Two basic categories of students study with NationsUniversity: (1) those admitted into a Degree Program and (2) those engaged in enrichment courses that do not lead to a degree.
“Registration” is a procedure by which a person becomes a “student” in NationsUniversity. The procedure is completed with the submission of a registration form accessed from the NationsUniversity home page. Since NationsUniversity is a year-round university and does not operate on a calibrated calendar, one may register at any time. Registration is confirmed by e-mail, with the assignment of a Username and Password, which are to be used in accessing courses and in communicating with NU personnel. The e-mail serves as an ID card.
Newly-registered students are assigned to an advisor, who will be available via e-mail to answer questions and offer counsel on the academic process. The advisor, in turn, e-mails the student with instructions on how to proceed. This information provides a general “orientation” to the educational process as a complement to information found online. However, registration alone does not entitle one to student services. Neither does it admit one to a degree program. Admission to a credit/degree track begins with registration but requires an additional procedure.
Incarcerated persons are registered by a third party and who has the necessary information regarding the inmate. These students may take courses leading to a degree only if they reside in a facility that has a proctor certified by NationsUniversity. Otherwise, they may complete only the Certificate in Religious Studies. Paper, e-mail, phone, or fax registrations are unacceptable.
Registration allows student access to undergraduate and graduate level studies as well as the non-credit offering. The student may do independent study and take online exams. However, students enrolling in non-credit courses do not submit papers for grades or academic credit.
Students who reside in the twenty-five nations listed on page 8 of this handbook are required to pay a one-time registration fee upon registration. Incarcerated students must pay their registration fee before a second course will be sent.
Admission to a degree program requires degree applicants to possess the educational background, intellectual capabilities, and language skills necessary for college-level study. The following academic achievement is the standard that must be met for formal admission into a degree program. For specifics, see under each academic offering in the Academics section of this catalog.
More specific information relative to admission into a particular program (B.R.S., M.T.S., M.Div.) may be found in the academic section under each program featured. Below are general regulations.
Enrollment refers to undertaking the study of any specific numbered course. The student may begin the study immediately after registration has been completed, without any further administrative action. Enrollment in a course is confirmed and recorded by NU at the time the student takes the first exam required by the course, and should be completed within 12 months.
Students may enroll in a course at any time and study at their own pace, taking each module exam whenever they feel they have mastered the material contained in that module. They are encouraged to complete one course before enrollment in another, but this is not required.
The payment of the annual tuition that may apply shall become due at the time of the first course exam. No course credit will be awarded until specified fees are paid.
Since registration may take place at any time during the calendar year, each student’s “Academic Year” begins with the date of Registration, and renews automatically at each anniversary date, so long as the student remains “active,” as indicated by the taking of exams.
Degree-seeking students are expected to follow the academic plan to which they are assigned while being guided by their advisors. Because they are self-paced, they may complete their studies as their circumstances permit.
Students who are not significantly engaged in other activities may expect to complete a degree at the rate noted under each degree. However, if a longer time is needed, the student may extend the period of study. A student is considered “Active” for any month in which he/she takes one or more exams. If no exam is taken during any consecutive 12-month period, the student is considered “Inactive.” An inactive student may resume study and become active at any later time on his/her own volition and without any penalty; however, any changes made in the course since original enrollment will apply.
Students must request their former school to submit an official transcript in order to gain admission to a degree program. If a student has multiple degrees, he/she needs only to submit the highest degree received. Official credentials can be sent via post (650 Poydras St., Suite 1400, PMB 133, New Orleans, LA 70130 ) or electronically through Parchment Exchange or E-Scrip Safe Services. The link to this service can be found in the footer of our website. Only in certain cases are pdf’s to the registrar’s email also acceptable. If transcripts are ever sent via email from an issuing institution, they need to be sent from an institutional email address.
All students must submit a government issued ID card along with the signed enrollment agreement.
Transfer credit is recognized in keeping with accreditation standards and commonly accepted academic standards of American universities. However, credit acceptance is at the discretion of NationsUniversity.
NU can accept in transfer only credits that have been earned in an institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or comparable foreign body. The institution accepts transfer courses for which the student has received a “Pass” or “C” or higher grade for the course. Credits must be unduplicated and must match the specific requirements for a NationsUniversity degree. Regardless of transferred credits, each student is required to complete the NU foundational courses. No credits are given for non-school learning or life experiences. If a transcript shows quarter credits instead of semester credits, the number of quarter credits is converted by multiplying by 2/3. See “Academic Programs” for credit transfer information.
All students who are formally admitted to NationsUniversity sign an Enrollment Agreement stating that the student agrees to the policies and procedures of NationsUniversity. The Enrollment Agreement should be read before registering and is available on the NU website (www.nationsu.edu). An Enrollment Agreement signed and validated by the registrar will be sent to the student. The student should return a completed and signed copy of the agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org, or it can be sent by postal mail.
Each course is supported by a syllabus. The syllabus is the student’s guide to a particular study. Normally, the syllabus summarizes the material to be covered, then directs the student to resources needed to complete the study. Courses may require textbooks and/or Internet access. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire these resources or Internet access.
Grades are assigned based on a student’s performance on course exams. The grading scale is as follows: A=Excellent (90-100%); B=Good (80-89%); C=Fair (70-89%). A minimum score of 70% is required on all exams and assignments in order to receive credit for a course. A 3.00 Grade Point Average (B/80%) is required over courses presented for a graduate degree.
NationsUniversity courses contain multiple choice exams. Students will get three (3) opportunities to earn at least 70% (passing grade) on an exam. The exam link is under each module on the course menu, and each exam gives specific instructions on how to proceed. The time limit is stated on each exam.
Students are not permitted to open an exam and leave it open longer than the time limit while continuing to study. NationsUniversity personnel are able to access student exams and determine what portions of the exams students have completed and the length of time the student takes to complete an exam. Students leaving exams open while studying will receive a “0” on the exam and will have to take it again.
Exam grades are posted on the student’s User Summary with six (6) hours of completing the exam. The minimum score to receive credit for an exam is 70%. If a student scores less than 70%, he/she will be required to retake the exam after more study (a minimum of five days). Exam answers are not visible to students, and retakes will contain different questions. The first 70% or higher grade a student receives will be the grade recorded on the student’s transcript. NU subscribes to the same standard as most educational institutions in that students may not retake exams to improve a score that is already passing. If the score is above 70%, the student should proceed to the next module.
For independent students with access to a computer, most exams are taken online without a proctor. Proctors are required for (1) specified degree program exams, (2) U.S. prison students, and (3) students connected to clusters, where a certified proctor is available. Proctors must be certified by NU before they are given permission to access an exam for the student.
Students who study as a group (cluster) are required to have a certified proctor in order to (1) proctor the comprehensive and (2) to assist in providing online access for students for their other exams.
Students are able to order official NationsUniversity transcripts for a variety of reasons: potential or current employment, volunteer work, other academic programs, government approvals, personal use, etc. Transcript requests are welcome at NU and can now be made through Parchment Exchange.
To make a transcript request, one may click on the Transcript Request button under the Student Help tab of the NationsU website, www.nationsu.edu.
There is also a place to click on Official Transcripts at the Footer of each web page. This will take students to the NationsUniversity/Parchment transcript ordering website. Students will need to create a login and follow the prompts for official transcript orders. There are many accredited institutions who are also members to the Parchment Exchange ordering system. If you want your transcript sent to another program, after login, first put in the name of the desired institution in the Parchment search-box for fastest electronic transcript delivery. The fee for electronic transcript processing and delivery is only $3.50 and this is the most secure and fastest way. For standard delivery printing and mailing, official NationsUniversity transcripts are $6.50 domestic and $8.50 international.
Official transcripts are printed on secure paper and contain the seal and signature of the Registrar along with a Transcript Guide page. You may order as many transcripts as you like and fees are paid through the Parchment/NationsU website following the ordering prompts and using a credit card. For additional help or any questions regarding transcript orders, contact email@example.com.
Graduations are processed, printed and mailed on a quarterly basis. Upon graduation from a degree program, students will receive their NationsUniversity diploma through the postal mail. Students are first asked to confirm their exact details for postal mailing of diplomas. Beginning January 1, 2015, any additional awards and diplomas are issued to the student or graduate after receipt of a $35 replacement fee. The charges for official transcripts and extra awards are subject to change with the next student catalog.
NationsUniversity conducts no formal graduation ceremony. However, local ceremonies are sometimes organized, financed, and conducted by personnel and students who reside in a particular location. In such instances, NU mails the diplomas to a central location where they can be awarded at the scheduled time
There is no statute of limitations on undergraduate or graduate work that a student wishes to apply toward a degree from NationsUniversity. However, a seven-year statute of limitations is placed on the life of degree program requirements. Additionally, students who completed the M.R.S. degree and wish to pursue the M.T.S. may apply credit earned after January 1, 2012.
NU does not participate in any honor societies activities.