Catalog 2014-15

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Admission

Philosophy

The Enrollment Center encourages students to apply to Juniata if they demonstrate the proper desire, motivation, and maturity needed to benefit from a four-year private college experience. Such qualities are evaluated through the application requirements listed below. The Admission Committee places the most emphasis on a student's high school transcript. The second most important item would be standardized testing results followed by activities, community involvement and all the things that make up the student's life. Juniata seeks a broad student population base including a wide geographic and cultural representation from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.

The College reserves the right to determine which applicants will be admitted. The selection of candidates is made without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, and or handicap.

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Guidelines for Entering Freshmen

Application and Information

Students may apply to Juniata using the Common Application any time after completion of their junior year in secondary school. A complete secondary school transcript indicating courses and grades (including senior year courses and grades to date) must be sent from the applicant's guidance office along with SAT-I and/or ACT scores, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.

Candidates for freshman admission can choose from three application options - Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision:

Note:  Students who wish to be considered for all additional competitive scholarships should have their application submitted no later than January 1. 

* - Please call the Enrollment Center (814-641-3420) to inquire whether applications are still being accepted beyond the application deadline.

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Contents of Application

An application for admission consists of the components listed below. Credentials that are reviewed include: high school academic record, SAT or ACT test results, completed application form including evidence of extracurricular involvement, recommendation letter(s), and a personal essay.

High School Transcript A secondary school program including at least 16 college preparatory courses from an approved public, private, or parochial school must be completed or anticipated. These courses must include a minimum of four years of academic English, two years of a foreign language, and a combination of mathematics, laboratory science courses, social sciences and humanities.

A complete secondary school transcript must be sent from the applicant’s guidance office, noting all courses taken and grades received from the freshman year through the junior year. A listing of courses to be taken in the senior year should accompany this transcript and grades from the first marking period and/or the first semester should be sent when they become available. Upon graduation, students must submit a final secondary school transcript noting graduation date and guidance counselor signature or raised seal.

Standardized Test Results Results of the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT-I) taken in the junior and/or senior year are required. Students may also choose to participate in Juniata's Optional Standardized Test Program.The American College Test (ACT), taken in either the junior or senior year, may be substituted for the SAT-I. Applicants whose native language is not English also must provide results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or scores from an approved English language program. International applicants who have studied wholly in an English speaking high school are required to submit an SAT/ACT score. All other international students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores but should still submit TOEFL (or similar) results. SAT-II: Subject Tests are not required but may be submitted for admission consideration.   Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Application Form Juniata uses the "Common Application". Application forms may be submitted at www.commonapp.org. The application requires a listing of extracurricular activities in both school and community, guidance counselor or teacher letter(s) of recommendation, and an essay which answers one of the essay questions listed in the application for admission. The applicant should complete the form and submit it online.

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Campus Visits

Although not generally required for admission, the College strongly recommends that each prospective student make a visit to campus. A campus visit serves as an opportunity to learn more about the College, its students, and faculty, and is a great way for the admission team to meet interested students. On weekdays, visitors may tour campus and attend an admission information session.  During the academic year, with advanced notification high school seniors and transfer students may also attend a class, talk with faculty members, coaches, and students, and/or request a personal admission interview. Saturday visits during the academic year include a tour and an information session only.

Appointments to visit the campus should be made at least one week in advance for any weekday during the academic year, September through April, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments for the summer months can be scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Please contact the Office of Admission at 1-814-641-3428 for more information about visiting campus or to schedule an appointment.A listing of special events, including Open House and Department Days, can be found on the Admission section of the college's website.  Registration can be made online or by calling the Office of Admission. 

 

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Guidelines for Transfer Students

Applicants are considered transfer students if they have graduated from an approved secondary school program and completed the equivalent of one full-time semester of coursework at a regionally accredited community college, junior college, or four-year institution. Student's work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Notification of a transfer admission decision is given within one month upon receipt of all credentials. Application deadlines for transfer students are June 1 for fall semester entry and December 1 for spring semester entry, though earlier submission is highly encouraged.

First semester freshmen who transfer a semester worth of transfer credits MUST take CWS (College Writing Seminar) even if they have taken English credits.  Students who wish to demonstrate they have competency should bring with them a portfolio of writing to be reviewed by the English department. 

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Contents of Transfer Application

An application for transfer admission consists of the following components:

Application Form and Fee Juniata uses the "Common Application" Transfer Application. Forms may be obtained at www.commonapp.org. The application requires an essay which answers one of the essay questions listed in the application for admission. The applicant should complete the form and submit online.

High School Academic Records The Office of Admission requires an official, final high school transcript indicating final grades, class rank (if applicable) and date of graduation. The transcript should be sent directly from the school to the Juniata admission office.

Standardized Test Scores SAT and or ACT scores should also be submitted. Scores can either be sent directly from the testing agency, or may be indicated on the official high school transcript. Juniata 's code number for the SAT is 2341, and for the ACT 3600. SAT/ACT results are often waived for qualified transfer students whose previous institution did not require scores for admission.

College Records Transfer applicants must also submit an official transcript from each college previously attended and a college catalog or course descriptions of classes taken at previous institutions. The transcript must be sent directly to Juniata from the former institution(s). Catalogs and course descriptions are used to evaluate transfer credit.

Statement of Interest Transfer applicants must submit a written statement of interest indicating the reason(s) for transfer and potential benefits from enrolling at Juniata. This is in addition to the application essay.

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Financial Aid

All transfer students offered admission are eligible to apply for financial aid. The application procedure is the same as that for new freshman students and is found under the section “Student Finances.’’ For further information, contact: Transfer Coordinator, Enrollment Center, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196.

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Transfer Credit

Juniata does not accept in transfer any coursework below a grade of "C-" nor coursework of a strictly technical or remedial nature, nor physical education coursework. Credit is normally only awarded for courses taken at a similarly accredited institution. Special circumstances may affect the transferability of an individual student record. These cases will be handled on an individual basis and decisions will be based on Juniata's academic policy. An official credit evaluation will be completed by the Office of the Registrar after a student has been admitted to Juniata.

Transfer without a Degree Students transferring without an Associate Degree will have their work evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Courses equivalent to Juniata's curriculum course description will be granted direct course equivalence. Coursework accepted in transfer may be used to meet both liberal arts graduation requirements and Program of Emphasis requirements.

While Juniata will accept credit from any regionally accredited college or university, the college has formal transfer agreements with Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn Highlands Community College.  Articulation agreements are in place to facilitate the transfer of credit from one institution to another.   Contact the Transfer Coordinator at either institution for more information.

Juniata also offers a 2+2 Joint Enrollment Program with Penn Highlands Community College (PHCC).  Students apply, and are admitted, to both Juniata and PHCC at the same time.  Accepted students are able to be advised by faculty at both colleges, receive priority in registration and room assignment when transferring to Juniata, and have guaranteed transfer credit.  The student will receive the Associate degree from Penn Highlands, and either the BA or BS degree from Juniata.  Consult the Enrollment Center for more information. 

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Other Admissions Programs

Supported Admission

Students who are offered Supported Admission are admitted to Juniata with the belief that they have the potential to succeed in college, but would benefit from extra mentoring and assistance from faculty and staff.

During the fall semester, all freshmen enroll in the required four-credit foundation course–College Writing Seminar–designed to provide first-year students with the reading, writing, computer, library, time management, and study skills necessary for success in college. For a Supported Admission student, a specially designated Freshmen Advisor is the student’s CWS instructor or a professor who has that student in a POE class during the first semester. Freshmen Advisors work closely with students to monitor their academic performance and address individual needs.

The program for Supported Admitted students includes regularly scheduled, required appointments (at least five such meetings) throughout the semester with the Director of Academic Support Services and the Assistant Dean of Students to monitor and assess progress in each class, discuss issues related to transition to college living and a college-level workload, discuss how to prepare for and take tests, give pre-registration advice, assist with selection of a second advisor, and many other topics appropriate to the individual circumstances of each student.

Supported Admitted freshmen also benefit from resources offered through or coordinated by the Office of Academic Support Services. These include use of the Writing Center, how to best utilize the faculty and faculty advisors, determining when referral to the counseling center is appropriate, how to build an academic schedule and design a Program of Emphasis, how to go about exploring possible careers, etc. There is a broad network of support and advisors available to all students.

While receiving the additional support described herein, Supported Admission students carry a typical course load of 12-16 credits during the first semester and are in no way distinguishable from their peers in the classroom. Upon completion of one semester in good academic standing, the student is no longer required to have regular appointments with the Office of Academic Support Services, but is able to utilize their continued advocacy and resources.

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Deferred Admission

Deferred Admission is designed for students who wish to begin their college studies at a time other than the fall semester after graduation from secondary school. Application procedures and requirements are the same as for all other applicants. Candidates should note their interest to be considered under the Deferred Admission Program by contacting the admission office. Students may defer admission for up to one year.

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Spring Semester Admission

Application procedures and requirements are the same as fall admission. The Spring semester application deadline is December 1, though earlier submission is encouraged. Interested persons may contact the Enrollment Center for further information.

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Early Admission

Juniata encourages applications from students who demonstrates the aptitude, desire and maturity to begin college level work prior to the completion of his/her secondary school program. Students may consider enrolling at Juniata the last year or the last semester of their senior year. A formal application for admission must be completed. In addition students must: 1) Have an admission interview on campus; 2) Provide a written recommendation from their guidance counselor supporting their application for early admission and indicating they will receive a diploma either at the end of their junior year or after they have successfully completed one year of college level work, which includes college level English; and 3) Provide a written statement from their parents indicating approval of early admission. Applicants are expected to meet all other admission requirements.

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Home-Schooled Students

Juniata welcomes applications from students who are home-schooled and have been approved by their local school district. Students must submit an application for admission and include standardized test results, an application essay, letter(s) of recommendation and portfolio of academic work. Students are also encouraged to interview and submit additional information to support their application. Please contact the Juniata Home School Coordinator in the Enrollment Center for further information.

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International Students

International students are strongly encouraged to submit applications. The procedures for admission are the same as for other freshman or transfer applicants, except for standardized test requirements. SAT/ACT test results are required only for international students who have spent their secondary education in an English-speaking school. In addition, for applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 80 Internet-based/550 Paper-Based (or equivalent IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic) or higher is required for unconditional admission to Juniata.

Minimum section scores are also required: (http://www.juniata.edu/departments/international/iep/courses.html).

All students who submit a TOEFL score, however, will still be tested upon arrival to ensure adequate English proficiency and appropriate course placement, including ESL courses. If you have submitted a score lower than 80 iBT/550 PBT, or you test below that level on arrival, your status will be English-Conditional.

A complete set of original or notarized educational credentials with certified English translations is also necessary for international applicants and is required before eligibility for admission can be determined. In addition, an affidavit of financial responsibility is required (by U.S. law) before an I-20 form (necessary for procuring a student visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate) can be issued.

Further information regarding international applications is available from:

Coordinator of International Admission

Enrollment Center

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196 USA

FAX: (814) 641-3100 E-mail: usastudy@juniata.edu

 

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English Conditional Admission

International applicants with TOEFL test scores of 42 - 79 Internet-Based (iBT)*/440 – 549 Paper-Based (PBT)* may, if otherwise qualified academically, be granted English-Conditional (EC) Admission, provided they complete the appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework in Juniata's Intensive English Program (IEP). Minimum section scores of 10 for the iBT* must also be met to be admitted.

The IEP follows all Juniata policies regarding advancement in its courses. Students may earn up to 15 credits in their ESL courses toward graduation requirements. While taking ESL courses the students’ English proficiency is evaluated by IEP staff and they may enroll in academic coursework outside the IEP according to an acceptable proficiency level and in consultation with their professors and advisors. There is no guarantee EC students will be able to take courses outside the IEP until they have finished all appropriate ESL courses.

A student whose GPA is such that s/he will be on academic probation may have to appear before the IEP Review Committee based on the recommendation of the IEP faculty and Director. The IEP Review Committee, in conjunction with the Registrar and the Student Academic Development Committee, will make recommendations for continuation at Juniata or other possible courses of action.

English Conditional Students will also be required to sign a Statement of Understanding concerning English-Conditional Admission prior to beginning their studies. Continued English support is offered, as needed, to all international students throughout their degree program. For more information, please refer to the Intensive English Program section.

*Equivalent IELTS and Pearson PTE scores are also accepted.

 

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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate-Diploma recipients are granted credit for one full year (30 credits) toward a degree at Juniata. Students who have an IB Diploma normally enter the College with sophomore standing. IB certificate recipients receive course credit for each higher level examination passed with a score of 5 or higher. To receive this credit the student will meet with the appropriate department chair or designee to consider the advantage or disadvantage of accepting credit. IB credit may be counted toward degree requirements.

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Non-Degree Students

Any person who wants to take coursework at Juniata as a non-degree student need not apply for admission consideration, but must provide proof of academic ability. The Registrar enrolls and registers all non-degree candidates.

Non-degree students are required to fill out the registration form located at our Registrar's Office website under Class Schedules.: http://www.juniata.edu/services/registrar/schedules/  Cost of course credit will be the tuition charge of part-time tuition.

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Non-Traditional Student Admission Programs

Returning Adult Students

Qualified students who have been away from the classroom are welcome to attend Juniata.  Courses are offered for both degree and non-degree seeking students and may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis.  Students are enrolled in regular Juniata classes; there are currently no evening, weekend, or accelerated programs for returning adult students.  Students must meet admission criteria. Degree-seeking students may apply either as transfer or freshman students.  Consult the Enrollment Center for further details.

 

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Education Certification Program

Students with a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited four-year American college or university and who meet Education Department criteria may take courses at Juniata to receive their education certification. Students may take courses on a full-time or part-time basis. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the student's previous coursework is required. Consult the Enrollment Center or Education Department for further details.

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Second Baccalaureate Degree Program

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited, domestic American university or college and desire a second bachelor's degree reflecting in-depth study in a discipline other than that of their first degree may enroll upon completion of application requirements. Courses from a previous degree will be evaluated on a course by course basis and may be used to fulfill graduation requirements. Students must meet all Juniata graduation requirements, fulfill the department requirements within the new discipline, and observe the College residency requirement. International students who desire a second degree will be evaluated individually for their candidacy. For further information, contact the Enrollment Center.

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Senior Citizens Program

Citizens who are 60 years of age or older may take courses on a part-time basis.

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High School Student Programs

Juniata continues to support what was previously known as Dual Enrollment for high school students in our non-degree visiting student program for Huntingdon County and the surrounding area. In the interest of promoting a positive post secondary experience, students with junior or senior in high school can study a course per semester (maximum of 4) with supporting signatures from their guidance counselors and/or instructional supervisor.  Please note that the student must demonstrate a readiness based on the student’s ability to be successful.  

The course availability will be based on open seats and prerequisites and co-requisites requirements with all rules and fees applied in accordance to campus policy. Students are responsible for any fees for labs, field trips, supplies and books and does not include Internships, Credit by Exam, Independent Studies or College Writing Seminar (CWS). Students must complete a Visiting Student form available from the Registrar’s Office and have it signed with official support signatures. Billing will go directly to the student for payment.

 

 

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Masters Programs at Juniata

Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program

Juniata's Master of Accounting program is designed to prepare students for entry into a world where individuals must have a command of relevant knowledge about accounting, management, and economics, and have a capacity to apply that knowledge in addressing problems and making decisions. The program will emphasize the development of skills necessary for a productive long term career along with a firm understanding of accounting theories and concepts. This understanding and development of skills will give students the knowledge they need to do well on the CPA Examination and achieve their career goals.

Admission to the Master of Accounting program is administered by the Accounting, Business, and Economics Department. For more information or to apply to the program, refer to the academic section of this catalog or contact:

Dominick Peruso, Chair, Accounting, Business, and Economics
Master of Accounting Program
Juniata College
1700 Moore Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Genomics, Ethics, and Society
Advisor Vince Buonaccorsi

What is a certificate?

In general, an undergraduate certificate provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that is not available within any single academic unit. A certificate offers the possibility of a more cohesive general education experience oriented around a theme and taught by faculty who work together as a group on an ongoing basis and have common inter-departmental learning objectives and assessments. The awarding of the certificate is noted on the student’s transcript. 

Who is this certificate for?

Students intending to pursue careers in biological research and medicine are the primary target. However, students interested in careers in public policy, public health, law, and business will gain by developing similar competencies.

Why should a student get this certificate?

As cost of a human genome approaches $1000, appreciation of both the science and the ethical, legal, and societal implications of genomics has become an increasingly pressing issue. Design of the certificate was based on recommendations from a joint document between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) entitled, “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians.” This report emphasized the importance of integrative scientific approaches, scientific reasoning, intellectual curiosity, communication and decision making skills, adaptability, ethical principles, and understanding of patients as individuals and in a social context. HHMI has funded Juniata College to implement this certificate program.

Description and Goals of a Certificate in Genomics, Ethics, and Society

Comprised of seven courses, the certificate addresses both the science and the broader ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) surrounding progress and discoveries in the field of genomics. No area of modern biology provides a more appropriate focus for combining the humanities and sciences than the ethical, social and legal implications (ELSI) of the human genome project and the evolution of the field of personalized medicine. The subject cannot be completely addressed without the input of specialists working across disciplinary boundaries. The ethical, legal and social issues surrounding advances in genomics provide a strong focus for practicing a breadth of knowledge and skills while understanding the acts of judgment and social contexts involved in the development and application of scientific knowledge; the understanding of the scientific foundation of genomics provides the focus for developing an interdisciplinary base and cross disciplinary understanding of the life sciences in an era of “big data”. 

Learning objectives

Students who attain genomics certification will be able to:

1. Describe the basic concepts and principles of genomics.

2. Explain the scope of genomics from genes to society.

3. Integrate knowledge of the chemical, physical, mathematical and computational bases of genomics

4. Explain the importance of the place of genomics in the human effort to understand natural phenomena, including its history and social impact.

5. Be able to make and justify ethical judgments about genomics research and its uses in medical practice and elsewhere.

6. Use the skills and interdisciplinary perspectives of the liberal arts in understanding trends in genomics and communicating them to academic peers and others.

7. Apply the process of science to questions in genomics.

Requirements

Four required core courses:

1) A team-taught course that lays the foundations for interdisciplinary work on the ethical and social dimensions of genomics: Genomics Ethics and Society IC 203; Fall IC class.

2) A course covering basic molecular biology, genetics, and genomics:

a) Biology II BI106, Fall N division class, has prereqs

b) Human Biology BI190, Fall N division class, or

c) Sensory Biology BI142, Spring N division class

3) At least three credits of statistics:

a) Biostatistics BI305, Fall N division and QS class, has prereqs,

b) Environmetrics ESS 230 Spring N division and QS class, or

c) Introductory Probability and Statistics MA 220, Fall and Spring QS and N division class, has prereqs.

4) One course covering informatics and analysis of large data sets:

a) Computer Science 110 section G only, Spring N class

b) Environmental Genomics Research BI 399, Fall N division class, has prereqs

c) Eukaryotic Genomics Research BI 399, Spring N division class, has prereqs, or

d) Information Discovery IM 241, Fall QS and S division class, has prereqs.

At least three elective courses related to ELSI genomic themes. Any three courses can be taken from the following list:

a) Social History of Medicine, History HS 211, Fall class. May count as a either a CA, or an H or I division class

b) Science and Human Values, Philosophy 250, Spring H division class

c) Judgment & Decision Making, Psychology 403/3XX, Summer online, S division class

d) Medicine, Doctors, and Russian Literature, RU 299, Spring. May count as a either a CA, or an H or I division class

Suggested Progression for Biology POEs

YEAR Fall Spring Summer
1      
2

Biology II

Genomics, Ethics and Society

ELSI elective 1

Informatics

 
3 Biostatistics, Informatics ELSI elective 2 or summer ELSI elective
4 ELSI elective 3    

 

Suggested Progression for POEs other than Biology

YEAR Fall Spring Summer
1      
2

Human Biology (or Sensory Biology in spring)

Genomics, Ethics and Society

ELSI elective 1

Informatics

 
3 ELSI elective 2 or summer, Informatics Environmetrics or Intro Prob and Stat ELSI elective
4 ELSI elective 3    

 

Management Plan

Students must submit a notice of intent to complete the certificate to Prof. Vince Buonaccorsi before junior year. The certificate may be approved by Vince Buonaccorsi, Jill Keeney, Jay Hosler, Jim Roney, or Loren Rhodes (the certificate advisory board). Courses other than those listed above may also apply if approved by this group. No more than two classes may overlap between the certificate and a student’s POE or a secondary emphasis. 

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Beyond the certificate, the following are additional suggested courses and experiences related to the overall learning objectives of the Genomics Leadership Initiative at Juniata College

Two proposed classes providing leadership skill and practice

1) Executive in Residence Program, Kathy Baughman

2) Leadership, Marlene Burkhardt

Research experiences

1) Summer research at Juniata or elsewhere

2) Independent research for credit during the semester (e.g. BI 489)

3) Course-based research experiences such as Molecular Techniques and Field and Stream

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Certificate in Geographical Information Systems

Visit http://www.juniata.edu/departments/environmental/giscertificate.html for info.

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