NationsUniversity uses two platforms for managing a student’s educational experience. The student’s first encounter will be with elearning.nationsu.edu, which is hosted by Maestro. The elearning site holds all of the student’s academic and financial information. Students will use this site to apply to the university, request courses, pay tuition and fees (if applicable), and monitor their progress in their plans of study.
The elearning site is directly connected to classrooms.nationsu.edu where students will find all courses and materials. The classroooms site is hosted by Moodle and managed by Remote-Learner. There is no direct access to classrooms.nationsu.edu; students must enter this site through their individual dashboard on the elearning.nationsu.edu site.
Since NationsUniversity is a year-round university and does not operate on a calibrated calendar, one may apply and begin at any time. To apply, potential students simply click on the blue “Apply Now” button of the opening page, https://elearning.nationsu.edu, fill out their information, and pay the one-time application fee of $25. Should a student be unable to pay this fee by credit card through their student application ledger, he or she may write to the Registrar, email@example.com, for alternative ways to pay this fee. Your application may be cancelled if this fee is not paid within 90 days of application submission.
Each step in this process is confirmed by automated emails. The applicant will receive an email after completing the first part of the application. This email will contain a University-assigned username to be used with the student-generated password. This username and password will be used to log into the website to complete the remainder of the application and pay the application fee. The same username and password will be used to access the student’s account information once the application is completed.
Upon completion of the application, including payment, the student will receive an email that includes a unique NationsU Student Client Code in the form of the student’s country code and six random numbers (i.e. us654321, eg123456, etc.). This Client Code must be used when communicating with NU personnel including all faculty and staff. Do not share this Client Code with others.
New Applicants are immediately assigned to an advisor, who will be available via email to answer questions and offer counsel on the academic process. The advisor, in turn, e-mails the student with instructions on how to proceed by starting with the Orientation and first course. Application completion does NOT admit one to a degree program. Soon AFTER application, please request official academic documents to be sent from the issuing institution to the NU Registrar. Admission to a credit/degree program of study comes with the evaluation of these entry credentials.
Incarcerated students can only be admitted from prisons which have certified proctors, and NU must limit the number of new applicants. For this reason, the potential incarcerated students should take care to complete an application in every detail including the signed Proctor Agreement. Those applicants accepted will be informed by postal mail and will receive a Student Client Code, Username, and Password. The Student Client Code must be used when communicating with NU.
Incarcerated students must pay their application fee before a second course will be sent.
Admission to a certificate or a degree program requires 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 certificate or 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 (C.B.S., B.R.S., G.C.B.S., M.T.S., M.Div.) may be found in the academic section under each program featured. Below are general regulations.
Applicants to NationsUniversity’s certificate or degree programs whose native language is not English and who have not earned a high school diploma or college/university degree from an approved institution where English is the primary language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following:
The TOEFL iBT® code number B699 has been assigned to NationsUniversity. Use the code number when indicating NationsUniversity as a score recipient.
Note: Applicants who cannot meet the above requirements due to economic or geopolitical hardship or unavailability of testing services may petition to be accepted on a conditional basis. If accepted, the student will be permitted to take a maximum of four courses in a Conditional Acceptance status. The student must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of the four courses. If the student’s GPA is lower than the required 3.0 at the end of the four courses, the student will not be allowed to continue in the certificate or degree program and must establish English proficiency and then re-apply for admission.
Enrollment at NationsU refers to undertaking the study of any specific numbered course. The student may begin study immediately after application and fee have been completed, without any further administrative action. However, all students must complete the Orientation to NationsUniversity Online Studies (ONOS) and the appropriately leveled course, A Search for Spirituality, before beginning other courses. 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 first quarter of tuition begins upon Application completion date, since students have open access to all NU resources beginning this date. The payment of the quarterly 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.
NationsUniversity reviews and advises students regularly regarding their academic progress and encourages them to meet the standards in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. This review includes cumulative G.P.A., number of courses taken, and number of courses passed. Students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if their grades and course completions will facilitate the student graduating within 150% of the projected time to completion as listed in each program description.
All students at NationsUniversity receive on-going academic coaching by their advisors. Every student receives annual reviews of their academic progress, and advisors work with struggling students to develop a plan for success. This plan may include restructuring or realigning their courses, reducing their course load until they successfully complete a higher percentage, and referral to professors or other resources for additional work or material. Advisors track these students during this time.
Degree-seeking students are expected to follow the academic plan of study to which they are assigned. Advisors will offer guidance regarding courses, assignments, and other requirements. Because courses and plans of study are self-paced, students 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, the student may extend the period of study if a longer time is needed. If a student wishes to pause or discontinue his studies for any reason, he or she must request a hiatus or officially withdraw by sending an email to the Registrar or to the Director of Advising.
A student is considered “Active” for any quarter in which he/she completes an assignment. A student is considered “Inactive” for two consecutive quarters of no assignment completions and no tuition payments. An “Inactive” student who has not been withdrawn may become active again without any academic penalty by contacting his or her advisor. Unless a Hiatus Status has been granted ahead of time by the Director of Student Advising (see next section), tuition shall still be due for the inactive quarters.
The student shall be considered “withdrawn” if there are no assignment completions and no tuition payments during any consecutive 12-month period. A withdrawn student may resume study upon official readmission by the Registrar and will be subject to any changes made to curriculum and/or tuition rates and/or admission/transfer policies. Current tuition rates will apply to student re-admissions from developed countries (Note: The developed countries list at NU for tuition purposes is subject to change from year to year).
A student may take a break (hiatus) for up to 365 days. On the 366th day of inactivity, he or she is “Withdrawn” and must be formally readmitted, subject to new admission, tuition and catalog requirements. No payments accumulate if the Director of Student Advising was notified of the hiatus before the first day of the quarter for which the hiatus is requested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Hiatus notifications so that your student file and financials may be marked as such.
If a student does not notify NU in advance and in writing of his or her intent to take a break, any tuition that accumulates during the inactivity must be paid prior to beginning again. If said student reaches 366 days of inactivity, he or she must contact the Registrar to be readmitted and must pay the accumulated year of tuition prior to re-admission. (This last stipulation ONLY applies to those who apply after January 1, 2020. “Inactive” and “Withdrawn” NU students prior to this date may return in the future without paying an accumulated year of tuition.) The calculating of the number of days inactive will begin with the first day following the last fully paid quarter of study.
*Non-Tuition Paying Students are also required to inform NU of a hiatus in order to avoid being withdrawn. Non-Tuition paying students who are withdrawn must be re-admitted under current standards
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, unless otherwise directed by the Registrar. Official credentials can be sent via post (650 Poydras St., Suite 1400, PMB 133, New Orleans, LA 70130) or electronically through the issuing institutions’ electronic transcript service directly to NationsUniversity. 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 into a certificate or degree program at NationsUniversity sign an Enrollment Agreement stating that the student agrees to the policies and procedures of NationsUniversity. 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 email@example.com, 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. Resources needed to complete all assignments are in electronic format and accessible online without cost to the student.
Grades are assigned based on a student’s performance on course exams.
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.
Multiple-choice exam grades are available immediately after the exam is finished and are posted on the student’s record within twenty-four (24) 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, and (2) U.S. prison students, where a certified proctor is available. Proctors must be certified by NU before they are given permission to access an exam for the student.
1. Proctored comprehensive exams are required in pursuit of various degrees as follows:
Certificate program—two exams
B.R.S. program—four exams
G.C.B.S. program—two exams
M.T.S. program—two qualifying exams and one final comprehensive
M.Div. program—two qualifying exams and one final comprehensive
2. B.R.S. and M.T.S. degrees are available to prison students only where there is a certiﬁed proctor. Generally, all exams taken by incarcerated students are proctored, but not necessarily by a certiﬁed proctor.
1. If the student is unknown to the certified proctor, he/she shall present the proctor with a government-issued picture ID for verification. An incarcerated student’s ID will be established via the prison security process.
2. The proctor opens the exam for the student on the Internet, using passwords provided by NU. Prison students are given paper exams in person.
3. The proctor remains with the student during the exam according to terms of the Proctor Agreement. Normally, students are not allowed to use textbooks, syllabi, or notes when taking exams. Exceptions are noted on the face of the exam. Proctors and students should read the instructions carefully before the exam is attempted.
4. Students should have no contact with any exam until they have studied the material and are prepared to sit for the exam.
5. Exams should never be used as study guides, nor should a proctor prepare study guides for their students using exams in their possession.
6. If students are taking exams in a group setting, there is to be no communication between students, no sharing of answers, and no assistance to any student by the proctor.
7. Proctors found to be in violation of any NationsUniversity policy or any of the guidelines in this document will first be issued a warning. Failure to comply following a warning will result in the proctor’s dismissal.
8. Students who do not comply with the policies and guidelines of NationsUniversity will first be issued a warning. Failure to comply following a warning will result in expulsion.
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 be made through Parchment Exchange.
Students and alumni can also click on Official Transcripts at the footer of each web page. This leads to the NationsUniversity/Parchment ordering website. Students will create a login and follow the prompts for official transcript orders. The fee for electronic transcript processing and delivery is only $10 and this is the most secure and fastest way. For standard delivery printing and mailing, official NationsUniversity transcripts are $12.50 domestic and $15 international. Transcript fees are subject to change.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduation dates are May 1st, September 1st and December 1st. All requirements for graduation must be met two weeks prior to these graduation times, including confirming personal details when completing the graduation survey. All students will receive their digital diploma as a link through email within one week after a graduation date. Beginning with the May 15 graduation of 2017, students in tuition paying countries (including incarcerated students) are required to pay a $50 graduation fee. Students in non-tuition countries are encouraged, but not required, to pay this fee and may opt to pay so that they may receive their diplomas through the postal mail and not simply the digital version. Any additional awards and diplomas are issued to the graduate upon receipt of a $35 replacement fee. The charges for replacement awards are subject to change.
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 when the students have paid the graduation fee, 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. Credit for exams completed in a course during personal enrichment studies will expire in seven years from the date of initial course enrollment if the course is not completed for credit as part of a certificate or degree program within those seven years. There is no statute of limitation on the course itself if completed within the seven years.
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 up to 18 credit hours earned after January 1, 2012.
NationsUniversity cannot guarantee that NationsUniversity credits will be accepted for transfer by other institutions. The final judgement in accepting NationsUniversity credits is the sole responsibility of the receiving institution.