The "Branding" moniker for The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is, "Beyond". As in going Beyond to exceed all your expectations in a university. Well, in my case the ball seems to have been dropped. I have visited every office I can in attempts to get the recognition I deserve for my QPA and it all my efforts have been met with and successfully blocked by the "Almighty Policy".
As I mentioned before policy states that a graduate must have at least 60 credits and a QPA of 3.75 or better to receive the distinction of Suma Cum-Laude at graduation and on their diploma. I have a QPA of 3.98 and 54 credits. I transferred in 11 credits from another college to apply to my current degree, giving me a grand total of 65 credits (only 54 earned at Pitt).
I realize that this degree is an Associates and other degrees are to follow. I will/should be able to keep up this pace for my Bachelors and I then can put this issue behind me. I just really feel that this policy is a bit ridiculous and should be waived in this case. Others at the University feel the same as I do. I also realize that there is a prestige with a University of Pittsburgh degree and with it comes their policies that supposedly make their degree so coveted.
In meeting with President Alexander today, I was met with the same response as before. "We're sorry, but we do have to adhere to the policy." One doesn't become a straight A student over night; I have been working at this fervently for 4 semesters. One would also think that those in the know would inform someone of the requirements to avoid this tragic situation. I never once heard of this policy the entire time I have been there. If I had known, I would have gladly taken the two extra classes I needed to insure I get the credit I deserve.
As this is a University wide policy, I have contacted the Main Campus and am awaiting their response. At this point I feel lied to and am very disappointed. The branding moniker of Go Beyond has failed me in my time of need. Thats just the way I see it.