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Orientation AGEO October 22 2012


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Orientation AGEO October 22 2012

  1. 1. Welcome to theOnline Program
  2. 2. MAJOR ASSESSMENT FOR DEGREE COMPLETION General Education Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Total hours required in the program core . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 (Criminal Justice, Human Services, Management, and Public Safety programs) Additional elective credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 • Possible sources of elective hours: Associate/General Studies Online courses, training programs, C.L.E.P., or DSST. • All sources must be approved in advance by the registrar. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained. Minimum Credits Required for Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 • All degree requirements of the Bluefield College catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment must be met. 2
  3. 3. Ways to Earn Additional Credit Bluefield College‟s Associate/General Studies Online courses – For course availability, . CLEP/DSST Testing – Transfer in up to 30 hours. Professional (PST) & Military Training - A combination of sixty credit hours formilitary and professional training may be applied as transfer credit. This creditmust be submitted to the Registrar‟s Office using special guidelines. Someprofessional training will be evaluated only after the student begins theinSPIRE online program.  Please contact Terri Thomason, Assessment Counselor, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4397 or prior to selecting additional credit options. 3
  4. 4. Registering for classes• Registration for general education and elective courses is not automatic. • New student‟s must register by contacting Terri Thomason, Assessment Counselor, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4397 or • Continuing student‟s can register online through their MyBC account, , after registration has been opened for the coming semester.• Although classes are 8 weeks in duration, registration must span the full16 week semester in order to be eligible for financial aid. 4
  5. 5. Participation and Drop Policy for inSPIRE Online Courses• The semester officially begins Monday, October 22nd. (As a convenience to our students, the classes willopen to participation beginning Saturday, October 20th. )• A student must participate (respond to a discussion thread or complete an assignment) by 9:00p.m. of the second day of the semester/term to be considered enrolled.• Failure to participate by 9:00 p.m. of the second day of the semester/term will result in an administrativewithdrawal and courses will be deleted from the student‟s permanent academic record. (See the Tuitionand Fees section of the catalog for the refund policy.)• Once a student participates in an online course, it is his or her responsibility to withdraw from the collegeor drop a course by officially notifying the Registrar‟s Office in writing. Charges and financial aid will beadjusted according to the refund policy (prorated) at that point.• Once enrollment has begun, failure to continue participating in class, without official notification ofwithdrawal, earns a grade of „F‟. Full tuition charges will apply.• Faculty monitor student participation and report to the Registrar‟s Office on a weekly basis. 5
  6. 6. Questions or Concerns• While you are in a totally online program please know you are not alone. We arehere to help you. Our goal is for you to be successful and enjoy your educationalexperience.• If you have questions or concerns please follow this process: 1. Review the syllabus and course instructions carefully. The syllabus has instructions regarding your course and for MyBC. 2. Review the useful links and resources found within the course and on MyBC. Technical or administrative issues should be directed to the responsible party. See slide 33 for contact names and numbers. 3. Contact your course instructor. 4. If you have issues that cannot be resolved through one of the previous steps, contact your Department Chair.• Finally, feel free to contact your instructor or department chair just to chat orfellowship. 6
  7. 7. Withdrawal Information If unforeseen “life circumstances” arise• Do not stop participating in a course.• Before making a decision to withdraw, you should discuss your situation with yourprofessor and/or your department chair as stated in the previous slide.• Should you decide withdrawal is your best option, contact Dena Monroe in theRegistrar‟s Office, or 1-800-872-0176 ext. 4550.• If you withdraw from a class but remain enrolled with Bluefield College you will receivea grade of „W.‟ If you withdraw from Bluefield College entirely you will receive a grade of„DR‟ for all incomplete classes.• If you do not officially withdraw, you will receive a grade of “F” for all classes notcompleted.• The Business Office will mail you correspondence after calculations on any credit oroutstanding balance have been completed..• Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. Anelectronic copy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”. 7
  8. 8. Your Financial Investment Bluefield College Tuition and Fees - inSPIRE Online Students 2012/2013Effective August 1, 2012inSPIRE Online Program:Tuition $ 335 Per credit hourApplication Fee $ 30Graduation Fee $ 115Non-refundable Registration Deposit $ 25 (New & Re-admitted Students) *Tuition, fees, and deposits are based on present economic conditions. The College reserves the right to increase or decrease the price of tuition, fees, and deposits. 8
  9. 9. Financial Aid Process If you have not already done so, you should begin the Financial Aid Process right away. If you plan to pay out of pocket or your employer will pay in advance, youshould make arrangements with the Business Office. If you plan to pay with Veterans Educational Benefits or Vocational RehabBenefits, you should notify the Financial Aid Office and begin completingpaperwork with Amanda Parks the college‟s Veterans Certifying Official andRegistrar. If you plan to pay your school bill with federal, state, institutional, outsidescholarships, or any other form of assistance, you should contact theFinancial Aid Office. 9
  10. 10. What is the difference between employer payment and employer reimbursement? Employer Payment Employer Reimbursement  The student must pay Bluefield College either by The Employer pays Bluefield College within 30 personal payment or by student loans at the beginningdays of class start date. of each semester. The Bluefield College business office must receive  The student is reimbursed by the employer aftera written statement on official letterhead stating full providing grades to the employer.employer payment.  The Bluefield College Business Office will provide a Bluefield College will bill the student‟s employer. receipt to the student after receiving an email request. The receipt will include a breakdown of courses and charges, as well as any grants and scholarships or student payments.  It is important to note that the reimbursement agreement is between the student and the employer. *Ultimately, the bill incurred by the student is the responsibility of the student, should the employer default in making payment. 10
  11. 11. Financial Aid Steps Financial Assistance may be available to help you pay for your inSPIRE online program. We can help you obtain federal and state aid. Complete the FAFSA on the Web. Obtain a PIN number to electronically sign your FAFSA If you are a Virginia Resident, complete the application form for the 12-13 Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, and submit itto the Financial Aid Office by July 31 to assure funding. Late applications are accepted through December 1 (awarded onlyif state funds are available). The form is available on the BC website. The estimated award for 2012-13 is currently $1,400for Fall and $1,400 for Spring. So that we may better understand how to proceed with your financial aid, we ask that you complete a Tuition & FeesAgreement. The form is available on our website. This important form also helps us know who we can speak withregarding your financial matters under the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act. The Federal government selects around one-third of federal aid applicants for a process called Verification. If you areselected, we will need copies of your signed tax documents, W-2‟s, and a signed Verification Worksheet. We will notify youif you have been selected, and ask for additional paperwork. If you are selected for Verification for the subsequentsemester (Fall 2012 and beyond), the paperwork required for verification has changed. We will be in touch with you overthe Summer as needed to collect the Verification documents for the 12-13 school year. 11
  12. 12. Federal Student Loans If you apply for federal aid and wish to receive federal loans, there will be a number of additional steps to complete. You must first complete the FAFSA and be eligible to receive Federal Direct StudentLoans. We will examine your eligibility based on past loans, grade level, dependency, andload/status. You will need to complete a Loan Request Form and submit it to the Financial AidOffice. You will need to complete a Master Promissory Note at You will need to complete Entrance Counseling at 12
  13. 13. Financial Aid Reminders Use your MyBC account online to keep up-to-date on your financial aid and school account. Youcan see your financial aid awards on MyBC as well as any missing documents that may be holdingup your financial aid processing or disbursements. You will need to apply for aid each year by completing the Renewal FAFSA. This may becompleted as early as January for the upcoming Fall/Spring/Summer academic year. We askinSPIRE students to complete the Renewal FAFSA by March 15, but no later than the end of June toensure their aid is in place for the new year. You can only receive financial aid at one school per semester. If taking courses at a communitycollege or other school, ensure you only seek financial aid from one institution. You must be enrolled in a full semester to receive financial aid. For inSPIRE, a semester is madeup of two 8-week terms. You must be at least half time in a semester to receive federal loans. 13
  14. 14. Financial Aid Reminders (cont.) You must be a Virginia resident and a full-time student to receive the Virginia TuitionAssistance Grant (VTAG), and it is only available for Fall and Spring semesters. Our accelerated degree-completion program often spans more than the traditionaltwo semesters per academic year. If you receive Pell grants or federal loans, speak tous about spreading your financial aid over 3 semesters rather than 2, so that you haveenough aid to cover your charges for all semesters. If you have to drop a course or withdraw entirely from school, be sure to complete theproper paperwork and withdraw officially. Failure to do so could leave you owing a largebalance. Be sure to read all letters, emails, phone calls, & requests we send you. Your $$depends on it! 14
  15. 15. Student ObligationsAs an inSPIRE online student: • You agree to assume financial responsibility for all tuition and fees for your education at Bluefield College. • You understand that payment is required at the beginning of each semester (unless you have secured adequate financial aid, or your employer will pay the costs due to Bluefield College within 30 days of the start of the semester). • You understand that your financial obligations are for an entire semester. • You understand that you will be responsible for any and all legal collection costs if you fail to keep your commitment to Bluefield College. • You understand that financial aid is only available if the courses you are enrolled in for the semester collectively span a full 16-week semester, (i.e. at least one course in the first 8 weeks of the semester and at least one in the second 8 weeks of the semester); contact the financial aid office for aid eligibility details. NOTE: Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. An electroniccopy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”. 15
  16. 16. Bluefield College Email account• After September 24th and prior to the first day of class, a Bluefield College emailaccount will be established for you. (*Contingent upon completion of all required paperwork )• An email message confirming the creation of your new BC Email Account will besent to the email address you provided on your application. This message willcontain instructions for retrieving your personal login information.• To access your email go to and click on “BC Email” inthe left panel titled “Quick Links”.• To retrieve your specific information: 16
  17. 17. Bluefield College Email account (cont.)• Your Bluefield College email account is the primary avenue of communicationbetween you and the faculty and staff.• Please do not use other email addresses such as hotmail, gmail, or yahoo tocontact the faculty or staff of the college. Communications from accounts other thanyour BC email will not be received or responded to.• Course instructors will only use this BC Email address to communicate with you.• Important information and reminders from the Bluefield College staff will only besent to your BC Email address. Please check it regularly! 17
  18. 18. The Bluefield College Student Portal The MyBC portal is located at (do not use www in front of the address)The MyBC login is your student ID number. The passwords for Email and MyBC are the same. Click on the “Student” link to access your transcript, grades, student account,financial aid information and other student information. Click on the “e-Racer” link to access your current courses. Click on “inSPIRE” to access forms, etc. The best way to learn what MyBC has to offer is log on and see. 18
  19. 19. The Bluefield College Student Portal (cont.)What to do if you forget your username or password. Go to Click on the „My Account Information‟ link and fill out the form. Please be aware.  This will not log you into any of your accounts.  It will only show you your login information.  You will receive an email notification that your information was accessed. 19
  20. 20. What is RamAlert?Bluefield College’s RamAlert is a wireless emergency notification system created in an effort toenhance communication to students, parents, faculty and staff during times of crisis on campus.Through RamAlert, trained and authorized Bluefield College administrators are able to warn thecampus community of an impending emergency and provide timely information to minimize disruptionand potentially prevent harm or protect lives. In the case of an emergency, subscribers to RamAlert willreceive a text and/or e-mail message with details of the crisis and any necessary action plan.Participants must “opt in” to the system to receive the alerts. Messages, sent through a secure webportal, can be received via cell phone (text) or e-mail. Why is it important for an inSPIRE Online student to sign up for RamAlert? While this system is primarily setup for emergencies related to our physical campus, we have found it useful for conveying information regarding major system outages to our online students and faculty. In the past year, we have experienced a major power outage on campus that affected MyBC for several days. Regionally, we have experienced two natural disasters , an earthquake and the recent wind storms. These two events did not affect our physical campus, however, both occurred during the first week of classes and left many of our students and faculty with out power or internet access. The RamAlert system provides an avenue for Bluefield College to communicate both situational information and instructions to our students. 20
  21. 21. How do I subscribe?To subscribe to RamAlert, you must have your BC identification number orJenzabar ID. • Go to MyBC , • Log in with your username (Jenzabar ID) and password. • Click the "Student Life" tab at the top of the main page for MyBC. • Next, under the "Student Life" header in the left column panel, find and click the "RamAlert" link. • Finally, use the sign-up form on this page to register for a RamAlert account.During the registration process, you will need to provide your name, a username (whichmust be your MyBC username or Jenzabar ID number), a password (preferably yourMyBC password), a mobile phone number, and an e-mail address. And, while RamAlert isdesigned for members of the campus community, accounts for parents of students orspouses of employees may be created simply by using your MyBC username andpassword and registering a different mobile phone number and separate emailaddress. 21
  22. 22. Technology: Broadband Internet ConnectionAs an inSPIRE student, you will need regular, longterm access to a “Broadband” internet connection. • A broadband connection refers to a high-speed DSL, Cable Modem, or Satellite Internet Connection. • Slower connections such as cellular networks and dial- up telephone modems are not sufficient to meet the online learning demands of the inSPIRE program. 22
  23. 23. Technology: Broadband Internet Connection (cont.)Warning: Even though you have a broadband connection, you may at timesexperience performance issues. Your connection is much like a pipeconnecting your computer to the greater community network of pipes (theinternet). Like any pipe, it has a maximum volume and pressure it canhandle at any given time.There are many factors that can affect the performance of a broadbandnetwork connection. • Having multiple internet windows and programs running on your computer simultaneously. • Streaming music or videos. • Multiple users within the same home or organization accessing the internet simultaneously. • Local community or network issues such as power outages or equipment issues. 23
  24. 24. Technology: ComputerAs an inSPIRE student, you will need regular, longterm access to a personal computer. • The following table provides the minimum specifications for this device. Windows Apple Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher Intel-based Memory: 2GB or higher 2 GB or higher Operating System: Windows Vista or higher MAC OS 10.5 or higher • Smart phones and tablet devices which access the internet via a cellular network are not sufficient to meet the online learning demands of the inSPIRE program. 24
  25. 25. Technology: Anti-virus protectionYou will need to protect your computer from viruses and malware. Theseprograms will slow the performance of your computer and possible cause seriousdamage. • If you have already purchased an anti-virus program, it is important to keep your subscription active and up to date. • IST recommends Microsoft Security Essentials which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft, It will update with your regular Windows updates and protect your computer from viruses. 25
  26. 26. Technology: Microsoft Office 2010• You are required to submit all writing assignments using MicrosoftOffice Word 2010.• Your Bluefield College email account is equipped with Microsoft Office WebApps for free (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). You may use theapplications to create, view and edit documents on the web while logged in toyour email account.• If you would like to purchase a full version of Office for your computer,please go to . JourneyEd offers a reduced studentrate that is generally lower than other sources. 26
  27. 27. Text BooksIf you are enrolled in general education (non-core) courses, you willneed to purchase the text books for those courses.  Information on specific e-texts and textbooks for each class, including the publisher and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), can be obtained on the course syllabus and are published online on the MyBC student portal.  To order textbooks from the Bluefield College Campus Store please contact Judy Akers by calling 1.800.872.0175 extension 4260 or by email,  If you intend to use your anticipated financial aid funds to purchase text books from the Bluefield College Campus Store, please inform Judy prior to placing your order.  The College is not responsible for text books purchased through other vendors, and will under no circumstances engage in buying back texts or issuing refunds for the cost of textbooks that have been purchased from another provider. 27
  28. 28. Library Services To use the Easley Library website at Bluefield College, go to Accessing library databases and e-books requires students to login with a user name andpassword. For the user name use the beginning part of your BC email address, leaving offthe part. You will receive the password with your email access letter. Please note that if you change your MyBC or Email passwords, it will not change yourlibrary password. To change this password, you will need to contact the Information Servicesdepartment, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4603. You can additionally reach the Easley Library Website from the quick links panel in theMyBC portal. It is recommended that you not be logged into the MyBC portal when you linkto the library. If MyBC “times out,” you will be kicked out of any library databases you haveopen.  For questions or help with using library databases or e- books contact Paula Beasley, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4238 or 28
  29. 29. APA Writing Style• The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA) contains what is known as the APA Writing Style. It was firstpublished in 1929, and is presently in its 6th edition, the PublicationManual contains a standardized procedural writing protocol using a set ofstyle rules and that has become the basic platform for scholarly writingused by business, psychology and the social sciences.• Mastering APA writing style is an essential skill learned from coursestaught in the inSPIRE program. 29
  30. 30. APA Writing StyleFor specific help with APA Writing Style, go to MyBC and look at the bottom left hand corner.Click on the Library Page or use this link ( )which is found on the Bluefield College Library Home Page. There you will find online guidesthat are designed to help you navigate through APA Style: • Using APA – (Online Writing Lab at Purdue University) contains examples. • YouTube Video Tutorial: Setting up a paper in APA format in Microsoft Word • Tutorials from the APA: o The Basics of APA Style o Whats New in the 6th Edition • Corrections to the 6th Edition • Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style • BLOG - about using APA style • Contact the APA Style Experts at the APA if you have a question you cannot find the answer to in the above guides. 30
  31. 31. Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)Writing assistance is available. Students can receive online writing assistance on any written assignment forany class through our ACE Online Writing Lab. Students can submit their papers online and receive comments andsuggestions for improving writing. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a response. Just go to MyBC,, and click on the “ACE” quick link.Once on the ACE portion of MyBC select ACE online writing lab from the leftmenu on the ACE portion and follow the instructions located in the center ofthe page.  For questions or help with this service, contact Crystal Kieloch, 276.326.4606 or 31
  32. 32. End of Course Survey• In an effort to provide the highest quality educationalexperience, Bluefield College has instituted a mandatoryevaluation process for every course in the inSPIRE program.• The Academic Affairs office will send the evaluation requestvia BC Email prior to the end of each course. The evaluationis short, only requiring a few minutes of your time. 32
  33. 33. Contact Names and Numbers Associate Vice President for inSPIRE Online Programs and Dean, College of Professional Programs: • Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, 866.870.0293, Department Chairs • Human Services: Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, • Criminal Justice: Dr. Robert Lange, • Pre-law • Criminal Justice • Management & Leadership: Dr. Mark Gettle, • Nursing: Dr. Carolyn Lewis, • Public Safety: Dr. Robert Lange, • Homeland Security & Emergency Management 33
  34. 34. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.) Main Campus 800.872.0176 (Offices are open 8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday) • Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): • Asst. Director: ext. 4202 – Kristen Garrett, • Director: ext. 4606 – Crystal Kieloch, • Director of Academic Programs: ext. 4456 - Ann Looney, • Campus Store: ext. 4260 - Judy Vannoy, • Credit Evaluations: ext. 4397 – Terri Thomason, • Financial Aid Info: ext. 4215 – Derrick Price, • Library: ext. 4238 - Paula Beasley, • MyBC: ext. 4219 – Chip Lambert, • Student Account Info: ext. 4204 - A. Michele White, • VA Benefits: ext. 4348 – Amanda Parks, CLEP & DSST Testing: Bluefield Campus: 800.872.0176 ext. 4202 – Kristen Garrett, 34
  35. 35. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.)Extended hours assistance:For your convenience, the following offices are additionallyavailable from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. • Admissions: 276.326.4233 • Financial Aid: 276.326.4280 • Registrar: 276.326.4550 • Student Accounts: 276.326.4204 35
  36. 36. THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23Bluefield College is committed to the pursuit of truth, the dissemination of knowledge, andthe high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others. These goals canonly be achieved in a setting in which intellectual honesty and personal integrity are highlyvalued and other individuals are respected. This academic code of conduct reflects ourcorporate and earnest desire to live lives of honor that are above reproach, based uponChristian principles. Each member of the community is called upon to understand andagree to its concepts and to operate within its spirit.Honor is an ideal and an obligation that exists in the human spirit and lives in the relationsbetween human beings. An honorable person shall not lie or cheat or steal.In all scholarly work produced by community members, academic honesty is inherent andapparent, the work being the original work of the author unless credit is given through theuse of citations and references.In all relationships, the college community expects respect and integrity between itsmembers and toward all peoples and organizations. Honesty and civility are requiredelements of an effective learning environment. Truthfulness and respect for others areshared values of Bluefield College and are expected characteristics of its members.Continued on the next slide: 36
  37. 37. THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23Continued from the previous slide:Students at Bluefield College commit to the ideals of integrity, individual responsibility, andmutual respect when they sign the Honor Code during freshman orientation.The Honor Code affirms the core values of Bluefield College to “develop students‟potential through academic excellence and the intentional integration of faith, the liberalarts and professional studies;” and to “create a caring community characterized byrespect, support and encouragement for each member of our College community.”Membership in the student body of Bluefield College means agreeing to followthose standards of conduct which govern an honorable person in every walk of life.Because the integrity of degrees granted by Bluefield College depends upon theHonor Code, all students in every class must regard themselves as bound by theirhonor not to cheat in any form. “Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” 37
  38. 38. Please be sure to:1. Let us know if you have any questions. • Call - 1.800.872.0176 • Email – admissions@bluefield.edu2. Save a copy of this presentation for future reference. • Use the “Save A Copy” function.3. Complete the confirmation form acknowledging that you have reviewed this PowerPoint Presentation. • To do this, you will need to return to the original window and complete the confirmation form in the lower left. Please be sure to include your full name. • It is very important that you complete this confirmation form. It will be added to your file as Bluefield College‟s assurance that you: o Understand the material presented. o Agree to abide by the Honor Code of Bluefield College. 38
  39. 39. Thank you for choosing Bluefield College’s inSPIRE Online Program. We look forward to learning with you.