UPR’s Bachelor of Arts degree requires a total of 180 quarter credits . Since our expertise is in advanced education, we expect entering undergraduate students to have completed an Associate of Arts degree or its equivalent of 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits). Undergraduate students at UPR will need to complete 90 quarter credits of required Course Work (3 credits per course, for a total of 30 courses).
Students may complete the 90 credits of Course Work in as little as one year (4 Quarters), with a minimum of 15 credits (5 courses) per Quarter. The maximum allowable course completion time is 4.5 years (18 Quarters). A Continuation Fee increase of 25% per course will apply to any course taken after this period, up to 2 additional Quarters (followed by dis-enrollment). Students must attend at least 3 quarters per calendar year to be considered as an enrolled student.
Each course contains lectures, outlined requirements with specific goals included in a written Course Guide, required and supplemental readings, and other creative assignments. Mid-terms and Final written assignments cover the lectures and required reading materials for the course. Written papers use the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide (an APA “style sheet” is provided in the UPR Study Guide ). Weekly studies include listening to audio recordings, required reading and recommended texts, participating in forum discussions and where indicated, in teleconferences. Students, on a weekly basis, are expected to commit at least 9 hours of study per class (3 hours of coursework equivalent to classroom attendance and participation in forum discussions and telephone conferences and 6 hours of coursework equivalent to home study and research). Students must remain in compliance with the University’s policy concerning scholastic standing and grade point average, meaning that all course-work applied toward completion must be completed with a grade (i.e., not Incomplete). A cumulative GPA of less than a 2.0 (C letter grade) does not qualify for graduation.
Grading at the University of Philosophical Research is accomplished by a faculty member using a combination of objective and subjective evaluation processes. These include weekly assignments, examinations, and research papers. Instructors rate student achievement on content, accuracy, and overall quality. A student’s assignments will be graded and returned to the student within fourteen (14) working days of receipt of the material. Grades will be issued to the students after the end of each course. All students have course-work evaluated and reported by the faculty using the following definitions:
90-100% = A [GPA: 4.0]
80-89% = B [GPA: 3.0]
70-79% = C [GPA: 2.0]
60-69% = D [GPA: 1.0]
59-0% = F [GPA: 0]
S TUDENT ATTENDANCE, LEAVE OF ABSENCE & DISCONTINUATION
Academic study at UPR is a process of accumulated learning and requires continuous attention. For this reason, it is necessary for students to maintain continuity and regularity in course enrollment and completion from quarter to quarter through the period of the program. However, UPR also recognizes the fact that students may go through extenuating circumstances, such as financial or health or work reponsibility issues that make it very difficult to attend school at certain times. In such eventualities, the student may apply for a Leave of Absence using the appropriate Leave of Absence Form (available upon request from the Registrar). The Leave of Absence applies for one quarter only and must be approved by the university President. The Leave of Absence will not automatically be renewed at the end of a quarter, a student will need to reapply for an absence each quarter. A student may not take more than four quarters on Leave of Absence throughout the duration of his or her enrollment in the program. Absence through a quarter without formal application and permission, or exceeding four quarters, will result in the student’s being dis-enrolled. Written notice is required if a student chooses to discontinue the course or program.
Student service facilities are available through the primary administrative structure at 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., in Los Angeles. Assistance in the form of tutorial and learning assessment assistance is provided by University faculty in concert with the academic program in which the student is enrolled. This service and assistance includes all activity required to assist the student in skill development and academic subject-area mastery.
Student services exist to aid the processes of admission, enrollment, registration, course scheduling, and support staff in the administrative location handles payment of fees. UPR provides no career planning services.
MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS DOCUMENTING STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS
UPR records, required by the Reform Act, are kept at the administrative location of 3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Chief of Operations, who oversees all admissions functions, is responsible for ascertaining that school records maintenance, storage, security and management are in compliance with the Reform Act, the Buckley Amendment and Board policy, procedures, rules and regulations. The following documents are maintained for each enrolled student:
- Written records and transcripts used in the admission decision, student profile information;
- Documents relating to payment and tuition history;
- Records of all enrollments and evidence of academic progress;
- Student transcripts;
- Copies of student work products.
Currently UPR stores student progress records on computer disks, making records accessible through electronic retrieval. All hard copy records are maintained in fire-retardant storage cabinets. All student records, historical and contemporary, are readily available.
The retention period for all records required by the Reform Act is a minimum of five (5) years, with transcripts of record retained for fifty (50) years.
Student Records & Release of Information
All students attending UPR shall have the right to review their academic records, including grades, attendance, and advising. The Student Services staff supervises records and school officials for purposes of recording grades, attendance, afford access, and advising, as well as determining tuition and eligibility.
In the course of the student’s application, enrollment and attendance, this school has compiled a number of important records concerning the student, including grades, payment records, attendance records, disciplinary records, and employment records.
Generally, UPR will not release any information about students to outside individuals unless the college first receives the student’s permission in writing, or is required to give the information under State or Federal laws or to auditors, researchers, etc. However, it is considered that certain information does not violate the student’s rights of privacy and, therefore, the university is permitted to routinely release this information, unless the student specifically asks UPR in writing, not to release it. At this institution, general information is considered to be name, address, date and place of birth, program of study, participation in recognized activities, dates of attendance, certificates or degrees obtained, and the last institution attended.
The Records Custodian for UPR can be reached at:
3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Student grades and attendance can be accessed in the Education office using the student identification number or Social Security Number (SSN). UPR maintains permanent records of grades and attendance located at the primary administrative location in Los Angeles, CA. Transcripts are also made available to students who request them from the Education Department. Graduates, or students with an incomplete program, can request a transcript by writing to the University.