Compliance

Federal and WSCUC Compliance Policies

Institutional Mission

Founded upon the rich culture and values of India and rooted in the traditions of India, the University of Silicon Andhra (UofSA) serves its worldwide students and the local community by providing excellent research, professional, liberal arts, health, technology, sciences, and education in which the whole person scholar-practitioner learning model is integral to the learning experience. UofSA is an inclusive and diverse learning community that provides an opportunity to the students to actualize their potential as scholar-practitioners and to contribute to their local and global community with excellence, professionalism, and integrity.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the abilities, skills and knowledge that students will acquire at the University of Silicon Andhra (UofSA). The five ILO’s below describe the competencies that every student will have after successful completion of her/his education at UofSA.

Institutional Learning Outcome 1 – Knowledge and Critical Inquiry

UofSA graduates will have a strong knowledge base in their academic major. UofSA graduates will engage in critical inquiry to evaluate ideas, beliefs, and values to decipher their meanings and purport.

Institutional Learning Outcome 2 – Cultural Awareness

UofSA graduates will have a thorough awareness of the cultural history and diversity of their academic major and appreciation of the diverse points of view both from emic and etic perspectives.

Institutional Learning Outcome 3 – Applied Learning

UofSA graduates will creatively apply their knowledge, critical inquiry, and cultural awareness to the complexities of contexts and sub-contexts of human culture and conditions.

Institutional Learning Outcome 4 – Communication

UofSA graduates will communicate with clarity and in a precise manner using written, oral, and nonverbal language, and expressing an awareness of the surroundings, the situation, and the audience.

Institutional Learning Outcome 5 – Scholarly Research and Information Literacy

UofSA graduates will be scholar-practitioners in their fields and information literate. They will be able to find, organize, understand, critically examine and use information from various sources using a variety of technologies.

Credit Hour Policy

University of Silicon Andhra is in compliance with the Federal Credit Hour Policy 34 CFR 600.2. The credit hour policy is specified in each course syllabus. UofSA’s credit hour meets the Carnegie definition of a credit hour and is stated as follows on each course syllabus:

For a 3 Units course: Minimum 3 hour of in-class participation, minimum 6 hours of readings/assignments/watching instructional videos, etc., outside class per week (Please note that these are the minimum credit hours required to complete the course).

Transfer Credit Policy, Criteria, Articulation Agreements

– UofSA does not accept transfer credit nor does it give transfer credit

– UofSA does not currently have any articulation agreement with any other institution

Student Complaints/Grievance Policy or Procedures

Prior to submitting a formal grievance, the student shall: consult the instructor whose action is being appealed. This consultation generally must take place within 14 calendar days of the start of classes after the grading period in question. The instructor is expected to meet in person or online with the student and respond to his/her grievance in writing within 10 calendar days.

If the student and the instructor are unable to reach agreement, or if the instructor is unwilling or unable to meet with the student, the student shall meet with the chair of the instructor’s department. If the instructor involved is the Department Chair or if there is no Department Chair, the student shall meet with the Chief Academic Officer involved. The Chief Academic Officer will meet with the student and with the instructor and recommend a solution to both the instructor and the student in writing within 10 calendar days.

All timelines for this process are suggested and may be extended for just cause.

A student seeking clarification or guidance regarding filing an academic grievance should contact the Student Services for assistance 1-(844) 872-8680 or studentservices@universityofsiliconandhra.org.

If a complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. Unresolved complaints may be directed to the address below:

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Mailing Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 574-8900
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589
Main Fax: (916) 263-1897

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll-free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint to form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet web site (www.bppe.ca.gov).

Retention and Graduation Rates

Master of Arts in Kuchipudi Dance

-Graduation Rate: 100% (Spring 2017 Start)

-Retention Rate: 100% (Spring 2017 Start)

Net Price Calculator:

UofSA currently does not receive Title IV funds, and hence, a net price calculator is not mandated.

Gainful Employment Information

UofSA does not promise gainful employment to students who enroll in its programs. However, a recent survey of the MA in Kuchipudi Dance program graduates indicates that 8 out 12 were self-employed in the field.

Student Fees and Refund Policy

Tuition and Total Program Charges

In addition to the fees above, the total estimated tuition charges for the programs offered are as follows:

 

Program Tuition Total Charges
Master of Arts in Carnatic Music  

$9,000.00

 

$9,900.00

Diploma in Carnatic Music  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Carnatic Music  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

Master of Arts in Kuchipudi Dance  

$9,000.00

 

$9,900.00

Diploma in Kuchipudi Dance  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Kuchipudi Dance  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

Diploma in Bharatanatyam  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Bharatanatyam  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

 

You are responsible for these amounts.  If you get a student loan, you are responsible for repaying the loan amount plus any interest, less the amount of any determined refund.

A degree from an unaccredited institution, such as the University of Silicon Andhra, is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California.  A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.  The University of Silicon Andhra does not participate in federal or state financial aid programs.

Refund Policy

 The institutional refund policy for students who have completed 60 percent or less of the course of instruction, and who have not cancelled as explained above, shall be a pro- rata refund.

You are obligated to pay only for educational services received and for unreturned equipment or materials.  The refund shall be the amount you paid for instruction multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of hours of instruction which you have not received but for which you have paid, and the denominator of which is the total number of hours of instruction for which you have paid.

Any student who notifies the University of Silicon Andhra of cancellation or program withdrawal in writing has the right to cancel this enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later; less the non-refundable fees identified above.

All students must provide written notification of withdrawal, cancellation or request for refund.

Students who have completed 60% or less of a course are entitled to a refund based on the refund formula below.  After 60% of the course has been completed the course is non-refundable.

Refunds must be requested in writing to the University of Silicon Andhra, attention: Mr. Raju Chamarthi, CAO, and the refund will be calculated upon the receipt date or upon withdrawal of the student by the school as referenced above.

Any refund to a student will be refunded minus the non-refundable Registration fee of $75.00, and any other non-refundable fees, within 45 days of notification in writing or constructive withdrawal made by the school.

All course fees are due upon enrollment unless course tuition is paid as part of a payment plan.

Refunds are calculated as follows (and are only for students who have completed less than 60% of the total instruction hours): The institution’s refund policy for students who have completed 60% or less of the course of instruction shall be a pro rata refund calculated by hour of instruction minus the non-refundable Registration fee, or any other non-refundable fees.

FORMULA: (1) deduct the non-refundable application/registration fee or any other non-refundable fee from the total tuition charge; (2) divide this figure by the number of hours in the program; (3) the quotient is the hourly charge for the program; (4) the amount owed by the student for the purposes of calculating a refund is derived by multiplying the total hours attended by the hourly charge for instruction calculated in [3], plus the amount of the application/registration or other non-refundable fee specified in [1]; and (5) the refund shall be any amount in excess of the figure derived from [4] that was paid by the student to the institution.

HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE: A student registers for a 36-hour course at a cost of $800.  Upon the student notifying the school in writing of a withdrawal after attending 12 hours, a refund is calculated as follows: Total tuition of $800 minus $100 in non-refundable fees equals $700.  $700 divided by 36 hours of instruction equals $19.44/hr.  The student owes 12 hours completed x $19.44= $233.28 + $100 in non-refundable fees, totaling $333.28.  The $800 tuition fee minus $333.28 = a refund of $466.72.

Students’ Right to Cancel

 Any student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

Cancellation shall occur when you give written notice of cancellation to:  University of Silicon Andhra, c/o Mr. Raju Chamarthi, CAO, University of Silicon Andhra, Dr. Hanimireddy Lakireddy Bhavan, 1521 California Circle, Milpitas, CA 95035.  If you cancel the Agreement, the school will refund any money that you paid, less any non-refundable charges and deduction for equipment not timely returned in good condition (if indeed any equipment was received, which is unlikely), within forty-five days after your Notice of Cancellation is received.

Total Student Charges and Fees

 

Application Fee $25.00 This fee is Non-Refundable.
Registration Fee $75.00 This fee is Non-Refundable for the program.
STRF Fee Currently $ 0 of institutional charges.  This fee is Non-Refundable. This fee is included in the tuition for each program.
Returned Checks Fee $35.00 This fee is Non-Refundable.
Penalty Fee for Late Payment $20.00 applicable only to those students on a payment plan, and if a payment is five or more days late.  This fee is Non-Refundable.
Wire Transfer Fee (international students only) $40.00 Students will be responsible for wire transfer fee charges by a bank.  This fee is Non-Refundable.
Textbooks, or Materials Charges A tuition charge does not cover learning materials and workbooks. It is the students’ responsibility to purchase these materials.  The estimated cost is $300 for Certificate Programs; $600 for Diploma Programs; and $900 for the Masters Programs. There is no refund since students have to purchase on their own.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes are detailed at the institutional, program, and course levels. The institutional learning outcomes are available on the institutional web site under “About Us.” The program and course learning outcomes are available in the course syllabi. Although it is not possible to list all learning outcomes for all course offerings, below is a sample of student learning outcomes at all levels from GKD 506 Thesis 1 – Research Methodology course:

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, you will:

– Gain a critical understanding of the assumptions, goals and methods of qualitative inquiry and the application of the same.

– Develop a Master’s Thesis as an interpretive research project

– Evaluate and apply Qualitative Studies

– Organize and Use the data gathered accurately.

– Prepare a preliminary research design for the project chosen .

– Accurately collect, analyze and report data

– Have sharpened Academic Writing skills.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completing the program, the students will have

Program Learning Outcome 1 –  A broader perspective of Kuchipudi Dance through exposure to social history while the knowledge of the indigenous texts will have been made stronger.

Program Learning Outcome 2 – Developed contextulised knowledge of each genre of Indian dance forms, Kuchipudi in particular, so that the temporal and spacial points of view are absorbed and the historiography is seamless and experiential.

Program Learning Outcome 3 – Strengthened knowledge of music and the intricacies of rhythm typical to Kuchipudi form to take charge as the leader of the performing team with bearings right.

Program Learning Outcome 4 – Honed research instincts and writing skills to produce excellent theses.

Program Learning Outcome 5- Developed scholar-practitioner skills to present an original choreography  which showcases the knowledge and experience gained on the canvas of the traditional aesthetic.

Institutional Learning Outcomes
Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the abilities, skills and knowledge that students will acquire at the University of Silicon Andhra (UofSA). The five ILO’s below describe the competencies that every student will have after successful completion of her/his education at UofSA.

  • Knowledge and Critical Inquiry: UofSA graduates will have a strong knowledge base in their academic major. UofSA graduates will engage in critical inquiry to evaluate ideas, beliefs, and values to decipher their meanings and purport.
  • Cultural Awareness: UofSA graduates will have a thorough awareness of the cultural history and diversity of their academic major and appreciation of the diverse points of view both from emic and etic perspectives.
  • Applied Learning: UofSA graduates will creatively apply their knowledge, critical inquiry, and cultural awareness to the complexities of contexts and sub-contexts of human culture and conditions.
  • Communication: UofSA graduates will communicate with clarity and in a precise manner using written, oral, and nonverbal language, and expressing an awareness of the surroundings, the situation, and the audience.
  • Scholarly Research and Information Literacy: UofSA graduates will be scholar-practitioners in their fields and information literate. They will be able to find, organize, understand, critically examine and use information from various sources using a variety of technologies.

 

Evidence of Student Learning:

Direct evidence

-Capstone experiences such as research projects, presentations, theses, oral defenses, or performances

-Summaries and analyses of electronic class discussion threads.

Indirect evidence

-Course grades

-Alumni perceptions of their career responsibilities and satisfaction.

-Student ratings of their knowledge and skills and reflections on what they have learned over the course of the program.

-End-of-course student evaluation forms that ask about the course rather than the instructor.

-Student/alumni satisfaction with their learning, collected through surveys, exit interviews, or focus groups.

Total Cost of Education, Availability of Financial Aid, and Typical Length of Study

Tuition and Total Program Charges

In addition to the fees above, the total estimated tuition charges for the programs offered are as follows:

Program Tuition Total Charges
Master of Arts in Carnatic Music  

$9,000.00

 

$9,900.00

Diploma in Carnatic Music  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Carnatic Music  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

Master of Arts in Kuchipudi Dance  

$9,000.00

 

$9,900.00

Diploma in Kuchipudi Dance  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Kuchipudi Dance  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

Diploma in Bharatanatyam  

$5,400.00

 

$6,000.00

Certificate in Bharatanatyam  

$2,700.00

 

$3,000.00

-No financial aid is available

-Typical Length of Study

MA in Kuchipudi Dance – Two Years

MA in Carnatic Music – Two Years

Expected Student Debt at Graduation:

MA in Kuchipudi Dance – $9,900.00

MA in Carnatic Music – $9,900.00

Directory of Staff and Faculty with contact information

Admissions – Sridevi Ganti, sridevi.ganti@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Student Services – Mamatha Kuchibhotla, mamatha@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Finance – Deena Kondubhatla, deena@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Technology – Phani Madhav Kasturi, phanimadhav@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Studio Services – Janardhan, janardhan@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Academics –

Provost- Raju Chamarthi, raju@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Program Chairs-

Kuchipudi Dance- Dr. Yashoda Thakore, yashoda.thakore@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Carnatic Music- Dr. R.S. Jayalkashmi, jayalakshmi.rs@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Telugu- Dr. Mrunalini Chunduri, mrunalini.chunduri@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Bharatnatyam- Dr. Karuna Vijayendra, karuna.vijayendra@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Sanskrit, Dr. Vasanta Lakshmi, vasanta.lakshmi@universityofsiliconandhra.org

Student Default Rate

N/A. UofSA does not offer Federal or State Financial Aid.