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Changing Lives . One Student at a Time2016-2017 CatalogVIRGINIAStratford.edu

Welcome to Stratford UniversityA Personal Message from the PresidentDear Student,Thank you for the interest you have shown in our programs. You havetaken the first step toward an exciting and rewarding career. For over fortyyears, we have helped students just like you find a place on the career ladder of their choice. Many of whom are now in management positions orown their own businesses.Stratford University provides programs that deliver the skills (or competencies) demanded by industry. We have design our programs using inputfrom industry advisory boards. More importantly, Stratford Universityprovides a student-centered classroom environment. This means that ourfaculty members are flexible and will accommodate students with different learning styles and modes without compromising employer-dictatedstandards. This dual focus, on the student and the employer, is the reason for our success and the success ofour domestic and international graduates.The University’s faculty members have been hand-chosen for their teaching ability, personality traits, andexperience in the field. In fact, the entire Stratford University staff works as a team to help you succeed.Because of our commitment to your career success, the educational atmosphere in the school is friendly,helpful, and knowledgeable.We have designed the placement and instructional programs so you can start in your new career soon aftergraduation. Because of the quality of our educational product and the enthusiasm of our staff, we have anexcellent placement record.Come and visit the school, even if only virtually, at www.stratford.edu. Any member of the admissions, administration, or instructional teams would enjoy describing how Stratford can help you achieve your goals.We look forward to welcoming you to the Stratford community.Richard R. Shurtz, II. PhDPresident1

Table of ContentsGENERAL INFORMATION .6Mission .7Instructional Philosophy.7History.7Accreditation.8Legal Control .9Campuses.9Alexandria Campus.9Falls Church Campus.10Glen Allen Campus.10Newport News Campus.11Virginia Beach Campus.11Woodbridge Campus.12ACADEMIC POLICIES.13Academic Calendars .14Course Methodology.15Term and Credit System.15Calculation of Credit.15Definition of Courses.15Mode of Delivery.16Acceptance.17Registration.17Attendance Policy.18Withdrawal Policy.18Grading Policies.20Honor Code.21Standard Term of Non-Attendance.22PAYMENT AND STUDENT ACCOUNTS.24Tuition and Fees.25Payment Options.27Federal Student Aid.27Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.30Scholarship Programs.30Federal Work Study Program .32Veterans Services Benefits.32Employer Reimbursement.33Private Financing.33Virginia State Refund Policy .332

STRATFORD LANGUAGE INSTITUTE .34Admissions Process.35Program Structure.35Students on Visas.35UNDERGRADUATE POLICIES .36Undergraduate Admission .37Placement Testing.39Transfer Credit.39Sources of Credit.41Undergraduate Student Status.41Satisfactory Academic Progress.42Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.45UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS .46ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSES.47SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.47Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.47Bachelor of Science in Accounting.48Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.48SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.49Associate of Applied Science in Network Management and Security.49Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.50SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY AND CULINARY ARTS .50Professional Diploma in Advanced Culinary Arts.50Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Culinary Arts.51Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts.51Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management.52Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management.52SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES.53SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES.53Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting.54Associate of Applied Science in Medical, Insurance, Billing, and Coding.55Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician.55Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.56Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.56Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration .57SCHOOL OF NURSING.57Bachelor of Science in Nursing.59UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.613

GRADUATE POLICIES.84Graduate Admission.85Transfer Credit.85Sources of Credit.86Graduate Student Status.86Satisfactory Academic Progress.87Graduate Graduation Requirements.90GRADUATE PROGRAMS .92SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION .93Master of Science in Accounting.93Master of Business Administration.93International Master of Business Administration.94SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.94Master of Science in Cyber Security.94Master of Science in Cyber Security Leadership and Policy.95Master of Science in Digital Forensics.95Master of Science in Information Systems.96Master of Science in Networking and Telecommunications.96Master of Science in Software Engineering.97SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY AND CULINARY ARTS .97Master of Science in International Hospitality Management.97SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES.98Master of Science in Healthcare Administration.98GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.98POST-GRADUATE AND DOCTORAL POLICIES.110Post-Graduate and Doctoral Admission. 111Transfer Credit. 111Sources of Credit. 111Post-Graduate and Doctoral Graduation Requirements.112POST-GRADUATE AND DOCTORAL PROGRAMS.113SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.114Certificate of Advanced Studies in Buisness Futures.114Certificate in Advanced Business Research.114SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.114Certificate of Advanced Studies in Enterprise Architecutre.114Certificate in Advanced Technology Research.115SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.115Doctor of Business Administration.115SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.116Doctor of Information Technology.116DOCTORAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS.1164

STUDENT SERVICES.119Academic Advising.120Career Services Center .120Student Support Services.120Learning Resource Center.120Military Student Office.121International Student Office.121Student Resources.121UNIVERSITY POLICIES.123Changes to Catalog, Procedures, or Policy.124Consumer Information.124Formal Grievance Procedures.124Non-Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct.125Inclement Weather Policy.126Non-Discrimination Policy.126Student Records and Release of Information.126Campus Safety.127Computer Specifications.128INDEX.1305

GENERAL INFORMATIONSection ContentsMission . 7Instructional Philosophy. 7History. 7Accreditation. 8Legal Control . 9Campuses. 9Alexandria Campus. 9Falls Church Campus. 10Glen Allen Campus. 10Newport News Campus. 11Virginia Beach Campus. 11Woodbridge Campus. 126

MissionStratford University is a private institution of higher learning. Thestudent body is diverse, including recent high school graduates,working professionals, international students, and persons desiringto change their career fields. The mission of Stratford University isto prepare students for rewarding careers through quality educational programs that meet the changing needs of employers and thecommunity. In order to meet this mission, the University offers avariety of certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate programs in emerging and high employment demand fields. Tomeet the needs of a diverse community of learners, the Universityprovides education that balances technical, professional, and critical thinking components. In pursuit of this mission, the Universityseeks to ensure: Student’s career goals are met by matching students withappropriate programs of study A quality learning experience by employing faculty committed to learning and who demonstrate excellent teachingskills Relevant curricula through input from the governing board,advisory boards, and graduates Student success through a comprehensive support programincluding financial planning, academic assistance, andother student servicesInstructional PhilosophyThe face and climate of today’s business world is changing rapidly.Economic growth and the constantly changing needs of modernindustries can provide exciting and challenging opportunities forqualified graduates. Stratford University is at the forefront of thesechanges and is dedicated to assisting graduates with employment inthe evolving job market. The University’s innovative approach toeducation helps graduates gain the skills and self-confidence neededto be successful.Stratford University seeks to provide students with the relevantskills and knowledge to lead them to satisfying careers whilemaximizing their personal and academic growth. The Universityis able to achieve these goals through carefully-planned academicprograms and career advising, including timely curriculum revisions, hands-on learning experiences in appropriate undergraduatecourses, and individual help. Instructional Focus: Programs are directed toward specificinstructional goals coupled with small class size. All curricula, presentations, supportive reference materials, andstudent-teacher interactions are collectively driven by thisstrategy. Communication: Effective use of communication reinforces the instructional message. Creative seating arrangementsand small group projects are used to encourage student tostudent and student to teacher interaction. Programs arestructured to cultivate an environment of teamwork. Self-Discovery: Hands-on learning using actual equipmentis essential to the University’s instructional methodology.The University recognizes hands-on learning as a key tolong-term retention of information. In the final analysis, theUniversity combines sound instructional technology withan insight into the career market to produce a valuable andunique educational experience.HistoryRichard Shurtz Sr. established American Transportation Institute(ATI) in 1976. ATI offered certificate programs in the transportationindustry. The programs included training for travel agents, hotel andrestaurant management, and bartenders. The single Falls Churchcampus featured an on-site travel agency which worked with airlineand railroad travel. Dr. Richard Shurtz, II and Mary Ann Shurtztook over the company in 1986. ATI became Stratford College in1998 and began offering associate’s degree programs in culinaryarts and information technology. Dr. Shurtz named the college afterStratford-upon-Avon and his love of literature and travel. In 2001,Stratford College began offering master’s degrees and becameStratford University. The University is dedicated to changing withthe times to provide its students with education in high-demandindustries.Public ServiceStratford University understands that community service contributes to its mission. To this end, the University maintains effectiveand continuous community relations. The University is involvedin activities at the national, regional, and local levels. The programrepresentatives are continually developing relationships with various persons and organizations. The University strives to provideand support organizations for the homeless, veterans, and womenin need.7

AccreditationStratford University is accredited by the Accrediting Council forIndependent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificate,diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. ACICS islisted as a nationally recognized accreditation agency by the U.S.Department of Education and is recognized by the Council forHigher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate andinstitutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality throughaccreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.Stratford University is exempt from certification by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate campusesin Virginia as it has been properly accredited by an accrediting bodyrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education in excess of tenyears.The undergraduate and graduate programs are approved for federalstudent financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. TheUniversity has the authority to issue I-20s by the U.S. Immigrationand Naturalization Service for F-1 visas. All programs have beenapproved for the training of veterans. The Virginia and the Districtof Columbia Rehabilitation Services approve all programs.The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved Stratford University to operate a campus in Baltimore,Maryland. Stratford University carefully monitors developments inMaryland state law and acts promptly to meet all requirements.A copy of the documentation describing the institution's licensure,registration, authorization, or certification is made available to anyenrolled or prospective student upon request. To make this requestcontact Stratford University Compliance Manager: [email protected] Virginia Board of Nursing provisionally approves the Bachelorof Science in Nursing program to accept students. Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination after graduating fromthe program. The baccalaureate program at Stratford University isaccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC20036, (202) 887-6791.The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools accredits theprogram at some of the Virginia campuses. Please see the programdescription in this catalog for details.8Collegiate Memberships and AffiliationsStratford University is proud of its industry and educational affiliations and continues to expand these relationships. It establishesa broad range of contacts for graduates. Some of these contactsinclude: American Culinary Federation Foundation AccreditingCommission, Accredited Member American Hotel and Lodging Association, Partner Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities,Member Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), Supporting Member Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education,Member National Association of Foreign Student Advisors(NAFSA), Member National Association of Veteran’s Program Administrators National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Member National League for Nursing (NLN), Member National Student Nurse Association (NSNA), ChapterMember Northern Virginia Technology Council, Member Northern Virginia Workfo

Stratford-upon-Avon and his love of literature and travel. In 2001, Stratford College began offering master’s degrees and became Stratford University. The University is dedicated to changing with the times to provide its students with education in high-demand industries. Public Service Stratford University understands that community service .File Size: 3MB