Summa Cum Laude
Bridgett Hollowell

Chula Vista, CA

#1 Jan 20, 2011
I was wondering if anyone else who earned Summa Cum Laude status had to settle for With Distinction instead, because of Ashford's requirement rules which are too stringent for online students. They currently say you have to earn 55 credits or attend for two years is basically what it boils down too. I think this is unfair because of the uniqueness of being an online student. Those numbers should be adjusted so the people who really achieve that status can be awarded that. I have 48 credits at Ashford and that should be enough. Some schools only ask for 30 credits or 1 year or even split up the requirements if you do not have the standard credits.

How do you all fell about that? I am going to fight it and see what this new President is made of. This is wrong and so many are falling through the cracks who have earned the honor. How are you going to tell a 4.0 student that they are not graduating Summa Cum Laude but With Distinction instead, what does that mean anyway?
Jan Glynn RSF CA

San Diego, CA

#2 Feb 18, 2011
Bridgett: I am in San Diego as well and am planning on graduating summa cum laude at ashford also. can you keep me posted on your progress with this issue? Ill check back in a few days to see if you responded....
bill

Norwich, CT

#3 Jan 28, 2012
I am headed for a 4.0 average and understand your point Bridgett.
The question that needs to be answered is:
What amount of credits should be required? 10? 20? 48?
I understand your disappointment, but the number of credits has to be set somewhere.
Perhaps we should all go to a Community College for a few years and then take a few classes at Yale or Brown.
That way we can get the honor of a plaque on the wall when that is not where we did the majority of the work.
And I have no problems with Community Colleges, that is where I earned many of my credits.
Gett

Chula Vista, CA

#4 Jan 29, 2012
I do not know if you were being a smart ass or not, but I went there for 18 months. 5 week classes. Since most ppl are part time and not starting out in college then there should be a number set and not the same one 55 as if you were going there physically. Many other colleges understand this and have changed how they count credits b/c many who earned (top 2%) were not given the honor. It is not the plaque or paper it is the principal of the thing. or principle. That is the problem. We worked just as hard as others and deserve the honor. If you do not understand that, then I cannot help you understand how unfair the practice is.
bill wrote:
I am headed for a 4.0 average and understand your point Bridgett.
The question that needs to be answered is:
What amount of credits should be required? 10? 20? 48?
I understand your disappointment, but the number of credits has to be set somewhere.
Perhaps we should all go to a Community College for a few years and then take a few classes at Yale or Brown.
That way we can get the honor of a plaque on the wall when that is not where we did the majority of the work.
And I have no problems with Community Colleges, that is where I earned many of my credits.
Don

Renton, WA

#5 Mar 30, 2012
I agree there should be minimum in-residence requirements in order to graduate from a university. But that should have nothing to do with recognizing academic achievement with the summa cum laude distinction when that achievement is recognized by legitimate regional accrediting insitutions via accepted transfer credit. I believe that Ashford's policy is in direct conflict with it's "marketing" that professes it to be a "military friendly" institution. I was extremely disappointed when my degree reflected "with distinction" upon my graduating with a 4.0 GPA. This policy of not recognizing academic achievement with the summa cum laude distinction is not only illogical; it is insulting. It is also the reason I will not pursue my Masters with Ashford. Many of us in the military did not have opportunities to participate in "online" courses because they were not available as they are today. We completed college courses, part time in brick and mortar institutions, while serving many one- to three-year tours in many geographic locations during our military careers. That was not easy. Ashford's policy is extremely disheartening and, I feel, insulting to many of us who have served.
Mary OBrien

Owensboro, KY

#6 Aug 16, 2012
I am an online student with Ashford. I had a 3.92 gpa for BA Psychology yet my diploma just says the with distinction. I had 51 credits with Ashford, transferred in around 11 credits and passed the CLEP or DSST exams for the remaining. All of the Clep or DSST exams were acquired while a student at Ashford. I am not happy about it at all. It seems that there is some kind of unspoken bias in favor of traditional campus memberd over online students.
Bridgett

Tijeras, NM

#7 Aug 29, 2012
bill wrote:
I am headed for a 4.0 average and understand your point Bridgett.
The question that needs to be answered is:
What amount of credits should be required? 10? 20? 48?
I understand your disappointment, but the number of credits has to be set somewhere.
Perhaps we should all go to a Community College for a few years and then take a few classes at Yale or Brown.
That way we can get the honor of a plaque on the wall when that is not where we did the majority of the work.
And I have no problems with Community Colleges, that is where I earned many of my credits.
Yes, Bill that is the question about the amount and Community College has nothing to do with this issue. I was way past that point when I started at Ashford. Other online institutions have made changes because of this problem and so can Ashford. 55 credits is ridiculous and they know that. Going to school online is not like ground schools because many students are at different levels. I earned 48 credits w/them alone. Yes, they need to change the policy so we are not cheated! If you check some of the popular online colleges and some of them also have ground schools, they have come to a happy medium. Ashford should get on board...PERIOD!
Bridgett

Tijeras, NM

#8 Aug 29, 2012
Yes, Bill that is the question about the amount and Community College has nothing to do with this issue. I was way past that point when I started at Ashford. Other online institutions have made changes because of this problem and so can Ashford. 55 credits is ridiculous and they know that. Going to school online is not like ground schools because many students are at different levels. I earned 48 credits w/them alone. Yes, they need to change the policy so we are not cheated! If you check some of the popular online colleges and some of them also have ground schools, they have come to a happy medium. Ashford should get on board...PERIOD!
Maggie

Lawton, OK

#9 Sep 23, 2012
Wow, I did not know about the 55 credits requirement until I read this forum. However, the requirement only stated in the 2010-11 Academic catalog. The 2011-12, 2012-13 catalogs did not state the 55 credits requirement. What does this mean? The 55 credits no longer required? Most students may have to add a minor or specialization in order to meet the 55 credit.
Rotorhead

Phelan, CA

#10 Sep 30, 2012
I hope you are right I have 54 I would hate to miss it because of 1 credit.
Maggie wrote:
Wow, I did not know about the 55 credits requirement until I read this forum. However, the requirement only stated in the 2010-11 Academic catalog. The 2011-12, 2012-13 catalogs did not state the 55 credits requirement. What does this mean? The 55 credits no longer required? Most students may have to add a minor or specialization in order to meet the 55 credit.
Maggie

United States

#11 Oct 2, 2012
You should contact your academic/student advisor. If 55 credit is still the requirement, you should just enroll in one more class (if you really want the Latin distinctions). Please let me know the details if you asked.
Montana Girl

United States

#12 Feb 25, 2014
I just graduated with my BA at Ashford with a 4.0. I was a transfer student and a military spouse. My degree says: Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Check with your advisor. They are amazing!
Montana Girl.

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