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The Associate's Level Program
The Heritage International University’s goal is to educate generations of highly motivated adults who seek degree programs that enlighten, engage and empower them in the pursuit of a lifetime of learning and service. Knowledge is power – it opens up limitless possibilities.
Our associate's programs are for those who want to expand their expertise and practical knowledge. It is open to areas of student interest to facilitate life ambitions in interdisciplinary science and/or liberal arts studies.
To complete an associate's educational rank or diploma, a student must have 60 hours of credit. Other than completing courses, a special project, report or internship may in some cases substitute for some course work. Some work experience can be submitted for actual credit as well as passing CLEP exams.
Making the Effort to obtain a Associate's Level Education is Highly Worth it:
A new paper synthesizing research from eight states finds that associate degrees consistently and significantly increase the earning power of workers:
For women, the boost from an associate degree is about $7,200 a year, or about 26 percent more than the earnings of women who start college but do not earn a degree. For men, the earnings premium is about $4,600, an increase of 18 percent over the earnings of men with some college but no credential, according to the paper from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE), a research center funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education and led by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University. (CCRC: Community College Research Center; 2018: https://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/press-releases/new-report-finds-associate-degrees-significantly-boost-earnings-certificates-riskier-investment.html
Language: entirely in English.
Duration: 1 – 6 years
60 semester hours must be earned to graduate with an associate's degree
Degree variations and equivalencies: (A.A., A.S. and others as appropriate)
Field of study and/or research will be chosen by the student and must be approved by the graduate committee
Age: Minimum age: 18 years
Prerequisite: a high school diploma and at least one college course completed from an accredited college or university.
A fourth member of the Graduation committee must be chosen by the student must be chosen by the student if the University staff do not have special expertise in the area of the student's major. This person must agree to be on the student's Graduation Committee and contribute toward the student's graduation. The person chosen and approved is to be a professional, scholar or expert in the student’s chosen field and is to be reimbursed by the student for his or her services. Not more than $1,000.00.
Fees: There is a $50.00 non-returnable application fee. If accepted into the program, on must pay S2,500.00 UDS's a year until the required credit hours are achieved.
The Associate's Status
The University offers accredited, distance learning equivalency degrees. Equivalent means “equal or interchangeable in value, quality, significance, etc.
" (Collins English Dictionary; 2019: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/equivalent
) That is, our honors are identical, the same as, or interchangeable with the status of holding a regular traditional or on-campus degree. It is of the same educational value, yet it is a great bargain. (See "Why Heritage International University
") The teaching methods used are equal to or superior to those used in most traditional colleges and universities worldwide as seen in the subsection "Superior Educational Methods are Employed."
As a result, Heritage can certify high quality, not just because of accreditation, but also because of the checks and balances that are employed to assure the high standards expected of an accredited university are met with every student. In other words, what a student receives, he has earned and is absolutely worthy of. (See "Standards: Quality Control and Assurances
Most traditional programs would cost as much as $10,000.00 to $30,000.00 for a completed associate's degree. The cost difference is one of the major reasons for our existence. We believe in making education affordable, yet of the highest quality. The program is, by design, capable of equiping students with an understanding of best practices and cutting edge knowledge in their chosen fields, so they can be further ahead than they would be in a traditional program.
General Education Requirements
For an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, each student must take the following in addition to their core coursework:
At least a 4 semester credit course in English Writing
At least a 2 semester credit course in Computer Research
At least a 2 semester credit course in Practical Math
At least a 2 semester credit course in Scientific Problem Solving
At least a 2 semester credit course in History
At least a 2 semester credit course in Physical or Life Sciences
At least a 2 semester credit course in Health and Wellness
At least a 2 semester credit course in Ethics
The rest of the 60 hours required for graduation can be electives, but, most importantly, there must be courses designed to help one advance in his or her field of choice or major.
A normal student created syllabus semester hour course should have at least 4 lessons completed for grading and a final. A two semester hour course would have 8 lessons, and a four semester hour course would have 16 lessons.
However, students can also take CLEP exams, attend approved workshops for CEU credits, take an on-campus course from another accredited college or university, or complete an approved project, internship, practicum, do an online research project or any other unique educational method. Individual Option promotes accademic freedom and the flexibility to achieve the greatest possible combination of practical experience to develop and cultivate one's skills and expertise.
The application fee is non-refundable.
Tuition refunds for students who withdraw from any degree program of the University will be refunded as follows:
One month after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 100%
Three months after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 50%%
Six months after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 25%
After seven months, there is no refund.
A. Other than filling out the application, the candidate is required to briefly answer all the following pre-concerns in writing: (It is suggested that the student pay only the $2,500.00 initially.)
That you have a well-defined academic goals.
That you are well-suited and able to undertake advanced research.
That you have good general background knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you show evidence that the project is likely to yield sufficient results in the time available
That you are able to work independently as appropriate.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That there is the potential for your work to make a significant and substantial contribution to your field of study.
That your ideas and plans for future work are clear and realistic.
That you can defend your completed and future work.
That you have engaged well with both academic training and professional development. And show what further activities you expect to engage with.
You should have a critical understanding of relevant literature
That your work when completed will make a ‘significant and substantial contribution’ to your field of study.
That you have to date undertaken advanced academic research.
That you have sufficient background and in depth knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you are likely to submit a satisfactory thesis or master's project within the years allotted to you.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That your ideas and plans are realistic, practical and doable.
That you have ready access to a computer, email, telephone and fax.
The above brief assignment may be waived for an individual well-known to one of the officers of the College (University) who can vouch for the student’s ability and experiences.
In addition to the above, a prospective student must sign a commitment to "Academic Integrity.
" (See "Application & Academic Integrity Form
") Without solid loyalty to this indispensable standard, a degree becomes worthless. It cannot be trusted to be valid and have meaning if there is any cheating. This deep seated commitment to integrity is one of the greatest investment a person can make for the future. For example, it makes your degree an authentic and genuinely earned honor -- something you can truly be proud of.
C. Included with the application, there must be:
1. A brief cover letter
2. Official copies of your college transcripts, training records and other academic documents sent directly from the educational institutions to the Office of Admission
3. Two current letters of recommendation related to your academic performance
4. A recent photograph of yourself
A student may take any course already available through the College/University that fits with his or her program, or create a new course, or courses, that would empower them to master all the important subject areas of their degree. To create a course, one must create a syllabus, get it approved by his or her faculty advisor and then implement it under the guidance of the college instructor or university professor assigned. Such a course could include approved workshops and seminars appropriate to their particular academic program. See examples of various syllabi below:
A student with the help of their advisor will need to make a tentative plan for their entire degree program, which plan can be amended or altered to obtain the best education possible according to each student's needs and personal situation. (See "Degree Plan and Tracking Record
Transfer of Credit:
Credit earn at another accredited university, may be accepted for completing an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate depending on the subject, how long ago the credit was earned, and the requirements of a particular degree. All transfers must be approved by the graduation committee. Guidelines for acceptance are that:
Credit earned must be from an accredited training course, college or university, or the reputable equivalent of accreditation; such as, a government approved program,
Credit must have been earned within five years prior to entering into any University degree program,
Credit cannot be part of an already earned degree. It must be earned separate from a completed degree,
In any graduate program, the transfer credits will be counted as elective courses only unless otherwise approved,
Transfer grades for any course in a graduate program must be A+, A, A-, B+, B, B- or Passing.
Credit must generally be relevant to the degree program that one desires to complete.
No more than sixteen semester hours can be approved for any degree level, unless otherwise approved, and
No more than four semester hours of life experiences can be accepted as valid university credit.
However, an earned degree from an accredited college or university has no limit in terms of time. It can be earned 20 years ago and still be used. In such a situation, additional courses may be required to ensure a student completes a program that is worthy of its name and subject area.
After one is accepted into the program, one should:
1. Pay the required tuition.
One must also obtain a third member for one’s Graduation Committee. This person is to provide special insight, knowledge and expertise into the area of one’s program as well as the thesis or project chosen by the student, and
2. Begin immediately after all necessary approvals.
After completing approximately 1/2 of the coursework and/or projects, an electronic report must be submitted to each member of the Graduation Committee for review, comments and improvement,
After one has completed one's program, an electronic copy must again be sent to each Committee member to ensure everything have been completed and one's program is worthy of balance degree.
Results will be submitted to the University officers and administration for final approval. When all fees have been paid, the student is to be given the appropriate degree and diploma.
Solving problems is an important part of any effective organization; hence, the following is to be encouraged and promoted. If possible, complaints should be handled on the instructor/student level. If this is not possible or not working, a student may contact one of the senior officers for additional help and assistance. Should this not solve or answer the situation, a committee composed of the instructor, student, and administration officers can be conducted. Who attends such a meeting is flexible depending on the problem and needs of the individuals involved.
The process for handling an academic misconduct report:
Reports of misconduct are to be reported to the Chief Academic Officer.
He will assign a University officer to start a fact finding process focusing on gathering all of the pertinent information necessary to determine whether or not a violation actually occurred. This would including interviewing the parties involved.
A report will be provided to the President of the University, who will then, if the case deserves it, assign an individual to provide the student with an overview his or her rights.
The Student will be given an opportunity to provide their account of what occurred, present relevant evidence, and provide names of witnesses for further consideration in writing to the officer assigned.
The President will assign a committee to review the situation and provide recommendations.
Based on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, the President will have the final say in the matter.
The student will have the option to request an administrative review decision within 21 days by his or her Graduation Committee, which will have the final say subject to the President’s review.
If an administrative review is not requested, the prior committee’s recommendation will be final.
Responsibilities of the Associate's Graduation Committee:
The responsibilities of the Graduation Committee, under the leadership of the Committee Chair, are as follows:
To approve, guide and ensure quality work reflecting academic excellence,
Evaluate the application and the student’s past to see if any course work beyond completing a thesis or project is necessary,
Thoroughly read the student’s submitted work and provide productive feedback and insist that any discovered flaws be corrected before the student is allowed to continue,
Each Committee member will respond to the student during each evaluation period in writing sending copies of their communications to both the main office and to the Chairman, who needs to be kept informed.
The Graduate Committee Chair will communicate orally with the student to answer questions, clarify any concerns, provide any tutoring or mentoring as needed as an advocate and encourager for the student, while at the same time requiring a high degree of academic scholarship.
Official transcripts may be obtained for $15.00 and sent to whatever address a student designates.
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