Academic Catalog 2012-2013 
    Dec 15, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies (CAGS)

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Catalog as Guide and Agreement


The catalog provides students with the best information available concerning the University and its programs at the time of publication. While every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, the University reserves the right to change without notice statements in the catalog regarding policies, academic offerings, standards of conduct, and charges for tuition, fees, and room and board. Since the University continually modifies and improves the curriculum to meet the needs of students, the catalog serves as a guide.

A student who enrolls in the University will be allowed to graduate under the policies in the catalog published at the time of admission to a program, as long as the student has maintained continuous enrollment. A student who has not been enrolled for 366 days must apply for readmission and complete a degree program under the regulations published in the catalog that is in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Students who change their major will complete the degree program under the catalog in effect at the time they change their major. To change majors and catalog years, students must be currently enrolled. 

Transfer Credit Categories


Technical Credit
Technical credit is defined as vocational and occupational, but not professional in nature. Examples of technical credit are electronics, cosmetology, dental assisting, auto body repair, ammunitions, welding, and paraprofessional health care.

Courses comparable to those that would lead to a bachelor’s degree should not be considered vocational or occupational even if they are part of a certification or licensure program. Examples include nursing, teaching, physical therapy, fire science, computer science, and law enforcement.

Associates of Applied Science or Applied Arts degrees are not always transferable to a bachelor’s degree and may be considered technical in nature.

Technical credit may not be used to meet general education requirements but may be used to fulfill elective requirements. A student may transfer in a maximum of 30 hours of elective credit in technical courses towards a bachelor’s degree. Nursing students may not transfer technical credit. 

Non-traditional Credit
Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)
A high school graduate who has taken Advanced Placement Examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board and passed with a score of 3, 4, or 5 may receive University credit. Credit awarded will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation if it is applicable to a degree program.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) 
Colorado Christian University will grant credit to students who score at or above established levels on many College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST examinations. Credit received will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation if it is applicable to a degree program. Information about specific CLEP and DSST equivalents and scores as well as testing policies and procedures may be obtained from Service Central, a student service advisor, or on the My CCU portal.

Ivy Software Courses and Exams
Students can utilize Ivy Software for a convenient and flexible way to fulfill MBA prerequisites. MBA students can purchase the following:

  • Business Math and Statistics (fulfills statistics pre-requisite)
  • Financial Accounting: A Management Perspective (fulfills accounting prerequisite)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (fulfills economics prerequisite)
  • Understanding Corporate Finance (fulfills finance prerequisite)

Students download all course material and must pass the final course exam with at least an 80% in order for the course to count towards a prerequisite. The student may take the test up to three times. In order to validate the prerequisite, the student service advisor must access the IVY Software website and send a copy of the test scores to Further details can be viewed on the MBA admissions webpage. Note: Ivy courework is not transferable toward a CCU Undergraduate or Graduate degree.

American Council on Education Credit (ACE)
The American Council on Education (ACE)’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace and non-traditional learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. Examples include: corporations, labor unions, professional and volunteer associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies.

Active duty personnel and veterans may receive undergraduate credit for basic training and other formal educational experience gained while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Credit awarded will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation if it is applicable to a degree program. Veterans must sumbit a certified original AARTS/ACE/CCAF transcript, or other documentation of their experience, to receive credit. To evaluate credit, the University utilizes the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Validated University-Level Learning or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Adults with significant professional or personal experience may be granted academic credit for life and work experience not formally sponsored by a college or university. Credit is awarded on the basis of careful evaluation of life learning essays that document content, quality, and extent of the learning experience. Students interested in pursuing credit for life learning are required to take PLA 200 Prior Learning Assessment. In this course, students will receive instruction in documenting their learning experiences as well as how to construct a comprehensive portfolio.

Credit is awarded in semester hours and is recorded on the student’s transcript. It is possible to earn up to 34 credits (3 semester hours for the course; 31 semester hours of assessed learning experience) through the prior learning assessment process. Non-refundable fees are charged per credit hour submitted for essay evaluation. Credit received is treated as transfer credit and does not count toward CCU’s residency policy. Credit will count toward graduation if it is applicable to a degree program. In assessing and accepting prior learning credit, the University adheres to guidelines and standards delineated by the Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the American Council on Education (ACE). 

The following are the only categories approved for general education requirements:

  • 3 semester credits in Oral Communications
  • 9 semester credits in Humanities (must be two different disciplines)
  • 9 semester credits in Social/Behavioral Science
  • 3 semester credits in Computer Science (limited to past 5 years)

CCU does not accept PLA credits toward major or core courses.

Portfolios must be submitted within 1 year from the completion of the PLA 200 course and no later than 12 weeks prior to the student’s expected graduation date. Once the student has submitted the portfolio, a trained PLA evaluator assesses the portfolio. The evaluator determines semester credit awarded. The approved semester credits are then sent to Service Central and recorded as transfer credit.

Additional information regarding PLA is available on MyCCU.

Physical Education Credit
A student may transfer in a maximum of seven hours of elective credit in physical education activity courses toward a bachelor’s degree. Activity courses include varsity sports, fitness for life, and sports courses, e.g., skiing. Military basic training is also transferred in as physical education credit.

Grading System


With one exception, the University uses a four-point system to calculate semester and cumulative GPAs.  For students enrolled in the nursing program, the Nursing Division grading scale replaces the University grade scale. Both grade scales and charts of percentages are listed below:

University Grade Scale and Chart of Percentages with Honor Points (Letter)

Grade Quality Points Percentage Comment
A 4.0 92.50 - 100% (exceptional quality)
A- 3.7 89.50 ≤ 92.49%  
B+ 3.3 87.50 ≤ 89.49%  
B 3.0 82.50 ≤ 87.49% (commendable quality)
B- 2.7 79.50 ≤ 82.49%  
C+ 2.3 77.50 ≤ 79.49%  
C 2.0 72.50 ≤ 77.49% (acceptable quality)
C- 1.7 69.50 ≤ 72.49%  
D+ 1.3 67.50 ≤ 69.49%  
D 1.0 62.50 ≤ 67.49% (below average passing)
D- 0.7 59.50 ≤ 62.49% (no credit for requirements other than elecitves)
F 0.0 Below 59.49% (failing, no credit)

Nursing Grade Scale and Chart of Percentages 

Grade Quality Points Percentage Comment
A 4.0 94-100%  
A- 3.7 92-93%  
B+ 3.3 90-91%  
B 3.0 85-89%  
B- 2.7 83-84%  
C+ 2.3 81-82%  
C 2.0 75-80%  
C- 1.7 73-74% (failing, no credit)
D+ 1.3 71-72%  
D 1.0 66-70%  
D- 0.7 64-65%  
F 0.0 Below 64%  

Grading System with No Honor Points (Letter)

AU Audit
I Incomplete
IP In Progress (internship, thesis, practicum)
NC No credit
P Pass (indicates grade of C- or better)
W Withdrawal
NR No record

Audit (AU)
Students auditing a course do not earn college credit for that course; however, audited courses do appear on their official transcripts. Students may audit adult-undergraduate or graduate courses that do not have prerequisites. Students auditing a course are expected to purchase textbooks and materials, meet attendance requirements, and actively participate in course activities, but are exempt from submitting graded written assignments or exams. Auditing students who are participating in an on-line course are required to participate in the threaded discussion portion of course assignments. By arrangement with the student service advisor or Service Central, students may change from audit to credit, or credit to audit prior to the drop deadline for the course.

Incomplete (I)/Extension
If a student cannot successfully complete course assignments by the designated course completion date due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, a request for an extension must be made in writing by the student to the instructor using the Course Extension Form located on Service Central’s My CCU site. Students must be passing the course up to the point they had completed. Requests must be submitted prior to the end date of the course as listed in WebAdvisor. Extensions should be completed in the least amount of time reasonable, preferably within 21 days (three weeks). Extensions requested for longer than 35 days (five weeks) require additional approval and incur a course extension access fee to the student.

Once an extension is granted, an “I” is recorded on the student’s transcript. At the end of the extension, a grade will be recorded reflecting the work completed. Failure on the part of the student to complete the required coursework in the allotted time will result in an automatic failure of the assignment, which may result in a failure of the course. 

In Progress (IP)
Students who make satisfactory progress in an internship or thesis, but do not complete its requirements by the end of the semester may, with the permission of the instructor and appropriate dean, request an extension into the following semester. A grade of IP is recorded until the internship or thesis is completed, at which time it is replaced by a letter grade. If the internship or thesis is not completed by the end of the second semester, the student will receive an F.

No Credit (NC)
Students who are auditing courses will receive a grade of NC for completing the course. No college credit is earned for auditing courses.

Pass (P) and Fail (F)
Certain courses are designated Pass/Fail. A passing grade (C- or better) awards credit but does not impact the student’s GPA. A failing grade (D+ or lower) does not award credit but does impact the student’s GPA.

Course Withdrawal (W)
In the case of serious illness of student; death or serious illness of immediate family member; accident; or unforeseen military or corporate assignment preventing the student from completing the course in the designated time frame, students may petition for a course withdrawal prior to the end date of the course. Course withdrawal requests are subject to review and are not automatically approved.

The process is initiated by the student completing the Petition for Course Withdrawal Form located on Service Central’s My CCU site and submitting it to their student service advisor. Documentation of the illness, death, accident, or military/corporate assignment must be submitted to support the petition. The approval of a withdrawal results in a “W” recorded on the student’s transcript for the course. The “W” will be awarded only for a course the student was passing at the time he or she became incapacitated or could not complete the course. A “W” does not adversely affect the cumulative GPA and tuition is forfeited on all withdrawals granted.

Due to eligibility for specific military or veteran’s benefits, a student may wish to petition for a long-term incomplete grade rather than withdrawal. The issuance of an “I” or a “W” may directly impact a student’s receipt of a grade for tuition reimbursement purposes, and may directly impact his or her eligibility and receipt of financial aid. It is imperative that students contact Service Central to clarify the impact of “I” or “W” to their eligibility.

No Record (NR)
NR is assigned when no grade is submitted for a student. A grade of NR does not factor into the student’s cumulative GPA.

Continuing Education Courses 
Continuing Education (CE) courses carry no academic credit and are non-graded. CE courses and for-credit courses are displayed on separate transcripts.

Course Repeat Privileges
Students may repeat any course in which a grade of B or lower was earned. When the course is repeated, both courses and their grades are shown on the transcript, but only the last grade received will be used in calculating the cumulative grade-point average. If the same grade is earned twice, only one grade will be used to calculate the GPA. Full tuition is charged for the repeated course. For information on financial aid eligibility for repeated courses, see the “Financial Aid Eligibility–Repeated Courses” section of the Financial Aid Handbook.

Academic Information


The College of Adult and Graduate Studies courses are designed as concentrated seminars/modules. Attendance and promptness is essential for student learning; for the personal and small-group relationships facilitated in class sessions; and for the accomplishment of learning outcomes. Furthermore, attendance is essential to comply with government regulations for recipients of Veteran Administration benefits and other scholarships, as well as accreditation standards.

In-Seat Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend all class sessions of their courses. Students that do not attend their first class session and have given no notification to any staff or faculty member, will be dropped from their course prior to the drop deadline. It is recognized that class absences are sometimes necessary for professional or personal reasons. There are two categories of absences: 

  • Missed session by student choice: I.e. vacations, children’s events or activities, or other non-emergency situations. If a student misses 25% or more of the total course time, which is more than one class for most courses, he or she will receive a grade of “F”. Arriving late to class counts toward the total class time missed. No participation points will be given; no makeup work will be provided.
  • Missed session caused by extenuating circumstance: I.e. a serious illness of the student, a serious illness or death of an immediate family member, a serious accident, or unforeseen military or corporate assignment which prevents the student from completing the course in the designated time frame. With appropriate documentation, such as physician’s statement, or military supervisor documentation, a student may request a make-up assignment or supplementary study for the missed class time. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor regarding make-up work. The assignments due must be turned in as scheduled unless prior arrangements were made with the instructor. Students whose absence is due to extenuating circumstances and who miss 25% or more of the total course time may petition for a withdrawal from the course.

Online Class Attendance 
Class attendance for online courses is defined as an online presence for each session (usually defined as one week in length). This presence is demonstrated by active participation in all threaded discussions, and assignment submission by the due dates as required by the instructor. Failure to fulfill requirements within the parameters of the session may result in a grade reduction. Students who do not participate in their course (zero participation) by the drop deadline will be dropped from their course.

Academic Appeals Policy
The purpose of the academic appeals process is to provide guidelines for a timely and equitable resolution of problems or complaints of an academic nature when reasonable direct discussions between the parties have failed to do so. Academic appeals may be made only on the grounds of unfair treatment against stated standards and not against the professional judgment of the faculty or personality of the faculty. Personality conflicts should be dealt with quickly and in private, and not as a part of an academic appeal, unless the complaint involves unfair treatment against stated standards.

The University’s primary concern in any grievance or appeal process is to bring reconciliation and growth in ways that enhance community. The first approach in any appeal should be non-adversarial and open, undertaken with careful attention to fostering understanding and problem solving. The expectation is that the majority of appeals can be resolved through a flexible process at the level closest to a student.

Recommended action for grade revision in the student’s favor will not be made unless there is clear evidence that the original grade was based on inaccurate or incomplete information, or was inconsistent with official University policy.

  • Filing a grade appeal
    1. Prior to the end of the semester following the semester in which the course was taken and which the contested grade is issued, the student will request that the faculty member reconsider the grade that was awarded. The student should request a face-to-face or phone meeting with the faculty. An e-mail appeal is not recommended.
    2. If dissatisfied with the outcome of faculty decision, within 10 days of the faculty member’s decision, the student may appeal in writing to the dean.
    3. Within 10 days of the dean decision, the student may submit a written appeal to the CAGS assistant vice president of academic administration.
    4. The student is responsible to monitor e-mail daily throughout the appeals process.
  • Filing an appeal for other academic decisions
    1. The student will submit a written appeal to the dean before the end of the semester following the semester in which the decision was made.
    2. Within 10 days of the dean’s decision, the student may submit a written appeal to the assistant vice president of academic administration. 
    3. The student is responsible to monitor e-mail daily throughout the appeals process.

Exception to Academic Policy
Students desiring consideration of an exception to stated University academic policies, procedures and regulations may petition. The process is initiated by the student completing the Petition for Exception to Academic Policy Form located on Service Central’s My CCU site and submitting it to his or her student service advisor. The petition will be reviewed by the dean of the student’s program. After a decision has been reached, the student will be notified in writing by the appropriate office.

Leave of Absence
Students who find it necessary to take a temporary leave of absence from the University should complete the Leave of Absence Form on Service Central’s My CCU site and obtain a signature from their student service advisor. A leave of absence may be taken for up to three consecutive semesters. The form should be completed prior to beginning the leave of absence during the current active semester. The leave of absence puts the student’s registration status on hold, allowing the University to schedule the reactivation of their account without the necessity of additional paperwork or procedures beyond completion of the form. 

University Withdrawal
Students contemplating withdrawal from the College of Adult and Graduate Studies should complete the University Withdrawal Form located on Service Central’s My CCU site, and ensure financial clearance with Service Central. Forms must be submitted to Service Central for processing. A University withdrawal does not drop or withdraw a student from his or her individual courses. If a course withdrawal is necessary, it must be filed separately, following the “Course Withdrawal” requirements.

Directed and Independent Study
Directed or independent studies may be available, with approval, upon student request or institutional need. Either the Independent Study or Directed Study form must be completed before the course is added to the student’s schedule. An independent or directed study must be concluded within the normal block time frame.

A Directed Study is an established course offered to assist a student in maintaining adequate progress toward completion of their degree. Directed studies are available to students whose cumulative GPA meets their program GPA requirements. Before the student is registered for an inseat directed study, conference times that are mutually agreeable to the student and the instructor must be arranged. These conferences provide an evaluation of the student’s progress in the study. The student is expected to complete all objectives, reading and assignments of the established course. Directed studies are not available for students who do not remain with their initial cohort.

An Independent Study is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to investigate an area of academic interest not available through the regular curriculum. The student will propose a planned course of academic investigation. The plan will include appropriate readings, writing and activities to demonstrate fulfillment of the planned learning outcomes. Independent studies are available to students whose cumulative GPA meets their program GPA requirements.  Independent studies must be approved by an instructor and the dean under whose department the course is offered.

Internship, Student Teaching, Field Experience, Practicum, Thesis
Internships, student teaching, field experience, practicum, and thesis are used to fulfill specific requirements of degree programs. Field experience and student teaching generally do not extend beyond a regular semester. A thesis or internship may extend beyond a regular semester provided a formal course extension has been approved. Internships are graded Pass/Fail and are available to students with the approval of the dean. A field experience, student teaching, practicum, or thesis is graded on the standard A-F grading scale. Requirements for these courses are outlined in the course syllabus and students are closely supervised by University faculty.

Academic Standing


CAGS has established standards for academic standing to guide the student to successful completion of their program. Course completion and grade point average (GPA) standards identify student progress toward their degree. There are three levels of academic standing: regular, probation and suspension.

Matriculated students

  1. Regular standing:
    1. A student enrolled in a CAGS associate or baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree program with a cumulative 2.00 GPA or higher.
    2. A student enrolled in a CAGS associate or baccalaureate nursing (undergraduate) program with a cumulative 2.50 GPA or higher.
    3. A student enrolled in a CAGS baccalaureate education (undergraduate) program with a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher.
    4. A student enrolled in a CAGS educational licensure program with a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher.
    5. A student enrolled in a CAGS master’s degree (graduate) program with a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher.
  2. Probation:
    1. A student enrolled in a CAGS program with at least six (6) completed credits will be placed on probation if his or her term or cumulative GPA at any time falls below:
      1. 2.00 for the associate or baccalaureate (undergraduate) programs
      2. 2.50 for the associate and baccalaureate nursing (undergraduate) programs
      3. 3.00 for the baccalaureate education (undergraduate) programs
      4. 3.00 for the educational licensure programs
      5. 3.00 for the master’s degree (graduate) programs
    2. After the probationary semester, the student must have obtained the program required term GPA in order to continue, otherwise, the student is suspended.
      1. Exception: If the student’s term GPA meets or is above the program requirement, but the cumulative GPA is still below the requirement, the student may continue on academic probation for one additional semester.
    3. After the second probationary semester:
      1. Both the term and cumulative GPA must meet the student’s program requirements in order to continue on regular standing, otherwise the student is suspended.
    4. A student is returned to regular standing when both the term and cumulative GPA meet the program requirements.
    5. Undergraduate students on academic probation are limited to a maximum of nine (9) non-concurrent semester credits while graduate students are limited to a maximum of six (6) non-concurrent semester credits.  
    6. Students should contact their student service advisor for scheduling assistance.
    7. Students are ultimately responsible for their own success or failure during their semester of academic probation and face suspension if their grades do not meet the stated requirements to either return to regular standing or remain on probation for an additional semester.
    8. Conditionally admitted students:
      1. Students admitted conditionally are required to meet specific performance standards their first term at CCU due to previously failing to meet one or more academic or behavioral standards.
      2. Students are required to sign an agreement upon admission, acknowledging that if standards are not adhered to, they will be suspended.
      3. Students are admitted on academic probation and will follow the GPA and class limit guidelines and requirements for probationary students.
    9. Conditions of probation:
      1. Students on probation are not eligible to register for classes until they have met with and been approved by their student service advisor.
  3. Suspension:
    1. A student on academic probation will automatically be suspended at the end of any semester in which the student’s term and cumulative GPA falls below:
      1. 2.00 for the associate or baccalaureate (undergraduate) programs
      2. 2.50 or below a ‘C’ in any two courses for the associate and baccalaureate (undergraduate) nursing programs
      3. 3.00 for the baccalaureate education (undergraduate) programs
      4. 3.00 for the educational licensure programs
      5. 3.00 for the master’s degree (graduate) programs
    2. Students who are academically suspended will be notified after the end of the term and will receive information concerning their rights of appeal and the reinstatement process.
    3. Conditions of suspension:
      1. Students must drop or withdraw from all registered courses and satisfy their financial account.
      2. Students may petition for reinstatement to the undergraduate or graduate program after a twelve (12) month absence.
      3. Appeals are not available for suspended (or terminated) students in the nursing programs.
  4. Suspension Appeal:
    1. While academic suspension is automatic, suspended students (with the exception of students in the nursing programs) may appeal in writing to the CAGS dean of student services if there are mitigating circumstances that directly affected their academic performance. Prior to submitting the appeal, the student should consult with a service central specialist to discuss the financial aid ramifications of this suspension status.
    2. Within one week following the suspension, a student must submit the following in a formal written statement:
      1. A review of their academic efforts, including any explanations, circumstances, reasons, etc., explaining why their performance was unsuccessful.
      2. An academic plan for their future success, including goals for achieving the required program term and cumulative GPA by the end of the semester.
      3. A statement acknowledging that at the end of the semester following the appeal, if the student’s GPA does not reach the program term and cumulative GPA requirements, the student understands they will be automatically suspended for at least one calendar year (12 months) with no right to appeal.
    3. If the student’s appeal is not received within the week deadline, the student will remain suspended for one calendar year (12 months)with no right to appeal.
    4. After reviewing the student’s written statement, the dean of student services may:
      1. Act to reinstate the student.
      2. Deny readmission.
      3. Set conditions on a contract to be met before a second appeal will be considered. A second appeal may be considered only if the student has new information to present.
    5. A student who is reinstated from suspension will remain on a suspension contract for one semester and will be reviewed at the end of that semester. Students who withdraw from the University while on suspension contract nullify their contracts and will be placed back on suspension.
    6. Students are limited to two suspension appeals during their academic career at CCU.
    7. Graduate students who are reinstated from a second suspension will remain on academic probation for the remainder of their graduate program.
  5. Suspension Reinstatement:
    1. If students wish to return to CCU after their twelve (12) month suspension period, the following is the process for consideration of reinstatement.
      1. A letter of appeal to the CAGS dean of student services requesting reinstatement containing the outlined requirements from 4.2 (above).
      2. The request will be reviewed and if accepted, the student will be notified that he/she is cleared to contact CAGS admissions for re-admission.
      3. Any disciplinary issues pending at the time the student was academically suspended will be addressed with the student before clearance for re-admission.
    2. Students readmitting after an absence of twelve (12) months must satisfy the degree or program requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

Academic Advising and Registration


Academic Advising
All students are assigned a personal student service advisor to walk with them through program completion. Advisors assist students with degree planning, scheduling, cohort preparation, and understanding University policies and procedures. Advisors guide, encourage, and equip students to be successful in their program and are committed to help them achieve their educational, personal and professional goals. Students may contact their advisor by phone, e-mail or during office hours. While advisors are valuable resources, responsibility for selecting courses and maintaining normal progress toward graduation ultimately rests with each student. 

Student Preparedness and Success
To prepare students for success, undergraduate students are required to take PHL 215A Understanding Worldviews. In addition, depending on their program, CAGS recommends that undergraduate students who have not completed equivalent coursework to satisfy the following requirements, do so within the first 15 hours of enrollment:

  • MAT 110A - Math Concepts
  • ENG 102A - English Composition and
  • CIS 201A - Introduction to Computer Applications

Many courses will have prerequisites which are intended to prepare the student for successful completion of these advanced courses. It is recommended that students work with their student service advisor to ensure their course schedule takes into account any prerequisites needed. Upon successful completion of a prerequisite, students will be able to enroll in the advanced course.

Transfer of Credit
For credits to be accepted for transfer for undergraduate students, a course must be assigned a grade of C - or better (C or better for nursing), must be transferred from a regionally or national accrediting body such as the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, and must be a relevant or equivalent course required for the student’s program of study. It is the student’s responsibility to request that official transcripts be sent to Colorado Christian University as decisions about transfer credits are based on official transcripts only. Graduate level courses must have earned a grade of A or B.

The University will accept credits, but not grades in transfer; thus, transfer grades will not be calculated in the student’s CCU grade point average. Computer science credits transferred to meet the general education and Information Systems Management major core requirements must have been completed within 5 years of acceptance for admission to CCU. Credit from unaccredited institutions will be accepted only when an articulation agreement is contracted with the unaccredited institution. Students transferring credit must fulfill the CCU residency requirement as stated below.

Classification of Students
Students are classified according to their objective, level, progress, and load.

Objective: A regular student is working toward a degree or certification and must meet all standard requirements for admission. A non-degree seeking student is not working toward a degree or certification, but selects courses to meet personal interests.

Level: Students working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree are classified as undergraduate level students. Students working toward a master’s degree are classified as graduate level students. Students seeking certificates or professional licensur may be classified as either undergraduate level or graduate level students.

Progress: Student progress is reflected in the number of semester hours completed.


Credit Hours Completed


Up to 29






90 or more

Load: Course load varies depending on program of study and personal choice.  

Undergraduate Classification

Credit Hours Per Semester

Full Time

12 or more

Part Time


Less than Part Time



Graduate Classification

Credit Hours Per Semester

Full Time

6 or more

Part Time


Less than Part Time


Course Load Limits:


1. New CAGS undergraduate students admitted in good standing may enroll in no more than 15 semester credits their first semester at CCU.

2. Continuing undergraduate students may not exceed more than 18 semester credits without override approval from the dean of their respective program.

3. CAGS academic standing policy imposes a maximum of 9 semester credits for students on probation. Courses cannot be taken concurrently.


1. Graduate students in good standing may not exceed 12 semester credits in any given semester without override approval from the dean of their respective program.

2. CAGS academic standing policy imposes a maximum of 6 semester credits for students on probation. Courses cannot be taken concurrently.

Adding and Dropping Courses
Students may add a course at any time up to the first session of that course by using WebAdvisor. Given the accelerated nature of CAGS courses, students cannot register after the first session of a course has taken place. Regardless of the registration date, students must be prepared to complete course requirements once the course begins. Failure to secure course material or complete assignments due to registration date does not qualify for a due date extension.

Students may drop a course anytime before the first day of the course and receive a full refund of tuition. Courses may be dropped online using WebAdvisor. The system works in real-time, and students are responsible for confirming their changes at the time of submission.

For a full tuition refund after the first day of the course, the course must be dropped by the second session or by the end of the seventh day from start of the course, whichever comes first. Courses dropped prior to the deadline will not appear on students’ official transcripts. It is the sole responsibility of the student to complete the add/drop action prior to the deadline. Unless a course is officially dropped, the student will remain enrolled in the course and will be responsible for all charges.

Students with extenuating circumstances that prohibit them from completing the course may petition for an extension or withdrawal after the posted drop date. Please see the extension and withdrawal policies listed above under Grading System.

Residency Requirement


To earn a Colorado Christian University degree, the following must be earned through CCU:

1. Certificate and Endorsement
    75% of the program requirements.

2. Associate of Arts/Science Degree 
    25% of the program requirements.*

3. Bachelor Degrees 
    25% of the program requirements.* This complies with the Servicemembers Opportunity College agreement (SOC).

Within a major
At least 50% of the course requirements in the major field.
At least 50% of major coursework must be upper division (300-400 level).

Within a minor
At least 80% of the course requirements in the minor field.

4. Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Programs 
     A minimum of 30 semester credits.*

5. Graduate Degrees
     MBA: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 9 transfer credits allowed).
     MAC: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 30 transfer credits allowed).
     MACI: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
     MOL: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).

*Advanced Placement (AP), HESI, Prior Learning Credit (PLC), and CLEP/DSST credits earned are considered transfer credit, and therefore do not apply towards CCU’s residency requirements.

Students are not required to be enrolled in order to graduate, but must submit final transfer credit to fulfill degree requirements within one year of their enrollment at CCU.  

Dual Use of Courses


Within certain CAGS degrees, some courses may serve dual purposes. However, in order to not compromise the integrity of our programs, this option is limited to 15 credit hours total. Examples of courses that can be used in both the general education section and the foundation/major areas are: HUM 425A, BUS 101A, MKT 202A, ECO 215A, and select psychology courses. If a student elects to utilize these courses in both areas, they must ensure that they have completed sufficient electives to maintain the full 120 credits for degree completion. Examples where this option does not work: major/core courses from the Organizational Management: Christian Leadership degree cannot be used to fulfill Biblical Study requirements, nor can major/core courses from the Informational Systems Management degree be used to fulfill the computer science general education requirement. 

Double Majors


To earn a second major, the student must complete all course requirements of the major including any foundational courses. Within the second major, there must be 24 non-duplicated credits. Students may utilize the courses of the second major to fulfill the elective requirements of the first major. After completion of both majors, a student receives one Bachelor degree with two separate disciplines. 



 Students can add a minor to any CAGS bachelor’s degree. When students declare a minor, they must complete the full 18 credits required by the minor and fulfill CCU’s residency requirement as stated above. When there is a question of dual usage of a course, an approved substitution course must be completed as outlined by the dean of the program. For psychology minors, students may not utilize those same courses towards general education requirements. 

Graduation and Commencement


Graduation Requirements
1. Complete all course and credit requirements of his or her respective degree or licensure program.
2. Attain a minimum cumulative GPA for the respective degree or licensure program:



Minimum Cumulative GPA

Associate of Arts


Associate of Science (Nursing)


Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Science (Nursing)


Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts)


Post Baccalaureate Educator Licensing


Master of Arts


Master of Business Administration


3. Meet the CCU residency requirement.

4. Submit a Graduation Application prior to registering for the semester in which he or she plans to graduate. (The application is located on Service Central’s My CCU site.)

5. Have no outstanding financial obligation to the University.

Commencement Participation
Students who anticipate earning required credits by taking CLEP or DSST exams must complete these tests and have the test transcripts submitted prior to the end of the spring semester in order to have the test results count toward fulfillment of their degree requirements and participate in commencement.

The University holds commencement in May of each year. Students are expected to complete all requirements toward fulfillment of their degree prior to participating in commencement. Because there is only one commencement ceremony per year, CCU will make an exception to this policy provided that an undergraduate or graduate student who has no more than 6 credits of work outstanding or no more than student teaching remaining and is completing those credits in the upcoming summer or fall semester.  

Students are expected to have all financial obligations owed to the University paid in full prior to participating in commencement. Commencement participation is reserved for students who are earning an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. Commencement participation is not extended to students who have earned a license, endorsement, or certificate without earning an accompanying degree. For more information, visit the Commencement Team Site on My CCU. The site is updated and made available each spring.

Latin Laude Honors
Because spring semester grades are due after the commencement ceremony, for the purposes of the May commencement ceremony all honors and awards will be based on the calculations of the previous fall term records. Final honors and awards will be posted on the student’s transcript at the time that they complete their degree requirements and will be based on the final cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree who have completed at least 60 semester hours of credit at Colorado Christian University may be eligible for Laude Honors. To participate in commencement with Laude Honors, students must achieve the following cumulative GPAs by the beginning of their final semester of study:

  • Cum Laude (with honor), 3.5 - 3.69;
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor), 3.7 - 3.89;
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor), 3.9 - 4.0.

University Honors
Undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree who have completed less than 60 semester hours of credit at Colorado Christian University may be eligible for University Honors. To achieve University Honors at graduation, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better while attending CCU.

Dean’s List
To encourage academic excellence and progress, undergraduate CAGS students who have completed at least 9 CCU credit hours, and who complete at least 9 credit hours in the semester, are recognized by placement on the Dean’s List if their semester GPA is 3.8 or better.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
To recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, servant leadership, and a promise for future community leadership, Colorado Christian University supports the Sigma Nu chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) National Honor Society. To qualify for consideration into ASL, the student must be matriculated in a degree-seeking bachelor’s program and have completed 24 credit hours at CCU with a minimum grade-point average of 3.2* on a 4.0 scale.  No more than ten percent of the students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies program may receive this award. ASL membership is granted based on meeting all the criteria and not any one element alone.

*A 3.2 GPA is the minimum requirement from the ASL National Office to be eligible for induction. However, when the highest ten percent of students is selected from those who have 24 graded credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2, the GPA raises significantly to an average qualifying GPA of 3.949 the past two years. This number varies from year to year. 

Graduate Students


Graduate-level courses are numbered 500 and 600. In some programs, up to 9 credit hours of courses at the 500-level are open to senior undergraduates of CCU who have a 2.5 (3.25 for the MACI degree) or better cumulative undergraduate grade-point average. If space in such a course is limited, preference will be given to students who are admitted to the graduate programs. The 600-level courses are open only to students who have been admitted to a graduate program and to students who have met the prerequisites, if any, which are stated for each particular course. Permission to enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student does not imply admission to a graduate degree program. Non-degree seeking students are limited by the number of hours they can complete prior to admission as a degree seeking student. An undergraduate degree-seeking student will not be eligible for financial aid to cover any graduate-level coursework, unless the graduate-level course is required in the student’s degree program. 

Any credit available for transfer toward a graduate degree must be (1) credit available toward a graduate degree at an accredited institution where it was earned; (2) must have earned a grade of A or B; and (3) must meet program requirements at CCU. The student may be required to submit a syllabus or other information regarding the course so that a determination can be made regarding its applicability toward the program. Because of the purpose, length, and intensity of the master’s programs, credits from other institutions are rarely transferred in fulfillment of major program requirements.

Academic Standing
Students enrolled in a graduate program must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the program. Students are advised to become familiar with the CAGS academic standing policy for specifics related to satisfactory progress in the program.

Prior Learning Credit
No credit earned by prior learning assessment may be used toward a graduate degree at Colorado Christian University.  

Cancellation of Courses


The University may cancel courses at any time that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements. In the event of a cancellation, every attempt will be made to notify the student whether by phone or e-mail. However, responsibility for checking course schedule and maintaining progress toward graduation ultimately remains with the student. In the case of an inseat class, this may mean that a student must complete the required course at another location or online. If students are not in the middle of their cohort sequence, they may be allowed to take an alternate course. 

The University may cancel an individual class session or close a center due to adverse weather conditions, power failure, or other emergencies. Students may be notified by local television or radio broadcasts, e-mail, emergency text messages, phone, My CCU, and/or the University’s Web site.



CAGS operates under the cohort model. Under this model, a cohort is defined as a group of students progressing through their degree, certificate, or program, in sequential order to completion. In order to begin a cohort, both students and CAGS center locations must meet certain requirements.

For undergraduates, students must have completed 48 credits (24 for associate degree students) of general education and electives (and all prerequisites for major core classes) prior to beginning their sequence of foundational or core courses. This requirement is dependent on program. Student service advisors are available for questions and clarification.

Graduate students begin their cohort immediately as their entire program is a cohort.

CAGS center locations
In order for a center to schedule and start the core sequence of a specified program, there must be 15 students ready and committed to starting their cohort. The 15 student requirement provides for an academically challenging and stimulating environment, while promoting a sense of community.

For further information regarding cohorts, sequences of programs, and course schedules, students may access the cohort page on the My CCU portal.