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Academics Catalog

Adroit serves as a model for higher education curricula aligned with the licensure process to yield the most skillful architects for the betterment of the architecture profession as a whole.

About Academic Catalog

Preamble

This Academic Catalog contains policies and procedures pertaining to all students enrolled at the School as part of the Enrollment Agreement and School Performance Fact Sheet.  All enrolled students, full or part time, are expected to abide by the latest version of this Academic Catalog.  All prospective students planning to enroll in the school are required to review this catalog prior to signing an Enrollment Agreement.

 

This Academic Catalog, along with the Faculty and Staff Handbook, contains policies and procedures pertaining to all faculty and staff employed by the School; and are considered part of the employment contract.  All faculty and staff are expected to abide by the latest version of these documents.

Adroit serves as a model for higher education curricula aligned with the licensure process to yield the most skillful architects for the betterment of the architecture profession as a whole.  The Adroit School of Architecture (School) is a degree awarding, educator owned independent educational institution established on the sixteenth day of October 2013.  The founder of the school set out on a noble cause to improve the skill of the Architect held back by outdated and low ranking accreditation standards. The School is named after one of its guiding principles, ‘Artificiosus Architectus’ meaning the adroit or skillful Architect.  Adroit is founded with a vision of betterment for the architecture profession through a rigorous curricula to promote forward thinking in the profession.  It is the goal of this institution to create an ideal architectural curriculum that can serve as a contemporary model through focus on knowledge and skills required by a licensed architect.  The School shall maintain pursuit of the following pillars as set forth by its founder, Professor Umber Kazmi:

  • ‘Direct Licensure Path’ — the School shall assist students in obtaining a license to practice as an Architect after graduation by aligning core academic requirements with licensing laws of the land.  And by outlining work-experience options for students while enrolled in school.

  • ‘Design Professionals Atelier’ —  the School shall dedicate a space to hold internship with a Firm on Campus for participating firms to offer optional work-experience as permitted by California state.  

  • ‘Artificiosus Architectus’ — the School shall exercise evolving and rigorous academic design formulated to lead to the most skillful of Architects through knowledge of:  applicable regulations on health, safety, public welfare, and professional liability; as well as, technical, engineering, leadership, and creative skills.  

 

Due the School’s founding leadership’s in licensing education, Adroit has created a curriculum to incorporate licensing requirements within a degree program referred to as ‘License upon Graduation’ LUG or Direct Licensure Path (DLP) initiative.  The LUG based curriculum is aligned with the national architect license exam.  The School does not grant licensure or offer licensing exams.

Objectives of the School:

  • To operate as a private post-secondary education
  • To confer Undergraduate degrees in architecture (BArch)
  • To confer Graduate degrees in architecture (MArch)

The School is fully committed to the promotion of architecture profession free from confinement by or allegiance to private organizations.  The School’s first and foremost allegiance is to the profession of architecture.

 

Adroit School of Architecture was chartered in 2013 by its founder, Professor Umber Kazmi, following her passion for the betterment of architectural education.  Professor Kazmi successfully development of the country’s largest architecture registration examination (ARE) review program as the founder of Funkaar Institute, Inc.  Building on this experience and seeing a need for improvement in the outdated AIA owned NCARB/NAAB accredited architectural curricula, Adroit was formed to provide degree granting architecture education for students seeking to enter the profession.  The School opened  for classes in Spring term of 2016 at the Sacramento campus in downtown Sacramento, CA.

The Shareholders of the School appoint up to seven Directors to govern and manage the affairs of the School:

 

Umber Kazmi, RA

Chairman of the Board

Founder of Adroit School of Architecture

Sacramento, CA

Mutahir H. Kazmi, CPA

Secretary of the Board

Adroit School of Architecture

Sacramento, CA

 

Dr. Steven Altman

Former President, NewSchool of Architecture and Design 

San Diego, CA

 

Khurram Nizami

Attorney at Law

Los Angeles, CA

 

Kevin Wagner

Construction Manager

San Francisco, CA


Two Positions are Vacant

Adroit operates with an independent governing board as required for ABA accreditation. Whereas, a majority of the board members do not have a conflict of interest with the institution. A majority of the board members meet the following requirements:

  • Do not hold personal financial interest in the institution

  • Are not employed by the institution

  • Are not family members related to the chief operating officers, shareholders, or trustees of the institution.


​Approval and Accreditation Status 
 

Adroit has a license to operate granted by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth by this chapter Title 8, California Education Code section 94897.  For more information, call the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at (916) 574-7720, or toll free at (888) 370-7589, or visit its website at www.bppe.ca.gov.

This school serves as a pilot program for the American Board of Architecture [ABA], the second largest architectural accreditation body, and to exemplify Direct License Path [DLP]. This program streamlines the licensure path to 6-years. This school distinguishes itself from traditional architecture schools which follow a 14.5-year path led by AIA which created NCARB-NAAB-ACSA-AIAS as a family of lawyer led non-profits.  NAAB is not a recognized accrediting body by the US Department of Education. Students should be aware of cyber bullying, unethical postings, and smear campaigns launched by these non-profits. Even a low tuition school such as Adroit with innovative methodologies to streamline licensure is subject to cyber bullying by those who aim to draw profit from the students following the current path. The school's stands by its dedication to generate skillful architects.

 

Direct Licensing Path (DLP) is a trademark of ABA. NCARB-NAAB-ACSA-AIAS as a collateral family are not permitted use the term as competitors. Other innovative trademarks created by ABA such as License Upon Graduation (LUG) and Alternative Licensing Path (ALP) have been used by these groups in the past without permission.

 

Adroit intends to submit an application for eligibility with a US recognized accrediting agency as soon as we meet eligibility criteria.  The primary purpose for accreditation is access to federal aid for enrolling students. Without federal recogntion, Adroit does not quality to offer federal or state financial aid programs.  

 

Below are some considerations in selection of our program without federal recognition:

  • A graduate of this degree program may not meet eligibility to sit for architect licensure exam in some states. 14-states currently do not require an accredited degree for licensure. Some states do not require a degree but accept work experience in place of degree.

  • Some schools may not permit transfer credit from this school.

  • A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution may not be recognized for some employment positions, including but not limited to, positions with the State of California.

  • Student enrolled in an unaccredited institution are not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Compliance Notices

Prospective students are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Dr. Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or (by fax (916) 263-1897, 916-431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

 

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

 

No Bankruptcy

Adroit does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.).

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

 

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;

  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

  • Accrediting organizations;

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; 

  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a School bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

 

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN  (1-800-872-5327  ) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact at the following address: 

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

 

Campus Location

Classes are held at the School’s Sacramento campus located at: 315 12th St., Sacramento, CA 95814-0900.  The campus is located in downtown Sacramento, within close proximity to the State Capitol and the California government agencies.  There is a light rail line adjacent to the campus providing low cost transportation services to downtown locations.

School Facility

The School building is a single story building composed of classrooms, design studios, Computer Lab, model shop, library, and administrative offices.  Most classrooms have exposed high ceiling.  Limited parking for faculty, staff, expecting student mothers, and disabled students is available on site.

Environmental Stewardship

Adroit is committed to the betterment of the environment for both people and nature. We have taken measure to exemplify environmental stewardship:

 

  • LED lighting is installed throughout School building for energy efficiency.

  • Campus is located in a transit-oriented neighborhood to promote use of public transport. 

  • Campus is located in a pedestrian-oriented area with walkability to services, restaurants and shops.

  • Use of bicycles is encouraged with a dedicated location for bicycle parking on campus.

  • Recycling bins are located throughout building.

Student Services

School Equipment
 

The School maintains equipment to support the instructional and administrative programs.  Among the items are the following to be utilized by students, staff and faculty for the educational programs:

 

  • Computers for faculty and staff (Apple iMacs)

  • Windows & Mac Computer Lab (10-20 computers)

  • Large Format Plotter 

  • Resource Printer

  • Scanners

  • Flat Screen Monitors 

  • Projection Screens

  • Projectors

  • Pattern Tables

  • Student Copiers are provided in the Computer Lab

  • Staff and Faculty Copiers are located in the administrative offices

  • Drafting Tables and Stools for Design Studios

  • Painting Easels
     

Classrooms

  • Galileo Room can hold an all school assembly

  • Aristotle East houses the graduate drafting room

  • Aristotle West houses the undergraduate drafting room

  • Atlas Room can be used for lecture but is designed to hold various multi-media classes

Library and Other Learning Resources  

The Library, located upon entry to the campus building, is designed.  Adroit has a library development plan to house initially 1,000 books and periodicals.  Titles cover a broad range of architecture, general education, and optional studies related topics.  Periodicals are based on recommended titles from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Association of Architecture Librarians. 

 

The Library development plan includes acquisition of books, journals and digital slide materials, as well as acquisition of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, JSTOR for full text periodical access, and EBSCO databases for broader resource collections.  Students may also utilize online resources for research.  Library staff and faculty will work closely with students to instruct on proper research modes and methods.


Access to Library materials will be supplemented by the Central Sacramento Public Library, which is within ½ mile of the School, and contains a robust collection of materials in architecture, design and general education subjects.  Students who are residents of the county will have access to this collection for research purposes.   

 

While the physical resources onsite will be limited initially, the access to the Central Library, national databases, along with other relevant donated materials, will enable students to achieve their learning outcomes. The incredible breadth of information now available online obviates some of the need for onsite resources; students still need to understand and develop skills to parse the data available for their purposes.  Google and Bing search results, for example, still need to be critically assessed to collect information that is valid, reliable and relevant.

 

Library is housed with:

  • Student Checkout with Librarian

  • Resource Computer and Laser Printer

The Model Shop

The School is in the process of setting up a Model shop as a practical and important learning resource.  Students must learn to conceptualize, design and then build out their project solutions.  The process of doing and making is fundamental to an architecture education.  Hence, the Model shop is intended to provide hands-on experiences in design, construction, uses of materials and the application of tools.

 

Model Shop development plan includes housing of wood shop equipment in the upcoming year.  Students must pass a mandatory safety certification test before they are permitted to use the shop.  Below is a list of equipment anticipated in the shop for the upcoming academic year:

 

  • Dust Collection System

  • Saws: Table Saw and Band Saw

  • Belt Sander

  • Drill Press

  • Air Compressor

  • Laser Cutter controlled by PC

  • 3D-Printer controlled by PC

  • Miscellaneous Hand Tools (chisels, clamps, etc)
     

Computer Lab

A Computer Lab is provided to students for academic use.  The computers in the Lab are loaded with the latest student design software for digital design development.  Some software will be cloud-based. The Lab will be expanded as enrollment dictates.

 

  • Up to 20 Mac and PC

  • Up to two large format plotters (one color and one black/white)

  • Small format laser printers to print up to 11x17 (one color and one black/white)

  • Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver

  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint

  • iWork: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand

  • Drafting/Modeling: AutoCAD, Revit
     

Adroitean Cafe

The School is in the process of setting up a small pickup window type cafe located near the Library.  As the school grows, the School plans to dedicate a larger area for eating space.

Disability or Special Needs Services

Students who require special accommodations must meet with the Dean to assess the student’s need and to develop a plan to accommodate them.  Students must present documentation of their accommodation needs from a healthcare professional.

Adroit follows the federal definition of a disability as anyone who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; 

  • Has a record of such an impairment; 

  • Is regarded as having such impairment. 
     

Documentation Requirements 
 

Students are required to provide the institution with medical or psychological documentation in order to receive accommodations. All medical information received by the Institution remains confidential and is released to other School personnel only with the student’s written permission. Specific documentation requirements may vary slightly depending on the disability.  Adroit will provide reasonable accommodations for students.


Student Organizations
 

Students are encouraged to establish and/or join student organizations, student counsel or other community groups.  School does not affiliate or permit formation of professional chapters in connection with non-profit or for-profit groups such as AIAS or Fraternities/Sororities.
 

Career Placement Services
 

Adroit’s Placement Office provides students with assistance in seeking employment.  The office presents workshops and resource materials about resume building, interviewing skills, and other means of job search.  It maintains a listing of available jobs for students while in school and following graduation.

 

A full list of career paths or job titles possible in the field of architecture can be obtained from the California Architect’s Board, the American Institute of Architects, and National Council of Architecture Registration Boards.

 

It is the student’s responsibility to vigorously pursue job opportunities.  Adroit can neither guarantee nor otherwise promise employment upon completion of a student’s educational program or during enrollment.  The School does not make any promise or representation of future employment to any student or graduate whether full or part-time.  Furthermore, the School does not guarantee availability of employment positions related to the field of architecture or otherwise.
 

Design Professional’s Atelier

With our commitment to bridging the gap between education and the profession, the School offers interested architecture firms the opportunity to hold training on campus.
 

Other Services for Students

The School provides other on-campus services for our students:

 

  • Admission’s Office

  • Student Orientation

  • Academic Advising

  • Registrar’s Office

  • Financial Aid Office

  • Campus Security Surveilance

  • Student ID Cards

  • Alumni Services

Academic Calendar

Adroit works on a semester system with year round education.  The Academic Calendar is available on the school website. Below an estimated annual calendar:

  • iReady M Arch 2 Program operates on a 30-week Trimester schedule with 10-weeks per Semester.

  • All other programs operate on 15-week Fall + 15-week Spring + 10-week Summer Semesters.

 

Admissions Deadlines

Adroit currently has 60-seats shared among B Arch, M Arch 1/A/, and M Arch 1/B/. Deadline for admissions are below:

  • 30th of July for Fall Entry 

  • 30th of November for Spring Entry 

  • 30th of April for Summer Entry 


Instructional Method

Instructional Modes & Methods

Traditional Instruction is a course offered face-to-face contact such as lecture, discussion, demonstration, and direct exchange of materials as the primary method of communication.  It is usually scheduled in a classroom, Atelier, or studio.  Such an offering may or may not use technology as a supplemental tool. 

  • Lecture 
    This method is applied to information based courses engaging student senses through hearing, seeing and note-taking to process information output from the instructor.  Copies of instructor personal notes may not be provided to the students.
     

  • Studio Based Learning
    Is a flexible learning method where instructor performs desk critique of student work. This promotes individual creative formation of each architecture student.  Studios may incorporative collaborative projects.
     

  • Collaborative Learning
    Combines the lecture with short question/answer periods.  Students process information, derive knowledge through discussing course-related issues as a group.  Small groups of students may work together to solve a problem or complete a task.
     

  • Colloquial Learning
    Discussion on assigned reading for the purpose of critique. 
     

  • Presentation
    These classes require student presentation of completed work and may include instructor demonstration as part of student learning.
     

  • Scenarios:  Simulations put learners into seemingly real situations where they can make decisions and experience the outcomes of their decisions without the risk.  This involves individuals or groups of students for analysis of a real-life situation dealing with key professional issues, roles and timelines.  Students may adopt role-play to address responsibilities of individuals associated with the scenario parameters.
     

  • Real-Time Distant Learning
    The School offers distant learning, remote instruction or online classes in real-time with a live instructor at a set class time.
     

  • Self-Pacing Distant Learning
    The School offers distant learning, remote instruction or online classes that are self-pacing with 24-hour student access without live instruction.  Coursework is pre-recorded for student viewing.

Learning Management System

Learning Management System (LMS)

The School uses Google Platform accessible via internet as an LMS. Read System Requirements.

  • Lecture 
    This method is applied to information based courses engaging student senses through hearing, seeing and note-taking to process information output from the instructor.  Copies of instructor personal notes may not be provided to the students.
     

  • Studio Based Learning
    Is a flexible learning method where instructor performs desk critique of student work. This promotes individual creative formation of each architecture student.  Studios may incorporative collaborative projects.
     

  • Collaborative Learning
    Combines the lecture with short question/answer periods.  Students process information, derive knowledge through discussing course-related issues as a group.  Small groups of students may work together to solve a problem or complete a task.
     

  • Colloquial Learning
    Discussion on assigned reading for the purpose of critique. 
     

  • Presentation
    These classes require student presentation of completed work and may include instructor demonstration as part of student learning.
     

  • Scenarios:  Simulations put learners into seemingly real situations where they can make decisions and experience the outcomes of their decisions without the risk.  This involves individuals or groups of students for analysis of a real-life situation dealing with key professional issues, roles and timelines.  Students may adopt role-play to address responsibilities of individuals associated with the scenario parameters.
     

  • Real-Time Distant Learning
    The School offers distant learning, remote instruction or online classes in real-time with a live instructor at a set class time.
     

  • Self-Pacing Distant Learning
    The School offers distant learning, remote instruction or online classes that are self-pacing with 24-hour student access without live instruction.  Coursework is pre-recorded for student viewing.

Academic Policies

Enrollment Periods

Adroit operates as a year round semester based enrollment term.  Students may enroll on a term by term basis as follows. 

Credit Hours

For all Adroit courses bearing academic credit, the "credit hour" is in accordance with WSCUC’s Credit Hour Policy and is defined as the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  • One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or 

  • For design studio or laboratory classes, 1-credit hour may be awarded for every 2-hr of class and 1-hr of out-of-classwork by student on class assignments each week;  or

  • At least an equivalent amount of work as required in above paragraph of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory, work, internships, practice, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

  • A credit hour is assumed to be a 50-minute (not 60-minute) period.  In courses in which "seat time" does not apply, a credit hour may be measured by an equivalent amount of work, as demonstrated by student achievement.  A substantial component of any course at Adroit is time spent outside of class on assignments.  Adroit’s expectation is that students will spend two hours on “out-of-class” work (homework) for every one hour of contact classroom time each week.  For example, a three-credit lecture course meeting three hours per week would require six hours of out-of-class time spent on reading, papers, projects, and other assignments each week.  The same time ratio applies to design studios and other non-lecture-based courses.  As the combined total of contact and out-of-class time for a full-time student may be considerable, students must strike a careful balance between academics, employment, and other activities in order to succeed

 

Attendance

Due to the professional nature of architecture education, students are expected to attend all classes and studio sessions.  The attendance requirement is intended to insure that students gain the necessary knowledge and guidance about the course material.  Students are expected to complete out of class assignments, participate in discussions, reviews, critiques, and seminars.  Instructors will routinely call roll to determine attendance.  Poor attendance is grounds for reduced grades, or withdrawal from the course. Two late arrivals of more than 10-mins equal an absence. Two absences will lead to dismissal and drop from class.

 

A student must attend a minimum of 90% of scheduled class hours in each course to be eligible for graduation. Students with attendance problems may be advised, reassigned, placed on probation, failed, or dismissed. Any student whose cumulative attendance falls below 90% will be put on attendance probation until the end of the following quarter. If, at the end of the probation period, the student’s attendance is still below 75%, the student may be terminated from his/her program. Students may follow the student appeals policy in this publication if they wish to appeal their attendance record. 

 

Students who are absent due to an extenuating circumstance may submit documentation (e.g., doctor’s note) in support of the request for an excused absence. Excused absences do not count against the minimum 75% attendance requirement.

 

A student who is absent from an exam is required to provide the instructor with documentation that includes detailed information (e.g., dates of a conflicting event, a doctor’s note stating “the student should be excused due to medical issue”) as evidence of the student’s inability to complete the exam on the original prescribed date. The instruction has discretion about permitting the student to make up the exam or review.

 

Residency Requirement

All students must complete at least their last 30 credits at Adroit to fulfill residency requirements for a degree.  Students with extenuating circumstances may file a petition with the Dean in order to complete a limited number of these final credits outside of Adroit.

Distant Learning (Online Courses)

The School provides options for online degree through remote or distant learning using Google Open Online Education:

Real-Time Live Instruction

Classes are held live in real-time at scheduled class times with a live instructor.  Students access the lecture by logging in online with an access code using Google Open Online Education.

 

Self-Pacing Virtual Instruction  

Self-pacing courses provide student access 24hrs a day. There is no scheduled classes or live instruction. Coursework is pre-recorded for student viewing using Google Open Online Education.

  • Google Open Online Education System

  • Students have login access to the School’s online education portal 24-hours a day.  

  • Course syllabus will be available for downloading from the portal by the first day of class.

  • Assignments are available for downloading from the portal 14-days prior to due date.  

  • Students can upload homework to be graded by human instructor. 

  • Examinations are held online by logging into the school’s online education portal.  

  • All assignments and exams grades will be posted on the education portal within seven days of submission date.

 

Leave-of-Absence Policy

Students may request a leave of absence (LOA) in emergency situations.  An emergency situation is defined as a personal or family illness or military duty that prevents a student from attending for one or more semesters.   

 

Generally, only one LOA may be approved in a 12 month period.  A Leave of Absence may not exceed 180 calendar days.  If the student does not return to classes following the LOA, he or she will be withdrawn from school.  The student will be required to re-apply for admission (except for students whose Leave was for military reasons) and will be treated as a new student.

 

Any other break in attendance (that does not meet the above criteria) will be considered a withdrawal with intent to return. To request a leave of absence or a withdrawal with intent to return, the student must apply in writing to the Registrar’s Office. Students who do not return from a leave of absence or a withdrawal with intent to return as scheduled will be considered to have withdrawn from the School. 

 

Students who have excessive absences and have not filed a written request for a leave of absence or students whose leave of absence requests have not been granted will be considered to have withdrawn. Students who do not maintain continuous attendance are subject to current tuition rates at the time they re-enter. 

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

The GPA is computed by multiplying the value of the letter grade by the number of units for the course. The sum of the grade points earned for all courses is divided by the number of units attempted for which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF was assigned.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in total courses attempted is required for undergraduate graduation. 

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required in total course attempted is required for graduate program graduation.

 

Grading Policy

The assignment of final course grades is a basic responsibility of each faculty member, which begins with a clear statement in the course syllabus and by describing the criteria upon which grades will be determined. Specifically, instructors will identify the components and the weight of each that make up the final grade. Common components include:

  • Performance on quizzes and examinations 

  • Performance on projects, reports, and/or papers 

  • Performance on presentations and other class exercises 

  • Class participation 

  • Attendance, including minimum requirements to complete the class 

Any changes in criteria listed on the course syllabus that occur during the term will be announced in class in a timely manner. 

 

Grade Scale

In addition to defining the criteria, instructors are responsible for applying the criteria consistently and carefully, using professional judgment for their assessments, and in all cases, being fair to reflect student performance in the context of Adroit’s expectations for student achievement and the established grading scale.  Grades are earned for each course in which a student is officially enrolled. Adroit uses a 4-point grading scale. GPA is determined by letter grades A through F using the designated points assigned to each. The grade points assigned to the letter grades are as follows:

 

Fail (F) Grade

The grade “F” is assigned when the student has:

  • Failed to meet the minimum requirements for a course, or has 

  • Failed to remove an incomplete (INC) within the allowable time limit, or 

  • Discontinued attending a course after the first 25% of the term without officially withdrawing.
     

Repetition of Failed Courses 

A student may repeat a failed course one time to improve his or her grade.  The Dean must approve all course repetitions beyond the first attempt. Each attempt is recorded on the student transcript but only the highest grade is reflected in the cumulative GPA. Each attempt at the course would be counted as a “course attempted” in the calculations for successful course completion and maximum time frame. Repeating a course in a program will result in the assessment of tuition charges at the current credit hour rate. A course may be taken a maximum of three times.

Withdrawal (W) Grade

The grade “W” is assigned if a student withdraws following the first week of a course. The grade “WP” is assigned only if a student officially withdraws from a course for nonacademic reasons up to the eighth week of the term. The student’s assignments must be current and he or she must have had passing grades in all work assigned to date. The “WP” will not be computed in the grade point average, but will count as units attempted.  Withdrawals after the twelfth week of the term shall normally be recorded as “WF.”
 

Incomplete (IN) Grade

An instructor may assign an IN grade to a student who, through no fault of his or her own, is unable to complete all assigned work in the class.  These situations are normally due to illness, death in the family, or other very unusual circumstances.  IN grades may not be assigned in cases where a student simply runs out of time, or where there were other controllable factors that impeded their ability to complete all the work.

 

  • IN grades must be accompanied by a Completion Plan, signed by the student and instructor, which details the work that must be completed to be awarded a grade in the class.  

  • IN grades must be made up by the end of the following term.  The IN grade automatically converts to an “F” if it is not made up within that period.

  • Grade change requests are available from the Registrar. 

 

Auditing Courses

A student may choose to audit a class on a space available basis.  An auditor is not required to fulfill any class assignments or to take any examinations.   Any student who audits a course pays the same tuition and fees as one who takes a course for credit. The auditing student receives no college credit for such courses and receives no grade. Therefore, the auditing of courses does not apply toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.  No change from audit to credit status, or from credit to audit status, may be made after the beginning of the class.

 

Grade Appeals Process

Students who desire to appeal a grade must pursue the following process within one quarter from the time the final grade was issued to seek resolution. 

 

The allowable bases for grade appeals include: 

  • Inconsistent or arbitrary application of criteria. 

  • The application of criteria not included on the syllabus for the course. Attendance record errors, when appropriately documented. 

  • Computational errors. 

  • Accounting errors regarding all work or assignments turned in (e.g., misplaced work). 

 

Adroit acknowledges the subjective nature of some of the major components included in a design curriculum.  Instructors are selected, in part, because of their ability to render informed judgments about work processes and products.  Accordingly, the Instructor’s professional judgment regarding the quality of a student’s work is not subject to appeal. 

 

It is Adroit policy that, in all but very rare cases, no grade will be changed by anyone other than the Instructor of Record, and only after the appeal process is appropriately carried out following the steps outlined below.

 

  • The student must first speak with the Instructor to confirm the basis on which the grade was assigned and review the computation of it. Instructors must make themselves available for such consultations in a timely manner. 

  • If the student is unsatisfied with this outcome, he/she must speak with the Course Leader, or, if there is no designated Course Leader, the Dean.  The student must document in writing the reasons for his or her disagreement with the final grade prior to that meeting. The Course Leader or Dean may either: a) accept the student’s reasons for the appeal and refer the matter back to the Instructor for reconsideration, or b) reject the student’s request. 

  • If the student is dissatisfied with the Dean’s rejection, the student may request that an Appeal Committee review the case. 

  • The Appeal Committee is convened at the request of the Dean and consists of three faculty and/or staff members, none of whom has instructional responsibilities in courses which the appealing student is enrolled. The committee will convene and begin consideration within five days of the Dean’s request The committee will review the grading criteria and learning outcomes for the course and hear commentary from the student, the Instructor, and at its discretion, Dean.

  • The committee is expressly prohibited from reviewing matters of professional judgment exercised by the instructor unless it finds significant evidence of arbitrary or capricious application of the course grading criteria and/or the application of criteria not included on the syllabus for the course. 

  • The committee then determines if an error, mistake, or attendance issue has been made that would influence and cause a change in the final grade. The committee’s responsibilities are to forward their recommendations in writing and nothing more, the committee is not able to make changes to an official grade. If the committee decides that a grade change is in order, it will advise the Dean and President, who will consult with the Instructor about the committee’s conclusion, and expectation that the grade be changed,

  • The Instructor of Record can accept or reject the committee’s recommendations and a) change the student’s grade, or b) do nothing; however the Instructor must indicate his or her position in writing to the student, committee members, and the Dean of Adroit. 

  • The Instructor may change the grade by filing the appropriate Grade Change Form with the Registrar, who will subsequently notify the student about the change. The Registrar will distribute a form that appropriately documents the student’s compliance with the process described above and act as an official recording of the outcome of that process. 

  • If the Instructor is no longer affiliated with Adroit or is not able to be contacted within the required timeframe indicated below to discuss the matter further, the decision of the Appeal Committee, with the concurrence of the Dean, will be final.

 

Supplemental Academic Credit

  • Transfer Credit Assessment and Placement

Students may be placed into a course by demonstrating necessary knowledge and skill level by a portfolio review conducted by the Admissions faculty.  When a course requirement is waived, the student may need make up the units with an optional studies course as required to achieve total graduation credit hours.  Detailed instructions for portfolio submissions are provided by the Admissions Office. There are no fees for transferring of credit from other institute.

 

  • Transfer placement in course or grade level at entry will be based on review of official transcripts and submitted portfolio.

  • No more than 60 semester credits completed at other institutions will be transferred towards B Arch program.

  • No graduate level transfer credit is permitted towards M Arch II program. 

  • No more than 15 semester credits taken at graduate level at other institutions is permitted towards M Arch I program.

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Transfer students who have completed 45 or more semester credits of IGETC with a minimum grade of C or better will have satisfied the General Education requirement.

Independent Study

Independent study is defined as a one faculty member to one student educational experience.  Independent study may be authorized for up to 3-credit hours towards optional studies.  Independent Study requires approval of the Dean. Approval maybe granted for the following options:

  • When a student wishes to pursue a special interest or focus not offered at the school.

  • Local or National student competitions.

  • Upon recommendation by a Faculty that the one to one study would benefit student learning on a specific topic.
     

Credit by Examination

Students who can document achievement or competency in a course subject area may wish to challenge a course by taking a competency examination in the first week of enrolled semester.  There is a non-refundable fee required to take a challenge examination.  Adroit may award credit to students who pass the college challenge exam. The competency examinations must be completed and scored prior to the end of the first week of the semester.  Credit received will be treated similar to transfer credit (with a grade of CR being assigned to the course).  When a course requirement is waived, the student may need make up the units with an optional studies course as required to achieve total graduation credit hours.

 

  • Design Studio classes are not eligible for Credit by Examination.  No course may be challenged more than twice.

  • No tuition adjustments will be made for courses successfully challenged by Examination.

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 

Adroit recognizes the College Level Examination Program of the College Board. Students may be awarded up to six semester credits for each of the Examinations for a score of 50 or above. A score of 52 on the 2003 scale (or 520 on any exams administered on scales from 1986 through 2002) is required in the English Composition (essay version) examination. A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for extra-institutional learning.  Duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.  Students should contact the Admissions Department before registering for any of the CLEP examinations.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

A minimum grade of C- or better is required in each course to be considered towards graduation. All students, including VA students, must progress satisfactorily toward meeting graduation requirements. Academic progress is measured in two ways: (a) grade point average, and (b) course completion. The academic progress of each student will be reviewed at the end of every term. A student is considered to be making academic progress if his or her grade point average is above the minimum requirement and the student has successfully completed at least 67% of the credits attempted, otherwise known as the completion rate standard.

Students who do not meet SAP standards are sent certified informative letters regarding their SAP status. The Veteran’s Administration will be notified of students utilizing veteran benefits who do not achieve SAP, and veteran benefits may be cancelled.

SAP Notification 

Students will be notified when their quarter GPA falls below minimum requirements (2.0 for undergraduates) when they complete fewer than 67% of the credits attempted for the quarter even when they continue to meet cumulative GPA and progress toward 1.5 maximum time to completion. 

 

The purpose of the notification is to help students maintain SAP compliance. The notification will ask students to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how to help the students improve their GPA. The goal of the notification is to prevent students from SAP warning. 
 

SAP Warning 

Students are placed on SAP Warning status when their CGPA falls below the minimum requirements (2.0 undergraduate) and/or fewer than 67% of the credits attempted on a cumulative basis are complete. 

 

  • If “I” grades are satisfied during the next quarter to restore the cumulative GPA to the required minimum, the warning is withdrawn for that quarter. 

  • Students have one quarter to return to good standing without jeopardizing financial aid eligibility. 

  • To re-establish SAP a student must achieve an undergraduate CGPA of 2.0 and be able to complete the program of study within the 1.5 maximum time to completion. 
     

SAP Probation 

Students who do not achieve minimum cumulative GPA standards for a second consecutive quarter or who no longer are able to complete their programs in the maximum time to completion are placed on probation, become ineligible for financial aid, and can be dismissed from Adroit. 

Students may submit a written appeal to the Registrar for one additional quarter of enrollment in the program and/or financial aid eligibility if extenuating circumstances such as student injury or illness, death of a relative, or other special conditions exist. (Please note that the SAP appeal process does not apply to veteran’s aid).

Add/Drop Period 

Enrolled students may add or drop courses within the first week of the term without penalty. 

  • Classes cannot be added after the first week of the term unless the instructor and Dean give approval.  

  • Following the first week of classes a student who drops a course will be assigned a “W” grade.  

  • After eight weeks of class a student who drops will be assigned a grade of “WP” or “WF” based on their performance to that point in the term.  

  • Students who stop attending after twelve weeks of the term will earn the grade of the last date of attendance in the class, usually a failing grade.

Extended Enrollment Plan

Students who have failed to meet the CGPA requirements for SAP but who remain within the 1.5 maximum time to completion may petition to remain in the academic program on an extended enrollment plan. The plan allows students to continue their programs of study but does not reinstate financial aid for private funds, or veteran’s benefits. Students may regain financial aid eligibility only upon meeting the minimum SAP standards. 

 

Students apply for an Extended Enrollment Plan by completing the Academic Appeal Form, available in the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar conducts an evaluation and advise the Dean about the student’s status. The application for extended enrollment will include an interview and a review of the academic record, including GPA, progress toward degree, ability to complete the program within 1.5 times the usual program length, no outstanding financial balance, and portfolio review, if applicable. 

The student’s plan for improving academic performance may extend no more than two semesters.  Meeting all the conditions would return the student to good academic standing. Continued enrollment is at the discretion of Adroit.  Students who do not meet the standards of the Extended Enrollment Agreement will be dismissed from School.

Maximum Time to Complete 

Students must complete their program within one and one half times the credit hours required to complete the program.
 

Graduation Requirements 

Adroit academic graduation requirements are divided into ABA study areas: General Education, Design Studio, Professional Practice, Engineering and Construction Lab.  Courses are offered on a two semester system with some summer term classes.  Students must complete all academic requirements and meet total semester units required to graduate. During the term of final enrollment for completion of these requirements, a student can apply for a graduation review.

 

General Education: This requirement is fulfilled through many different areas: communications, history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, foreign languages, and mathematics, either as an admission requirement or as part of the curriculum.  
 

Applying to Graduate

Students must do the following for application to graduate:

 

  • Meet with an academic Counselor to determine if all degree requirements are met.  

  • Students must then file a graduation application for school review no later than the filing date.  There is a fee with this application.

  • Graduation Filing Deadline: February 1 of each academic year

  • Students must complete an exit survey for State of California documentation requirements of the School Performance Fact Sheet (SPFS)

Transcripts

Adroit maintains transcripts which record each student’s credits and grades in perpetuity.  Students may receive two official transcripts at no charge. Students may apply for additional transcripts for a $5 charge each. Transcripts are permanently retained by and are available from the Registrar.

Transferability of Credits

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

 

The transferability of credits you earn at Adroit School of Architecture is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.  If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution.  For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals.  This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Adroit School of Architecture to determine if your credits or degree will transfer.

Academic Freedom Policy

Adroit values the rights of expression pertaining to the teaching and research of its faculty.  The School encourages academic freedom in the classroom within the parameters of its mission, Adroit core educational standards, academic policies and procedures. The faculty will be afforded freedom in the classroom to express professional points of view and conclusions supported by relevant evidence in the following manner:

 

  • The faculty is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing the subject, but may not claim as a right, the privilege of discussing controversial matter that has no relation to the subject.  

  • The faculty is entitled to full freedom, within the law, of inquiry and research and in the publication of the results, but not at the expense of adequate performance of other academic duties.  

  • The faculty is a citizen, a member of a learned profession and representative of an educational institution.  When speaking, writing, or acting, within the law as a citizen, the teacher shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but our unique position in the community imposes special obligations.  As persons of learning and as representatives of an educational institution, we should remember that the public might judge our profession and our institution by our utterances and our actions.  Hence, we must at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinion of others, and indicate that we are not speaking for our institution. 

  • The faculty must adhere to professional ethics.

 

Academic Integrity

Adroit students are expected to exhibit the highest standards of academic propriety. Academic misconduct prejudicial to the academic integrity of the student, fellow classmates, and/or school will lead to disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal. Academic misconduct is defined as the following:

 

Cheating 

Cheating includes attempting to receive or receiving assistance from persons, papers, or other material without the permission of the instructor; or the acquisition of an examination and/or quiz prior to the examination date. 

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as taking and using as one’s own the ideas and writings of another without giving appropriate credit through proper documentation. Providing assistance to a student attempting to cheat or plagiarize is also considered academically dishonest.

School Identification Cards (ID Cards)

Students, Faculty and Staff are required to obtain a photo ID card.  One card per student is provided with first term enrollment at the School.  Replacement cards are provided by the Registrar for a fee of $30 per card.  These cards are valid thru the end of enrollment or graduation from the School.

 

Access to Campus (Smart Card)

Students, Faculty and Staff are provided an keyless proximity access card called Smart Card.  This card must be held up to the card readers provided at designated campus entry doors and gates.  One Smart Card per student is provided with first term enrollment at the School.  Replacement cards are provided by the Registrar for a fee of $30 per card.  Students should return Smart Card at the end of enrollment or graduation for security of the School.

 

Visitors or prospective students must ring the door bell located at the north entry doors on 12th Street.  Please ensure to ask for School ID for any unfamiliar persons or direct visitors to the Admissions Office for signing in.  This will help ensure school safety and prevent theft on campus.

Use of School Property

Acceptable Use Policy for Computing Resources 

In support of Adroit’s mission to prepare students for meaningful professional careers in information technology and business, the school provides computing, networking, and information resources to its students, faculty, and staff.  These resources include access to local, national, and international sources of information in an atmosphere that encourages sharing of information, access to a rich variety of services, and open and free discussion. 

 

Students and Faculty must assume responsibility for the privilege of using these resources.  All existing federal, state and local laws apply, as well as all Adroit regulations and policies, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct. 

 

User Responsibilities 

The School’s computers and networks provide the ability to communicate with other users worldwide.  Such open access is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations. 

Adroit grants to members of the Adroit community free use of computing resources. As a condition of using these resources, users must observe the following guidelines: 

 

  • Use the facility only for School-related purposes, or for purposes in accordance with established policies and procedures. 

  • Respect the rights of other users to work in a growth-oriented environment, conducive to learning and research. 

  • Respect the integrity and security of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical obligations. 

  • Make economical and wise use of the resources that are shared with others, thus enabling access to these resources by the greatest possible number of users. 

  • Respect the rights of others to the privacy of their programs and data. 

  • All computer use must conform to the spirit of these guidelines. Inappropriate use will be considered an offense to the University community. 

Examples of Misuse 

The following list, while not exhaustive, characterizes unacceptable behavior and misuse of computer resources, which may be subject to disciplinary action:

  • Violating applicable federal or state laws and Adroit regulations, including but not limited to the transmission of inappropriate material, copyright infringement, theft of or unauthorized access to or use of Adroit resources. 

  • Giving other people access to a Adroit computer account without authorization. 

  • Engaging in activities that compromise computer security or disrupt services on any Adroit network. 

  • Altering Adroit system software or hardware configurations or circumventing resource control mechanisms. 

  • Knowingly running or installing on any computer system or network, a program intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer system or network. 

  • Using Adroit facilities or equipment for non-academic or commercial purposes, or for personal financial gain. 

  • Using school facilities for posting, distributing or viewing material that is illegal, inappropriate, sexual, promotes violent, threatening, or otherwise at variance with accepted codes of network etiquette.  

  • Sending electronic junk mail or chain letters. 

  • Wasting resources: leaving non-essential processes running when you are not logged in. 

Consequences of Misuse 

As in any disciplinary matter, students and staff receive fair and reasonable due process. 

 

Misuse of computing, networking, or information resources may result in the loss of access to special Adroit privileges, probation, suspension or dismissal. 

Parking

The School does not provide student parking on-campus.  Student with mobility related disabilities, may request a parking space term by term if available.  Parallel street parking is available off-campus on adjacent streets.  Students may opt to use public transportation or bicycle to School.  

 

Parking priority is given to School officers, full-time faculty,  and full-time staff.  

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to a copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. 

 

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing and the unauthorized use of the college’s information and its technology systems, may subject a student to civil and criminal liabilities and penalties of federal copyright laws.  Adroit Core Standards, course objectives, student work, course syllabus and class assignments are the sole copyright of Adroit School of Architecture.


Students engaging in unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, including peer-to-peer file sharing, illegal downloading, or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the school’s information-technology system, may face termination from the institution. In addition, the student may face criminal penalties.  


For more information, please see the web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Nondisclosure 

The School does not prohibit students from concurrently attending other institutions.  However, this agreement prohibits sharing, distribution, plagiarism, posting, duplication of School copyrighted information to persons or entities not enrolled as student or employed by the School.

Student Privacy

Student information and record are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  Student information includes but is not limited to: email address, physical address, school ID#, candidate ID#s, phone number, birth date, and grades.  These items must not be left in sight or shared with other student, staff or faculty.  When emailing the entire class or multiple students, faculty and students must use of bcc is required to protect student email addresses.  Additional information of FERPA maybe obtained by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN or visiting the FERPA website.

Retention of Submitted Student Work

All student work submitted as part of the education program is owned by and sole copyright of Adroit School of Architecture.  Student work may be used for exhibition purposes, documentation for accreditation, regulatory requirements, instruction, or advertisement.  Students must photograph their work for their portfolio before the final jury of each quarter.  Adroit is under no obligation to return student work.  Work retained by instructors for accreditation must be submitted to the School staff.  Faculty must not retain student work for personal interest.

Portfolio Requirement

Every student is required to maintain an updated digital portfolio each term.  This must include student selected examples graphic and written work generated at the School.  Students must present a digital portfolio at the end of each term to design studio faculty for entry into next studio level.  ​

 

Housing

Adroit does not provide on campus housing for students.  There are nearby apartments within walking distance, and housing options accessible to the Sacramento light rail line adjacent to the campus.  Students are responsible for finding their own housing.  Adroit is not responsible for providing, locating or enabling student housing.

Health Insurance 

Students are required to maintain health and accident insurance while enrolled.   Proof of insurance for each enrolled term is required prior to class attendance.

Pets on Campus

Pets are not permitted on campus unless approved by Dean for medical reasons.  When pets are permitted, student must be in responsible control of the pet and for cleanup of animal related waste.  If it is deemed by the school, that the pet is disruptive to the educational environment, the permit will be revoked.  Student can reapply for permit after submitting proof of pet replacement or behavioral training.

 

Visitors on Campus

All visitors on campus should be accompanied by an enrolled student, faculty or staff member.  Other persons are not permitted on school property.  Students should report suspicious persons to Dean’s office.  Entry into the building requires a valid entry pass.  Please do not prop doors open or open doors for visitors.  Unaccompanied visitors, prospective students must present valid driver’s license as identification and sign-in with the Admissions Office staff.

Records Retention Policy

Adroit will maintain records of the name, address, and telephone number of students who enroll in a course of instruction, and of students who graduate from the course of instruction.  This institution will inquire whether students who complete a course of instruction have obtained employment starting within six months of completing the program and continue in employment for a period of at least 90 days. This inquiry will be documented by a list indicating each student’s name, address and telephone number of the person who provided the information regarding the student’s employment to the institution; the name, title, or description of the job; the date student obtained employment; the duration of the student’s employment, and the amount of salary, if any salary claim has been made.  This institution shall submit the above information in an annual report.  Adroit maintains current student records for a period of not less than five years at the campus location.

 

In addition to the records above, the School will permanently retain student transcripts.

Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy

Adroit is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal, state, and local laws, the college does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry,  national origin, ethnic origin, or political affiliation in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid programs, and other college-administered programs and activities. 

 

Adroit believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas. Adroit seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest students, faculty members, and staff. 

 

The Adroit President is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Equal Educational Opportunity Policy.  Inquiries regarding these matters should be directed to the President.

 

Sexual Harassment 

Sexual harassment is an offense and is expressly prohibited at Adroit.  Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  If a student or employee has been the victim of any sexual offense, including sexual harassment, on campus or during a college-related activity, the offense must be reported at once to the President or Dean.  An investigation will be conducted.

 

Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Policy

Adroit maintains a drug‐free campus environment. Students, faculty, and employees are strictly prohibited from misusing controlled substances, intoxicants, alcohol, and prescription drugs while working, participating in the online classroom, or other university‐sponsored activities. Alcohol may be served at school‐sponsored events, only when faculty are present and only by prior approval of the President or Dean. 

 

Smoking is prohibited inside all campus buildings.  State law prohibits smoking within 25 feet of building entrances.  Adroit prohibits smoking within 50ft of building entrances.  Adroit does not have a designated smoking area on School grounds.

 

Crime Prevention and Safety Advice

Adroit’s goal is to provide a safe environment for study and to prevent crime.  Adroit administration is concerned about the safety and welfare of its students and employees.  Therefore, the following policy will be implemented for the protection of students, faculty, and staff.  This policy is in compliance with the Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101‐542), which requires colleges and universities to compile crime statistics (beginning with the 1991‐92 school year) and to make annual reports of crime statistics and all policies and procedures to current and prospective students, employees, and inquiring public.

  • The enforcement authority of campus security is limited to the enforcement of the school rules and regulations.  Incidents that go beyond the scope of campus security personnel are referred to and investigated by the Police Department.  Adroit does not recognize any off‐campus student organizations that would be covered under the Act. 

  • All life threatening events or other emergencies must be reported to the Police Department immediately by dialing 911.  To ensure the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes, authorized administrative personnel present will take a full witness statement from involved parties and witnesses at active all reported emergency or criminal incidents on the Campus Security Incident Form.

  • Any student, faculty, or staff member involved in any criminal behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.  Such a violation could result in suspension, expulsion or termination, and if municipal laws have been violated, the incident will be reported to the local police. 

  • Entrances and some other areas are equipped with security camera for video surveillance.  Exterior and interior building lighting is provided to ensure visibility in dark hours.  Each student and school employee is provided a school photo ID card and a campus access card.  Campus entrances are locked at all times and access is only permitted by access card swipe. To ensure campus security, students must not permit piggy-backing or prop open doors.

  • Some classes are held in a shared studio environment.  To prevent theft, students are encouraged to stow away drafting supplies after class.  Do not leave valuables such as laptops or backpacks unattended. 

  • Adroit does not tolerate assault in any form.  Acts of violence, harassment, and any conduct that threatens to endanger the health or safety of any person at Adroit is prohibited.  Those who violate the law or the Institution’s rules are subject to suspension, expulsion or termination.

Missing Student

In accordance with the Higher Education Act, if a Resident Student who is under 18 or not emancipated is determined to be missing, the college is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If you are 18 or older, you have the option to provide who you would like to be notified   if you are determined to be missing.

Students age 18 and above and emancipated minors:

  • Resident Students will be given the opportunity during move-ins to designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the college no more than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student.

Students under the age of 18:

  • In the event a Resident Student who is under 18 or not emancipated is determined to be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, the college is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.

Procedures for Reporting and investigating suspected missing Students

  • Any university employee who receives a report that a student is missing, or has independent information that a student is missing, must immediately report the information or evidence Police.

  • The School will attempt to contact the Student via his/her telephone, email, or social networking site. And will attempt to investigate with classmates, the where about of the student.

  • If the student is under the age of eighteen, the school will contact the student’s parents within 24 hours.  If the student is eighteen or older, the school will contact student’s designated emergency contact within 24 hours.

  • If the school makes contact with the student, it will notify family and police immediately.

Code of Conduct

Students, faculty, and staff are expected to behave with standard professionalism in an academic setting.  Adroit reserves the right to refuse educational services or products.  Adroit expects professional behavior both in and out of class from our students towards other students, faculty and staff.  As we hold education in high regard, we have little patience for disrespectful attitude.  Come to class happy and eager to learn!

 

  1. Students exhibiting disruptive behavior on phone, email, in class or any other communication medium will be subject to one warning then disciplinary action in form of removal from class, probation or dismissal from school if behavior continues. 

  2. Disruptive behavior during class consists of but is not limited to yelling, swearing, slamming the table, display of anger, argumentative behavior, mocking, making fun, bullying, continuous lecture interruptions, continuous debates, debates on non-course related topics, private conversations, mobile device use, threats or anything else the School deems disruptive to the learning environment.

  3. Faculty have the authority to warn then dismiss disruptive students from class if behavior continues.  Dismissed students may be subject to loss of participation points that may impact academic performance. 

  4. Students must leave class peacefully if ordered by the instructor. Security is always available to remove any disruptive student out of class.

  5. As part of classroom peace policy, we ask peaceful students not to interfere if a disciplinary action is being taken towards an unruly student.  Let us handle it!

  6. Only actively enrolled students are only allowed access on campus property.  Students may not use any portion of school property for personal use outside of academic requirements.  Students are not permitted to use administrative offices, copiers, or computers.  

  7. School facilities, property, and equipment is provided for academic use.  Students are expected to use care in using school equipment. Reckless or destructive use of school property is prohibited. 

  8. Architecture studio classes are held in a shared studio environment.  Students will be allowed to select a drafting table for use per term of enrollment in studio related classes.  Each student is required to respect other students’ desk and work spaces.  Students must not use other students personal supplies without permission. 

  9. Interruption or any manner of interference with the normal operation of the School; 

  10. Illegal possession, use, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages while on campus or while involved in School-related activities; 

  11. Illegal possession, use, or furnishing of drugs while on campus or while involved in School-related activities; 

  12. Physical or verbal abuse of another person; 

  13. Theft of another’s property occurring on School premises; 

  14. Academic cheating or plagiarism; 

  15. Commission of other offenses (including use of inappropriate Internet material) that in the opinion of administration may be contrary to the best interest of the College community. 

Disciplinary Action 

The consequences of any such conduct are dependent on the seriousness of the offense that occurred, previous violations of policies and regulations by the student, and the student’s attitude and cooperation as determined by the instructor and/or program chair.  Disciplinary action for verifiable academic dishonesty is at the immediate discretion of the instructor. The instructor, and/or Dean may take one or a combination of the following actions depending on the circumstances of the case: 

 

  • The student will receive a zero on specific class assignment.

  • Student will receive zero for class participation points if any.

  • Student will be dismissed from class on day of incident or until dismissal from school is issued.

  • The student will receive an “F” in the course for the quarter.  If an “F” results as the course grade, the student may be dismissed, or may not meet graduation or financial aid requirements. 

  • Student will be placed on probation.

  • The student will be dismissed immediately from the school.

Dismissal Policy 

Student termination may result from unsatisfactory academic progress, unsatisfactory course completion, failure to achieve the appropriate proficiency level within the prescribed timeframe, use of controlled substances on campus, carrying of weapons on campus, conduct detrimental to the institution, failure to comply with financial aid regulations, if the student sues the school, or non-observance of other student regulations.  

  • Student Appeals Process

A student subject to disciplinary action may appeal to the Dean for final determination. The appeal must be done in writing within 10-days of disciplinary action and submitted in the form of a letter to the Dean. The letter must include the following:

  • Explain the reasons why the student was unable to meet the minimum standards of academic progress including any mitigating circumstances; 

  • Provide documentation in support of any mitigating circumstances; 

  • Describe what has changed that will allow the student to be able to meet the minimum standards of academic progress; and 

  • Detail what the student will do moving forward to ensure that he or she will be successful in his or her program of study and will be able to achieve the requirements for graduation. 

The appeal will be reviewed by an institution Appeals Panel. The student may be requested to meet with the Panel to discuss the appeal and provide additional information. Once the appeal letter and documentation are reviewed, the student will be notified if his or her appeal has been granted or denied.  

 

If the appeal is granted, the student may be reinstated to his or her program of study. The student is placed on academic probation for one evaluation period, and during that time, access to financial aid is reestablished. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be allowed to reenter.

Student Grievance Procedure 

The following grievance procedures are available to any Adroit student to resolve any grievance involving an alleged violation of any of the written policies of the School directly affecting that student by any member of the School community while acting in an official capacity while the student is enrolled. 

Informal Resolution 

Students wishing to grieve an alleged violation of School policy shall first contact, within 20 school days of any occurrence giving rise to the grievance or the time they could reasonably have learned of such occurrence, the person responsible for the matter being grieved (the respondent) and attempt to resolve the grievance informally. Students who are uncertain how to proceed may consult a member of the Student Services staff who shall identify the appropriate person. At the request of the student, any Officer of the School will arrange a meeting of the parties, attend that meeting, and attempt to aid in the resolution of the grievance. 

Formal Complaint 

If the grievance is not resolved within 10 school days after the grievant directly contacted the appropriate person to attempt an informal resolution, a student may obtain review by submitting a written complaint within 20 days of the first direct contact to the Dean. The complaint shall state the policy that allegedly has been violated, describe the facts and evidence supporting the alleged violation, indicate what redress the grievant seeks, and provide a brief history of the attempts to resolve the grievance. The Dean will meet with the complainant and with such other persons he or she shall deem appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and attempting to resolve the complaint; the Dean shall render a written decision regarding the complaint to the grievant and the respondent.

  • Students can obtain a Student Grievance Form  from the Dean’s Office.

  • Resolution Appeal 

Upon written request, received no later than 10 days following the issue of the formal complaint decision by the Dean, the student may request an appeal hearing of a Grievance Committee, to be made up a designee of the Dean, a Student Services representative, and another member appointed by the President. This committee shall issue a written decision within three days of the hearing, and the decision is final. 

 

During the review phase by the Grievance Committee, the student is entitled to speak directly to the Committee.  However, other representatives (i.e., family members, legal counsel), are not permitted in the hearing room.

 

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888.370.7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site, www.bppe.ca.gov.

Academic Honors

 

Dean’s List

Adroit recognizes strong academic performance by publishing the Dean’s List following the conclusion of every semester. Students qualify and earn the recognition by achieving the term grade point average of 3.5 or higher with enrollment and completion of 12 or more credits for the academic term. 

 

President’s Honor Roll

Students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic year while enrolled at a full-time status and who have completed 24 or more units qualify and receive the recognition of being placed on the President’s Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is confirmed and published at the end of the spring semester by the Registrar’s Office.

 

Umber Kazmi Award

Awarded by the School Board of Directors, these awards are given to students with highest scholastic achievement, design excellence and professional conduct in the previous year of enrollment. 

 

Academic Distinction Awards

Awarded by the President, these awards are given to students with highest scholastic achievement in the previous year of enrollment.

 

Design Distinction Awards

Awarded by the President, these awards are based solely on portfolio review of work from the previous year of enrollment.

 

Design Competition Awards

From time to time, the school may offer monitory awards to winners of in-school design competitions.

 

Graduation Honors

A student may graduate with honors as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude for graduating with a 3.91 or higher cumulative GPA. 

  • Magna Cum Laude for graduating with a cumulative GPA between 3.76 and 3.90 

  • Cum Laude for graduating with a cumulative GPA between 3.50 and 3.75

Direct Licensure Path (DLP)

Direct License Path  also known as License Upon Graduation (LUG)
 

Why DLP? Because it should take 6-years…not 14.5-years to be licensed
 

It is important to note that the School does not grant licensure and does not guarantee passing of licensing exams.  The primary goal of the program is for students to sit for licensing exams upon graduation.  DLP aims to significantly reduce licensing time to 7-years.  National surveys published by ABA, AIA, NCARB and WSJ in 2015 indicate that the average candidate takes 14.5-years to complete licensing requirements. Both ABA and AIA's Boyer Report indicate the ineffectiveness of NAAB accreditation as having a large disconnect between education and practice. Adroit is the first school actively working to bridge this gap. 

 

  • The educational programs and curriculum is strategically aligned with licensing exam content. 

  • Students can earn up to 3.5yrs of A.R.E. eligibility at the end of 4th year of school and earn 4yrs upon graduation. 

  • Sitting for the exams is not required to earn the degree.  Passing of the exams is not required for graduation.


California Architects Board (CAB)
 

The CAB is a part of State of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs.  CAB grants architecture license to practice in the State of California.   CAB has a number of requirements needed prior to granting licensure.  Fees apply for enrollment in this program. Currently, the president and few other board memers of CAB do not hold  a college degree but continue to designate educational requirements for architects. All board members are affiliated with AIA-NAAB-NCARB family and are unable to make unbiased decision on architecture school accreditation process.

 

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

The ARE is a national exam written and managed by National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB).  It is required by most states for licensure due to the fact that most state employees are appointed agents of NCARB. For this reason no competing exam can be considered. NCARB’s primary funding source are license candidates.

 

  • A.R.E. version 5.0 exam is scheduled for release in 2016. Adroit curriculum is aligned with ARE 5.0.

  • A.R.E. 5.0 is composed of six sections tested individually

  • Fees apply for each section of the exam.

  • Test results are posted on My Examination

  • Candidates must wait 60-days to retest for a failed exam section

  • Once A.R.E. Eligibility is approved by CAB, students can schedule exams on My Examination with NCARB

 

Eligibility for A.R.E.
 

  • 60-months of work under the supervision of a licensed architect. 

  • OR 60-months of school plus work combination. Adroit students participating in L.U.G. will meet this requirement upon graduation. 

  • Candidates will receive a Record# with CAB upon filing Application for Eligibility Evaluation. Adroit students may file this on final week of last school year prior to graduation.

  • Students must file also  Employment Verification Form signed by licensed architect to verify work experience.

  • If all requirements are met, CAB will give you authorization to test for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
     

Other Requirements:

  • Students should plan to complete IDP partially during school and partially after graduation.

  • Once IDP and ARE is complete, candidate can apply for California Supplemental Examination (C.S.E.).

  • Once C.S.E. is complete, candidate can apply for an California Architect’s License.
     

Intern Development Program (IDP)
 

IDP is a nationally recognized work-experience standard written and managed by National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB).  Latest IDP version is 2.0. It is required by most states for licensure.  Fees apply for enrollment in this program.
 

  • Adroit requires B Arch students to establish an online record with NCARB.

  • Candidates will receive a Record# with NCARB.

  • Candidates must report experience online or using an iPhone app.

Admissions Requirements

Adroit uses a holistic review process to determine admissions to its degree programs.  All factors are considered in the evaluation process, including prior grades, test scores, support letters, prior experience, and expressions of future goals.  The purpose of this admission process is to make an informed decision about the applicant’s likelihood for success in a rigorous program of study. Applicants must submit the following documentation to the Office of Admissions for admission consideration.

 

Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) 5 year first professional degree
 

First-Time in College OR Transfer Students Requirements
 

  • A high school diploma from an accredited school or High School Equivalency Test (HSET) recognized in California or Ability To Benefit (ATB) examination from a program approved by the US Department of Education. This requirement is waived for transfer students holding the A.A. degree, or the A.S. degree in Architectural Studies.

  • Official transcripts from all prior colleges attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from school.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above.

  • Transfer students holding the A.A. degree or A.S. degree in Architectural Studies or in Art are required to submit a portfolio of creative work as website link or hard copy presenting 10-12 projects reflective of the student’s work.

  • A letter of intent (2 pages max) describing why the applicant wants to pursue an architecture degree

  • One letter of recommendation.

  • Maximum of 60-credits are transferable. Out of these, a maximum of 24-credits can be applied to Architect Design Studio.
     

As Adroit is a new school, we do not yet have articulation agreements with other colleges but we are in the process of developing such agreements with area colleges like Consumes River College.  Please check with the Admissions Office for the most recent agreements.  The award of transfer credit for prior collegiate course work will be in accordance with ABA Transfer of Credit Policy and at the discretion of the School president.
 

International Students
 

International students must meet all of the requirements above and present scores on standardized tests to demonstrate proficiency in English.   Adroit accepts students with at least the following scores:

 

  • TOEFL (web-based) 550 or 213 computer based or 79 IBT

  • IELTS 6.0

  • Students must present a valid passport.  Visa services are not available at this time for international applicants.  English language services are not provided at this time.  All course instruction is conducted in English.

  • Non-US bachelor degree holders can apply for M Arch with a valid equivalency report prepared by an eligible third party. Applicants can request an evaluation from a member organization of one of the two national associations of credential evaluation services:

  • National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is an association of 19 credential evaluation services with admission standards and an enforced code of good practice.

  • Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) is an association of 10 credential evaluation services with a board of advisors and an enforced code of ethics.

  • Credential evaluations are not free and applicants are responsible for the cost of the selected service. The cost will vary according to the complexity of the case and the amount of documentation provided. Prior to submitting any documents to a credential evaluation service, applicants will also need to obtain English translations of any non-English documents, preferably notarized. The entire credentialing process may take weeks to months.

  • Applicants must provide proof of financial support in one of the following forms: (i) copy of current bank statement; (ii) letter of support from sponsor with a copy of his or her current bank statement; or (iii) I-34 (U.S. Sponsor) with a copy of his or her bank statement. The funds must be in U.S. currency or the equivalent. If an applicant plans on bringing dependents (spouse/children) to the United States, the applicant must add an additional $8,000 per family member over and above the minimum financial support amount. 
     

Master of Architecture 1

 

  • Minimum 4-year Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Official transcripts from all prior colleges attended.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above.

  • M Arch I Path /A/ Maximum of 30-credits are transferable. Out of these, a maximum of 12-credits can be applied to Architect Design Studio. Transfer of credits is not permitted for M Arch I Path /B/.

  • M Arch I Path /B/ applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies are required to submit a portfolio of creative work as website link or hard copy presenting 10-12 projects reflective of the student’s work.

  • A letter of intent (2 pages max) describing why the applicant wants to pursue an architecture degree.

  • One letter of recommendation. 


Master of Architecture 2

 

  • Minimum 5-year Bachelor of Architecture first professional degree.

  • Official transcripts from all prior colleges attended.

  • Cumulative grade average of 2.8 or above.

  • A portfolio of creative work must be submitted as website link or hard copy presenting 10-12 projects reflective of the student’s work.

  • A letter of intent (2 pages max) describing why the applicant wants to pursue an architecture degree.

  • One letter of recommendation.

Tuition

Adroit School of Architecture reserves the right to review and modify tuition and fees prior to each academic year and will attempt to give notification of changes at least sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of classes.  Tuition is due upon enrollment for each term in accordance with student enrollment agreement.  Adroit does not provide a payment plan at this time.

Fees

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

All students must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program, attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other cost.

  4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

The current STRF assessment is $.50 per $1000 of total tuition for the program, and the assessment for the full program is collected prior to the start of the student’s first term.

 

Non-Refundable Fees

Below is an itemized list of non-refundable fees.  Some fees are paid to third party as part of License Upon Graduation portion of the B Arch Degree. Below is an itemized list of non-refundable fees.  

As a new college, Adroit does not quality to offer federal or state financial aid programs for a few years.  Students will be provided guidance with recommended private student loan options with comparable lenders. 

 

  • If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund.

  • If the student receives federal student aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the money not paid from federal financial aid funds.

 

To be eligible for private loans requirements vary by lender. Below is a list of common eligibility considerations:

 

  • Student may be enrolled at part, half-time or full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible school, and seeking a degree, certificate, or license.

  • Student must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, permanent resident alien without conditions, or international student who is a temporary resident alien with a current U.S. address and proper evidence of eligibility.

  • Student may need a cosigner, unless you meet credit history, income, and employment requirements. For permanent and temporary resident aliens, a U.S. citizen must cosign the loan.
     

Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

Beginning the second year of enrollment at the School, students may apply for this scholarship.  These scholarships are based on scholastic achievement measured in grade point average and portfolio review of work from the previous years of enrollment.

 

Dean’s Scholarship

Beginning the second year of enrollment at the School, students may apply for this scholarship.  These scholarships are based on scholastic achievement measured in grade point average.  It is limited to students on the Dean’s List.

 

Entrance Scholarship

Students may apply for this scholarship upon enrollment to School.  These scholarships are based on merit and portfolio review of work prior to admission into School.

Refund Policy

Cancellation and Withdrawal 
 

  • Student’s Right to Cancel

  • You have the right to cancel enrollment and obtain 100% refund of institutional refundable charges paid less an administrative fee of $250 through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later.   

  • If the student cancels this enrollment agreement or withdraws after completion of 60 percent or less of the enrollment period, the shall receive a pro-rata refund of institutional refundable charges from the mail or delivery date written notice of cancellation.

  • Student is not eligible for a refund of any portion of the tuition and fees after completion of more than 60 percent of the enrollment period.  

  • Student must provide a written notice of cancellation by certified mail or by hand delivery at the following address: 
    315 12th St., Sacramento, CA 95814.  This can be done by certified mail or by hand delivery.

  • The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with proper postage.

  • The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.  

  • The School shall pay or credit refunds within 45 days of a student's cancellation or withdrawal notice.

  • If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the state or federal agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan.  Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student. 

  • If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

  • Withdrawal from the Program

You may withdraw from the school at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance.  The refund will be less a registration or administration fee of $250.00, and less any deduction for equipment not returned in good condition, within in 7-days of withdrawal.  If the student has completed more than 60% of the period of attendance for which the student was charged, the tuition is considered earned and the student will receive no refund.

 

For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:

 

  • The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal or as of the date of the student’s withdrawal, whichever is later.

  • The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; failure to provide proof of health insurance; and/or failure to meet financial obligations of the School.

  • The student has failed to attend class for three (3) consecutive weeks.

  • The student fails to return from a leave of absence. 

  • The School shall pay or credit refunds within 45 days of a student's cancellation or withdrawal notice.

  • If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the state or federal agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan.  Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student. 

  • If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.


Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) 5-year First Professional Degree

Program Description and Requirements 
 

The Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year, first professional degree requiring 150 semester credit hours. This program is for high school graduates and community college transfer students who wish to obtain a first professional degree in architecture.
 

Program Learning Outcomes, Skills and Competencies
 

  • Direct Licensure Path (DLP)TM   curriculum is aligned with national architect licensing exams.  Students are not required to sit for each exam. Testing is optional upon graduation for students who meet State of California’s 5-yr degree and work-experience equivalent requirements under the supervision of a licensed architect. Work experience is optional and is not required as part of the degree but is encouraged. Students must accrue 1,920 hours of work to qualify to sit for the exam summer upon graduation.

  • Students graduating from this program will be able to design buildings and sites with understanding and execution of: building codes, contract documents, engineering systems, environmental factors, professional practice, selection of materials, critical thinking, and creative skills.  All these are vital skills required for the practice of architecture.
     

AR 101 Architect Design Studio I [6-credits]

AR 102 Architect Design Studio II [6-credits]

AR 201 Architect Design Studio III [6-credits]

AR 202 Architect Design Studio IV [6-credits]

AR 301 Architect Design Studio V [6-credits]

AR 302 Architect Design Studio VI [6-credits]

AR 401 Architect Design Studio VII [6-credits]

AR 402 Architect Design Studio VIII [6-credits]

AR 501 Architect Design Studio IX [6-credits]

AR 502 Architect Design Studio X [6-credits]

AP110 Freehand Drawing [3-credits]

AP112 Digital Tools [3-credits]

AP 210  Construction Documents [3-credits]

AP 212 Building Information Modeling [3-credits]

AP 310 Building Codes & Regulations [3-credits]

AP 312 Historic Preservation & Movements [3-credits]

AP 410 Interior Design [3-credits]

AP 412 Landscape Design [3-credits]

AP 510 Construction Management [3-credits]

AP 610 Practice Management [3-credits]

EN 320 Statics & Strength of Materials [3-credits]

EN 322 Steel & Concrete Design [3-credits]

EN 420 Mechanical Systems [3-credits]

EN 422 Electrical Systems [3-credits]

EN 520 Environmental Hazards: Geotechnical [3-credits]

EN 522 Engineering Materials [3-credits] 

EN 524 Lateral Force Resisting Systems [3-credits]

CL 230 Construction Materials Lab I: Woodshop [3-credits]

CL 232 Construction Materials Lab II: Wood [3-credits]

CL 330 Construction Materials Lab III: Metals [3-credits]

CL 332 Construction Materials Lab IV: Concrete [3-credits]

CL 430 Construction Materials V: Masonry [3-credits]

CL432 Construction Materials VI: Therm& Moist [3-credits]

CL 530 Construction Materials VII: Site Utilities [3-credits]

CL 532 Construction Materials VIII: Systems [3-credits]

ARP/EN Elective [3-credits]

ENG 101 English I [3-credits]

ENG 102 English II [3-credits]

MAT 101 College Algebra I[ 3-credits]

MAT 102  College Algebra II Trigonometry [3-credits]

 

Total Credits for Graduation = 150

Maximum Transfer Credits = 60

Total Weeks of Full Time Enrollment =160

Approximate Clock Hours = 3150

Master of  Architecture 1 Path /A/ 

Program Description and Requirements 

This path is designed for students holding a non-architecture related undergraduate degree. It is composed 90 credit hours. The program requires a prerequisite of English and Math that can be completed after enrollment.

 

Program Learning Outcomes, Skills and Competencies

  • Direct Licensure Path (DLP)TM   curriculum is aligned with national architect licensing exams.  Students are not required to sit for each exam. Testing is optional upon graduation for students who meet State of California’s 5-yr degree and work-experience equivalent requirements under the supervision of a licensed architect. Work experience is optional and is not required as part of the degree but is encouraged. Students must accrue 1,920 hours of work to qualify to sit for the exam summer upon graduation.

  • Students graduating from this program will be able to design buildings and sites with understanding and execution of: building codes, contract documents, engineering systems, environmental factors, professional practice, selection of materials, critical thinking, and creative skills.  All these are vital skills required for the practice of architecture.

Master of Architecture 1 Path /B/

Program Description and Requirements 

This program is designed for students holding a 4-yr pre-professional degree in architecture also known as Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.  It is composed 60 semester credit hours.

 

Program Learning Outcomes, Skills and Competencies

  • Direct Licensure Path (DLP)TM   curriculum is aligned with national architect licensing exams.  Students are not required to sit for each exam. Testing is optional upon graduation for students who meet State of California’s 5-yr degree and work-experience equivalent requirements under the supervision of a licensed architect. Work experience is optional and is not required as part of the degree but is encouraged. Students must accrue 1,920 hours of work to qualify to sit for the exam summer upon graduation.

  • Students graduating from this program will be able to design buildings and sites with understanding and execution of: building codes, contract documents, engineering systems, environmental factors, professional practice, selection of materials, critical thinking, and creative skills.  All these are vital skills required for the practice of architecture.

Master of Architecture 2

Program Description and Requirements 

This path is designed for students who hold a first professional architecture degree but hold a license as an architect. The program can lead to career advancement or a career in architectural education.  It is composed 30 semester credit hours.

 

Program Learning Outcomes, Skills and Competencies

  • Direct Licensure Path (DLP)TM   curriculum is aligned with national architect licensing exams.  Students are not required to sit for each exam. Testing is optional upon graduation for students who meet State of California’s 5-yr degree and work-experience equivalent requirements under the supervision of a licensed architect. Work experience is optional and is not required as part of the degree but is encouraged. Students must accrue 1,920 hours of work to qualify to sit for the exam summer upon graduation.

  • Students graduating from this program will be able to design buildings and sites with understanding and execution of: building codes, contract documents, engineering systems, environmental factors, professional practice, selection of materials, critical thinking, and creative skills.  All these are vital skills required for the practice of architecture.

iReady Master of Architecture 2

Program Description and Requirements

This path is designed for students who hold a first professional architecture degree but do not hold a license as an architect. The program can lead to career advancement or a career in architectural education.  It is composed 30 semester credit hours.. It is also referred to as iReady Master of Architecture.  Classes are held entirely online as Real-time distant learning.

Architect Design Studio

AR101 Architect Design Studio I
6 credits
Pre-requisite: Limited to BArch students
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR102 Architect Design Studio II
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR101
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR201 Architect Design Studio III
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR102
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR202 Architect Design Studio IV
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR201
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR301 Architect Design Studio V
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR202
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR302 Architect Design Studio VI
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR301
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR401 Architect Design Studio VII 
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR302
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions.  Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR402 Architect Design Studio VIII
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR401
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR501 ArchitectDesign Studio IX
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR402
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR502 Architect Design Studio X
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR501
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR403 Masters Design Studio I
6 credits
Pre-requisite: Limited to MArch I students
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR404 Masters Design Studio II
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR403
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR502 Masters Design Studio III
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR404
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR503 Masters Design Studio IV
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR502
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

AR601 Masters Design Studio V
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR503
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

 

AR602 Masters Design Studio VI
6 credits
Pre-requisite: AR601
Studio exercises to develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths will deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials and in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, this course will build verbal communication skills and model shop ability.

Professional Practice

AP110 Freehand Drawing
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

Drawing from still life, human figure, anatomy and architecture, both out-of-doors and in the studio; drawing from life in various media, including pencil, watercolor, charcoal, ink, markers, and conte. Various drawing, illustration and rendering techniques maybe explored. This subject aims to give students a foundation and understanding of the design principles, composition balance, light, shadow, color theory, hue and saturation as essential to the field of design.

AP112 Digital Tools
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

Digital presentation technics using a blend of Adobe Creative Cloud, Rhino, AutoCAD and similar tools.

 

AP210 Construction Documents
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None
This course serves as an introduction to architect’s technical documents through various project phases. Students will utilize the PC Computer Lab to setup drafting layers following the National Cad Standards.  Various types of project specifications will be covered according to Construction Specifications Institute standards.  Introduction to AutoCAD with focus on architectural drawing production.  Students will learn layer naming standards, plot setting, drafting shortcuts, scaling, hatching, title block setup,  and insertion of various file types into a model scape. Students will learn to compile a mockup construction document set meeting requirements of city permit, drawing symbols, notations, general notes, keys, title blocks, and drawing schedules.  Students will learn familiarity with content of documents for various disciplines: fire-life safety, interiors, architectural, accessibility, communication, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, landscape, and specialty. 

 

AP212 Building Information Modeling
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None
Introduces the student to the basic principles of building three-dimensional objects and environments on a Macintosh computer using Sketchup to convey design concepts.  Student will utilize to 4D, 5D and 6D Building Information Modeling using Revit as useful tool for initial project delivery and facility management. The concept of three-dimensional space and geometrical transformations will be covered, as well as specific modeling techniques such as extrusion, working with cross sections, animation, and wireframe will be the dominant rendering method, but light and color will also be explored. 

AP310 Building Codes & Regulations
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None
This course addresses building restrictions as part of the International Building Code. Topics covered as part of IBC include code history, state adoption, agency submittal process, adaptive reuse, performance standards, egress, fire-life safety, and thermal/moisture issues.  Site restrictions such as zoning ordinances, Covenant Codes & Restrictions, and environmental laws are covered in this course. Additional building restrictions such as accessibility laws and historic guidelines will also be addressed. This course meets the American Board of Architecture accreditation criteria with major focus of Engineering Documents and Practice Management disciplines.

AP312 Historic Preservation & Movements
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  None

The course material will be presented through assigned readings and class discussion, highlighting the work of contemporary and historically significant historians, philosophers, critics and architects.  Architectural styles and movements will be charted throughout history as setting a precedence of our built environment. Students who wish to pursue adaptive reuse of historic buildings would benefit from this course. National Parks Service, Secretary of the Interior guidelines and local historic ordinances will be addressed in this course. 

AP410 Interior Design
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  12 credits in Architecture Design Studio or Graduate Design Studio

Design selection of furniture, fixtures, finishes, and other decorative elements will be addressed. Psychology of color and effectiveness of materials will be addressed. Students will learn to review manufacturer’s design data for environmental concerns such as volatile organic compounds. 

AP412 Landscape Design
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  12 credits in Architecture Design Studio or Graduate Design Studio

Design of gray water systems, selection of plants, greenscapes, permeable surfaces, soil erosion, garden walls, outdoor furnishings, pathways will be addressed in this class. Efficient irrigation techniques will also be addressed.

AP510 Construction Management
3 credits
Pre-requisite: AR101
The class focuses on issues following construction documents phase.  Students will learn about obtaining building permits, project delivery types, bidding or negotiation of the construction contract, unforeseen conditions during construction, changes during construction, error and omissions, occupancy certificates, inspections, field testing required by code, and project closeout.  The construction phase is examined with particular attention to contract administration and construction management. This course has an emphasis on contracts writing, CSI Masterformat Division 0 and Division 1, Contract Law, A201 General Conditions and Supplementary Conditions.  Introduction to construction schedules will be part of this course as well.  The course may utilize role playing and project scenarios. Students will learn to compile construction schedules. The course focuses on contract law, risk management, binding and non-binding conflict resolution.   It meets the American Board of Architecture accreditation criteria with major focus of Materials Specification and Practice Management disciplines.

AP610 Project Management
3 credits
Pre-requisite: AR101

This course will focus on entrepreneurship for the licensed architect.  Legal entity formation, design contracts, marketing efforts for a firm, professional ethics, architects fees, legal responsibilities and architects legal roles. Making business decisions is an important function of the architect as design team leader and owner representative. Students will learn and execute strategically sound decisions to reduce risk and choose the best course of action for the project, team, public and client. Students will explore conflicts resolution methods and negotiation skills to achieve the greatest project outcome. Students will learn to compile a pro forma statement. Students will create a project program, predesign phase issues such as site selection, pro forma statements, preliminary cost estimates and schedules will be addressed. Conditions impacting the interior density, adjacencies, personal space will be addressed. It meets the American Board of Architecture accreditation criteria with major focus of Practice Management discipline.

Engineering Courses

EN320 Statics & Strength of Materials
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  MAT102

This course will focus on wood structural design per code, system selection, preparation of construction documents and specifications.  Implications of design decisions and cost issues will be addressed.  Execution of structural code and ASCE.  Introduction to vertical and lateral loads. Introduction to ASD and LRFD design methods. Students will perform engineering design of Type IV and V building structure including connections.

 

EN322 Steel and Concrete Design
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  EN320

This course will focus on steel and concrete structural design per code, system selection, preparation of construction documents and specifications.  Implications of design decisions and cost issues will be addressed.  Introduction to ASD and LRFD design methods.  Students will perform engineering design of Type I, II, and III building structure including connections and and foundation design.

 

EN324 Lateral Force Resisting Systems
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  ARS320

Focus will be lateral force resisting systems by code for wind and seismic design. Connection design in relation to lateral loading. 

EN420 Mechanical Systems
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  MAT102

This course covers active energy systems and follow into passive energy systems and alternate technology will be addressed.  Passive heating, cooling, daylighting, efficient energy generation and integrative systems will be addressed. This course will focus on engineering calculation, system selection and design per code.  Implications of design decisions, cost issues will be addressed. Students will perform engineering design of heating and cooling systems.

 

EN422 Electrical Systems
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  MAT102

This course will focus on engineering calculation, system selection and design per code.  Implications of design decisions, cost issues will be addressed. Students will perform engineering design of fire-life safety, irrigation, and plumbing systems. Students will perform full engineering design of electrical, acoustics, lighting, conveying, security, and other specialty energy systems.

EN520 Environmental Hazards
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

This course covers environmental and site programming issues. Introduction to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, climatological and biological agents of environmental contamination into air, water and soil. Hazardous concerns such as radon, asbestos, lead, PCBs, mercury will be addressed. Students will be introduced to ASTM Site Assessment process for investigation, testing and mitigation technologies.  Performance based site analysis  will be addressed. Preservation of sensitive sites such as parks, watersheds, wetlands and farmlands. Existing regulations and guidelines set by LEED, EPA, OSHA, and other agencies will be addressed.  Role and responsibilities of Geotechnical Engineer. Emphasis will be placed on the licensed architect as a leader in shaping of our physical environment. 

 

EN522 Engineering Materials
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  None

The course covers material characteristics, material specifications as part of construction documents, value analysis, implications of design decisions, cost issues, and specific design requirements of building codes as required to pass national state board exams.  

EN620 Statics & Strength of Materials Review
4 credits
Pre-requisite:  Limited to March II / MAT102

This course will focus on basic principles of statics and strength of materials. Execution of structural code and ASCE.  Introduction to vertical and lateral loads. Introduction to ASD and LRFD design methods. This course will focus on wood, steel, and concrete structural design per code, system selection.  Implications of design decisions and cost issues will be addressed.  Engineering design of Type I, II, III, IV and V building structure will be addressed, including connections.

EN622 Lateral Force Resisting Systems Review
3 credits
Pre-requisite:  Limited to March II / MAT102

Focus will be lateral force resisting systems by code for wind and seismic design. Connection design in relation to lateral loading. 

EN624 Mechanical Systems
4 credits
Pre-requisite:  Limited to March II

EN626 Electrical Systems
4 credits
Pre-requisite:  Limited to March II

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General Education

ENG101 English I:  Grammar & Composition
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

English 101 is a writing intensive course designed to improve critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students progress from personal expressive writing to text-based expository essays appropriate for an academic audience. Students develop strategies for turning their experience, observations, and analyses into evidence suitable for writing in a variety of academic disciplines.

ENG102 English II:  Research & Scholarly Works
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

This is formal writing course designed to introduce students to various research and scholarly writing formats. Writing formats such as legal language, directional, script, publication, educational, scientific, and professional writing will be explored in both critical and analytical approaches.

MAT101 College Algebra I
3 credits
Pre-requisite: None

Topics may include logic; proofs; deductive and inductive reasoning; number theory; fundamentals of statistics; basic statistical graphs; causal connections; financial management; functions; linear graphs and modeling; exponential growth and decay; logarithms; fundamentals of probability; fundamentals of geometry; and basic ideas from trigonometry, calculus, and discrete mathematics.

MAT102 College Algebra II
3 credits
Pre-requisite: MATH 110
In depth study and applications of trigonometry including definitions, laws, identities, inverse functions, solutions of equations, graphing, and solving triangles. Additional topics such as vectors, polar coordinates, and parametric equations may be included.

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