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Once the books are purchased, the term starts, and certifications are submitted, the most important part can begin: successfully finishing your courses and continuing your education! But before getting lost in that research project, there are a few things we feel you should know that may help you to maximize your chances of success.
Terms: Attendance Patterns
You will only be able to start additional classes when the current classes end. This means that while there are 12 terms, or semesters, per year, you can only register for the next term that begins after your current term ends. While we will always review petitions for an exception to this policy, we feel that this attendance pattern helps to maximize academic performance by avoiding excessive credit overlap.
Withdrawal: What it really means
Life can get overwhelming at times, we get it, and will always work with you to try and find the best path to success. Sometimes however, a course withdrawal is necessary. While the withdrawal policy may seem daunting at first, there are a few things to understand about this option that will hopefully help clarify the right time to ask for a withdrawal.
While there may be costs associated with a withdrawal, the above items will hopefully help to minimize any costs associated with a withdrawal. If there are mitigating circumstances, we always encourage our students to contact us, so that we can then evaluate the available options.
Grades: Why They Matter
It may seem like we are stating the obvious, but grades really do matter! In fact, the VA requires Thomas Edison State University to enforce standards for satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
Satisfactory academic progress in this case means:
If any of these conditions are not met, then your account will be placed on a Veteran Academic Probation (VAP). While under this probation, you will have to work with a school certifying official for every registration, and registrations will be limited to a maximum of 9 credits, as we wish to ensure your success, to as to remove the probation as quickly as possible.
Inability to meet the standards for SAP while under probation can unfortunately lead to a temporary revocation of VA benefits until success is demonstrated.
Before you find yourself on probation and overwhelmed at the prospect of a potential denial of VA benefits, we recommend the following:
And remember that we are always here for you. If you find yourself in need of help, before the situation escalates, please reach out, as we are happy to assist!
Engagement: Staying Active
Activity: that is, actively participating in a course by contributing to the online discussions and submitting assignments according to the course calendar, is just as critical as grades, some may argue even more important, given that lack of participation may lead to an involuntary withdrawal from the course, which in-effect, could affect SAP.
Remember, we are here to help. If you find that you are not going to be able to meet the assignment or discussion schedule, contact your course mentor and notify them, as the majority of the time they will be willing to work with you in order to ensure your success. If you are anticipating long-term delays, then we also recommend reaching out to our office by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, as we may be able to suggest possible alternatives, based on the circumstances.
The last thing you want to do is NOTHING, as our office routinely checks for course engagement during the semester, and while we will reach out to you for a response before taking any action, it's always best to stay ahead of any potential issues.
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