ASSESSMENTS. ESSAYS. PROJECTS
School requires all candidates for a degree to successfully complete
appropriate graduation projects, i.e., thesis or dissertation. Credit
is earned by completing study or research assignments and submitting
an essay, critical analysis, hypothesis, or by completing an
examination in the required course. Graduation Projects, once
submitted and accepted, become the property of the Saint Mark
Seminary & College. Graduate Projects must be suitable in length
for acceptance and under the guidance of a faculty member assigned to
the student. The cover of graduation projects must contain the words:
"Submitted to St Mark Seminary & College in
Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of ____."
Graduation Projects (thesis or dissertation) must be appropriately
bound or placed into an
appropriate three-ring binder.
graduation you will be directed to the appropriate agency responsible
for certifying or licensing members in your particular vocation.
Remember that a degree is not a license to practice any
FOR ACADEMICALLY RELEVANT EXPERIENCES
is available to students with skills developed during employment or
non-traditional educational experiences, as well as training achieved
through seminars, practica completed and cocurricular experiences
related to their degree program. Applicants may request an evaluation
of their academic portfolio listing courses, seminars, lectures,
texts read, independent research, publications, and cocurricular and
life experiences achieved. Credit is awarded upon a successful
review. Students may also challenge specific courses for credit by
passing an examination and/or essay requirement and earn advanced
credit if the examination and/or essay are successfully passed.
Academic credit is awarded to the student for the course challenged.
Written petition for such consideration must be made to the College.
See Academic Manual for additional information.
Credit is awarded under this title as well for Academic or
Professional Fellowships; Religious Involvement; Social or Community
Involvement; Ministry; Volunteer Work; Clinical Pastoral Experience;
Professional Experience; or Parochial Assignments. A maximum of nine
(9) cocurricular credits may be awarded per degree program.
Credit may also be awarded for the following: Non-credit College
Courses; Religious Service; Military Service; Professional or Work
Experience; Published Works; College-Level Armed Forces Institute
Courses; Vocational Training; International Travel; Community
Service; Professional Seminars; Independent Research; Elective
Reading; Teaching (Didactic Experience); Hospital or Prison
chaplaincies or internships. See Academic Manual for additional
IN STUDENT OR ALUMNI INFORMATION
responsibility of the student or alumnus to notify the College, and
Central Archives, of any change in one's name, address, or personal
PASTORAL/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (CPE)
or Practica will be arranged for students requiring or requesting
this. There are many options open to students in this matter which
include hospital or prison chaplaincies, counseling center
internships, academic related assistance, nursing home visitation,
parochial assignment, or other suitable ministries of service.
sent to graduates via the United States Postal Service upon
successful completion of all academic and financial obligations.
Those wishing their diploma sent by priority mail must request this
in writing and include a $25.00 fee for this consideration. Those
wishing to receive their diploma in ceremony may do so annually on
the first Sunday of August. This must be made known to SMSC at least
three (3) months prior to the intended issuance of one's degree.
These ceremonies are open to all alumni and they are encouraged to
attend and meet the graduates and other alumni. There is a
Commencement Exercise Fee of $200.00 for the gown rental, ceremony,
and social after the ceremonies.
(1) CEU is
awarded for every ten (10) hours of Instruction at a recognized
in-service program or an approved study. Normally, one (1) CEU equals
ten (10) contact hours in a learning experience. A CEU is not
academic credit but verifies that one has accomplished significant
goals in continuing education enhancing their professional expertise.
CEU are required by most professional organizations annually.
DEGREE MAJORS - LICENTIATES
must be completed independently of one another. A petition for a
double major should demonstrate how the requirements for both cores
would be met. Completion of two majors does not result in the
awarding of two degrees. A student who completes two majors may
choose the degree to be conferred, and may request and pay for a
licentiate in the second major. Courses that may be required in two
different programs are not repeated but apply to both.
STUDY ELECTIVES (ISE)
number of grade points can be earned through the research of various
subjects related to the degree being earned. Students should always
select electives that will enhance their major or minor. The
student selects and finds the texts used. Museum research or library
projects may be described in essay or audio and submitted for credit.
There is no text fee for ISE courses but an ISE Fee is paid.
A 3.70 Excellent
B 3.00 Very Good
B 2.70 Good
D 1.00 Below
I 0.00 Incomplete
WF 0.00 Withdraw/Fail
WP 0.00 Withdraw/Pass
POINTS AND CREDIT POINTS
does not award credit but uses grade points (weight) that must be
earned in order to qualify for graduation from a study or degree
process. An "A" is worth four (4) points and an "F"
is worth no (0) points. A specific number of grade points are
required to graduate and the program into which one matriculates
determines these. The grade point awarded shows the actual weight (or
work value) in a study and of the individual. The Grade Point Average
(G.P.A.) of students is determined by the number of points earned.
Students failing a course may challenge it to
receive a higher grade one time. Grade points and will be calculated
according to the second grade.
Withdrawal may be imposed on any student who, in the opinion of the
instructor or the Rector, has not maintained regular contact with the
school for an unexcused period exceeding sixty (60) days. In this
case, a student is advised that s/he can be excluded from the process
without credit and be subject to an alternate course of action and
loss of any discounts awarded. Usually an essay must be submitted
monthly (every 30-45 days) unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
disciplinary action against a student that one feels is unwarranted
may be brought before the Academic Ombudsman. There are systematic
procedures for making an appeal that will be furnished upon request.
These must be made within thirty (30) days of the action taken
against a student. The decision is considered binding arbitration and
all fees related must be paid in full. Degree completion varies on
the amount of credits required in a particular discipline. It is
usually accepted that one should complete studies for a specific
degree within a twenty-four month period unless otherwise agreed upon
in writing when commencing a study program. Extensions can be
requested in writing from the College along with the $50 Study
Extension Fee that covers 30 days. Graduation Projects must be
completed within one (1) year after a student applies for candidacy
unless otherwise agreed to in writing at the commencement of the
Epsilon Delta is open to men and women enrolled in any of the
academic programs. Membership is awarded in the name and
professional discipline of the applicant. Information pamphlet and
application can be obtained by writing the College.
Review Committee receives petitions for Honorary Degrees. Some
consider an honorary degree to be in theory an earned degree because
recipients have been awarded the honor based on professional
successes, academic and community achievements, benevolent
contributions, life experiences, and research conclusions. The words
"Honoris Causa" are placed on the degree to
distinguish it from an academically earned degree. Petitions must
include why the applicant is deserving; two (2) current photographs;
a biographical history including newspaper articles and/or published
works; awards, achievements, citations, commendations and
professional accomplishments. Petitions are reviewed each quarter and
nominees rejected may apply once more within the year. No honorary
degree is awarded for birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, and so
on. These honorary degrees include Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of
Sacred Laws, Doctor of Humanitarian Services or Social Service
Ministry; Doctor of Theology; Doctor of Sacred Philosophy; and Doctor
of Canon Laws.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974" prohibits the
release of any transcript or student information recorded therein to
a third party without the students written consent or signed
transcript release form. Transcript copies are obtained from Academic
Reverend Steven Johnson, 1719 South 7th
Avenue, St Cloud MN 56301. You
must include $10.00 per copy required, non members of the Alumni
Association must include $15.00 per copy desired. Payable to
CREDIT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS & AD EUNDEM PROVISION
Ad Eundem Provision allows us the right to review applicants who have
completed at least 2/3 of degree requirements at another recognized
institution to become a degree candidate. A Graduation Project is
obligatory. Seven studies must be completed in the academic core
either through research and/or text completion and/or hypothesis,
essay, oral defense, or other approved method. Tuition is charged
for all experiential credit awarded. Additional information may
be obtained from the College Administration.
Transferred. Not all courses can be transferred to all schools.
Accreditation does not mean automatic acceptance of credit by any
school, or their recognition of each other or the accrediting
agencies involved. Courses will transfer if: (1) They fit into a
particular curriculum; (2) Are comparable or equivalent to courses
offered; (3) Are "C" average or above; and (4) Must have
been earned at a recognized institution or learning experience within
the last seven (7) years. Terminal courses usually do not transfer.
Credit transferred will be charged for since it will appear on our
transcript towards your degree. Tuition is not accessed but $30 per
transferred credit is charged.
Students who have completed academic requirements for one graduate
degree may be granted exemption in part from requirements in another
graduate degree program with similar requirements. Certificate
Programs offer no exemptions.
Completed Elsewhere: A work accepted at another institution, as
partial or complete fulfillment of credit requirements for a degree,
is unacceptable. Works must be original and become the property of
SMSC. Copyrighted projects are unacceptable unless the wording
contains the name of the author and "St Mark Seminary &
College". However, parts of work submitted to other schools may
be used as a basis for further development at this institution
provided this is disclosed at the beginning of the work.
OF THE COLLEGE'S NAME
organization, member of faculty, employee, or other institution may
use the name of the St Mark Seminary & College for any purpose,
excluding biographies, bio-data, and resumes, without the written
consent of this College.
Information Can Be Obtained On The Following:
Commission on Religious Counseling
& Healing (Synodal
Academy of Chiropathy)
on Canon Law – Canon Law Society of the Metropolia
Delta Greek Letters Society
Christ the Pantocrator Sovereign Order
TO THE COLLEGE
can help us
for many years to come by opening a named endowed scholarship fund to
memorialize yourself or family member. Your bequest or gift can take
the form of Cash, Property, Stocks, Annuities and Bonds, Transfer of
Assets, Life Insurance, Trust Funds, or Bequests. Guidance will be
given in this matter to all who request it. Donations are always
accepted and are tax-deductible.
& RESERVATION OF RIGHTS
reserves the right to modify or cancel courses for just cause and
transfer students to another similar course. It accepts no
responsibility for failure or inability to provide services of any
kind associated with its faculty or circumstances beyond its control
which include, but are not limited to: policy changes; strikes;
postal delays or errors; changes in the curricula, et cetera. Applications
and Discount Agreements and
void after thirty (30) days without notice if not acted upon by the
applicant or student, or should the student default on the financial
agreement. SMSC may discipline its faculty when appropriate and after
administration, a student, or other faculty member has brought
credible charges against them. It also reserves the right to modify
its admission and/or graduation requirements; to amend or modify
curricula or instructional materials; change tuition and fees; amend
regulations affecting the student body; refuse admission or
reinstatement or dismiss a student for just cause; and to relocate to
another facility. It is the responsibility of the student to inquire
about current norms. Students accept tuition responsibility once they
are officially accepted and a tuition agreement, or down payment, is
made. A student who has a bad payment history may forfeit the
scholarship and/or tuition assistance and is then responsible for the
full tuition. Students who pay for the entire degree program (Program
for Degree Term) are not subject to tuition increases. All agreements