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Colorado Christian University    
 
    
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [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. 

Student Services

Academic Advising
Each student in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies is assigned a personal Student Service Advisor to walk with them through program completion. Responsibilities for selecting courses and maintaining normal progress toward graduation ultimately rest with the student.  

Career Development
At Colorado Christian University we are committed to the success of each student. CCU’s Career Development team provides ongoing professional development tips and career advancement ideas to keep students and alumni aware of current trends in the employment arena. Students interested in gaining assistance for job searching, networking, interviewing, and more, are invited to visit the CAGS Career Development website. Student Services offers a free webinar series on relevant topics for career advancement and professional development. Webinars are recorded and archived on the web for review. Upcoming events are posted on the website and made available for all CCU students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the public.

New Student Orientation
New students enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate studies are highly encouraged to complete the online new student orientation prior to beginning their first class. The new student orientation is always accessible and students are encouraged to refer back to the orientation as they proceed through their classes.

Transfer Credit Categories

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Traditional Transfer 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. 

Potential transfer credit is reviewed to determine its equivalency to CCU coursework. Courses which are predominantly identical in content and intent may be defined as equivalent to CCU courses and applied to the student’s record. Courses that are not considered equivalent to CCU coursework may be transferred as elective credit and applied toward the student’s elective degree requirements. Students transferring credit must fulfill the CCU residency requirement as stated below.

CCU transfers credits but not grades or grade point averages (GPA). For the undergraduate business and technology majors, transfer courses must have letter grades of A through C-, Pass (P) or Satisfactory (S). The P or S must be equivalent to a C- or above. For nursing and education majors, transfer grades must be a C or better. Graduate level courses must have earned a grade of A or B. 

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.  Students transferring credit must fulfill the CCU residency requirement as stated below.

Transfer courses must be freshman level or above – generally 100 or above in the course numbering system. Remedial courses (generally below 100) are not transferable. Certain CCU degree programs, such as nursing and education, will have specific transfer equivalency requirements. Students may not receive duplicate credit through college coursework, CLEP/DSST exams, or prior learning assessment credit earned at CCU or transferred from another institution.

CCU may partner with other institutions to articulate a seamless process for the transfer of credits; allowing students to complete their degree at CCU. These agreements may be between community colleges, four-year institutions, technical institutions, unaccredited schools, etc. Credit from unaccredited institutions is only transferable if a current articulation agreement is available.

Nontraditional Transfer Credit

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 from a regional or nationally accredited body 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.

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 AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu. Further details can be viewed on the MBA admissions webpage. Ivy coursework 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 submit 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.

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 200A 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

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

Grade Quality Points Percentage Comment
A 4.00 92.50 - 100% exceptional quality
A- 3.70 89.50 ≤ 92.49%  
B+ 3.30 87.50 ≤ 89.49%  
B 3.00 82.50 ≤ 87.49% commendable quality
B- 2.70 79.50 ≤ 82.49%  
C+ 2.30 77.50 ≤ 79.49%  
C 2.00 72.50 ≤ 77.49% acceptable quality
C- 1.70 69.50 ≤ 72.49%  
D+ 1.30 67.50 ≤ 69.49%  
D 1.00 62.50 ≤ 67.49% below average passing
D- 0.70 59.50 ≤ 62.49% no credit for requirements other than electives
F 0.00 Below 59.50% failing, no credit

 Nursing Grade Scale and Chart of Percentages 

For students enrolled in the nursing program, the Nursing Division grade scale replaces the University grade scale.

Grade Quality Points Percentage Comment
A 4.00 94-100%  
A- 3.70 92-93%  
B+ 3.30 90-91%  
B 3.00 85-89%  
B- 2.70 83-84%  
C+ 2.30 81-82%  
C 2.00 75-80%  
C- 1.70 73-74% failing, no credit
D+ 1.30 71-72%  
D 1.00 66-70%  
D- 0.70 64-65%  
F 0.00 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
Official start and end dates for each course are available in WebAdvisor. Occasionally a student will encounter an extenuating circumstance during a course (Extenuating circumstances include serious illness; death or serious illness of immediate family member; accident; or unforeseen military or corporate assignment) and become unable to complete it in the given time. In this case, a request for an extension would be made using the Course Extension Form located on Service Central’s My CCU site.

Students must be passing the course up to the point the extenuating circumstance occurred; Documentation may be required. Requests will be submitted to the instructor prior to the end date of the course. Extensions begin the date Course Extensions are signed by the instructor and should be completed in the least amount of time reasonable, typically 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, a CIP (course in progress) is recorded on the student’s transcript. At the end of the extension, a grade reflecting the work completed will replace the “I”. Failure on the part of the student to complete the required coursework in the allotted time will result in an automatic failure of the coursework, 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 academic 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)
After the drop deadline, but before the Monday of the final week of a course, a student may officially request a course withdrawal. No refunds are given on course withdrawals and students must contact Service Central to determine the impact a course withdrawal has on their financial aid awards and VA benefits. No credit or quality points are assigned with a W. The course withdrawal form must be signed and received by Student Services prior to the Monday of the final week of a course in order to be processed.

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 GPA. 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

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Attendance
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies courses are accelerated. Attendance and promptness is essential for student learning, for the personal and small-group relationships, and for the accomplishment of learning outcomes.  Furthermore, attendance is essential to comply with government regulations for Federal financial aid, recipients of Veteran Administration benefits and other scholarships, as well as accreditation standards. Please see the CAGS Student Handbook for more detail.

Academic Appeals Policy

The purpose of the academic appeals policy is to provide 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 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. Please see the CAGS Student Handbook for details concerning the Academic Appeals procedures.

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 withdrawing 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. Necessary course withdrawals 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. For more information on directed and independent study please visit the CAGS Student Handbook.

Internships, Student Teaching, Field Experience, Practicum, Theses
Internships, student teaching, field experience, practicum, and theses 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 academic 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 supervised by University faculty.

Academic Standing

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CAGS has established standards for academic standing to guide the student to successful completion of their degree. Course completion and grade point average (GPA) standards identify student progress toward a specific degree. A student who has earned 6 or more total credit hours will be in regular academic standing with a cumulative GPA as listed below.

GPAs for matriculating CCU students

  CAGS associate or baccalaureate (undergraduate) degrees CAGS baccalaureate nursing (undergraduate) degree CAGS baccalaureate education (undergraduate) program CAGS educational licensure program CAGS master degree (graduate) programs
Regular: cumulative GPA 2.00-4.00 2.50-4.00 3.00-4.00 3.00-4.00 3.00-4.00
Probation: cumulative GPA 0.00-1.99 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.99 0.00-2.99 0.00-2.99
Continued Probation: cumulative GPA 0.00-1.99 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.99 0.00-2.99 0.00-2.99

Probation & Continued Probation Terms
In the event that a student’s GPA falls below the above stated regular standards they will receive a probationary status. Students are ultimately responsible for their own success or failure during academic probation. Probation (and, in certain situations, continued probation) are the two subsequent semester opportunities for a student to achieve the GPA required for their return to regular standing.

  • 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.
  • Students on probation are not eligible to register for classes until they have consulted with their student service advisor in order to review and complete the Academic Performance Assessment form.
  • Financial Aid may be affected by a probationary status. Contact Service Central for individual advice.
  • In the event a probationary student’s grades do not meet the stated requirements to return to regular standing, they are notified of progressive action via the Academic Standing Change Request form, to include continued probation or suspension.
  • Students are placed on continued probation if their term GPA meets or is above the program requirement but their cumulative GPA is still below the requirement.

Suspension Terms

  • Any student not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements at the end of a semester on continued probation is suspended.
  • Financial Aid may be affected by a suspension status. Contact Service Central for individual advice.

Suspension Appeal

  • A suspended student (with the exception of students in the nursing programs) has the right to appeal in writing to the CAGS dean of student services within one week following the suspension. Please see the CAGS Student Handbook for more detail on this procedure.
  • If the student’s appeal is received within the week deadline, as stated in the handbook, it will be reviewed by the CAGS dean of student services and he/she may:

1. Act to reinstate the student.
2. Deny the appeal.

  • If the student’s apeal is not received within the week deadline, the student will remain suspended for one calendar year (12 months) with no right to appeal.
  • 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.
  • Students are limited to two suspension appeals during their academic career at CCU.

Conditionally Admitted Students

  • Students admitted on a Conditional Admit (CAD) Agreement are required to meet specific performance standards their first term at CCU as stated on the CAD agreement form. Failure to meet the CAD agreement standards will result in suspension following the student’s first term. See the CAD agreement for specific requirements.

Academic Advising and Registration

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Academic Advising
All students are assigned a student service advisor to provide guidance through program completion. Advisors assist students with degree planning, scheduling, cohort preparation, and understanding University policies and procedures. While advisors are valuable resources, responsibility for selecting courses and maintaining normal progress toward graduation ultimately rests with each student.

Prerequisites
Prerequisites are intended to prepare students for successful completion of advanced courses.

College of Undergraduate Studies
Students enrolled in CAGS programs may be approved to take no more than 6 credits from the College of Undergraduate Studies during their lifetime at CCU.

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 licensure may be classified as either undergraduate or graduate level students.

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

Class

Credit Hours Completed

Freshman

Up to 29

Sophomore

30-59

Junior

60-89

Senior

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

6-11

Less than Part Time

0-5

 

Graduate Classification

Credit Hours Per Semester

Full Time

6 or more

Part Time

3-5

Less than Part Time

0-2

Course Load Limits:

Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

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, up to the first session of that course, by using WebAdvisor. 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 course or due date extension.

Courses may be dropped using WebAdvisor; online requests are processed in real-time and students are responsible for confirming their status change. Any registered course dropped before the first session and up to seven days after the start of the class or before the second session - whichever comes first - may qualify for a full reversal of tuition and fees. Students are financially and academically responsible for any course not dropped by the second session. 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 by the posted end date of the course may petition for an extension. Extenuating circumstances include serious illness; death or serious illness of immediate family member; accident; or unforeseen military or corporate assignment. Students must request a course extension before the end date of the course. Students may also request an official course withdrawal after the drop deadline, but before the Monday of the final week of a course.  No refunds are given on course withdrawals and students must contact Service Central to determine the impact a course withdrawal has on their financial aid awards and VA benefits.

Residency Requirement

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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 12 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), Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI), Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), 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

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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

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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.

Minors

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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. In addition, students must complete any required prerequisites of the minor. None of the courses in the minor can be a duplicate of major course requirements. For psychology minors, students may not utilize those same courses towards general education requirements.

Graduation and Commencement

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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:

Program

Minimum Cumulative GPA

Associate of Arts

2.00

Bachelor of Science

2.00

Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

2.50

Bachelor of Arts

2.00

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts)

3.00

Post Baccalaureate Educator Licensing

3.00

Master of Arts

3.00

Master of Business Administration

3.00

Master of Organizational Leadership

3.00

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 students’ transcripts at the time 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), 3.50 - 3.69;
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor), 3.70 - 3.89;
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor), 3.90 - 4.00.

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 3.80 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 3.20* on a 4.00 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 3.20 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 3.20, the GPA raises significantly to an average qualifying GPA of 3.949 the past two years. This number may vary from year to year.

Graduate Students

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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 2.50 (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.

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
(1) must be from a regionally accredited institution
(2) must have earned a grade of A or B
(3) must meet program requirements at CCU

Students enrolled in a graduate program must maintain a minimum 3.00 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.

Cancellation of Courses

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At any time the University may cancel courses that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements. In the case of an in-seat 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. In the event of a cancellation, an attempt will be made to notify the student by e-mail. The responsibility for checking course schedule and maintaining progress toward graduation ultimately remains with the student.

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

Cohorts

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All CAGS students operate under the cohort model. A cohort is defined as a group of students progressing through their degree, certificate, or program, in sequential order to completion. In order for a cohort to begin, both students and CAGS center locations must meet certain requirements. Graduate students begin their cohort immediately as their entire program is a cohort.

In order for a CAGS center location to schedule and start the core sequence of a specified program, there must be 15 students ready and committed to starting their cohort.

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