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  Jul 22, 2017
 
 
    
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Academic Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies (CAGS)


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Catalog as Guide and Agreement

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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 and fees. The CAGS Student Handbook provides detailed descriptions of policies and standards of conduct.

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.

 

Non-traditional Credit

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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.

College-Level Examination Programs (CLEP) and DSST Prior Learning Assessment Tests 
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. 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.

Armed Forces Educational Credit
Veterans may receive undergraduate credit for Basic Training and other formal educational experience gained while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Basic Training is credited as physical education elective credit. Credit awarded will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation. Veterans must submit a certified original of their ARTS/ACE 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.

Independent and Directed Study
Independent or directed 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. Before the student registers for a directed study, conference times that are mutually agreeable to the student and the instructor must be arranged. The 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.

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 must be approved by an instructor and the dean under whose department the course is offered.

Validated University-Level Learning or Prior Learning Credit (PLC)
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 PLC 200 Prior Learning Credit. In this course, they will receive instruction in documenting their learning experiences as well as how to construct a comprehensive portfolio.

Prior learning 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 credit process. Non-refundable fees are charged per credit hour submitted for essay evaluation. Credit received is treated as transfer credit though it does not count toward CCU’s residency policy. Prior learning 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). 

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.

 

Grading System

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With one exception, the University uses a four-point system to calculate semester and cumulative GPAs. The nursing program has a slightly different grade scale. For students enrolled in any CAGS nursing program, the nursing grade 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 93-100% (exceptional quality)
A- 3.7 90-92%  
B+ 3.3 88-89%  
B 3.0 83-87% (commendable quality)
B- 2.7 80-82%  
C+ 2.3 78-79%

 

C 2.0 73-77% (acceptable quality)
C- 1.7 70-72%  
D+ 1.3 68-69%  
D 1.0 63-67% (below average, passing)
D- 0.7 60-62% (no credit for requirements other than electives)
F 0.0 Below 60% (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
Rather than withdrawing from a course, when faced with extenuating circumstances, students are encouraged to petition for a course extension for additional time to complete coursework. Extensions granted for more than 35 days past the official end date of the course must be approved and signed by the regional center administrator and will incur a technical services fee. A petition for extension must be filed prior to the end date of the course as listed in Web Advisor. Once approved and submitted to Service Central, an “I” is recorded on the student’s transcript. At the end of the extension period, the “I” will be changed to a grade reflecting work completed. 

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.

Withdrawal (W)
A W is assigned when a student withdraws from a class after the assigned drop deadline for the course. To receive a W, a student must be satisfactorily passing the course at the time of the withdrawal and meet the criteria of an extenuating circumstance. Extenuating circumstances, which are beyond the student’s control, include: 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. A petition for a withdrawal must be filed prior to the end date of the course as listed in WebAdvisor. Should a student’s petition for withdrawal be approved, a W will be notated on the student’s transcript and the tuition will be forfeited. Courses assigned a grade of W are not counted in the student’s GPA.

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

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.

Attendance
In-Seat Class
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, he or she will receive a grade of “F”. Arriving late to class counts toward the total class time missed.
     
  • 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 professor regarding make-up work. Assignments due must be turned in as scheduled unless prior arrangements were made with the professor. 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 
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, virtual chats, 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 that 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. 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. 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.

  • 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 assistance vice president of academic administration. 
    3. The student is responsible to monitor e-mail daily throughout the appeals process.

 

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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. To review the impact that these statuses have on Financial Aid, please review the CAGS Financial Information  page.

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 baccalaureate education (undergraduate) program with a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher.
    3. A student enrolled in a CAGS associate or baccalaureate nursing (undergraduate) program with a cumulative 2.5 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
  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:
              i.   2.00 for the associate or baccalaureate (undergraduate) programs
             ii.   3.00 for the baccalaureate education (undergraduate) programs
            iii.   2.5 for the associate and baccalaureate nursing (undergraduate) programs
            iv.   3.00 for the educational licensure programs 
            v.    3.00 for the master’s degree (graduate) programs
    2. For the probationary semester, the student must obtain their program required term GPA in order to continue.
    3. After the probationary semester:

      1. 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. 

      2. If the student’s term and cumulative GPA both meet the program requirement, the students is returned to regular standing.

      3. If neither the term nor the cumulative GPA meets the student’s program requirement, they are suspended.

    4. 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.
    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 on academic probation must contact their service central specialist to determine if their financial aid is affected by their academic status.
    7. Students should contact their student service advisor for scheduling assistance.
    8. 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.
    9. Conditionally admitted students:
      1. Students admitted conditionally are required to meet specific performance standards their first term at CCU due to failing to meet one or more quality academic 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.

    10. 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.
      2. Students on probation are not eligible to receive federal loan funding until they have set up a contract with the director of financial aid.
  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. 3.00 for the baccalaureate education (undergraduate) programs
      3. 2.5 for the associate and baccalaureate (undergraduate) nursing 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.
  4. Suspension Appeal:
    1. While academic suspension is automatic, suspended students 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 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 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.
    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 a student wishes 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 4b.
      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

Student Preparedness and Success
Student service advisors are available to advise students and are assigned at the time of admission. However, responsibilities for selecting courses and maintaining normal progress toward graduation ultimately rest with the student.

To prepare students for success, new undergraduate students (except for post-baccalaureate education licensure and nursing) are required to take INT 200A Adult Studies Seminar preferably as their first course, but no later than the first semester of enrollment. In addition, 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

Prerequisites
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, 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.

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 the Dean’s Council has articulated a transfer agreement 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. Certificates may be classified as either undergraduate level or graduate level students.

Progress: Student progress is reflected in the number of semester hours completed. A freshman has completed up to 29 hours; a sophomore, 30-59 hours; a junior, 60-89 hours; and a senior, 90 or more hours. In order to more efficiently track progress toward their degree, students are required to complete the graduation application process by registration the semester before they plan to graduate.

Load: The course load for students in CAGS varies depending on program of study and personal choice. Undergraduate students taking 12 or more hours per semester are classified as full-time students; those taking 6-11 hours are classified as part-time students; and those taking 0-5 hours are classified as less than part-time students. Graduate students taking 6 hours per semester are classified as full time and those taking 3 hours per semester are classified as part time.

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 written approval from the dean of their respective major.

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 credit in any given semester without the written approval from the dean of their respective program.

2. CAGS academic standing policy imposes a maximum of 6 semester credit 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.

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. Failure to drop a course by the posted drop deadline will result in a failing grade for the course.

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.

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.

Residency Requirement

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

1. Certificate
     No transfer courses may be applied to certificate programs.

2. Associate of Arts Degree
     A minimum of 30 semester credits.*

3. Bachelor Degrees
     A minimum of 30 semester credits.* 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).

*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.

 

 

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: PHL 205A, 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. 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

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Students are required to file a graduation application by registration in the semester before that in which they plan to graduate. For example, for students who plan to graduate in May, graduation applications should be filed prior to spring registration the preceding fall semester. Graduation applications are active for one year. If the student does not graduate as expected and the graduation application expires, it is the student’s responsibility to submit a new graduation application.

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.

Students are normally 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 under the following conditions:

  • 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’s, 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.

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 graduate 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.

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. Students meeting these criteria will be notified and required to submit two professor evaluations before final consideration into ASL. No more than ten percent of the students in the 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

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Graduate-level courses are numbered 500 and 600. In some programs, up to 15 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.

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

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The University may at any time cancel courses 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, but responsibility for checking course schedule and maintaining progress toward graduation 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. 

 

Cohorts

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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.

Students
For undergraduates, students must have completed 48 credits 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.