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C. Louis Cedrone International Education Programs (IEP)

 

The International Education Programs are open only to educators/ professionals living and working overseas.

Contact Information
The C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center
Framingham State University
Dwight Hall, Room 204
100 State Street
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
cedronecenter@framingham.edu
Tel:  (508) 626-4964
Fax: (508) 626-4030

Programs Brochure

Brochure
https://www.framingham.edu/Assets/uploads/academics/graduate-studies/international-education/documents/iepbrochure.pdf

Admission Requirements 1. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

2. The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale or a quality point average of 3.00 for all coursework completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.

Application for Graduate Admission

Applicants must submit:

1. Graduate Application Form

2. Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each college or university attended as an undergraduate and graduate student

3. Two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues. Recommendations must be sent directly to the University by the recommender

4. A typed, 300-word statement discussing motivation for seeking a master's degree

International Students

Credential Evaluation Services

Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be evaluated by a credit Evaluation service such as World Education Services (www.wes.org). Other Credential Evaluation services:
https://www.framingham.edu/Assets/uploads/academics/graduate-studies/international-education/documents/credentialevaluationservices.pdf

Portfolio checklist

Portfolio checklist

https://www.framingham.edu/Assets/uploads/academics/graduate-studies/international-education/documents/portfolio-checklist.pdf

Grading System

GRADING SYSTEM
Framingham State University uses the following marking system at the graduate level
Grade Quality Points
A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
F 0.00
Note: Any grade below a C is recorded as an F and has 0.00 value. Pass-Fail or
Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grades are not accepted for graduate study. Only grades
earned at Framingham State University are included in the student’s quality grade point
average. Grade reports are viewable online through the portal, myFramingham.

W = Withdrawal from a course. Indicates withdrawal from a semester course in the
third through the ninth week of the fall or spring semester (for summer term
between the third and ninth class meeting).

IC= (Incomplete) This is a temporary grade with 0 (zero) quality point value which
may be given to a student when the instructor is satisfied that circumstances
beyond the student’s control, other than absence from the final examination
(see N above), prevented the student from completing the required work for
the course. (An “IC” will not be given, however, unless 80 percent of the
work has been completed.) Student indifference resulting in inability to get
work in on time is not a reason for giving an “IC”. The “IC” will be changed
to any other appropriate grade by the instructor if the course has been fully
completed by the end of the first four weeks of the next semester. If the work
is not completed within the given time, the “IC” will be changed to “F”, unless
a request for extension is made in writing by the instructor and submitted to
the Dean of Graduate Studies when circumstances warrant.

Approval to repeat a graduate course

APPROVAL TO REPEAT A GRADUATE COURSE
Subject to prior approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies, graduate students in good
standing may repeat a course in which they received a grade lower than B- (2.70 on a
4.00 scale). All grades, including those earned in repeated courses, will remain on the
academic transcript. The same course must be repeated at Framingham State University,
and may only be repeated once. Only the most recent grade, whether higher or lower
than the original grade earned, will be counted toward the student’s degree program. No
more than one graduate course may be repeated.

Grade Appeal

GRADE APPEAL POLICY
The University recognizes that the instructor has the right to determine course evaluation
policies that are consistent with departmental and University policies. The instructor’s
policy will be designated in the course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the
semester. It is the instructor’s responsibility to grade student work in a manner consistent
with those procedures published in the syllabus.

The following procedure is employed in the event that students wish to appeal a final
grade based on a mechanical error in calculation or if there is reason to believe that the
grade was calculated in a manner inconsistent with the policies of the instructor, the
department, and/or the University. Appeals based on discrimination criteria can be
pursued through affirmative action procedures.

There are two levels at which a grade may be appealed:
 
Level I: Informal
Within the first month of the semester following the semester of the course in which the
final grade is questioned, students will pursue their concerns on the informal level, as
designated below. Every effort will be made to resolve the students’ concerns informally
at Level I.

The informal procedure is a two-step process in which the student first meets with the course instructor. After this meeting, if the matter is not resolved, the student would meet with the graduate program coordinator. If the appeal is not resolved at the graduate program level, the student has the right to pursue a formal appeal.
 
Level II: Formal
At the formal level, the student would write to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Grade
appeals are to be made no later than the semester following receipt of the disputed grade.

Step One: Dean of Graduate Studies
Taking into account, in a fair and timely fashion, all matters and considerations related
to the dispute, the Dean of Graduate Studies will determine whether or not the student
has a basis for an appeal. If the Dean decides there is no basis for an appeal, the matter
will be considered closed. NOTE: the course instructor will provide the course syllabus
and grading procedures as well as the method for calculating the final grade.

Step Two: Faculty Governance/Graduate Education Council
If the Dean decides there is a basis for appeal, the matter will be forwarded with all
forms and any other pertinent materials to the Graduate Education Council. The Council
will appoint an Ad Hoc Grade Appeal Committee.

Step Three - The Ad Hoc Grade Appeal Committee and the Appeal Procedure
As part of the process, the Ad Hoc Grade Appeal Committee may consult with the
student, the instructor, and the program coordinator. If the Ad Hoc Grade Appeal
Committee determines that a change in grade may be warranted, the committee will
inform the program coordinator and will consult with the instructor prior to making its
recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The Ad Hoc Grade Appeal Committee must submit a written recommendation (either
that “the Committee supports the grade as originally recorded” or the “the instructor
should review the grade in question”) in a sealed envelope along with the appeal
documentation for the Dean of Graduate Studies within one month of receipt of the
committee charge.

The Dean of Graduate Studies will convey the Ad Hoc Grade Appeal Committee’s
recommendation to the instructor and the student. If the committee recommends that
“the instructor should review the grade in question,” the Dean of Graduate Studies will
ask the instructor to review the grade and to inform the Dean of Graduate Studies of the
outcome. If the review results in an unchanged grade, the Dean of Graduate Studies has
the authority to change the grade in such cases where there has been a mechanical error
in calculation or if there is a reason to believe that the grade has been calculated in a
manner inconsistent with the stated grading criteria of the faculty, the program, and/or
the University. The appeal ends at this point.

Academic Standing

ACADEMIC STANDING
Academic Average for Graduate Degrees and Certificates
Completion of a graduate degree program or graduate certificate at Framingham State
University requires that all students achieve a minimum of 3.00 quality point average in
graduate courses taken to satisfy program requirements. Only credits received from
Framingham State University are included in this calculation. Students are expected to
monitor their academic progress and will receive an academic warning if their grade
point average falls below 3.00.

Academic Warning

ACADEMIC WARNING
The following circumstances result in an academic warning:

1. A student shall receive a warning the first time the cumulative quality point
average falls below 3.00.

2. A student shall receive a warning when the student receives one grade below
“B- (2.70).”

NOTE: A student shall be provided with no more than one (1) academic warning. A second occurrence of either circumstance noted above will result in Academic Dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL
The following circumstances result in an academic dismissal:

1. A student may be dismissed upon completion of a semester in which the
cumulative quality point average falls below 3.00, and when a warning
previously has been given. Students may not receive more than one warning
before being dismissed.

2. A student shall be dismissed if the cumulative quality point average remains
below 2.70 for two consecutive semesters.

3. A student shall be dismissed when the student accumulates two grades below
“B- (2.70).”

4. A student shall be dismissed upon receipt of an “F” grade. The “F” grade is
permanently recorded on the transcript and remains in the cumulative quality
point average unless the student is reinstated and the course is retaken.

5. Upon notification of dismissal, students will have up to one semester from the
date of notification to make a formal written appeal for readmission. The
appeal will not be considered unless it includes concrete reasons and
explanations for the student’s poor academic performance, with specific
reference to extenuating circumstances and documentation where possible.
Students must also include a written plan of action for improving the level of
academic performance. Appeals are addressed to the Graduate Education
Council. Appeals for readmission will be reviewed based on new information
or extremely extenuating circumstances only.

6. Should a student be re-admitted to the University (after submitting a written
appeal to the Graduate Education Council) and receive an additional grade of
“F” or meet the criteria for Dismissal as noted in items 1 through 3, that student
will be permanently dismissed and ineligible for appeal.