Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement:

1. What is an ATPI BAAS degree?

2. Why should I pursue an ATPI BAAS degree?

3. Is the ATPI BAAS degree any different from other undergraduate degrees?

4. How long will it take?

5. How many hours will I be required to take at the University of North Texas?

6. What courses can be used in my Occupational Specialization?

7. What is the purpose of a specialization?

8. Why are the course numbers on the University of North Texas degree plan different from those at the community college?

9. What are my options with the ATPI BAAS degree?

10. What type of courses am I required to take in the Professional Development area?

11. What are the support courses in the Professional Development area?

12. Is there a GPA requirement for graduation?

13. How do I get an official degree plan?

14. When can I start taking classes?

15. What does 100% online mean?

16. Can I take classes at UNT and at the community college at the same time?

17. What type of scholarships are available?

18. How do I apply?

19. Are summer classes offered?

20. Where do I find books?

21. Why are we only using 36 hours of my specialization courses?

22. Can I finish my Professional Development courses at the community college?

23. Can I finish my core classes at the community college?

24. Can I continue to work as I complete my UNT classes?

25. How do I register for classes?

26. Okay, I am now registered at UNT, how do I access my course(s)?

27. What type of computer and computer software do I need to take a course online?

28. What kind of computer skills do I need to use Blackboard Learn?

29. I am graduating, what do I do?

30. What is the approximate cost of each course?

31. Can I go to graduate school with this degree?

32. What can I do with this degree?

33. Will my community college courses transfer?

34. Can I get credit for my work experience?

35. Can I get credit for my military courses?

 

1. What is an ATPI BAAS degree?

The ATPI BAAS is a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. It is just like a BS or a BA degree but it is specifically designed for community college students who have completed an AAS degree or who have earned technical credits in a specialization. It is sometimes referred to as an inverted degree because courses generally taken in a "major" at a four year university, like UNT, are taken at a community college.

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2. Why should I pursue an ATPI BAAS degree?

Your AAS degree from the community college is typically your entrance into the world of employment. Many employers request that their employees hold a Bachelor's degree or pursue a Bachelor's degree as part of their on-going career development. Students typically use their ATPI BAAS degree to advance into leadership or supervisory positions within their field of specialization.

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3. Is the ATPI BAAS degree any different from other undergraduate degrees?

No, the ATPI BAAS degree is no different than any other Bachelor's degree. Students who complete a ATPI BAAS degree can go on to pursue a Master's degree.

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4. How long will it take?

That will depend on how many hours you take each semester at UNT. Generally full-time students take about 12 hours each semester. At that rate you are looking at about 1 ½ to 2 years to complete the 42 hours of Professional Development courses at UNT. Remember you can take courses concurrently while finishing your AAS degree or core credits at the community college.

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5. How many hours will I be required to take at the University of North Texas?

You will be required to take 42 hours at the University of North Texas. These are the junior/senior level (Professional Development) courses that accompany the major in the ATPI BAAS degree. These courses are 100% online!

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6. What courses can be used in my Occupational Specialization?

Virtually any courses that support your specialization can be used. Your advisor will work with you to identify the courses that will make up your specialization. Here's the basic question that your course selection must answer: Does this course help you get a job or advance you in your current job? If the answer is 'yes', the course should be able to be included in the Occupational Specialization area.

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7. What is the purpose of a specialization?

A specialization is in essence, your "major". These are the courses you've taken at a community college for your AAS degree.

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8. Why are the course numbers on the University of North Texas degree plan different from those at the community college?

All institutions use their own set of course numbers. There is a common core for course numbers. You can check with your academic advisor to find the equivalent course at your community college to match the course numbers at UNT.

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9. What are my options with the ATPI BAAS degree?

There are two options with the ATPI BAAS degree:

The first option is a teaching certificate related to your specialization. The required certification courses would be taken in the Professional Development area as support courses. Keep in mind that the teaching certification requires occupational experience anywhere from one to five years. Contact the University of North Texas advisor for an answer to your teaching certification questions. The ATPI BAAS degree at UNT offers certification in the following areas: Marketing Education, Trade & Industrial Education, and Health Science Education. Each area requires a different number of years of occupational experience; therefore, it is best to contact your advisor for this information.

The other option is the non-teaching option, and is the most popular option for ATPI BAAS degree students. This is the option for those wishing to advance in their field of specialization.

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10. What type of courses am I required to take in the Professional Development area?

Professional Development course topics include personal development, presentation skills, leadership, computer applications, facilitation skills, human relations, business communications and project management.

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11. What are the support courses in the Professional Development area?

There are 15 hours of support courses in the Professional Development area. These courses are selected between the student and his/her advisor. The only stipulation is that those courses must be on the junior/senior (3000/4000) level. Look at the " Areas of Emphasis" under course listings.

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12. Is there a GPA requirement for graduation?

The GPA requirement is a 2.5 overall for graduation. This includes all grades from all colleges.

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13. How do I get an official degree plan?

Once you've been admitted to the University of North Texas and are taking courses, meet with your advisor and request that an official degree plan be filed. You will receive an official degree plan in 1-2 weeks, and this will be the degree plan you will follow through the completion of your degree.

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14. When can I start taking classes?

Once you've been admitted to UNT, you can begin taking classes. All of the ATPI BAAS Professional Development courses are offered 100% online in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

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15. What does 100% online mean?

100% online means that all instruction is delivered 24/7 between the start of the semester and the end of the semester. Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks in length. There is also a 10 week Summer session offered each year All course content is delivered through your computer. There is no on-campus testing or other course related activities required. The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Learn, an online course delivery system. You do not need any special software, but your computer will need an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) for internet access.

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16. Can I take classes at UNT and at the community college at the same time?

Yes, you can. In fact, if you can handle the semester credit load, you can take classes at the community college during the day or evening and take your UNT classes online as well. You must file a concurrent enrollment form with the Dean's office at UNT.

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17. What type of scholarships are available?

Scholarships and financial aid information is available at http://essc.unt.edu/finaid/

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18. How do I apply?

To apply to UNT, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to ApplyTexas.org
  2. Create a profile by entering your personal information
  3. Select "Create a New Four Year University Application"
  4. Under "Target University" select UNT
  5. The "Application Type" is Transfer Undergraduate or Freshman
  6. Select a semester
  7. Select "School", then click "First Choice School"
  8. Choose College of Information
  9. Select "First Choice Major", then choose Applied Technology & Performance Improvement
  10. Click "continue to my application" to get your application number and to save your input or any changes.

Once you have been admitted to UNT, you will need to contact Toby Faber at 940-369-7873 or ci-advising@unt.edu. Toby is the Academic Counselor for the College of Information; he will put together an official degree plan for you.

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19. Are summer classes offered?

A wide selection of Professional Development courses are offered in the Summer 10 week session.

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20. Where do I find books?

When you have access to your online courses, you can order your textbooks online at eFollets.com within each course. You can also go to any of the on-campus bookstores in Denton, the bigger ones being Voertman's and the campus bookstore in the Union building. You can also order your textbooks from other online providers, such as Amazon.com, B&N.com, etc.

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21. Why are we only using 36 hours of my specialization courses?

We are only using 36 hours of your technical specialization courses because that is all that is required on the ATPI BAAS degree plan.

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22. Can I finish my Professional Development courses at the community college?

No, the Professional Development courses are your junior/senior level courses at UNT to complete your degree.

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23. Can I finish my core classes at the community college?

Yes, you are encouraged to finish your core classes at the community college. The community college is generally closer to home and costs less than a four year university like UNT.

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24. Can I continue to work as I complete my UNT classes?

Yes, in fact many of the students in the ATPI BAAS program are working full-time or part-time while attending UNT.

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25. How do I register for classes?

Please visit the Classes & Registration page on UNT's main site for instructions on how to pick and register for your courses.

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26. Okay, I am now registered at UNT, how do I access my course(s)?

Accessing Internet delivered courses is quite simple. Simply point your web browser to http://learn.unt.edu and a list of courses to which you are enrolled will display. Select the course title to access the course materials.

Your next step is to access the actual course content:

  1. Complete all steps within the Introduction
  2. Complete all steps within the "Required Tasks to Gain Access to Course Content" section

Once these tasks have all been completed a new icon will display on the course home page "Course Content", allowing you to access the actual course content.

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27. What type of computer and computer software do I need to take a course online?

The University of North Texas uses Blackboard Learn Internet delivery application to deliver course materials. The application tends to work best with Mozilla's Firefox web browser. Internet Explorer also works, but Apple's Safari web browser seems to give students a few problems when accessing some features within the Blackboard Learn application.

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28. What kind of computer skills do I need to use Blackboard Learn?

Most students will be familiar with at least one Internet email application. If you have the skills needed to use an Internet email application and to attach photos and documents to share with your friends, then you already have the basic skills needed to perform the tasks within the Blackboard Learn application that the University uses to deliver online course materials. LTEC courses are designed around the concept of "Learning Modules". Each Learning Module will contain links to every Blackboard Learn task needed to complete the Module. Students who experience problems have generally failed to follow three guidelines:

  1. Complete all tasks necessary to cause the "Course Content" icon to display on the course home page, thus giving you access to the course content
  2. Tested the computer to insure that it is ready to use the Blackboard Learn application
  3. Attempting to perform Blackboard Learn tasks outside of the respective Learning Module that will insure that you utilize the correct tool at the correct time and sequence to complete course assignments

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29. I am graduating, what do I do?

The semester you are planning to graduate, please make an appointment with Toby Faber, academic advisor, in the Dean's office or contact him at 940-369-7873 to arrange a degree plan check.

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30. What is the approximate cost of each course?

The approximate tuition for a three-credit undergraduate course at UNT for Texas residents is $650 and $925 for a three-credit graduate course; non-resident tuition is substantially higher. In addition to tuition, there are fees associated with specific courses and semester fees that are different for online and residential students. More detailed information can be found at the following URL: http://essc.unt.edu/saucs/tuition-and-fees.html.

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31. Can I go to graduate school with this degree?

Absolutely!  The BAAS degree is just like any other undergraduate degree.  The closer you seek a master’s degree to your undergraduate degree program— Applied Technology and Performance Improvement, the smoother the transition will be.  But the BAAS degree is no different from any other undergraduate degree, you can use it as a foundation for a masterss degree. 

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32. What can I do with this degree?

Your entry into your career field is generally based on the specialization earned in the community college, through your work experience and/or the military. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree will provide you with the opportunity to move up to a leadership position as a supervisor, manager, or team leader in your specialization. Through this degree you will develop skills in such areas as leadership, personal development, project management, computer applications, business communications, and human relations, just to name a few.

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33. Will My Community College Courses Transfer?

One of the most common questions students ask is... “Will my community college courses transfer to UNT?”  The more important question to ask is…. “How many of my community college courses will be used on my degree plan?”

ALL accredited courses taken at a community college will transfer to UNT.

How many of those courses will be used on your degree plan is a totally different issue.  Here is why…

The courses taken in your “major” at the community college are 1000 and 2000 level courses.  The courses you take in your major at a 4 year university, like UNT, are 3000 or 4000 level courses.  According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, no 1000 or 2000 level course can substitute for a 3000 or 4000 level course.

What does this mean to you?  Those 1000 and 2000 level courses in your major at the community college cannot be used on a 4 year university degree plans, with one EXCEPTION. That EXCEPTION is the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement.   The BAAS degree at UNT will utilize the courses in your major from the community college.  We will show you!  Just send us a copy of all your transcripts, along with your resume and we will provide you with an unofficial degree plan.  You DO NOT need to apply to UNT. We will do this to show you how you can make a smooth transition to the ATPI program at UNT.

Contact Toby Faber at Toby.Faber@unt.edu or go to www.ci.unt.edu for more information. Toby’s phone number is 940.369.7873.  

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34. Can I Get Credit for My Work Experience?

If you need additional hours to complete the 36 hour Occupational Specialization on the BAAS degree plan, send your resume, along with all your college transcripts, to: Toby Faber at Toby.Faber@unt.edu, or call him at 940.369.7873 if you need more information. Toby will review your resume to see if you can get any credits toward your degree for your work experience.

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35. Can I Get Credit for My Military Courses?

Send a copy of your DD-214 to Toby Faber for evaluation. If credits are granted, they will be used in your Occupational Specialization on your BAAS degree plan.

Contact Toby Faber at Toby.Faber@unt.edu for more information. Toby’s phone number is 940.369.7873. 

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