Feb 24, 2020  
2017-2018 Van Loan Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Van Loan Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


General Information

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 professional 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 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 doctoral, master’s bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs on both a full-time and part-time basis. The Center for Leadership offers corporate training and employee development programs for professionals looking to advance specific skills. Van Loan School’s quality programs allow you to obtain a degree while matching your lifestyle and budget. Students can attend full- or part-time; evening or daytime, at our beautiful seaside campus, satellite locations, or online; at an accelerated or extended pace.
Our advisors and faculty bring extensive and current real-world experience to the programs, and are dedicated to preparing you for some of today’s fastest-growing career opportunities. Our programs are founded in a community that fosters an appreciation of cultural diversity, international awareness, community service, and moral and ethical values.
While programs can be as flexible as you need, Van Loan specializes in a cohort-based model, in which students move through classes together. Studies have repeatedly shown that this model leads to greater student success, in addition to providing a supportive community of colleagues.
Collaborative learning and small group interaction are integral aspects of Van Loan’s programs. 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.


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.

Planning and Evaluation
The members of the Van Loan School 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 Vice President 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.

Locations/Formats
For your convenience, Van Loan School offers classes in multiple locations and online. Wherever you choose to study, you always have access to student services and activities at our main Beverly campus. 

Van Loan School, Beverly
Our main campus is based in Beverly, MA, and offers the majority of our on-site programming, including doctoral, master’s and undergraduate degrees.
Endicott College, Boston
Located at 200 Tremont St, Boston, this site offers day and evening associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, an evening MBA program, and English as a Second Language. This site is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous Boston public transportation options.
Endicott College, Gloucester
Located at 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester, this site offers day and evening associate and bachelor’s degree programs in both semester length, and accelerated formats. The harbor-front location is centrally located and offers plenty of free parking in a unique surrounding.
Endicott College Online
Many of Van Loan’s courses are available online, making it possible for you to create a flexible learning schedule that meets your work schedule and lifestyle. Online courses are taught on the Canvas online learning platform, recognized as the gold-standard in cutting-edge, user friendly online learning.

Endicott College International
Van Loan School offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in four countries, including the Czech Republic (The Open Gate School), Madrid, Spain (College for International Studies), Leysin, Switzerland (Leysin American School) and Bangkok, Thailand (Bangkok Preparatory and Secondary School). As with all our offerings, these programs are geared toward working professionals who wish to complement their experience with cohort-based instruction.

Partner Programs
The Van Loan School is pleased to partner with approximately 60 collaborative institutions, including PreK-12 public and private school districts, consortiums, and private consultants to offer graduate credit for high quality and rigorous professional development courses. Our professional staff works together with our partners to assure that the professional development graduate courses meet high standards and that the instructors who deliver these courses are experts in their fields. For the most updated list of partner program locations please visit vanloan.endicott.edu/partner-locations or contact the program director.

Summer and Winter Courses
The interim sessions offer an array of undergraduate and graduate courses during winter intersession and summer months at the Beverly campus. Both day and evening courses are available. Many online courses are available, and graduate intensive one-week institutes and courses are also taught. Courses are taught by either full-time faculty of Endicott and area colleges or adjunct faculty employed by businesses, non- profit organizations, and consulting firms.

Corporate Degree Completion Programs
The Van Loan School at Endicott College offers opportunities for employees of Massachusetts businesses to earn their associate or bachelor’s degree on site at their place of employment or in a convenient nearby location. An accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program is also available to students with significant college experience.

Professional Development
In addition to its degree and licensure programs, Van Loan School 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 credit.

Van Loan School Resources 
All students, including those at our off-site locations, are provided with student identification cards that allow them to use all Endicott College resources. 

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.

Academic Technology
The Academic Technology (AT) department is comprised of several areas; the campus computer labs, mediated and technology enhanced classrooms, Media Services, the Digital Media Center, academic software, and all web based learning, media and communications systems including Canvas, BigBlueButton and YuJa. AT provides instruction in all of these systems plus laptop, iPad and other mobile device support. The labs function both as classrooms and as areas in which students can pursue independent projects. All labs provide internet access and are available to students between scheduled classes both day and evening. There are also public computers available for student use in the Halle Library and in the Van Loan School Cyber Café. Media Services, an Academic Technology department, supplies a host of audio-visual and multimedia equipment to support the academic programs.

The Diane Meyers Halle Library
The Diane Meyers Halle Library is a major academic support unit of Endicott College for all levels and locations of curricular programming. Situated in the heart of the campus, Halle Library is open 96.5 hours per week during the academic year, with a lower-level cyber-café open 24/7 for students. Halle Library has ample seating, environmentally-friendly lighting, wireless connectivity and an attractive open floor-plan. Numerous computer workstations, printer kiosks, photocopiers and a scanner are available. Over 260,000 Library titles in print and digital formats support the curriculum. Library periodical and research databases aggregate and enable access to hundreds of thousands of individual full-text journal articles across disciplines. 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. Endicott College is a member of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), a network of 28 academic and public libraries. A shared online catalog enables access to over three million items across the network. Halle Library is also a participating member of the Massachusetts Libraries Commonwealth Catalog, a virtual resource enabling Endicott patrons to access additional millions of library items across the state. Daily delivery service among NOBLE libraries expedites the transfer of requested materials. On-site reciprocal borrowing privileges between NOBLE member libraries are also available.

Fitness
The Post Fitness Center is available to all Van Loan students. The Center houses the Sport Science, Fitness, and Athletic Training Center. The building also includes classrooms, training rooms, labs, offices, fitness, dance, weight and aerobic rooms, racquetball courts, locker rooms, a competition gymnasium seating 1,200 people, and a field house with a suspended running track and a traverse climbing wall. For hours or schedules, visit www.ecgulls.com/facilities/post_center 

The Advising Services Center
The Advising Services Center (ASC) serves as a resource for students and faculty regarding the advising process and the procedures and forms utilized for selecting courses, changing majors, declaring a minor, and adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a class.

Accessibility Services
Endicott seeks to provide a supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty and is committed to providing equal access to educational programs and services to our students with disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disability.

Student Support Center
The Student Support Center is available each semester for an additional fee. The Student Support Center offers professional learning consultation two hours per week to assist students develop appropriate learning strategies that will enable them to be in control of their own education. Students learn how to break down their academic tasks into distinct, achievable steps. Students learn to convert academic tasks into action stages using universal learning strategies.

Tutoring Center
Certified through the College Reading and Learning Association, the Tutoring Center offers free services and is designed to enhance the educational experiences of all students at Endicott. Through individualized tutoring with professional and/or peer tutors, students may receive support in a variety of disciplines, either in small groups or one-on-one sessions. The center is open Sunday through Friday, with day and evening hours available. Several study skills workshops are also offered each semester for those students interested in more generalized study strategies.

The Writing Center
Certified through the College Reading and Learning Association, the Writing Center provides free one-on-one assistance with all aspects of the writing process through professional and/or peer tutoring. Students may make appointments online or drop in to the center, which is open on weekdays, evenings, and Sundays. Writing tutors work with any Endicott student - undergraduate or graduate - on any type of writing. The Writing Center also offers workshops and online writing resources.

Peer Tutor Certification Program
Peer tutors are highly qualified students who are trained and certified following the guidelines of the College Reading and Learning Association. Peer tutors are successful students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, have been recommended by a faculty member, and have received a B or above in all of the courses they tutor. Peer tutors work in the Tutoring Center and the Writing Center, and are available for one-on-one or small group sessions by appointment.

Student Success Office
The Student Success Office serves as an intermediary for students and families regarding unresolved issues including financial reasons, housing concerns, social engagement, academic performance, etc. The office monitors student retention, which involves first-year student retention, overall student success from year-to-year, and attrition (i.e. why students leave the institution). The office manages the retention management system that is designed to identify students at risk and allow the office to provide appropriate interventions. The office is also handles the exit interviews of students who wish to withdraw from the College, take a leave of absence, or change their status (full-time to part-time, resident to commuter, etc.).

The office collaborates with all departments across campus regarding the readmission of any student. 

Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate
Undergraduate degree application fee (non-refundable) $25
Undergraduate degree per credit hour $359
ESL Level 0, 1, 2, 3 per course $150
ESL Level 4 and 5 per credit hour $359
Undergraduate registration fee $25
APL assessment fee (in addition to APL tuition) $750
APL extension fee $75
APL book fee $50
Van Loan School Audit fee for an undergraduate course $200
Day School tuition rate (per credit) $966
Day School part-time Curricular Fee (per semester) $225
Day School Audit Fee (3 credit course) $600
Graduate
Master’s degree application fee (non-refundable) $50
M.Ed. per credit hour $478
M.B.A. per credit hour $717
M.F.A./M.A. in Interior Architecture per credit hour $752
M.S. in Homeland Security per credit hour $683
M.S. in Information Technology per credit hour $717
M.S. in Nursing per credit hour $752
Applied Behavior Analysis Courses per credit hour $552
Autism Courses per credit hour $552
TIES- Integrative Learning Programs per semester $7,163
M.B.A. Curricular Fee: The fee of $1350 is billed per course (in addition to tuition) as follows:
Full-time M.B.A. program per course $113
Experienced Professional M.B.A .per course $97
Interior Architecture Master’s Dissertation III Extended $1,200
Graduate Audit Fee (3 credit course) $230
M.B.A. Audit Fee (3 credit course) $295
Doctoral
Doctoral degree application fee (non-refundable) $50
Ed.D. per semester $5,227
Ed.D. curricular fee, per semester $750
Non-matriculated student tuition for one 3-credit Ed.D. course $2,614, plus a curricular fee of $375
Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis per semester $6,178
Non-matriculated student tuition for one 3-credit Ph.D. course $3,089
Ph.D. in Nursing per semester $5,150
Non-matriculated student tuition for one 3 credit Ph.D. Nursing course $2,575
Doctoral Continuation fee $1,200
Other Fees:
Endicott employee registration fee per course $25
Late registration/late payment fee $50
Returned check fee $50
Graduation fee $200
Official transcript fee (each) $6
Materials fee, if any, will be noted in the course description.

Payment
All tuition and fees are due at time of registration. Payment methods in person include cash or check. ACH payment, International Wire Transfer, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are accepted online. Visit www.endicott.edu/vanloan/bursar.

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 registered for 12 or more credits per semester and graduate students registered for nine 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 $2,558 for undergraduate students and $2,998 for graduate and doctoral students. The plan year is August 19, 2017 - August 18, 2018. 

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available for eligible students who are matriculated in a program. Van Loan and Endicott Gloucester students please visit:  www.vanloan.endicott.edu/financialaid for application instructions or call 978-998-7715. For Endicott Boston students please visit: www.endicott.edu/Boston for application instructions or call 857-265-3917. 

Housing 
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. 

Withdrawals/Refunds 
Withdrawal from a course must be requested officially in writing and delivered to the Office of the Assistant Registrar at the Van Loan School, either in person or via email at vlsregistrar@endicott.edu. Failure to withdraw officially from a course once it has commenced will result in a grade of “F” on the college transcript.

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

For courses that are less than 2 weeks:
100% of tuition if requested before the start date of the course;
50% if requested before the second day;
No refund after the second day.

For courses that have 2 to 7 weeks:
100% of tuition if requested before the start date of the course;
50% if requested at any time before the second week;
No refund after the start of the second week.

For courses that have 8 to 12 weeks:
100% of tuition if requested before the start date of the course;
75% of tuition if requested by the second week;
50% of tuition if requested by the third week;
No refund after the start of the third week.

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

For semester-long Graduate and Doctoral Programs:
100% of tuition and doctoral fee if requested 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 or doctoral fee after fifteen days of the first class of the semester.

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. First-time students who receive Title IV assistance should contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain the Title IV refund policy or review online in the college catalog at http://catalog.endicott.edu

Registration Options
Online:
Matriculated students may register online through MyEndicott, the student database at vanloan.endicott.edu
Email: your completed registration form to vlsregistrar@endicott.edu. Please include your payment confirmation number in your email.
Mail: your completed registration form to: The Van Loan School at Endicott College. Please include your payment or payment confirmation number. 
Fax: your completed registration form to 978-232-3000. Please include your online payment confirmation number. If you would like confirmation for the receipt of your faxed registration form email vlsregistrar@endicott.edu. 
In Person: The Van Loan office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 Registar’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 a signed, dated letter. Non-attendance does not constitute 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 formal 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

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. 

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 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.

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. 

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.

Graduation
The Van Loan School holds its own commencement ceremony 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 Degree: A maximum of six 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 institution, carry grades of B or better, and not have been used to fulfill degree requirements at other institutions.

Transfer of Credits for M.Ed. Programs: At the time of matriculation, students may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits completed at other accredited institutions. Only courses relevant to the program of study in which a student has received a grade of “B” or better 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.

Transfer Credits for MBA Programs: A maximum of six credits may be transferred into a student’s MBA course of study if the student has successfully completed applicable graduate coursework, with a grade of “B” or better, within the last five (5) years from an accredited institution. An official transcript and course descriptions must be furnished.

Transfer Credits for the MFA Programs: At the time of matriculation, students in the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture program may request transfer of not more than 12 graduate credits that have been completed at regionally accredited institutions. The courses must be relevant to the programs of study, must show grades of “B” of higher, and must have been completed no more than five years prior to the student’s acceptance into Endicott’s Interior Architecture master’s degree programs.

Undergraduate- Bachelor’s: 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 Van Loan School. Students must be matriculated before transfer credits can be added to the Endicott College transcript. 

Undergraduate- Associate’s: For associate’s degree programs, a maximum of 32 transfer credits from other accredited colleges may be applied to the Endicott associate’s degree. Grades of “C” or better may be accepted, and no more than six credits may carry a “C-” grade. 

Transfer Credits for the Undergraduate Nursing Program: 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 from 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. To request transfer credit for a Nursing course taken at another institution, the applicant must present a course syllabus for each Nursing course and a transcript from the previous program for evaluation by the Nursing Faculty committee.

The applicant may be required to take examination(s) to assess previous learning. RN students may be awarded toward the Bachelor’s degree program, a maximum of 39 credits in transfer from their associate level degree coursework. If accepted, these credits may fulfill the requirements of: NU 210 Fundamentals of Nursing, NU 211 Care of Adults, NU 311 Psychosocial Nursing, NU 313 Care of Childbearing Families, NU 314 Care of Children, and NU 410 Acute Care Nursing.

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
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’s degrees. Students receive three credits for successful completion of APL 100.

In addition to transfer credits from other colleges, 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 associate degree with the remaining credits held toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree program.

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). 

Accelerated Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs
The accelerated undergraduate programs offered at Endicott provide adult learners an opportunity to complete associate’s and/or bachelor’s degrees in the evening and/or online, following an intensive format. Students may pursue majors in Business Administration, Integrated Studies, Liberal Studies, and Psychology.

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’s degree and with Endicott Associate graduates who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree. The School offers tuition discounts to Endicott associate’s graduates who matriculate into a campus-based Endicott bachelor’s degree program.

Program Accreditation

Nursing :
The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 and Fax (404) 975-5020. (www.acenursing.org)

Athletic Administration:
The Athletic Administration Program has been awarded Maximum Accreditation (7 years) by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)

Interior Architecture:
The Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Admissions Requirements

Doctoral Programs
Application Requirements for all doctoral programs

Doctoral applicants are required to have earned a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the doctoral program must apply to the Van Loan School at Endicott College using the online application found at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions. General application requirements for all doctoral programs include submission of:

• 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; • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
• Current resume and/or curriculum vitae;
• Three letters of recommendations. Recommendations should address scholarly potential;
• An original 6-10 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) personal statement. Your personal statement should address the following questions: 1) What relevant knowledge, skills, and experiences will you contribute to your 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;
• 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.

Additional Doctoral Degree Admission Requirements: Program Specific

Applied Behavioral Analysis Program (Doctor of Philosophy) Program-Specific Application Requirements
• Official copy of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); OR Official copy of scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
• 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;
• An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.

Conditional Admission to the ABA Doctoral Program
A student may be conditionally admitted to the ABA Doctoral Program at the Program Director’s discretion. A student is eligible for conditional admission for the following reasons:
- A student needs additional time to complete admissions requirements. Students seeking conditional admission for this reason should have completed the online program application, paid the application fee and submitted a substantial majority of the required application documentation.
- It is determined by the Program Director that a prospective student must demonstrate the ability to succeed in the program prior to full acceptance.

Students requesting conditional admission are first required to speak with the ABA Program Director. The Director’s written approval is required for conditional admission. Once approved by the ABA Program Director, a conditionally admitted student may take either one or two courses as determined by the Director during their first semester in the program.

Conditional admission is offered to allow a conditionally admitted student to take courses only in the ABA doctoral program. Conditional admission is valid for a student’s first semester only. If a student has taken one or two courses in the ABA doctoral program as a non-degree student as allowed by Endicott College policy he or she is not eligible for conditional admission.

A student who is conditionally admitted must complete all requirements of the ABA doctoral admission process. No admissions requirements for candidates for the ABA doctoral program may be waived for conditionally admitted students. If a conditionally admitted student does not complete the admissions requirements stipulated by the Van Loan School Academic Catalog within their first semester in the program, the student will not be allowed to register for future classes until such requirements are completed in full.

A student granted conditional admission is not guaranteed admission to the ABA Doctoral Program. In all other respects conditionally admitted ABA doctoral students are required to adhere to policies that are in effect for traditionally admitted ABA doctoral students. 

Educational Leadership in Higher Education Administration (Doctor of Education) Program-Specific Application Requirements

• An official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
• 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, which will be scheduled after application review

Educational Leadership in PreK - 12 (Doctor of Education) Program-Specific Application Requirements

• An official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
• 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, which will be scheduled after application

Nursing Program (Doctor of Philosophy) Program-Specific Application Requirements

• 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;
• Submit examples of published works or scholarly papers;
• Basic registered nursing preparation;
• A 3.0 grade point average at the master’s level is required;
• A writing sample is required, in addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit any published work or scholarly papers. 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; 
• An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.

Graduate Programs
Application Requirements for all graduate programs

• All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915:
• Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
• Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
• 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.
• If required Endicott’s GRE code is 3854 and MAT code is 2567 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 Endicott credits.

Additional Graduate Degree Admission Requirement - Program Specific

Administrative Leadership (M.Ed.)
• Resume and/or curriculum vitae indicating a minimum of three years of full time employment
• Evidence of 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) (Not required for students who hold a master’s degree or graduated from Endicott College)

Education (M.Ed.)- Leading to Massachusetts Educator Initial License
• A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL);

Education (M.Ed.) Leading to Massachusetts Educator Professional License
• A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL);
• A copy of all initial or professional teacher licenses in the state of Massachusetts

Interior Architecture (M.A., and MFA)
• For MFA First Professional / MA First Professional - portfolios not required
• For MFA Post Professional / MA Post Professional / MA 5th Year - Design portfolio required with a minimum 15 pieces of design work

Nursing Programs (M.S.)
• 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;
• Resume and/or curriculum vitae
• Interview

Reading and Literacy (M.Ed.):
• Initial license in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities

Teaching Fellowship Program
• Must be admitted to a master’s degree program for licensure
• Must apply to the Fellowship program and receive a full-time placement with an approved school district

Special Programs

Integrative Learning (M.Ed.) / Montessori Integrative Education (M.Ed.)
• Requirements for admission include an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and written responses to questions that are part of the application process. We are looking for self-directed learners who enjoy serious inquiry and are interested in applying and expanding concepts for lifelong learning. All pertinent program and application materials are located on our website http://www.ties-edu.org 

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.

Application Requirements for all undergraduate programs

Candidates for Van Loan School’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 or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/ Van-Loan-Admissions or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915:

• Completed undergraduate application;
• Non-refundable $25.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
• Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
• Official final high school transcript or GED certificate
• Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts.
• Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 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 Requirements
• 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.