The academic year is divided into 4 semesters:
- Fall semester is September – December,
- Winter semester January – April,
- Spring semester April – June
- Summer semester August.
All semesters except the Summer semester include 2 course blocks.
A student’s general standing at the close of each course is computed on the basis of class attendance, attitude and application, class work and assignments, as well as examinations.
The following chart explains ABC’s grading system
PACE students who obtain a GPA of 3.3 or higher will be listed on the Honour Roll at the end of the Winter semester, providing at least four courses have been completed.
Those receiving 3.7 or higher will receive First Class Honours.
Official transcripts are available after all course and business obligations are complete. Contact the Registrar.
An appeal for a change of final grade or assignment mark must be made in writing to the Academic Dean within four weeks of receiving official notification of the grade/mark.
Students at ABC are expected to complete their academic work with academic integrity that reflects their growing maturity in Christ.
If the Academic Dean and the faculty are satisfied that the student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the normal penalty will be failure of the course and academic probation. If a student is found guilty of further academic dishonesty, the student may be placed on administrative probation or administrative suspension.
A student may repeat a course in which a low grade was received. (Usually only an “F” or “D” grade would cause a student to repeat a class.) The following conditions apply:
A course may be repeated once without faculty approval. Repeating a course a second time requires the permission of the Academic Dean and instructor.
The highest grade will be used in calculating the cumulative GPA.
The lower grade(s) will remain on the transcript, but will not be used in calculating the cumulative GPA.
Students who choose to withdraw from a course must complete a Course Withdrawal Form with the Registrar. This form must be completed and signed by the student, as well as the instructor of the course.
Students are responsible for full course tuition and fees unless they withdraw seven (7) days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds are available after that date. Textbooks and materials are not refundable.
ABC believes that class attendance and participation are required to adequately meet identified learning outcomes.
Students are expected to attend at least 80% of the time; for PACE students this means four out of five weeks. Students with more than a 20% absentee rate (2 or more class sessions) in a course may receive a failing grade and will be required to repeat the course.
Weekly assignments are due by 6:00 p.m. on the day the class meets. A penalty of 3 to 5% per day is applied to all late assignments.
Due to the compressed nature of a PACE course, extensions are not given for weekly assignments, except in extenuating circumstances. In those rare circumstances, see the Academic Dean.
On rare occasions, extensions may be given for the final exam. While the initiative to request an extension rests with the student, the approval for granting an extension is at the discretion of the professor. Completion of a Request for Extension Form must be handed in.
Because of the accelerated nature of the PACE program, Incompletes are not granted except for compassionate reasons.
Students who are granted an Incomplete are counselled to not register for the next course because of the required pre-session studies.
Academic probation serves to motivate students to achieve their potential in academic work.
When a PACE student’s GPA falls below 2.0, the student is required to visit with the Academic Dean to discuss what steps would assist the student to be successful.
Individuals desiring to transfer credit courses to their programs must have transcripts sent directly from the institution where course credit was received.
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Students considering changing their Diploma or Degree program must provide formal written notification after discussion with either the Registrar or Academic Dean. A $100 fee applies to changes made in the final year of the program. See the Registrar for details.
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For students entering the Bachelor of Christian Ministry program with less than 60 credit hours of transfer credit, additional credit may be received through the Credit by Demonstrated Competency process.
CDC requires preparation of a portfolio documenting specific work, activities, and life experience and then describing the learning gained through these experiences.
The Credit by Demonstrated Competency fee is $100 per credit hour. Contact the Academic Dean for information.