THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY®

Catalog
(2015-2016)

 


 Table of contents

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01

The University

   

 

01.01

Mission Statement

 

01.02

BPPE Approval

 

01.03

Address 

 

01.04

Facilities and Equipment

   

01.04.01

Classroom Equipment
   

01.04.02

Distance Education Facilities
   

01.04.03

Electronic Communication

 

01.05

Method of Instruction

 

01.06

Housing

 

01.07

VISA

 

01.08

Bankruptcy Clearance

 

01.09

Faculty

 

 

02

Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures

   
 

02.01

INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

 

02.02

Student Responsibility

 

02.03

Complaints

 

02.04

Student’s Right and Grievance Procedure

 

02.05

Student’s Rights Beyond Institution’s Grievance Procedure

 

 

03

Admission Requirements

   

 

03.01

Admission procedures

 

03.02

Credit Transfer Acceptance

 

03.03

Basis of Admission to Degree Programs

 

03.04

Experiential Credit

 

03.05

Personal Statement of Intent

 

03.06

Basis of Admission to Non-Degree Programs

 

03.07

English Language Proficiency

 

03.08

Acceptance to the University

 

03.09

Non-Discrimination Policy

 

03.10

Credit Transferability to other Facilities

 

03.11

Accreditation and Employment 

 

 

04

Tuition and Fees

   

 

04.01

Tuitions Scale during the period covered by the catalog

 

04.02

Tuition Payment Options

 

 

04.02.01      Administrative Fees

 

04.03

Student’s Right to Cancel

 

04.04

Tuition and Fees Refund Policy  

 

04.05

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

 

 

05

Distance Instruction

   

 

05.01

Distance Instruction Policy and procedure

 

05.02

Specific Provisions for Instruction Not in Real Time

 

 

06

Recordkeeping and Records’ Retention Policy

   

 

06.01

Recordkeeping

 

06.02

Records’ Retention

 

 

07

Academic Support Services

   

 

07.01

AUSTC Library

 

07.02

Student and Alumni Services

 

07.03

Academic Advisor

 

07.04

Academic Mentor

 

07.05

Steps to Earning your Degree

 

07.06

Program and Course Start Date

 

07.07

Course Length and Completion

 

 

 

08

Academic Policies

   

 

08.01

Enrollment

 

08.02

Breaks

 

08.03

Leave of Absence

 

08.04

Students in Active Military

 

08.05

Attendance Requirements / Instructional Activities

 

08.06

Academic Integrity

 

08.07

Student Interaction

 

08.08

Student Contact Information

 

08.09

Semester Credits

 

08.10

Textbooks

 

08.11

Course Materials to International Students

 

08.12

Free Redistribution of Donated Textbooks and Materials

 

08.13

International Students Studying in the United States

 

08.14

Grading System

 

08.15

Writing Scores

 

08.16

Drop a Course

 

08.17

Repeated Courses

 

08.18

Student Right to Appeal a Grade

 

08.19

Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

08.20

Probation/Dismissal due to lake of Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

08.21

Academic Probation

 

08.22

Academic Dismissal

 

08.23

Appeal of Academic Probation or Academic Dismissal

 

08.24

Student Conduct

 

08.25

Sexual Misconduct

 

08.26

Transcripts

 

08.27

Job Placement Assistance

 

08.28

Licensing and Credentials

   

09

Financial Aid Policies and Procedures 

   

 

09.01

Introduction

 

09.02

Minimum Academic Year Definition

 

09.03

Programs Offered

 

09.04

Ability to benefit (ATB)

 

09.05

Packaging Policy

 

09.06

Available Financial Aid Sources

 

09.07

Definition of Financial Need

 

09.08

Award Packaging

 

 

09.08.01

 

Resources Included in Award Packaging

 

 

09.08.02

 

Resources not Included in Award Packaging

 

09.09

Verification Policy

 

 

09.09.01

 

Verification Process

 

 

09.09.02

 

Verification Documentation

 

 

09.09.03

 

Secondary Verification

 

 

09.09.04

 

Eligibility Changes Resulting from Verification

 

09.10

Eligibility Issues

 

 

09.10.01

 

Citizenship Documentation

 

 

09.10.02

 

Conflicting Data

 

 

09.10.03

 

Resolving Conflicting Data

 

 

09.10.04

 

Timelines

 

09.11

Deadlines

 

 

09.11.01

 

Financial Aid Deadlines and Priority Dates

 

 

09.11.02

 

Late Documents

 

09.12

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

 

 

09.12.01

 

Rights

 

 

09.12.02

 

Responsibilities   

 

09.13

Institutional Fee Waiver        

 

09.14

Satisfactory Academic Progress     

 

 

09.14.01

 

Determining Enrollment Status      

 

 

09.14.02

 

Maximum Time length and 180 Units Limitation    

 

 

09.14.03

 

Repeated Course-Work   

 

 

09.14.04

 

Non-Degree (Including Remedial & ESL) Course Work  

 

09.15

Financial Aid Suspension and/or Termination     

 

09.16

Appeal Procedures     

 

09.17

Fraud   

 

09.18

Student Loan Deferment        

 

09.19

Financial Obligation     

 

 

09.19.01

 

Default of Financial Obligations      

 

 

10

Degree Requirements by Type of Program     

   

 

10.01

Information Research Courses    

 

10.02

General Education     

 

10.03

Bachelor’s degree Programs      

 

10.04

Master’s Degree Programs     

 

10.05

Non-Degree Study     

 

 

11

Types of Degree Programs Offered     

     

 

11.01

School of Business and Technology Management  

     

 

 

11.01.01

 

BS, Business Administration     

 

 

11.01.02

 

M.B.A. Degree Programs     

 

 

11.01.03

 

Ph.D., Business Administration      

     

 

11.02

School of Education      

     

 

 

11.02.01

 

Master of Education Leadership

 

 

11.02.02

 

PhD. of Education Leadership  

     

 

11.03

School of Social and Behavioral Science    

     

 

 

11.03.01

 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology      

 

 

11.03.02

 

Master of Arts in Psychology Degree Program  

 

 

11.03.03

 

Ph.D., Psychology and Behavioral Sciences  

     

 

11.04

School of Engineering    

   

 

 

11.04.01

BE, Civil Engineering

 

 

11.04.02

BE, Architectural  Engineering

 

 

11.04.03

ME, Architectural Engineering, Construction Management.

 

 

11.04.04

ME, Architectural Engineering, Building Systems  

 

 

11.04.05

ME, Architectural Engineering, Construction

 

 

11.04.06

ME, Civil Engineering    

 

 

11.04.07

BE, Computer Science

 

 

11.04.08

ME, Computer Science

 

 

11.04.09

BE, Electrical Engineering  

 

 

11.04.10

ME, Electrical Engineering 

 

 

11.04.11

BE, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

11.04.12

ME, Mechanical Engineering

 

 

11.04.13

Ph.D.  Engineering 

 

 

 

 

11.05

School of Science

       
   

11.05.01

M.S. Medical Informatics 
   

11.05.02

PhD. Medical Informatics   
   

11.05.03

M.S. Nutritional Science
   

11.05.04

PhD. Nutritional Science
       

12

Courses' Descriptions
       
 

12.01

General Knowledge
       
 

12.02

Business Administration
 

 

12.02.01

Accounting
 

 

12.02.02

Applied Computer Science
 

 

12.02.03

Business Administration
 

 

12.02.04

Construction Project Management
 

 

12.02.05

Healthcare Management
 

 

12.02.06

Human Resources Management
 

 

12.02.07

International Business Management
 

 

12.02.08

Electric Commerce
 

 

12.02.09

Financial Management
 

 

12.02.10

Management
 

 

12.02.11

Management Information Systems
 

 

12.02.12

Marketing Management
 

 

12.02.13

Management of Engineering and Technology
 

 

12.02.14

Public Administration
       
 

12.03

Engineering

 

 

12.03.01

Architectural Engineering
 

 

12.03.02

Building Systems
 

 

12.03.03

Civil Engineering
 

 

12.03.04

Construction Management
 

 

12.03.05

Construction Engineering
 

 

12.03.06

Computer Science
 

 

12.03.07

Electrical Engineering
 

 

12.03.08

Mechanical Engineering
 

 

12.03.09

Structural Engineering
 

 

12.03.10

Telecommunication
 

 

 

 
 

12.04

Education

 

 

12.04.01

Educational Leadership
 

 

12.04.02

Educational Leadership of Special Need Students
 

 

12.04.03

Educational Technology Management
 

 

12.04.04

Instructional Leadership
 

 

12.04.05

Higher Education Leadership
 

 

12.04.06

Organizational Leadership
 

 

12.04.07

Teacher Leadership
 

 

 

 
 

12.05

Psychology and Behavioral Science

 

 

12.05.01

Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
 

 

12.05.02

Industrial / Organizational Psychology
 

 

12.05.03

Marriage and Family Therapy
 

 

12.05.04

Psychology
 

 

 

 
 

12.06

Science

 

 

12.06.01

Medical Informatics
 

 

12.06.02

Nutritional Science

 

 

 

 

 

12.07

Research Subjects and Activities

 

This catalog covers the academic year 2014-2015 that starts (Aug. 15, 2014) and ends (Aug. 14, 2015) – all information included is current. Any additions or changes shall be posted on our website www.austc.us and will show in this catalog either as an update or insertions.

 

01 – THE UNIVERSITY

01.01 - MISSION STATEMENT

 

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY is a private postsecondary educational facility under the umbrella of a (501) (C) (3) Nonprofit Public Charity Organization established to provide degree programs at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.

 

01.02 – BPPE APPROVAL

 As a private postsecondary educational facility officially operates at the state of California, The American University for Science and Technology had submitted its application for BPPE’s approval since July 2010, BPPE wasn’t exist before that date.

 AUSTC’s application for approval is currently in processing and has not been finalized yet. Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactory answered by the university may be directed to:

 

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400,

 Sacramento, CA 95833,

 www.bppe.ca.gov ,

 Phone Number:  (916) 431-6959

Fax Number:  (916) 263-1897

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01.03 - ADDRESS:

All activities of The American University for Science and Technology including admissions, administrative processing, records keeping, academic activities and training sessions other than industrial and laboratory activities are all provided at the main premises located at the following address:

18345 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 210,

Tarzana, CA 91356,

Phone (818) 996-1863

 

Additional and updated information may be found on www.austc.us


01.04 - FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY provides distance education leading to bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees in Business and Technology Management, Engineering, Sciences, Education; and Social and Behavioral Sciences, that are all depend on written knowledge obtained from specified textbooks, Multimedia materials including fully recorded lectures and training sessions.. Even though, AUSTC policies and procedures as well as the applied regulations confirm the fact that students hold responsible for purchase and possession of any required software, hardware and a reliable method to access the internet for services, utilities and communication with faculty. AUSTC location is equipped enough to assure very well managed systems and successful mentoring and follow-up, as well as a convertible classroom platform that to provide a reliable faculty/students meeting area when needed, auditorium and monitored exam area.

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01.04.01 - Classroom Equipment

·         Fully equipped and air conditioned classrooms with tablet lecture chairs accommodates up to (28) students in the main classroom, while the extension accommodates up to 50 students.

·         Area is convertible to be utilized as meeting area, small lecturing area, chalkboard and overhead presentation area, monitored testing area, or a computer lab.

·         Ceiling mounted state of art projector with computer connectivity and sound output

·         Large dropdown projection screen

·         Portable Transparencies’ overhead projector

·         Lecturer’s laptop connection to projector, with all required software,

·         Fully equipped PC dedicated and installed in the classroom for presentation, internet access, local area network access and other uses.

·         Classroom dedicated printer

·         Wide Area Network (WAN) with state of art dedicated fileserver and media share capabilities

·         Free Wi-Fi for students and lecturer’s access

·         A number of laptop computers for students’ use within premises

·         Chalkboard and related supplies

·         Lecturer’s podium and laser pointing devise

 

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01.04.02 - Distance Education Facilities 

·         Dedicated Website www.austc.us

·         Electronically featured access to rich libraries of subjects, knowledge and resources

·         Audio/Video online conferencing facilities with presentation capabilities to allow sharing class attending and online attending groups at the same session

·         Access to a wide range of courseware including video/audio recorded lectures, text, and media

·         Well established communication and messaging services

·         Dynamic student informative web pages with access to faculty contact

·         Email connectivity and file submission services

·         Online bookstore, online Courseware, online unlimited video lectures covers all subjects that are currently offered as well future subjects, online congress open book library, online National Academies resources, and Internet Public Library. Those facilities provide unlimited resources for students, researchers and faculty members.

·         Well trained and experienced faculty staff and mentors

 

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01.04.03 - ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY uses electronic communications. Most interaction occurs through AUSTC’s website (www.austc.us).

Students must be able to navigate the World Wide Web. The University recommends using the most recent version of MS Internet Explorer. To view the tutorials and orientation information in the Students' area, Microsoft Windows Media Player is required. The University may provide documents that require Adobe Acrobat Reader,  that can be free downloaded through this URL address: http: //www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html .

The American university for Science and Technology issues an Email address for each and every new Student under the university’s official domain name. This method assures reliable email access with the capability to send and receive attached files. Spam blockers must be directed to accept email from AUSTC domain. Students are responsible to check their email and the Students website weekly at least to assure timely contact between the faculty and the student and to report and hardness while taking his/her subjects.

The American university for Science and Technology diligently attempts to prevent the spread of computer viruses by employing the latest virus detection software on all University owned computer systems; however, the University makes no guarantee related to the unintentional propagation of computer viruses that may go undetected by its virus detection software.

The American university for Science and Technology will not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages of any kind, including but not limited to; loss of data, file corruption, or hardware failure, resulting from the effect of any malicious code or computer virus unintentionally transmitted.  

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01.05 - METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

The American University for Science and Technology adapts the following cluster of methods combined together to create a uniquely engineered method that assures self-pacing, independent learning, monitored performance and accurate academic assessment:

-       Distance interaction through electronic communication and virtual face to face online bidirectional conferencing

-       Textbook based study plans

-       Ongoing assignments and assessment

-       Evening and weekends classroom scheduled faculty/student meetings

-       Credit is granted by assessment of student unsupervised preparation of comprehensive reports on the subject or setting for a standard three hours monitored exam per subject. 

The University assigns a faculty mentor for each course, update student’s data to reflect mentors’ information and inform each student about his assigned faculty members and mentors. Subject submission may be through group lecturing/training or one/on/one method.

All faculty members and students are encouraged to utilize the university assigned email address as their primary communication method.

Faculty and students are required to review and interact with the university assigned email address in daily bases to assure timely contact.

Mentors start communication with the assigned student’s group via a series of email messages and held scheduled online conferences on each subject based on predesigned plan under supervision of area’s professor.

All assignments are transmitted between the university and students via email or file upload.

Faculty discusses the assignment in timely manner with students during the scheduled online bidirectional conferences. Students may not post any completed assignment or subject report for scoring unless coordinated with the assigned faculty mentor regarding completion and submission date.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks either as a bulk package or gradually while completing requirements.

The American University for Science and Technology selected and established a virtual bookstore on its website. All references and materials are selected from an actual list on that book store to assure availability for students.

The selected bookstore carries all references including new, used and e-books that are all available to be purchased directly through university’s website.

The university may purchase and send textbooks and materials on behalf of international students if service is requested after full payment of purchasing and shipment costs.

Instructions, communications, questions, and answers are all handled personally between the student and faculty mentor through email communication, online conferencing and life class room evening and weekend meetings.

As the course progresses, the student incrementally submits assignments to the faculty mentor for evaluation and scoring in coordination with subject faculty.

The focus of active self-education is to encourage Students to incorporate course knowledge into their personal situations while faculty mentors play as resources providers and facilitators in the process of education.

Students demonstrate mastery of the course material and its personal relevance by completing assignments, term papers, examinations, or participating in class discussion forums as required. Upon completion of the course requirements and submission of comprehensive report of set for monitored exam, the student receives a course score and grade.

The university confers the degree after successful completion of all academic, financial and administrative requirements. Graduation ceremonies are held in Los Angeles, California and announced on the website and in direct email messages to graduates.

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01.06 - HOUSING

Due to the nature of applied distance learning method that does not require students to physically attend full time programs, the American University for Science and Technology does not currently have any responsibility to find or assist a student in finding housing, while it is possible to voluntarily assist visiting students to find cost effective housing near to the university premises or location of activity that student is visiting to attend (e.g. graduation ceremonies).

01.07 - VISA

The American University for Science and Technology admits students from other countries to distance learning degree programs. The university neither provides visa services, nor will vouch for student status.

All international students from countries where English is not the native language, students are required to proof English language proficiency. The American University for Science and Technology is registered member with ESL/TOEFL.

Our TOEFL code is (7370)

Applicants are required to successfully pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The American University for Science and Technology provides English language services to domestic students including English Composition I and English Composition II that leads to proficiency level.

English language classes are attended study that requires students to physically show in classroom for three semester units for each program. Cost is $120.00/Semester Unit.

The American University for Science and Technology currently considers English as the only academic and administrative language. No instruction will occur in a language other than English.

 

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01.08 - BANKRUPTCY CLEARANCE STATEMENT

The American University for Science and Technology

-       DOS NOT have any pending petition in bankruptcy

-       IS NOT operating as a debtor in possession

-       HAS NOT filed petition within the preceding five years

-       HAS NOT had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.)

 

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01.09 - FACULTY:

To manage distance education method and to assure the best academic support to students and researchers, including domestic and international students’ communities, The American University for Science and Technology implements faculty pool structure which is a collection of professors, associates and assistants working together in faculties who are not at the same location but actually distributed in and out of the united states. The objective of such a structure is to assure existence of faculty members at student’s area. Students are assigned to faculty members as mentors at their residence area.

 

Current Faculty Pool:  

 

Faculty

Degree

Position

Last Name

First Name

Mid Name

Location

Accounting

MS.

Lecturer I

Oladoyinbo

S.

O.

Nigeria

Ph.D.

Professor

Abou Khair

Walid

kamel

Lebanon

MBA

Lecturer

Afuye

Bamidele

John

Nigeria

Ph.D.

Ass Professor

Fakoya

M.

B.

Nigeria

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Abed

Iyad

Issa

UAE

MS.

Lecturer I

Adu

B.

O.

Nigeria

MBA

lecturer II

Coker

Olufemi

S.

Nigeria

MS

Asst. Professor

Sotto

Christian

A.

California

MBA

Ass Professor

Rodriguez

Robert

E.

California

Business Administration

Ph.D.

Professor

Tawfiqe

Mohamed

 

UAE

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Taha

Samer

Mohamed

UAE

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Fathallah

Tarek

 

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Langvardt

Guy

 

California

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Jumaa

Muid

Megdad Taher

Qatar

Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

Wazni

Imad

Ramez

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Aubry

Michael

 

California

MS

Lecturer

Langer

Haward

 

California

Construction Management

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Elghaly

Elbahaa

Mohamed

UAE

E-Commerce

Ph.D.

Professor

Langvardt

Guy

 

California

Economics

Ph.D.

Professor

R. Marlovic

Mirjana

 

Serbia

Finance

MS

Senior Lecturer

Damilola

Alfred

 

Nigeria

MS.

lecturer II

Ikedigbo

N.C.A.

 

Nigeria

Financial Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Kabalan

Shareen

Nabel

Lebanon

MBA

Lecturer

Shoboyejo

Johnson

Sunday

Nigeria

HealthCare Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Dabbaseh

Khairo

Issa Mofleh

UAE

MBA

Senior Lecturer

El Khouwayer

Hassan

Hussien

UAE

International Business

MS

Senior Lecturer

Chokor

Elsayed

Ahmad

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

Abou Shakra

Ibrahim

 

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Yassin

Mohamed

Fouad

Lebanon

MBA

Lecturer

Kashoola

Basma

Waleed Hazim

UAE

Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Saifi

Walid

Maamoun

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Sanni

A.

D.

Nigeria

MBA

Lecturer II

Ojo

Adeyinka

 

Nigeria

MBA

Lecturer I

Omitgun

T.

K.

Nigeria

Ph.D.

Professor

Gbadmusi

Kolawole

Taofeek

Nigeria

Ph.D.

Professor

Bechenati

Ussama

Abdelrahman

UAE

Managerial Economics

Ph.D.

Professor

Kyauzil

Imani

Silver

Nigeria

Marketing

Ph.D.

Professor

Karam

Tony

Asaad

Lebanon

MBA

Lecturer

Osibanjo

Ibirinke

Temidayo

Nigeria

MBA

Asst. Professor

Rajamani

Umesh

 

California

Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

Matta

Roy

Georges

Lebanon

Public Administration

Ph.D.

Professor

Lababidi

Mohamed

 

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Omran

Fares

M. Abdulbagi

Cairo

Quality Management

Ph.D.

Professor

El Kheder

Mohamed

Saleh

UAE

Risk Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Hadifah

Said

Said

Lebanon

Strategic Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Omolaja

Muhammad

A.

Nigeria

Technology Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Souri

Musa

Abdulhamid

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Adetunji

Olayida

Rasaq

Nigeria

Curriculum and Strategies

Ph.D.

Faculty Mentor

Mousa

Mohamed

Hassan

Qatar

Educational Leadership

Ph.D.

Professor

Fatieh

Javid

 

California

Ed.D.

Professor

Obikoya

J.

O.

Nigeria

Ed.D.

Professor

Parmer

Michael

J.

California

Educational Management

Ph.D.

Professor

Adenuga

Alaba

 

Nigeria

Higher Ed. Leadership

Ed.M.

Ass Professor

Harper

Andre

M.

California

Technology Leadership

MA.

Ass Professor

Trapp

Jason

Jed

California

Project Management

Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

El Cheikh

Ayad

Adnan

Lebanon

Civil Engineering

Ph.D.

Professor

Fadous

Sarkis

 

Lebanon

MS

Senior Lecturer

Khouri

Charbel

 

Lebanon

MS

Senior Lecturer

Hanna

Hadi

El Khouri

UAE

Ph.D.

Professor

Choueiri

Elias

Michel

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Yassin

Fayez

Hussien

UNRWA

Computer Science

MS

Asst. Professor

Karbasforoushan

Haleh

 

California

MS

Asst. Professor

lannone

Kim

 

California

Ph.D.

Professor

Abdulwahab

Mohamed

E

California

MS

Lecturer l l

Adegboye

Adegboyega

 

Nigeria

Electrical Engineering

MS

Ass Professor

Yang

QI

 

California

Engineering Management

MS

Ass Professor

Hazemi

Hossein

 

California

Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D.

Professor

Mahmoud

Khaled

Abdel Aziz

UAE

Ph.D.

Professor

Adetunji

Olayide

Rasaq

Nigeria

MS.

Professor

Markovic

Dusan

 

Nigeria

English Language

Ph.D.

Teacher

DeSorbo

Barbara

M

California

MS

Teacher

Vinh

Henrieta

 

California

Ph.D.

Teacher

Zak

Yanni

Zafiropoulos

California

Ed.M.

Teacher

Vergara

Jean

 

California

Fine Arts

BA.

Faculty Mentor

Thomas

Mischel

Rene

California

General Studies

MS

Teacher

Bohm

John

S.

California

MA.

Teacher

Lakire

Sara

Elizabeth

California

History

MA.

Teacher

McMahan

Richard

A.

California

MA.

Lecturer

Cottam

Wendy

 

California

Humanities

MA.

Teacher

Roemer

Donald

Patrick

California

MA.

Teacher

Dew

Robert

 

California

MA.

Teacher

Soltani

Ashkan

 

California

Ed.M.

Teacher

Romero

Christina

 

California

Mathematics

MS.

lecturer II

Ogunsimiro

O.

A.

Nigeria

MS

Teacher

Fogel

Charles

J.

California

Political Science

MA.

Ass Professor

Craigg

Elizabeth

A.

California

Psychology

MS

Teacher

Drazich

Chandra

K

California

Religious Studies

Th.D.

Lecturer I

Ragazzo

Jan

Maria

Nigeria

Social Studies

MA.

Teacher

Colombo

Barbara

Taylor

California

Spanish language

MS

Faculty Mentor

Maghakyan

Anahit

 

California

Clinical Psychology

Ph.D.

Professor

Halawi

Sawsan

Salim

Lebanon

Psy.D.

Professor

Roukos

NOEL

Emil

Lebanon

MS

Teacher

Mongan

Cymry

 

California

Ph.D.

Ass Professor

Drabinsky

Daniel

Aaron

California

MA.

Senior Lecturer

Shbaro

Mohammad

Wassim

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Stacey

I.

Gould

California

Counseling Psychology

Ed.D.

Ass Professor

Chusid

Hanna

 

California

Educational Psychology

Ph.D.

Professor

Al Haddad

Rima

Gebran

Lebanon

Educational Psychology

Ph.D.

Professor

Rabac

Ken

 

Nigeria

MFT

Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

Cunningham

Carolyn

 

California

MA.

Teacher

Bracht

Carrie

J.

California

MA.

Lecturer

Razzaghmanesh

Roz

 

California

Organizational Psychology

Ph.D.

Professor

Adekola

B.

H.

Nigeria

Psychology

MA.

Teacher

Pitts

Meera

Bhagauti

California

Psy.D.

Professor

Miller

Leonard

 

California

MA.

Asst. Professor

Andreev

Alenika

 

California

Social Psychology

Ph.D.

Ass Professor

Seligman

Ross

A

California

Sociology

Ph.D.

Professor

Abo El-Nasr

Medhat

Mohamed

UAE

Ph.D.

Professor

Ali

Rafif

Ahmad

Lebanon

Ph.D.

Professor

Yildirim

Kemal

 

Turkey

Medical Informatics

MBA

Lecturer

Dr. Al Sharif

Yahia

 

UAE

MBA

Lecturer

Dr. Ismail

Amr

Abd El Azim

UAE

MBA

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Samer

Elias

Aboud

KSA

Ph.D.

Professor

Abdulwahab

Mohamed

El Sayed

California

Nutrition

MS

Lecturer

Alaween

Ra'ed

Barakat

Lebanon

MS

Senior Lecturer

Ayoub

Dania

Hassan

Lebanon


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02 - ACADEMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE POLICES AND PROCEDURES

 

02.01 - INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY is committed to its mission and to continuous improvement of its programs and services. Assessment is the ongoing process of evaluating Student academic achievements. Students, faculty mentors, staff, and external constituencies are asked to participate in assessment and institutional effectiveness activities that may include, but are not limited to, examination, performance assessments, questionnaires, surveys, focus groups, and interviews; education journals, portfolios, case studies, comprehensive exams and follow-up studies.

02.02 - STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to read The School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

It is the Student’s responsibility to be familiar with the information presented in this reference, and to know and observe all regulations, policies and procedures relating to the program he/she is pursuing. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception will be granted because Students pled ignorance of or contend that they were not informed of the regulations and procedures. Responsibility for following all policies and meeting all requirements and deadlines for degree programs rests with the Student.

02.03 – COMPLAINTS:

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling Toll Free (888) 370-7589, or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet web site (www.bppe.ca.gov).

02.04 – STUDENT RIGHTS AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

(Does not apply for dismissal or grade appeals)

In the event that a Student has a complaint, grievance or dispute with the American University for Science and Technology regarding University procedures, decisions, or judgments, the Student has a right to seek a resolution through the formal avenues of appeal and redress. When a grievance reaches the level for invoking the procedures detailed below, it is assumed that efforts to resolve the dispute by other personnel, at other levels, or through Student Affairs, have not been satisfactory.

Step 1:  Notification. The Student must notify the related faculty mentor, staff or administrator in writing, postmarked and sent to the attention of related person at the physical address of the university:  18345 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 210, Tarzana, CA 91356; or emailed no later than 15 days after the occurrence, with the basis for the grievance, the details of the matter, and the sought-after remedy requested. The involved person shall notify the student of receipt and processing commencement, and respond with a decision in writing within 15 days of receipt notification date. Copies of complaint, receipt notification and decision will be sent to Student Affairs.

 

Step 2:  Appeal. If the remedy requested is denied, or the involved person does not respond within 15 days after the notification receipt as of Step 1, the Student may appeal in writing, postmarked or emailed within an additional 15 day period, directly to the academic department chair or responsible administrator. The department chair or administrator and the Student Affairs Advisor will review the material and grievance and render a decision within 15 days of receipt of the Student's appeal. However, failure to initiate a Step 2 appeal within the 15-day time-frame means that the Student accepts the Step 1 decision as final and that the matter is closed.

Step 3:  Final Decision. If the appeal remedy requested is denied or the cognizing person does not respond within 15 days after the Step 2 notice has been sent, then the Student may appeal in writing, postmarked or emailed within an additional 15 day period, directly to the President. The President will discuss with the department chair(s) or person(s) involved to investigate the matter and will render a decision within 15 days of receipt of the Student's appeal. The President's decision shall be final for the institution. However, failure to initiate a Step 3, appeal within the 15-day time-frame means that the Student accepts the Step 2 decision as final and that the matter is closed.

 

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02.05 - Student's Rights beyond the Institution’s Grievance Procedure:  

 

If the complaint is not resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the Student may file a complaint with

 

California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education:  

Physical Address:  2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400,

Sacramento, CA 95833

 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 980818,

West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

 

Phone Number:  (916) 431-6959

Toll Free:  (888) 370-7589

Fax Number:  (916) 263-1897

 

Website is http: //www.bppe.ca.gov. 

E-mail:  bppe@dca.ca.gov .

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03 - ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD. degree programs designed to meet the academic and work plan objectives for adult students and professionals. Meeting admission requirements is an indicator that the student is qualified to enter and pursue the degree program, however, the University emphasizes that success depends upon dedication to studies.

03.01 - ADMISSION PROCEDURES

All Students are required to complete and submit the online pre-admission distance learning questionnaire that collects details about applicants’

(1)   Technology Requirements

(2)   Technology Comfort Level

(3)   Expected Study Time dedication and Schedule

(4)   Learning Style

Applications must be submitted using the on-line application form.  After an initial review of submitted information, and if the submitted details meet the minimum requirement for admission to the degree of concern, the applicant receives a notice of intent via his/her email address with instructions to submit additional documents by mail, fax or e-mail; and to pay a nonrefundable application fee

Applicants must request official transcripts be sent directly to AUSTC from prior colleges and universities during the application process.  Only official transcripts will be evaluated. An academic review of submitted materials takes place after confirmation of application fees’ payment. Applicants who apply for financial aid through a third party lender must provide all necessary documents as per lender’s rules, to be processed along with enrollment process.

 

03.02 – CREDIT TRANSFER ACCEPTANCE

Applicants have the right pursue credit transfer to the American University for Science and Technology based on obtained degrees, postsecondary education or training.

1.    Even though AUSTC had not entered into an articulation or credit transfer agreement with any other college or university, submitted documents are considered as basis for possible credit transfer if the granting facility is a state approved, accredited or an international facility that is an equivalent to us recognized degree granting facilities.

2.     If the source is not recognized or the obtained education does not qualify for any credit transfer, the applicant must be officially informed and sign consent of agreement to proceed with enrollment without credit transfer.

3.    If the facility transferring from is acceptable, an in-depth review must be performed to determine the value of obtained education and/or training measured in semester units.

4.    Life experience does not count and it is prohibited to weaver a degree or to combine acceptance to more than a program at a time.

5.    Review report must be submitted to admission committee chaired by the university’s register for control and to assure that the evaluation is performed as per rules and regulations.

6.    Registrar’s office applies the current credit transfer policy:

-       88 semester units maximum credit transfer to a bachelor’s degree program

-       8 semester maximum units credit transfer to Master’s degree program

-       8 semester units maximum Credit transfer to doctoral program 

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03.03 - BASIS OF ADMISSION TO DEGREE PROGRAMS

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY applies an open enrollment policy. Application for admission can be submitted and processed at any time during the year.

The "Application for Admission" is available through http: //www.austc.us website. Potential students may submit an Initial Applications online, email scan of educational documents and ID to admissions@austc.us with details on the degree program of concern.

Undergraduate Programs - Admission to the Bachelor’s degree programs requires submission of evidence demonstrating that the applicant has passed and obtained a high school diploma or a state-authorized examination recognized as an equivalent, or other equivalent recognized by the Department of Education indicating that the applicant is qualified to study at the postsecondary level. Engineering programs requires a proof of successful completion and graduation from an engineering associate degree at the field of concern. A postsecondary two years associate degree from a recognized facility is evaluated as a successful transfer of (60 to 80) semester units based on the obtained program in length and received credit

Graduate Programs Admission to the master’s degree programs requires a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, and admission to doctoral degree programs requires a master’s degree or an equivalent from an accredited or a state approved institution. The equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is 120 semester credits of postsecondary coursework from an accredited or state approved college or university, or an international equivalent, including a minimum of English composition I and II and a college-level mathematics course. Official transcripts documenting prior academic work and the award of the degree used as the basis of admission must be sent to the Registrar.

ResumeA resume is valuable and shows an organized presentation about the applicant but experience included does not count as credit equivalent.

Official Transcripts - Must be sent directly from the Registrar of applicant’s prior colleges or universities to the registrar at THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY during the application process. Only official transcripts will be evaluated

International TranscriptsApplicants submitting foreign credentials will be subject to credentials’ evaluation. Official documents of all coursework must be sent directly to AUSTC from the awarding institution. If the transcripts are in a foreign language, an English translation is also required. Foreign credentials are required to be evaluated by a recognized independent agency that charges $100.00 per transcript. AUSTC may send received documents to the evaluator after applicant’s payment of fees. AUSTC shoulder’s mailing costs without any additional costs to be paid by the applicant.

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03.04 - EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT

The American University for Science and Technology does not consider experience as basis to award credit. This policy is based on the university’s believe that documents may list activities and periods of times doing some kind of work, but does not show the value or gained knowledge and training. Credit is only awarded to recognized and well documented education and/or training.

03.05 - PERSONAL STATEMENT OF INTENT

The personal statement of intent will be used by the Admissions Committee to assess your writing ability, your readiness to pursue an academic degree in higher education, and your potential for success as a Student at THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. The personal statement of intent is an important evaluative component of the admission process.

Applicants are required to submit an essay for the personal statement of intent as part of the application. It should be at least 500 but not more than 1000 words. The statement consists of two parts.

PART I

Provide a one-page statement about your background, education and professional experiences that you feel prepare you for degree studies.

 

PART ll

Respond to the following three questions:

1. What do you expect from your education?

2. How do you anticipate your education will affect your life?

3. What personal qualities do you feel are most important to your academic success?

 

Personal statement of intent is used by academic advisor in assessing the applicant’s writing skills and to provide guidance for subsequent writing course enrollment if needed.

Personal Statements are evaluated using the following Characteristics of effective writing:

1.    Focus – establishes a clear purpose.

2.    Content – information is relevant and fully developed.

3.    Organization – has a logical order and sequence.

4.    Style – effective word choice and professional tone.

5.    Conventions – spelling, grammar, writing mechanics.

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03.06 - BASIS OF ADMISSION TO NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS

Enrolled students, graduates and external applicants may be interested in taking certain subject (s) from the published undergraduate or post graduate subjects’ list for refreshment, continuing education or to meet certain requirements other than obtaining a degree. Interested personnel may use the online application indicating "NON DEGREE" and just enter the subject’s code. No official transcripts or Personal Statements are required. Applicant will be advised of any prerequisites based on detailed properties of the selected subject.

 

03.07 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

AUSTC’s curriculum is primarily writing-based, so Students must have a competent knowledge of English communication skills for admission to the University and to benefit from instruction offered by THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. All course textbooks and materials are printed in English. Assignments are to be submitted in English. Many course assignments include written papers. Faculty mentors correspond with Students and critique coursework in English. Students who demonstrate poor language skills upon admission will be required to take additional English composition courses. Also, re-evaluation of writing skills may be necessary during the Student’s program if faculty report difficulty in communicating with the Student or assess deficient writing skills. If a Student is required to successfully complete English composition courses, they may be required to put their current course (s) on hold. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate Students.

Applicants whose primary language is not English, applicants from countries where English is not the primary language, applicants who earned degrees from universities where English was not the language of instruction, or applicants THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY has found to be deficient in English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 450 on the written test (or a minimum TOEFL score of 133 on the computer test) is required for undergraduate applicants, and a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the written test (or a minimum TOEFL score of 173 on the computer test) is required for graduate applicants. Applicants can make arrangements for this test by writing to TOEFL/TSE Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA. Information is also available on the Internet at www.toefl.org. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Registrar at THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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03.08 - ACCEPTANCE TO THE UNIVERSITY

Upon receipt of the Application for Admission materials, the University will evaluate the applicant’s experience and goals to assure that the desired degree program is appropriate. The academic evaluation includes a review of the applicant’s educational intent, prior college work, professional experiences, future goals, and writing skills.

Applicants will be notified of their admission status and the requirements for the degree program. The Applicant has 30 days to accept his/her enrollment, request and make payment arrangements. Upon acknowledgement of the degree plan and receipt of initial payment, the Student is enrolled in the University. Tuition payment options are specified in the enrollment agreement.

 

03.09 - NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

AUSTC welcomes all adult Students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, age or in any other way in any of its policies, practices, or procedures involving applicants, Students, faculty, employees and the public.

 

03.10 – credit transferability to other facilities:

The transferability of credits you earn at the American University for Science and Technology is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Acceptance of the degree you earn in the American University for Science and Technology is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending the American University for Science and Technology to determine if your credits or degree will transfer.

 

The transferability of credits earned at other facilities’ transfer to The American University for Science and Technology are a subject for pre-admission evaluation. Even though credits obtained at accredited and state approved universities are generally acceptable, and assessment may be conducted to examine equivalency to AUSTC applied curriculum and syllabus.

 

The American University for Science and Technology has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreements with any other college or university at the time of making this catalog. Any change shall be inserted to this catalog and shall be posted on our web site www.austc.us when occurs. 

 

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03.11 - accreditation and employment:  

Starting January 2015, every university in the state of California shall be required to provide and evidence of being accredited or in process for accreditation. The American University for Science and Technology is not yet accredited, but maintains the same quality level of academic measures applied at the regionally and nationally accredited universities.

Private sector’s employers prefer graduates from accredited universities; while they actually don’t care much as long as the degree holder can proof that he has the required knowledge and training for the job.

Many governmental agencies in the United States of America including the state of California have a policy to fill their governmental positions with graduates of accredited institutions only.

If student’s objective is to join or to get promoted at a governmental job in the United States of America, he/she should seek enrollment and graduation from an accredited university because state approval shall not be enough for such a particular purpose.

The above does apply to international students and/or graduates as each respected country has its own laws and regulations. International students are advised to check their targeted work destination’s laws to assure that attending The American University for Science and Technology shall meet their goals. 

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04 TUITION AND FEES

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, based on its mission, goals and as a public charity nonprofit organization, keeps tuition fees within an affordable level and applies easy payment plans in addition to institutional fee waiver to allow those of limited income, pursue post-secondary education without financial strains.

AUSTC adapts Tuition per credit basis. The student pays only for the credit taken at the American University for Science and Technology after credit transfer from other facilities as determined during admission and enrollment process.

When the student qualifies for credit transfer, he/she pays $5.00 for each transferred semester unit. Financial plan recipients are exempted from credit transfer fees.

Institutional fee waiver covers 25% to 75% of tuition fees based on student’s financial need and is determined at enrollment time after full review of submitted documents as detailed later in this catalog.

Financial fee waiver recipients are eligible for interest free payment plan equal to all other students, which is an another assistance to allow them pay the remaining tuition after deduction of granted assistance in easy monthly payments.

Student’s enrollment agreement clearly shows the required and transferred credit; and the related payable tuition and fees.  

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04.01 - Tuitions scale during the period covered by this catalog:  

Bachelor’s degree programs Distance   

Attended

$120.00 / Semester Unit

 $200.00 / Semester Unit

Master’s / Doctoral degree programs Distance

Attended

$240.00 / Semester Unit
$400.00 / Semester Unit
Single Course Programs        $200.00 / 16 Clock Hours

04.01.01 Estimated Charges for Full Program Tuition:

Bachelor’s degree   Distance 

Attended

(120 Semester Units) 120 X 120 = $14,400.00

(120 Semester Units) 200 X 120 = $24,000.00

Master’s Degree       Distance 

Attended

(44 Semester Units)    44 X 240 = $10,560.00

(44 Semester Units)     44 X 400 = $17,600.00

Doctoral Degree       Distance 

Attended

(60 Semester Units)    60 X 240 = $14,400.00

(60 Semester Units)    60 X 400 = $24,000.00


If student is qualified for credit transfer, tuition shall be calculated to only cover credits taken at AUSTC.  Maximum transferable credits are 88 credit for undergraduate programs, and only 8 for graduate programs.

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04.02 Tuition Payment Options:

In general, all payment options are interest free, while a discount is granted to students in case of full program tuition payment in advance or full program tuition payment within three months from date of enrollment. (Institutional Fee Waiver recipients are eligible.)

 

Full Payment in Advance:  Lerner decides to make a full payment of tuition for the whole program as one payment in advance and at enrollment time receives 10% of his/her tuition as advance payment discount.

 

Two Equal Monthly Payments in Sequence:  Lerner decides to pay his/her full program tuition in two sequential monthly payments within the first three months after date of acceptance as one payment at enrollment month and the second payment within thirty days from first payment; receives (5%) as pay in advance discount.

 

Interest free Monthly Payment Plan:  this payment plan is offered to all students unless full payment with special discount is selected, and it is applied spontaneously without any other processing than signing the enrollment agreement and acceptance of financial responsibilities as included.

-       In this plan, the student pays 20% of the full program tuition as a down payment;

-       Remaining value is to be paid in 16 equal interest free monthly payments.

-       If student completes all the academic requirements, his/her remaining unpaid balance becomes immediately due, and must be paid before graduation processing.

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04.02.01 - Administrative Fees

-         

Credit Transfer

$10.00

Per Transferred Credit Unit

Course Drop/Cancel Fee

$25.00

Per course

Course Add Fee

$25.00

When adding a course

Withdrawal Fee

$50.00

To be paid at time of withdrawal submission

Check Return or Deny

$25.00

Per Check

Reevaluation of Credit Transfer

$50.00

If occurs after enrollment

Official Transcript Fee

$10.00

Per transcript

Diploma Replacement Fee

$50.00

Per Diploma

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04.03 - STUDENT'S RIGHT TO CANCEL  

04.03.01 the student has the right to cancel his/her enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh business day after enrollment, whichever is later.

04.03.02 to cancel an enrollment, the student is required to notify the registrar’s office in writing. The date the notification is postmarked or emailed is the effective date of the withdrawal/cancellation notice.

04.03.03 Cancellation of enrollment and refund of any access tuition paid to the University must be based on a written, dated and signed notice from the student to the registrar.

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04.04 – TUITION AND FEES REFUND POLICY

04.04.01 Students who withdraw from the program through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh business day after enrollment, whichever is later will obtain 100% refund of all paid charges.

04.04.02 If student withdraws after the first class session or after the seventh business day after enrollment, a prorated refund pursuant to section 94919(c) or 94920(d) or 94927 of the CALIFORNIA PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION ACT OF 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) shall apply no less than the total amount owed by the student for the portion of the educational program provided subtracted from the amount paid by the student, calculated as follows:


(1) The amount owed equals the daily charge for the program (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days or hours in the program), multiplied by the number of days student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.


(2) All refundable amounts paid by the student in excess of what is owed as calculated above shall be refunded.

 

(3) Except as provided herein, all amounts that the student has paid shall be subject to refund unless the enrollment agreement and the refund policy outlined in the catalog specify amounts paid for an application fee or deposit not more than $250.00, books, supplies, or equipment, and specify whether and under what circumstances those amounts are non-refundable.

 

(4) For purposes of determining a refund under the Act and this policy, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an educational program when he or she withdraws or is deemed withdrawn in accordance with the withdrawal policy stated in this catalog.

 

04.04.03 If an institution has collected money from a student for transmittal on the student's behalf to a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student's withdrawal or cancellation, the institution shall refund the money to the student within 45 days of the student's withdrawal or cancellation.

04.04.04 the institution shall refund any credit balance on the student's account within 45 days after the date of the student's completion of, or withdrawal from, the educational program in which the student was enrolled. For purposes of this subdivision and section 94919(d) of the Code, "day" means calendar day.

04.04.05 the institution shall maintain a cancellation and withdrawal log, kept current on a monthly basis, which shall include the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of cancellations or withdrawal of all students who have cancelled the enrollment agreement with, or withdrawn from, the institution during the calendar year.
Note:  Authority cited:  Sections 94803, 94877 and 94885, Education Code. Reference:  Sections 94885, 94919 and 94920, Education Code.

 All refunds are based on the amount due for the current courses and previous courses attempted, less a withdrawal processing fee of $50. The University will refund the amount of any overpayment. The Student is responsible for paying any amount due to the University as a result of underpayment. Application fee, STRF and Credit Transfer Processing fees are not refundable.

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04.05 - STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND (STRF)  

Enrolled student must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following apply:

1. The student is a California resident, or is enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

2. Student’s total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless the student has a separate agreement to repay the third party.

 The student is not eligible for protection from the STRF and is not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

1. The student is not a California resident, or is not enrolled in a residency program, or

2. The student’s total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party."

State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered students who are California residents, or enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

 

The student may be eligible for STRF if he/she is a California resident or is enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

 

1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

2. The school's failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

3. The school's failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

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05 - Distance Instruction  

 

05.01 Distance Instruction Policy and Procedure

Distance education does not require the physical presence of students and faculty at the same location but provides for interaction between students and faculty by means as telecommunication, correspondence, electronic and computer augmented educational services and postal service

(5)   Educational programs offered through distance education are appropriate for delivery through distance education methods;

a.    The American university for science and technology assures that all degree programs are within the range of self-monitoring and self-pacing to cover subjects that need the minimum or no one-on-one training at all.

                                  i.    School of business and technology management offers bachelor’s, master and doctoral degree programs at concentrations that does not require one on one training or hands on practice.

                                ii.    School of Education offers only post graduate degree programs in areas of concentration that are general in nature and aim to polish teacher’s abilities and prepares them to take over administrative and leadership positions at the field of basic and postsecondary education as well as leadership of technology education.

                               iii.    School of Social and Behavioral Science offers post graduate degree programs to professionals who have received formal training and already licensed to practice. The only undergraduate offered is in general psychology.

                               iv.    School of Engineering does not accept fresh high school graduates but only offers bachelor’s degree programs to associate engineers who have completed an associate engineering degree program and received all the required one-on-one and hands-on engineering technology training. Those associate engineers are an appropriate ground to start from towards a graduation with all the required academic engineering knowledge, added to the previously obtained training and experience to end with a successfully graduated engineer, ready for the work market and safely practices the profession

 

(6)   Assessment of each student, prior to admission, in order to determine whether he/she has the skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment.

 

a.    All Applicants must complete and submit to the university a pre-admission questionnaire that will assess student’s willingness and ability to complete the program and that he/she meets the technology requirements, technology comfort level, dedicated learning time and schedule; and learning style.

  

b.    All undergraduate degree programs applicants are required to proof ability

                                  i.    TOEFL exam pass level is required to proof English language fluency

                                ii.    Show last obtained transcript with concentration on related subjects

1.    English language, mathematics and arts proficiency for those applicants to the school of Business and technology management

2.    English language art and proficiency for applicants to Psychology

3.    English language and mathematics  and computer driving proficiency for applicants to computer science

4.    Associate degree at field of engineering concentration and proof of hand on training for applicants to engineering programs.

c.    All postgraduate degree applicants are required to submit a transcript at the same field of concentration from an accredited or state approved school showing GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4

 

(7)   Insurance that the materials and programs are current, well organized, designed by faculty competent in distance education techniques and delivered using readily available, reliable technology;

a.    The American University for Science and Technology maintains a comprehensive database application to manage a listing of all offered degrees’ subjects and each department chairman carries out the responsibility of updating textbook listing to assure currency of the textbook that is required not to be more than two years old unless the specific reference is the latest on the subject.

b.    Listing is very well organized and managed by department chairman in coordination with department’s professors and associate professors.

c.    If a staff member creates a textbook or a reference on the subject, it is published through an official publisher and pushed to the market in order to be available to our students as well as the community.

d.    Subjects are applied utilizing state of art methodologies including video lectures library, online views of open books, e-books; and video conferencing

 

(8)   Meaningful interaction with faculty who are qualified to teach using distance education methods;

a.    Faculty staff members are academically qualified with enough background implementing distance learning methodologies.

b.    The American University for Science and Technology procures and implements state of art internet communication methods to assure excellent direct contact between faculty and students.

c.    All students are assigned email address under the domain name of the university and are arranged in groups related to degrees and subjects to simplify invitation to online lectures and conferences as well as webinars.

d.    Bidirectional contact is available to students and faculty through email or messaging system as well as regularly held video conferences. 

 

(9)   Maintaining clear standards for satisfactory academic progress;

a.    Enrolled students are classified into groups, and assigned to a faculty mentor per group for each subject.

b.     Each faculty mentor directly communicates with his assigned students and represents the university at all academic and administrative aspects related to his subject.

c.    Every subject curriculum includes a number of assignments to be completed within a given time frame each.

d.    Each completed assignments is reviewed and scored at the same or next business day of submission, and reported to subject’s professor who audit the scoring, issue a letter grade and submit the result to the chief academic officer who approves the grade and refer the document to the registrar in order to response to the student.

e.    Faculty mentor discusses the results of assignments with his/her group of students during the very next conference after last submitted and scored submission on the current assignment. 

f.     At end of subject’s course work, students are individually given the choice either to submit a comprehensive report on the subject for review scoring and grading or to set for three hours monitored exam.

g.    Monitored exams are held at school’s premises or in student’s respected areas or countries of residence after coordination to assign a monitor, who may be a faculty mentor at student’s area/country or an assigned monitor from school’s alumni.

h.    All answers must be submitted to the subject’s assigned mentor in a secured envelop without any access from the monitor whose job is only to monitor the exam and assure that it is done fairly and within the preset three hours’ time limit.

i.        Comprehensive reports minimum pass score is 75% while monitored exams are treated traditionally.

 

(10)       Timely complete student evaluations of learning outcomes by duly qualified faculty, which are appropriate for use with the distance education  methods used, and evaluated by duly qualified faculty.

a.    Qualified faculty review and score student’s submitted assignments, comprehensive reports or monitored exam answers immediately at the same or next business day of submission.

b.    Scores are submitted to subject’s professor for review and grading

c.    Scores and grades are reported to Dean/CAO for approval and submission to registrar for insertion to student’s academic historical record

d.    Graduation projects, thesis and dissertations are reviewed by a formed committee on the subject and reported to professor then to CAO

e.    Elapse days from submission to response back to student with results must be in a period of time that does not exceed ten business days from the date of submission.

 

(11)       Employment of a sufficient number of faculties to assure that

a.    The institution's response to, or evaluation of, each student lesson is returned to the student within 10 days after the lesson is received by the institution;

 

b.    The institution's response to, or evaluation of, each student project or dissertation is returned to the student within the time disclosed in the catalog; and

 

c.    The American University for Science and Technology Maintains a computerized record of the dates on which lessons, projects, and dissertations were received and responses were returned to each student.

 

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05.02 - Specific Provisions for Instruction Not in Real Time

 

(A) The American University for Science Technology as a provider of distance educational programs where the instruction is not offered in real time transmits the first lesson and any materials to any student within seven days after the institution accepts the student for admission, receipt of student’s signed enrollment agreement and receipt of student’s first payment.

 

(b) The student has the right to cancel his/her enrollment agreement and receive a full refund before the first lesson and receipt of materials, if any.

 

-        Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent to the university.

-        The American University for Science and Technology shall make the refund pursuant to rules and as described in the signed enrollment agreement.

-        If the student has received his/her first lesson and materials before an effective cancellation notice was received at the registrar’s office, the American University for Science and Technology shall make a refund within 45 days after the student's return of the materials.

 

(c) The American University for Science and Technology shall transmit all of the lessons and other materials to the student if the student:  

 

-        Has fully paid for the educational program; and

-        After having received the first lesson and initial materials, requests in writing that all of the material be sent.

 

 (d) If The American University for Science and Technology transmits the balance of the material as the student requests, the institution shall remain obligated to provide the other educational services it agreed to provide, such as responses to student inquiries, student and faculty interaction, and evaluation and comment on lessons submitted by the student, but shall not be obligated to pay any refund after all of the lessons and material are transmitted.

 

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06 - RECORDKEEPING AND RECORDS’ RETENTION POLICY

 

06.01 - RECORDKEEPING:

 

(1)  The American University for Science and Technology maintains a safely secured computerized database system that includes all students’ financial and academic data in a controlled environment following the maximum safety and confidentiality data mining methods.

 

a.    Secured storage area is assigned in the network dedicated server

b.    Access to data is secured and maintained with a sophisticated access control mechanism

c.    Regularly generated backup files are saved separately in a fire proof secured area

 

(2)  Financial and Academic documents are filed in separate charts while copies of financial records are filed together with Hard copies of academic documents in a the unified record filing system that is maintained in parallel with the paperless computerized archive.

 

(3)  The American University for Science and Technology adapts unit file linked references filing system that issues a serial number to each student at his/her first enrollment  and considers this issued number as the unit file number and the unique reference link for this particular student’s documents.

 

(4)  Any document related to the same student carries the same reference link number as the main identifier, even if a local serial identifier is issued to any activity record.

 

(5)  All records related to the same person are filed in the same chart following in chart partitioned organization filing method that makes a section for personal data, another for financial, a third for administrative and the main section for academic documents.

 

(6)  If the same person returns for another degree program, a new serial and degree code are assigned and an out-guide is created and inserted at the filing location related to the new serial number with a pointer to the main reference link number to assure double referencing.

 

(7)  Actual academic documents are chronologically filed in the same chart separated according to degree program, while financial and administrative documents are filed in a straight forward chronological filing method.

 

(8)   All hard copy records are securely maintained and filed in an access controlled area to assure confidentiality of students’ personal, financial and academic information.

(9)  Both of paperless filing server and paper records filing archive are located at the same location of the university at 18345 Ventura Boulevard. Suite 210, Tarzana, CA 91356.

 

06.02 – RECORDS’ RETENTION

 

(1)  Records are retained in the active filing area for 50 years from date of enrollment and subsequently transferred to a fireproof and safe accessible warehouse

 

a.    Transcripts as well as all other academic data files and hardcopies are permanent and may not be destroyed

b.    Records transfer to warehouse is only a space saving process, and is not a transfer to an inactive filing,

c.       All records either in the active files or safe accessible warehouse are maintained in a method to keep them all secured, fire protected and retrievable

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07 - ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

 

07.01 - AUSTC LIBRARY (ELECTRONIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER)

The Electronic Education Resources Service (ELRS) assists undergraduate and graduate Students, as well as, faculty mentors and University staff in their research activities. The ELRS provides the following library services.

Online Courseware

This collaborative service in coordination with MIT provides an access to a wide range of knowledge classified to majors and schools of study. This service is provided to all students, faculty and guests absolutely free of charge. Users may access the services from AUSTC website to browse a listing leads to a rich source of lectures, discussions, guidance and exams in formats of TEXT, HTML, PDF in addition to Media records of lectures as audio/video or audio only. The audio/video provides an actual recording of lectures and discussions on the subject that allows actual attendance and ability to control and repeat the lecture up to full understanding which is a step ahead of actual attendance that only provides a onetime chance of living attendance.

Congress Library (the Online Books)

This service is a very handy source of knowledge that provides an access to online books, where student, researcher, faculty or guest may browse an index and select a major of concern to display an up to date listing of available books and information resources. Users may browse or download the subject of concern absolutely free of charge.

National Academies Press

This is a major source of knowledge that provides an extensive variety of textbooks, articles, research papers, and literatures. User may select a major topic to visit a very well managed list of materials. Users may read the selected book online, order a hardcopy and pay for purchase right from AUSTC website, or just pay a very little value to download a DPF format of the same book to be a valuable EBook reference on user’s desktop or laptop.   

Internet Library

This service is available to public, and AUSTC provides it as a link to allow students, researchers, faculty and guests get an access to the valuable source of knowledge which is highly appreciated as a very handy tool and source of supporting knowledge. Information is classified by subject to simplify searching and obtainment of knowledge from its main source.

 

07.02 - STUDENT AND ALUMNI SERVICES

Student and Alumni Services supports Students in achieving their educational goals by introducing Students to AUSTC practices and procedures, monitoring Students' progress to insure studies are continuing and assisting Students with non-academic concerns. Once a Student graduates from AUSTC, Student and Alumni Services will offer continued support through the AUSTC Alumni Service which provides Alumni resources, and allows Alumni to share news, published works, promotions and wisdom with current AUSTC Students.

 

07.03 - ACADEMIC ADVISOR

An academic advisor is assigned to guide the Student through the chosen program of study. The academic advisor approves all course requests to ensure that courses taken will meet the degree program requirements. Students should contact their academic advisor about academic questions related to the degree program.

 

07.04 - FACULTY MENTOR

Each enrolled student is assigned a faculty mentor for each course at THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. The name of mentor and the mentor's contact information is on the Course Registration Information (CRI), sent to student via e-mail from the Registrar. Students are required to contact their faculty mentors any time they may have questions about course assignments, course concepts, or related information. The preferred way of contacting mentors is via the AUSTC email address assigned to each mentor and included in (CRI). Students may also choose to contact mentors via phone.

 

07.05 - STEPS TO EARNING YOUR DEGREE

The University assigns a faculty mentor for each course. Once tuition has been paid, accounting notifies the registrar to issue the course and to send an email to Student giving the course details and syllabus. Students may not post an assignment to AUSTC prior to the course start date. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks either as a bulk package contains all textbooks or gradually while completing requirements. In order to simplify textbook purchasing, AUSTC coordinated with MBS direct and established a virtual book store that provides textbooks using subject reference, with availability of used books that makes book purchasing less costly. An additional service is provided to international students Due to the fact that of having difficulties finding textbooks in their respected countries, AIUC in coordination with MBS Direct sends each international student a package includes all textbooks and materials during enrollment process and after payment of costs.

Additional instructions, communications, questions, and answers are handled personally between the Student and faculty mentor by class discussion forums, AUSTC’s messaging system, email, telephone, or by fax. As the course progresses, the Student incrementally submits assignments to the faculty mentor for evaluation and feedback.

The focus of active self-education is to encourage Students to incorporate the course knowledge into their personal situations using faculty mentors as resources and facilitators in the process of education. Students demonstrate mastery of the course material and its personal relevance by completing assignments, term papers, examinations, or participating in class discussion forums as required. Upon completion of the course requirements, the Student receives a course grade.

When all academic, financial, and administrative requirements are completed, the degree is conferred. Graduation ceremonies are held in Los Angeles, California; Students and guests are invited to attend.

 

07.06 – PROGRAM AND COURSE START DATE

The program start date is the start date of the first course for the Student’s program. Courses begin the first of each month. Once the 16 week course term has begun, a Student can only add/drop courses within the first 7 days of the course term. After the allowed add/drop period, a Student cannot begin a new course until the start of the next 16-week term. Students may request their next term course at any time during their current term (up to the 21st day of the last month of the current term). The course outline / syllabus will be available on the Student’s subject package as soon as the course is issued. However, course work cannot be submitted until the course start date.

 

07.07 - COURSE LENGTH AND COMPLETION

Courses are to be completed within a 16-week term. Students may complete the course early with the mentor's approval and begin another course before the 16-week term is complete.

If a course is not completed within the 16-week term, and the mentor does not post a final grade within 5 days of the course end date, an Incomplete will automatically be issued.  If an Incomplete is issued, the Student must complete the course and a final grade must be posted within the next 25 days.

If the mentor posts no final grade, an "F" will automatically be issued. 

An Incomplete grade does not extend the course end date.

 

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08 - ACADEMIC POLICES

 

08.01 - ENROLLMENT

A Student is expected to maintain enrollment until the program is completed. Enrollment in a course means that the Student has requested and made payment arrangements for his/her next course, and the course has been issued with the course starting on the next qualifying start date of the new course term. See SECTION 04.05 for information on Breaks and SECTION 04.06 for information on Leave of Absence.

Students must be current in their financial obligations to the University in order for a course request to be processed. Students who are delinquent in payments cannot receive accounting approval for their next course. Failure to maintain enrollment will result in dismissal of the Student.

Students utilizing tuition assistance programs through their employers must ensure timely receipt of necessary forms and funds in order to maintain active enrollment in their AUSTC studies.

08.02 - BREAKS

A Student may take a "break" between course terms (a single "break" is defined as a period of 30 days between the ending of a course and the start of the next course). Up to three breaks (i.e., 90 days) are allowed within a Student's individual three-term cycle. After a break, Students will continue with their degree program and will restart their program on a new course term cycle.

If a break is longer than 90 days, the Student will be withdrawn. When resuming studies, after a withdrawal, the Student will need to re-apply and be subject to the terms and conditions at the time of restart.

 

08.03 - LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Students may take one 30-day Leave of Absence per 16-week term. The Request for a Leave of Absence must be submitted through the Course Review section of the Students' website (Request Leave TAB), and include sufficient information on the reason for the leave (maximum of 250 characters). A Leave of Absence will not be granted in the final month of a course term, except in emergency situations approved by the department chair. Taking a leave of absence while enrolled in a course term WILL NOT extend the course end date; however it will prevent the Student from being dismissed for lack of progress because there has been no instructional activity. Students may not submit coursework during a leave of absence.

 

 

08.04 - Students in Active Military

MLOA - A Military Leave of Absence (MLOA) is available, with advisor approval, to Students who are deployed by the United States military and whose specific critical assignments will not permit them to continue their AUSTC studies for a period of time. A copy of the Student’s military orders, a letter from his/her commanding officer, or other documentation will be required to support the request for military leave.

If the MLOA is for more than 30 days, the Student must be withdrawn from the course. Students on an MLOA will have access to their Student site except the Student will not have the ability to upload assignments and will not have access to the databases. When they return from their critical military duty, the Student will re-enroll and be reissued the course (s), with the same faculty mentor if available. Students on military leave return to their studies without financial penalty.

 

08.05 - ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS / INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Because the University offers courses through distance education, it does not require formal, on-campus or classroom attendance and therefore does not have a physical residence requirement. The Student is required to enroll in courses and make progress towards completing the degree requirements in order to maintain active status.

Students are expected to be involved in a minimum of one scheduled instructional activity per week. To meet this expectation, Students should make contact with the faculty mentor on a weekly basis through one of the following methods:

  • Posting of an assignment (e.g., paper, project, etc.) in the Course Work area of the Student’s course website
  • Posting of an assignment to share with the faculty mentor and other Students in the course website (e.g., a review of a book or article, a proposal for a research study, a presentation in the form of a PowerPoint presentation file, reporting on participation in a research study, etc.).
  • Participation in a threaded discussion in the course website (e.g., commenting on a discussion question posted by the faculty mentor, providing feedback to another Student, etc.).
  • Viewing instructional materials (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation prepared by the faculty mentor, a streaming audio or video presentation, etc.).

Students must use the AUSTC messaging system to contact faculty mentors. Students who fail to make contact within the time period of one month may be withdrawn from the course by AUSTC.

 

Military Students:

Military Students may have special circumstances that inhibit their ability to academically participate on a weekly basis. Such Students should contact their faculty mentor, through AUSTC’s messaging system, to establish a schedule for submitting their coursework. The Student should also notify Student Affairs ( and their academic advisor so that AUSTC can provide additional support, as needed, for the Student to complete his/her academic program.

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08.06 - ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

All assignments, exams, term papers, and other projects submitted to faculty mentors must be the Student’s own work. Faculty may submit coursework to Third party for originality evaluation. The submission of another person’s work represented as that of the Student’s without properly citing the source of the work will be considered plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism, student should not "copy and paste" into any assignments without using quotation marks and citing in APA format the source of the material.

The faculty mentor has the prerogative to challenge a Student’s work, and to ask a Student to resubmit an assignment or to retake an exam. Students may be asked to have a proctor present when they take an exam. Faculty mentors have the academic freedom to reject questionable work and not assign a grade to the corresponding assignment. When the first incident of plagiarism is discovered, faculty mentors may assign an unsatisfactory grade for the assignment or for the entire course.

The first incident of plagiarism will result in a formal warning. AUSTC may conduct an investigation to review past assignments submitted by the Student in this and prior courses. AUSTC reserves the right to change past grades awarded by the University if plagiarism is subsequently found on assignments for such courses. If additional incidences of plagiarism are found, the Student will be informed of the cases and Academic Standards will review the situation.

Any further incident of plagiarism detected by a faculty mentor will result in the academic dismissal of the Student.

 

08.07 - STUDENT INTERACTION

There are many ways for Students, AUSTC staff, and faculty mentors to interact with each other:  

  • Bulletin Board – General comments, questions or concerns-may be posted on the Bulletin Board by the general public, Students, faculty mentors and AUSTC staff.
  • Discussion Forum – Ongoing general topic conversations may be viewed and commented on by Students, faculty mentors and AUSTC staff.
  • Course Forum – The course forum is a "course specific" discussion area where the course faculty mentor and fellow classmates post comments related to the specific course topics.
  • Message Center – This communication system is for all electronic messages between Students, faculty mentors, and University staff. Primarily established as an online application and modified to be through cellular messaging which is much convenient to staff and students.
  • Student List – Directory listing of all AUSTC Students who have chosen to display their information available to Students, faculty mentors and AUSTC staff.
  • Mentor List -- Directory listing of all current faculty mentors available to Students, faculty mentors and AUSTC staff.
  • Staff Directory – Directory listing of the AUSTC staff available to Students, faculty mentors and AUSTC staff.

 

08.08 - STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Students must report any changes to their contact information, including address, telephone numbers, or email address. Name changes must be documented and coordinated with the Registrar in writing.

AUSTC will not release any Student information except for the Student’s name, degree earned and date of graduation, without a written authorization from the Student specifying the information to be provided and the approved recipient(s).

Note:  A Student who does not want his or her name, degree or other information used in the University newsletter, graduation program or other publications, must notify the Registrar in writing.

 

08.09 - SEMESTER CREDITS

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY awards credit earned based on semester credits. Most courses carry 4 semester credits. It is expected that a Student taking a 4-credit course will need to spend approximately 9-12 hours per week on education experiences such as reading and study, research, faculty mentor-Student interaction, demonstration of defined education outcomes through assignments, papers and projects; examinations; class discussions; and assessment of performance.

 

08.10 - TEXTBOOKS

Appropriate textbooks, course syllabi, and course outlines are used for each course. Required texts are indicated in the course outline and on the study plan by title and ISBN. Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks. AUSTC’s online textbook supplier is MBS Direct. A direct link is available on the AUSTC website to the textbook provider source at http: //www.mbsdirect.net. Students only need to search by course code to order the correct book and edition. MBS Direct also offers previously-used books for some texts. MBS Direct provides international shipping and expedited shipping within 48 hours. Students having difficulty finding needed textbooks may seek university’s assistance.

 

08.11 - COURSE MATERIALS TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY adapts a policy of bulk textbook and materials order and supply to international students in coordination with a selected bookstore. International students may order their textbooks directly from the bookstore, or seek the university’s assistance if they face any difficulty making the order.

If a student selects textbooks’ purchase assistance, he/she is obligated to pay full costs of textbook purchase and services in advance after receiving total cost’s determination.

 

08.12 – FREE REDISTRIBUTION OF DONATED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY has a charitable used book collection and redistribution program where students donate their used materials and the university gives them away free of charge to enrolled students until all distributed. Students may pick up the free materials or order them and pay shipping costs only as paid to courier. 

 

08.13 - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE UNITED STATES

The American University for Science and Technology recognizes that distance Students may reside in locations that may not have an easy access to educational resources. Applied distance education methods assists international students to access unlimited libraries and video captured life lectures on all subjects through our website www.austc.us.

The American University for Science and Technology is not currently authorized to issue I-20 documents. International Students with a visa status other than F-1, as well as those F-1 visa Students attending and residents at another university approved as a study site for students who are not United States citizens, may be eligible for study at AUSTC.

An enrolled international student who is visiting the United States, is invited and welcomed to meet his/her academic advisors and department chair, but travel is not required.

 

The American University for Science and Technology does not require on-campus or classroom regular attendance and, therefore, does not have a physical residence requirement. The institution does not have housing facilities.

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08.14 - GRADING SYSTEM

Unless otherwise specified for a particular department or program, the University awards letter grades in recognition of academic performance of each course. Grade points are used to calculate G.P.A.

 

A+

4.00 grade points

A

3.75 grade points

B+

3.50 grade points

B

3.00 grade points

B-

2.75 grade points

C+

2.50 grade points

C

Lowest graduate passing grade 2.00 grade points

C-

1.75 grade points

D+

(undergraduate only) 1.50 grade points

D

Lowest undergraduate passing grade 1.00 grade points

D-

(Undergraduate only) 0.50 grade points

F

Fail 0.00 grade points

S

Satisfactory indicates completion of a dissertation course or practicum course with academic work equivalent to a B grade or better. The grade does not contribute to the calculation of G.P.A

U

Unsatisfactory indicates completion of a dissertation course or practicum course with academic work equivalent to less than a B grade. A Student who receives a "U" may not be allowed to continue with the program. The grade does not contribute to the calculation of G.P.A.

CX

Cancel indicates cancellation of a course requested by the Student before the course start date.

DR

Dropped course during the add/drop period (first week of the course session).

W

Withdrawal from a course requested by the Student within the first 2 months of a course session. The Student’s request to withdraw from a course must be sent by AUSTC’s messaging system to his/her academic advisor. After the first 2 months of a course session, but before the course end date, a withdrawal may be granted only with a passing status in the course or the department chair’s approval. A Student may not withdraw from a course after the faculty mentor has submitted a grade.

I

Incomplete indicates that a Student has not satisfied the requirements for a course by the end date; a grade of Incomplete is entered unless the faculty mentor posts a letter grade. Thirty (30) calendar days later, the "I" grade changes an "F" grade unless the faculty mentor has posted a letter grade.

R

Retaken. An "R" grade is indicated on the transcript when the course grade has been superseded by a later grade. Only the later grade will be used in computing the G.P.A.

 

08.15 - WRITING SCORES

In addition to a content letter grade, a numerical writing score (1-4) will be given on each assignment with substantial writing. These writing standards are defined in AUSTC’s Writing Rubric.

 

08.16 - DROP A COURSE

Students may drop a course during the first week of the course session. The Student may replace the dropped course with another course (see drop-add fee in Financial Information). The replacement course must be completed in the same course session, i.e. the course start and end dates of the replacement course will be the same as those of the dropped course.

Students who notify their academic advisor of their request to drop a course after the first week of the course session but prior to the end of the 2nd month will receive a "W" (Withdrawal) grade for the incomplete course. Students who drop a course after completing two months of a course session will receive a letter grade, A through F, based on the work completed to date.

 

08.17 - REPEATED COURSES

Any course in which a letter grade was earned can only be repeated one time.

 

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY considers a grade of "D" to be the minimum passing grade for undergraduate courses, although an overall GPA of 2.0 (or “C”) is required for graduation. A grade of "C" is the minimum-passing grade for graduate courses, although an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better is required for graduation. A Student has the option of repeating the course or enrolling in an alternate course of equal credit (if such an alternate is available) that will meet the degree program requirements. The Student’s academic advisor must agree with the course request. Whether the course is repeated or an alternate course is taken, the Student will be required to pay tuition for the course and to complete all course requirements.

If a course is repeated, the original course grade will be changed to an "R" (retaken) and only the later grade will be used in computing the cumulative grade point average. If an alternate course is taken, the grade for both courses will appear on the Student’s transcript and both grades will be used in computing the cumulative grade point average.

 

08.18 - STUDENTS RIGHT TO APPEAL A GRADE

A Student may appeal a course grade issued by a faculty mentor. The appeal must be made to the faculty mentor from whom the grade was received in writing and must be postmarked or emailed no later than 15 days after the Student received notification of the grade. If the appeal is denied, or if the faculty mentor does not respond within 15 days after receiving the appeal, the Student may appeal directly to the department chair within an additional 15-day period. The department chair will render a final decision on the grade within 15 days after receiving the Student’s appeal.


08.19 - SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

 

Students at THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree program. Satisfactory academic progress will be evaluated for all AUSTC Students on a quarterly basis. Students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if they meet all of the following conditions:

      Maintain a cumulative grade point average sufficient to meet graduation requirements. Undergraduate Students must maintain at least a "C" average, or 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Graduate Students must maintain at least a "B" average, or 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

      Complete at least 67% of the total number of AUSTC credits attempted with a minimum passing grade.

      Complete the AUSTC degree program within the maximum allowed number of attempted credits. At AUSTC, this is defined as no more than 150% of the number of credits required to complete a degree program. For bachelor’s degrees, Students may take a maximum of 180 semester credits. For master’s degrees, Students may take a maximum of 60 semester credits. The maximum number of semester credits includes the number of semester credits accepted in transfer from other institutions (i.e., the number of semester credits that will be applied towards the degree) plus the number of semester credits attempted at AUSTC, including any leveling courses required for graduate Students.

      All AUSTC credits attempted will apply towards the Satisfactory Academic Progress measures. Attempted credits include those courses receiving grades (A-F, S/U), as well as repeated, “R”, withdrawal, “W”, incomplete, “I”, and in-progress courses, “IP”. Cancelled “CX” and dropped “DR” courses are not counted as attempted credits. Grades of "I" (incomplete), "IP" (in-progress), "W" (withdrawn), "F" (failing), and "U" (unsatisfactory) are not considered passing. "D" grades are also not considered passing for graduate Students.


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08.20 - PROBATION/DISMISSAL DUE TO LACK OF SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

 

Students found not making satisfactory academic progress will be placed on probation or dismissed according to the following set of events:

•  The first time a Student is found not making satisfactory academic progress, he/she will be placed on "Probation-1" status. The reason (s) for probation will be noted in the Student’s academic record. The Student will have until the next quarterly review of Satisfactory Academic Progress to rectify the situation.

•  If the Student is found not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements in the next quarterly review, but the Student has made progress towards achieving the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements, the Student may be placed on "Probation-2" status. The reason (s) for probation will be noted in the Student’s academic record. The Student will have until the next quarterly review of Satisfactory Academic Progress to rectify the situation.

•  The Student will be dismissed if one of the following conditions exists:  the Student is found not making satisfactory academic progress in the next quarterly review after "Probation-1" status is given; OR the Student is found not making satisfactory academic progress in the next quarterly review after "Probation-2" status is given. The reason (s) for unsatisfactory progress will be noted in the Student’s academic record. The Student’s degree program status will be indicated as "Dismissed-SAP".

 

Students will receive written notification when they are placed on "Probation-1", "Probation-2", or "Dismissed-SAP" status. This notification will be sent via AUSTC’s messaging system or other means that can be documented and/or verified of attempt to notify.

When mitigating circumstances are involved in a Student’s failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress, the Student may appeal the decision that he or she has not complied with the academic progress requirements. Examples of mitigating circumstances may include documented serious illness or severe injury, or death of an immediate family member. To appeal, the Student must submit a letter to the Chief Academic Officer within 30 days after the Student received notification of the probation or dismissal. The letter must include the reason(s) why satisfactory academic progress is not being made and any documentation that supports the rationale for the appeal. Appeals may be accepted without provision, or they may be accepted provisionally, entailing a probationary period in which the Student must earn a given number of credits and/or earn a specified GPA. Appeals may also be denied. It is the Student’s responsibility to initiate any appeal.

Any Student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress may appeal the probation or dismissal actions regardless if he is receiving financial aid or not. The appeal must be sent to the Chief Academic Officer in writing, and must be postmarked or emailed no later than 30 days after the Student was notified of the academic probation or dismissal.

08.21 - ACADEMIC PROBATION

A Student whose coursework does not adhere to academic integrity will be placed on probation status; that includes notification to the Student that may be made by mail, fax, email, AUSTC’s messaging system, in conversation with the Student in person or by telephone. A complete record of the notification must be made and inserted in the Student's file.

 

08.22 - ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

A Student may be dismissed from the University for:

•  Failure to maintain continuous enrollment;

•  Failure to keep current with financial obligations (causing non-continuous enrollment);

•  Failure of submitted coursework to adhere to academic integrity in a subsequent offense after having been issued a formal warning about plagiarism

•  Falsification of any work or records submitted for review or academic credit;

•  Sexual misconduct; or

•  Other unacceptable behavior or violation of University policy

•  Unsatisfactory grades that are not included in the GPA calculation, including "U" grade in a dissertation course or practicum.

Students may be placed on probation or immediately dismissed for violation of ethical standards in their studies, examinations, presentation of papers, coursework and dissertations.

The notice of dismissal will be sent by email and mail. A copy will be kept in the Student’s file.

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08.23 - APPEAL OF ACADEMIC PROBATION OR ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

Students who have been dismissed stemming from failure to keep current with financial obligations to the University must first pay the outstanding balance due.

A Student has the right to appeal academic probation or dismissal to the Chief Academic Officer. The appeal must be in writing and must be postmarked or emailed no later than 30 days after the Student received notification of the academic probation or dismissal. After receiving the Student’s appeal request, Academic Standards will review the academic probation or dismissal, and will make a recommendation regarding the appeal to the Chief Academic Officer. Within 15 days of receiving the Student’s appeal, the Chief Academic Officer shall render a decision. The Chief Academic Officer’s decision will be final.

 

08.24 - STUDENT CONDUCT

The University has established the following Code of Conduct for Students and graduates as a body and as individuals that they should:

1.    Reflect the integrity of the University, its programs and all associated with the University in behavior, activities and actions.

2.    Strive to fulfill professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity.

3.    Support the principle of due process and equal treatment under the law.

4.    Obey laws.

5.    Adhere to ethical academic practices in their studies, examinations, and presentation of papers, theses and dissertations.

6.    Maintain the standards and seek to improve the effectiveness of the profession through continuing professional and personal development.

7.    Honor all contracts until fulfillment or release.

8.    Pursue appropriate means to correct those laws, policies and procedures that are not consistent with sound educational goals.

 

08.25 - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

It is the policy of THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY that sexual misconduct, including assault, harassment, or inappropriate behavior by Students, faculty mentors, or University staff shall not be condoned nor tolerated. Anyone who believes that he or she is the recipient of such behavior shall immediately contact the Chief Academic Officer or the President with a written account and details of the incident(s) so that an appropriate investigation can be made. All communications will be held in the strictest confidence and the constitutional rights of the individuals involved will be protected.

 

08.26 - TRANSCRIPTS

A complete set of the Student's records, including a transcript of grades, is kept in a permanent file. Transcript copies may be ordered from the Registrar at a cost of $5 each. The University will not honor requests for transcripts unless requested in writing by Students who have fulfilled all financial obligations to the University.

 

08.27 - JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

The University does not provide or guarantee job placement to Students upon program/course completion or upon graduation.

Some employers including the Government agencies at the state of California prefer holders of accredited degrees, while many other employers do not care about degree accreditation, but the attended educational training programs and ability to fulfill requirements of the position.

 

08.28 - LICENSING AND CREDENTIALS

Most professional organizations, societies, states and licensing jurisdictions have specific requirements for licensure, membership or certification. If licensing or credentialing is a major objective, Students are advised to first check the standards of their particular states, school districts, professional associations and agencies for specific license requirements. The University does not represent that its courses or programs of study meet any licensing requirements.

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09 - Financial Aid Policies and Procedures

 

09.01 - Introduction

 

The American University for Science and Technology is a (501)(C)(3) Public Charity Organization that does not receive Title IV aid funding or MGI Bill benefits while applies  Self-Funded Financial Aid programs stem from a belief that student aid services should facilitate and foster the successful academic participation of financially needy students

As part of its commitment to help students have a positive university experience, the university provides this information to help students better understand their relationship with AUSTC self-funded financial aid.

It is the goal of the Financial Aid Office to provide students with the most current policy information affecting their financial aid while at The American University for Science and Technology. Accordingly, as regulations change or university practices evolve, this policy will be updated.

The American University for Science and Technology is approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) as a post-secondary degree granting facility offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from schools of Business and Technology Management, Engineering, Science, Education and Behavioral and Social Sciences.

 

09.02 - Minimum Academic Year Definition

Academic programs offered at The American University for Science and Technology are calculated in units and measured by semesters, even though students may speed up through early completion and continue with additional subjects either to catch previously missed or cut future requirements towards graduation.

 

09.03 – Financial Aid Programs Offered

In addition to AUSTC’s commitment to apply low cost tuition which is usually about 50% of regularly applied at for profit post-secondary facilities, AUSTC develops customized financial-aid packages based on student’s qualifications, financial need, and the availability of allocated funds. Every student package may include any or a combination of the following major financial aid programs:

Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories:

  

  • Grants (which recognize financial need)
  • Scholarship and Awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements)
  • Interest free payment plan

 

Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders and university sources when allocated funds are available.

      Work-study allows students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.

 

09.04 - Ability to Benefit (ATB)

Any student who has not graduated from high school or received a GED and would like to join AUSTC undergraduate degree programs must demonstrate an ability to benefit from university enrollment. The American University for Science and Technology’s Assessment Center will guide students through the process which must be completed before the student can be admitted.

 

09.05 - Packaging Policy

When a student applies for financial aid, the funds will usually come from more than one account allocation in AUSTC budget where some of them are donations and controlled funds and others are planned financial aid policy self-funded allocations. This combination of allocation resources is referred to as packaging. All financial aid attempts are always subject to availability of budget allocated funds.

 

09.06 - Available Financial Aid Sources

Every institution has the option of which kind of financial aid programs to offer to its students. The American University for Science and Technology is currently follows self- funded allocations.

  • Unrestricted Community Charitable Donations’ Fund (UCCDF) which is a community donation without donors’ conditions to be spent in a specific activity, and are allocated to support students’ financial aid.
  • Restricted Community Charitable Donations’ Fund (RCCDF) which is a community donation restricted by donors to be spent for students’ financial aid.
  • AUSTC Charitable Commitment, which is a case by case award of budget funded scholarships, awards or waiver.  
  • Work-Study Program (WS)
  • Private Lenders’ Loans

 

09.07 - Definition of Financial Need

Student financial aid is packaged (given financial aid from several of the programs for which a student is eligible) based on the student’s financial need. Financial need is determined by a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as compared to The American University for Science and Technology’s Cost of Attendance (COA).

AUSTC defines the neediest students as those whose EFC = $0.

 

09.08 - Award Packaging

09.08.01 - Resources Included in Award Packaging

Financial aid packages are awarded as 25% up to 75% of tuition after deduction of credit transfer if any, and are funded from the following resources:

  1. Restricted Community Charitable Donations’ Fund (RCCDF) while allocated funds are available and are granted on first come first served.

 

  1. Unrestricted Community Charitable Donations’ Fund (UCCDF) while allocated funds are available and are granted on first come first served.

 

  1. AUSTC Self-Funded Institutional Aid which is awarded to those students who qualify for the financial assistance while allocated RCCDF and UCCDF allocations are given away to other qualified students as described above.

The above listed resources may be utilized together as an award packing to serve the largest possible number of qualified students.

 

09.08.02 - Resources Not Included in Award Packaging

The American University for Science and Technology’s financial aid packaging does not include loans (student, parent, or alternative). Information about our loan program is provided upon request.

The American University for Science and Technology is a 4-year or more postsecondary facility; students should note that loans are limited to lenders’ conditions and amounts. Cost of attendance as shown on student’s enrollment agreement is the only considered value for loan amount purposes.

The American University for Science and Technology does not include Work-Study Program (WS) in the initial financial aid package. Eligible students are awarded WS funds on a first come, first served basis. The American University for Science and Technology allocates a limited amount of this type of fund.

The American University for Science and Technology does not include the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) in the student's initial financial aid package. This is awarded to students on an individual basis after reviewing their eligibility.

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09.09 - Verification Policy

 

09.09.01 - Verification Process

Each year AUSTC financial aid office designates financial aid recipients whose documentation will be verified. The American University for Science and Technology financial aid verification committee verifies every identified file as part of its own verification process. Financial aid recipients’ files are verified all year using the same format of verification worksheet designed by The Department of Education.

 

09.09.02 - Verification Documentation

A dependent student is required to provide copies of the student’s signed Federal parent’s tax return as well as the student’s signed Federal personal tax return. An independent student is required to provide the student’s signed Federal personal tax return and that of the student’s spouse, if the student is married. If prepared by a tax preparer the student and/or parents must sign the tax document.

The American University for Science and Technology, when possible, will attempt to gather income information from the parents of dependent students who reside out-of-the-country.

 

09.09.03 - Secondary Verification

The American University for Science and Technology uses a secondary verification process specific to the campus. For example, the University verifies all students who answer yes to the question “Are you a ward of the court?” If a student is independent only because they answered yes to this question, then the University will require documentation to support this.

 

09.09.04 - Eligibility Changes Resulting from Verification

If the verification process results in a change of a student’s financial aid eligibility, The American University for Science and Technology repackages the student for financial aid based on their new eligibility status and notifies the student with a new award letter.

Corrections are made in the Local Financial Aid System and sent a hard copy to Registrar’s office and Central Records Area for processing and documentation. Students are notified of corrections through receipt of an acknowledgment form from student’s financial aid office.

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09.10 - Eligibility Issues

 

 

09.10.01 - Citizenship Documentation

The American University for Science and Technology uses any acceptable documentation in the Federal and/or state laws for US citizens or residents.

 

09.10.02 - Conflicting Data

 

If in the process of reviewing a student’s financial aid file, The American University for Science and Technology’s Financial Aid Office notices conflicting data, the conflict must be resolved before awarding can take place.

 

09.10.03 - Resolving Conflicting Data

 

The process of resolving the conflicting data is for the Financial Aid Office to:

  1. Send notification to students
  2. Have a phone conversation with the student.
  3. Request agency certification

 

09.10.04 - Timelines

The American University for Science and Technology will not award a student financial- aid (including the Institutional Fee Waiver) until the student replies and the conflicting data is resolved. Additionally, if conflicting data turns up even after the first disbursement to a student, the conflicting data must be resolved before additional disbursements can be made.

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09.11 - Deadlines

 

 

09.11.01 - Financial Aid Deadlines and Priority Dates

The American University for Science and Technology publishes deadlines and priority dates for various programs in the Financial Aid Handbook, on the Web, and other public postings.

 

09.11.02 - Late Documents

The American University for Science and Technology does not accept documents that have passed a hard deadline. If there are extenuating circumstances, the student should talk to a Financial Aid officer and the decision is made on a case by case basis by the Financial Aid Program Manager.

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09.12 – Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

 

09.12.01 - Rights

Students at The American University for Science and Technology applying for, and receiving financial aid, have a right to the following:

  1. Information on all financial assistance available.
  2. Disclosure of application deadlines for each financial aid program, and for any supporting documentation.
  3. Specific information regarding fees, tuition, and the refund policy for those who drop out of school (withdraw).
  4. An explanation of how students are selected for receipt of financial aid, and how financial need is determined. This process includes a consideration of costs of tuition and fees, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., plus the student’s income and assets, parental contribution, other financial aid (such as scholarships) and so on.
  5. Knowledge of what resources are considered in the calculation of student need.
  6. Knowledge of how a financial aid package is determined.
  7. An explanation of various programs awarded in the student’s financial aid package. If a student feels unfairly treated, a reconsideration of the award may be requested.
  8. Knowledge of how The American University for Science and Technology determines whether students are making “satisfactory academic progress” and the consequences of not meeting this requirement.

 

09.12.02 - Responsibilities

Students at The American University for Science and Technology applying for and receiving financial aid are responsible for the following:

  1. Reviewing and considering all information about The American University for Science and Technology’s academic programs before enrolling.
  2. Completing all the application forms accurately and completely and submitting them to the right place on time. If this is not done, financial aid could be delayed. Since errors may cause misunderstanding and misrepresentation of information provided, errors must be corrected before any financial aid can be received. Intentional misreporting of information on application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of the law and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code, and subjects the student’s application to denial. Additionally, regulations require that all cases of suspected fraud emanating from misrepresentation, be reported to the Office of the Inspector General.
  3. Promptly returning all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency or agencies to which an application was submitted.
  4. Reading and understanding all forms that the student is asked to sign.
  5. Notifying the loan holder (if the student has a loan) of changes in the name, address or school enrollment status.
  6. Performing the work that is agreed upon in accepting a university work-study award.
  7. Knowing and complying with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  8. Repaying financial aid funds if it is determined that the student was ineligible to receive the funds.
  9. Knowing that if a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will be responsible to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund to the lender, and if the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the money not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.    

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09.13 – Self-Funded Institutional Fee Waiver

The self-funded Institutional Fee Waiver Program is available to any California resident who meets the financial eligibility requirements or qualifies through another program. California state law pertaining to the Institutional fee waiver allows universities discretion in certain areas. These are The American University for Science and Technology’s practices with regards to the Institutional fee waiver policies.

  1. The university’s Financial Aid Office considers the summer session a “trailer” for the academic year. If a student applies for Institutional fee waiver for the summer session of 2011, the student is in effect applying for financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year, not the 2011-2012 academic year.
  2. If a student wants to qualify for the Institutional fee waiver, the student must submit the institutional fee waiver application with the appropriate supporting documentation.
  3. If The American University for Science and Technology Admissions enrolls a student without a social security number, the student may receive Institutional fee waiver as long as they are a California resident and otherwise qualify for the program.
  4. If a student signs the Institutional fee waiver application and reports a registered domestic partnership, The American University for Science and Technology does not require additional documentation to verify the student’s status.
  5. If a student is independent only under the Institutional fee waiver application criteria, The American University for Science and Technology accepts the information on the signed application without requiring any additional documentation.
  6. In order to qualify under for the Institutional fee waiver, The American University for Science and Technology accepts the following documentation:  
    1. TANF cash assistance – the student must provide a current or previous month copy of their benefits and a letter from the county confirming that the student receives assistance during the time of application.
    2. SSI/SSP – the student must provide a current or previous month printout clearly stating their monthly benefits.
    3. General Assistance – the student must provide a current or previous month printout from the county confirming that the student will receive assistance during the period of time for which the student is requesting financial aid. Evidence of the student receiving food stamps or Medi-Cal is not enough.
  7. If a student requests an adjustment be made to the student’s/family’s income for the Institutional fee waiver then the student must request special condition consideration. Professional judgment is not used by The American University for Science and Technology for the Institutional fee waiver application alone. Any consideration will be in the context of a broader determination of a student's eligibility for all types of financial assistance.
  8. If after verification is completed, it is discovered that the student is not eligible, then the Institutional fee waiver will be removed and the student will be responsible for all fees.
  9. The American University for Science and Technology requires all eligible students to self-certify their information and does not collect any additional documents unless conflicting information presents itself upon receipt of a FAFSA.
  10. The Institutional fee waiver is considered an award in the package of financial aid to cover the enrollment fees.
  11. Students must provide documentation demonstrating eligibility for the Dependents of Law Enforcement or Fire Suppression Personnel Fee Waiver. The American University for Science and Technology requires a letter from the appropriate public agency indicating that the student is the surviving spouse, registered domestic partner or the child, natural or adopted, of a deceased person who met all of the requirements of Education Code Section 68120 (5.6.1).

The letter must be on agency letterhead and indicate for the deceased person, that:  

a.    He or she was a resident of California;

b.    He or she was employed by a public agency;

c.    His or her principal duties consisted of active law enforcement service or active fire suppression and prevention;

d.    He or she was killed in the performance of active law enforcement or active fire suppression and prevention duties.

  1. The American University for Science and Technology establishes all students’ eligibility for the Institutional fee waiver program the same day the student’s application is complete unless conflicting or incomplete information is provided. The last day to establish eligibility for the Institutional fee waiver for the fall, spring, and summer semesters is the last day of the summer semester.
  2. The American University for Science and Technology will reimburse students for fees if the student establishes Institutional fee waiver eligibility after having paid the fees. Students have until the last day of the summer semester to request reimbursement for fall, spring and summer fees.

If The American University for Science and Technology determines that a student is eligible for the Institutional fee waiver program at the time of application, and later discovers that they are ineligible, AUSTC will pursue the repayment of fees.

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09.14 - Satisfactory Academic Progress

Regulations require that all financial aid recipients make satisfactory academic progress and remain in good academic standing. Academic progress is reviewed each semester, prior to the student’s first disbursement for the following academic year. In addition, students who do not complete any units in the semester will be terminated from financial aid as soon as grades or withdrawals are available.

 

09.14.01 - Determining Enrollment Status:

Prior to each disbursement, the Financial Aid Office will verify the number of units a student is enrolled in. Based on the verified unit enrollment, a determination is made as to whether the student is eligible for additional funds. For purposes of the satisfactory academic progress, units attempted mean the number of units the student is enrolled in at the time of the final disbursement for the semester.

In determining whether or not a student is making satisfactory academic progress, the student’s enrollment status is defined as the number of units the student was enrolled in at the time of the final disbursement for the semester.

If the student is enrolled in 12 or more units when his or her final disbursement for the semester is made, the student is considered to be full-time.

If the student is enrolled in 9 to 11.5 units when his or her final disbursement for the semester is made, the student is considered to be 3/4 time.

If the student is enrolled in 6 to 8.5 units when his or her final disbursement for the semester is made, the student is considered to be ½ time.

If the student is enrolled in .5 to 5.5 units when his or her final disbursement for the semester is made, the cost of attendance will be adjusted and the student is responsible to complete all units enrolled.

Completed units means that credit was received for the units enrolled. Classes in which a student receives a grade of “U”, “CX”, “DR”, “W”, “I” or “R” will not be counted as completed classes for satisfactory academic progress, but will be counted as units attempted.

In all enrollment categories, the student is expected to maintain a 2.0 (C average) cumulative grade point average (GPA).

By the end of each semester, to be considered in making satisfactory progress toward the educational goal, students must complete the minimum number of units required for their enrollment status with a 2.0 GPA at the conclusion of each term, as indicated below:

ENROLLMENT STATUS

UNIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

Full-time (12 + units/semester)

9 units

¾ time (9 to 11.5/semester)

8 units

½ time (6 to 8.5 units/semester)

6 units

Less than ½ time (0.5 to 5.5 units/semester)

all units enrolled

Units earned from credit transfer are not counted for financial aid purposes.

09.14.02 - Maximum Time Length and 180 Unit Limitations:

Regulations allow students to receive aid for 150% of the published length of an undergraduate program. The American University for Science and Technology publishes in its catalog that students can earn their Degree by completing the required credits in full. Students at The American University for Science and Technology, therefore, may receive aid for a maximum of 120 semester units (120 X 150%= 180 semester nits). Once a student has attempted 120 semester units at The American University for Science and Technology (including accepted transfer credits), he/she is no longer eligible to receive financial aid.

A student may receive financial aid until a total of 180 semester units have been attempted, regardless of how much aid has been received. Up to 30 units of remedial coursework and all ESL courses will be deducted. A student who has been terminated from financial aid due to attempting over 180 units may appeal to the Financial Aid Advisory Committee, provided the student is eligible to enroll at The American University for Science and Technology.

A student is allowed to transfer up to 88 semester units to another postsecondary education if he decides to continue his degree program in a facility other than The American University for Science and Technology. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the number of units they take so that they do not make him/her-self ineligible for transfer to his/her preferred university.

 

09.14.03 - Repeated Course Work:

Credits for repeated courses count only once as credits earned and only once in a student’s GPA; however, these credits are counted as attempted credits for each repeated course and also counts towards maximum time length limitations (120 semester units). The most recent grade for any repeated course is used in calculating GPA.

 

09.14.04 - Non-Degree Course Work:  

The American University for Science and Technology non-degree courses are considered the same as credit courses for tuition, and for academic standing with the exception that the grades assigned for non-degree course work are not included in GPA calculations. Credits for non-degree course work are included in the calculation of the 75%-completion requirement and in the maximum limit of 120 credits attempted.

It is the student’s responsibility to request transcripts from previously attended institutions, if the student chooses to apply any of those units toward the current educational objective. Upon the student’s request, transcripts from post-secondary facilities that are state approved or regionally accredited will be evaluated for use toward the student’s current educational objective. All units applicable toward the current education objective will be counted when calculating the maximum time frame for financial aid. All units attempted, although earned before the student was receiving financial aid, will be considered toward the maximum time frame.

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09.15 - Financial Aid Suspension and/or Termination:

Students who have exceeded their maximum time frame, have not completed the required number of units, or have a cumulative grade point average less than 2.0, will be terminated from financial aid. Students who have been terminated because of insufficient units completed or a grade point average deficiency will not receive further financial aid until they have made up the deficiency or filed and received an approved reinstatement petition.

If a student has been attending The American University for Science and Technology without the benefit of financial aid, the student has been held to the regular university standards for good standing. Pursuant to Section 55756 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, students on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal from university if their cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 in all units attempted in each of three consecutive semesters, excluding summer, or if their cumulative grade point average is less than 1.0 in each of two consecutive semesters attended, excluding summer. The student must be reinstated by the American University for Science and Technology Readmission Committee to be able to continue at The American University for Science and Technology.

 

09.16 - Appeal Procedures

Any student who has been terminated from financial aid may submit a written appeal to the Financial Aid Advisory Committee (FAAC). Each appeal will be reviewed and approved or denied based on the student’s individual circumstances, and his or her proposed course of action. If the written appeal is denied, the student may appeal that decision in person to the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. This decision of the Financial Aid Advisory Committee is final.

 

09.17 - Fraud

A student who attempts to obtain financial aid by fraud will be referred to the Dean of Admissions for disciplinary action and suspended from financial aid for unsatisfactory conduct. The University will report such instances to local law enforcement agencies, to the California Student Aid Commission and/or to the Federal Government, Office of Inspector General. Restitution of any financial aid received in such a manner will be required.

 

09.18 - STUDENT LOAN DEFERRMENT

Loan deferment requests, if any, are processed by the AUSTC Registrar's office. Student must obtain a Deferment Request Form from the Lender and submit it to AUSTC for processing. AUSTC has no control over deferment decisions made by Lenders. 

 

09.19 - FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

Upon completion of the degree program, all outstanding financial balance is due and payable immediately. A Student may not graduate, nor receive any degree diploma or transcript, until all unpaid financial accounts have been satisfied.

 

09.19.01 - DEFAULT OF FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

If the Student’s financial obligations are in default, defined as not paying a financial obligation within 30 days of due date, AUSTC may declare the entire balance due without further notice. That amount must then be paid immediately. Failure to pay the unpaid balance within 10 days may result in any or all of the following:

 

a) Denial of registration, transcripts, diplomas, grades and graduation;

b) Assignment of the account for collection; and

c) Reporting the delinquent account status to a credit bureau.

 

Furthermore, if this account is turned over for collection, the Student is obligated to pay AUSTC’s collection expense. If a lawsuit or other action is filed, the Student agrees to pay AUSTC’s attorney’s fees as fixed by the trial court. If any party appeals any part of the trial court’s decision, the Student promises to pay AUSTC’s attorney’s fees for the appeal as fixed by the appellate court.

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10 – Minimum DEGREE REQUIREMENTS BY TYPE OF PROGRAM

 

10.01 - INFORMATION RESEARCH COURSES

ALL students are required to take information resources subject as the first taken at AUSTC or transfer it from a recognized postsecondary educational facility.

 

10.02 - GENERAL EDUCATION

 

AUSTC’s General Education program for undergraduate degree programs has been designed to provide lifelong Students with those tools, skills and knowledge fundamental to successful, scholarly bachelor degree studies and for enhancing personal future effectiveness in all aspects of life.

 

10.02.01 - UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION Requirements

AUSTC requires that all undergraduate students satisfactorily complete 40 semester units to include a course of Information Literacy, 2 College English courses, a College Mathematics course, two Humanities courses, two Natural Sciences courses, two Social and Political Sciences courses and three General Education electives.

 

10.02.02 - Undergraduate General Education Curriculum:

 

Code

General Studies Subjects

Semester Units

ALS 1007

Information Research Methods

1

 LS 1009

College Algebra

3

 HU 1007

Modern American History

3

 HU 1009

World's Religions

3

 LS 1002

English Composition I

3

 LS 2002

English Composition II

3

 NS 1002

Introduction to Meteorology

3

 NS 1004

Controversial Environmental Issues

3

 NS 1006

Health and Nutrition

3

 PS 1002

U.S. Government

3

 SS 1004

Sociology

3

 SS 1007

Psychology of Business

3

 LS 1004

Introduction to Statistics

3

 LS 1006

Logic and Critical Thinking

3


 

10.03 - BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 124 Semester Units to graduate with a bachelors’ degree from AUSTC. It is possible for any student to transfer up to 88 undergraduate semester units if attended at a recognized postsecondary educational facility. Minimum credit taken at AUSTC must be 32 semester units or more to be granted a bachelors’ degree.        

 

Undergraduate curriculum must be or exceeds the following:

 

40 credits - General Education subjects

24 Credits - Business Fundamental Subjects

21 credits - Business Administration Core subjects

36 credits - Accounting Concentration subjects

  3 credits - Graduation case Study

 

10.04 - MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 45 Semester Units to graduate with a masters’ degree from AUSTC. It is possible for any student to transfer up to 8 graduate semester units if attended at a recognized graduate educational facility. Minimum credit taken at AUSTC must be 32 semester units or more to be granted a masters’ degree.        

 

Masters’ Degree curriculum must be or exceeds the following:

 

  2 Credits - ALS 6010 (Required)

10 Credits - Fundamental Subjects

10 Credits - Core Subjects

21 Credits - Specialty Subjects

  2 Credits - Thesis

10.05 - DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Semester Units and submit a publishable concept paper and a doctoral dissertation in a topic related to student’s selected advanced specialty focus. It is possible for any student to transfer up to 8 graduate semester units if attended at a recognized graduate educational facility. Doctoral degree students are not required to take Information Research Strategies subject if previously attended at AUSTC graduate program.

 

Doctoral Degree curriculum must be or exceeds the following:

 

   2 Information Research Strategies (Optional, if not taken earlier)

 10 Credits - Fundamental subjects

 10 Credits - Core subjects

 30 Credits - Advanced specialty subjects

   2 Credits - Submission of Concept Paper,

   2 Credits - Comprehensive Exam

   6 Credits - Dissertation

 

10.06 – Single Subject NON-DEGREE STUDY

Many serious Students enter studies not intending to obtain a new degree, but rather to enhance personal and professional knowledge. They may want to advance in their present career, acquire the background to make a career change, or make up academic deficiencies before entering a degree program. If the Student later applies for admission to a degree program, such non-degree study will be evaluated as to whether the coursework will be applied to the degree requirements. Minimum enrollment requirements for a degree program must be satisfied after the Student is accepted into the AUSTC degree program. Tuition for non-degree study is charged at the current semester credit rate at time of course enrollment.

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11 - DEGREE PROGRAMS

11.01 - SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

 

Undergraduate Program (BS, Business Administration

 

Major Concentrations:  

Accounting

Applied Computer Science

Business Administration

Management

Management of Construction Projects

Marketing

 

 

Graduate Programs (MBA/PhD)

 

Specializations:

Applied Computer Science

Electronic Commerce

Financial Management

Health Care Administration

Human Resources Management

International Business

Management

Management of Engineering and Technology

Management Information Systems

Public Administration

 

 

11.01.01 – BS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 

 

Objectives of the BS. B.A. Degree Program

 

The objectives for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program are:

  

·         To provide Students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and function effectively in a business and administrative organization;

·         To familiarize students with the fundamental bodies of theoretical and applied knowledge of business represented in the core courses;

·         To provide Students an opportunity to concentrate their education in areas such as accounting, management, and marketing as represented in upper level courses;

·         To enable Students to integrate formal academic education with their business related experiential education to meet their personal and professional needs;

·         To encourage Students to experience self-improvement and professional growth, and

·         To expose Students to the global business environment.

 

Requirements

 

(Total 124 Semester Units at least)

 

40 credits - General Education subjects

24 Credits - Business Fundamental Subjects

21 credits - Business Administration Core subjects

36 credits - Accounting Concentration subjects

  3 credits - Graduation case Study

 

Overview of the Concentrations

 

Accounting

Accounting is the process of systematically collecting, analyzing, and reporting financial information. Accounting is the language of business. In modern society, it is impossible to manage a business without accurate and up-to-date information supplied by a firm’s accountants. Managers, lenders, suppliers and stockholders rely on information contained in three fundamental reports:  the balance sheet, income statement, and a statement of cash flows.

 

Applied Computer Science

We live in a growing and rapidly changing information society. Until businesses began using computers, data was transformed into information manually. Computers are an essential part of transforming data into information in every aspect of our daily lives. Computers are used to control the nerve centers of automobiles, toys, and even the human heart. Applied Computer Science is a discipline that uses basic computational theories and techniques to solve practical information retrieval, analysis and dissemination problems for business and industry.

 

Management

Managers have to plan for the future, implement their plans in the present, and evaluate results against what has been accomplished in the past. Operations managers are concerned with present and future sales levels and with the availability of resources. Marketing managers need to have detailed information about their firm’s product mix. Human resources managers must be aware of anything that pertains to their firm’s employees. Administrative managers are responsible for the efficient and effective use of human, financial and material resources. Managers need a well-rounded background in marketing, financial analysis, human relations, and information systems.


 

Marketing

The business activities that make up a firm’s marketing efforts are those directly concerned with satisfying customers’ needs. The basic approach to marketing is defined by the mix of four elements:  product, price, distribution, and promotion. A firm that understands marketing will enhance the creation of utility for the purchase of its products. Leaders who plan the future of their firms are challenged to find a marketing strategy that makes sense. Change is occurring at an accelerated rate:  today is not like yesterday, and tomorrow will be different from today. Three developments have great influence on marketing strategy:  globalization, technological advances, and deregulation.

 

 

CURRICULUM

 

General Knowledge (40 Semester Units):

 

As detailed in (section 10.02) above

  

Fundamental Subjects Curriculum (24 Semester Units):

 

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 4121

Human Resource Management And Development

3

BUS 4122

Organizational Behavior

3

BUS 4123

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS 4124

Business Statistics

3

BUS 4125

Introduction to Business

3

BUS 4126

Basic Business law

3

BUS 4127

Principles of Economics

3

BUS 4128

Business Process Analysis

3

 

Core Subjects Curriculum (21 Semester Units):

All Business Administration Concentrations other than accounting

 


Code

Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 4130

Foundation of Financial Management

3

BUS 4131

Business Statistics

3

BUS 4132

Rules of Marketing and Public Relations

3

BUS 4133

Developing Management Skills

3

BUS 4134

Practical Business Accounting

3

BUS 4135

Essentials of Marketing Management

3

BUS 4136

Essentials of Human resources Management

3

 

Accounting Core Subjects (21 Semester Units):

 

Code

Core Subjects

Semester Units

AC 4130

Accounting Principles I

3

AC 4131

Accounting Principles II

3

AC 4132

Accounting Theory/Practice I

3

AC 4133

Accounting Theory/Practice Il

3

AC 4134

Managerial/Cost Accounting I

3

AC 4135

Foundations of Taxation

3

AC 4136

Advanced Accounting

3

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CONCENTRATION CURRICULUM:

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 4142

Small Business Management

3

BUS 4143

Manufacturing Planning and Control

3

BUS 4144

Product Design and Development

3

BUS 4145

Marketing Research

3

BUS 4146

Advertising Principles and Practice

3

BUS 4147

Promotion and Marketing Communications

3

BUS 4148

Retail Management

3

BUS 4149

Sales Force Management

3

BUS 4150

Project Management

3

BUS 4151

Operations Strategy

3

BUS 4140

Administrative Office Management

3

BUS 4141

Introduction to Material Management

3

 

ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION CURRICULUM

 

AC 4140

Accounting Systems

3

AC 4141

Principles of Finance

3

AC 4142

Managerial/Cost Accounting II

3

AC 4143

Intellectual Property Management

3

AC 4144

Attestation and Assurance

3

AC 4145

Applied Portfolio Management

3

AC 4146

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

3

AC 4147

Advanced Financial Management

3

AC 4148

Derivatives and Financial Engineering

3

AC 4149

Financial Risk Management and Financial Engineering

3

AC 4150

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

3

AC 4151

Global Finance

3

 

APPLIED COMPUTER SCIENCE CONCENTRATION CURRICULUM

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

ACS 4140

Introduction to Business Programming

3

ACS 4141

Business Development

3

ACS 4142

Computer Administration

3

ACS 4143

Visual Basic Programming

3

ACS 4144

Networking and Internet

3

ACS 4145

Computer Networking

3

ACS 4146

Web Technology and Development

3

ACS 4147

Web Programming

3

ACS 4148

Information Technology Management

3

ACS 4149

Business Process Analysis

3

ACS 4150

Business Database Systems

3

ACS 4151

Systems Analysis and Design

3

 

MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION CURRICULUM

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

MGT 4140

Business Communications

3

MGT 4141

Organizational Behavior

3

MGT 4142

Foundation of Financial Management

3

MGT 4143

Business Statistics

3

MGT 4144

Developing Management Skills

3

MGT 4145

Managerial Accounting

3

MGT 4146

Essentials of Marketing Management

3

MGT 4147

Essentials of Human resources Management

3

MGT 4148

Money, Banking and Financial Market

3

MGT 4149

Supervisory Management

3

MGT 4150

Administrative Office Management

3

MGT 4151

Small Business Management

3

 

MANAGEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS CURRICULUM

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

CPM 4140

Essentials of Human resources Management

3

CPM 4141

Project management for construction

3

CPM 4142

Drafting and Plan Reading

3

CPM 4143

Building Services Engineering

3

CPM 4144

Surveying and Setting Out Technology in Construction

3

CPM 4145

Construction Documents and Specification

3

CPM 4146

Construction Accounting & Financial Management

3

CPM 4147

Project Management

3

CPM 4148

Finite Elements

3

CPM 4149

Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

3

CPM 4150

Construction Safety and Health

3

CPM 4151

Quality Improvement

3

 

MARKETING CONCENTRATION CURRICULUM

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

MK 4140

Integrated Supply Chain Management

3

MK 4141

Business Communications

3

MK 4142

Marketing Essentials

3

MK 4143

Rules of Marketing and Public Relations

3

MK 4144

Marketing Research

3

MK 4145

Essentials of Marketing Management

3

MK 4146

Small Business Management

3

MK 4147

Advertising Principles and Practice

3

MK 4148

Retail Management

3

MK 4149

Sales Force Management

3

MK 4150

Developing Management Skills

3

MK 4151

Introduction to Digital Marketing

3

 

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11.01.02 – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)  

 

Students in graduate business administration programs must demonstrate competency in those subject areas that define the fundamental breadth of understanding of the discipline. Competency can be demonstrated through prior undergraduate, graduate coursework and successfully completing prescribed courses at AUSTC.

Degree requirements:

  2 Credits - Information Research Strategies

10 Credits - Fundamental Subjects

10 Credits - Core Subjects

21 Credits - Specialty Subjects

  2 Credits - Thesis or Case Study

 

Satisfying the fundamental and core requirements is a prerequisite for enrolling in the specialty courses in business. Courses taken to satisfy the fundamental requirements may not be counted towards a specialization while core subjects are a component of specialty curriculum.

 

11.01.02.01 - MBA Specialties Overview:

 

Applied Computer Science

The Applied Computer Science Specialization is the discipline of designing methods for solving problems by means of computers. The curriculum is designed to provide preparation for professional careers in the areas of Software and Network Administration. Admission is open to holders of any Bachelor's degree or the equivalent who have computer and industrial/business experience.

 

Electronic Commerce

The Electronic Commerce specialization is designed for Students who want to become proficient in conducting business on the Internet and/or the World Wide Web. Online marketing, Web-based applications, enabling methodologies and tools for online payment and transactions are included in the curriculum.

 

Health Care Administration

With the growing concern over health care and the economical delivery of health care services, there is an increasing requirement to bring managerial expertise to the health care industry. Health care administrators are in demand at entry and for advanced managerial positions in hospitals, in health maintenance organizations, in health insurance companies, and in governmental, public health, voluntary, and social service agencies. This specialization develops the essential managerial perspective and skills for this industry.

 

 

Human Resources Management

Throughout history the challenge to managers has been to manage the organization's human resources to achieve peaceful, productive and profitable organizational outcomes. This specialization studies the interrelationships between human resources and the business organization, equipping the manager to function as a HRM specialist in business, industry, and service organizations.

 

International Business

The global economy requires that domestic and foreign business managers have the knowledge of cultural, economic, political and legal environments of business and the necessary managerial skills for making management decisions in an international context. This specialization focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage international organizations.

 

Financial Management

The lifeblood of every organization - private, public, religious or corporate - is its financial resources. Managers must know how to manage and allocate resources in order to ensure long-term profitability and organizational health. This specialization concentrates on developing these essential skills.

 

Management

This specialization is for the manager-generalist who must understand how the key parts of an organization function and interrelate. Effective enterprise results when the manager-generalist organizes the efforts of specialists in order to accomplish organizational outcomes. Students gain the conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in each of the key areas of management.

 

Management of Engineering and Technology

The engineering and technology manager brings together technical expertise with management know-how, which creates a synergism between technology and business in order to improve organizational outcomes.

 

Management Information Systems

The Management Information Systems (MIS) specialization is a user-friendly graduate specialization designed for administrators and managers. It is for managers who recognize that success in today's competitive environment requires an understanding of management and how managers use computer information systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes. The MIS specialization combines and applies the best from both disciplines:  computer systems and management. Admission is open to holders of any Bachelor's degree or the equivalent who have industrial and/or business experience and who recognize that managers need expertise in both management and information systems. Knowledge of computer programming is not a requirement.

 

Public Administration

Managers possessing the wide range of skills in public administration are meeting the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels. For practicing public administrators as well as those seeking entry into public administration, this specialization focuses on acquiring the administrative knowledge and skills in such diverse areas as budgeting, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning.

 

Specializations in Applied Computer Science, Electronic Commerce, Financial Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Management of Engineering and Technology, Management Information Systems, and Public Administration

 

11.01.02.02 - M.B.A. Objectives and Requirements:

The objectives for the Master of Business Administration degree program are to:  

1.     Present managers and prospective managers with the conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in each of the key areas of managerial responsibility;

2.     Integrate this formal academic education with business related experiential education so that meaningful personalized education results;

3.     Enable Students to experience self-improvement and professional growth; and

4.     Expose Students to international business.

 

M.B.A. Degree Requirements and Course Sequence:  

The Master of Business Administration degree program emphasizes traditional business administration and management studies at the graduate level. Students must complete a minimum of 45 semester credits in business or other approved graduate courses. All students must take Information Strategies course at AUSTC or transfer it from a previously attended at a recognized postgraduate educational facility. Fundamental and core subjects must be successfully completed at AUSTC before enrollment for any of the specialties as listed below. 

 

  2 Credits - Information Research Strategies

10 Credits - Fundamental Subjects

10 Credits - Core Subjects

21 Credits - Specialty Subjects

  2 Credits - Thesis or Case Study

 

Core and specialty subjects count for required specialty credit (Total of 31 Semester Units), while fundamental subjects may not count as a specialty.

 

MBA CURRICULUM

GENERAL STUDIES: 


Code

General Studies Subjects

Semester Units

ALS 6010

Information Research Strategies

2

FUNDAMENTAL: 


Code

Fundamental Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 5120

Financial Reporting and Control

2

BUS 5121

Financial Risk Management and Decision Making

2

BUS 5122

Derivative Securities

2

BUS 5123

Business Process Management

2

BUS 5124

Operations Strategy

2

CORE: 


Code

Core Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 5130

Operations Strategy

2

BUS 5131

Global Operations and Supply Chain Management

2

BUS 5132

Project Management

2

BUS 5133

Business Process Simulation

2

BUS 5134

Managing Behavior in Organizations

2

SPECIALTIES:  


Business Administration

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

BUS 5140

Business and Corporate Strategies

3

BUS 5141

Launching Entrepreneurial Ventures

3

BUS 5142

Growing and Managing New Ventures

3

BUS 5143

Managing Innovation and Technology

3

BUS 5144

Strategic Managerial Processes

3

BUS 5145

Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Ethics

3

BUS 5146

Managing Change

3

 

Applied Computer Science Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

ACS 5140

Theory of Computation

3

ACS 5141

Distributed Systems

3

ACS 5142

Systems Design and Integration

3

ACS 5143

Systems Quality and Reliability

3

ACS 5144

Systems Project Management

3

ACS 5145

Business Database Management

3

ACS 5146

Web Applications and Server Administration

3

 

Electronic Commerce Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

ECM 5140

Introduction to E-Commerce

3

ECM 5141

E-Commerce Concepts

3

ECM 5142

Monitoring Web-Based Applications and Infrastructure

3

ECM 5143

Managerial Electronic Commerce

3

ECM 5144

Electronic Payment Systems

3

ECM 5145

Supply Chain Logistics Management

3

ECM 5146

E-Commerce Marketing for Internet

3

 

 

 

Financial Management Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

FIN 5140

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

3

FIN 5141

Financial Markets and Institutions

3

FIN 5142

International Finance, Transactions, Policy, and Regulation

3

FIN 5143

Financial Risk Management and Financial Engineering

3

FIN 5144

Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations

3

FIN 5145

Financial Management :  Theory & Practice

3

FIN 5146

Managerial Accounting

3

 

 

 

Health Care Administration Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

HCA 5140

Health Care Financial Management

3

HCA 5141

Health Care Politics, Policy and Services

3

HCA 5142

Healthcare Strategic Planning

3

HCA 5143

Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement In Health Care

3

HCA 5144

Health Care Ethics

3

HCA 5145

Comparative Health Care Systems

3

HCA 5146

Assessment And Planning In Health Programs

3

 

 

Human Resources Management Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

HRM 5140

Human resources Information systems

3

HRM 5141

Strategic Compensation in Human Resources Management

3

HRM 5142

Labor Relations

3

HRM 5143

Leadership:  Theory and Practice

3

HRM 5144

Managing Human resources for Innovation and Change

3

HRM 5145

Human Resource Management in Public Service

3

HRM 5146

Employment Law for Human Resource Practice

3

 

 

 

International Business Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

IB 5140

International Business

3

IB 5141

The Cultural Dimension of International Business

3

IB 5142

International Human resources Management

3

IB 5143

International Business Law

3

IB 5144

Global Business Strategic Management

3

IB 5145

International Economics

3

IB 5146

International Marketing

3

 

 

Management Specialization

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

MGT 5140

Organizational Behavior and Management

3

MGT 5141

Managerial Economics & Business Strategy

3

MGT 5142

Retail Management -

3

MGT 5143

Strategic Management Theory :  An Integrated Approach

3

MGT 5144

Operations Management

3

MGT 5145

Managerial Accounting

3

MGT 5146

Organizational Development

3

 

 

 

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization

 

 

Code

Subjects

Semester Units

MET 5140

Technology, Management, and Society

3

MET 5141

Industrial Organization:  Theory and Practice

3

MET 5142

Technology Management:  Activities and Tools

3

MET 5143

Managing Research and Development Organizations

3

MET 5144

Project Management