The academic record of each student is reviewed at the close of the fall and spring semesters by the Committee on Academic Status and Petitions. Specific attention is given to the student's progress in maintaining the minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average that is required for graduation from the College. Students who fail to demonstrate satisfactory progress toward graduation may be required to withdraw from the College. The committee determines academic status and is guided in its decisions by the following standards:
Good Standing -- A student whose semester and cumulative grade point averages are 2.0 or above is considered to be in good standing.
Semester Probation -- A student who has a semester grade point average below 2.0 for one semester and has a cumulative grade point average above 2.0 will be placed on semester probation.
Academic Probation -- A student is placed on academic probation whenever his/her cumulative grade point average falls below the 2.0 level, or when the semester average falls below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, even though the cumulative average remains a 2.0 or above.
Terminal Academic Probation -- Some students, because of their extremely low grade point averages, are classified under terminal academic probation and given a specific grade point average to obtain for their work during the following semester. A student who fails to meet the requirements of terminal academic probation may be subject to required academic withdrawal.
Required Academic Withdrawal -- A student is subject to academic withdrawal if his or her academic progress does not meet either of the following minimums at the end of the semester listed:
1.00 with a minimum of 3 units completed at the end of the first semester of attendance;
1.62 with a minimum of 6 units completed at the end of the second semester of attendance;
1.75 with a minimum of 9 units completed at the end of the third semester of attendance;
1.81 with a minimum of 13 units completed at the end of the fourth semester of attendance;
1.90 with a minimum of 17 units completed at the end of the fifth semester of attendance;
2.00 with a minimum of 21 units completed at the end of the sixth semester of attendance;
2.00 with a minimum of 25 units completed at the end of the seventh semester of attendance.
A student is also subject to academic withdrawal if he or she fails to obtain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 for work in three consecutive semesters, or meet the requirements of terminal academic probation.
Other Policies on Academic Status
Veteran's Requirements -- A veteran or eligible person receiving VA benefits cannot be certified by Albion College as a student making satisfactory progress towards a degree if this student is on academic probation longer than two semesters. VA benefits will cease after two semesters of probation. The Veteran's Administration will be notified of any veteran who fails a course or who is not making satisfactory progress. In order to be recertified for veteran's benefits the student must remove all quality point deficiencies and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
Leave of Absence -- Leave of absence is a privilege extended to those who desire to interrupt, but not to discontinue permanently, their enrollment from Albion for one or two semesters. Applications must be made in writing to the vice president for student affairs prior to the semester in which the student wishes the leave of absence. A student who is granted a leave of absence may participate in enroll ment procedures of regularly enrolled students for such considerations as registration, room lottery and applications for financial assistance. The student is expected to return to Albion following leave.
Voluntary Withdrawal from College -- Students who wish to withdraw from the College during the semester (i.e., withdrawing after enrollment has been completed at the beginning of a semester and before the completion of final exams) should initiate the withdrawal process by contacting the Student Affairs Office and submitting a Student Withdrawal Form.
Readmission -- Graduates or former students may apply for readmission to the College at the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Applications for readmission are to be submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to return. Students are charged a readmission fee of $50.
Nondegree Status (Special Student Status) -- Applies to students enrolled for special programs designed to fill particular needs but not usually leading toward graduation. This status normally applies only to students at the freshman or sophomore level. Re-enrollment as a nondegree student is dependent upon the maintenance of a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course in which the student is enrolled. A nondegree student must submit appropriate credentials to the Admissions Office one month in advance of registration. Nondegree students who wish to become candidates for the bachelor of arts degree must formally apply for admission to the College.
Catalog of Entry -- Though departmental and graduation requirements of the College may change while a student is enrolled, it is expected that each student will meet the requirements outlined in the catalog that is in effect at the time he or she entered Albion. The ``catalog of entry'' philosophy is considered applicable for students who leave the College and whose interrupted course of study is not longer than five years.
Frederick M. Adams, chairman and CEO, Northern Trust Bank (Michigan), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2005 T).
Carolyn E. Aishton, vice president, corporate programs (retired), Avon Products, Inc., New York, New York (2007 T).
Richard L. Baird, partner, Global ABAS Operations, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago, Illinois (2006 T).
David M. Barrett, chief executive officer, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts (2007 A).
Daniel Boggan, Jr., chief operating officer (retired), National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (2005 A).
Diane S. Carr, attorney, Brookover and Carr, Lansing, Michigan (2007A).
Carey S. Czech, graduate student; Walsh College, Farmington Hills, Michigan (2005 R).
John W. Ellinger, senior pastor, Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City, Michigan (2005 W).
Robert B. Hetler, partner (retired), PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P., New Orleans, Louisiana (2006 A).
Jonathan D. Keaton, bishop, Michigan Area, United Methodist Church, Southfield, Michigan.
Carol A. Leisenring, co-director, Financial Institutions Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2006 T).
Thomas L. Ludington, judge, 42nd Circuit Court, Midland, Michigan (2005 D).
Peter T. Mitchell, president, Albion College, Albion, Michigan.
JoEllen Parker, executive director, National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2007D).
Charles G. Raphael, vice president, retail banking group (retired), Bank One Corp., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2006 A).
William A. Ritter, senior minister, Birmingham First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Michigan (2007 D).
Judy Dow Rumelhart, vocalist, director, producer, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (2006 T).
William Schuette, judge, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing, Michigan (2007 T).
Joseph O. Serra, president, Serra Automotive, Grand Blanc, Michigan (2006 T).*
Thomas C. Shearer, attorney/president, Thomas C. Shearer, P.C., Grand Rapids, Michigan (2006 W).
Richard M. Smith, chairman and editor-in-chief, Newsweek, New York, New York. (2005 T). *Vice chairman for academic and student affairs.
William K. Stoffer, chief executive officer, Albion Machine and Tool Company, Albion, Michigan (2005 A). *Vice chairman for institutional advancement.
Paul D. Tobias, chief executive officer, Mackinac Partners, L.L.C., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (2005 T). *Vice chairman for finance and business affairs.
John N. Vournakis, vice president for research and development, Marine Polymer Technologies, Danvers, Massachusetts (2005 T).
James M. Wilson, director, Institute for Human Gene Therapy, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005 T).
Jess Womack, associate general counsel, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California (2006 T). *Vice chairman for community relations.
Teleah Young-Hamilton, Albion, Michigan (2006R).
The year in parentheses after each name indicates the date the individual's term on the Board of Trustees expires. T--elected by the Board of Trustees; A--
elected by the Albion College Alumni Association; D--elected by the Detroit
Conference of the United Methodist Church; W--elected by the West Michigan
Conference of the United Methodist Church. R--recent graduate trustee *Indicates
officer of the Board of Trustees.
Prentiss M. Brown, Jr., partner, Brown & Brown attorneys, St. Ignace, Michigan.
Chris T. Christ, attorney, Battle Creek, Michigan.
William C. Ferguson, Verizon Communications, White Plains, New York.
Janet M. Goudie, fashion consultant, Doncaster, Rochester, Michigan
Todd W. Herrick, president and chief executive officer, Tecumseh Products Com-
pany, Tecumseh, Michigan.
Edmund L. Jenkins, chairman (retired), Financial Accounting Standards Board,
Stanley Jones, vice president (retired), Unisys Corporation, Detroit, Michigan.
James A. Klungness, president (retired), Cable Constructors, Inc., Iron Mountain,
Bruce A. Kresge, physician (retired), Lake Angelus, Michigan.
Arnold G. Langbo, chairman (retired), Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan.
John S. Ludington, chairman emeritus, Dow Corning Corporation, Midland,
Paul W. McCracken, professor of business administration (retired), The University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Alan W. Ott, chairman of the board (retired), Chemical Financial Corporation,
John W. Porter, education consultant (retired), Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Albert M. Serra, chief executive officer (retired), Team Management Co., Inc.,
Andrew G. Sharf, cardiovascular surgeon, Santa Ynez, California.
Justin L. Sleight, ophthalmologist (retired), Lansing, Michigan.
Wendell B. Will, president, Capital Ideas, Glendale, California.
Albion College offers need-based financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. Sources of funds include Albion College scholarships, grants and work; private sources; and State of Michigan and federal grant, loan and work programs administered by the College. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be obtained from your high school guidance office, the Albion College Financial Aid Office or completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Albion College Financial Aid Office will develop a financial aid package based on the FAFSA information. The package will include a combination of grants, scholarships, loans and work. Students have the option of accepting all or part of the aid awarded. Albion College also offers a number of academic scholarships to incoming students. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship receive notification from the Admissions Office.
While we do everything we can to assist students with financial need, it is important to remember that, at Albion, we believe the primary responsibility for financing your education lies with you and your family. In awarding need-based aid, the College requires that each student and his/her parent(s) contribute funds toward the cost of the student's education.
Information about loans, scholarships and work opportunities may be secured by contacting Albion's Financial Aid Office. Because the amount of aid is limited, entering first-year students applying for financial aid are urged to make their requests by filing the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of their senior year as possible. Awards are made in the order that processed forms are received. The deadline for the State of Michigan scholarship/grant program is March 1. For maximum consideration, Albion academic scholarship applications must be received by February 1.
Need-Based Aid Renewal
You must reapply annually for need-based financial aid. All enrolled students receiving aid automatically receive renewal information in early December. Based on available funding, aid usually continues at the same level each year, unless there is a change in your family situation.
Satisfactory Progress Policy
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress in 1980 and reauthorized in 1992, mandates that institutions of higher education maintain minimum standards of ``satisfactory progress'' in order for students to receive financial aid. Albion College makes these standards applicable to all need-based institutional awards, Federal Pell Grants, federal campus-based programs, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students and State of Michigan awards in order to maintain a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance. To satisfy satisfactory progress requirements, a student must maintain a minimum G.P.A. each semester, complete a required number of units each year and complete degree requirements within a determined number of semesters. An Albion College student is eligible for the equivalent of eight full-time semesters of financial aid. Students enrolled in the teacher certification program or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program may be required to attend one additional semester. These students will be given nine semesters of aid in which to receive their degree/certificates. Students who do not complete their degree in eight semesters (or nine for teacher certification or B.F.A.) will not be eligible for additional financial aid.
A full-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 3.0 units each semester. A half-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 1.5 units per semester. Students carrying fewer than 1.5 units will be considered a quarter-time student. Semesters in which the student is enrolled exclusively for a one-unit internship, or summer semesters in which the student is enrolled for one unit, do not count toward the maximum semester limitation as indicated above. Other part-time semesters will be equated to full-time semesters. Students planning to enroll part-time should notify the Financial Aid Office.
All full-time semesters for which the student is enrolled in the College are counted in the eight-semester limitation (nine semesters for teacher certification or B.F.A.) even if no financial aid was received. Semesters in which the student enrolled and attended any classes will count in semesters attended, including semesters in which a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence.
Grade point average (G.P.A.) and units completed are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester. Students must maintain the following cumulative average and units completed:
1.00 with a minimum of 3 units completed at the end of the first semester at Albion College;
1.62 with at minimum of 6 units completed at the end of the second semester at Albion;
1.75 with a minimum of 9 units completed at the end of the third semester at Albion;
1.81 with a minimum of 13 units completed at the end of the fourth semester at Albion;
1.90 with a minimum of 17 units completed at the end of the fifth semester at Albion;
2.00 with a minimum of 21 units completed at the end of the sixth semester at Albion;
2.00 with a minimum of 25 units completed at the end of the seventh semester at Albion;
In addition, regardless of the cumulative grade point average, a student who fails to obtain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. for three consecutive semesters is not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress for aid renewal.
Transfer Students--Class standing of transfer students will be considered according to units transferred in. For example, a student who is deemed to have first-semester sophomore class standing upon entrance will be eligible for six semesters of Albion College financial aid.
Notification--The Financial Aid Office will notify any student qualifying for financial assistance who does not meet minimum satisfactory progress and is being terminated from aid. Following the spring semester, notices will be sent to the most recent permanent address supplied to the registrar by the student and such notices are considered delivered.
Regaining Eligibility--A student who has insufficient units to qualify for aid may be considered eligible for aid only when enough units, including incomplete courses, have been completed to make up the unit shortage. Unit credit may be transferred in, but G.P.A. will be affected only by courses taken at Albion College. The academic year will be considered to commence with the first day of classes of the fall semester and continue to the first day of classes the following fall, thus allowing the possibility of reinstatement of aid eligibility over the summer term. If a student had mitigating circumstances that prohibited him/her from meeting the standards, the student may submit an appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Financial Aid Office, and they will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee prior to the start of the semester in which reinstatement of financial aid eligibility is requested. Examples of mitigating circumstances include: illness, change of major, unexpected hardships and death in the immediate family.
Academic Withdrawal--See p. 109 for academic status and withdrawal information.
Albion College Academic Scholarship Renewal
Academic scholarships are renewable annually provided students maintain the required yearly grade-point average and are in good personal standing with the College. Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain superior academic performance while at Albion College. To renew a Distinguished Albion Scholar award, a Trustee Scholarship and a Presidential Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 3.00. To renew a Webster or Briton Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 2.50.
Grade point averages and units earned are reviewed at the end of the academic year by the Financial Aid Office. A student's first year of college is often the most challenging. Therefore, students are encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty adviser while making decisions regarding their class schedule. Eligibility to retain an academic award will require the yearly G.P.A. or a written plan of action from the faculty adviser regarding the issues surrounding a student's G.P.A. Students must also maintain good social standing to be eligible for renewal of an academic award, as defined in Albion College's online Student Handbook.
Campus employment is available to help students meet expenses. Federal Work-Study programs are available for students who show financial need, based on analysis of the FAFSA. In addition to on-campus Work-Study positions, there are positions available off-campus in the community of Albion that are now funded through the federal Work-Study program.Earnings from student employment are paid directly to the student by payroll check each month; the amount earned is not credited to the student's account.
The Student Employment Office has a listing of on- and off-campus jobs that are available for everyone (Work-Study and non-Work-Study students). Jobs are also listed online at www.albion.edu/financialaid/jobopenings.asp. This listing includes job description, qualifications needed and rate of pay.
Academic Honors and Activities
Albion encourages students to expand their experience both inside and outside of the classroom. A wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities provide recreational and educational opportunities for all students. These include honor societies, honorary organizations, departmental clubs, off-campus study, interdisciplinary courses, performing arts, and more. In addition, Albion provides a complete intramural and varsity athletic program which is described in the ``Student Life'' section of this catalog.
Dean's Honor List -- Those full-time students whose grade point average is 3.5 or above at the completion of a semester are named to the Dean's List issued at the close of each semester. To qualify, students must take at least three units in graded courses and successfully complete four units. All course work must be completed on the Albion College campus.
Departmental Honors -- Qualified departmental majors may present papers to be considered for departmental honors. Normally such students will have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their major department and will have conducted the work as part of a directed study. A student whose GPA is lower than 3.0, but whose work promises a thesis of high quality, may petition the major department for permission to submit a thesis. A student whose thesis is accepted by the department will graduate with ``departmental honors.''
Graduation Recognition -- Three grades of recognition are conferred at graduation. For students graduating in 2006 and after, cum laude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.5; magna cum laude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.75; and summa cumlaude is granted to those who have a grade point average of 3.9 or above. A student must complete at least three semesters of study at Albion College to be considered for graduation recognition.
Graduation Honors -- Students who successfully complete Albion's Honors Program and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 will graduate "with Albion College honors.''
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest of the national honorary societies, founded in 1776. The Beta of Michigan chapter was established at Albion in 1940. Members are usually seniors in the top 10 percent of their graduating class who meet the chapter's liberal studies and residency requirements.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research. Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program and who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members.
Albion College Fellows have attained a 3.7 average for three successive semesters on campus. They must also take at least three units in graded courses and successfully complete four units each semester. Participation in an approved off-campus program does not prevent students from qualifying at the end of the semester after they return.
Mortar Board, a national honorary, was established at Albion in 1941 to honor women who have been outstanding in scholarship, leadership and service. In 1976 the Albion chapter voted to make its membership coeducational.
Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honorary, was established at Albion in 1942 to honor juniors and seniors who have actively contributed to campus life and scholarship.
Alpha Lambda Delta, national freshman scholastic honorary, recognizes students who have received a 3.5 average at the end of their first semester or have an accumulative 3.5 at the end of their freshman year, based on at least three units of graded courses per semester. Alpha Lambda Delta was established at Albion in 1940.
Departmental Honoraries and Clubs
Many academic departments of the College sponsor honoraries in recognition of high scholarship. Minimum requirements for membership in these honoraries usually include: a departmental grade average of 3.0; an all-College grade average of 2.5; a major or minor in the respective department; and sophomore standing, although second semester freshmen are eligible in very unusual cases. The departments and their respective organizations include:
Biology -- Beta Beta Beta (national)
Chemistry -- Fall Chemistry Club
Economics -- Omicron Delta Epsilon (national)
English -- Joseph J. Irwin Honorary Society
Geology -- Sigma Gamma Epsilon (national)
History -- Phi Alpha Theta (national)
Mathematics -- Kappa Mu Epsilon (national)
Music -- Pi Kappa Lambda (national)
Physics -- Sigma Pi Sigma (national)
Political Science -- Pi Sigma Alpha (national)
Psychology -- Psi Chi (national)
Public Policy -- Pi Sigma Sigma (national)
Many departments also have their own clubs designed to encourage interest and to supplement the work in the classroom.
Departmental awards are given on a broad range of criteria to students in the form of prizes, honors and other distinctions. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the awards by contacting the respective departmental chair.
International Scholarships and Fellowships
Among the prestigious scholarships and fellowships available to Albion College students are five that are international in scope: Fulbright grants, British Marshall scholarships, Rhodes scholarships, Rotary Ambassadorial fellowships and NSEP scholarships. Albion College College students have been recipients of Fulbright grants, Marshall scholarships, Rhodes scholarships, Rotary Ambassadorial fellowships and Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs fellowships sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.
Freeman-ASIA--The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees are expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities.
Fulbright Grants--Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Each year, the Fulbright program enables U.S. students, artists and other professionals to study or conduct research in more than 100 nations. The program offers Fulbright full grants, Fulbright travel grants, foreign and private grants and teaching opportunities. Brochures, application forms and information are available from the Office of International Education or the Fulbright campus adviser. The campus application
deadline is Oct. 1.
British Marshall Scholarships--Established by an act of Parliament in 1953 to commemorate the ideals of the European Recovery Programme (the Marshall Plan), the British Marshall scholarships are intended to enable ``intellectually distinguished young Americans to study in the United Kingdom and thereby to gain an understanding and appreciation of the British way of life.'' Applications must be submitted on prescribed forms available by mid-May from the Office of International Education or the Marshall campus adviser. The campus application deadline is Oct. 1.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program--Outstanding students who are interested in pursuing a foreign service career with the U.S. Department of State may apply for a Pickering fellowship during their sophomore year. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and round trip travel. The fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the Woodrow Wilson National fellowship Foundation. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation. Only U.S. citizens will be considered for the Pickering fellowships. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Rhodes Scholarship--The Rhodes scholarship provides for study at Oxford University and is one of the most competitive awards available. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding intellectual and academic achievement, but they must also be able to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. Forms and information are available from the Office of International Education or the Rhodes campus adviser. The campus application deadline is Oct. 1.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships--The primary purpose of this program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Scholarship applications need to be made more than a year in advance of the planned study abroad program experience. Rotary awards provide for all expenses of most semester and year-long study-abroad programs.
NSEP Scholarships--Established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, NSEP scholarships aim to provide U.S. undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire expertise in languages, cultures and countries less commonly taught in the United States. NSEP scholarships can be applied for study in all countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Applications can be obtained from the Office of International Education
or the NSEP campus adviser. The campus application deadline is Dec. 1.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program--The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program reduces barriers to study abroad by providing assistance to those undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for U.S. citizens who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Pell recipients planning to study abroad should also apply for a Gilman Scholarship. This congressionally funded program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. Information on other study-abroad scholarships may be obtained in the Office of International Education.