Academic Policies

 

GRADING SYSTEM:

The Graduate School is observing the following grading system:

 

GRADE: EQUIVALENT: DESCRIPTION:
1.00 98-100 Outstanding
1.25 95-97 Excellent
1.50 92-94 Very Satisfactory
1.75 90-91 Satisfactory
2.00 85-89 Fair for the Master’s Level
2.25 – 3.00 84 and below No Credit for the Master’s Level
INC./DEF Incomplete/Deferred
DRP No Credit Officially Dropped
FW No Credit Failure due to Withdrawal
FA No Credit Failure due to excessive absences

 

  1. An incomplete grade (INC) may be given to students who lack course requirements as specified by the instructor in his/her grading sheet for the course.
  2. “INC” is only given to students in good academic standing in the course.
  3. “INC” can be removed or completed within one academic year from the time the “INC grade was incurred (MORPHE Art. XXII, Sec. 109).

 

RETENTION:

  1. Every student should be able to get at least a grade of 2 (85%) in every course for the Masters program
  2. There should be no 2 incomplete marks in any course in a semester.
  3. A student who incurs two (2) grades of below requirement is automatically dropped from the program.

 

PROMOTION:

  1. The student is allowed to enroll in any course after proper clearance.
  2. The student is not allowed to enroll in any course with a pre-requisite course that is with incomplete mark.

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE LOAD:

A part time student may enroll for a regular load of nine (9) units and a full time students may enroll for a maximum of twelve (12) units per semester.

 

ADDING AND DROPPING OF COURSES:

  1. A student may add or drop a course within the dropping period as stated in the academic calendar of the institution.
  2. Dropping or adding of courses is subject to the approval of the Dean.

 

TRANSFER OF CREDITS:

  1. A graduate student may apply for transfer of credits of courses taken from other recognized institutions provided:
    1. That the courses are equivalent to the required courses in the student’ current program as determined by the appropriate authorities in the Graduate School;
    2. That courses were taken within the last 7 years prior to admission to the RCI Graduate School program;
    3. That the number of credits requested shall not exceed twelve (12) units, and said credits have not been credited to a previously earned degree.

 

A waiver of the examination may be requested in writing provided the student has been continuously teaching the subject(s) where transfer of credits has been applied for.  A written certification from the school where the student has been teaching the subject(s) must accompany the request.

 

This request should be addresses to the Dean, who in turn evaluates the pertinent documents with the Students Progress Committee and makes final decision.

 

POLICY ON ATTENDANCE:

Regular attendance in all class sessions is required. Maximum allowable absence is only 20% of the total number of hours per course. (Maximum of 4 absences only) – (MORPHE Art. XXI, Sec. 101)

 

RESIDENCY STATUS:

A student who opted NOT to enroll any academic coursework for some reason or another may apply for a residency status.  The advantages of enrolling under the residency program are the following:

  • The student can avail of the school facilities (esp. the library, internet access, on-line journal subscription, study and research venues).
  • The student will not have an “idle” semester, and thus the residency will be considered to be within the activities of the graduate program.
  • A student who opted to enroll in the residency status should pay a  corresponding minimal fee to the finance office.
  • To maintain continuously residency up to the time he/she is awarded the degree, a student who has finished all academic requirements but is still working on his/her thesis is required to enroll for residency every semester until he/she finishes his/her degree. This enables the student to avail of the school facilities while he/she is finishing all remaining requirements.
  • A residence fee of =P= 600.00 per semester is charged for this purpose.

 

MAXIMUM RESIDENCY STATUS:

  1. A student is considered active in the program for a maximum of 5 years, this includes the regular courses offered in the RCI Graduate School and the courses credited from other reputable institution.
  2. A student is obliged to finish one graduate degree program for a maximum period of seven years.
  3. Should a student opt to be reactivated in the program after 5 years, he/she will take refresher courses of not less than 12 units.
  4. Refresher courses will be upon under the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate School.

 

 

Leave of Absence (LOA)

 

               Prolonged leave of absence should be requested in writing to the Dean.  The request should state the reason for which this leave is desired and specify the period of the leave, which must not exceed one academic year.

 

For leave of absence availed of during the second half of the semester, the faculty concerned shall be required to indicate the class standing of the student (passing or failing) at the time of the application for leave.  No application for leave of absence shall be approved without indicating the student’s class standing by the instructors concerned.  This however, should not be entered in the official Report of Grades.

 

If a student withdraws after ¾ of the total number of hours prescribed for the course has already elapsed, his/her instructor may give him a grade of 5 if his/her class standing up to the time of withdrawal is below 3.

 

No leave of absence shall be granted later than two weeks before the last day of classes during the semester.  If the inability of the student to continue attending classes is due to illness or similar justifiable causes, his/her absence during this period shall be considered.  Excused leave of absence shall go into the overall computation of the prescribed number of years in his/her program.

 

WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION:

  • As a general rule, the prerequisite for the Written Comprehensive Examination (WCE) is the completion of all coursework (core courses, major courses, cognates and electives). The satisfactory result of the Written Comprehensive Examination (WCE) is the pre-requisite for thesis/dissertation writing.  (MORPHE Art. XXII, Sec. 108)
  • The WCE for every program is usually scheduled once every semester and this usually covers the major courses and the basic courses. The different concepts, theories, and principles mandated in the coursework of the graduate students will be the bases for the integrated WCE.
  • The students shall take the examination on the date and time designated by the office of the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • The WCE will be a computer aided process where students will be answering the WCE questions through the use of computers (with no internet access).
  • The students will be spending 8-hour period of answering integrated questions to test their comprehension of the basic and major courses.
  • The WCE is usually scheduled on the second half of the semester or at the twelfth and thirteenth Saturday of every semester.
  • The schedule for filing of application for WCE will be on the fifth to eighth week of every semester.
  • Prior to the filing of application for WCE, the students should secure a Certificate of Academic Completion from the registrar’s office; this certificate will be the pertinent document for the dean’s evaluation.
  • To enroll for the WCE, the students must accomplish four (4) copies of the Application for Written Comprehensive Examination Form. The form must be signed by the student, and must be approved by the dean of the Graduate School.
  • The courses for WCE should be carefully evaluated by the dean or his/her representative before the form can be submitted to the registrar’s office and finance office. The form should be accompanied by the Certification of Academic Completion (previously issued by the Registrar’s Office); incomplete requirements of student will mean non processing of the documents by the  registrar and finance offices.
  • On the day of the WCE, the official receipt and the last copy of the application form should be brought to the testing area for validation of the proctor.
  • The WCE Board of Evaluators will check the answers and will decide whether the student has satisfactorily complied with the requirements.
  • The WCE Board of Evaluators will submit the results of the evaluation to the office of the Dean two (2) weeks after the date of the WCE.
  • The results of the WCE will be classified as follows:
    • High Pass
    • Pass
    • Low Pass
    • Failed
  • The official results of the WCE will be sent to the student three (3) weeks after the date of the WCE.
  • For those students who failed in the Written Comprehensive Examinations, the following will be imposed to address the concerns:

 

Concerns: How to address the concern:
Failed in one course Apply for retest of the course where the student failed
Failed in two or more courses Apply for resets of the courses where the student failed
Failed in the course/s for the second time Student will apply for audit of course/s for which the student did not pass.
Failed in the course/s for the third time The student in ineligible to continue the program

 

 

THESIS WRITING:

 

  • In order to satisfy the required number of units for a student to become eligible to finish one program, the thesis writing is enrolled similar to a regular course. This can be done through the student’s accomplishment of the form in four copies (Application for Thesis Writing) which can be secured from the Graduate School Dean’s office.
  • The required number units for the master’s program is six (6).
  • The student is allowed to enroll in the thesis writing program for 6 semesters in the Master’s program.
  • The assessment for the thesis writing consists of the following: tuition fees, research supervision fee, and miscellaneous fee and distributed in the manner below:

 

Semester (for Master’s) Tuition Fees Research Supervision Fees Miscellaneous Fees
Semester 1 · · ·
Semester 2 to 6 · ·

 

  • The student who wish to pursue his/her thesis as the last phase of the Master’s studies must satisfy the following requirements:
    • Written Comprehensive Examination
    • Integrative Paper – to be presented to the panel of reviewers/evaluators
  • When the integrative paper is approved, the student is assigned an adviser who will work with him/her until the completion of his/her research.
  • The adviser then recommends a critic to be assigned officially by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • The Critic will work with the student and the thesis adviser on the improvement of the research paper from the proposal defense until its final oral presentation.
  • As soon as the adviser and critic claim that the research paper is ready for defense, an oral presentation/defense panel will be appointed by the Dean (Critic, Panel Member, Panel Chair)

 

THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES

 

A program of study shall be drawn up by the student in consultation with a program adviser or committee during the first semester of residence.  The approved program shall be filed with the Dean of Graduate School not later than the semester of residence.

 

At present, there are ten areas of specialization offered by the school.  They are:

  • Educational Management
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching in the Early Grades
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • English Studies and Instruction
  • Mathematics Education
  • Social Studies
  • Filipino
  • Science Education
  • Special Education

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

 

To graduate with a Master’s degree from Roosevelt College Inc., all students must comply with the following requirements:

  • Excluding the units for thesis, students must enroll in 2 consecutive semesters or the equivalent of 18 units
  • After the completion of all the academic requirements, a candidate for graduation will be given a maximum period of 2 years to complete the thesis requirements
  • Graduate students must maintain a general average grade of not lower than 85% in all courses
  • Candidates for graduation must pass the comprehensive examination
  • Candidates for graduation must settle all her or his unpaid accounts

 

Graduate students who have successfully completed the required number of course units as stipulated in the curricula are considered eligible to apply for graduation.  The student needs for comply with the following requirements:

  • Filing of Application for Graduation (Application forms can be secured from the Registrar’s Office
  • Accomplished Clearance Form (Clearance Form for graduating students).
  • Toga Measurement

 

Only students who have accomplished a certification from the defense panel chair are allowed to graduate.

Only students who have submitted the revised copies (soft and hard copies) of the thesis paper are eligible for graduation and conferment of the degree.

Only students who have received the official certification from the Registrar’s Office are allowed to graduate.

In the case of graduating students of the Teacher Certificate Program (TCP) and other certificate/short term programs, they are required to accomplish a Completion Form from the office of the Dean of the Graduate School in order to get the Official Transcript of Records and Certificate of Completion.

The official date of graduation and conferment of the degrees and certificates will be announced officially by the Registrar’s Office.  There will be one graduation ceremony per academic year, and this will be done on the last part of the academic year (sometime in March or April).

A student who excels in academics in the whole course of his/her master’s program is granted a scholastic award for being an excellent graduate student.

 

POLICY ON HONORS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Any student aiming to receive an award should submit a petition/request to the office of the Graduate School. The Committee on Awards should evaluate the performance of the student and make recommendation to the Dean for petition for approval to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.           Composition of Committee on Awards

  • Program Coordinator (if applicable)
  • Research Coordinator
  • 2 Senior Faculty members in the Graduate School
  • Registrar
  • Head of Student Affairs

 

Awards

Latin Academic Honors             Grade Requirements

  • Suma cum Laude 1.00 – 1.15
  • Magna cum Laude 1.16 – 1.25
  • cum Laude 1.26 – 1.35

 

Weighted average of all subjects including thesis/dissertation (grade should not be lower than – 1.5 in all subjects including thesis/dissertation)

 

Academic Excellence:

– Grades should not be lower than 1.5 in all subjects excluding thesis/dissertation

 

Outstanding Thesis:

– The average grade (oral and paper presentation) should be within the Suma Cum Laude range (1.00-1.15)

 

This award bears the following criteria:

Gold medal for graduating “Summa Cum Laude”

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.00 – 1.15;
  • With no grades lower than 1.50 in all courses
  • Must not have repeated any of the courses
  • Must have no “FA” mark
  • Must have passed the Comprehensive Examination (CE)
  • Must have passed the final thesis/dissertation defense with minor or no revision at all.
  • Must continuously exhibit ethico-moral uprightness and academic integrity
  • Must have completed the degree program within the prescribed number of years of residency: for Master’s program, it should be within 5 years.
  • Majority of the courses (75% of the total academic/coursework units) are taken in Roosevelt College Inc. Graduate School.

Silver medal for graduating “Magna Cum Laude”

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.16 – 1.25
  • With no grades lower than 1.50 in all courses
  • Must not have repeated any of the courses
  • Must have no “FA” mark
  • Must have passed the Comprehensive Examination (CE)
  • Must have passed the final thesis defense with minor or no revision.
  • Must continuously exhibit ethico-moral uprightness and academic integrity
  • Must have completed the degree program within the prescribed number of years of residency: for Master’s program, it should be within 5 years.
  • Majority of the courses (75% of the total academic/coursework units) are taken in Roosevelt College Inc. Graduate School.

Bronze medal for graduating “Cum Laude”

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.26 – 1.35
  • With no grades lower than 1.5 in all courses
  • Must not have repeated any of the courses
  • Must have no “FA” mark
  • Must have passed the Written Comprehensive Examination (WCE)
  • Must have passed the final thesis/dissertation defense with minor or no revision.
  • Must continuously exhibit ethico-moral uprightness and academic integrity
  • Must have completed the degree program within the prescribed number of years of residency: for Master’s program, it should be within 5 years.
  • Majority of the courses (75% of the total academic/coursework units) are taken in Roosevelt College Inc. Graduate School.

 

A student who have presented a research/thesis/dissertation paper before the panel of reviewers and through the recommendation of the defense panel chair will be granted the “most outstanding thesis award” due to the following criteria:

  • Excellent contribution into the body of knowledge of a particular field of specialization.
  • Instrumental in the improvement of the discipline’s body of knowledge.
  • Novelty and Innovativeness
  • Significance of the paper to the discipline.
  • Formulation of a substantial theoretical framework that will have a strong impact towards academic development and societal change.
  • Coherence, clarity in the presentation, proper use of language and thorough discussion of facts.

 

 

RESEARCH AN

D ORAL DEFENSE EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

Research Evaluation Criteria

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

WEIGHT

  1. Significance/Novelty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             15
  2. Potential contribution to knowledge
    1. can generate new information about area of  specialization
    2. has important policy implications
    3. can contribute to administrative decision-making
    4. useful to improvement of school practices
  3. Contributes to the understanding of people, school, community,

events, etc.

  1. Provides inputs into policy-formulation
  2. Has reliability and applicability

 

  1. Research Design and Data Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          30
  2. Has evidence of rigorous methodology
    1. clear presentation of thesis problem
    2. evidence of careful and accurate data collection
    3. adequate and appropriate analysis and interpretation of data
    4. conclusions/recommendations as off-shoot of findings
  3. Has sound research design
    1. effective and adequate design to elicit information relative to the problem
    2. correct and accurate sampling procedure
    3. appropriate statistical method(s)

 

  1. Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            . . . . . . .                      10
  1. Population used in the study.
  2. Properly defined variables.
  3. Choice of locale/materials

 

  1. Language/Mechanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         15
  2. Appropriate and acceptable grammar
  3. Accurate use of punctuation marks, paragraph divisions, etc.
  4. Formal style. Proper documentation and consistency of labels

 

TOTAL  . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          70 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Defense Evaluation Criteria

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA                                                                                                    WEIGHT

 

  1. Oral Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 10
    1. Shows evidence of knowledge, ability and preparedness
    2. Systematic, clear and effective
    3. Adequate and appropriate use of visual aids
    4. Shows knowledge of educational issues and problems

 

  1. Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 10
    1. Logical in presenting items of research
    2. Systematic, clear and effectively organized to support presentation.
    3. Shows knowledge of related literature as they apply to research

conceptual framework and paradigm

  1. Emphasizes salient elements of research format from statement of

problem to conclusions and recommendations

 

  1. Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                       5
    1. Oral fluency in the language and clarity of expression
    2. Negligible occurrence of mistakes/lapses in expressing what one

wants to say

  1. Shows command of subject matter

 

  1. Attitude During Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                       5
    1. Shows composure and proper decorum in answering questions
    2. Attentive and receptive to suggestions, comments, criticism, etc.
    3. Quick in uptake to questions showing originality of thinking and

knowledge/ability for research

 

TOTAL …………………………….……………………………………….                          30 points

 

 

GRAND TOTAL ……………………………………………….………….…                            100 points

 

AWARD                                 POINTS

Outstanding                            91 -100

Above Average                       86 – 90

Average                                   80 – 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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