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  • FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. The following constitutes the College’s policy regarding FERPA:

    +FERPA Policy

    I.  The rights provided to students are as follows:

    • The right to inspect and review their education records;
    • The right to control disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their education records;
    • The right to request amendments to their education records to correct inaccurate or misleading information;
    • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if the College violates FERPA regulations.

    II. Education Records are defined as follows:

    • Career Services Office: test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
    • Education Department: teacher certification records
    • Financial Aid Office: financial aid records
    • Public Relations Office: student media release forms, P.R. information
    • Records Office: academic transcript, registration information, application for admission, high school transcript, college transfer work, test scores, work evaluations, letters of recommendation, activities lists, general correspondence
    • Student Life Office: disciplinary records, immunization records
    • Work Office: work records
    Records are not maintained in a central location on campus. Requests to review them must be made separately, in writing, to each office that maintains them. Written requests must be given with reasonable advance notice (at least 24 hours). A fee (ten cents per page) is charged for reproducing copies of records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act grants offices forty-five days to honor requests to view and copy such information.

    III. The following records are exempt from FERPA regulations and may not be viewed by students:

    • personal notes of faculty and staff;
    • medical and counseling records used solely for treatment;
    • financial records of parents;
    • confidential letters and statements of recommendations placed in student files prior to January 1, 1975;
    • confidential statements of recommendation of admission, employment or honorary recognition placed in student files after January 1, 1975, for which the right to inspect and review has been waived by the student.

    IV. The College routinely releases the following directory information when requested:

    • student name;
    • dates of attendance;
    • major field of study;
    • classification by year;
    • degrees, honors, awards, certificates earned ;
    • photograph;
    • address (home, local & campus);
    • telephone number (home, local & campus);
    • campus e-mail addresses;
    • athletic rosters (name, weight and height);
    • participation in co-curricular activities,
    • work program participation.
    Directory information will be released unless the student files the appropriate form prohibiting the release of information to the public. That form is the “Student Information Sheet” and is available in the Records Office. Other student information except directory information as noted above will not be released without prior written consent of the student.

    V. Release of Information to School Officials.
    The law permits school officials (defined as:

    • any person who is a trustee, officer, agent or employee of Blackburn College—also included are students serving on college committees where legitimate “need to know” exists) to use information contained in the students’ educational records for internal use, and under certain circumstances to provide it to others, including the use of this information in the event of an emergency. This information will not, however, be used in the College Directory, in public releases or be made available to the public without consent of the student.

    VI. Release of Information to Third Parties.
    Normally, education records, other than directory information, will not be released without the prior written consent of the student.
    However, education record information may be released, without consent, under the following circumstances:

    • to faculty and staff with a legitimate educational “need to know” (“Legitimate educational interest” or “need to know” means the information or records requested is relevant and necessary to complete an assigned task and the task is an employment responsibility for the requestor or is properly assigned subject matter for the requestor’s employment or committee responsibility.);
    • in accordance with a lawful subpoena or court order;
    • to representatives of agencies or organizations from which students have received financial assistance;
    • to others specifically exempted from prior consent requirements of the act (including certain federal and state officials, organizations conducting student surveys on behalf of the College, accrediting organizations, etc.);
    • of “directory information”;
    • to parents of dependent students, as determined by the Financial Aid Office according to the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;
    • to the United States Office of Immigration and Naturalization Service (for international students only);
    • in emergencies where the information is necessary to protect health and safety of the student or others.

    VII. Release of Information to Parents
    Blackburn College recognizes the importance of support and interest of parents and families of students in all areas of the College program. Students are encouraged to share information about their experiences and programs with their families. A large part of the educational process of college is learning to be independent and solve one’s own problems. Therefore, College personnel will focus on working through problems with students. However, information (as designated on the student information sheet collected each semester by the Records Office) regarding student status and progress may be shared with the parents of dependent students under the following policies. Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances upon request of the student and approval of the Dean of Students. The College does reserve the right to contact parent(s)/guardian(s) of dependent students who are experiencing difficulty with satisfactory academic or work program progress or difficulty with the Student Conduct Code and/or campus disciplinary system.

    The College supports and follows the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of the United States, which protects students from indiscriminate use of student records. The act permits, but does not require provision of information to parents of dependent students. Examples of information that may be released include, but are not limited to the following:

    Grades: Copies of end-of-term grades may be sent to parents, guardians, next-of-kin, or other persons designated by the dependent student. The address used will be that indicated for such individuals in the Records Office as amended from term to term. Address changes should be reported to the Records Office.

    Withdrawal: Student status is part of Directory Information which, under FERPA, is public information. Included is information about whether a student has been, is, or is expected to be enrolled. Parents of dependent students leaving school, including those approved for leaves of absence may be notified.

    Emergencies: Parents, guardians, or other persons indicated in student records will be notified in cases of emergencies. The Student Life Staff shall determine whether an emergency exists and if notification is necessary.

    Violations of College Regulations: Parents may be contacted in cases where a student has violated regulations and parental knowledge is deemed appropriate by the Student Life Staff or required by written policy. For purposes of clarification the only students with Independent Student Status are those deemed so by the Financial Aid Office based upon their legal tax status.
    Students may challenge information in their files by filing a written request with the Student Life Office. The decision of the appropriate college official overseeing the file is final, but the student always has the opportunity to place a letter of protest in the file.

    COMPLAINTS

    Blackburn College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint to the HLC raises issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, the Commission forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

    • The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411

    Other Grievance Procedures

    A student who has a complaint which falls outside the jurisdiction of the disciplinary system, the harassment policy or academic matters should contact the Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students for guidance in making a written complaint.  The Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students will offer mediation as an informal means of resolution.  If the student chooses a formal resolution of the matter, the Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students will contact the appropriate hearing board.

    Major, written complaints submitted by students to the College President, V.P. for Finance/Administration, Provost, and the Dean of Students must by regulation be recorded and shared with the College’s accrediting commission. The identities of the student making the complaint and any other individuals involved in facts of the complaint will be shielded in order to protect confidentiality.

    Participants in Title IV Federal Financial Aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, are required to direct students to a state agency for assistance with unresolved complaints. Blackburn College will make available to students or prospective students, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and state authorization. Blackburn College also provides its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and the state.

    Complaints may be filed with the Illinois Board of Higher Education at IBHE Complaints; accessible through the agency’s homepage at www.ibhe.org.

    VOTER REGISTRATION

    Blackburn encourages each member of the campus community to exercise their right to vote. Students needing to register to vote may do so by obtaining an Illinois Voter Registration Application available on the State Board of Elections web site.

    DRUG FREE SCHOOLS AND CAMPUSES ACT STATEMENT

    Blackburn strictly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on college property or as a part of college activities. Unlawful is defined in accordance with local, state, and federal laws. Each student and employee will be expected to meet these standards of conduct. The College will be consistent in enforcing our policy against drugs and alcohol on campus.

    Individuals found to be in unlawful possession or use of drugs or alcohol on college property, in connection with college activities or while completing duties as an employee will be subject to judicial action. This action will include a hearing in front of the appropriate College official(s) or board, possibly resulting in referral for drug or alcohol treatment. Individuals found to be selling or trafficking drugs will be subject to the most serious disciplinary action–termination of employment/suspension from the college and referral to legal authorities for prosecution. Legal ramifications, in general, for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol may include: being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony with resulting penalties of supervision, probation, assessment of a monetary fine, imprisonment, or a combination of these.

    The college will annually provide to each member of the community information about our policies, health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use, and resources for prevention, intervention, and treatment. Paper copies of this information are available upon request from the Student Life Office.

    CAMPUS SECURITY, EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS

    Blackburn College is committed to ensuring that our students are as free as possible from any threats to their safety or well being. Fortunately, our rural location affords us the luxury of a relatively low crime rate. In order to anticipate the unexpected, the residence life staff, the campus security force and the students themselves are employed to ensure that students and their possessions are protected as much as possible.

    +Security Policies and Procedures

    Students, faculty and staff have regular access to all non-residential campus buildings from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. After 10 p.m. only those issued keys are authorized to enter buildings. Physical Plant personnel closely monitors key distribution.

    The exterior doors of all Residence Halls are locked 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The residents of each building are assigned an exterior door key to the building they occupy.

    Physical Plant staff maintains campus buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Adequate lighting is considered as well as sufficient locks on doors and windows. Prompt response is given to any report of a potential safety or security hazard.

    Any disturbance or breach of campus security can be reported by dialing (4224) for the Student Life Office (during regular business hours) or after hours by contacting your Resident Director or the Resident Director on Campus Duty. Upon receipt of a call, the responsible staff person assesses the situation and either handles it or calls local police to intervene.

    Residence life staff and security personnel are trained in security measures. City police hold seminars for staff discussing various interventions and reporting strategies. In addition, these staff members are trained to enforce College policy. This includes but is not limited to enforcement of laws regulating underage drinking, and use of controlled substances. Drug enforcement teams, including dogs, may be brought unannounced on to the campus.

    Blackburn prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College property or as a part of College activities. Each student and employee will be expected to meet these standards of conduct.

    The residence hall staff plans programs on a variety of topics to help educate students on personal safety awareness and security. Information on safety and security is provided through seminars, posters and brochures.


    +Campus-Wide Emergency Response

    In the event of a campus-wide emergency, students will be informed of the emergency and given instruction via the cell phone numbers students provide to the College and students’ campus e-mail addresses. Automated messages will be sent through a “broadcast” communication system used by the College. Students wishing to review the College’s Emergency Response Manual may do so via the website.

    +Crime Statistics and Other Consumer Information

    Information regarding crime statistics is available on the College website.

    Individuals interested in a paper copy of the campus crime statistics can obtain a copy by making a request at the Campus Security Office (DCC, room #134).

    Student persistence rate & graduation rate information can be obtained from the Records Office (Ludlum Hall, room #113).

    Information on financial assistance available to students enrolled at Blackburn can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office (Ludlum Hall, room #119)


    +2017-2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

    The current report may be viewed here.

    STATEMENT ON CIVIL RIGHTS/NON-DISCRIMINATION

    The facilities and services of the College are open to all students without respect to gender, race, color, age, ancestry, religion, marital status, national origin, physical or mental handicap, military status or sexual orientation. The President of the College is the Civil Rights Compliance Officer.

    TITLE IX AT BLACKBURN COLLEGE

    Title IX provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving  Federal financial assistance.” Further information about Title IX can be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/coord/titleix.php

    Blackburn College has a multidisciplinary team that is tasked with the responsibility to address and prevent sexual harassment and misconduct.  The Multidisciplinary Team consists of a Title IX Coordinator, VP of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, VP of Administration/Human Resources, Provost, Director of Housing, Director of Safety and Security, Director of Athletics, Director of Counseling Services, and College Chaplain.

    It is the responsibility of Blackburn College to take immediate and effective corrective action if the college has notice of a sexually hostile environment or gender-based harassment. Blackburn College has notice if a responsible employee knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about the harassment. In these cases, Blackburn College will do the following corrective actions:

    • Eliminate the harassment and hostile environment
    • Prevent its recurrence
    • Address its effects

    All students, staff, faculty, and vendors of Blackburn College are considered responsible employees and are required to report violations of Title IX to one of the following persons

    • Director of Campus Safety
    • Dean of Students
    • TitleIX Coordinator

    The only employees that are not mandated to report are Director of Counseling Services, Peer Counselors, and College Chaplain. They all serve as confidential resources for complainants that wish to not file a formal complaint and can connect complainants to available off-campus resources.

    For more information, please contact:

    Melissa Jones, Title IX Coordinator

    Melissa.Jones@Blackburn.edu

    217.854.5514

    Ludlum 215

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

    This policy applies to students with disabilities as defined by Section 504 and the ADA. A person is disabled if she or he:

    • Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities;
    • Has a record of such impairment; or
    • Is regarded as having such impairment.

    Procedure for Obtaining Adjustments
    Blackburn College shall, upon request, consider adjustments for students who have been determined to have a disability. An adjustment is defined by this policy as any reasonable accommodation for a student’s disability as required by Federal regulations.

    Blackburn’s College Counselor serves as the primary contact for students requesting adjustments related to a disability; the Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) is the College’s ADA compliance officer. Students requesting an adjustment must present to Counseling Services relevant, verifiable, professional documentation or assessment reports confirming the existence of a disability, and meet with the Counselor in order to confirm the disability claim and to assist College officials in determining what adjustment(s) may be warranted. Information regarding a student’s disability will be treated in a confidential manner in accordance with Blackburn College and Counseling Services policies as well as applicable federal and state law

    After the existence of a disability has been confirmed, the Counselor will meet with appropriate college officials to discuss adjustments for the student.

    • Academic Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Director of the Learning Center and the Provost to make specific recommendations regarding academic adjustments.
    • Facilities Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Director of Physical Plant and the VPAF to make specific recommendations regarding facilities adjustments.
    • Work Program Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Associate Dean of Work and Work Program General Managers to make specific recommendations regarding work adjustments.

    The student will have two options for implementation of any recommended adjustments:

    • (S)he may deliver the letter describing the recommended adjustments to (and conferring with) the individuals involved in determining the implementation of a recommended adjustment.
    • The student may request the Counselor to contact those individuals involved in determining the implementation of recommended adjustments.

    If an approved adjustment is not provided or followed as outlined by the Provost, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, or the Work Program, the student shall report the matter to the Counselor within fifteen business days of receiving his or her adjustment letter.

    If a student has followed the procedures identified in this policy and does not agree with the determination of the existence of a disability and/or the recommended adjustment, he/she may file a grievance by using the grievance procedures listed in this handbook.

    GRADUATION & COMPLETION RATES BY GENDER, ETHNICITY, RECEIPT OF PELL

    +Graduation & Completion Rates

    Blackburn College:  Student Right-to-Know

    Blackburn College is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution’s retention, graduation/completion rates, and student diversity.  The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.  The figures below are based on the US Department of Education’s definitions, and are reported annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Questions related to this report may be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at 217-854-5594 or kristi.nelms@blackburn.edu.

    Retention Rates

    These rates show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking undergraduate students who begin in the fall term who return the next fall term (1 year later); to be included in the cohort (initial student count), the students must be enrolled full-time and considered to be first-time to college at the undergraduate level.

    Retention Rates:

    Report Year

    2014 2015 2016 2017 4-Year Average
    Year of Fall Entry 2012 2013 2014 2015
    Cohort Count (class size) 135 115 167 159 144
    Retention Rate (1-year) 71% 74% 62% 65% 68%

     

    Graduation Rates

    These rates show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students who begin in a specific fall term (cohort) and complete their programs within 150% of normal time to completion, as defined by NCES.  For Blackburn students enrolled in a 4-year academic degree program, for instance, the graduation rate shows the percentage of the students in a specific entering class who graduate within 6 years.

    Graduation Rates:

    Report Year

    2014 2015 2016 2017 4-Year Average
    Year of Fall Entry 2007 2008 2009 2010
    Cohort Count (class size) 79 66 61 63 67
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 45% 39% 42% 42% 42%

     

     

     

     

    Graduation Rates:

    2017 Report Year (2010 Cohort)

     

    % of Cohort

    6-Year Graduation Rate
    Gender
        Female 70% 33%
        Male 30% 9%
    Race/ Ethnicity
         American Indian/ Alaskan Native <1% 0%
         Asian 0% 0%
         Black or African American 15% 1%
         Hispanics of Any Race 2% 1%
         Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander 0% 0%
         Nonresident Alien 0% 0%
         White 80% 38%
         Two or More Races 3% 1%

     

     

    Graduation Rates for Recipients of a Pell Grant or Stafford Loan

    Recipients of a Pell Grant and Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant are mutually exclusive; a student is included in only one subgroup below.  These rates show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students who begin in a specific fall term (cohort) and complete their programs within 6 years (150% of normal time completion, as defined by NCES).

     

    Graduation Rates:

    2017 Report Year (2010 Cohort)

     

    % of Cohort

    6-Year Graduation Rate
    Total Bachelor’s or Equivalent Degree-seeking Cohort 150 63
    Recipients of a Pell Grant 86 28
    Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan; no Pell Grant 37 18
    Did not receive a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan 27 17

    WITHDRAWAL PROCESS, REFUND AND RETURN OF TITLE IV FINANCIAL AID

    +Withdrawal

    WITHDRAWAL

    Students seeking to withdraw from the college must complete an Application to Withdraw Form. Forms are available in the Dean of Students’ Office (DCC Building – Student Life Office) or the Records Office (Ludlum 1st floor). The appropriate withdrawal date will be determined after completing the withdrawal procedure. Tuition, Room, and Board charges will be refunded according to the published schedule, through the fourth week of the term.  An administrative fee of $100.00 will be charged for all withdrawals after the first official day of classes. The withdrawal process requires a written signature from several College offices.

    Tuition Refund Schedule Fall/Spring:

    Through the 1st Day of Classes …………………………………………………………….. 100% Refund

    Through the End of the 1st Week of Classes …………………………………………… 90% Refund

    Through the End of the 2nd Week of Classes ………………………………………….. 75% Refund

    Through the End of the 3rd Week of Classes …………………………………………… 50% Refund

    Through the End of the 4th Week of Classes …………………………………………… 25% Refund

    For the Summer term, one day of class equals one week for purposes of calculating refunds.

    Room and Board will be pro-rated through four weeks for the actual amount of time lived on-campus during the semester. This varies as some students return for work, live in the residence halls and dine on the meal plan prior to the beginning of class attendance.

    +Return of Title IX Funds

    RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS

    Policy and Regulation

    Federal Financial Aid (Title IV grant or loan funds) recipients who withdraw during the semester will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy prescribed by the United States Department of Education.

    Withdrawal Date

    The day the student withdraws is the date (determined by the Blackburn Student Life Office):

    • The student completed the withdrawal process; prescribed by Student Life
    • The student otherwise provided the institution with official notification of the intent to withdraw; or
    • For the student who does not complete the withdraw process or notify the institution of the intent to withdraw, the institution will use the standard 50% of the term as the last date of attendance for unofficial withdrawals unless a later date can be documented by the institution based on the last date of attendance at an academically related activity.

    Percentage of the Payment Period or Period of Enrollment Completed

    This calculation is derived by dividing the number of days the student completed into the total number of actual days in the semester as published in the catalog.

    Calculation of Title IV Assistance Earned

    Up through the 60% point of time, the percentage of assistance earned is equal to the percentage of the period of enrollment for which it was awarded that was completed as of the day the student withdrew. If the student withdrawal occurs after the 60% point, then the amount earned is 100%.

    Order of Return of Title IV Funds

    When a student receives more Title IV assistance than the amount earned, the institution, student or both are required to return the unearned funds as required in the following order:

    1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
    2. Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans
    3. Federal Perkins Loans
    4. Federal Direct PLUS Loans (received on behalf of the student)
    5. Federal PELL Grants
    6. Federal SEOG Grant

    Responsibility of the Institution

    The institution shall return the lesser of the unearned amount of Title IV assistance or an amount equal to the total institutional charges the student incurs fur the period of enrollment of which the assistance was awarded, multiplied by the unearned percentage of awarded Title IV grant and loan assistance. The institution will return any Title IV assistance that is due to the Title IV programs as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days from the determination of a student’s withdrawal.

    The institution will offer a post-withdrawal (PWD) loan disbursement within 30 days of the date the institution determined the student withdrew and issue a post-withdrawal grant disbursement within 45 days of the date the institution determined the student withdrew, if the student has eligibility for Title IV assistance.

    If the student did not receive all the funds that they have earned, the student may be due a PWD. If the PWD included loans funds, the student may choose to decline the loan funds so that they do not incur additional debt. The institution may automatically use all or a portion of your PWD (including loan funds, if you accept them for tuition, fees, and room and board charges). For all other institutional charges, the institution needs the student’s permission to use the PWD.  If the student does not give permission they will be offered the funds. However, it is in the student’s best interest to allow the institution to keep the funds to reduce their debt at the institution.

    Responsibility of the Student

    The student shall return unearned Title IV assistance minus the amount the institution returns. The student is also responsible for any balance owed to the institution that is created as a result of the return of funds. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Office and Business Office prior to withdrawal.

    Change of Status: Students seeking to change status from resident student to commuter student must complete a status change application available in the Dean of Students’ Office (DCC Building-Student Life Office).  If the student is approved to move off campus, the appropriate status change date will be determined after completing the status change procedure. Room and Board charges will be refunded on a weekly pro-rated basis through the fourth week. No refunds will be made after the fourth week. The housing deposit is not refundable and will not be applied to other student charges.

    SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND ATTENDANCE POLICY

    +SAP Policy for Financial Aid

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid

    Federal regulations require the college to establish and implement a policy to measure if an aid applicant is making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.  Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is measured by evaluating three criteria: quantitative progress, qualitative progress and progress toward degree completion. All federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs administered by the Blackburn College Financial Aid Office are covered by this policy. Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated after the completion of each semester.

    1. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Unless a student is placed on SAP warning, an undergraduate student  must maintain the minimum cumulative GPA as displayed in the Academic Probation chart (you may also refer to this chart in the Academic Regulations section of the catalog on page 52) to remain in good academic standing and to receive financial aid. Students will be placed on Academic probation when their cumulative grade point average is less than the minimum stated below.

     

    First semester Minimum Cumulative GPA Second Semester Minimum Cumulative GPA
    First Year 1.6 1.8
    Second Year 1.9 2.0
    Third Year 2.0 2.0
    Fourth Year 2.0 2.0

     

    2. Completion Rate. All students in good standing must reach a cumulative Completion Rate of 75% of all attempted credit hours. The Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of earned hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours the student has attempted. These percentages will be calculated to three decimal places.

    • Course grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and P (pass) will be considered attempted and successfully completed.
    • Course grades of F (fail) will be considered attempted and unsuccessfully completed.
    • Course grades of P (pass) will be considered attempted and successfully completed, but they will not affect the student’s grade point average.
    • Course grades of I (incomplete) indicate a student has not yet completed the course and therefore, will not be considered as successfully completed. An incomplete grade will count toward total credit attempted. If an ‘I’ grade is later changed to a grade, the student’s progress will be re-evaluated.
    • Course grades of W (withdrawn from class) and WP (withdraw from class passing) do not earn credit toward graduation or toward satisfying the minimum credit hours requirement; however, these credits will count toward the total attempted credit and the Maximum Time frame requirement. WF (withdraw from class failing) will be treated as an F.
    • Repeated courses will he considered as additional attempted credits. However, for any successfully completed course (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-,D+, D, D-, P grade), only one repetition of the course is allowed to be funded with financial aid. Additional repeats of the course must be paid for by the student. Any unsuccessfully completed (F or those requiring at least a C-) may be repeated until successfully completed. It should he noted that continuous repeats make it hard for the student to reach the 75% Completion Rate and may negatively impact the Maximum Time frame requirement.  Repeatable courses, where the topic varies by semester, or Performance courses are permitted if the student does not exceed the maximum times repeatable per the departmental rules in the Blackburn College catalog.
    • Audit courses (AU) are not counted as either attempted or completed credit and are not eligible for financial aid funding.
    • Transfer Credit hours from another institution that are accepted at Blackburn College must count as both attempted and completed hours and will figure in the student’s grade point average.
    • Noncredit remedial courses will not count toward the maximum timeframe requirement and/or the student’s grade point average.
    • Summer classes are an extension of the previous Spring Term. Thus, there is limited financial aid eligibility available.

    3. Maximum Time Frame Rule. In addition to the two measures of academic progress, a student must complete their program of study within 150% of the standard time frame required to earn their degree. With 122 hours needed to complete degree requirements, a Blackburn College student must complete a degree within 183 attempted hours. A student is ineligible for grant/scholarship assistance if a Bachelor’s degree has been earned or if more than 183 semester hours have been attempted. Periods when a student doesn’t receive Title IV aid but still attempts credit hours must still be counted toward the maximum time frame.

    Class Attendance Policy

    The attendance policy is stated in each course syllabus. Penalties for violating the attendance policy may range up to the assignment of an “early F” as a course grade.  This grade may be assigned at any time in the semester after the last date to withdraw with a “W”.  The instructor sets the attendance requirements for each course. Officially excused absences are issued only by the Provost. All students absent for illness or officially excused reasons are expected to make up the class work they miss.

    STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

    +Study Abroad

    Study Abroad program providers can be companies or other universities that facilitate study abroad programs.  These organizations are professionals in administering programs, provide onsite student support services and act as intermediaries for students providing assistance with course registration and housing arrangements.  Blackburn has a relationship with the following program providers:

    • Swansea University
    • Global Education Oregon at the University of Oregon

    STUDENT DIVERSITY

    +Student Diversity for Fall 2017 Enrollment

    Student Diversity

    The following figures are based on Blackburn’s official fall 2017 enrollment counts:

    Undergraduate Enrollment

    for Fall 2017 Report Year

    % of

    Student Body

    Enrollment Status
    Full-time 98%
    Part-time 2%
    Gender
    Female 57%
    Male 43%
    Race/ Ethnicity
    American Indian / Alaskan Native <1%
    Asian 1%
    Black or African American 11%
    Hispanics of Any Race 5%
    Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander <1%
    Race and Ethnicity Unknown 4%
    White 76%
    Two or More Races 3%
    Pell Recipients (first-time, full-time students) 59%

    STUDENT OUTCOMES DATA

    +Retention Rates

    RETENTION RATES

    Retention Rates are calculated based on parameters defined by the US Department of Education and must be reported annually to the National Center for Educational Statistics (IPEDS). Each fall, all first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates form a cohort. The following Fall, the cohort is examined to determine the number of students that have returned. This is also known as Fall to Fall retention.

    56% of the first-time, full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students who enrolled at Blackburn College in the Fall of 2016 returned in the Fall of 2017.  The part-time student retention rate was 100%.

    +Graduation Rates

    Graduation Rates are calculated based on parameters defined by the US Department of Education and must be reported annually to the National Center for Educational Statistics (IPEDS). Each fall, all first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates form a cohort. Students in the cohort are tracked for 150% of the normal time of their program (6-years) to see how many complete their degree. The rates reflect the graduation/completion status of students who first enrolled during the 2010 school year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed. These rates reflect students who graduated or completed their program after 6 years or as of as of August 31, 2016.

    The 6-year graduation rate for full-time students entering in Fall 2010 is 42%.  The 4-year average graduation rate (2007-2010 cohorts) is 42%.

    +Transfer-Out Rates

    Transfer-Out Rates

    At this time, Blackburn has elected not to report this statistic because our mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in other institutions and due to the additional time required to track this information.

    TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM REPORT

    The Teacher Preparation Program Report is available here.

    CAREER OUTCOME RATE

    Graduates from Blackburn College work in a variety of settings after graduation.  The Career Outcome Rate for the Class of 2016 is 97%, as determined through a survey of all graduates approximately six months after commencement.  Survey results also found that 17% of undergraduate students immediately continue their education by going on to graduate and professional schools.  Our response rate for the 2016 graduating class is 97%.

    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    More information about confidential reporting options and investigation procedures can be found in the B-Book (student handbook).

    RESOURCE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

    More information can be found here.

    Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) 2017 Report

    Click here to review the Blackburn College EADA Report.