Academic Catalog 2009-2010 
    
    Dec 06, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2009-2010 [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, 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.

  

Registration

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 The College of Adult and Graduate Studies operates its programs on terms that vary from week long intensive classes to ten-week blocks. Students may choose to take several of these sessions during the course of a traditional semester.

 

Non-traditional Credit

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 The College of Adult and Graduate Studies operates its programs on terms that vary from week long intensive classes to ten-week blocks. Students may choose to take several of these sessions during the course of a traditional semester.

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. Applicable information about specific CLEP and DSST equivalents and scores may be obtained from the Service Central office or Student Service Advisors at the various centers.

 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 an elective. 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.

ExcelsiorExams
Excelsior College Examinations are accepted in transfer toward the Nursing Program only. They are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials, for the award of college-level credit. Excelsior College Examinations in nursing are the only nursing exams approved by ACE. Credit received will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation, as applicable.

Independent and Directed Study
Independent or directed studies may be available, with approval, upon student request or institutional need.  Enrollment requires the approval of the Dean under whose department the course is offered. The Independent/Directed Study Form must be completed before the student can register or add the course and the student must complete registration before the add deadline. An independent or directed study must be concluded within the semester.

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.  A paper or other approved assignment demonstrating the student’s learning is required at the conclusion of the study.  

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.

Validated University-Level Learning or Prior Learning Credit (PLC)
Adults with significant professional or personal experience may be granted academic credit by Colorado Christian University 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 where they receive instruction in documenting their learning experiences by developing essays and submitting a comprehensive portfolio. The hours awarded will be 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 life 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 and subject to CCU’s residency policy.  Prior Learning credit will count toward graduation if it is applicable toward 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. Internships are graded Pass/Fail and are available to students with the approval of the Dean. Field experience and Student Teaching generally do not extend beyond a regular semester. A practicum, thesis, or internship may extend beyond a regular semester provided a formal Course Extension has been approved. 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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The University uses a four-point system to calculate semester and cumulative GPAs.

Grading System with Honor Points
Letter (Honor) Points

A (exceptional quality) - 4.0
A- - 3.7
B+ - 3.3
B (commendable quality) - 3.0
B- - 2.7
C+ - 2.3
C (acceptable quality) - 2.0
C- - 1.7
D+ - 1.3
D (below average, but passing) - 1.0
D- - 0.7
F (failing, no credit) - 0.0

Grading System with No Honor Points
Letter

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

Audit (AU)
Students auditing a course do not earn college credit for the course. Audited courses do appear on an official transcript. Students may audit adult undergraduate or graduate courses that do not have pre-requisites. Students auditing a course are expected to purchase textbooks and materials, meet attendance requirements and actively participate in course activities. Students auditing a course are exempt from submitting graded written assignments or exams.  This does not include threaded discussions in the online course environment. By arrangement with the Student Service Advisor or the Service Central office, students may change from audit to credit, or credit to audit prior to the drop deadline for the course.

Incomplete (I)
When faced with extenuating circumstances, rather than withdrawing from a course, students are encouraged to petition for a Course Extension allowing additional time to complete coursework.  Extensions granted for 21 days or more must be approved and signed by the Dean and will incur a techinical services fee.  Once approved and submitted to the Registrar’s Office, 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, thesis, or practicum, 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 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 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)
W is assigned when a student voluntarily withdraws from a class after the assigned drop deadline for the course, or when a student has been granted withdrawal from the University. To receive a W, a student must be satisfactorily passing the course at the time of the withdrawal. 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 grade point calculations.

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. The student must pay full tuition for repeated courses

Attendance
In-Seat Class Attendance:  Students are expected to attend all class sessions of their courses. It is recognized that class absences are sometimes necessary for professional or personal reasons. There are two categories of absences. One is student choice, i.e. vacations, children’s events or activities, or other non-emergency situations. The other category is “extenuating circumstances.” This includes a death in the immediate family, serious illness of student or immediate family member accompanied by a physician’s statement of the student’s inability to attend class, or military/corporate assignment beyond the student’s control. Military/Corporate assignment may also require documentation from one’s supervisor.  Missed Session by student choice: If students miss 25% or more of the total course time, they will receive a grade of “F”. Arriving late to class counts toward the total class time missed.

Missed Session caused by Extenuating Circumstance: With appropriate 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. Failure to request a withdrawal within 21 days of the end of the course will result in a failing grade.

Online Attendance:  Class attendance for online courses is defined as an online presence for each session (usually defined as one week in length). This presence is demonstrated by active participation in all threaded discussion and virtual chats as required by the instructor. Failure to fulfill requirements within the parameters of the session may result in a reduction in the class participation points of the course grade

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 the students.

Filing a grade appeal

  1. Prior to the end of the semester following the course in 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’s decision, the student may submit a written appeal to the Assistant Vice President of CAGS Academic Affairs.
  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 one in which the decision was made.
  2. Within 10 days of the Dean’s decision, the student may submit a written appeal to the Assistant Vice President of CAGS Academic Affairs.
  3. The student is responsible to monitor e-mail daily throughout the appeals process.

  

Academic Standing - Matriculated Students

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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 standards identify student progress toward their degree. There are three levels of academic standing: Regular, Probation and Suspension.

Undergraduate Programs

  1. Regular standing:
    A student enrolled in a CAGS Associate or Bachelor of Science degree program is considered to be in regular standing if he or she has a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or better. A student enrolled in a CAGS education program, including but not limited to Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education degree programs, is considered to be in regular standing if he or she has a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better.
  2. Probation:
    1. A new undergraduate student who earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 (3.0 for all undergraduate education programs) shall be placed on probation, provided they have completed at least 6 credit hours.
    2. Thereafter, an undergraduate student who earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 (3.0 for education majors) or attains a grade point average of less than 1.5 (2.5 for education majors) in any given semester will be placed on probation.
    3. If, for the probationary semester, the student’s grade point average is above 2.0 (3.0 for education majors) for the semester but the cumulative average is still below 2.0 (3.0 for education majors), the student may be continued on academic probation for one additional semester.
    4. Regardless of academic standing, any student earning less than a 1.5 (2.5 for education majors) in a given semester will immediately be placed on probation.
    5. Students on academic probation may register for a maximum academic load of 9 semester hours.
    6. Students on academic probation should contact Student Financial Services to determine if their financial aid is affected by their academic status.
    7. Students should contact their Student Service Advisor for academic advising assistance. 
  3. Suspension:
    1. A student on academic probation will automatically be suspended at the end of any semester in which the student’s GPA earned for the semester falls below 2.0 (3.0 for education majors).
    2. Students who are academically suspended will be notified after the end of the term and counseled concerning their rights of appeal.
    3. Suspended students should contact Student Financial Services to determine if their financial aid is affected by their academic status prior to making an appeal to be reinstated.
  4. Appeal of Probation and Suspension status:
    1. While academic probation and suspension is automatic, suspended students may appeal, in writing, to the Assistant Dean of Academic Services of the College of Adult  and Graduate Studies.
    2. In a formal written statement, the student should respond clearly to the following: 
      1. The student’s review of their academic efforts, including any explanations, circumstance,  reasons, etc. as to why their performance was unsuccessful.
      2. The student’s plan for future success to include goals for achieving the required program term and  cumulative GPA by the end of the semester following the appeal. 
      3. A statement acknowledging that, at the end of the semester following appeal if the student’s GPA does not reach the program required term or cumulative GPA, the student understands they will be suspended for at least one calendar year.  
    3. The Assistant Dean of Academic Services may:
      1. Act to reinstate the student.
      2. Deny readmission.
      3. May set conditions 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.
    4. A student who is reinstated from suspension will remain on academic probation until a 2.0 (3.0 for education majors) cumulative grade point average is achieved. 

Graduate Programs  

  1. Regular Standing:
    A graduate student is considered to be in regular standing if he or she has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  2.  Probation:
    1. A graduate student who earns a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 shall be placed on probation, provided they have completed at least 6 credit hours.
    2. Thereafter, a graduate student who earns a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 or attains a GPA of less than 2.5 in any given semester will be placed on probation.
    3. If, for the probationary semester, the student’s grade point average is above 3.0 for the semester but the cumulative average is still below 3.0, the student will be continued on academic probation.
    4. Regardless of academic standing, any student earning less than 2.5 in any given semester will immediately be placed on academic probation for the remainder of that semester and the entire semester following the start of the probation.
    5. Graduate students on academic probation can only register for a maximum academic load of 6 credit hours in the semester immediately following the reduction of their academic standing.
    6. Students on academic probation should contact Student Financial Services to determine if their financial aid is affected by their academic status.
    7. Students should contact their Student Service Advisor for academic advising assistance. 
       
  3. Suspension:
    1. A student on academic probation will automatically be suspended at the end of any semester in which the student’s GPA earned for the semester falls below 2.5.
    2. Students who are academically suspended will be notified after the end of the term and counseled concerning their rights of appeal.
    3. Suspended students should contact Student Financial Services to determine if their financial aid is effected by academic status prior to making an appeal for reinstatement into the graduate program.
       
  4. Appeal of Probation and Suspension Status:
    1. While academic probation and suspension is automatic, suspended students may appeal, in writing, to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, or the appropriate Assistant Dean or other designee authorized by the Assistant Vice President.
    2. In a formal written statement, the student should respond clearly to the following:
      1. The student’s review of their academic efforts, including any explanations, circumstances, reasons, etc. which might explain their past academic performance.
      2. The student’s plan for future academic success to include goals for achieving at least a 3.0 GPA in the remaining classes.
      3. A statement acknowledging that at the end of the appeal semester, if the student’s GPA is not maintained at the required 3.0, the student will be automatically suspended with no rights to appeal.
    3. The Assistant Vice President may:
      1. Act to reinstate the student.
      2. Deny readmission.
      3. Set conditions 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 concerning their academic performance.
  5. A student who is reinstated from a first suspension will remain on academic probation until their cumulative GPA has reached 3.0. A student who is reinstated from a second suspension will remain on academic probation.

 

Academic Advising and Registration

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Undergraduate 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-Bacc education licensure and Nursing) are required to take INT 200 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:

ENG 102 English Composition
MAT 110 Math Concepts
CIS 201 Introduction to Computer Applications

Due to the accelerated and compressed nature of CAGS undergraduate courses, it is in the student’s best interest to ensure they have appropriate knowledge and skills to succeed in this adult learning environment.

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 requirement 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 approved 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, load, and progress.

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

Level: Students working toward an associate or bachelor degree, or a certification, are classified as undergraduates.

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. All CCU students are expected to file a Graduation Application by the end of the semester following their completion of 90 credit hours.

Course Load

The course load for students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies varies depending on program of study and personal choice. Undergraduate students taking 12 or more hours 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.

Undergraduate

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

2. Continuing undergraduate students may not exceed more than 18 semester hours without written approval from the Assistant Dean of their respective major.

3. CAGS Academic Standing Policy imposes a maximum of 9 semester hours for students on probation. Courses cannot be taken concurrently.

Graduate

1. Graduate students in good standing may not exceed 12 semester hours in any given semester without the written approval from the Assistant Dean of their respective program.

2. Students on probation may not exceed 6 semester hours during the probationary semester.

3. Graduate students taking 6 hours per semester are classified as full time and those taking 3 hours per semester are classified as part time.

Adding and Dropping Courses

Students may add courses at any time up to the first session of the course using the online registration system (WebAdvisor). Given the accelerated nature of most CAGS courses, students cannot register after the first session of a course.

Students may drop courses before the 2nd session of the course or the end of the 7th day from the start of the course; which ever comes first (Using the online registration system - WebAdvisor). Courses dropped prior to the deadline will not appear on the student’s transcript. The system is real time and students are responsible for confirming their changes at the time of submission. 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 date will result in a failing grade for the course. Students with documented extenuating circumstances, and who are passing the class, may petition for a withdrawal after the posted drop date. If approved, they will receive a “W” on their transcript. A “W” is not counted in the student’s grade point average.

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.

Residency Requirement

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

       1. Certificate
    No transfer credit accepted toward CCU Certificate.
  2. Associate of Arts Degree
            A minimum of 30 semester hours.
  3. Bachelor of Science/Arts Degree
   
  • A minimum of 30 semester credits. This complies with the Servicemembers Opportunity College agreement (SOC)
  • Students are not required to be enrolled in order to graduate, but must submit final transfer credit to fulfill degree requirements within one (1) year of their enrollment at CCU (see Readmission Policies for additional information regarding students returning to complete a degree). A Graduation Application must be submitted upon completion of 90 credit hours prior to the end of the following semester.
      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 hours.
  5. Graduate Programs
    A minimum of 30 semester hours.

 

Graduation

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Students are required to file a Graduation Application by the end of the semester following their completion of 90 credit hours (for undergraduate students), or within two semesters of their planned graduation date (for graduate students).  For example, for students who plan to graduate in May, Graduation Applications should be filed prior to the end of 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 with their graduation application no later than January 31 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:

1. An undergraduate student who has no more than 6 credits of work outstanding or no more than student teaching remaining and is registered to complete those credits in the upcoming summer or fall semester.
2. A Graduate student who has no more than 6 credits of work outstanding.  

Students are expected to have all financial obligations owed to the University paid in full prior to participating in commencement. 

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 those nontraditional 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 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 3.75 in all major field courses. 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 nontraditional program may receive this award. The ASL is granted based on meeting all the criteria and not any one element alone.

 

Academic Policies - Graduate Studies

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Graduate credit is available to students who are qualified for admission to graduate studies. 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 Graduate Regular Standing. The 600-level courses are normally open only to students who have been admitted to a graduate program with Graduate Regular Standing and to students who have met the prerequisites, if any, which are stated for each particular course. A minimum of six hours per semester is required in the degree programs to maintain full-time status. 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 (1) must be 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 College of Adult and Graduate Studies 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.