FAQs

What is the IMPACT Lab?

The Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab at Radford University is delivering online, self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) in high-demand workforce areas (cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence, and K-12 education). Our CBE approach focuses on teaching specific job-related skills needed to complete a critical task within the workplace.

Is financial aid available for any of the IMPACT programs?

Financial aid is not available at this time.

What is the course start time?

A learner can apply at any time and will be placed in the next available term following application submission.

How do I defer my start date?

A learner may request in writing to defer their start only if their term has not yet begun and they have not accessed the learning management system.

What is the leave of absence and associated readmission process?

Learners may pause their progress at their discretion, but it is the learner's responsibility to complete their program within the allotted timeframe.

What is IMPACT’s grading policy for the K-12 education micro-credentials?

IMPACT Graduate Grading:

IMPACT uses a Pass/Fail grading scale. Per the Radford University graduate catalog, the following statement applies to IMPACT pass-fail (P/F) courses: P indicates passed with satisfactory work of “B” or better. https://catalog.radford.edu/content.php?catoid=47&navoid=1913#Grading_System

Radford University Graduate Grade Appeals Process:

Grade Appeals. Students wishing to appeal grades received in courses should refer to the Graduate Grade Appeal Procedures and associated forms posted on the Graduate College website at www.radford.edu/gradcollege under the “Forms and Policies” tab. https://catalog.radford.edu/content.php?catoid=42&navoid=1610#Grading_System

What is IMPACT’s grading policy for the Cybersecurity and Geospatial programs and courses?

IMPACT Undergraduate Grading:

IMPACT uses a Pass/Fail grading scale. Per the Radford University undergraduate catalog, the following statement applies to IMPACT pass-fail courses: A passing grade is awarded if the student passed with satisfactory work of “C” or better.

https://catalog.radford.edu/content.php?catoid=45&navoid=1821#Pass-Fail_Grades

Radford University Undergraduate Grade Appeal Process

Grade Appeals. Students wishing to appeal grades received in courses should refer to the Radford University Procedures for Formal Grade Appeals. The appeal

procedure and associated forms are posted on the registrar’s website: http://www.radford.edu/content/registrar/home/about/academic-policies/grade-appeal.html.

What is the withdrawal process?

To withdrawal from an IMPACT Program or course, the learner must send a written request via email to the IMPACT Lab at impactteam@radford.edu. Please be sure to send the request from the email address the University has on record. The process is completed once you receive an email confirming the withdrawal.

What is the Tuition Refund policy for the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab?

Learners who withdraw from IMPACT through census date will not be charged any tuition and fees. Census date is the 15th of the month following enrollment. For example, if a learner enrolls any time during the month of October, s/he could withdraw at any point through November 15th and receive a full tuition refund.

There is no proration of tuition and fees for learners who withdraw after the census date.

How do I get more information?

Whether you are an employer looking to improve employee effectiveness and retention or an individual who wants to level up in cybersecurity (click here), geospatial intelligence (click here), or K-12 education (click here), IMPACT will take your career to the next level. For general inquiries, please click here.