ACADEMIC POLICIES

Academic Evaluations

Prospective students interested in a preliminary evaluation to determine their standing are encouraged to call the School at (318) 395-6133, or fill out the evaluation form found on our website at www.tntevanministries.org. The evaluation provides the potential student with an idea of the level in which he or she would enter, and specific guidelines for enrollment in that program.


Areas of Evaluation

Applicants to The New Testament Church School of Theology will be evaluated on the following:

 
     1.   Academic records (official high school and/or post-secondary transcripts),

     2.  Character references from three individuals (one from a church official, second                 one from a college professor or professional contact (supervisor, coworker, or an               employer)and third can be from any personal acquaintance, with the exception                 that not any of the reference persons can be related to the applicant,

     3.  Extent and quality of involvement in Christian service; and

     4.  Apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry.

Applications are evaluated on receipt of all necessary information. All new students are subject to an Admission Assessment (Evaluation) and if deemed necessary by the Board a criminal background check. The New Testament Church School of Theology will also consider compatibility of ministry goals with the applicant’s intended program of study: future ministry placement; financial and personal stability; and issues of character, behavior, and lifestyle.

Enrollment is based on a high school diploma or equivalent certification or on a four-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, conferred by an accredited college, university, or educational institution. If approved for admission, applicants who do not have completed degrees or certifications are placed on academic probation for the beginning of their studies. This probation is removed after one year of satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees.


Minimum of Required Courses

Students may apply to TNT/SOT with numerous life experiences and/or transfer credits, but a minimum number of semester credit hours must be completed through TNT/SOT for the awarding of any degree. This is considered at the time of academic evaluation and is determined by the degree level, the student’s major, and the nature of the credit hours being transferred. For more information or an academic evaluation, contact TNT/SOT Admissions Office at (318) 395-6133



Non-Discrimination Policy

The New Testament Church School of Theology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in cases of religion or political beliefs in its programs and activities. This policy further includes prohibiting discrimination against any status or organization protected by state or federal laws.


Admission Requirements

The qualifying degree for a master’s level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited. The New Testament Church School of Theology enrolls men and women who:
     1.   Show evidence of saving faith in Christ

     2.  Are of proven Christian character

     3.  Are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts

     4. Adhere to the doctrinal Christian essentials (see Student Code of Conduct policy            in Student Handbook)


Application Procedures

Applicants for all programs must make a formal application through the Admissions Office. Applications may be submitted by completing the online application on the School’s website: www.tntevanministries.org The School urges applicants to apply early before the anticipated enrollment date. There is a non-refundable application fee of $35 which must be submitted with the application.


Transfer Credits

TNT/SOT accepts transfer credits from approved colleges and universities for courses on which a grade of C or better was earned. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their schools and have them send official transcripts directly to TNT/SOT. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Admissions Office. We are aware of routine matters regarding credits or degrees earned from non-accredited institutions or colleges that are no longer in existence. Every effort will be made to evaluate these studies.


Transcripts

A transcript of credit can be issued by the Administration Office upon receipt of a written, signed request from the student. A Transcript Request Form can be provided upon request. Official transcripts are those sent directly from TNT/SOT to another college or authorized agency. Transcripts are not issued until all academic and financial requirements have been fulfilled. Official transcripts or additional student copies (replacement) are available at the cost of $10 per transcript.


Class Attendance

Class attendance and participation are important, required and necessary for success in academic process. Learning cannot take place unless the student is present. Absences should be taken only for important and necessary reasons. Each faculty member will establish attendance requirements for his or her course in the syllabus. Each unexcused absence in excess of the prescribed limit given by the faculty of the course may cause a reduction in the final course grade.


Student Code of Conduct

The New Testament Church School of Theology believes in a philosophy that states that commitment to Christian doctrine and education is the foundation for building and improving a better way of life and helping each individual student face the challenges in our global society. The conduct of our students plays a vital role in them being successful in this ministerial endeavor. We expect our students to be able to perform in an exemplary manner at his/her fullest potential. We believe that in order to develop competent, responsible, motivated individuals, we must provide a safe academic environment that is conducive to learning. Therefore, we expect our students to know and understand the general rules of conduct and to apply doctrinal Christian essentials.
Students are expected to:

      1.  Report on time and be prepared whenever classes are in session.
     2.  Respect all school personnel and other students during class sessions.
     3.  Know and adhere to the rules, policies, and procedures of the school.
     4.  Conduct themselves in a manner that is educationally and spiritually acceptable at             school and to our society
     5.  Conduct themselves at all times in a manner in agreement with the following                       doctrinal Christian essentials:

 

  • The Trinity     

 

  • ​The full deity and humanity of Christ

 

  • The spiritual depravity of the human race

 

  • The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ

 

  • The perfect and sufficient work of the Cross of Calvary--Salvation

        by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone
 

  • The physical return of Christ

 

  • The infallible, inerrant, and the sole, final authority of Scripture



Dismissal Policy

TNT/SOT reserves the right at any time to place on probation, suspend, or dismiss a student whose academic standing, financial obligation, progress, conduct or adherence to the School’s Student Code of Conduct policy (see Student Handbook) is not satisfactory.

 

Re-Admission

 

Re-admission after withdrawal, suspension or academic probation is never automatic. The student must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office, subject to the approval of the Board. If re-admission is granted, the student must re-enroll in the program, subject to the rates and academic requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

 

 

Grading System and Grades

 

The School uses a five-point grading system, with letter grades A, B, C, D and F. Although “C” or “D” grades may be assigned, a “B” average for degree qualification is still required. Grade points are determined on the basis of hours attempted according to the following scale:

Note: Letter grades of “Q” (course dropped) and “I” (incomplete) may be assigned with administrative approval.

Course Papers

Unless otherwise specified by the faculty in individual courses, all course papers and theses must be typewritten and in thesis form in conformity to the standards outlined in a manual for writers (MLA Handbook for Writers, APA Writing Style, etc.) as authorized by the faculty in the course syllabus. In an effort to ensure fairness, the faculty should use a Rubric grading system to evaluate these papers. More information is available in the Faculty and Staff Handbook regarding the Rubric grading system.

 

 

Plagiarism


Plagiarism occurs in research whenever a writer appropriates material that falls outside the sphere of common knowledge, and is from any source not his own without indicating his or her indebtedness to that source. The theft may have to do with substance (i.e., ideas or information taken from a source without acknowledgment in the form of proper documentation), or it may have to do with verbal expression (i.e., wording or phraseology taken from a source without acknowledgment in the form of proper documentation and quotation marks around the quoted material).


In either of these forms, plagiarism constitutes a serious academic and ethical impropriety. For this reason any work submitted that gives clear evidence of plagiarism, whether committed deliberately or naively, will receive a grade of zero.


Each case will be reported to the Academic Committee. Depending on the circumstances, the student may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

 

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

The maximum length of time students have to complete a degree varies by degree. TNT/SOT’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy is four-fold:

 

  • Completion of each on-line class should be no longer than 2 weeks past the scheduled class period;

 

  • Participation in each class session—signing on no later than 10minutes prior to the start of class;

  • Completion of all assignments of current class prior to enrollment in subsequent classes; and

 

  • Completion of all course work for respective degree program.

 

 

Academic Warning and Probation

Students whose grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 are given an academic warning. If the GPA falls below this level again, the student is placed on academic probation. Students who are admitted without a completed, accredited bachelor’s degree or with a low grade point average are also placed on academic probation.

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