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Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All NECI programs have a required curriculum. The schedule of classes is predetermined. With the exception of elective courses, students are not required to sign up for individual courses. Remedial assistance is available but it is not credit bearing. In order to earn semester credits for any course, a student must achieve a Meets Standard, Exceeds Standard, A, B, or C grade. Credits are not awarded for Incomplete grades until the student demonstrates attainment of all course standards; credits are not awarded for Retake grades until the course is rescheduled and the student demonstrates attainment of all course standards. Transfer credit is included in the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress (as both attempted and completed credits), but is not used in the calculation of grade average.

Students are required to complete a predetermined number of semester credit hours or clock hours within a specific time period, and must work toward program completion within the maximum time frame calculated from the first day of enrollment. In order to remain enrolled, students must complete the program at the following rate:

Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts
Week 26: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 52: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts
Week 26: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 52: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Associate of Occupational Studies in Food and Beverage Business Management
Week 15: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 30: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Management (Resident Program for Year 3 and 4 )
Week 15: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 30: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts
Week 26: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 52: Complete in 70% of attempted credits
Week 78: Complete in 70% of attempted credits
Week 130: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Baking and Pastry Arts
Week 26: Complete in 50% of attempted credits
Week 52: Complete in 70% of attempted credits
Week 78: Complete in 70% of attempted credits
Week 130: Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (Online Program for Year 3 and 4)
15 Credits/3 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 50% of attempted credits
30 Credits/6 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits
45 Credits/9 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Baking and Pastry Arts (Online Program for Year 3 and 4)
15 Credits/3 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 50% of attempted credits
30 Credits/6 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits
45 Credits/9 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Management (Online Program for Year 3 and 4 )
15 Credits/3 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 50% of attempted credits
30 Credits/6 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits
45 Credits/9 Courses Attempted:
Complete in 70% of attempted credits

Certificate in Professional Cooking
Week 13: Complete in 50% of attempted clock hours

Certificate in Professional Baking and Pastry
Week 13: Complete in 50% of attempted clock hours

Students who do not complete the required percentage within 30 days will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic probation can last for up to four weeks. While on academic probation, students may be prohibited from attending regular classes and be required to work exclusively on an Academic Plan focusing on incomplete coursework. Students must attain academic progress as documented above within four weeks. Students who do not achieve the required level of satisfactory academic progress within the specified time will have their enrollment terminated as prescribed by school and federal guidelines.

Reinstatement of enrollment is solely at the school's discretion and according to the reinstatement policy outlined in the Student Handbook.

Students who have not met satisfactory academic progress are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Any student who has lost federal or state financial aid due to unsatisfactory academic progress has the opportunity to appeal. Documentation of medical or other unusual circumstances must be provided. All appeals are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be directed in written form to:

Director of Financial Aid Services
NECI
7 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Students who have appealed may be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one payment period. Students placed on Financial Aid Probation must be able to meet SAP by the end of the next payment period and will be placed on an Academic Plan ensuring they will meet SAP by a designated point in time. Academic Plans may include being withheld from courses or externship to focus on making up incomplete work, mandated sessions with Learning Services, having a reduced course load and/or retaking of courses. If SAP is not achieved, the student will be ineligible for further federal or state financial aid, and will have their enrollment terminated.

Academic Years and Financial Aid Eligibility

Academic programs at NECI run on an accelerated year-round schedule. As a result, students may progress through an academic year in 39 calendar weeks. As outlined in the chart below, students must have earned sufficient credits to progress to the next academic year and to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.
Second Academic Year: 30 semester credits earned
Third Academic Year: 60 semester credits earned
Fourth Academic Year: 90 semester credits earned

Students who are deemed at risk of not meeting these credit hour requirements will be placed on Academic Intervention as outlined in the Student Handbook. Students in this situation will be notified by the Academic Advising Office. While on Academic Intervention, students will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a plan for making up incomplete work. Academic Intervention plans may include weekly meetings with Learning Services or required study sessions; students on Academic Intervention may be withheld from classes and are ineligible to begin externship until they have earned adequate credits on their academic record to be considered eligible for externship.

Time Allowed for Completion of Studies

Students must complete their studies within one-and-one half times the length of the program (not including time withdrawn from the program, leaves of absence, or suspension from the school). The maximum timeframe for completion of studies may not exceed 150% of the published length of the educational program in credit hours or in clock hours. The maximum timeframe allowed for completion of each program is:

• Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts: 36 months/129 semester credits
• Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts: 36 months/121.5 semester credits
• Associate of Occupational Studies in Food and Beverage Business Management: 22.5 months/100.5 semester credits
• Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts: 58 months/207 semester credits
• Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (online delivery of Year 3 and 4): 36 months/108 weeks/90 semester credits
• Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Management: 22.5 months/90 semester credits
• Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Business Management (online): 36 months/108 weeks instructional time/90 semester credits
• Certificate in Professional Cooking: 39 weeks
• Certificate in Professional Baking and Pastry: 39 weeks

Financial Aid/SAP Probation

Students who have not met satisfactory academic progress and have successfully appealed due to medical or other unusual circumstances, as outlined under Satisfactory Academic Progress, may be placed on Financial Aid/SAP Probation. Students
on Financial Aid Probation may be eligible for financial aid for one payment period. The student will be placed on an Academic Plan ensuring they will meet SAP by a designated point in time. If SAP is not achieved, the student will be ineligible for further federal or state financial aid, and will have their enrollment terminated. All appeals are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be directed in written form to the Director of Financial Aid.

Updated 7.18.14