PRP Terms and Conditions

The Professionalism Recognition Program (PRP) is a unique offering of The W. A. Franke College of Business (FCB) at Northern Arizona University. The program’s main objectives are to inspire students to recognize the valuable and varied qualities of professionalism, to help students develop their understanding of professionalism as it relates to various situations and communications, and to recognize those students that distinguish themselves doing so with a formal letter of considerable value in their career progression.

Participation by individual students and faculty members is entirely voluntary, but those who choose to participate commit to certain procedures and responsibilities including those detailed in the following terms and conditions. Terms and conditions, along with ratings and ranking methodology and calculations, are subject to change without notice, with updates applying to all participants regardless of enrollment dates.

1. Any FCB major, business or HRM, may enroll in the PRP.  Enrollment requires acknowledgement of these terms and conditions.  Enrollment is done only through the PRP online database.

2. Any student may enroll only once, and will thereafter be referred to as PRP participants.  Participants may withdraw from the PRP at any time, but those that do may not re-enroll.

3. Participant rankings are based on the completion of approved PRP extracurricular activities and workshops along with faculty/staff ratings recorded in the PRP database during the entire span of time they participate in the PRP.

a. PRP Participants are required to complete six unique PRP extracurricular activities from a list of approved PRP extracurricular activities and workshops.  See the Additional PRP Information page HERE for the most current list of approved activities.

b. Approved PRP extracurricular activities (guidelines found on the Additional PRP Information page HERE) include FCB workshops and activities held by the FCB as well as opportunities for students to engage outside of classes in activities that entail business relevance, such as student-run organizations. Participants that complete approved activities that are not held by the FCB must enter into the PRP database details of the activities performed, including information about the organization, the role and responsibilities undertaken, and the time dedicated to the activity. Participants must input approved PRP extracurricular activities during the semester that they are undertaken.  FCB administrators, or their designee(s), will subsequently evaluate the submissions of extracurricular activities prior to approving the activity as a unique PRP extracurricular activity.  No recourse on PRP extracurricular activities is possible with other individuals, nor is any activity from prior semesters changeable.

c. To be ranked within the PRP participants must have at least 10 ratings from FCB faculty or staff. Ratings from FCB faculty or staff may be accrued from interactions during normal operations, such as in a specific class, or may be solicited by the participant.

d. Classroom ratings are accrued from individual faculty members reflecting in-class behavior. The professionalism rubric provides some criteria for professionalism qualities though each faculty member may determine their own method of subjective evaluation thereof, and is the final authority for each rating made. Rated students are encouraged to discuss particular ratings with faculty members, but no recourse on ratings is possible with other individuals, nor is any rating from prior semesters changeable.     

e. FCB faculty and staff may also provide comments about professional behaviors to participants without a rating. FCB administrators, or their designee(s), can provide a rating based on the comments without a rating from FCB faculty or staff.

f. Participants will be ranked at the end of the semester that they complete six unique PRP extracurricular activities and have at least 10 ratings from FCB faculty or staff and if eligible, participants will be sent a formal letter. Faculty and staff ratings may be provided after a participant’s final ranking though they will not impact the final ranking.

g. Final professionalism rankings will entail three categories and the associated formal recognition:

i. Participation – participants who complete the required number of PRP activities, and does not have more than one unprofessional rating will earn a rank of “participation” and will receive a letter from the Dean’s Office specifying completion of the PRP activities.

ii. Professionalism – participants who complete the required number of PRP activities, do not have any unprofessional ratings, and have 70% faculty or staff ratings that are “professionalism” or “high professionalism” will earn an overall rank of “professionalism” and will receive a letter from the Dean’s Office specifying completion of the PRP activities and that 70% of feedback indicated that the student conducted himself/herself in a professional manner when interacting with faculty and staff.

iii. High Professionalism – participants who complete the required number of PRP activities, do not have any unprofessional ratings, have 80% faculty or staff ratings that are “professionalism” or “high professionalism”, and have 60% faculty or staff ratings that are “high professionalism”  will earn an overall rank of “high professionalism” and will receive a letter from the Dean’s Office specifying completion of the PRP activities and that at least 80% of instructor feedback indicated that the student conducted himself/herself in a professional manner and that a majority of instructor feedback indicated that the student conducted himself/herself in an extremely professional manner  when interacting with faculty and staff.

4. Participants can be administratively withdrawn from the PRP at the discretion of FCB administrators. Reasons may include academic dishonesty, consistently unprofessional or extreme behavior, in and/or out of any classes or any college or university settings.

5. Final authority for all matters relating to the PRP resides with the FCB Dean’s Office.  As ratings and overall rankings do not bear the same formality as grades, authority resides with the FCB rather than the central administration of Northern Arizona University.