University of Southern Indiana

Student Guide

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A Handbook for High School Students Enrolled in USI's College Achievement Program (CAP)

Welcome to the University of Southern Indiana (USI) College Achievement Program (CAP), a dual credit opportunity for high school junior and senior students to enroll in USI courses. Through CAP, you will earn valuable college coursework experiences that will help build a strong base for your future college career.

We encourage you to visit the CAP website if you have any questions or concerns, or contact us via phone, email or Facebook.

Sincerely,

The CAP Staff
Jaclyn Dumond, Manager
Dana Drury, Program Coordinator
Erin Hollinger, Senior Program Assistant
Division of Outreach & Engagement
University of Southern Indiana (USI)
Email: cap@usi.edu
Web site: www.usi.edu/cap 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USICAP
Phone: 812-228-5022; 800-467-8600

Table of Contents

What is the College Achievement Program?

Student Qualifications and Prerequisites

Students with Disabilities ADA Policy

Registration Information and Procedures

Responsibilities and Benefits of Being a CAP Student

Financial Aid and Scholarship Impact

Costs & Payment Policy

Grades

Transferability and FAQs

Early Graduation Policy

Withdrawals and Refunds

Available CAP Courses 

Undergraduate Admission to USI

Information About Core 39 (USI's generalEducation Requfor USI Bound Students

Procedures for CAP Foreign Language Courses

Troubleshooting

What is the College Achievement Program?

The University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program offers college credit for USI courses taught in the high school by an approved instructor. Students can receive both USI and high school credit for enrollment in the designated high school course.

Approved high school instructors are USI adjunct faculty members and attend discipline-specific training with USI faculty. CAP courses are real USI courses and require effort and greater academic commitment. Enrolling in a CAP course starts an official, permanent USI transcript. 

Prior to registering for a CAP course, consult with your CAP instructor, counselor, and parent(s) to determine if CAP is right for you. It is your responsibility, before enrolling, to determine transferability and overall utility of the USI course at other institutions you may attend (see Transferability). Also, be sure to read over dual credit helpful hints for parents and students before registering for CAP.

Student Qualifications & Prerequisites

Students enrolling in CAP should have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale). Also, students previously in CAP must have attained a USI grade of C or better to enroll in further coursework in the same subject area (i.e. English 101 and English 105). Students who have a past-due balance from a previous semester will not be allowed to enroll in CAP until the balance has been paid, nor can a transcript be released.

  • A student with a GPA below 2.5 or who fails to meet additional required criteria for particular courses, as outlined below, will receive a denial letter at the home address.
  • The CAP office will contact the instructor and counselor so the student can be informed immediately that participation in the requested CAP course has been denied.

Biology 133: Completion of English 100 or placement in English 101; completion of Math 100 or placement into Math 111 via the Internet-based Accuplacer placement test. Students who have not taken the Accuplacer or Math 111/112 will need to visit USI Academic Skills to take the test prior to enrollment (812-464-1743).

Chemistry 261: MATH 111, MATH 114, MATH 115 or MATH 118 (may be taken concurrently); or placement into MATH 230 or exempt from Math placement testing; or CHEM 175; or consent of instructor.

English 101: Enrollment in English 101 may be pursued by students who meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Rank at or above the 51st percentile in the high school class (To figure the rank required to enroll, multiply the number of students in the class by .51. For example, for a student in a class of 175, the required rank is 89 or higher).
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 450 or greater; PSAT Critical Reading (juniors) of 45 or greater. (ACT Reading score of 19 or greater)
  • SAT Writing score of 450 or greater; PSAT Writing (juniors) of 45 or greater. (ACT English or Combined English/Writing score of 19 or greater)

If none or only one of the above criteria are met, a student may attempt to place into English 101 through a timed writing prompt. Prompt deadlines are early each semester; ask your instructor for details. Each prompt is evaluated by two to three USI faculty to ensure consistency and fairness, just as writing prompts on campus are evaluated. Students who pass the prompt may enroll in ENG 101.

Foreign language (French, German, Latin, and Spanish)
Students with an A or B average in the first three years of foreign language may enroll for dual credit in USI’s 203 at the start of the fall term of their fourth year. If cumulative GPA in the language is below 3.0, students may attempt to place into the course by taking an online placement exam, and if test scores show readiness for the 203 level, students may enroll. Enrollment in 204 must occur in the spring and be preceded by completion of 203 with a C or better. Late enrollments in 203 will not be permitted. 

If both 203 and 204 are completed, six credit hours are earned. Students who complete 203 with a B or better and attend USI will also recieve six additional hours of departmental credit on their transcripts for showing mastery in the content. Departmental credits will not transfer.  

Geology 161: C or better in MATH 100; or placement in MATH 111.

Math 111 & 112: Prior to the CAP application deadline, students who wish to enroll for credit in USI’s Math 111 or Math 112 must take the Internet-based Accuplacer placement test. A USI representative proctors the Accuplacer test in the school. Students must place into at least Math 111 to enroll in either 111 or 112 and may take the Accuplacer only one time prior to CAP enrollment. Students who are not present for the in-school testing session and wish to enroll for USI credit must make arrangements to take the test with the USI math liaison within two business days of the original test date; make-up placement exams are administered at USI’s campus only.

Social Work 224: ENG 101 (may be taken concurrently)

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Students with Disabilities (ADA Policy)

Students with disabilities who meet the eligibility standards described above are invited and encouraged to enroll in CAP. Each high school retains the responsibility for providing and coordinating any accommodations or services as described in the student’s current IEP, 504 Plan, or similar educational plan. However, the disability-rights laws that apply to colleges and universities are significantly different from the special education laws that apply to high schools, and all of the accommodation that students currently receive may not necessarily be appropriate or legally required for a college-level class. To avoid any potential barriers to a student’s ability to earn full college credit for participation in CAP, the student is encouraged to contact the high school’s special education service provider, case conference committee, or similar entity about making any necessary modifications to a current educational plan before enrolling in CAP. To learn more about the differences between high school and college, take a moment to review the U.S. Department of Education’s publication “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

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Student Costs & Payment Policy

Students enrolling in CAP pay $25 per credit hour for the Dual Credit Priority Liberal Arts and Technical Education Courses as authorized by the Indiana Commission for High Education and Indiana Department of Education. All other CAP courses are $80 per credit hour, which is a fraction of USI's undergraduate hourly tuition.

Each USI course is designated a specific numbers of credit hours which determines the amount paid for each class. For example, enrollment in English 101, a three credit-hour course on the Priority List, costs $25 x 3 or $75.  Enrollment in Chemistry 107, a four credit-hour course NOT on the Priority List, costs $80 x 4 or $320.

A complete listing of USI CAP courses with total cost and course descriptions is available online.

USI is not responsible for purchasing required textbooks and materials. 

Tuition Waiver for Students Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch

Academically qualified students who are also eligible for free or reduced lunch may enroll in CAP at no cost. When completing the online student application, status must be indicated; CAP will verify with the local school district. Once verified, CAP tuition will be waived. If eligibility is not verified by the school district, students will be billed the normal per credit hour fee.

University of Southern Indiana Payment Policy for CAP Students

Once the CAP Student Permission Form is signed by a parent or guardian and approved by the College Achievement Program office, the student and financially responsible guardian are responsible for the tuition associated with the course(s) chosen.

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Payment Policy

The bill for CAP tuition will be mailed to your home about four weeks after the application deadline. You may elect to pay the bill in one payment or in two installments. The bill must be paid in full by the dates listed below, or the payment will be considered delinquent. Students who have an outstanding fee balance cannot request official transcripts or enroll in additional CAP or USI courses until the balance is paid. Eventually, unpaid accounts are sent to a collection agency. 

Acceptable Methods of Payment                      

CAP tuition may be paid in one of the following four ways, but note that payments may not be made over the phone:

  1. Detach the bottom portion of the paper statement and return it to the USI Bursar’s Office with a personal or cashier’s check or money order, made payable to the University of Southern Indiana. In-person cash payments are accepted at the Bursar’s Office, located on campus in the lower level of the Orr Center. (Visit www.usi.edu/visit/map/ for a map of campus.)
  2. Students may log into MyUSI Self-Service, then click on Student, Student Account, View Bills-Pay Online. Online payments with a credit card will be assessed a 2.7% convenience fee. Payments will be accepted using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
  3. Students may log into MyUSI Self-Service, then click on Student, Student Account, View Bills-Pay Online. Paying online with an electronic check will not result in a 2.7% convenience fee but requires entering your bank account and routing numbers.
  4. Visit www.usi.edu/busoff/ar_files/payments.asp and click Parent/Guest. The user must have your nine-digit USI ID number and date of birth, as well as know the amount owed.    

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Billing Schedule

Fall 2014

October 9, 2014 – Bills for fall semester CAP tuition will be mailed.

November 3, 2014 – Total payment or one-half of the total fall tuition is due.

December 5, 2014 – Second bill for fall semester CAP tuition will be mailed.

January 5, 2015 – Final payment of fall tuition is due.

Spring 2015

February 19, 2015 – Bills for spring semester CAP tuition will be mailed.

March 12, 2015 – Total payment or one-half of the total spring tuition is due.

April 3, 2015 – Second bill for spring semester CAP tuition will be mailed.

May 1, 2015 – Final payment of spring tuition is due.

Registration Information and Procedures

Students should commit to a year-long CAP course during fall registration. High school courses that meet only in the spring will have a spring registration.

Registration Procedures for Fall 2014 Year-long Coures

  1. Your instructor will distribute enrollment information prior to the online application deadline of Friday, August 22, 2014. Complete the online application by the deadline after ensuring you meet the course prerequisites and ensuring the usefulness of the course at your prospective school and degree program.

  2. Request your high school transcript be sent to USI, either through Parchment or the counseling office.

  3. A parent/guardian must sign the Student Permission Form (SPF), as well as the CAP instructor for each requested course. The form must be turned in at the high school by  Friday, August 29. Up to 4 courses can be listed on each SPF. Students must repeat the process each semester if enrolling in a new course. The discipline and course number are available on the back side of the student enrollment brochure.

  4. Upon successful admission to a CAP course (about 4 weeks after August 29), students will recieve a welcome/acceptance letter distributed by a CAP instructor at school. This letter will contain login information for USI's student portal, MyUSI. Be sure to save this letter in a secure spot for future useDo not lose your MyUSI log-in information! You will need to use MyUSI for the following:
    • To pay your CAP bill
    • To access your free USI student email account (which can be forwarded)
    • To view your grade at the end of the term
    • To request your USI transcript to begin the process of transferring credits should you go to a college other than USI

  5. The bill for CAP tuition will be mailed directly to students’ homes approximately four weeks after the application deadline (exact dates available under Costs and Payment Policy on the Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar. Bills may be paid online, through MyUSI, or by sending a check or money order to the Bursar’s Office. All parking, activity, lab and late fees are waived for CAP participants. If you are having trouble meeting the payment deadlines, contact the USI Bursar’s Office (812-464-1868) to make special payment arrangements. Not paying CAP tuition does not remove the student from the CAP course nor the financial obligation made when registering.

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Responsibilities and Benefits of Being a CAP Student

Student Conduct

While students are enrolled in USI’s College Achievement Program, they are expected to abide by the academic rules of behavior befitting a university student. Request that CAP students read the policies regarding student behavior (pp.3-8) and academic dishonesty (pp.9-10), available in the booklet, Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Code of Student Behavior. Of particular note are the definitions for cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and interference with another student’s work and the penalties related to these activities. This booklet is available to view or download at the following web site: www.usi.edu/deanofstudents/code.

Benefits

CAP students have access to the USI online student portal called MyUSI. Students are able to request transcripts, view grades as well as print an unofficial transcript for freshman orientation and class registration. CAP students also recieve a USI email account they will need to check for important reminders and notifications from the CAP office. Students can forward this email address to one they check more frequently. MyUSI login information as well as email forwarding directions are included in each CAP student's Welcome Letter.

CAP students have the privilege of checking out materials from the Rice Library on USI’s campus. The student can obtain a CAP library card at the library front desk by showing a state-issued photo ID (driver’s license or ID card). The library card may be used to check out materials during the semester(s) in which the student is enrolled in the CAP course. CAP students can accrue library fines if books are overdue; library fines will prevent students from registration in further CAP or USI courses and also will prevent access to transcripts. Because CAP students do not pay the same on-campus activity fees, they are not able to use the Recreation and Fitness Center.  

Students also have access to success series workshops from USI’s Academic Skills’ Office as well as tutoring in the course they are taking through CAP (if tutoring is available for that course). CAP students must come to Academic Skills at the time the tutoring is offered (only certain times). Call 812-464-1743 for details as well as view the tutoring schedule on Academic Skills’ website (http://www.usi.edu/university-division/academic-skills/tutoring).

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Impact

College credit hours accrued through CAP, or other accelerated learning options, like AP or IB, may impact your future financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work study eligibility. If you plan to attend USI as a degree-seeking student in the future and have questions, contact USI Student Financial Assistance at 812-464-1767.

Costs & Payment Policy 

Payment Policy

The bill for CAP tuition will be mailed to your home about four weeks after the application deadline. You may elect to pay the bill in one payment or in two installments. The bill must be paid in full by the dates listed below, or the payment will be considered delinquent. Students who have an outstanding fee balance cannot request official transcripts or enroll in additional CAP or USI courses until the balance is paid. Eventually, unpaid accounts are sent to a collection agency. 

Acceptable Methods of Payment                      

CAP tuition may be paid in one of the following four ways, but note that payments may not be made over the phone:

  1. Detach the bottom portion of the paper statement and return it to the USI Bursar’s Office with a personal or cashier’s check or money order, made payable to the University of Southern Indiana. In-person cash payments are accepted at the Bursar’s Office, located on campus in the lower level of the Orr Center. (Visit www.usi.edu/visit/map/ for a map of campus.)
  2. Students may log into MyUSI Self-Service, then click on Student, Student Account, View Bills-Pay Online. Online payments with a credit card will be assessed a 2.7% convenience fee. Payments will be accepted using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
  3. Students may log into MyUSI Self-Service, then click on Student, Student Account, View Bills-Pay Online. Paying online with an electronic check will not result in a 2.7% convenience fee but requires entering your bank account and routing numbers.
  4. Visit www.usi.edu/busoff/ar_files/payments.asp and click Parent/Guest. The user must have your nine-digit USI ID number and date of birth, as well as know the amount owed.    

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Grades

The grade earned for the USI coursework is often the same as the grade earned for the high school course. However, some USI courses require specific assessments, like a final examp that cannot be exempted. In courses where a student is required to complete specific assignments/assesments for the USI grade that are  not required for the high school grade, students may have a different USI grade than their high school grade.

Letter grades indicate the quality of coursework completed: A, excellent; B+ and B, good; C+ and C, average; D+ and D, poor. The letter grade assigned for unsatisfactory course work, F, does not result in USI credit being granted toward graduation. A letter grade of F is included in the official USI transcript and GPA computations. USI does not assign minuses.

The grade you earn in your CAP course will be recorded on a USI transcript, regardless of what it is, unless timely action is taken to withdraw from the course. (See Billng, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar).

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Grade Point Average - GPA

The USI grade point average is a numerical value which is obtained by dividing the number of quality grade points earned by the number of quality hours attempted. This average, often called the index, is computed at the end of each term, both for the term and on a cumulative basis. The grade of A represents four points for each hour of credit; B+ three and one-half points; B three points; C+ two and one-half points; C two points; D+ one and one-half points; and D one point. No points are awarded for an F, although the hours attempted are included in the computations and therefore will lower the cumulative GPA. 

Reviewing Grades Online

The USI Registrar’s Office has an online grade system; therefore students do not receive notification of their grades via mail. You can access grades online through MyUSI, using your username and eight-digit PIN, distributed in the welcome letter you will receive after enrollment.  

Transferability 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do other schools have to accept credits from USI?

It is each college or university’s right to accept or decline credits from other institutions. Although the likelihood is low that a USI CAP course will not transfer, it is a possibility you should consider when deciding to register. In most cases, USI credits transfer to other colleges for comparable courses or as elective hours. You are strongly encouraged to do your homework before signing up for a CAP course by investigating transferability issues with the colleges and/or universities you are interested in attending before signing up for a CAP course. Learning that a course does not transfer or will not fit into your course load does not merit a refund.

Reading the course description for the class should provide enough information for the college to determine transferability.  When calling another university to check on transferability for the course you might say, “I’d like to get a feel for college coursework and am planning to take a three-hour history class at the University of Southern Indiana.  Before I enroll, I want to be sure the credits will transfer to your institution.  I can read you a course description….”  Always document the name of the person with whom you speak and request written verification of the credit transfer, perhaps in an email, if a university employee states that the USI credits will transfer. If you plan to pursue certain specialized programs (such as physical therapy), or have any doubt about transferability of credits, contact the registrar’s or credit transfer office of the colleges you plan to attend.

Typically, students must earn a grade of C or better in a CAP course for an institution other than USI to accept credits. We recommend you retain the course syllabus and save major class assignments for every USI course you wish to transfer, in case someone at your intended college or university questions the equivalency of the course. 

Public Institutions in Indiana

Public colleges and universities within Indiana have established a Core Transfer Library (CTL), as mandated by the Indiana Legislature. The CTL was created to help students transfer credit amongst Indiana public institutions. The CTL, available at www.transfer.in.net/CTL.aspx, assigns each course a generic name. To see course equivalencies, you will need to know the CTL name for the USI course you are interested in. The CTL name for each course is available at http://www.usi.edu/outreach/cap/capcourses. After pulling up the CTL course name, equivalent courses will display from each institution.  

Recently a handful of private Indiana institutions joined the CTL. A complete list of USI courses offered through CAP and included in the transfer library is available here. Remember that CAP courses not included in the CTL will likely transfer to other public and many independent institutions; check with your college of choice prior to enrolling in CAP. For more information about the CTL and how courses transfer around the state, visit www.transferin.net/CTL.aspx

Out-of-State and Private Institutions

Most state institutions accept other state institutions’ credits; private institutions often are more selective, but many accept USI credit, particularly the institutions who joined the CTL. Available on the CAP web site is a list of colleges and universities which former CAP and other concurrent enrollment students have attended, showing how the institutions have accepted credits in past years. Refunds will not be issued if USI credits are not accepted by another institution.

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How do I initiate the transfer of CAP credits?

If you enroll at USI as a degree-seeking student upon high school graduation, you do not need to request a USI transcript to transfer your CAP credits. The courses and grades are already part of your permanent academic record at USI. When meeting with your faculty advisor the summer before you begin classes at USI, you should mention you have already earned USI credit, to be assured of proper placement in freshman-year courses.

If you enroll in another university, you should request that an official USI transcript be sent directly there, after you graduate from high school, via the Registrar’s Office transcript request link at www.usi.edu/registrar/transcripts. This transcript must be sent directly from USI to your selected college or university to be considered an official record. Be sure to select 'hold for grades' if you submit your request before mid-June. Due to the way in which USI processes spring grades, transcripts are not able to be sent until mid-June. Keep this in mind when scheduling advising visits prior to mid-June, and print an unofficial transcript from MyUSI as proof of completion of a USI course.  Be sure to request transcripts for dual credit at other institutions.

Be sure to request transcripts for dual credit earned at other institutions. 

Do I have to transfer my CAP credits? Can I transfer a portion of my credits?

If you enroll at USI as a degree-seeking student upon high school graduation, you do not have a choice. Any USI credits earned through CAP are already in the USI system, awaiting your arrival.

If you enroll in another university, whether or not you must transfer your CAP credits varies. Some institutions (USI included) require that students provide transcripts for any college credits earned elsewhere; failure to disclose this information may lead to serious consequences down the road. Other institutions may leave that choice to you.

Regardless, anytime you transfer college credits from one institution to another, your entire academic record will be sent, not just a portion. Typically, institutions will not award credit for grades below C.

Who do I talk to for help with transferability issues after high school graduation?

If you have difficulty transferring your USI credits to another university or college, a CAP staff member may be able to assist in persuading the institution to accept the credits by writing letters or making calls on your behalf. To seek assistance, call the USI CAP Office in the Division of Outreach & Engagement at 812-228-5022 or email one of the CAP staff (cap@usi.edu) with the following details: the high school you attended; the name of your CAP instructor and the name of the CAP course; the college or university to which you are attempting to transfer the credit; and the name of the person with whom you have spoken, along with contact information. A CAP staff member will make contact with the institution to see if course acceptance can be arranged. USI cannot guarantee transferability of CAP courses to other institutions, but our success rate for transferability is high.

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Early Graduation Policy

If you plan to complete high school one semester early, you may enroll in a fall-only CAP course. However, if the CAP course is year-long, you should not enroll for USI credit, as you will miss half the content.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Once enrolled in a USI course, CAP students must abide by the Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar, which is an adjusted version of the USI Academic Calendar. Enrolling in a college course is a significant academic and financial commitment. Students and parents should seriously consider student obligations prior to enrollment.

If a student drops the high school CAP course, they are not automatically removed from the USI CAP section. It is the student's responsibility to contact the CAP instructor and CAP office so a withdrawal may be processed based upon the Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar. Course tuition is refunded based upon when the student contacts the CAP office to request the withdrawal paperwork. If a student fails to contact the CAP office after leaving a CAP course, they risk earning a failing grade as they will still have a USI grade transcripted since they failed to contact CAP to complete withdrawal paperwork. 

Withdrawal with 100% Refund/Excusal of Fees (CAP “Grace Period”)
If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course through the fifth Thursday of USI’s semester:

  • An emailed or written request to be removed from the course can come from the student, counselor, or instructor, but will be verified with the student, parent, and instructor.
  • No additional paperwork is required; the course will be struck from the CAP application by USI staff, and the written request will be electronically filed for future reference.
  • The course will not appear on the USI transcript.
  • No bill will be sent; the student’s academic and financial obligation is excused.

Withdrawal with Tiered Refund of 75%/50%/25%/0% (Refund Based Upon When Student Contacts CAP Office to Initiate Refund; see Billing, Withdrawal and Refund Calendar

If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course from the fifth Friday of USI’s semester through the end of the ninth week of USI’s semester:

  • An emailed or written request for a withdrawal can come from the student, counselor, or instructor, but will be verified with the student, parent, and instructor.
  • Withdrawal forms are available upon request from the CAP office and will be sent to the counselor or teacher.
  • If enrolled in and withdrawing from a single USI CAP course, the student must complete a Withdrawal From All Classes Form. If withdrawing from a portion of the USI CAP courses in which a student is enrolled, the student must complete an Add/Drop Form, which also requires an instructor signature.
  • Withdrawal paperwork must be completed and submitted to USI by the last day of classes preceding the high school’s final exam week (in December for fall courses; in May for year-long or spring courses).
  • Once paperwork has been returned to USI and processed, the course will appear on the USI transcript with a grade of ‘W’ (or Withdrawal).

Withdrawal with No Refund

If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course starting the tenth week of USI’s semester through the last day of classes preceding the high school’s final exam week:

  • An emailed or written request for a withdrawal can come from the student, counselor, or instructor, but will be verified with the student, parent and instructor.
  • Withdrawal forms are available upon request from the CAP office and will be sent to the counselor or teacher.
  • If enrolled in and withdrawing from a single USI CAP course, the student must complete a Withdrawal From All Classes form. If withdrawing from a portion of the USI CAP courses in which a student is enrolled, the student must complete an Add/Drop Form, which also requires an instructor signature.
  • Withdrawal paperwork must be completed and submitted to USI by the last day of classes preceding the high school’s final exam week (in December for fall courses; in May for year-long or spring courses).
  • 100% of CAP tuition will be billed.
  • Once paperwork has been returned to USI and processed, the course will appear on the USI transcript with a grade of ‘W’ or (Withdrawal), if passing the course at the time of withdrawal. If failing at the time of withdrawal, the student may receive an ‘F’, at the discretion of the CAP instructor. This option is referred to as withdrawal with evaluation.

Withdrawal with a Full Refund Due to Circumstances Beyond a Student’s Control

If a CAP-enrolled student departs from the high school section of the CAP course starting the fifth Friday of USI’s semester, through the last day of classes prior to the high school’s final exam week, the student may be entitled to a full refund if the withdrawal is due to circumstances beyond a student’s control.

  • Requests for a withdrawal with a full refund must come from the CAP instructor and/or the guidance counselor and be caused by circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as moving or serious illness. The request will be confirmed with the student, parent and counselor. Withdrawal forms are available upon request from the CAP office and will be sent to the counselor or teacher
  • Extreme circumstances may warrant a medical withdrawal. Medical withdrawal documentation includes a physician letter explaining the impact of the illness on the student's ability to complete the CAP coursework as well as other forms. The evidence is then evaluated by a University commitee to deem if the situation warrants a medical withdrawal. A student who might qualify for a medical withdrawal should contact the CAP office at 812-228-5022.  
  • If enrolled in and withdrawing from a single USI CAP course, the student must complete a Withdrawal From All Classes Form. If withdrawing from a portion of the USI CAP courses in which a student is enrolled, the student must complete a Drop/Add Form, which also requires an instructor signature.
  • Withdrawal paperwork must be completed and submitted to USI by the last day of classes preceding the high school’s final exam week (in December for fall courses; in May or June for year-long or spring courses).
  • Based on instructor recommendation, tuition may be completely excused. If any part of the bill has already been paid, the CAP office will process a 100% refund.
  • Refund checks issued by USI are payable to the student and sent to the home address on file.
  • Once paperwork has been returned to USI and processed, the course will appear on the USI transcript with a grade of ‘W’ (or Withdrawal). 

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If No Withdrawal Paperwork is Completed

Students who depart from the high school section of the CAP course by the Friday before finals week but do not complete the USI withdrawal paperwork will receive a default failing grade of “F” in the USI system. The financial commitment remains.

No Withdrawals Permitted

Starting with the first day of the high school’s final exam week – December for fall courses and May or June for spring or year-long courses (exact dates vary by district and school), students may no longer complete paperwork to withdraw from a USI course. Students will be held responsible for all academic and financial obligations.

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Undergraduate Admission to USI

Undergraduate admission to the University of Southern Indiana is not guaranteed for students participating in CAP. If you plan to attend USI upon graduation from high school, you should be certain to complete a USI Application for Undergraduate Admission to formally apply to the University. To be eligible for scholarships and/or financial aid, this process should be completed no later than March 1 of the year you plan to enter the University. Grades earned in CAP courses will be on your USI transcript when you meet with your advisor to plan your course schedule. For more information on applying to USI for undergraduate admission, visit: http://www.usi.edu/admission 

Starting August 1, 2014, USI's admission fee for undergraduate applicants will be waived for CAP students (those participating in 2013-14 and forward). Students will indicate their status on the payment screen on the final page of the application. 

Indiana Academic and Technical Honors Diplomas               

In order to earn the Indiana Academic or Technical Honors Diplomas, students graduating in 2015 must complete one of the following (in addition to other requirements, including completion of a minimum of 47 high school credits and maintaining a ‘B’ average overall):

  • Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams
  • Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams
  • Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and mathematics
  • Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT
  • Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary      institution (6 transferable college credits)
  • Complete a combination of AP course (2 credits) and corresponding AP exams and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)

Students graduating in 2016 or beyond have a different set of standards for the Honors Diplomas. Visit here to learn more about the new standards and which high school courses are approved to meet those requirements.

Any CAP course will allow you to accumulate transferable college credits, but be aware that college courses are worth different numbers of credit hours. Refer to the list of current courses and credit hours on the CAP web site, or the CAP Student Enrollment Brochure. For more details, see your guidance counselor or the Core40 overview at http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/curriculum/indianas-diploma-requirements

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Core 39, USI's General Education Requirements      

As part of a bachelor's degree, students at USI must complete courses in the general education course list called Core 39. You can learn more about Core 39 requirements by visiting: www.usi.edu/core39

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Available CAP Courses

USI courses available through CAP are listed below; courses vary by school. The number of credit hours is noted in parentheses, and if the course is included in the Indiana Core Transfer Library, the CTL name is listed (www.transferin.net/ctl). Tuition for Dual Credit Priority Liberal Arts and Technical Education courses is $25 per credit hour as authorized by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Indiana Department of Education. All other CAP courses are $80 per credit hour. The total cost of each course is listed (# of credt hours x price per credit hour). Click the USI course title for the full description and the USI general education/Core status.

USI Course Name

USI Course Title

# Credit Hrs

Total Cost

CTL Name (if applicable)

Biology (BIOL) 105

Biology of Human Concern

4

$320

Human Biology

Biology (BIOL) 133

Biological Concepts

4

$320

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Biology (BIOL) 251

Environmental Conservation

3

$240

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Chemistry (CHEM) 107

Elements in Everyday Chemistry

4

$320

Survey of Chemistry

Chemistry (CHEM) 141

Principles of Chemistry

4

$320

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Chemistry (CHEM) 261

General Chemistry

4

$100

Chemistry I

Computer Information Systems (CIS) 151

Computer Applications in Business

3

$75

Introduction to Microcomputers

Communication Studies (CMST) 101

Introduction to Public Speaking

3

$240

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Communication Studies (CMST) 107

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

3

$240

Interpersonal Communication

Economics (ECON) 175

Fundamentals of Economics

3

$240

Introduction to Economics

English (ENG) 101

Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self

3

$75

English Composition I

English (ENG) 103

Fundamentals of Creative Writing

1

$80

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English (ENG) 105

Introduction to Literature

3

$75

Appreciation of Literature

French (FREN) 203

Intermediate French I

3

$75

French Level 3

French (FREN) 204

Intermediate French II

3

$75

French Level 4

Geography (GEOG) 112

Earth System Science

3

$240

Earth Science

Geology (GEOL) 161

Physical Geology

4

$320

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German (GERM) 203

Intermediate German I

3

$75

German Level 3

German (GERM) 204

Intermediate German II

3

$75

German Level 4

Health Professions (HP) 115

Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

2

$50

Medical Terminology

Health Professions (HP) 211

The Healthcare Delivery System

3

$240

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History (HIST) 101

The United States to 1865

3

$75

American History 1

History (HIST) 102

The United States since 1865

3

$75

American History 2

History (HIST) 130

Issues in American History: Contemporary U.S.

3

$240

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History (HIST) 130

Issues in American History: Making Documentaries

3

$240

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History (HIST) 140

Issues in World History: Rise of Europe

3

$240

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History (HIST) 140

Issues in World History: Europe Since 1500

3

$240

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Journalism (JRN) 180

Journalism Workshop

1

$80

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Kinesiology (KIN) 281

Personal Health Science

3

$75

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Kinesiology (KIN) 282

First Aid

2

$50

First Aid

Latin (LATN) 203

Intermediate Latin I

3

$75

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Latin (LATN) 204

Intermediate Latin II

3

$75

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Management (MNGT) 141

Introduction to Business

3

$75

Introduction to Business

Mathematics (MATH) 111

College Algebra

4

$100

College Algebra

Mathematics (MATH) 112

Trigonometry

3

$75

Trigonometric Functions

Music (MUS) 202

Introduction to Music

3

$240

Music Appreciation

Physics (PHYS) 101

Introduction to the Physical Sciences

3

$240

Survey of Physical Science

Political Science (POLS) 102

Introduction to American Politics

3

$75

American Government

Psychology (PSY) 201

Introduction to Psychology

3

$75

Introduction to Psychology

Radio/Television (RTV) 150

Practicum in Broadcasting

1

$25

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Radio/Television (RTV) 151

Survey of Contemporary Broadcasting

3

$75

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Social Work (SOCW) 224

Introduction to Social Justice

3

$240

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Sociology (SOC) 121

Principles of Sociology

3

$240

Introduction to Sociology

Spanish (SPAN) 203

Intermediate Spanish I

3

$75

Spanish Level 3

Spanish (SPAN) 204

Intermediate Spanish II

3

$75

Spanish Level 4

Theatre (THTR) 101

Introduction to Theatre

3

$240

Theatre Appreciation

Theatre (THTR) 251

Advanced Acting

3

$240

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Procedures for CAP Foreign Language Courses

The following information outlines the procedures to be followed by the University of Southern Indiana's College Achievement Program (CAP) when offering dual credit foreign language courses. This agreement allows students the opportunity to earn 12 credit hours toward college graduation, which includes 6 credit hours that apply to a language major or minor at USI.

  1. Student enrolls in a world language 203 course upon meeting the qualifications.
  2. If the final grade in 203 is an A or B, the student earns 6 hours departmental test-out credit for 101 and 102 plus the 3 hours seat time credit for 203.  The student may then enroll in 204.
  3. If the final grade in 203 is a C or lower, the student earns 3 hours seat time for 203 ONLY. The student will then need to meet with their instructor to decide if moving to 204 is appropriate. If so, the student may enroll in 204 at the start of the spring semester.
  4. If the student earns a D or better in 204, they earn those 3 hours of seat time in addition to any previously earned seat time.

Test-out credits, while honored by USI for students involved in CAP, may not be honored by other institutions.  For a more detailed chart of the world language process, click here.

Questions

Visit the CAP web site for more information (www.usi.edu/cap) or contact CAP staff Jaclyn Dumond, Dana Drury or Erin Hollinger at 812-228-5022, 800-467-8600, cap@usi.edu, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/USICAP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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