Nov 12, 2019  
2016-2017 Van Loan Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Van Loan Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Endicott College Mission Statement

Shaped by a bold entrepreneurial spirit, Endicott College offers students a vibrant academic environment that remains true to its founding principle of integrating professional and liberal arts with experiential learning including internship opportunities across disciplines.  The College fosters a spirit of excellence by creating a challenging yet supportive environment in which students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, pursue scholarly and creative interests, contribute to the community, and explore diverse career paths.  Endicott is committed to supporting the personal and profes- sional development of its students, preparing them to assume meaningful roles within the greater community both domestically and internationally.

Guiding Principles

In accordance with Endicott’s mission, the College strives to deliver high quality and comprehensive educational programs supporting the intellectual and professional development of its undergraduate and graduate students.  To that end, the College:
• Offers a broad array of majors, degrees and programs of study through the doctoral level;
• Meets the academic and lifestyle needs of a diverse student population through varied modes of pedagogy and course delivery including the integration of emerging technologies;
• Fosters the global awareness of students through relevant coursework, opportunities for study abroad and interactions with students from other cultures;
• Provides competitive career opportunities through the College’s signature undergraduate internship program; and
• Responds to evolving societal trends and  market forces in developing relevant programs across the College’s multiple campuses.

Strategic Priorities

Consistent with our Mission, Endicott remains committed to delivering quality educational programs and services, supported by a sound financial structure for both the undergraduate and graduate schools, domestically and throughout the world.  Building on our past, we are committed to continuous improvement by:
• Delivering quality and value;
• Providing competitive infrastructure and practices;
• Anticipating and adapting to changing economic market realities;
• Establishing the College as a leader in international education;
• Fostering innovation by pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities;
• Promoting Endicott as a national leader in the design and delivery of internship opportunities; and
• Identifying new academic initiatives and degrees to advance the College’s reputation, financial strength, student base, and donor appeal.

The Van Loan School at Endicott College

The Van Loan School at Endicott College offers Doctorate and Master’s degree programs on both a full-time and part-time basis. Associate and Bachelor’s degree completion programs are also part of the School’s offerings.

Endicott College gained approval for its first graduate degree, a Master of Education, in 1995. In June 2001, Endicott received approval by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for a Master of Business Administration. Endicott received approval by the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Higher Education in 2007 for the Master of Science in Information Technology and in 2009 for the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture, and the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. In spring 2009, the College was reviewed and approved for all
of the educator preparation programs for licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Education.  In Fall 2011 an Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership was approved.  In Spring 2012 a Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies was approved. In Fall 2013 a new M.Ed. program leading to educator licensure in Administrative Leadership was approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In Spring 2014 the Ph.D. in Nursing and the Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Analysis were approved.

Programs in Administrative Leadership, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Reading and Literacy, and Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities), and Secondary Teacher Preparation are approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for meeting teaching licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Professional development courses are also offered to individuals at various locations across the United States.

The Center for Leadership offers corporate training and employee development programs.

All of the graduate programs are designed to serve the needs of professional adults by providing education at convenient times and locations.

Van Loan School Mission Statement

Endicott has a vision for the total development of the adult learner within a community that fosters an appreciation of cultural diversity, international awareness, community service, and moral and ethical values. Endicott is an innovative and vibrant student-centered institution that supports collaborative learning as its premise.  Our graduate and professional studies programs meet the needs and demands of the adult learner. The value of your experience will be most beneficial if it is connected to practices and challenges that you face in your courses. We do all that we can to  that your program will be rigorous, taking into account the challenges of being an adult learner.

Van Loan School Philosophy Statement

The Van Loan School at Endicott College works with adult, life-long learners, so that they can explore new opportunities in their professional and personal lives. The programs are often cohort-based, student-centered, accelerated, intensive, and tailored to meet the learning needs and the lifestyles of adult learners. With a focus on rigor and quality, the Van Loan School programs are designed to challenge students to grow intellectually and professionally. Our model of learning from each other through peer collaboration, with faculty as facilitators in interactive classes, is based on the notion that the graduate experience will be most fruitful if connected to practice and to the challenges each student faces in his or her career. Endicott College’s post-baccalaureate programs emphasize the interaction of theory and practice and the successful application of knowledge and competence in the professional domain.

Undergraduate Degree Programs at the Van Loan School

The Van Loan School offers the Associate and Bachelor degree programs to working adults at the Beverly campus and at several sites throughout Massachusetts, including collaborations with military installations.
Associate in Arts - degree programs are offered in:
• Liberal Studies (Madrid only)
Associate in Science - degree programs are offered in:
• Business
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
• Hospitality
• Integrated Studies
Bachelor of Arts - degree programs are offered in:
• Liberal Studies
• Liberal Studies with a concentration in Educational Studies (non-licensure option)
• Liberal Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education (non-licensure option)
Bachelor of Science - degree programs are offered in:
• Business Management
• Psychology
• Nursing (R.N. to B.S. with a major in Nursing)

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate degree programs at the Van Loan School include:
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Behavior Analysis
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing
Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with the following concentrations:
• Higher Education
• Pre-K-12 Education
Master of Arts in Interior Architecture / Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
The Master of Education degree is offered with the following specializations:
• Administrative Leadership (licensure)
• Applied Behavior Analysis
• Athletic Administration
• Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
• Early Childhood (licensure)
• Elementary Education (licensure)
• Integrative Learning
• International Education
• International Education Administration
• International Education with ESL specialization
• International Education with Technology specialization
• Montessori Integrative Learning
• Organizational Management
• Reading and Literacy (licensure)
• Secondary Education (licensure)
• Severe Special Needs (licensure) *
• Special Needs (licensure) *
*Within the Special Needs licensure programs, options are available for study in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
• Master of Science in Information Technology
• Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies
• Master of Science in Nursing

Endicott College Boston

Endicott College Boston is conveniently located in downtown Boston, within walking distance to numerous public transportation options. Our program offerings are designed to provide you with the education you desire at a pace that suits your lifestyle. With Associate and Bachelor degree programs, English language learning, and flexible class schedules, we’re committed to helping you attain a degree and make a positive step in your career.

Endicott College Gloucester

Endicott College Gloucester offers day and evening Associate and Bachelor degree programs in both semester length, and accelerated formats, with an emphasis on small class sizes and extensive student support. Our harborfront campus is centrally located and offers plenty of free parking in a unique surrounding. Endicott College Gloucester students also have access to student services and activities at our main Beverly campus.

Assessment of Prior Learning

Endicott College offers adult learners the opportunity to accelerate their Bachelor completion through an assessment of learning gained through documentable work and life experience. In a structured class, students are guided through a portfolio process to petition for a maximum of 30 credits.

Endicott Online

Through Endicott’s online courses, students approach course material through a variety of media, surrounded by nearly limitless resources. Power-Point lectures, streaming video and audio, posted documents and images, and guided links to additional resources all help to create a stimulating multidimensional learning experience. The many ways in which students respond to the material and each other enhances this multi-layered approach to learning. Threaded discussions allow for thoughtful contributions to ongoing class discussions; real-time chat sessions make it easy for students to interact with their professor and peers much as they would in a classroom setting; uploading assignments and sharing feedback opens up new perspectives and contributes to the creation of close, supportive online communities. All of the elements that make a successful, dynamic learning experience appear in one central online class environment, continually updated and archived for later use.

Available during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the winter intersession and summer session, online courses are a convenient way for students to meet educational goals.

Since online courses are accessed through students’ computers and Internet connections, it is important for students to have the proper computer configuration. Minimum technical requirements include a high speed Internet connection, an operating system of Windows XP or later for PCs or OS X Version 10.4 (“Tiger”) and later for Macs, and at least 2 GB of RAM.

Students may request a PDF of the Technical Requirements for Online Courses for detailed information.

Teaching Fellowship Program

Endicott’s Teaching Fellows serve one year as associate teachers in local schools in exchange for the equivalent of full graduate program tuition. Fellows assume the role of literacy coaches, reading specialist in residence, reading specialist in training, special education teachers, tutors, and co-teachers. As members of the local school faculty and staff, Fellows follow the school district schedule and adhere to the standards and practices of the sponsoring district. Fellows work under the direction of a master teacher with professional status who also serves as the cooperating practitioner for the super- vised Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved licensure practicum experience.

The Teaching Fellows program is available for the following Graduate Education majors leading to the Master’s degree:
• Special Needs
• Reading and Literacy
• Secondary Education

Corporate Degree Completion Programs

Endicott College’s Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers opportunities for employees of  Massachusetts businesses to earn their degrees on-site at their place of employment or in a convenient nearby location.

Degree programs are tailored to the needs and educational experience of the employees and can take students from no credits, to an Associate degree to a Bachelor degree. An Accelerated Bachelor Degree Completion program is also available to students with significant college experience. Graduate School personnel will work with Human Resources directors to design a program specific to the needs of companies.

Professional Development

In addition to its degree and licensure bearing graduate programs, Endicott College offers a wide variety of innovative and enriching professional
development opportunities for educators. Through unique partnerships with cooperating institutions, professional development seminars, workshops and courses are often awarded Endicott College credit. While not part of the Endicott College initial or professional licensure programs, professional studies courses are often designed to meet the requirements of teacher re-certification and may be used as elective credits.

Summer Session

The Summer Session offers an array of undergraduate and graduate courses during the summer months at the Beverly campus. Both day and evening courses are available. Traditional classroom courses are offered in five or six week sessions. Many online courses are available, and graduate intensive one-week institutes and courses are also taught. Courses held in the summer months are taught by either full-time faculty of Endicott and area colleges or adjunct faculty employed by businesses, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms.

The Learning Environment

Collaborative Learning Using the Cohort Model

Building on Endicott College’s strength as a leading institution in adult learning, the post-baccalaureate programs employ a collaborative, team-based
approach to teaching and learning. The cohort model is one by which a group of students begins, progresses through, and completes a course of study together. In the Endicott post-baccalaureate programs, students are admitted into cohort groups of approximately 15-20. This cohort approach creates a rich environment of peer learning and collaboration. The cohort model emphasizes and reinforces both team building and teamwork as critical functions of individuals and organizations. Most students at the Master’s degree level finish a program within 20-24 months. Courses are offered online, in the evenings, on weekends, and during week-long sessions in the summer for the convenience of professional adults.

Collaborative Learning and Group Work
Collaborative learning and small group interaction with out-of-class project/presentation development is one of the integral parts of accelerated
graduate programs. Each of the three-credit courses has a component in which members of the cohort meet outside class to develop new learning ex- periences and complete group assignments that are part of each course. These out-of-class meetings are required and, in addition to the four hour per week classes, constitute approximately one half of the programmed learning experience. Peer (student) evaluations of the group may be utilized as part of the grading process by the instructor. Each member of a small group is responsible for the totality of the groups outcome and should be intimately familiar with all phases of the groups project/paper.

Convenient Locations

Endicott’s Graduate School programs are offered on campus in Beverly and at selected off-campus locations to be more convenient for adult learners. Master’s degree and Certificate programs are offered at the following sites:
Please note: Not all programs are offered at every location. Please call or email for more information.
 
Andover, Massachusetts
Melmark New England, Inc.

Attleboro, Massachusetts
Amego, Inc.

Bedford, Massachusetts
Education Collaborative for Greater Boston/Educator Leadership Institute

Beverly, Massachusetts
Hopeful Journeys

Boston, Massachusetts
200 Tremont Street

Boston, Massachusetts
United States Coast Guard

Franklin, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Secondary School Principals Association

Hyannis, Massachusetts
Cape Abilities

Lawrence, Massachusetts
Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative

Marshfield, Massachusetts
Road to Responsibility

Natick, Massachusetts
Crossroads for Children, New England

Newburyport, Massachusetts
Immaculate Conception School

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Hillcrest Education Center

Randolph, Massachusetts
May Institute

International sites include:

Leysin, Switzerland
Leysin American School

Madrid, Spain
The College for International Studies

Prague, The Czech Republic
The Open Gate School

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary School

Bachelor degree completion programs are offered at the following sites:

Beverly, Massachusetts
Endicott College

Boston, Massachusetts
Endicott College

Boston, Massachusetts
U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

Boston, Massachusetts
United States Coast Guard

Burlington, Massachusetts
Lahey Clinic

Chatham, Massachusetts
United States Coast Guard
 
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Applied Materials, Inc. 

Gloucester, Massachusetts
Endicott College

Lawrence, Massachusetts
Lawrence General Hospital

Newburyport, Massachusetts
United States Coast Guard

New Castle, New Hampshire
United States Coast Guard Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
United States Army (USAR)

Provincetown, Massachusetts
United States Coast Guard

South Portland, Maine
United States Coast Guard

A Global Perspective

Capitalizing on Endicott’s international programs in Bangkok, Thailand; Bermuda; Leysin, Switzerland; and Madrid, Spain, the post-baccalaureate programs incorporate a global perspective in the curriculum, enhancing classroom activities with diversity and multicultural components and comparisons.

Learning Resources

Planning and Evaluation

The members of the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies play an integral role in Endicott College’s strategic planning process. The Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School is a member of the President’s Council.

The Curriculum Committee is chaired by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and represented by the graduate program directors, deans in the Undergraduate College, and full-time faculty. Any graduate program changes, initiatives, or changes in delivery methods, are approved and supported by the Vice President and Dean and the President’s Council.

Physical and Technological Resources
The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies is located on Endicott’s South Campus at the Wylie Conference Center with spacious classrooms, a computer lab, office space, student lounges, and conference facilities.

Off-campus sites utilize school district resource rooms, computer labs, and electronic resources, along with Endicott’s Halle Library and computer labs. Students are provided with student identification cards that allow them to use the Halle Library, computer labs, and the Post Fitness Center. Students are also provided with instructions for electronic access to the bookstore. Library and bookstore hours are posted on Endicott’s website, www.endicott.edu.

The Academic Technology Department

The Academic Technology Department, located in the Diane Meyers Halle Library and the Samuel C. Wax Academic Center, provides a comprehensive approach to technology-integrated education. Students are able to develop their computer skills through learning experiences appropriate for a variety of educational, occupational, and personal applications.  In addition to helping students become computer literate, the Academic Technology Department assists faculty in their efforts to integrate technology in their course curricula.

The Academic Technology Department is comprised of five state-of-the art computer labs and multiple departmental specialty labs located throughout the campus. Additionally, there are over 70 mediated, technology-enhanced and interactive classrooms. . The labs are equipped with some of the most powerful and sophisticated software and hardware technologies available to date. The labs function both as classrooms and as areas in which students can pursue independent projects. All of the labs provide internet access, enabling students to conduct research and to communicate around the world. Students also have access to the labs between scheduled classes both day and evening. There are also public computers available for student use in the Library proper and in the Cyber Café.

Academic Technology also supports the learning community with state-of-the art web applications, such as GullNet and Canvas the college’s two learning management systems, and BigBlueButton, a synchronous web based distance learning application.

In addition, Academic Technology supports the campus multimedia needs in several areas. Media Services, an Academic Technology department, supplies a host of audio-visual and multimedia equipment to support the academic programs. The Digital Media Center includes a state-of-the-art broadcast and multimedia production facility. The Scala digital signage system located throughout the campus, displays the latest events and news from campus and the world, and plays programming from ECTV, the student run campus TV station.

The Halle Library and Other Learning Resources

The Diane Meyers Halle Library
The Diane Meyers Halle Library serves the Endicott College Community as a hub of information resources and is a major source of support for the College’s academic curriculum. The Library environment, both physical and online, is designed to be welcoming,  friendly, conducive to research, and all styles of inquiry. Over 120,000 volumes in the Library, and digital subscription access to over 140,000 e-books, support academic programming. An array of library-licensed periodical and research databases, many featuring full-text content, collectively represent over 87,000 unique periodical title resources. Reference librarians are available to provide both individual assistance and group instruction to support students with their research and information needs, and to develop information literacy skills that will facilitate lifelong learning. Halle Library’s membership in the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), a consortium of 28 academic and public libraries, provides direct access to over three million items. Access to the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog enables library users to search and request materials from hundreds of public and private libraries across the Commonwealth, representing many millions of collected titles. The integrated, user-friendly Web-based catalog allows patrons to efficiently search
the Halle Library collection or any and all libraries in the NOBLE consortium and the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog. Daily delivery service among NOBLE libraries expedites the transfer of requested materials. On-site reciprocal borrowing privileges between NOBLE member libraries are also available. Halle Library is part of the Division of Academic Resources, which strives to enhance and enrich the academic experience of all Endicott College students.

Academic Resources
The Division of Academic Resources is home to the Diane M. Halle Library, Academic Technology, and several student-centered programs designed to assist students in their learning while at Endicott.

The Tutoring Center is nationally certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and offers free one-on-one or small group tutoring in over 200 courses each semester.

The Writing Center, also CRLA certified, is available to all Endicott students, providing feedback on papers and other written work.

The Disability Services Office offers accommodations to those students who self-identify and provide appropriate verification of their disability in compliance with the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; which prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

The Advising Services Center supports the faculty in advising undergraduate students.

The Student Support Center, a-fee-for-service program, offers students 1:1 consultation for two hours per week. Any student who could benefit from assistance with time management, organizational skills, writing, test preparation, research skills, critical thinking skills, and/or self-advocacy is eligible.

The School of Education also offers MTEL licensure preparation workshops for those pursuing a degree in Education and seeking licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

All Applicants

Candidates for Endicott’s undergraduate programs should have a minimum of two years full-time work experience.  Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma or GED. Prospective students may apply online or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915:
• Completed undergraduate application and non-refundable $25.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College).
Online application is also available at http://www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan
• Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals.
• Official final high school transcript, GED Certificate or Official Associate’s Degree transcript from a regional accredited institution.
• Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s).
• One letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professional colleague, or instructor.
• Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required.  The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELYS score of 6.0 or better.

All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 12 Endicott credits.

Additional Admission Requirements for the R.N. to B.S. in Nursing:
• Official transcript of the Associate of Science or comparable coursework that led to the Registered Nurse License; a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better from an ACEN accredited Associate degree program or diploma is required.
• Photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted.
• A basic statistics course.

Note: Applicants who did not graduate from a ACEN-accredited program must complete proficiency examinations prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Applicants may complete either the ACT/PEP Examinations, Adult Nursing, Maternal/Child Health in Nursing, Baccalaureate and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with a standard score of 45 or better on each exam OR the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (ACE) II RN-BSN: Care of the Adult Client, Care of the Client During Childbearing and Care of the Child or, Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder, with a decision score of 75 or better on each exam.

International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if deemed necessary.

All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programs

Admissions Requirements for Ph.D in Applied Behavioral Analysis Program

Admission to the program is based upon a two-step process. Students must first apply to and be accepted as qualified applicants by the Endicott College Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Institute for Behavioral Studies. The second step requires applicants to indicate their first, second, and third choices for their Doctoral Advisor, based in part on the teaching and research interests of the individual faculty. For those students accepted as qualified applicants to the Doctoral program, faculty will review their dossier in the order of the applicants stated preferences. The three current full-time doctoral level faculty may choose to admit up to three new doctoral students per year, to a maximum of nine new students per year. This number will be raised to twelve with the hiring of a fourth member of the faculty, who will serve as the full-time Director of Doctoral Programs. Additional students will only be admitted once current students either graduate, withdraw from the program, or their tenure has expired. Information regarding the number of expected openings in the program for the upcoming year, the area of academic focus of the individual faculty, etc., will be posted annually on the Institute for Behavioral Studies website.

Individuals wishing to be considered for admission to the Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis offered through the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College should begin the process by completing the on-line application.

Once this process has been completed, the prospective student should submit the following:
• $50 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College)
• Complete, official transcripts from all previous, accredited post-secondary education sent directly from the institution.
• Three letters of recommendation. An academic respondent holding an earned Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis or related field, who can attest to the applicant’s ability to complete doctoral study successfully must author at least one letter of recommendation.
• An original 6-10 page Personal Statement, that responds to these questions:
  - What relevant knowledge, skills, experiences bring you to this point of considering doctoral study?
  - In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals?
  - What would be your ideal apprenticeship and why?
• Official copy of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
• Official copy of scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
• All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
• A copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae with evidence of at least three years of related, post-Master’s/BCBA professional experience.
• A Writing Sample. In addition to the Personal Statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper (limit 10 pages), double-spaced, in APA format, responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing Behavior Analysts today?
The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation.

Finally, an admission interview is required of all candidates. Applicants will be contacted by the Director of the Institute Doctoral Program in Behavior
Analysis to schedule the interview.

Admissions Requirements for Ph.D in Nursing Program
A student applying to the Ph.D. program must have a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  The student must also complete the general admissions requirements for graduate programs at Endicott which include:
• A completed graduate application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College).  An online application is also available at vanloan.endicott.edu.
• Current Resume
• Three letters of recommendation should address scholarly potential.
• Submission of any published works or scholarly paper.
• Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree and any other graduate work.
• An original 6-10 page Personal Statement, that responds to these questions:
  - What relevant knowledge, skills, experiences bring you to this point of considering doctoral study?
  - In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals?
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
• An admission interview is required of all candidates; please call the Program Director at 978-816-7654 to make arrangements
• Basic registered nursing preparation and a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be submitted. A 3.0 grade point average at the Master’s level is required.
• Eligible for registered nurse licensure.
• A Writing Sample is required, in addition to the Personal Statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit any published work or scholarly paper. The paper should be short, limit 10 pages, (double-spaced, 12 point font) on an issue related to the nursing profession.
  - The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of:  thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.

Required Credentials: All students are required to meet the College’s current standards for medical entrance compliance and to provide documentation of licensure as a professional nurse. After admission, compliance requirements are based on the student’s program of study. For example, doctoral students who conduct research at a clinical site are required to meet all requirements related to orientation, immunizations, CPR, malpractice insurance, and any background checks required by the facility.

Review Process: All applications to the Ph.D. program will be reviewed by a committee including the Director of the Doctoral Program, Dean of the School of Nursing and two faculty members. The Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School will make final decisions.

Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Education- Educational Leadership in Higher Education
Students must submit an application form, an application fee, plus:
• Complete, official transcripts from all previous, post-secondary education.
• Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be authored and sent directly by an academic respondent holding an earned doctorate degree who can attest to your ability to complete doctoral study successfully.
•.An original 6-10 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) Personal Statement. Please respond to these questions: 1). What relevant knowledge, skills, experiences, bring you to this point of considering doctoral study? 2). In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals? 3). What would be your ideal apprenticeship and why? This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills. Please be sure that your full name is included on the pages of your Personal Statement.
• Official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
• All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Code 3369
• A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae with evidence of at least three years of related, professional experience.
• A Writing Sample. In addition to the Personal Statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper, limit 10 pages, (double-spaced, in 12 point font) responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing leaders in higher education today? The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.
• An admission interview is required of all candidates; please call the Program Director at 978-998-7753 to make arrangements.

Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Education - PreK-12 Educational Leadership
Students must submit an application form, an application fee, plus:

• Complete, official transcripts sent directly from all previous, post-secondary education.
• Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be authored by an academic respondent holding an earned doctorate degree who can attest to your ability to complete doctoral study successfully.
• An original 6-10 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) Personal Statement. Please respond to these questions: 1). What relevant knowledge, skills, experiences, bring you to this point of considering doctoral study? 2). In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals? 3). What would be your ideal apprenticeship and why? This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills. Please be sure that your full name is included on the pages of your Personal Statement.
• Official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
• All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Code 3369
• A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae with evidence of at least three years of related, professional experience.
• A Writing Sample. In addition to the Personal Statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper, limit 10 pages, (double-spaced, in 12 point font) responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing leaders in PreK-12 education today? The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of:  thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.
• An admission interview is required of all candidates; please call the Program Director at 978-816-7651 to make arrangements.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

All Applicants

Admission to a graduate program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admission, a candidate must apply online or submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915:
• Completed graduate application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College).  An online application is also available at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan.
• Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference is desired).
• Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work.
• Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study.
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required.  The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
• Interview with the Program Director and/or Vice President of the Van Loan School.
• See below for additional admission requirements for specific degree programs.

All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six (6) Endicott credits.

Additional, Program-specific Admission Requirements

For the Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture:

• A design portfolio required for Post-Professional degree applicants
• A design portfolio is optional for First-Professional degree applicants
• Two letters of reference (one professional and one academic)

For the Master of Education in a Non-Licensure Program:
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) NOT REQUIRED for T.I.E.S. and International Education programs or for students who hold a Master’s degree.

For the Master of Education Leading to Massachusetts Educator Initial License:
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Not required for students who hold a Master’s degree).
• A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL).

For Master of Education in Secondary Education:
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
• A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL).
Please note: Evidence of passing scores on MTEL Subject Matter Test is required prior to the beginning of Practicum and Reflective Seminar.

For Master of Education in Reading and Literacy:
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Not required for students who hold a Master’s degree).
• Initial license in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities.

For the Master of Education Leading to Massachusetts Educator Professional License:
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Not required for students who hold a Master’s degree).
• Evidence of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL).
• Specific licensure requirements by program:

  Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) and Elementary Education (1-6)
  Copy of Massachusetts Initial License in Early Childhood (PreK-2) or Elementary Education (1-6).

  Reading and Literacy
  Copy of Massachusetts Initial License in Reading.

  Special Education: Moderate Disabilities
  Copy of Massachusetts Initial License in Moderate Disabilities for the appropriate grade level.

  Special Education: Severe Disabilities (All)
  Copy of Massachusetts Initial License in Severe Disabilities (All).

For the Teaching Fellowship Program

Applicants for the Endicott Teaching Fellowship Program must be admitted to a Master’s degree program in Special Needs or Reading and Literacy and adhere to all Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies admission requirements. In addition, prospective Teaching Fellows must already possess an initial educator’s license in the Massachusetts Public Schools and must be endorsed/possess a passing score on all applicable MTEL’s for that initial license.

For the Master of Education in Administrative Leadership

Admissions and Selection Standards
• Application form detailing background and experience.
• Resume and/or curriculum vitae.
• Official transcripts of all academic work.
• Two letters of recommendation.
• Personal Statement and Professional Goals.
• Passing score on the Communications and Literacy MTEL.
• Copy of all Massachusetts educator licenses (if applicable).
• Official score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Additional admissions requirements for each licensure area:

Principal/Assistant Principal

• At least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting.
Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
• Possession of at least an Initial license in another educational role or Preliminary Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license.
• Completion of three full years of employment in a district-wide, school-based, or other educational setting.
Special Education Administrator
• Possession of at least an Initial license in Special Education, or as school guidance counselor, school principal/assistant school principal, school psychologist, school social worker/school adjustment counselor, or speech, language and hearing disorders teacher.
• Completion of three full years of employment in a district-wide, school-based, or other educational setting.
School Business Administrator
• Possession of at least an Initial license in another educational role.
• Completion of three full years of employment in a district-wide, school-based, or other educational setting.
For the Master of Science in Nursing Programs
• Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Not required for students who hold a Master’s degree).
• Photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted.
• A basic statistics course is required of all students.
• Copy of your CV or Resume

For the Master of Science in Homeland Security Program and Master of Business Administration Program

• Resume

Admission Requirements for Special Programs at the Van Loan School

Accelerated Secondary Teacher Preparation Program
Admission to the post-baccalaureate program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admission, a candidate must submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915:
• Completed graduate application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) An online application is also available at http://www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admission.aspx.
• Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work including confirmation of undergraduate degree sent directly from the institution.
• A passing score on the Communications and Literacy Test (MTEL) and Subject Matter Test (MTEL) to one of the listed fields.
• Evidence of prior coursework in the chosen subject matter field through transcript review.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
• Completed graduate application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) An online application is also available at http://www.endicott.edu/VanLoan.
• Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference is desired).
• Resume
• Official transcript of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution sent directly from the institution.

Post Masters Certificate Programs in Nursing
• Photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted.
• Copy of your CV or Resume

International Applicants for Graduate Admission

Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English.  All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Registration

Registration may be completed online via the Endicott web site. Course registration for the International M.Ed. programs is completed with the Madrid program office and is not done online.
• Registration (including payment of tuition and fees) must be completed and received by the Van Loan School by the start date of the course.
• Registrations not received by the start date of the course are subject to a mandatory $50 per course late fee.
• Registration for courses is the responsibility of the student. Non-availability of a site coordinator (off-campus) or a Van Loan School representative to register students in class does not absolve the student of the responsibility to register for courses on time.
• Registration for courses may be completed by mail (as long as it arrives at the Van Loan School prior to the start of the first class in a course).

Endicott College undergraduate, full-time students are required to have a permission form signed by the dean of their major and the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College, approving their courses, before registration for the Van Loan School courses may occur.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for eligible students through Endicott College. To qualify for financial aid, a student must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen, be enrolled in an approved program, and be in good academic standing.

The family contribution is determined by submitting the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Endicott’s FAFSA code is 002148. All students must reapply for financial aid each year and must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible.

Students should contact the Endicott College Financial Aid office for information on how to start the process of applying for financial aid. The telephone number of the Financial Aid office is 978-998-7715. Prior to applying for financial aid, a student must be matriculated in a degree program.

Tuition and Fees at the Van Loan School, 2016-17

Tuition

Bachelor degree courses…..$349/credit…..($1,047 per 3-credit course)
M.Ed. degree courses…..$464/credit…..($1,392 per 3-credit course)
M.B.A./M.S.I.T. degree courses…..$696/credit…..($2088 per 3-credit course)
M.A./M.F.A. in Interior Architecture degree courses…..$730/credit…..($2,190 per 3-credit course)
M.S. in Homeland Security…..$663/credit…..($1,989 per 3-credit course)
M.S. in Nursing degree courses…..$730/credit…..($2,190 per 3-credit course)
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Courses…..$536/credit…..($1,608 per 3-credit course)
Autism Certificate Courses…..$536/credit…..($1,608 per 3-credit course)
ESL Level 0, 1, 2, 3…..$150/course/non-credit
ESL Level 4 and 5…..$349/credit
Graduate, TIES…..$6,954/semester
Ed.D. program…..$5075/semester 
Ph.D. programs…..$5998/semester
Van Loan audit fees for three-credit courses:
Undergraduate…..$200/course
Graduate…..$230/course
M.B.A…..$295/course
Note: The College may have different tuition models for various regional and international sites. Each site has a written tuition statement. Please request a copy of that statement as part of the admission process.

Other Fees
Application fee - undergraduate program…..$25.00
Application fee - graduate program…..$50.00
Application fee - doctoral program…..$50.00
Application fee - active military and veterans…..waived
Undergraduate registration fee (one time per semester)…..$25.00
Employee registration fee per course….$25.00
Late registration/late payment fee…..$50.00
Returned check fee…..$50.00
Materials fee, if any, will be noted in the course description.
Ed.D. curriculur fee…..$750/semester
ID Masters Dissertation III Extended Thesis…..$1,200/semester
M.B.A. curricular fee †…..$1,350.00
APL assessment fee (in addition to APL tuition)…..$750.00
APL book fee…..$50.00
APL extension fee…..$75.00
Graduation fee…..$200.00
Transcript fee…..$6.00/each
Health Insurance*…..$1,600/year (undergraduate)…..$2,098/year (graduate)
† The MBA Curricular Fee is charged at a per course rate of $97 for the part-time MBA program and $113 per course for the full-time MBA program.
* Student Health Insurance

In compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts program of Universal Health Care, institutions of higher education are required by law to ensure that undergraduate students register for 12 or more credits per semester and graduate students registered for 9 or more credits per semester are enrolled in a qualified health insurance plan. If you are not enrolled in such a plan, you must enroll in the plan offered through Endicott College. Cost of coverage is $2,098 and the plan year is August 19, 2016 - August 18, 2017.

Full payment is required at the time of registration.

Housing and Meal Plans

Housing and meal plan options are available for full-time, matriculated graduate or undergraduate students. Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 978-232-2177 for more information.

Add/Drop, Withdrawals, Refunds

Add and Drop/Withdrawal from a Course Policy

Withdrawal from a course must be requested officially in writing and delivered to the Office of the Assistant Registrar at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, either in person or via email at vlsregistrar@endicott.edu.

Semester-long undergraduate courses comply with the add/drop dates and policies within Endicott College’s traditional academic calendar (September-December, end of January-May). The academic calendar is available online at http://www.endicott.edu/Undergrad/Academic-Calendar.aspx.

Students in semester-long graduate and doctoral courses may enroll in courses within the first two weeks of the start of a course.

Students in accelerated undergraduate and graduate courses may enroll in a course up to and including the first day of the course.

Students in semester-long graduate and doctoral courses and accelerated undergraduate and graduate courses must withdraw 7 business days prior to the last day of the class to receive a W on the college transcript. Failure to withdraw will result in an “F” on the transcript.

Refund Policy

Refunds are permitted according to the date the withdrawal request is received:

For courses that have 5 to 7 sessions (or weeks if online):
     100% of tuition if requested before the first session;
     50% if requested at any time before the second session;
     No refund after the start of the second session.

For courses that have 8 to 12 sessions (or weeks if online):
     100% of tuition if requested before the first session;
     75% of tuition if requested by the second session; 
     50% of tuition if requested by the third session;
     No refund after the start of the third session.

For the semester-based Graduate and Doctoral Programs:
     100% of tuition and doctoral fee prior to the start of the semester;
     75% of tuition (no refund of doctoral fee) within one week of the first class of the semester;
     50% of tuition (no refund of doctoral fee) within two weeks of the first class of the semester;
     No refund of tuition fifteen days after the first class of the semester.

For semester-long undergraduate courses:
     100% of tuition prior to course start date;
     80% of tuition within the first week of the course;
     60% of tuition within the second week of the course;
     40% of tuition within the third week of the course;
     20% of tuition within the fourth week of the course;
     No refund of tuition the fifth week and after.

Please note: Application and registration fees are NOT refundable. Endicott College complies with the refund policies as outlined in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Students who receive Title IV assistance may contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain the Title IV refund policy or review on-line in the College Catalog at http://catalog.endicott.edu/.

Withdrawal from a Program Policy

A student may: 1) officially withdraw; 2) take a leave of absence from the College; or 3) be administratively withdrawn from a program.Withdrawal from the program implies withdrawal from all courses, and regulations concerning grades are applicable. The student must notify the Van Loan School Registrar’s Office in writing of their withdrawal from the program. Withdrawal requests need to be submitted from a student’s Endicott College email address to vlsregistrar@endicott.edu or by signed, dated letter. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal from an academic program.


General Policies and Procedures

Academic Integrity

The value of an Endicott degree is directly affected by the academic integrity of students. Violations of academic integrity are serious and degrade the value of an Endicott College education. Incidences of plagiarism, cheating on exams, or other violations of academic integrity in any learning environment will not be tolerated. The procedures to be followed in cases of suspected violations of the Academic Integrity Policy are described below.
  1. If the faculty member suspects that a student has violated the Endicott College Academic Integrity Policy, he/she will meet privately with the student within five business days of the alleged violation. During the meeting the faculty member will discuss the violation and possible sanctions with the student and present the evidence if applicable. Within 48 hours of the initial meeting, the student may seek advice from an individual within the academic community before meeting a second time with the faculty to resolve the issue. One of several outcomes may result:
Both parties agree that the alleged violation did not occur. No further action is taken.
  a. The student admits to the integrity violation, and both parties agree on an appropriate sanction in keeping with the severity of the incident.
  b. The faculty member and the student complete the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form (available on the Intranet), which is sent to the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, who forwards a copy to the student’s school dean and the dean of the school in which the violation occurred. If the Vice President believes the incident is a potential repeated offense, he/she will submit the case to the Academic Integrity Committee for review.
  c. The student does not agree that a violation has occurred or disagrees with the sanction and decides to appeal. The faculty member and the student complete the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form, which the faculty submits to the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, who then forwards it to the Academic Integrity Committee for review. The Chair of the Committee contacts the faculty member and the student in writing to set up separate meeting times for each party and requests that the student submit a written appeal to the Committee Chair prior to the meeting.
  2. If the student fails to respond to the faculty member within the 48-hour deadline, the faculty’s sanction will be imposed, and the student will forfeit his or her right to appeal.
  3. In the case of an appeal, the Committee makes a recommendation to reject or uphold the student’s appeal and forwards its decision in writing, along with sanction recommendations in the case of a rejection, to the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School. The Vice President takes the Committee’s recommendations under advisement and makes the final decision regarding the student’s appeal. If the Vice President upholds the appeal, no sanctions are imposed. In the case of a rejected appeal, the Vice President makes a final decision regarding sanctions in consultation with the faculty member. In the case of a repeated offense, the Vice President’s recommended sanctions may include dismissal from the College. In the case of a potential dismissal, the final decision rests with the Vice President in consultation with the President of the College. A completed copy of the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form is sent to the student’s dean and to the dean of the school in which the violation occurred.

Academic Probation and Dismissal
Students in the Van Loan School must maintain a GPA (grade point average) of:
- 3.0 for graduate students
- 2.0 for adult undergraduate students.
Students who do not maintain satisfactory grade point averages will be placed on Academic Probation.  The student’s academic record will be reviewed by an Academic Review Committee, which may make recommendations that would allow the student to improve the student’s academic status within a specified time period.

For graduate students, in addition to the minimum GPA of 3.0 that is required, students who receive grades lower than B- for six graduate credits will be placed on academic probation.

Continued unsatisfactory academic progress may lead to dismissal from the program or loss of financial aid.

Attendance
The following policies regarding attendance do not apply to classes utilizing distance-learning methods.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. While it is understood that an emergency or other unforeseeable situations may result in an occasional absence, students should, to the extent possible, schedule outside activities around course meeting dates. In the rare event of an unavoidable absence from a class, students, upon consultation with the instructor, may be given an additional assignment related to the subject matter discussed in the missed class. In addition, absent students are responsible for all work missed in the class. Only the subject matter discussed during a missed class can be made up. Class participation for a missed class cannot be made up and such absences will affect the student’s grade. Two or more absences from a course may result in failure of the course.

General Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs
General requirements are provided below. Those requirements specific to a given program are included under each program listing.
  1. A minimum G.P.A of 3.0 must be maintained within all graduate programs offered by Endicott College. Students receiving grades lower than B- for six graduate credits will be placed under academic review. Students will be placed under academic probation if their G.P.A. falls below 3.0. Continued unsatisfactory academic progress may lead to dismissal or loss of financial aid.
  2. A grade of C- or lower is not applicable to any graduate degrees. Students receiving a grade of C- or lower may repeat the course once.
  3. If a student receives a failing grade, he/she may retake the exact course and earn a new grade. The new grade will be calculated into the student’s grade point average. The “F” grade stays on the transcript but is no longer used in calculating the student’s grade point average.
  4. All graduate programs follow the grading schema prescribed in the Endicott College Catalog.
  5. Transfer credits: Students may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits (unless otherwise specified by a particular program) completed at other accredited institutions, where applicable. Only courses relevant to the program of study in which a student has received at least a grade of “B” or equivalent grading will be accepted. Courses completed more than five years prior to the student’s acceptance into his or her present program will not be considered for transfer credit.  Any exception to this policy requires the approval by the Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Students who are dismissed for academic reasons have the right to a hearing before the Graduate Council for the purpose of presenting information in support of possible reinstatement.

Grade Appeals

It is the purview and responsibility of the faculty to assess student progress. Students who wish to appeal a grade should do the following:  1) make an appointment with the faculty member to discuss the grade, 2) if not resolved, write an appeal to the program director/dean and arrange a meeting with the faculty member, the director/dean, and the student, and 3) if not resolved by steps one and two, the student may appeal in writing to the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School. Appeals can only be initiated due to error or other documented extenuating circumstances.
Grading System–Graduate Programs
Letter Grade     Numerical Equivalent     Grade Point Value
         A                         94-100                            4.0
         A-                          90-93                            3.7
         B+                         87-89                            3.3
         B                           84-86                            3.0
         B-                          80-83                            2.7
         C+                         77-79                            2.3
         C                           74-76                            2.0
         C-                          70-73                            1.7
         F                         Below 69                          0.0
A grade of W appears on the transcript but is not calculated into the GPA. The grade point average is determined by multiplying the grade point value by the number of credits for a given course, summing the products and dividing by the number of credits attempted.

Grading System–Undergraduate Programs
Letter Grade     Numerical Equivalent     Grade Point Value
         A                          94-100                            4.0
         A-                           90-93                            3.7
         B+                          87-89                            3.3
         B                            84-86                            3.0
         B-                           80-83                            2.7
         C+                          77-79                            2.3
         C                            74-76                            2.0
         C-                           70-73                            1.7
         D+                          67-69                            1.3
         D                            64-66                            1.0 
         D-                           60-63                            0.7
         F                         Below 60                          0.0
A grade of W appears on the transcript but is not calculated into the GPA. The grade point average is determined by multiplying the grade point value by the number of credits for a given course, summing the products and dividing by the number of credits attempted.

Graduation
There is one annual college commencement ceremony, which is held in May. Other graduation ceremonies are held at international campuses. Students may attend one commencement event. Degrees, however, can be awarded in August, December, January, and May. Graduating students must apply for graduation and pay the designated graduation fee. Applications received after the due dates in a semester (the Van Loan School Student Calendar is available on the website www.endicott.edu/VanLoan) will be processed as soon as possible; however, applicants’ names may not appear in programs and activity listings if not received in a timely manner. Student files will be audited to determine that all required documentation has been received and all financial obligations have been met. Students will not be permitted to participate if either of these requirements has not been completed.

Incomplete Grades
An incomplete grade, while not encouraged, may be given to a student that denotes that some part of the course, for reasons acceptable to the instructor, has not been completed and the student is to this point passing the course. The majority of the coursework should be completed at the time an incomplete grade is given. An Incomplete grade should be given as an exception only, such as a medical emergency. An Incomplete grade should not be given to a student with the sole objective of the student having more time to complete assignments and, therefore, receive a higher grade. The work must be made up within seven weeks after the last session of the course. Any circumstances warranting an extension must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Registrar in the Graduate School and approved by the instructor and the Vice President of the Graduate School.

Internal Research Board
Endicott College is committed to the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards in all matters relating to humanistic and scientific research. Endicott students and personnel engaged in research involving human subjects are required to follow the Endicott College Guide for Approval of Human Subjects Research Projects. Guidelines may be found in the faculty handbook, the college intranet, and at the academic department offices. Faculty or supervisors should consult the Internal Review Board (IRB) with questions regarding exemption standards or informed consent protocols. Research proposed by external investigators involving the use of Endicott students must be approved by the IRB. Completed documentation of approved projects will be stored at the office of the appropriate academic department. Any projects requiring approval of the IRB will also be stored by the chair of that committee.

Transfer Credits - Graduate Programs
A maximum of 6 credits obtained at another institution may be accepted toward a graduate degree program provided it either fulfills a degree requirement or is application as an elective course.  The transfer courses that may be considered must carry graduate credit earned from a regionally accredited institutions, carry grades of B or better, and not have been used to fulfill degree requirements at other institutions.

Transfer Credits - Undergraduate Programs
A maximum of 32 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges in the Associates Degree program at the beginning of the admission process. Grades of “C” or better will be accepted and no more than six credits may carry a “C-” grade.
For the bachelor’s degree program a maximum of 85 transfer credits may be applied to Endicott College Bachelor degree program provided they fit
the curriculum of the major and degree. Grades of “C” or better will be accepted and no more than six may carry a “C-” grade. To facilitate the official
awarding of transfer credit on your Endicott College transcript, official transcripts should be mailed to:

The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies
376 Hale St., Beverly, MA 01915.

Students must be matriculated before transfer credits can be added to the Endicott College transcript.

Accelerated Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs

Overview
The accelerated undergraduate programs offered at Endicott provide adult learners an opportunity to complete Associate and/or Bachelor degrees in the evening and/or online, following an intensive format. Students may pursue majors in Business Administration, Integrated Studies, Liberal Studies, and Psychology.

Endicott’s programs acknowledge that adult students have a wealth of prior achievements and experiences. Students who have taken previous postsecondary courses, as well as students who can document work and life experiences, may be eligible to accelerate the completion of their degrees. After a review of transfer credits and an assessment of prior learning, students often find that they are well on their way to their desired degrees.

Program Format
Students in the Associate degree programs in Boston and Gloucester typically take classes in a traditional 15-week semester.  The courses are scheduled so full time students take two classes a day Monday through Thursday and one extended class on Fridays.  Typically, classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Some students may also take advantage of evening courses in an accelerated delivery or in an online or hybrid format.

Special Offerings for Endicott College Alumni
Academic advisors at the Van Loan School work closely with former Endicott students who wish to complete the Associate degree and with Endicott Associate graduates who wish to finish a Bachelor degree. The School offers tuition discounts to Endicott Associate graduates who matriculate into a campus-based Endicott Bachelor degree program.

Cohort-Based Associate Degree Programs

Overview
There are a number of studies that show dramatic improvements in retention and student success when students are part of a cohort - a group of students who move through classes together. This group model helps build strong peer connections and helps keep students more engaged in college life. Unlike community colleges which offer a variety of majors and electives, Endicott’s programs are more focused and structured. This structure will allow students to more easily balance work and school, and it will give Endicott more opportunities to develop workshops, lectures, and internships.

Program Format
Students in the Associate degree programs in Boston and Gloucester take classes in a traditional 15-week semester. The courses are scheduled so full time students take two classes a day Monday through Thursday and one class a day on Fridays. Typically, classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Advising
Each student is assigned an advisor at the time of her/his acceptance into the college. An advising plan is developed for each student which outlines the courses required for degree completion. Students may also check the College’s student database for degree audit information.
 
Transfer Credits
For Associate degree programs, a maximum of 32 transfer credits from other accredited colleges may be applied to the Endicott Associate degree. Grades of “C” or better may be accepted, and no more than six credits may carry a “C-” grade. For Bachelor degree programs, a maximum of 85 transfer credits from other accredited colleges may be applied to the Endicott Bachelor degree provided the courses fit the curriculum of the major and the degree. Grades of “C” or better may be accepted, and no more than six credits may carry a “C-” grade.

Official transcripts of previous college work, mailed directly to Endicott College Van Loan School from previous colleges or universities, must be received to transfer credit to Endicott. Students must be matriculated before transfer credits can be added to the Endicott College transcript.

Diploma in Nursing from an Accredited Diploma Program
Endicott awards up to 39 Nursing credits from accredited non-degree Nursing diploma programs toward completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Applicants must request that an official transcript be sent directly by the awarding institution to the Admissions Office at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

American Council on Education: Transfer and Credit Equivalency
The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates for college credit, education and training programs including those offered in the military, the workplace, apprenticeship, and training programs. A matriculated student in the Adult Bachelor Program may submit an official ACE transcript to petition that the course equivalencies be considered as transfer credits. A maximum of 85 credits, including any ACE credits that apply to the student’s program of study, may be counted toward completion of the Bachelor degree at Endicott. A maximum of 32 transfer credits may be counted toward completion of the Associate degree at Endicott.

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL 100)
Endicott College recognizes that not all learning occurs in a classroom and that adult learners may have acquired college-level learning through work and life experience. APL 100 provides adult students with the opportunity to accelerate the completion of their Bachelor degrees.

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL 100) is a three-credit, semester-based course in which adult students are guided through an academic process to create a proficiency portfolio of case studies portraying significant work and life experience, substantiated with verifiable documentation of that learn- ing. Upon submission, each case study is evaluated individually for college credit. College credit is awarded for learning, not just for experience, based upon Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) academic and administrative standards.
APL uses many techniques to document college level learning experiences:
• Dynamic group discussion
• Work and life review
• Structured exercises
• Peer support
• Peer review and analysis
Students receive three credits for successful completion of APL 100. Bachelor candidates may transfer a maximum of 85 credits from another accredited college or university. In addition, students may earn up to 30 credits of prior learning credit. An Associate degree candidate may earn up to 30 credits of prior learning credit, of which 15 prior learning credits would apply to the completion of the Associates degree with the remaining credits held toward the completion of a Bachelor degree program.

January/Winter Intersession
The January/Winter Intersession is a three-week intensive term during which courses are offered for undergraduate students in an accelerated format. Both online and classroom courses are offered. The courses are open to Endicott undergraduate students and students from other colleges. Endicott undergraduates are required to obtain written approval of their course selections prior to enrollment in the Intersession.

Senior Thesis
All Bachelor degree candidates are required to complete a senior thesis. The skills and courses that are required as preparation for and completion of the thesis include: basic mathematics, writing, and computer skills; MTH 126 Applied Statistics, PSY 302 Research Methods, BUS/LST/PSY 489 Senior Thesis I, BUS/LST/PSY 479 Research Project I and II, and BUS/LST/PSY 490 Senior Thesis II.

Articulated Degree Completion Programs
The Articulated Accelerated Degree Completion program allows for a seamless transition from an Associate degree to a Bachelor degree, if the Associate degree was earned at colleges with which Endicott College is articulated. Located at or near the articulated college, these programs allow a student with an Associate degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in as few as 25 months.

Academic Residency for Active-Duty Military Personnel
Endicott College limits academic residency for active-duty military service members to no more than twenty five percent of the degree requirements for all degrees. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty military service members are enrolled. Reservist and National Guardsman on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

Final Residency at Endicott
A minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Endicott College, and 24 of the last 30 credits toward an undergraduate degree must be earned at Endicott College. The last 24 undergraduate residency credits are exclusive of credit earned through the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL).