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Academic Policies


General Studies Requirements
Grades & Grade Point Averages
Credit by Examination
Academic Probation
Requirements for Good Standing
Scholastic Honors
Policy on Attendance &  Late Assignments
Transfer Credit Policy
Dropping Courses and Grading Course Registration Deadline

Enrolling in the Degree Program

All City Vision University courses are available to anyone with a high school diploma or the equivalent for foreign students.   The university must receive proof of graduation in the form of a college transcript, high school diploma, or GED certificate before the start of the third term of enrollment.

Those seeking a degree or certificate from City Vision University must submit the following: 

1.   Transcripts from other institutions of higher learning the he or she has attended.  These must be official copies sent to City Vision University directly from the schools.  Photocopies will not be accepted.  

2.   Once all transcripts needed for the program have been received, the applicant will be notified via e-mail.

3.   Students seeking a degree from City Vision University will also receive a transcript evaluation e-mail with an official determination of their status regarding the number of transferring credits and meeting of the General Education requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

It is the student's responsibility to contact academic institutions at which they have studied to ask them send an official copy of his or her transcript directly to the City Vision University registrar's office.  These must be official transcripts issued by the college or university.  Photocopies will not be accepted.

To obtain the Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions, Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Management or Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies, students must have earned a total of 120 college credits.  The maximum number of transfer credits which can be accepted for a bachelor's degree is 90.  The final 30 credits must be made up of courses offered by City Vision University, each of which is worth 3 credits.

The Master's of Technology and Ministry degree requires 36 credits. Students can transfer up to 18 graduate credits from any accredited institution.

For more details on our transfer credit policy, review the transfer credit policy page.  

General Studies Requirements

The required General Education courses must include:

Students must take a total of 30 credits in any of the four general education areas (English & Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts).  At minimum, this must include:

English & Communications
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Mathematics & Natural Sciences 
Humanities & Fine Arts
Total General Education 
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21

The following is a list of how City Vision courses may be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Humanities (min 3/max 21)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (min 3/max 21)

Mathematics and Natural Science (min 3/max 21)

See list of Math and Science freshman/sophomore Straighterline courses.

English/Communications (min 3/max 21)

See list of English and Languages freshman/sophomore Straighterline courses.

If a student already has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, then the General Education requirements are waived.

See the Transfer Credit Course Classification page to determine how specific courses count apply toward the General Studies requirements.

To learn more about the types of accreditation accepted, the conversion of quarter hours to semester hours and related topics, view our Transfer Credit Policy.

Credit by Examination

City Vision University will accept up to 30 hours of transfer credit earned through these credit by examination programs:

The amount of credit awarded is based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for the minimum scores required.

While the degree program is available through City Vision University, students may wish to take individual courses to supplement prior education, to fulfill academic requirements at other institutions, or to enhance their educational background in general. 

Students enrolling in courses for the purpose of seeking a degree through another college must meet all normal admission requirements. City Vision University cannot guarantee that its credits will automatically transfer to another post-secondary institution. Acceptability of academic credit can vary from institution to institution. It is the student's responsibility to confirm whether other schools will accept transfer credits from City Vision University. 

Requirements for Good Standing & Academic Probation

The academic policy of City Vision University is designed to meet ultimately the graduation requirement of a "C" average (2.00 GPA) on all work taken through the university, or accepted via transfer from other institutions.

To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average according to the number of credits completed at City Vision University, or accepted via transfer. The unit of credit is the semester hour. The following minimum grade point averages apply to students seeking a degree: 

  • Up to 30 credits 1.50 GPA
  • 31 through 59 credits 1.70 GPA
  • 60 through 89 credits 1.85 GPA
  • 90 credits and above 2.00 GPA

Attendance is measured by course work submitted, not just by a student logging into a course. An actual assignment submitted, posting to a Class Forum or message sent to a professor are the only student activities that count toward attendance.

If a student stops participating in a class or the class forum before completing the fifth week and does not present a withdrawal request, then they would be marked as Withdrawn on the last day they submitted an assignment. If a student stops participating in a class or the class forum after completing week 5 but without completing the course, they will be assigned the grade they earned up to that point, which may include a failing grade (recorded as "WF").

To review City Vision University' Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, which applies this standard specifically to students receiving financial aid, click the link below:

Academic  Probation

Students who fail to earn the grade point average indicated above will be placed on Academic Probation for the next 6 credits of study. Students who are on Academic Probation and whose term achievements show substantial improvement but whose cumulative GPA is still just below the appropriate GPA for their Credits Completed level and thus would be subject to Academic Dismissal may instead be placed on Probation Continued status at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

Personal academic counseling will be provided for any student who receives a grade of "F" on any two consecutively completed courses.

Grades and Grade Point Averages

Each course is given a final grade with the number of quality points per credit hour assigned as follows:



Quality Points


















































The credits will be counted only once, and the grade earned the second time will supersede the earlier grade. The record of the earlier grade will remain on the transcript, although it will not enter into the computation of the grade point average.A grade of Incomplete is given to course work that is not completed within the prescribed course time limits. An "I" is computed as an "F" for determining grade point average. Students may repeat courses in order to earn a higher grade and more quality points. Courses may be repeated only once. 

Course Registration Deadline

Students must register for courses before or on the first day of classes. Students may request an exception to register for courses after the first day of the term during the first week. Later course registrations are allowed only in exceptional circumstances, but not beyond the second week.

Dropping Courses

Students have until the end of the 5th week of the term to drop courses.  Students should drop courses using the official drop request form.

Courses that are dropped by the end of the second week of classes do not appear on the transcript.  Courses dropped before completing the 5th week  result in a mark of "W."

No course may be dropped after the 5th week. If a student stops working on a course after the 5th week, they will receive credit for all work already submitted. If the result would be a failing grade, it will be recorded as failing as a "WF". Otherwise, it will be recorded as the appropriate passing letter grade. This grade will appear on the transcript and figure into the overall GPA.

In exceptional cases students may petition to withdraw from a course after the 5th week. Such petitions are rarely approved. 

The names of students who have officially withdrawn from a course before the 5th week will appear with a pre-assigned mark of W in the Final Grade column.  Also note that students may not withdraw from a course in which they have committed or have been accused of committing an academic integrity violation.

Policy on Attendance and Late Assignments

To stay enrolled in a City Vision University course, students must attend all of the weekly class sessions.  Each weekly class session is available to students on Mondays and that session's assignments are usually due by midnight on the following Sunday. Because this is an online program, attendance is based on the actual submission of course work; i.e. a written assignment, Class Forum posting, or other interaction with the professor.  Simply logging into the online classroom is not counted as attendance. 

Week Eight is the last class session with assignments posted.  All course work must be completed by the student and submitted to the instructor by Friday of the tenth week of the course.  No credit will be given for work submitted after this date.  This policy applies to weekly assignments, plus examinations and final projects. 

  • Each assignment is due by the end of the day on Sunday in the week it was assigned.

  • Assignments submitted more than 1 week late (after the following Sunday) will lose 1 letter grade (i.e. "A" becomes a "B")

  • Assignments submitted more than 2 weeks late will lose 2 letter grades (i.e. "A" becomes a "C")

  • All assignments and quizzes must be submitted by the week after the term ends or they will receive a failing grade

  • Extensions: professors may grant an extension if the student has a prolonged sickness or major family crisis. The length of the extension is up to the professor’s discretion.  

If a student stops participating in a class or the class forum before completing the fifth week and does not present a withdrawal request, then they would be marked as Withdrawn on the last day they submitted an assignment. If a student stops participating in a class or the class forum after completing week 5 but without completing the course, they will be assigned the grade they earned up to that point, which may include a failing grade (recorded as "WF").

Applications for extension must be submitted via the online extension request form at least 2 or more days before the due actual date.

Extension requests should only be made if you are not going to finish a course before it officially ends. If you need an extension on a specific assignment, you should contact your professor directly.

Extensions are typically granted only for exceptional circumstances, such as an illness

Course extensions will only be granted if you have completed at least half of the assignments in a course. While you are working on a course for which an extension has been granted, you cannot take any further courses.

If a course extension is granted, you will have to submit a schedule of when you anticipate completing the remaining assignments in the course.

Course extension requests will be reviewed both by the professor and by Dr. Ken Heitland, the Academic Dean of City Vision University.

Scholastic  Honors

To encourage excellence and high academic achievement by City Vision University students, the following categories of scholastic honors are recognized for students enrolled in the degree program. In order to qualify for any of the categories, a student must complete a minimum of four courses in one calendar year (January through December).

  • President's Honor Roll 4.00
  • Dean's List 3.50 to 3.99
  • Honor Roll 3.20 to 3.49.

Graduation honors are awarded for academic work performed by the student during his undergraduate program. The baccalaureate degree will be conferred as follows:

  • Summa cum Laude 3.90 or above
  • Magna cum Laude 3.75 to 3.89
  • Cum Laude 3.60 to 3.74

The grade point calculation is made on all credits earned from City Vision University and transfer credits through specific enrollment in the degree program in order to qualify for graduation honors.