Through our partnership with Ohio Christian University, our high school students can now graduate with both their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from Ohio Christian University. This program is not for the faint of heart, but rather for the go-getter high school student who wants to get a jump start on their college career.The BasicsStudents will be eligible to participate in the Associate Program beginning in their Junior year. This will allow students to take 20 courses, or 60 credits, over the span of four semesters. This breaks down to 10 college courses each school year. Your academic advisor will advise you on the best way to spread these courses out so you have the best chance of success. If you are considering this program, it’s important to discuss this with your advisor during your Freshman year so plans can be made the ensure you are ready for your Junior year.Elements Required for A.A., with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies as of January 2021. The list below is a sample and will provide you with an idea of the types of courses that will be required. Your advisor will let you know where exceptions can and cannot be made. Required Credits Course Title GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 36 HUMANITIES 3 Courses must come from at least TWO disciplines in Literature, History, Philosophy, Music, Art, and Drama. No credits may come from Biblical Literature, Theology, or Religion courses Humanities Elective 3 COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 Includes courses in Communication, English Composition, Literature with Composition, and Oral Communication. Oral Communication 3 Written Communication/Literature 3 Written Communication/Literature 3 MATH/SCIENCE/HEALTH 9 Includes courses in Biological Science (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Ecology), Physical Science (e.g., Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), Technology, Formal/ Symbolic Logic, Statistics, and Mathematics. Mathematics or Statistics 3 Biological or Physical Science 3 Biological or Physical Science 3 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 6 Includes courses in Business, Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Geography, and Sociology), and Social Sciences (e.g., Archeology, Organizational Theory, Political Science, and Human Services). Behavioral Sciences 3 Social Sciences 3 RELIGION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION 9 Includes courses in Bible, theology, church history, and religion. Elective 3 Old Testament Literature 3 New Testament Literature 3 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY ELECTIVES 24 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 TOTALS 60 Textbooks for College CoursesCourses taken will require that students purchase their books on their own. It is advised that students purchase them at least two weeks before the start of the course. The University will email the student which books need to be purchased after the student is fully enrolled and all paperwork completed. Start DatesMost Ohio Christian University courses are offered in semester format. Fall semester starts in mid-August, and students must be enrolled by August 1st. Spring semester starts in January and students must be enrolled by early December. There are some 8-week courses offered during four sessions throughout the year, but these are very limited. Work DeadlinesIt is important for students to understand that all courses are college-level courses, and we expect our students to perform and behave at a collegiate level. Ohio Christian University courses have hard deadlines for all courses that must be met without exception. Assignments are handed out Monday morning and are due by Sunday night. Points will be deducted for late submissions up to four days. After that, the student will receive a zero on the assignment unless arrangements are made with the professor. Each course requires a forum post regularly and responses to other student's posts. Extension PolicyOCU has an extension that they call the Incomplete policy. For a student to get more time on their course, the student will need to apply for an Incomplete and it will need to be approved. This is NOT something Bridgeway can do, and MUST be completed before the class ends, all the way up through the last day of the class. The only exception would be hospitalization. The incomplete application policy is outlined in the Academic Catalog. Students must have completed at least 50% of the course at the time of the appeal. Withdrawal PolicyStudents have up to 5 days after the start of the course to let us know if they wish to withdrawal from their course. To ensure students are prepared for the course and know if they can successfully complete it, students should review the course syllabi prior to the start of the course. They will receive access to the OCU courses a several days before the course starts. d. The withdrawal policy for OCU courses is outlined in the Academic Catalog and in the startup emails after a student is registered. An official request should be emailed to their OCU Academic Advisor and cc’ed to their Bridgeway Advisor. Who to Contact with ConcernsIf the student has concerns about the course, the first course of action is to reach out to their professor for all courses. If the professor doesn’t respond in a timely fashion (24 hours-business days) then they should reach out to their OCU advisor and copy to their Bridgeway advisor Their advisors will then reach out to the professor or their supervisor depending on the situation. Learning to communicate with professors is key to being successful in college. These are not high school courses and won’t be treated as such. Professors will expect that students are turning in college-level work and are addressing concerns like a college student, with maturity. Technology AssistanceOhio Christian University encourages students to use technological advances to enhance their personal educational experience. The IT Helpdesk provides assistance regarding access to the university systems. Students are assigned passwords upon their enrollment and may contact the IT department through directions given when a student enrolls and is registered for their OCU courses.