Continuing Education Center at IMSE 2011 2012 Student Handbook

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Continuing Education Center at IMSE 2011 2012 Student Handbook

  1. 1. THE CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER A T IM S E STUDENT HANDBOOK 2011-2012Effective 4/18/2011
  2. 2. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOKTABLE OF CONTENTS 1.1 MISSION AND GOALS OF INSTITUTION .............................................................................. 3 IMSE’s executive certificate programs incorporate multiple areas within the scope of human rights and related fields of study. Our mission as an institution is to provide continuing education training for professionals and advocates who seek to advance their knowledge base through our executive track offerings. ...................................................................... 3 IMSE’s goals focus on fostering an environment of intellectual exchange for developing both scholars and practitioners. We are dedicated to excellence in education by utilizing collaborative, interactive, multimedia teaching methodologies to help propel the interest of our students in order to benefit them professionally and academically. ..................................................... 3 1.2 HOW TO CONTACT IMSE ................................................................................................ 3 1.3 ACADEMIC CALENDAR ................................................................................................... 3 1.4 COURSE SCHEDULING ..................................................................................................... 4 1.5 STUDY SUGGESTIONS ..................................................................................................... 52 COURSE OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................. 5 2.1 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................... 5 2.2 ADMISSIONS .................................................................................................................. 6 2.3 ACADEMIC PROGRESS..................................................................................................... 7 2.4 STUDENT PRIVACY POLICIES (FERPA) .......................................................................... 9 2.5 NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY ........................................................................................ 9 2.6 DISABILITIES ................................................................................................................. 9 2.7 COPYRIGHT ................................................................................................................... 9 2.8 APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES............................................................................................. 9 2.9 2011-2011 TUITION FEES AND REFUND POLICY ............................................................. 10 2.10 ORGANIZATIONS WHICH QUALIFY FOR IMSE TUITION DISCOUNTS .................................... 11Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 2
  3. 3. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK1.1 MISSION AND GOALS OF INSTITUTION IMSE’s executive certificate programs incorporate multiple areas within the scope of human rights and related fields of study. Our mission as an institution is to provide continuing education training for professionals and advocates who seek to advance their knowledge base through our executive track offerings. IMSE’s goals focus on fostering an environment of intellectual exchange for developing both scholars and practitioners. We are dedicated to excellence in education by utilizing collaborative, interactive, multimedia teaching methodologies to help propel the interest of our students in order to benefit them professionally and academically.1.2 HOW TO CONTACT IMSE By email: o For information about enrollment: enrollment@imseonline.org o For any other general inquiries: administration@imseonline.org o For help with the online resource center or with the student portal: studentsupport@imseonline.org o For information, comments or questions about required books: bookstore@imseonline.org o Library Services for the IMSE Scholars Digital Library of New York: librarian@imseonline.org o By phone or Fax: 1 (877) 280-5298 P o 1 (800) 680-6390 F1.3 ACADEMIC CALENDAR IMSE recognizes the following holidays, and will be closed on the following dates: o Labor Day : September 1 o Columbus Day: October 11 o Veterans Day: November 11 o Thanksgiving: November 23- 24Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 3
  4. 4. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK o Christmas and New Year’s : December 24- January 1 o Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: January 18 o Presidents Day: February 15 o Easter : April 2 o Memorial Day Weekend: May 28-31 o Fourth of July Holiday: July 3-41.4 COURSE SCHEDULINGCourse Meeting TimesThe 7 day Course sections meet Tuesday through Monday, unless otherwise posted byadministration.Registration Cut-off timesRegistration is allowed up until 5:00 p.m. of the Monday before the course begins.Special permission through enrollment services would be required to late register on theday of the course.Course Section ScheduleAll courses meet 7 days a week online from Tuesday through Monday. Most professorsrequire students to login on meeting days to post assignments, and meet with theprofessor and classmates for interactive discussions. GENERAL COURSE SECTION SCHEDULE FOR COURSE SECTIONS:The 7 day course sections meet Tuesday starting at 5:00 p.m. through the followingMonday at 5:00 p.m. The 1st Tuesday of every month, the following course sections are offered including, Course Track A: • 1000-26000 • 1001-26001 • 1002-26002 The 2nd Tuesday of every month, the following course sections are offered including, Course Track B: • 1003-26003 • 1004-26004 • 1005-26005Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 4
  5. 5. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK The 3rd Tuesday of every month, the following course sections are offered including, Course Track C: • 1006-26006 • 1007-26007 • 1008-26008 The 4th Tuesday of every month, the following course sections are offered including, Course Track D: • 1009-26009 • 1010-26010 • 1011-260111.5 STUDY SUGGESTIONSStudents are recommended to adhere to the lesson plan that each professor provides themin their syllabus in order to successfully complete their course work. On average, eachcertificate course at IMSE requires students to spend between 25-30 hours in study andassignments. Students are encouraged to use the IMSE library, and attend the OnlineOrientation Course to become familiar with many different writing techniques, styles,and formats for preparing written assignments. IMSE uses the APA 6th edition style (ormore recent) for assignments. We also recommend students using the APA Perrla brandsoftware to assist with framing assignments.2 COURSE OVERVIEWEach executive track course will have the following lesson components:  Reading assignments in text books, and lectures  Required discussion board posts  Papers, exams, quizzes, or projects2.1 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Upon the completion and passing of an executive program track, each student will receive their specialty program certificate. Students who are not in a program track, but registered for individual courses, will also receive a certificate of completion in their course specialty area. Please see IMSE FAQ’s to see time frame for receipt.Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 5
  6. 6. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK 2.2 ADMISSIONS General Admission to the IMSE Executive Certificate Programs Students should have completed an associate’s degree or 60 college credits from a U.S. accredited college, and or a CHEA recognized internationally accredited institution. In addition, should have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Admissions to the IMSE Post Baccalaureate Executive Certificate Program Students seeking admissions to this program should hold a 2.50 GPA or higher, and completion of an accredited bachelors level program. Students are required to maintain above a 3.00 GPA while enrolled in the program. Admissions to the IMSE Post Master’s Executive Certificate Program Students seeking admissions to this program should hold a 3.0 GPA or higher, and completion of an accredited master’s level program. Students are required to maintain above a 3.00 GPA while enrolled in the program. Admissions to the IMSE Postdoctoral Programs Executive Certificate Programs Students seeking admissions to this program should hold a 3.0 GPA or higher, as well as completion of a doctorate degree program. Students are required to maintain above a 3.0 GPA, while enrolled in the program. o Prior to enrollment, students should have personal technology skills at the level of intermediate in accessing the internet, sending e-mail, as well as working within integrated applications such as Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students should also meet the following enrollment criteria: a. Have access to a computer and internet. b. Have the ability to store assignments and resources on a personal computer, and or external storage device. c. Have openness for sharing with the instructor, and classmates in relative subject matters. d. Have the ability to interact via online posts, webinars, and chat room setting. e. Have the self-discipline to manage assigned curriculum and study time. f. Have the ability to strategically and critically think through subject matters.  Have a good understanding that quality education can be performed through distance education methods. Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 6
  7. 7. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOKTechnology requirements include:  A computer running a Windows operating system. Preferably, 2000 or XP with a processor running at 500MHz or better.  At least 256 MB of RAM (higher is highly recommended)  The ability to connect to the Internet at a speed of at least 56 kbps  A higher connection speed is highly recommended as some courses will not function at the lower connection speed  A web browser (Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Flock, Safari, Netscape 7.2 or higher, or Firefox 1.5 or higher)  A sound card, speakers, and access to a telephone may be required for some courses that are interactive with whiteboards. Webcam is optional.2.3 ACADEMIC PROGRESS IMSE’s executive courses meet four days a week. Therefore, attendance, participation, and all required assignments are mandatory for each meeting session, in order to receive a grade, and certificate of completion of each learning module. IMSE also recognizes students who perform at honors level. We identify these students based on their GPA (grade point average), and such recognition will be placed on both their transcript and certificate. o Summa Cum Laude: 3.80 and above o Magna Cum Laude: 3.60 and above to 3.79 o Cum Laude: 3.40 and above to 3.59Grading ScaleA 92-100 4.00 C+ 76-78 2.33A- 89-91 3.67 C 72-75 2.00B+ 86-88 3.33 C- 69-71 1.67B 82-85 3.00 D 60-68 1.00B- 79-81 2.67 F 59 & Below 0.00Student PerformanceAll students are expected to participate in the online discussion board areas, complete allof their assignments, as well as attend all on-line sessions, and operate in academicintegrity as outline in their syllabus and the Academic Integrity Policy.Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 7
  8. 8. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOKAbout class participation 1. Class Participation – Each student is expected to come to class prepared to discuss the topics for that session. Students will be graded on the quality of their participation, which demonstrates about their knowledge of the subjects their learning.About attendance 2. Attendance – All students will attend each class. There are no make ups. One absence will result in a lower grade. More than two absences will result in a grade of F, since the classes are accelerated and last four days.About academic integrity 3. Academic Integrity – IMSE’s faculty and administration do not condone academic dishonesty in any form. The obligations and responsibilities for this course are governed by our Academic Integrity Policy. It is each student’s responsibility to be familiarized with this policy. Academic Integrity PolicyIMSE has a strong belief system in academic integrity. Therefore, all students areexpected to abide by the following or will receive a failing grade or dismissal.No Cheating: Examples of cheating are copying test and quiz answers from anotherstudent or from another person’s work in the format of typed, hand-written, or electroniccommunication (internet copy and paste, or text messages, etc). Essentially, the work isnot the students work, for the answers have been retrieved falsely or copied.No Plagiarism and No Fabrication: A student is plagiarizing when they fail to give creditto the owner of a set of ideas, theories, or related documentation that is cited in a newwork by a student. There are several other forms within the sphere of plagiarism knownas intentional plagiarism, and academic misconduct. Intentional plagiarism is when astudent knowingly copies ideas, and works that are not their own. Academic misconductis the inaccurate quoting of a work, which can be perceived as a form of plagiarism. Inorder to avoid both forms, students should be careful in the creation and citation of theirwork.Fabrication is when a student inaccurately quotes, or misleads its readers (for example.their teacher or classmates) about the subject matter of their paper to be true, when reallyfalsified or, the subject and or quote in their paper is invented, and deceives its readers.Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 8
  9. 9. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOKAbout TranscriptsStudents will receive two official transcript records available through IMSE, once theircourse or program track is completed. For additional transcript copies, the cost is $5.00per official copy.2.4 STUDENT PRIVACY POLICIES (FERPA)According to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), all studentinformation, both personal and academic, as strictly confidential. Student informationwill only be released after appropriate written permission has been obtained from thestudent. This applies to all students who have attended, or are attending IMSE. FERPA isa federal law.2.5 NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973IMSE does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin inits activities, programs, or employment policies, in accordance with Federal, State, andlocal laws.2.6 DISABILITIESIMSE is in adherence and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, andNew York State Law.2.7 COPYRIGHTIMSE adheres to the United States copyright laws, which prohibits our institution as awhole (Course rooms, materials, instruction, etc), from using any form of reproduction ofmaterials that imposes upon copyright infringement.2.8 APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES Any appeals of grades, academic reprimand, or to file a grievance in related academic matters, can be submitted in writing via email to: administration@imseonline.orgEffective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 9
  10. 10. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK2.9 2011-2011 TUITION FEES AND REFUND POLICY I. General Executive Executive Certificate Program: $105.00 per credit hour. II. Post Baccalaureate Executive Certificate Program: $155.00 per credit hour . III. Post Master’s Executive Certificate Program: $195.00 per credit hour. IV. Postdoctoral Executive Certificate Program: $240.00 per credit hour. V. Application for admissions fee: $40.00 VI. Maintenance matriculation fee: $65.00 VII. Technology fee: $50.00 VIII. Transcript of record fee: $3.00 IX. Late registration fee: $25.00 X. Readmission fee: $10.00 XI. Duplicate ID card fee: $5.00 Students seeking tuition payment plans or the TAL (Tuition Assistance Loan) program should contact IMSE enrollment services at: enrollment@imseonline.org. Special note: Corporate sponsors and third party payment providers for tuition are accepted upon verification on a case by case basis. Withdrawal policy Your withdrawal request will be officially recorded on the date the request is received by enrollment services. withdraw from a course up until one business day prior to the course start date, with no fee or academic penalty to be imposed. and before the class start date, a non-refundable fee of $100.00 will be imposed. If on the second day a 50% penalty is imposed, and after the third session there is no refund. course materials that are provided as part of the course. enrollment@imseonline.org. Withdrawal forms are only necessary if registration forms are filed, and tuition paid.Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 10
  11. 11. THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL STUDIES AND ETHICS STUDENT HANDBOOK2.10 ORGANIZATIONS WHICH QUALIFY FOR IMSE TUITION DISCOUNTSDiscounts are available for select organizations or students who enroll in multiple learning tracks. A 10%discount is offered for the following organization and its members: branches and members -profit Organizations o Special note: Discounts are provided at time of registration, or after organization affiliation is verified. Federal and state financial aid is not presently offered at this time at IMSE. However, IMSE offers the TAL ( Tuition Assistance Loan) Program for students who seek to finance their program. Please contact enrollment services for more information.Effective 04/18/2011 www.imseonline.org Page 11

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