Associates Degree through Bridgeway’s Dual Enrollment Program
Through our partnerships with Ohio Christian University, Christian Halls International (Southeastern) and Acadeum, our high school students can now graduate with both their high school diploma and a General Studies Associate of Arts degree. If they attend OCU, they can also choose from an AA in Business or Digital Media and Marketing. 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.
Students will be eligible to participate in the Associate Program beginning in their Junior year, sometimes even the second semester of their Sophomore year for select students. Generally, this will allow students to take 20 courses, or 60 credits, over the span of four semesters or the four plus summer courses to spread it out some. 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 that ensure you are ready for your Junior year due to prerequisites. Students should be through two years of Honors English, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, World Geography, two years of foreign language, Health, and Personal Finance in order to prevent having to take these over the summer or while balancing 10 college courses.
Elements Required for A.A., with a major in General Studies vary from university to university, and electives or focus options vary as well. It is essential to speak to your advisor early on about what future path you wish to pursue so the best school can be decided. For example; Ohio Christian has focused courses on Digital Media, Business, General Marketing, Science, and Psychology. Southeastern’s offerings vary but are more General Studies with some extra offerings.
Textbooks for College Courses
Courses taken will require that students purchase their books on their own. Students are advised to 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.
Ohio Christian University - The fall semester starts in mid-August, and students must have applied at OCU by April 15th and be enrolled at Bridgeway by July 1st. Spring semester starts in January and students must have applied at OCU by October 15th and enrolled at Bridgeway by December 1st.
Christian Halls International- Southeastern: Fall semester starts in mid-August and students must have applied to CHI and their chosen university by August 1st and be enrolled at Bridgeway by the same date. Spring semester starts in early January and students must have applied to CHI and their chosen university by December 15th and be enrolled by the same date.
Acadeum- This program offers start dates almost every month for their 8-week offering. The application process is quick, though students must be enrolled with Bridgeway before applying at an Acadeum school.
Students are also placed in a “Homeroom” at Bridgeway where regular updates are given by the dual-enrollment advisors, links to extra help are provided, and students can engage with each other on a forum.
It 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. All courses have hard deadlines that must be met without exception. Assignments are handed out on a set day of the week and are due by the following week when the next assignments are issued. 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 students' posts.
OCU 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 in the Academic Catalog. Students must have completed at least 50% of the course at the time of the appeal. The other universities have similar policies, where a student who has not been in attendance for more than two weeks will be dropped from the course unless there has been an arrangement made with the professor and other school staff.
At OCU, students have up to 5 days after the start of the course to let us know if they wish to withdraw from their course.
At CHI partner universities, students have up to 2 days after the start of the course to let us know they want to withdraw from the course.
Acadeum students have up to four days after the start of the course to let us know they want to withdraw.
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 their courses several days before the course starts. The withdrawal policy for courses is outlined in the university’s Academic Catalog and in the startup emails after a student is registered. An official request should be emailed to their university Contact, and cc’ed to their Bridgeway Advisor.
Who to contact with
If 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- to two business days) then they should reach out to their university contact 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.
Each university encourages students to use technological advances to enhance their personal educational experience. The IT Helpdesk on the university's platform 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 courses.