Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
    
    Dec 03, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Life Directions Center


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The mission of the Life Directions Center (LDC) is to provide a four year connection for students in their pursuit of spiritual, academic, and career directions by providing resources, guidance, and counsel to help students realize and move towards their true God-given calling.

The Life Directions Center endeavors to provide holistic assistance to students by attending to their unique individual needs.

The Life Directions Center manages the following student services:


Academic Advising

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  1. Advisors in the LDC will assist students in setting up their four year degree plan by helping them select courses which meet the general education and specific degree requirements.
  2. Students are responsible to make sure they are following the proper degree plan and taking the appropriate courses to meet their degree goals. Advisors are available to guide students’ course selections each semester to help ensure that the courses being taken are a part of the four year degree plan for their major. It is the responsibility of the student to notify their advisor of any changes they make to the course selections that their advisor recommends.
  3. Students should talk with their advisor when considering any changes to their major, minor or course selections. The process of changing majors, adding or dropping a minor, adding or dropping a class or requesting a course substitution are all initiated at the LDC so a student must talk with their advisor before any of these actions can be taken.

Coaching in Study Skills, Time Management, and Test Taking

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Life Direction Advisors will, upon request, work with students individually to help them develop note taking strategies, study skills, time management, and test taking strategies. Each student has different strengths, weaknesses, and needs. The coaching environment provided by our staff enables students to try and adopt methods that work for their unique personality and learning style. At various times the LDC will also offer seminars on these topics. Some of these seminars are offered in conjunction with the INT-101 - First Year Integration course.

Tutoring Services

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Learning assistants (tutors) are available to assist enrolled students in need of help in particular classes. Tutors are available for most general education classes and select upper-level courses. Students can visit the tutoring lab during their office hours or schedule an individual appointment. A student’s LDC advisor can tell them the hours of operation for the tutor lab and how to contact individual tutors.

College-Level Examinations Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Testing Policy

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Colorado Christian University will accept credits as applicable in any program for students who score at or above established levels on many CLEP and DANTES tests. Cut-off scores for granting credit will be those scores recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit received will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation as applicable. Information about specific CLEP and DANTES tests, equivalent courses, and scores may be obtained from the Life Directions Center.

COMPASS Testing Policy

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All first-time freshman and transfer students with freshman standing who do not have a satisfactory ACT or SAT score must take English and mathematics placement exams to be admitted to the University. Education majors must obtain specified scores on the COMPASS examination to be fully admitted to the program.

Test Proctoring for Missed Examinations

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The Life Directions Center will, upon request by a professor, proctor missed class quizzes and examinations.

Undeclared Majors Advising

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Students beginning their coursework at CCU who have not yet declared a major should work with their LDC advisor to explore their areas of interest, gifting and abilities. They may be required to attend events designed to assist them in deciding on a major. It is recommended that students declare a major before completing 60 credits of course work.

Career Counseling

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The Life Directions Center assists students with the process of planning for the future through the provision of resources, individual advising sessions and seminars. Topics covered range from: clarifying career interests and goals, exploring options, job search skills such as résumé writing, interviewing, and networking skills, and also graduate school preparation. It also focuses on service learning and ministry placements for students seeking opportunities within the Denver community.

Career service goals of the office include: helping students identify their skills, interests, and abilities in order to set academic and career goals; teaching the students the process of gathering, understanding, and using job market information; increasing students’ effectiveness in conducting a job search campaign; providing listings of current full- and part-time openings; coordinating internships and providing an on campus source of recruiting information which gives major organizations the chance to connect with CCU students.

Internships

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The LDC will provide information and resources to students interested in participating in an internship as a part of their CCU experience. Students are required to find out the specific requirements for an approved internship from the school that houses their major. LDC Advisors will work with the student and their academic department to ensure that the requirements are met and that the student’s internship experience is being monitored while it is in progress.

Service Learning

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Service learning is a type of experiential learning that brings together curriculum, intentional service, and reflection. Students are actively engaged in classroom discussion and develop continuity between real-life issues and their academic discipline. They also learn about concerns within the community, experience service in a tangible setting, and take time to discuss the experience together.

At Colorado Christian University, service learning is an area that is growing and expanding, allowing more opportunities to connect service requirements to learning.

Ministry Hour Requirements

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A distinctive example of CCU’s commitment to preparing graduates for Christian leadership and service is the ministry or service learning requirement. In order to graduate, upon entering CCU within the CUS program, every student must complete 22.5 hours of service per semester with a maximum of 180 volunteer hours through a local or international ministry during his or her college career. Transfer students entering CCU’s CUS program must complete 22.5 ministry hours per semester that they attend CCU.

Ministry hours are intended to encourage students to explore service opportunities outside the walls of the CCU campus. For this reason, a minimum of 75% of a student’s ministry hours must come from off campus service. Involvement for all students should average 2 to 3 hours a week, with a yearly total of at least 45 hours. It is the responsibility of each student to see that the proper forms are completed and returned to the LDC within a year of completion of the service.

Students who are not prepared to select a ministry that would complete their requirement are encouraged to contact their LDC Advisor in order to discuss what options might be best for them. Students lacking their completed ministry hours will be held from graduation until all hours are fulfilled and approved by the Coordinator of Service Learning.

Study Abroad and Off-Campus Programs

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CCU students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Students interested in studying abroad may work with their LDC Advisor to research and apply for a CCCU program or others in which the student may be interested. The LDC Advisor may assist the student in determining whether or not the academic credits earned while studying abroad will apply toward the student’s degree requirements before the student makes a decision to participate.

Class Events

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The LDC will coordinate events and programming such as retreats, service projects, and social events that promote unity and connections.

International and Third Culture Student Services

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In collaboration with the Department of Undergraduate Admission, the Life Directions Center is available to assist international students and U.S. citizens who have been living abroad with their adjustment to life in the United States. Students desiring a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status for American and Language Students (Form I-20) should contact the International Student Coordinator within the Life Directions Center for information. Further information can be found at the Life Directions Center website.

Students with Disabilities and Special Needs

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It is the policy of CCU to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local regulations regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Pursuant to these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall unlawfully be denied access to or participation in services, programs or activities at the University. Students with a grievance should consult the appropriate section of this catalog for instructions regarding how to file a complaint.

In carrying out this policy, CCU recognizes that disabilities include mobility, sensory, health, psychological, and learning disabilities, and will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals, to the extent that it is readily achievable to do so. We are unable, however, to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity.

Students with disabilities seeking a Certificate of Accommodations should contact the Life Direction Center prior to beginning their academic journey at CCU. Students need to supply their Life Directions Advisor with appropriate documentation that is no more than 3 years old before a Certificate of Accommodations can be produced. Certificates of Accommodations are valid for one academic year, and must be renewed each year through the Life Directions Center.

It is the responsibility of the student to make his/her needs known in a timely manner to their professors and to provide their professors with a Certificate of Accommodations received through the Life Directions Center. A Certificate of Accommodations must be produced before accommodations can be provided. Accommodations are not given retroactively.

The University makes admissions decisions using criteria that do not consider an individual’s disability. Thus, the University will not impose or apply admission or eligibility criteria that screen out or might screen out individuals based on their disability, unless such criteria are necessary for the provision of the program, service, or activity being offered. Students with disabilities desiring to enroll in any program, service or activity at the University must be able to meet the minimum standards of the University. The University does not engage in any affirmative action programs for disabled students nor does it consider a student’s disability in evaluating admissions criteria. It is, of course, within the student’s discretion to inform the Admissions Office of a disability if they wish. If this choice is made, the University will not discriminate against the student on the basis of the disability and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary and appropriate.

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