Standards of WorkBerea has established minimum academic standards for all students. These standards concern academic progress and evaluation of student work. Students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if they maintain a satisfactory GPA (a minimum cumulative 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for master's and doctoral students).
If a student fails to maintain the required Grade Point Average, he/she may be placed on academic probation. Academic probation is a period in which students must achieve a prescribed level of academic performance. If placed on academic probation, undergraduate students must achieve a "C" or better and master's and doctoral students must achieve a "B" or better for each of three consecutive courses during the probationary period. Students who fail to demonstrate improved academic performance will be referred to the Academic Committee for appropriate action.
Writing skills are crucial to educational success in all degree levels. Academic writing differs from other forms of writing in that it usually:
- Is appropriately narrow in focus;
- Presents an argument based on sound critical thinking;
- Draws upon and properly acknowledges the work of others;
- Presents new understanding in an organized fashion.
Those students who do not meet the basic minimal writing standards, which are commensurate with their degree level, will be asked to take remedial courses or seminars.
Unless otherwise indicated by a course instructor, all writing in Berea classes will be evaluated on the basis of standard English, especially in terms of quality, creativity, effectiveness of argumentation and reasoning, and accuracy of information. In addition, academic writing will be evaluated on the selection and use of appropriate supporting material. All information not original to the student must be cited in a recognized format appropriate to the academic discipline. Use of information or material from outside sources without proper citation is considered as alleged plagiarism and is grounds for disciplinary action.