Course Design and Assessments
The NXU learning design model promotes scaffolding, or building durable intellectual structure, through the introduction of new competencies, reinforcement of prior knowledge learned through integration of competencies, metacognitive reflection, and real world applications. Each course contains six modules, culminating in an authentic summative assessment evaluated by expert faculty. Nexford programs and associated courses immerse learners in real-world learning contexts. Every course is built around a fictional workplace with a specific set of challenges. From the outset, learners are situated in these workplace environments and guided through personal learning paths towards mastering a number of applicable competencies. These competency assessments require learners to draw on all the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the course. For example, learners will create business plans, develop digital marketing campaigns, or do investor presentations through various types of formative and summative assessments. This way, the context-based learning featured in NXU programs is highly engaging and relevant, reinforcing learner’s retention of content knowledge and their successful acquisition of transferable workplace skills. NXU courses and academic programs focus on different kinds of workplace contexts (for example, startups, non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, or transnational corporations), on developing different skills (marketing, sales, strategy, and so on), and on different scenarios. NXU’s context-based, scenario-driven approach to teaching and reinforcing competencies and skills acquisition, in combination with the rigorous assessment strategy it deploys and the frequent feedback learners receive, clarify to learners how every step of their education ties to their job and career goals. It also ensures, that upon completion of their programs, learners can immediately step into the workplace and feel confident about their abilities to perform.
Grade Change and Appeals
Learners who feel that an assessment score, an evaluation, or feedback they received about work of theirs is in error, are encouraged to address any questions or concerns directly with course faculty and/or with a Success Advisor. If they wish to take further action, they are entitled to submit a formal grievance with the University Review Committee (URC). The Committee will report its findings and a recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for review. It is at the sole discretion of the CAO whether to accept the Committee’s findings and recommendation. Learners are notified of the outcome of a grievance review no more than five business days after they initiate one. The CAO’s decision is final. No further appeals are considered.
Grading Scale: Grade Point Average (GPA)
Nexford University calculates GPAs on a four-point scale, with grades of A ( = 4.0), B (=3.0), C (=2.0), and F (1.0). Nexford does not grant D grades. Nexford transcripts note final course grades as well as term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculations.
Nexford courses are designed to be completed within within approximately eight weeks (54 days). If learners believe that they will not be able to complete all work in a particular course as the eighth week approaches, they may request an Incomplete by submitting an Incomplete Request via email to their faculty at the beginning of the eighth week. If granted, they will have an additional two weeks to finish the course, for a total course completion allowable time of 10 weeks.
To be eligible to receive an Incomplete, a learner who wishes to submit an Incomplete Request must ordinarily have finished the first four course modules, and their associated assignments and assessments, and have a minimum grade of 70% (or C) average in the course (as determined by the professor) at the time of the request. If a learner’s Incomplete Request is denied, and he or she wishes to appeal for reconsideration (referring to new information), he or she may appeal directly to their faculty. In such cases, the faculty’s decision is final.
A learner who receives an Incomplete (a temporary I grade) and fails to complete the course by the end of the Incomplete period (for example, the end of the 10th week), will fail the course (with the I reverting to an F). If he or she wishes to appeal for reconsideration (with reference to new information), he or she may contact the University Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. In such cases, the Committee’s decision is final.
A learner who does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Incomplete Request and who does not finish the course in the expected eight-week time frame, will fail the course.
Learners with an Incomplete grade are not allowed to enroll in additional course(s) until their Incomplete is resolved.
Repeating a Course
Learners in all Nexford degree and non-degree programs — including learners enrolled in single courses — can repeat any course one time, for a maximum of two takings combined. Regardless of the grade learners earn in a course (F, C, B, or A) they can repeat that course. In the case of courses that serve as core requirements in certificate or degree programs, learners will have to repeat the course if they wish to continue in their program. The grades for both takings of a repeated course appear on learner transcripts; the higher of the two grades factors into learners’ grade point average (GPA).
The following additional program-specific stipulations apply:
a. BBA — learners are required to complete the program-initial Roadmap to Success course with a minimum C. Learners who fail to do so must repeat the course. If they fail to achieve a minimum C, they will be dismissed from the university, and will be eligible to re-apply after two months.
b. MBA — learners who did not complete a Bachelor’s degree in business, who are admitted to the MBA program, are admitted provisionally, contingent on their successful completion of four prerequisite foundation courses. Learners who fail a foundations course must repeat the course. If they fail to pass the course (by receiving a minimum C) on the second taking, they will be dismissed from the university, and will be eligible to re-apply after two months.
c. Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates, AAS in Business, BBA, MBA
- Learners who fail a required core course must repeat the course. If they fail to pass the course (by receiving a minimum C) on the second taking, they will be dismissed from the university, and will be eligible to re-apply after two months.
- Learners who fail a non-required course (such as, an elective) may repeat the course, but are not required to do so. If they elect to repeat the course and fail it again, they will be placed on academic probation, but may continue to enroll in courses.
d. Single Course — Learners who enroll in a single course (not as part of a certificate or degree program) and fail the course may repeat it, but are not required to do so. If they elect to repeat the course and fail it again, they will be placed on academic probation, but may continue to enroll in a different course. If they fail a second course once, they may repeat it. If they fail that course a second time, they will be dismissed from the university, and will be eligible to re-apply after two months.