Newman Theological College
Related Academic Matters

Grade Reports & Posting

Reading Courses/Tutorials

Written Assignments - Style & Format

Academic Integrity

Academic Grievances

Glossary of Academic Terms

Convocation

Grading System


Grade Reports and Posting

Final grades will normally be available to students via their secure access to the online Student Services portal on our website at http://www.newman.edu/CurrentStudents/StudentLogins.aspx within two (2) weeks after the final examination week of each semester. Students will need their Student I.D. Number and P.I.N.

If your Student I.D. Number is not accepted, try entering a zero at the beginning of the number. For any other technical difficulties, contact Joel Smith at 780 392 2450 ext. 5243 or joel.smith@newman.edu. Please note that final marks (and transcripts) will not be issued to any student who has outstanding fees, fines, or overdue books.


Reading Courses/Tutorials

Reading courses are an exceptional means of obtaining credit and are offered only when it is impossible for a student to complete a required course in the normal manner. A successful request for a reading course depends on the availability of an instructor. Reading courses shall not constitute more than fifteen percent (15%) of the course requirements of any academic program. A specific course will not be offered as a reading course if it is available in a regular semester immediately preceding or during that in which the request is made. Students (full and part-time) are not permitted to take a reading course until they have completed at least one half of their academic program. Reading courses in philosophy may be taken by students who are not registered in a program at Newman Theological College. The policy that students must have finished at least one half of their program to take reading courses does not apply to courses in philosophy.

Undergraduate Reading Course Requirements:

Undergraduate reading course requirements are:

A.  700-900 pages of reading material;
B.  a minimum of four (4) meetings of the instructor and the student;
C.  AND one of the following:
i.  four written synopses of the material read, each of five pages in length, presented at meetings between the student and the instructor:
a)  no final exam; and
b)  evaluation is on the presentation of written material and on the oral discussion with the instructor.
ii.  fifteen pages of written work – book reports, article summaries, reflection papers, short essays:
a)  a take home exam on the content of the required reading (the responses to the questions should be approximately fifteen pages in length); and
b)  evaluation is on the written material, the oral discussions, and the final exam.

The following procedures apply to all requests for reading courses:

  • The student establishes her or his eligibility with the Registrar in conjunction with the Faculty Advisor.
  • The Registrar will arrange for an instructor and then inform the student of the instructor.
  • The student then contracts with the instructor according to the above reading course requirements.

Graduate Reading Course Requirements:

Graduate reading course requirements are:

A.  1000-1200 pages of reading material;
B.  a minimum of four (4) meetings between the instructor and student;
C.  AND one of the following:
i.  four written synopses of the material read, each of seven to eight pages in length, presented at a meeting between the instructor and student.
a)  each synopses should show the integration of thought from various works, and demonstrate the student’s synthesizing abilities.
b)  no final exam.
c)  evaluation on the presentation of written material, and on the oral discussion with the instructor.
ii.  twenty pages of written work – book reports, article summaries, reflection papers, short essays:
a)  a take home exam on the content of the required reading (the responses to the questions should be approximately twenty pages in length).
b)  evaluation on the written material, oral discussion, and the final exam.

Tutorials may be arranged for Greek, Hebrew, and Latin courses through the Office of the Registrar.


Written Assignments - Style and Format

Newman Theological College requires that all written work be submitted in acceptable academic format and style. Please note the following regulations:

Regulations

Research papers, book reports, article summaries, reflection papers, and essays should be double-spaced, printed on one side only, and submitted on white, 8.5” x 11” paper.

A standard type style, such as Times New Roman, with a 12-point font size, must be used. The instructor will specify the most recent edition of the style manual to be used:

  1. Kate Turabian, “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
  2. Joseph Gibaldi & William Achters, eds., “MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers” (New York: Modern Language Association of America).
  3. American Psychological Association “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association” (Washington: APA Publications).

Copies of these standard references may be purchased in the NTC bookstore.

Ignorance of standard form is not considered an acceptable excuse for deviation from required standards of format and style.


Academic Integrity

Acts of academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating, etc.) are subject to an appropriate penalty. The grade “F” may be assigned to a student guilty of such acts by the professor of the course in which the infraction occurred. A second offense against academic integrity makes the student liable to automatic dismissal from NTC. Further details are available in the Student Handbook.


Academic Grievances

Students may appeal grades received; the procedure is outlined in the Student Handbook. For other academic grievances, students will refer to the academic grievance procedure also outlined in the Student Handbook.

Once a student has completed all the degree requirements for their program, a grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points accumulated by the total credits earned.

NOTE: The GPA is computed on the basis of cumulative grade point (letter) values, not percentage values. All courses are included in this calculation except those exceeding degree requirements and/or received as transfer credits from other recognized institutions.


Glossary of Academic Terms

Audit

Students may attend classes without seeking credit for a course. Fees for audited classes are lower and admission requirements for unclassified students are less stringent.

Core

Credit courses required to be taken from the list of courses for a specific program.

Credit

The weight value assigned to a course.

Drop

Students who wish to drop a course must do so before the Add/Drop deadline given in the Academic Schedule. Dropped courses do not appear on a student’s academic transcript.

Elective

Credit courses chosen from the specified list for each program.

Final Admission

Admission based on receipt of final documents.

Full-time

Students enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

Initial Admission

Admission based on receipt of interim documents.

Mature

Students admitted to the M.Div. /M.R.E. programs without an undergraduate degree. ATS regulations limit these admissions and there can be a waiting list for places. The Registrar should be contacted for such admissions.

Part-time

Students enrolled in less than 9 credits per semester.

Registration

The process of enrolling in classes and paying all tuition fees. Students newly admitted to the college must register in at least one class of the semester following admission to maintain active status.


Convocation

Convocation is held annually the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Potential graduates must submit an Application to Graduate Form and the appropriate graduation fees (see Tuition and Fees page) to the Registrar’s Office by March 1st of the graduation year. In order to graduate, a student must have completed all course requirements and have passed an examination in all the prescribed subjects. All program requirements must be completed by August 31st of the expected graduation year in order to be eligible to convocate in the Fall Convocation Ceremony.


Grading System

Undergraduate Studies
C.Th., Dip.Th., B.Th.

Graduate Studies
M.T.S., M.Div., M.Th., G.C.C.S.A.,  M.R.E.

Grade Meaning

Grade

Grade Point

Grade Meaning

Grade

Grade Point

Excellent

A+
A
A-

4.0
4.0
3.7

Excellent

A+
A
A-

4.0
4.0
3.7 

Good

B+
B
B-

3.3
3.0
2.7

Good

B+
B
B- 

3.3
3.0
2.7 

Adequate

C+
C
C-

2.3
2.0
1.7

Adequate

C+
C
C-

2.3
2.0
1.7 

Marginal

D+
D

1.3
1.0

 

 

 

Fail

F

0.0

Fail

D+
D

1.3
1.0
0.0 

 

SPECIAL TRANSCRIPT NOTATIONS

AU - Auditor; no credit.
CR - Completed requirements; used only to indicate student status in course covering more than one semester.
DR -  Course dropped without permission after the first two weeks of the term.
F -  Failure in course; no credit.
I - Incomplete.
MNA -  Mark not available at the time semester grades are issued.
P - Pass
W - Withdrew from the course with permission after the first two weeks of the term.
X - Absent for final examination.

100 Core C.Th, Dip.Th., and B.Th. Courses
200 Philosophy Courses/C.Th., Dip.Th., and B.Th. Elective Courses
400 Core M.T.S./M.Div./M.R.E. Courses
500 Elective M.T.S./M.Div./M.Th. courses; Core G.C.C.S.A./M.R.E. Courses
600 M.Th. Courses & Graduate Reading Courses
800 Selected Graduate Research Topics
900 Specific Program Numbering

 


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