Transfer of Credit Policy

John Wesley University accepts transfer credits only from educational institutions within the United States accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and foreign institutions chartered and authorized to grant degrees by their national governments. Credits from accredited institutions are accepted for meeting core requirements at John Wesley University provided course descriptions satisfactorily parallel courses offered at John Wesley U. Only course work with a grade of “C” or better is accepted toward undergraduate degree requirements and “B” or better toward graduate degree requirements at John Wesley University. Only academic work completed at John Wesley University will be computed into the student’s final cumulative grade point average (GPA). Partial credit may be granted for credits earned with a grade of “C” or better from unaccredited institutions upon petition by the student to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.. John Wesley University grants earned degrees to students completing a minimum of ¼ of their entire program at this institution (If your total program is 120 hours then you must complete 30 hours of it at John Wesley University). Additional credit may be earned through the following programs: 1. The College Board testing programs, administered through the Educational Testing Service CLEP in New York, New York, or DANTES in Pensacola, Florida; 2. Military experience, determined by the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces (American Council on Education); and 3. Credit by Demonstrated Competency, including seminars, workshops, on-the-job training, licenses, and demonstrated knowledge through Life Learning Papers.

Credit Hour

As found in the catalog, the standard academic year at John Wesley University consists of two semesters (fall/spring) followed by a summer session. For Financial Aid purposes, we consider the summer session to be a “trailer” to the standard academic year. The Carnegie model specifies one hour of instruction per week (plus two hours of out-of-class study time) for 15 weeks to equal one hour of credit. The 50-minute instruction period equates to 12.5 “clock” hours per credit hour over the semester (37.5 for a 3-hour course). When one factors into this the administrative duties of attendance, etc., the usable amount of time over the semester is just over thirty-three (33) hours. At John Wesley University, each semester is seventeen (17) weeks long, 16 of which involve class and test time. Teachers have the option of scheduling an exam during the last class period, planning for a special time slot beyond the last class period or having a practical final project/assignment that is to be completed as some specified time at the end of the semester. Keeping in mind the 33 hour minimum, and in order to meet changing student needs, within this 17-week semester John Wesley University offers a variety of schedules. These are as follows:

  1. Language courses meet twice a week for a minimum of 1.5 hrs per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 45 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  2. Standard courses meet once a week for a minimum of 160 minutes per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 40 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  3. 8-week format courses meet once a week for a minimum of 245 minutes per day for the 8 weeks of class. This gives a total of 33 instruction hours per course. (right at the minimum)
  4. Degree Completion accelerated format – These courses are designed for working adults who are working in fields related to the area of study. These courses are very programmed in that the student spends a minimum of 7-weeks involved in the course, 5 of which are directly with an instructor. In addition to the face to face “instruction time” which is about 21 hours the students are involved in out-of class small group, focus groups, online chat rooms, or forums (whatever is appropriate for the course). This instruction time usually involves 3 or more hours per week which makes the total instruction time between 36 and 40 hours per course.

In all of the programs, out-of-classroom study time is expected and required of all. The Freshman courses (the full-semester courses) tend to average between 6 and 7 hours per week. The more advanced courses (which tend to be offered in the 8-week format) will average between 13 and 15 hours per week. The degree completion format courses (depending on the student) will take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per week of outside study time.

Academic Freedom

John Wesley University is committed to excellence in higher education. Academic freedom is essential to the achievement of this goal. The University supports and encourages freedom of thought and inquiry through teaching, research, discussion, and publication.

Faculty members may exercise freedom within the limits prescribed by the standards set by the Board of Trustees including the general standards and doctrinal statement. If, through the exercise of his/her academic freedom, a faculty member can no longer subscribe to the general standards and doctrinal statements of the University, s/he should seek employment elsewhere. Faculty members who choose not to resign when their views are in conflict with the University’s general standards and doctrinal statements will be terminated. In such cases, the procedures of Due Process will be followed as set forth in Part Three, Article IV, Section4 of the Faculty Bylaws.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap in its educational programs, activities or employment. As a biblical university, we reserve the right to ask students, staff and faculty to comply with certain ethical and moral standards of conduct.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), John Wesley University provides disability accommodations on an individualized basis.

Those accommodations can include test adjustments, printed media reformatted to audio, course substitution, readers, tutors, note-takers, study groups and interpreters.

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