Aidan welcomes transfer students desiring to develop their educational goals while wishing to transfer from another college. Sealed official transcripts must be submitted directly to Aidan from all institutions of learning the student attended after graduation from high school. Such transcripts must indicate courses entered, show whether the course is in progress or completed, the grade assigned, and semester/quarter credit hours earned. Results of aptitude and other special tests taken and evidence of standing should also be indicated on the transcript.
The transferability of credit earned at other institutions and transferred to Aidan is at the discretion of Aidan. Note that the transferability of credit earned at Aidan and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Aidan protects the confidentiality of the education records of current and former students. This policy is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of1974 (FERPA), as amended.’
At its discretion, Aidan University may provide directory information to include: student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and participation in officially recognized activities.
Students may withhold directory information by notifying the registrar in writing.
Students wishing to review their academic record should visit the Aidan office, where they will be provided with the opportunity to inspect and review the information contained in their records with the exception of the following: financial information submitted by their parents, confidential letters and recommendations associated with admissions, employment, job placement, or honors to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review, or education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student.
Aidan admits students of any race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Students who wish to enroll on a non-credit basis are classified as audit students. Courses will appear on the student’s transcript, but will not be awarded academic credit.
Audit students who enroll in a course and later decide to convert the course for credit shall file an approved academic petition no less than four weeks prior to the end of the semester. Upon approval, the student shall pay the additional tuition and must submit all course assignments for a course grade to be applied to their transcript.
CREDIT CONSIDERATION THROUGH LIFE EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate students may qualify for a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit for life experience if the life experience is A) Documented, B) Significant in terms of ministry development and C) Relevant to the academic program being designed for the student.
Student will be required to complete the relevant portions of the Application to Award Credit for Life Experience, and to develop an Experiential Learning Portfolio documenting the life experience for which credit is being sought.
Fee: Student will be assessed $20 per semester hour for Life Experience credit
MINISTRY INTERNSHIP CREDIT
Undergraduate students who have completed a supervised internship program at a local church or who are employed in a supervised ministry position at a local church for a minimum of 25 hours per week may qualify for Ministry Internship Credit.
Student will be required to complete the Ministry Internship portions of Award Credit for Life Experience, and submit all of the material that is required as specified in the form. A letter of reference from the individual who supervised the internship or ministry will be required.
Fee: $300.00 – Transfer and Administration fee (Maximum credit = 15 Semester Hours)
All of the questions will not apply to students in a supervised internship program, since their experience will not be as extensive as an employed minister. However, the intern is to answer all the questions that are applicable.
If your internship is in Counseling, Christian Education, Urban Ministry, Missions or another ministry field you may add any additional supporting data necessary.
CREDIT CONSIDERATION THROUGH COMPETENCY EXAMINATION
Undergraduate students may qualify for a maximum of 15 semester hours of credit through competency examination via Aidan University’s Basic Bible Competency examination.
The BBC is a proctored 2-hour, closed book exam of Old Testament and New Testament knowledge. Students take the BBC exam on the Aidan Online Classroom.
Fees: $50.00 nonrefundable fee to take the Basic Bible Competency examination.
Student will be assessed $20 per semester hour for credit through examination.
UNDERGRADUATE ADVANCE STANDING VIA COURSE CHALLENGE
Undergraduate students who qualify may be eligible for advanced standing via course challenge by means of documented previous experience upon completion of an examination. Credit for course challenge is available at the undergraduate level for a maximum of 15 semester hours.
When applying for admission, those students who desire advanced standing via course challenge should request this in the cover letter. All information submitted for advanced standing via course challenge must be verifiable. An Application for Advanced Standing via Course Challenge Form must be completed and certified by church leadership.
GRADUATE COURSE CHALLENGE
Graduate students who qualify may be eligible to challenge the requirements of specific courses based upon extensive and measurable experience in the course materials and the achievement of equivalent levels of expertise with respect to the courses measured outcomes. Graduate students who wish to challenge courses for credit must complete an Advanced Standing via Course Challenge Form, which is to be submitted to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will review the request and will assign an examination process for those students who qualify.
Students who successfully complete the examination will be assigned a grade for the course. Regular tuition fees per credit hour apply to any courses which are successfully challenged. Only graduate students may challenge courses for credit. The limit for challenging courses is 6 courses for graduate programs and courses for post-graduate programs.
In no case can a student challenge more than thirty-three percent of the courses in a degree program.
Because of the biblical demands of discipleship, it is expected that all students attending Aidan University will maintain the highest standards of conviction and conduct. Although these standards may not affect one’s spiritual standing, they do strengthen the life and testimony of both the college and the individual.
Administration, faculty, staff and students are responsible to demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with His character and are expected to be men and women of high moral character and whose sexual conduct is consistent with the standards of Scripture. This includes abstaining from any pattern of addiction and from homosexual, premarital, and extramarital sexual conduct. (Ref: 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV), “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”)
Moreover, interactions between students, faculty and staff are expected to be conducted with respect and decorum, including comments posted in any academic forum of the Aidan Online Classroom. Individuals are free to discuss topics and disagree with one another, but are required to be respectful of others’ opinions. Ad hominum attacks, vulgar comments or other inappropriate language will result in academic consequences.
Papers: All reaction/summary/research papers, theses and dissertations must be prepared in accordance with the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide See https://style.mla.org). Specifically, Aidan requires that all work submitted for credit meet the following standards:
- Created in Microsoft Word, Google Docs or similar word processor
- Twelve (12) point font size
- Easily readable typeface (e.g., Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic.
- Standard font size: 12 points
- Consistent with other requirements of the MLA Manual
- All work must be submitted via email or electronic upload to the Aidan Online Classroom, except Thesis, Dissertation, or Project Reports, which must follow the submissions instructions in initial packet
Title page, endnotes/footnotes, and bibliography pages cannot be counted toward the required length of the paper.
Academic Honesty: The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path and we are to confirm it by keeping His righteous ordinances (Psalms 119:105-106). It is assumed that academic honesty will prevail.
Policy on Research and Plagiarism: Merriam-Webster’s College Dictionary defines plagiarism as, “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source.”
While fully supporting the use of tools, reference works, the Internet and other available media, Aidan requires that all of the work submitted by students for grading and evaluation be the result of their own writing efforts and creative processes. We encourage you to use all information available for the purpose of supporting your work; however, you must clearly identify quotes and excerpts as the work of another author, and properly cite the source.
Aidan has a policy for reviewing the content of all papers submitted for grading and evaluation through the use of a technological process. By means of this process, faculty members are able to identify situations where the information was taken directly from other publications or modified by the student and subsequently inserted into the work to be graded.
Students should be advised that plagiarism in any form is prohibited, and that work containing plagiarized materials will be downgraded and returned for resubmission. The Academic Dean is notified whenever a student submits work for evaluation and grading that contains plagiarized materials. Continued instances of plagiarism will result in academic probation and may lead to other disciplinary measures.
Students enrolled in a classroom setting are responsible for knowing and meeting all course requirements. Regular attendance at classes is expected. It is left to the individual faculty member to evaluate each student’s record of attendance in arriving at a final grade.
Students an online or distance learning program are responsible for knowing and meeting all course requirements. The online or distance learning process is a mentored program with guidance and evaluation from the mentoring faculty member as a rigorous undertaking with discipline and accountability.