Immerse Policies

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Immerse Financial Information

2015/2016 Academic Year

ItemAmountDue Date
Application Fee$200.00 CADApril 1
Assessment Fee$425.00 CADJune 1
Orientation Fee$250.00 CADSeptember 1
*Logos Bible Software$399.00 USDSeptember 1
Tuition$6.700.00 CADSeptember 1
Graduation fee$200.00 CADMarch 1

* Logos is mandatory for FEBPacific students. Amount shown is 50% discounted rate for Bronze Level. Other levels are available at a discounted rate.

Payment Options:

  1. One payment – due September 1
  2. Any alternative payment options must be negotiated on an individual basis.

Late fee:

Missed or delayed payments (beyond 30 days) will incur a late payment fee calculated at 3% of the outstanding balance. If a student is unable to make payment by the payment deadline we will consider waiving the late payment fee if the student contacts the Office to negotiate an alternate payment arrangement prior to the payment deadline.

Tuition Refund

  1. New Students
  • New students who, after making their Tuition payment, withdraw before orientation, will receive 100% refund of the tuition paid.
  • After September 1, Orientation fee is non-refundable.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the first month after making their First Payment will receive 80% refund of tuition paid.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the second month after making their First Payment will receive 70% refund of the tuition paid.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the third month after making their First Payment will receive 50% refund of the tuition paid.
  • After this there are no more refunds.
  1. Ongoing Students
  • Students who withdraw within the first two weeks after making their Tuition Payment by the Scheduled Due Date will receive 90% refund of the tuition paid.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the first month after making their First Payment will receive 80% refund of tuition paid.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the second month after making their First Payment will receive 70% refund of the tuition paid.
  • Students who withdraw by the end of the third month after making their First Payment will receive 50% refund of the tuition paid.
  • After this there are no more refunds.

Academic Policies

The following policies govern the academic delivery and process governing the Immerse program. These policies build upon the principles described within the Immerse manual.

Online Portfolio
Student progress toward the accumulation of the required outcomes is managed through the student’s online portfolio. Students are responsible to upload all work supporting mastery of the appropriate outcomes. Mentors will have access to all of the student’s work through this web portal.

Learning Units
Each Ministry Leadership Outcome requires students to accumulate at least 9 Learning Units in pursuit of mastery. If, after these Learning Units are achieved, the mentoring team determines that the student has not yet attain mastery of the given Outcome, the mentors may require the student to accumulate further Learning Units. Such additional Learning Units will demonstrably contribute to mastery of the given Outcome, will be consistent with the Immerse Outcome Development Assignment categories, and will be clearly documented in the student’s online portfolio.

Transfer Credit
Graduate credit transferred into the program will be assessed by the dean’s office for academic suitability and applied toward the completion of select corresponding Learning Units by the mentoring team under the guidance of the academic advisor. The application of transfer credit to Immerse Learning Units is at the discretion of the mentoring team. Such arrangements will be articulated in writing with the student. Please note that no single outcome can be achieved entirely through transfer credit, as the student’s mentors will need some means of assessing the student as to each outcome. No more than 1/3 of overall program credit can be transferred into Immerse.

Instructional Seminar Participation
Students are required to personally attend at least one instructional seminar per year, but in-person attendance is strongly encouraged for all seminars. Should personal attendance not be possible, student participation may be facilitated through attendance at distance through online streaming or video-recorded access. Such participation at a distance must be approved by the student’s mentoring team and the academic advisor. Irrespective of their means of attendance, all students who participate in instructional seminars will be responsible to pay the seminar registration fee.

Request for Assessment
Students can request assessment by the mentors of the student’s work toward a specific Outcome upon the completion of the 9 required Learning Units. Such requests should be made to the student’s academic advisor.

Outcomes Evaluation
Upon completion of each Outcome, students will be sent a simple evaluation form through which they may give feedback regarding the effectiveness of the Outcome. Students will not receive final credit for the outcome until this form has been submitted.

Grading
Grading in Immerse is at both the Assignment level and the Outcome level. Upon completion of an Outcome Development Assignment (ODA), mentoring teams will assign students a grade of P or F for that Assignment. Mentoring teams are encouraged to work with students to refine the material they have submitted for an Assignment until they attain at least B-level quality of work.

Upon completion of a Ministry Leadership Outcome, which includes the 9 required Learning Units and any additional Learning Units, mentoring teams will assign students a grade to be recorded on student academic transcripts. Such final grades will take into account the aggregate evaluation of student Assignments, but will not necessarily involve mathematical calculations of Assignment percentages. Students in the Immerse program must achieve a grade of B+ or higher for each Outcome in order to count that Outcome toward the completion of their degree. The grade scale is as follows:

A+Students show near-perfect mastery of the Outcome
AStudents show exceptional mastery of the Outcome in all respects
A-Students show exceptional mastery of the Outcome in most respects
B+Students show mastery of the Outcome in all respects
BStudents show mastery of the Outcome in most respects
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B-Students show below-average mastery of the Outcome
FStudents show insufficient mastery of the Outcome

Academic Appeals
Students can appeal decisions on academic matters such as grading to the NBS Dean. All such appeals must be made in writing with expressed rationale, received no later than 60 days after the assignment of the grade.

Degrees
Students who enter Immerse with an approved undergraduate degree (as determined by the NBS Dean) will receive a Master of Divinity from NBS upon successful completion of the program requirements. Students who enter Immerse without a completed undergraduate degree, but with at least 60 hours of undergraduate training and having obtained the minimum GPA of 2.5 in that training, shall first obtain a Diploma in Christian Studies by the successful completion of the first 9 Ministry Leadership Outcomes. After successful completion of the first 9 Ministry Leadership Outcomes the student may then continue on to complete the Master of Divinity by successfully completing the remaining Ministry Leadership Outcomes. The requirements of the Diploma must be completed within 2 years of program admission. Note that all degrees are conferred upon approval by the NBS Senate.

Assessment for Candidacy
Upon the anniversary of their first acceptance into the program, students will be assessed for formal candidacy by their mentoring team. Candidacy is awarded to students who have shown satisfactory progress in the program to date and who display reasonable capacity to complete the program in an appropriate amount of time. Mentors may require remedial action from students who have not yet proved such capacity. Students who do not achieve candidacy within 24 months of acceptance into the program will not be allowed to continue in the Immerse program.

Removal of Candidacy
Students who are found to be in frequent and habitual violation of the expectations of the Immerse program (for example, persisting in actions that violate the Community Standards) may have their candidacy revoked. Such action will only be undertaken after a thorough review by the Joint Immerse Management team.

Other Academic and Admissions Policies

Person responsible for supporting international students: Dean’s Assistant


Tracking international students:

Currently we have no international Immerse students; however, should we accept international students into the Immerse program, they would be tracked through our SASSy© database and reported to CIC by the person who currently reports international students.

Prior to admitting international students, NBS would require a memo of understanding with an international partnering network.


Good Standing:

The following standards guide in the approval of students for admissions and continuing participation. Admissions:

Evidence of Pastoral Gifting and Calling: Prospective candidates need to display evidence of the gifting and calling necessary to the work of pastoral ministry leadership, and that evidence must be recognized by a local church and confirmed through the Immerse student intake assessment process.

Qualification for Graduate Study: Prospective candidates must qualify for study at the graduate level, having received at least a bachelor’s degree or 60 credits of undergraduate work as approved by the NBS Dean and showing evidence of the ability to engage in graduate-level study.

Submission of Full Application: Prospective candidates must submit a full application to the NBS Registrar, including the proposed pastoral mentor, network mentor and church, the student’s personal testimony and calling to pastoral ministry, and official transcripts of all post-secondary education.

For international students a tuition deposit for the first year will be required prior to admission. Payment details will be provided as the application is processed.

Commitment to the Immerse Partners: Prospective international candidates will agree to serve in the mentoring church, submitting to all terms of employment; to work under the direction of the approved mentoring team; and to be accountable to the Joint Immerse Management team. Students must also declare agreement with the NBS Community Standards, the Statement of Faith and Values of the network partner and mentoring church.

Remaining in Good Standing:

Upon the anniversary of their first acceptance into the program, students will be assessed for formal candidacy by their mentoring team. Candidacy is awarded to students who have shown satisfactory progress in the program to date and who display reasonable capacity to complete the program in an appropriate amount of time. Mentors may require remedial action from students who have not yet proved such capacity. Students who do not achieve candidacy within 24 months of acceptance into the program will not be allowed to continue in the Immerse program.

Removal of Candidacy: Students who are found to be in frequent and habitual violation of the expectations of the Immerse program (for example, persisting in actions that violate the Community Standards) may have their candidacy revoked. Such action will only be undertaken after a thorough review by the Joint Immerse Management team.

Language Proficiency:

The Immerse program requires proficiency in one of the two official languages of Canada. Proficiency is gauged by the Deans Assistant through the application process and the assessment process.


Credential Assessment:

Applications to Immerse are reviewed when all of the required documents including academic transcripts, references, personal profile statement and other necessary information has been received by NBS admissions. NBS admissions notifies the student as soon as possible concerning the student’s application status. NBS admissions and the partnering network assist the student process from admission to enrolment, and will advise if further information or clarification is needed. Any questions regarding your application should be directed to the NBS Admissions at admissions@nbseminary.ca

Financial
Academic
Candidacy
International
Student Standing
Credential Assessment
Concerns, Grievances, Disciplinary Matters and Dispute Resolution