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Academic Policies

This section covers general policies that govern the academic standards and requirements students must meet to maintain enrollment status and qualify for a career diploma, certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree from Ashworth College.


Examinations and Grading

Career Courses and Certificates

Each lesson requires an open book, multiple-choice examination. Courses may require students to complete and submit essays or hands-on projects.

Career Course Grading Scale

  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • <70 = Failing

Students may retake any exams which they have failed. 70 is the minimum standard set for passing examinations.

Associate and Bachelor's Degrees

Each course in an Associate program requires students take open book examinations with multiple-choice formats available online. Each course in a Bachelor program contains one or more online multiple-choice exams. Courses culminate with a final examination. Proctored, timed open-book examinations take place at each semester's end. Students who seek credit for life experience are required to sit for a proctored examination for each course exempted.

Undergraduate Programs Grading Scale

  • A (Excellent) = 4 Points
  • B (Good) = 3 points
  • C (Average) = 2 points
  • D (Poor) = 1 point
  • F (Failing) = 0 points

To remain in good academic standing, in any undergraduate degree programs, students must maintain a GPA of no less than 2.0 with a minimum grade of C in any core (non-elective) courses.

Master's Degrees

Each course consists of a vocabulary examination and 6 activity-based assignments that include discussion questions and a project. Students sit for a required mid-program and capstone examination. All assignments are submitted via a secure website.

Master's Degree Grading Scale

  • A (Excellent) = 90-100
  • B (Good) = 80-89
  • C (Average) = 70-79

To remain in Academic Good Standing, master's candidates must maintain an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 and a minimum grade of C in no more than two courses.


Graduation Requirements

Graduation is a culmination of all your hard work—the sweat equity you put into completing your education. To participate in our college graduation ceremony, students must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive a diploma, certificate or degree:

  • Career Diploma & Certificate

    Candidates must successfully complete all lessons.

  • Associate Degree

    Candidates must complete 60 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and earn no less than a C in each core (non-elective) course. Associate programs are designed for completion within a maximum time frame of 12 months per semester.

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Candidates must complete 120 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and earn no less than a C in each core (non-elective) course. Bachelor programs are designed for completion within a maximum time frame of 12 months per semester. Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours toward a bachelor program.

  • Master's Degree

    Candidates must complete a program orientation and 36 credit hours of coursework. Master's programs are designed for completion in 1 to 2; years however, students may take as long as 5 years from the date of enrollment. Degrees are not granted for less than 12 months of study, regardless of the number of transfer credits.

  • Delta Epsilon Tau

    Graduates with a 3.5 or higher grade point average are eligible for induction into Delta Epsilon Tau, an international honor society. Since 2008, more than 1,500 graduates added this prestigious honor to their academic and professional credentials.


Academic Catalog

For more comprehensive information about our programs, grading system, exams, transfer credits, academic policies and procedures and more, please download College Academic Catalog (PDF) and Career Academic Catalog (PDF).

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