One Fab Academy Cycle is a period that goes from the beginning of the course, in mid-January, until the end of the evaluation process (early-July).
Continuing students are students that have done one or more assignments of the Fab Academy but have not completed the full diploma in the year (cycle) they enrolled in.
If the student desires to reactivate the course and graduate, he/she should have in mind:
1. There may be associated costs (see below);
2. They will be evaluated according to the standards of the year they are being evaluated. This means assignments should be completed according to the new criterion, stated in the Assessment Book, before the students access the evaluation process.
Continuing students can find themselves in the following situations:
A- Missing assignments
One or more assignments have not been taken by the student, who will have to attend the specific class or classes to take the whole assignment.
In this case, the student needs access to a Fab Academy Node, to an available Instructor and materials to accomplish the work.
B- Completing assignments
The student has taken all the assignments but he/she needs to complete documentation in order to get ready for final Evaluation Process.
In this case, the only resource needed is the support of an Instructor for advice and final assessment.
C- Missing evaluation stages
The student has finished all assignments but there are one or more stages of Evaluation missing:
1- Missing the Machine Design assignment Presentation
2- Missing the Final Project Presentation
3- Missing the Global Evaluation
In these 3 cases, there is no need to have access to a lab, instruction or new material, but the assessment from the local instructor on whether the student is ready for presenting and or for the Global Evaluation stage.
Continuing students should have in mind that after the year/cycle they enrolled, there might be extra fees to complete or finish.
In cases A and B local labs may charge extra fees for extra resources. In these cases, before enrolling, please arrange with your Lab a schedule and a work plan to understand which resources will be needed and if they are able to provide them. Then, after completing the missing assignments and evaluation stages applies case C.
In case C, Central Administration will charge the access to a new round of Global Evaluation. The costs of accessing a new Global Evaluation cycle is 250 USD, and is paid only when the local Instructor gives the OK for a complete work. If a student was never evaluated, he/she does not need to pay the fees.
Accessing Machine Design and Final presentations are free of costs.
WHAT TO DO?
If a Continuing Student desires to finish the Fab Academy, he/she should contact Fab Academy Coordination to assess in which stage the student is in > firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-January > Final Presentations: 2nd round (no evaluations)
June> Final Presentations: 1st round
> Global Evaluation: 1st round. There may be a 2nd evaluation round in November (to confirm yearly).
IMPORTANT: After 3 years of inactivity following the enrollment year, a Continuing Student becomes a Former Student and he/she can be asked to pay again part of the full tuition fees, depending on the amount of work left to complete.