Through our partnership with Ohio Christian University Bridgeway Academy’s online College Now! program is quickly becoming a favorite among homeschoolers. High school juniors and seniors are completing the requirements for graduation while at the same time earning fully accredited college credits (3 credits per course)! By planning ahead, Bridgeway can help position middle and high school students for college-level courses early in their high school careers. This is a natural lead-in to our dual enrollment opportunities, where students can earn both college and high school credits for the same advanced courses. With College Now! terms are offered 6 times a year between Fall and Spring semester courses and four start-dates for a limited selection of 8-week courses. These online college courses allow students to interact with highly qualified professors and other students as they complete the requirements for each class. At the end of each term, students will receive one high school credit and three college credits for each successfully completed course. If your student is interested in pursuing the dual enrollment program, talk to your advisor in your freshman and sophomore years to ensure your student is put on the right track. Your advisor will be able to provide feedback on which courses are recommended and where to take the credit through. Textbooks for College Courses Courses 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 Dates Most 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 Deadlines 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. Ohio Christian University courses have hard deadlines for all of their 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 Policy 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 have to have completed at least 50% of the course at the time of the appeal. Withdrawal Policy Students 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. 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 concerns 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-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 Assistance Ohio 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. Student Follow Up A week after the course is supposed to start, the advisor should reach out to the student to confirm they have submitted their first week's assignments and are on track.