University of the Rockies Catalog - Introduction

University of the Rockies Catalog - Introduction

Section One: Introduction

University of the Rockies is a graduate school of social and behavioral sciences. The students and faculty of University of the Rockies are passionate for excellence in business and society.


Mission Statement of the University

University of the Rockies provides high-quality, accessible learning opportunities globally for diverse groups of individuals seeking preparation for life goals, professional practice, service, and distinguished leadership.

Accreditation

HLC accreditationUniversity of the Rockies is a private, independent graduate school offering Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees. University of the Rockies is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For additional information about the University’s accreditation, please contact:

The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association
http://www.ncahlc.org.

A copy of the documentation describing the University’s accreditation will be made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. Please contact the University Provost at Provost@rockies.edu.


Core Values

The Core Values of University of the Rockies are Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Diversity. Board Members, administrators, faculty members, and students strive to embody these Core Values in all their activities and dealings with individuals both inside and outside the University of the Rockies community.
  • Integrity means University of the Rockies will model, both in attitude and in behavior, a strong sense of doing the right thing for the right reason.
  • Service means University of the Rockies will work to meet the learning demands of the individual student through a quality program and a supportive learning environment.
  • Excellence means University of the Rockies will deliver its programs in such a manner as to ensure academic rigor and relevance.
  • Diversity means University of the Rockies encourages students of all cultures and experiences to seek higher learning opportunities and learn from one another.

Self-Evaluation

The extent to which the University is actively pursuing the fulfillment of its mission is re-examined on an annual basis through its strategic planning, program review, educational effectiveness, and assessment of student learning cycles. Continuous improvement efforts at University of the Rockies rest on its strategy, planning, and effectiveness model which is focused on the coordinated efforts of operations, finance, and academics. The efforts of these three key functional areas are driven by key performance indicators defined and measured through the structured framework of the Institutional Strategic Plan and Institutional Effectiveness Plan. Performance and outcomes are guided by key strategic objectives of growth, prosperity, and accreditation.

 


Commitment to Diversity

Diversity at University of the Rockies means encouraging students of all cultures and experiences to seek higher learning opportunities and learn from one another. At University of the Rockies, diversity is defined by the difference made in people’s lives. Diversity is more than just a mission statement — it is a Core Value.

 

Understanding that issues of diversity are integral to the successful and ethical functioning of institutions of higher education, University of the Rockies demonstrates its commitment to diversity through the Office of Diversity, which is managed by the President’s Diversity Council and the Diversity Task Force. Additionally, administrators, faculty members, and students strive to encourage and support diversity in their actions with individuals both inside and outside the Rockies community.

 


History of the University

University of the Rockies was founded on June 18, 1998, as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (COSPP), to provide a professional graduate education in psychology to individuals who seek licensure as psychologists or practice in other arenas of the profession. In 2007, the University was acquired by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Since that time, University of the Rockies has broadened its focus as a private graduate school to include both social and behavioral science. University of the Rockies offers Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees.

Institutional Memberships

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • American Evaluation Association
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO)
  • Association of Governing Boards
  • Association of Psychology and Post-Doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC) – School of Professional Psychology Membership (as a graduate training institution)
  • Association of Psychology and Post-Doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC) – Clinic/Consortium Membership (as an internship site)
  • Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP)
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Women International
  • International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)
  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)
  • National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
  • Organizational Development Network of Colorado
  • Professional and Organizational Development (POD)Network in Higher Education
  • Quality Matters™ Consortium
  • Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (National and Colorado Springs)
  • Soroptomist International
  • South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • The Sloan Consortium, Inc.
  • WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)

 


Student Consumer Information

Prospective and current students can locate important information about University of the Rockies on the Student Consumer Information page on the University website at www.rockies.edu/about/consumer-information. This page includes links to helpful information on a variety of key information and disclosures. The presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which requires colleges and universities to publicly disclose various aspects of their policies and procedures.

 

The Student Consumer Information page is designed to provide open, pertinent information and disclosures for both prospective and current students.

 


Rights to Change Requirements

The 2014-2015 University of the Rockies Academic Catalog presents the policies and procedures for graduate programs offered by the University. The University reserves the right to make alterations to this Catalog and the policies and procedures therein as deemed necessary by the University. Changes may also be necessitated by federal, state or local law, other regulatory requirements, accreditation, or licensure. Changes may include but are not limited to curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, procedures, and costs. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, University of the Rockies will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any policy changes through communication methods deemed appropriate by the University administration. In the event that the University plans to change a program such that it will impact a student’s graduation requirements, the information will be posted at the following website address www.rockies.edu/catalog. Please refer to the Plans to Improve an Academic Program policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog for more information.

 

University of the Rockies reserves the right to refuse to admit or readmit any applicant. Furthermore, University of the Rockies reserves the right to dismiss any student, at any time, who fails to give satisfactory evidence of academic or clinical ability, earnestness of purpose, or active cooperation in all requirements for acceptable program completion.

 

University of the Rockies cannot guarantee that a student will earn a Doctorate degree or a Master’s degree or qualify for licensure in Colorado or any other state. Students residing in, or seeking licensure in, states other than Colorado are responsible for assuring that their program at University of the Rockies will meet the licensure requirements of that state.

 


State Regulatory Information

For a complete listing of the states in which University of the Rockies is licensed, registered, authorized, certified, or exempt, and states where such licensure is not required at this time, please visit http://www.rockies.edu/accreditation.htm#state. The University will continue to monitor developments in state laws in each state in which it enrolls students and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, will promptly seek to obtain such approvals. For states with an approved status, please be aware that individual programs may not be approved or may be pending approval by a state licensing authority and cannot be offered to students residing in that state.

 

The following disclosures are required by various state regulatory authorities:

 

  • Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.
  • University of the Rockies has been granted full authorization as a degree granting institution by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE).
  • This institution is authorized by:
    The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
    101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
    317.464.4400 Ext. 138
    317.464.4400 Ext. 141
  • University of the Rockies is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.  
  • University of the Rockies is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. Tennessee Residents: Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 404 James Robertson Pkwy, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243-0830,
    (615) 741-3605.  
  • Wisconsin Residents: In the event student complaints are not satisfactorily resolved with the school, students can contact the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board at  (608) 266-1996. 

 

A copy of the documentation describing the institution’s licensure, registration, authorization or certification will be made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. Please contact Bridgepoint Education, Inc.’s Director of State Compliance for documentation.

 

Student Complaint State Contact Information
Students are encouraged to use the University procedures outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of this Catalog to file an informal complaint or formal grievance. Any student may contact his or her specific state agency directly to register a complaint. For information on registering a complaint in your state, please visit http://www.rockies.edu/accreditation.htm#state.

 


Ownership

University of the Rockies, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of

 

Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

13500 Evening Creek Drive North, Suite 600

San Diego, CA 92128


Contact Information

For additional information pertaining to this Catalog, please contact University of the Rockies at (866) 621-0124 (toll-free) or write to 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Ste.108, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3612. Obtain information by visiting the University website at http://www.rockies.edu.

 

Colorado Springs Campus

University of the Rockies’ campus is located at 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Ste. 108 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The campus is housed in a historic railway station and contains classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, a library, and an on-site behavioral health clinic.

 

At Rockies Counseling Center, students in the School of Professional Psychology gain practical experience under the supervision of licensed psychologist. The clinic contains a dozen therapy rooms, including spaces dedicated to group therapy, as well as therapy using music, art and play. There is also space dedicated to neuropsychology testing and assessment and biofeedback. Video monitoring and recording are used in the clinic to support the supervision and learning processes.

 

On campus, the library is staffed seven days a week to support students. The library provides university-wide access to a variety of research resources both online and on ground. The library also offers interlibrary loan services allowing students to obtain books, articles, and other documents not currently in the electronic collections.

 

Administrative offices at University of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Campus are open for business from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For contacts in Colorado Springs, please dial (719) 442-0505 or (866) 621-0124 (toll-free), and then dial the appropriate extension.

 

Business/Finance ext. 4446

Deans and Academic Support Services ext. 1697

Facilities ext. 1673

Financial Aid ext. 1643

Library ext. 1675

Registrar ext. 1693

Student Affairs ext. 3664

 

Denver Instructional Site

The Denver Instructional Site, located at 1201 16th Street, Suite 200, Denver, Colorado, 80202, has approximately 30,000 square feet of space, which includes classrooms, a library, student study areas, a student lounge, staff offices, and a 150-seat auditorium. “Coaching” classrooms are also available for observation and video feedback. All areas of the Instructional Site have wireless access and the public areas have power and network outlets.

 

Throughout the facility, technology has been incorporated to aid the teaching and learning process. Classrooms have projection systems, high definition cameras, conferencing capabilities and computer and Internet access. The coaching classrooms have one-way glass windows and video control systems, enabling faculty to provide feedback and coaching to their students.

 

The library has approximately 8,000 square feet of space with study rooms and a lounge area. The library provides university-wide access to a variety of research resources both online and on ground. The library also offers interlibrary loan services allowing students to obtain books, articles, and other documents not currently in the electronic collections.

 

University of the Rockies’ Denver Instructional Site is open for business from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. To reach administrators at our campus in Colorado Springs, please dial (719)442-0505 or (866) 621-0124 (toll-free). For contacts in Denver, please dial (303) 446-5867 or (855) 531-4705 (toll-free), and then dial the appropriate extension.

 

Facilities ext. 2069

Financial Aid ext. 8631

Library Office ext. 1854

Library Front Desk ext. 1853

Registrar ext. 8248

Student Affairs ext.8820

 

Online

University of the Rockies online is open for business from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Please dial (866) 621-0124 (toll-free) to reach contacts for the online delivery format.

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