Academic Integrity, Progress, & Support

Academic and Student Support Services

Student Success Center (Student Support Services) 
The Student Success Center is located on the second floor of Miller Hall and includes the following services. For more information please refer to the North Central web site.
Academic Support Services 
By providing a personalized one-on-one environment, the Student Success Center staff strives to build professional and personal relationships with students in order to carefully assess their individual needs and offer appropriate academic support. Our services can help clarify and reinforce classroom learning, enhance specific skills (e.g., writing, test-taking, memory) or provide a network of support for academic aspirations. 
    Academic Services Include:

  • One-on-one consultation to assess how the SSC can meet your needs
  • Tutoring in general education subjects
  • Academic Coaching a performance improvement program
  • Proofreading and feedback for class papers
  • Assistance in breaking through writer’s block when facing a paper
  • Computer tutorials in areas such as math, science and reading
  • Assistance to students who are studying with a learning disorder
  • Study skills courses
  • Study groups and test preparation strategies
  • Workshops
  • Exam proctoring

Students with Disabilities 
North Central University is committed to providing optimal educational opportunities for all students, including those enrolled or admitted who have disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 
    College policy provides for reasonable accommodations to be made for students with disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to seek available assistance and make their needs known to the Director of the Student Success Center. In order to determine accommodations for special needs, North Central University asks students to submit a recent (within the last three years) professional assessment that documents the disability. 
    For assistance with special services, students should contact the director or assistant director of the Student Success Center at 612.343.3513 or 612.343.3510. We work to ensure equal access for students with documented disabilities. Services provided include equal access, academic advising, assistance and support.

Exam Proctoring Services 
The Student Success Center (SSC) offers an exam proctoring service. This service allows a student to take an exam early or late to be completed by a specific date to which the professor agrees. Exams are proctored in the SSC (Miller Hall 227) with appropriate supervision from the SSC staff.

  • Services are free of charge for North Central University students taking an exam for a North Central University course.
  • A fee of $10 is charged for students currently enrolled at North Central University taking an exam from another school such as Global University.
  • A fee of $25 is charged for students not enrolled at North Central University taking an exam.

For more information on exam proctoring services, please refer to the North Central website.

Assessment of Student Achievement and Development

The assessment of student learning is an integral part of the educational experience at North Central. The overarching University plan for assessment is related to the University’s mission and encompasses numerous measures of educational achievement and student development, including various tests and surveys. 
    The program is coordinated by the Assessment Committee, consisting of faculty, administrative staff and a student representative. Recent assessment measures have been used to assess institutional effectiveness, general student characteristics and departmental effectiveness. Assessment measures are administered at regular intervals during a student’s education at North Central University. These are administered to a random group of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. By administering these exams throughout a four-year program, it is possible to tangibly note student progress. The scores are utilized by the University to monitor the quality of classroom instruction in order to maximize student learning, and to develop programs that best meet student needs. 
    All questions about institution-wide testing policies, procedures or results should be addressed to the Assessment Committee.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Paul says in Philippians 4:8, “Brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (NAS) 
    Academic integrity is a mandate given in the Word of God. It is not an opinion. As Pentecostal Christians, we must pursue holiness in all areas of our lives, and therefore consider academic integrity as primary importance in our walk with the Lord. 
    Academic dishonesty is defined as intentional plagiarism, cheating, fabricating or attempting to help others to be dishonest which includes, but not limited to, roster fraud and attendance deception. So that you do not unintentionally compromise your ethical standards, the following guidelines are offered for your assistance. The guidelines are also offered to inform anyone who has cheated or been tempted to cheat that the consequences of academic dishonesty are grave. 
    Plagiarism is defined as “intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another person as one’s own in an academic exercise.” For example:

  1. Direct quotations must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and must be cited in a footnote or endnote.
  2. Prompt acknowledgement in the body of the exercise is required when material from another source is paraphrased or summarized, in whole or part, in one’s own words. Then conclude with a parenthetical documentation, footnote or endnote identifying the exact reference.

    North Central University views plagiarism as a serious offense. In addition, it is against the broader rules of scholarship within the North American scholarly community (of which we are all members) to use the ideas or words of another person without giving the person credit. Whether the other source is your textbook, another book, an article, a friend, a web site, etc., you must make it clear that you have used that source, and precisely what elements of the work you are handing in are drawn from it. Ignorance or lack of clarity about what precisely constitutes plagiarism is not an excuse. All work you hand in, at any time during your studies at NCU, must be your own. 
    Cheating is defined as “intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise” therefore:

  1. External aids (books, notes, calculators, conversation with others) are prohibited when taking an examination or completing assignments, unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
  2. Students may not have others conduct research or prepare work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. This prohibition includes the work by any online research companies or research paper businesses.
  3. Major portions of the same academic work may not be submitted more than once for credit or honors, without authorization. Example: one may not produce a single academic assignment (e.g. research paper, presentation, etc.) and submit it in more than one course without prior permission.

    Fabrication is defined as “intentionally falsifying or inventing any information or citation on any academic exercise,” therefore:

  1. “Invented” information may not be used in any laboratory experiment or classroom exercise.
  2. One should acknowledge the actual source from which cited information is obtained. For example, a student should not take a quotation from a book review and then indicate that the quotation was obtained from the book itself.
  3. Students must not change and resubmit previous academic work without prior permission from the instructor.

    Roster fraud and attendance deception is defined as intentionally or knowingly signing or otherwise indicating another student’s presence in a class when he/she is, in fact, not present. This is a form of “fabrication” or lying and constitutes academic dishonesty. 
    Academic dishonesty also includes intentionally or knowingly helping, attempting to help or soliciting another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.

Discipline Action 
“Come In.” In the case of a student who commits academic dishonesty and “comes in” to the professor and admits guilt, the faculty member should determine the degree of severity of discipline. All acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Registrar. 
“Call In.” If a student commits academic dishonesty and is “called in” by the professor, the professor should take the following steps.

First Offense Procedures
Professor:

  • Notify the student directly and inform him/her that academic dishonesty is a very serious breach of trust.
  • Attempt to determine the cause and inform the student that a second offense will result in an automatic failure of the course with a hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee and stand the possibility of being dismissed from the University.
  • If applicable, give the student(s) an “F” on the assignment and/or require that it be redone.
  • Notify the Registrar’s Office of the offense and request that a notice be put in the student’s file for as long as student records are kept on file.

Note: More serious offenses may result in the failure of the course and extreme cases may result in dismissal from the University. Compounding the situation by lying, further dishonesty or other problems, may result in more serious consequences.

Registrar:

  • The Registrar will send a memo to the student indicating that a incident report has been put in his/her file. Included in the memo will be notification that the student has the right to appeal through the established appeal “petition” process.
  • Copies of all documents will be forwarded to the Student Development department from the Registrar.

Multiple Offense Procedures:

  • If a student commits multiple offenses of academic dishonesty (same violations or combination), the Registrar’s Office notifies the professor, the Academic Integrity Committee and the Vice President of Academic Affairs that the student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy a second time. The student then meets with the Academic Integrity Committee and a decision is made concerning disciplinary measures.
  • If it is determined a student violated the Academic Integrity Policy twice within a course, an “F” for the course will be given and a meeting of the Academic Integrity Committee is convened to determine possible further consequences. If a student commits academic dishonesty in a different course, he/she must meet with the Committee. Redemptive discipline for the student can vary from reinstatement to the issuing of warnings or dismissal from the University. The Vice President of Academic Affairs must approve the Committee’s decision before the University acts on it. If a student is dismissed, he/she is not able to return for one entire semester following the dismissal. The student has the right to appeal to the Academic Affairs Committee. Appeals will only be accepted if they are based on error(s) committed by the professor(s) and/or Academic Integrity Committee in the process or procedure outline in this policy.

Resources: Consolidated USMH and University of Maryland Policies and Procedures Manual (Policy III-1.00) [www.inform.edu/ CampusInfo/Departmentpolicies] (2003). Tri-unity Christian High School Student Handbook. (1998). Tri-unity Christian Schools, Grand Rapids, MI 49509.

Academic Probation

It is expected that a student will make satisfactory progress toward a degree, diploma or certificate. An Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Provisional Continuance list is compiled each semester, based on the student’s academic achievement for the previous semester.
    The following information states the required total cumulative grade point average (GPA) necessary for the student to remain in good academic standing based upon the total number of hours which the student has earned. 

Minimum Requirement:  
Cumulative Credits Earned     Cumulative GPA

0-29

1.6

30-59

1.8

60+

2.0

    Students with a grade point average below 2.0 will be notified in writing by the Registrar's office and placed in one of the following categories:

  • Academic Warning: When a full-time student’s cumulative GPA is lower than 2.0 but above the good standing requirement, the student will be placed on Academic Warning status for the following semester.
  • Academic Probation: When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below the level of good standing, the student will be placed on Academic Probation status for the following semester. The maximum academic load for students on Academic Probation is 12 credit hours. Students on Academic Probation are limited to participation in one extra-curricular activity.  It is suggested that students on Academic Probation enroll in the 2 credit course, GS 145 Strategies for Success.
  • Academic Provisional Continuance: The student who does not attain a cumulative GPA above the level of good standing after being placed on Academic Probation (at any point in his or her academic career) will be placed on Academic Provisional Continuance.  Academic Provisional Continuance is a heightened status meant to be more stringent than probation.  A student on Academic Provisional Continuance will not be allowed to enroll in more than 12 credit hours or participate in extra-curricular activities such as campus leadership, organizations, ministry teams or athletics to name a few.  Also, students will be force enrolled into a 0 credit, pass/fail section of GS 145 Strategies for Success.
  • Removal from Academic Warning/ Academic Probation/Academic Provisional Continuance: A student will be removed from Academic Warning, Academic Probation or Academic Provisional Continuance at the end of any given semester when their cumulative GPA meets the requirements for good standing.
  • Academic Dismissal: The student on Academic Provisional Continuance whose cumulative GPA at the end of the semester is lower than what is required for good standing can anticipate dismissal from the University. Appeals should be made in writing to the Registrar and may be considered by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and others as needed. Individuals who have been terminated for academic reasons may reapply after they have attended another college and earned a total of 6 or more credits of at least “C” quality work. The Admissions Committee will, upon receipt of a transcript from that institution, consider the reapplication request.

Academic Appeal Procedures

Academic appeals for course grades, status in programs and academic dishonesty are handled in the following manner:

  1. The faculty member is the main voice regarding course policies, expectations or grading. Students who believe they are treated unfairly in their academic experience should make every effort to resolve the issue with the faculty member. If students believe they have been treated improperly, they will seek to resolve the matter, first with the professor, then with the appropriate department chair.
  2. If, after a discussion with the professor and the department chair, a student still thinks he or she is being treated unfairly or not in keeping with announced academic policies, that student may appeal in writing to the Registrar by filling out an Academic Petition, available from the Registrar’s Office. The written appeal must be received by the Registrar within three weeks after making the attempt to resolve the issue with the professor or department chair.

Academic Advisors

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor who is a faculty member within the appropriate major. The advisor will assist in orientation to campus life, establishing educational goals and scheduling classes during registration. In addition, all faculty members hold regular office hours at which time students are encouraged to seek counsel. 
    While North Central University will provide as much help as possible in planning academic programs, each student is responsible for the proper completion of a program and, therefore, should be familiar with the requirements listed in this catalog.

Curriculum:

Philosophy and Purpose 
The curriculum at North Central University is designed to provide learning experiences which promote the University’s mission and vision. North Central is pleased to offer a curriculum which builds upon the strong foundational base of our Pentecostal heritage and ministry focus. North Central takes many of its educational experiences into the learning lab of the city and world around us. Various courses incorporate evangelists, youth pastors and specialists who bring their expertise and modeling to the classroom. 
    Since society is in a state of flux and has changed significantly over the last few years, North Central has developed curriculum which is flexible and adaptable. As Christians, it is important to understand society so we truly can be salt and light, finding effective ways of leading people to Christ. 
    At North Central University, we believe that in order to accomplish this successfully, students need to have three components in their baccalaureate degree: 1) a strong general education program, 2) a solid Bible/theology program, and 3) a selected major with a complementary content core such as North Central offers its supporting programs. 
    The base of the University’s degree programs is a general education core whose prime task is to provide a cohesive Christian worldview. As knowledge increases and disciplines become increasingly fragmented and segmented, North Central seeks to provide coherence and meaning through the development of an even more holistic, integrated general education curriculum which gains its meaning because of the God we serve. We seek ways of teaching students to be better thinkers, to have the skills to be lifelong learners, to know where and how to gather information and to be able to synthesize that knowledge. 
    General education at North Central has seven strands which are woven into and emphasized throughout the student’s course of study: 1) servant leadership, 2) spiritual formation, 3) writing and speech, 4) thinking skills and processes, 5) information literacy, 6) technological competence, and 7) global and cultural sensitivity. These include knowledge, skills and attitudes which North Central desires all students to gain in order to be effective in the church and in the world both today and tomorrow. 
    North Central believes that it is important for students to be involved in general education courses because they so clearly relate to our central evangelistic focus. For example, we can’t very well engage people in effective dialogue about the gospel if we cannot speak well and articulate our thoughts. We cannot discuss life with someone whose basic philosophy we cannot understand. If we want to engage people effectually, we must know how they think. Furthermore, in order to minister, counsel, pastor, and teach people, we need to understand their psychological and emotional needs. NCU believes that a strong base of general education provides a foundation for effective ministry and work. 
    No matter what major students select at North Central, we trust they will develop and maintain a heart for ministry and evangelization. Therefore, NCU requires its students to complete a Bible and theology program of at least 27 credit hours. We believe all students in every major should be required to yield at the same altar, make the same sacrifice and sense the call of God to sold-out Christianity. 
    Every major at North Central University has recently been revised. The curricular structure of the majors has been changed to provide flexibility for the students to take courses reflecting their specific interests, skills and calling. If students desire to go on to graduate school, for example, then they have the opportunity to select a preparatory track that provides a solid base for further study. 
    If, on the other hand, a student desires to specialize, this is also an option. For example, a student can take a music major program or go on to specialize in music performance or become a Music Pastor. Additionally, students may major in a particular program and then select a supporting program in an entirely different, yet complementary discipline. This option will provide for future job flexibility and the honing of other skills. 
    We believe that God is helping us to raise a mighty army in these last days. With faculty joining students to learn and minister together, we seek to produce on-fire, sold-out, well-discipled Christians who are passionate for Jesus and for His service. We are not just theorizing or dreaming. We believe that we are purposefully designing a new, effective curriculum and that a vital, spiritual campus environment can be maintained as God moves across our land. 
    At North Central, we are designing ever more effective ways to develop spiritually astute, thoroughly Pentecostal men and women, who are personally changed and whole and who can bring others to that same wholeness through salvation and discipleship. We’re grappling with what it means in this day and age to place Bible and theology, chapel, and prayer meetings and the sold-out, cross-bearing, martyr-ready, give-it-all-up lifestyle right up front and center on an ongoing basis. We know we need to do everything we can to keep this place and ourselves on fire and fervent.

January Warm-up 
Occasionally, North Central offers certain spring semester courses in early January with an intensive schedule that allows for creative programming. One course on Muslim ministries has been held on-site in Detroit for practical application opportunities in that city’s Muslim sector. Another is an intensive theatre production experience. Some are overseas learning experiences while other courses offer more relaxed opportunities for student—teacher relationships and unusual learning experiences here on the North Central campus. The course continues on into the ensuing semester, but this is an opportunity to complete a major portion of one class in a “January Warm-up.”

International Focus 
Our students have numerous opportunities to live out the University vision statement which describes North Central as preparing students for leadership and ministry “throughout the world.” 
    North Central has been the recipient of several large grants from places like the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Bethesda Foundation for curriculum and programming in urban ministries. Students are involved in our urban setting in numerous ways, and there are many opportunities for service. 
    Many students volunteer at the local Ubah School to teach English to Somalian refugees and to build bridges of friendship to our Muslim neighbors. North Central has developed a major, a supporting program and a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). 
    Typically, about 10 percent of our student body and 50 percent of our faculty go overseas each year. We are building a global learning environment which provides for missions trips, international learning experiences, Connections trips, international internships and semester abroad opportunities. Student teaching can partially be accomplished overseas in Saipan or Kenya for elementary education students. We enjoy a diverse faculty with much overseas experience.

Title II Reporting

In accordance with Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act, North Central is required to inform the public of the performance of completers of the teacher preparation program on teacher certification/licensure assessments used by the State of Minnesota.

For academic year 2007-2008 the pass rate for those taking the exams were as follows: Total Number of Program Completers: 15

Type of Assessment: #taking #passing NCU Pass Rate State Pass Rate
Aggregate - Basic Skills 14 14 100% 95%
Aggregate - Professional Knowledge 13 13 100% 99%
Aggregate - Academic Content Areas 14 14 100% 94%
Summary Totals 15 15 100% 91%

For the academic year 2007–2008 the pass rate for those taking the exams were as follows: Total Number of Completers: 15

Type of Assessment: #taking #passing NCU Pass Rate State Pass Rate
Basic Skills
PPST Reading 3 0 0% 98%
PPST Reading 3 0 0% 98%
PPST Mathematics 3 0 100% 98%
Computerized PPST Reading 11 11 100% 97%
Computerized PPST Writing 10 10 100% 97%
Computerized PPST Math 10 10 100% 98%
Professional Knowledge
Prin. Learning & Teaching K-6 13 13 100% 99%
Academic Content Areas
El. Ed. Content Knowledge 13 13 100% 99%
Middle Scholl Eng Lang Arts 9 0 0% 91%
Middle School Social Studies 5 0 0% 84%

The NCU Education 2007-2008 program statistics:

  1. NCU currently has 41 students who have been formally admitted to the education program
  2. NCU’s Education program requires 744 hours of supervised practice teaching
  3. The average student-faculty ratio for supervised practice teaching is 3:1

If you desire to examine the report, copies may be obtained by request. Contact the Registrar’s Office at ext. 4409.

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