THE WISE BOOK
OFFICE OF STANDARDS
UNIVERSITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
THE WISE BOOK
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICIES
Policy Number: AUS-AAP.001.001
Audience: Students and academic personnel
Sponsor: Office of Academic Affairs
Courses at AUS are taught in English, unless otherwise noted in the course description (for example, foreign language courses).
Academic Engagement: Active participation by a student in an instructional activity related to the student’s course of study that:
Is defined by the institution per any applicable requirements of its State or accrediting agency;
Includes, but is not limited to
Attending a synchronous class, lecture, recitation, or field or laboratory activity, physically or online, where there is an opportunity for interaction between the instructor and students;
Submitting an academic assignment;
Taking an assessment or exam;
Participating in an interactive tutorial, webinar, or other interactive computer-assisted instruction;
Participating in a study group, group project, or an online discussion that the institution assigns; or
Interacting with an instructor about academic matters; and
Does not include, for example:
Living in institutional housing;
Participating in the institution’s meal plan;
Logging into an online class or tutorial without any further participation; or
Participating in academic counseling or advisement.
Academic Preparation: Any other academic-related activities that support the learning process.
Academic work at AUS is measured by credit, which are used to evaluate the amount of time a student has devoted to a particular course and to determine a student’s academic level.
All AUS courses are assigned a credit value.
The term AUS Semester Credits is indicated as ASCS.
The term AUS Undergraduate-level Semester Credits is indicated as AUSCS.
The term AUS Graduate-level Semester Credits is indicated as AGSCS.
Undergraduate academic level is based on completed and in-progress units, not years attended. Undergraduate is indicated as U.
Freshman (UFR): 0–29.9
Sophomore (USO): 30–59.9
Junior (UJR): 60–89.9
Senior (USR): 90 or more
Graduate academic level is based on the degree objective, whether or not students are advanced to candidacy for a doctorate, and/or completed units. Graduate is indicated as G.
Advanced Master's: Master’s degree objective
Professional Master's: Master’s degree objective
Doctorate 1: Not advanced to candidacy
Doctorate 2: Advanced to candidacy
Undergraduate students will not receive graduate credit for G-level courses. Their transcript will always reflect U-level credit.
Graduate students will receive N-level credit for any undergraduate subjects. N-level subjects cannot be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements, but letter grades are calculated in Grade Point Average.