

 

Academic Information

The College makes available the finest quality of instruction. Students are expected to achieve appropriate levels of academic performance, to be knowledgeable about prerequisites for admission to specific courses, and to be aware of graduation requirements and College policies procedures and regulations in the College's official publications.

The Registrar’s Office is responsible for the registration of students and the maintenance of all academic records and credentials.  Students should address all requests and/or petitions about matters of academics standing to the Academic Standards Committee. 

 

Unit of Credit

The semester hour is the unit of credit used by Five Towns College.  One semester hour represents approximately three hours of study per week for one semester.  For example, a course requiring three class recitations (60-mimute periods a week for a semester would receive three semester hours of credit.  Credit for major Instrument/Voice instruction based on one lesson a week plus a minimum of six hours of individual practice. 

 

Grade Point Average (G.P.A)

Grade point averages are computed by multiplying the point value of each grade by the credits designated for each course.  This gives the grade point total.  The sum of these totals divided by the number of credits attempted gives the G.P.A for the semester

 

Incomplete Grades (I)

“I” is a grade recorded from a course in which a student has failed to complete certain work or has been absent from the final examination because of circumstances beyond his/her control.  The written approvals of the Chairperson and Dean are required before an “I” grade may be given.  An incomplete not removed before the conclusion of the drop/add period semester becomes an “F”.  Responsibility for removing an “I” within this time limit rests with the student. 

 

Repeat Grades (R)

“R” is a grade given in non-credit courses for course requirements not successfully completed.

 

Distance Learning/Online Courses

Five Towns College reserves the right to offer a portion of each degree program in an online course format.  In such cases, the College expects that students registering for these courses will supply their own computer and access to the Internet, as set forth in the Catalog section entitled: "Computer Requirements.”  The College also reserves the right to limit the number of online courses that any student may pursue wholly online.  In order to ensure the integrity of online courses, the College may require students enrolled in online courses to present themselves at the College for a variety of reasons, including course orientation, and mid semester and final examinations. 

 

Transfer Credit Policy

The Registrar’s Office evaluates credit earned from other institutions of higher education usually soon after admission and bases its determinations of credits transferrable to Five Towns upon four factors: (1) the accreditation of the institution or program which awarded the credits, (2) the number of credits per course awarded, (3) the grade earned in each course completed, and (4) the applicability of each credit earned to the relevant degree program’s requirements at Five Towns College.

 

To be eligible for transfer credit, a student’s final transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended must be received before students have completed their first semester. For credit earned through traditional classroom work, evaluation is conducted on a course-by-course basis for all work in which grades of “C” or above have been earned. It is important to note that grades awarded in courses receiving transfer credit are not used in computing a student’s grade point average (GPA) at Five Towns.

 

Five Towns College routinely accepts credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. The College will also accept credits earned at institutions that are not regionally accredited but for which one or more specific degree programs have received accreditation from a nationally recognized accrediting organization, e.g. NCATE, NASM or NAST. Transfer credit evaluations in these latter cases are done on a case-by-case basis. Students must furnish the College with a copy of the course descriptions for each course they seek to transfer, a copy of the transferring institution’s catalog, and such other information as may be reasonably necessary to determine course equivalency.

 

Once matriculated at Five Towns College, students do not have the right to transfer credits to the institution, except as set forth herein. An undergraduate student who seeks to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation at Five Towns College must request approval in advance. Students should file a written request for permission to take courses at another institution with the Registrar at least six (6) weeks in advance. Such a request should contain the rationale for taking courses at another institution, as well as a description of the course description as published by the school the student wishes to attend. No credit will be transferred without prior approval, nor will credit transfer for coursework with a grade below a “C.”

 

Credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations that are recommended in the “Guide to Educational Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations” of the State University of New York. The decision to award credit in such cases may be determined by the Provost or the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee.

 

Credits for AP (ACCELERATED PROGRAMS) COURSES

Students who receive a score of at least a “3” on an SAT Achievement Test and at least a grade of “B” in their related high school AP course may request and be granted transfer credit as long as that AP high school course is also offered at Five Towns College, for example Mathematics or Biology. As the College’s Catalog states, such transfer credit requests must be made in advance of admission to the College and are decided on a case-by-case basis. The high school at which the course(s) was taken must be accredited by a federally authorized regional accrediting organization (e.g., the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges). The student alone is responsible for having her/his AP test scores reported to Five Towns.

 

Credits for IB (INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE) PROGRAMS

Students who graduate from a high school International Baccalaureate Program may request and be granted transfer credit for courses completed and for which they have received a grade of at least a “B.” As with the AP courses, such IB courses must be offered at Five Towns College and, as stated in the Five Towns College Catalog, the transfer credit request must be made in advance of admission to the College. Decisions on such transfer credit requests are made on a case-by-case basis. The high school at which the course(s) was taken must be accredited by a federally authorized regional accrediting organization (e.g., the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges).

 

 

COMPLETION RATE INFORMATION

 

Introduction

 

Nationally the percentage of first-time entering college students who complete their baccalaureate programs of study in four-years at the same college is less than 60%. These national figures, however, do not reflect the students who transfer to other colleges, are enrolled only part-time in their degree programs, and/or withdraw from their colleges for personal, health or financial reasons and then take additional years to earn their degrees. Moreover, these national “completion rates” are highly variable among colleges, with some schools demonstrating very high completion rates and others very low ones.

 

The data presented here are based upon the data that Five Towns College reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) involving students who completed their programs of study and earned their degrees between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. The programs of study listed are identified by the same categories required by NCES to report completion rates. The specific programs reported include:

 

Associate Degree Programs:

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Music

 

Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Science
  • Music
  • Music Teacher Education

 

Master Degree Programs:

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music
  • Music Teacher Education

 

Doctoral Degree Programs:

  • Music

 

The tables below indicate the number of students who graduated from Five Towns College between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and earned their degrees in each of the following programs of study:

 

Associate Degree Programs:

 

Business Administration & Management

Associate Degree (A.A.S. & A.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

11

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate Degree (A.A.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

1

 

Music

Associate Degree (A.A.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

4

 

Bachelor Degree Programs:

 

Business Administration & Management

Bachelor Degree (B.P.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

77

 

Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

9

 

Elementary Education and Teaching

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

3

 

Film/Cinema/Video Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

26

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

9

 

Music

Bachelor Degree (Mus.B.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

17

 

Music Teacher Education

Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

19

 

Master Degree Programs:

 

Elementary Education and Teaching

Master of Science (M.S.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

1

 

Music

Master Degree (M.M.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

8

 

Music Teacher Education

Master of Music (M.M.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

 

 

Doctoral Degree Programs:

 

Music History Literature

Doctoral Degree (D.M.A.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

2

 

Music Performance

Doctoral Degree (D.M.A.)

Number of Degrees Awarded

Total =

1