Through our partnership with Lumerit and 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.45 credits will come from the Lumerit system and 15 credits will come directly from Ohio Christian University. It is important to note the differences as there are slightly different expectations of the student depending on where the course is being taken through.Elements Required for A.A., with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies as of April 1, 2019. 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. OCU Requirement (OCU Course)Lumerit / OCU course Communication Skills (9 credits)6 credits in Written communication / literatureComposition & Reading I; Composition & Reading II3 credits in Oral communicationEssentials of SpeechHumanities (9 credits)9 credits in literature, history, philosophy, music, art, drama. U.S. History Through Reconstruction; U.S. History Since Reconstruction; Introduction to Literature or any other courses that have humanities prefixes.Courses must come from at least two areas of study within humanities (e.g. – all 9 hours cannot come from literature)Reasoning Skills (9 credits)3 credits in mathematics or statisticsApplied College Algebra or any other approved mathematics course3 credits in biological / physical scienceIntroduction to Earth Science or any other biological / physical science course3 credits in reasoning skills – biological science, physical science, technology, formal logic, statistics, mathematics.Any mathematical or biological/physical science course.Social & Behavioral Science (9 credits)3 credits in social science – archaeology, organizational theory, political science, human services.U.S. Government or any other course with social science prefixes.3 credits in behavioral science – Anthropology, business, economics, social geography, psychology, sociology.Microeconomics or any other course with behavioral science prefixes3 credits in either social or behavioral science.Introduction to Sociology or any other course with social/behavioral prefixesBiblical Literature, Theology, & Religion (9 credits)3 credits Old Testament LiteratureOld Testament Survey or any Old Testament course approved3 credits New Testament LiteratureNew Testament Survey or Life in New Testament Times or any other New Testament course approved3 credits Biblical Literature, Theology, or ReligionEthics or any other Bible/Religion/Theology course approvedElectives (15 credits)Any Courses at OCU or Lumerit that have OCU approval.For a complete list of courses that fall into each category, click here.Textbooks for College CoursesCourses taken directly through Ohio Christian University 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.Courses taken through Lumerit may have materials fees associated with those in which the course materials are included in the course. Other courses will require the student to purchase the textbooks on their own, at least two weeks before the start of the course.Start DatesWe are able to offer most courses throughout the year, with start dates every other week. Ohio Christian University courses typically begin on Tuesdays. Courses typically run on an 8-week schedule. Extended sessions are available for Lumerit courses upon request.Work DeadlinesIt is important for students to understand that all of these 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 of their courses that must be met without exception. Points will be deducted for late submissions up to four days. After that, the student will receive a zero on the assignment. Each course requires a forum post by the fourth day of the work week (midnight EST). The student then has to provide two responses within the next three days. Additionally, each course has a project that is due on the seventh day of the class week.Courses taken through Lumerit might have more flexibility, but it is the student’s responsibility to know what is expected of their course. Some courses have hard deadlines that need to be adhered to whereas others are more flexible. Under no circumstances should students wait until the final week to turn in all their work. This is unprofessional and would not be allowed in a regular college setting. The same rules apply to these dual enrollment courses.Extension PolicyOCU has an extension that they call the Incomplete policy. In order 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 on Page 39 of the Academic Catalog. Students have to have completed at least 50% of the course at the time of the appeal. If a student has not completed at least 50% of the work, they can withdraw from the class on the last day of the class and get a W. This will not affect the student’s GPA. However, the student will then have to pay to retake the course so it’s only a good option if the student is on the verge of failing the course. If the appeal is approved, the student will receive up to an extra 8-weeks to complete the work for the course at no extra fee.Courses completed through Lumerit should be completed in the time frame provided. If the student indicates that there are extenuating circumstances that are preventing the completion of the course, we can grant up to a two-week extension. Student’s must email their advisor prior to the last day of the course with an extension request and detailed explanation. The advisor can then grant or deny the request.Withdrawal PolicyStudents have up to 7 days after the start of the course to let us know if they wish to withdrawal from their course. Lumerit courses can be withdrawn from within 7 calendar days for a full refund. Ohio Christian University courses will have the following fees associated if withdrawal occurs after the start of the course.If the student withdraws before the start of the course, there is no fee.If the course has started, and they have not completed any work, there is a $45 fee.If the course has started and they have completed work, the fee is $100.If they withdraw after the 7-day mark, there is no refund.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 week before the course starts. Lumerit courses will be available on the first day of the session and students have 7 calendar days to withdraw from the course for a full refund.The withdrawal policy for OCU courses is outlined on page 16 of the Academic Catalog. 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 AGS advisor for OCU courses or their Bridgeway Advisor for Lumerit courses. Their advisor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for access information and other inquiries. This is found on page 22 of the Academic Catalog.Technical issues with Lumerit courses can be addressed by clicking on the icon found on any page within the system.