Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Regional accreditation is the form of academic accreditation that is universally recognized by colleges and universities throughout the United States.
As of July 1, 2014, Indiana Wesleyan University will no longer require an application fee for most Adult and Graduate Programs.
If you have not already been in contact with an admissions representative, one will be assigned to you upon receipt of your application. This person will guide you step-by-step through the application process.
Once all documents are received, it usually takes only a couple of business days to process your application.
It is best to submit your application as early as possible to allow time to gather and submit the required documents. At a minimum, you should start the process at least two weeks before the deadline. Some programs may necessitate a longer lead time due to admission requirements.
It's not the end of the world. Many of our programs have a class start every 6 to 8 weeks, so you can submit any remaining documents in plenty of time for the next class start.
Under emergency circumstances, a student may be allowed one (1) absence in courses that are five class sessions ("workshops") or fewer in length, or two (2) absences in courses that are more than five class sessions in length. For online classes, to be counted present, a student must participate in at least one designated discussion or submit at least one assignment due during the workshop. For more information and for specific attendance requirements by program, see the IWU Catalog.
The simplest way to find the right person is to visit our Request Info page where, with just some basic data and a click of your mouse, you will be provided complete contact information. You can always call us at 866-498-4968.
IWU's Spiritcare ministry offers Christ-centered support, resources, and services. You can post prayer concerns, access e-devotionals and other faith and life resources, contact a chaplain, and find information about how to have a personal relationship with God. The Spiritcare offices can be contacted by email or at 800-621-8667, ext. 1830. In addition, IWU students can count on prayer support from class facilitators and most classmates and employees. Each of our online courses has a Prayer Requests section in its discussion forum.
As a general rule, any U.S. citizen who is not in default under a prior student loan is eligible for a federal student loan program if enrolled in a program leading to a degree, professional licensure, or certification. Your program representative or our Financial Aid Office can help you determine your eligibility for financial aid programs.
Instructors have two weeks after the last day of class to submit grades. After that, you may access them through your student portal.
Off Campus Library Services (OCLS) is available to help you with research, identifying what materials are available and obtaining them for you. Assistance is available at 800-521-1848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our regional Education Centers also have local library materials and librarian assistance.
There is no prescribed date and time for class sessions. Each class session or "workshop" lasts seven days. Students log in throughout those seven days to view their assignments, participate in discussions and team activities, and submit their assignments. The key advantage to online learning is the flexibility and convenience of participating in class when it best suits your schedule.
Yes, extremely so. One of the greatest benefits of an online discussion is that each student is required to participate. There are no wallflowers. Every student's viewpoint is presented and considered. Asynchronous discussions are a marketplace of ideas, not personalities. Each student has ample time to reflect and present well-considered responses, rather than just the first thought that comes to mind. Online discussions are extremely robust and meaningful learning experiences.
Lectures, in the traditional sense, are not a significant part of IWU's online learning programs. Our faculty members participate in the class discussions and provide their insights in interactive fashion rather than a sit-and-listen lecture. There is also a Facilitator's Forum that affords our faculty a venue in which to expand upon or explain textbook concepts. Other supplements, such as CD-ROMs and virtual tours, are also frequently used to supplement the textbooks.
The Virtual Classroom feature, online collaboration tools, and instant messaging are all available, and we encourage their use - particularly for team projects - as a means of developing 21st-century communication skills and experience.
A wide variety of learning activities are used, in order to give students numerous ways and opportunities to demonstrate their learning, and the types of activities do vary from program to program. All of our online programs have papers and projects, just like those found in classroom programs, but there are also virtual tours, video presentations and case studies, interactive CD-ROM or Web-based activities, simulations, and similar learning activities that are particularly well-suited to the online environment and adult learners.
Of course! Just plan on spending a little more time on your studies for the first few courses. You will be surprised how quickly you become more organized and disciplined when you are studying in an environment that rewards it and provides task management and scheduling tools to help develop those traits.
For most programs, no. Most of our online courses are designed without any residency or on-campus meetings of any kind.
Yes. Since no specific communication software is needed other than email and a Web browser, you can access your online courses anytime and from anywhere that you have Internet access - hotels, Internet cafés, airport Wi-Fi nodes, etc.
Quality is the driving force behind every academic program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Our online curriculum is specifically designed to maximize the learning experience for adults, using the latest in human performance technologies. Our faculty members are chiefly active practitioners in their fields, meaning that they possess both the academic qualifications and the practical experience to successfully translate textbook theory into practical, relevant skills for the 21st-century professional. Our online learning system is regularly upgraded with additional and improved learning tools and technologies. Both students and faculty submit an evaluation at the end of each course, and these evaluations - together with external assessments and best practices information - are used to periodically revise all courses in our programs to ensure their currency and quality.
No. Since the course objectives, major learning activities and assignments, and assessment criteria are essentially the same for online and onsite courses, no distinction is reflected on your transcript. You will earn the same degree online as you would in a classroom. The only difference is where you hold your class discussions and where you submit your assignments.
Textbooks and other resources are included in the overall cost of most of our programs. You will receive your textbooks and materials for your first course a couple of days before it begins. After that, textbooks are scheduled for delivery about a week ahead of each new course starting.
You can request your transcript via mail or fax. A form is available in our office. If not using this form, send your full name, student ID number or social security number, address or fax where you want the transcript to be sent, home mailing address, telephone number, and number of transcripts requested (cost is $3 per transcript by mail, $10 by fax). If you fax us your request, please include your daytime phone number and a Visa or MasterCard card number with expiration date. You must include your written signature. To order your transcript:
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Yes. IWU has a generous transfer of credit policy. For those seeking a bachelor's degree, IWU will accept the majority of courses toward the student's degree as long as a grade of "C" or better was earned and the course is from a regionally accredited institution (even technical credits). These credits will be applied toward the liberal arts and electives requirements of the bachelor's degree. IWU does not accept transfer credit for core courses in undergraduate programs.
The core courses constitute the major in which IWU is going to award the student a degree. To satisfy the residency requirement in order for IWU to be the degree-granting institution in that major, the coursework must be completed at IWU.
Yes. IWU has a generous transfer of credit policy. Each program has different restrictions and requirements regarding transfer credit; contact a program representative to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information.
IWU is a regionally accredited institution (see Accreditation). To maintain our accreditation standards, we cannot accept transfer credit from a school that has not undergone the rigorous evaluation required to obtain regional accreditation. This would invalidate the accreditation process.
National accreditation, though it sounds broader in scope, is quite different from regional accreditation. While many national or international accrediting agencies perform valid accreditation of specific programs (IWU holds several such national accreditations), the majority of national accreditations are technical or specific to a profession, rather than academic in nature.
Yes. For undergraduate students, we provide the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning and experience. The process involves careful documentation in the form of a portfolio (a collection of evidence) of prior training and experiences that demonstrates their legitimate equivalency to specific college-level coursework. Up to 40 credit hours of portfolio credit can be documented in this manner for most programs.
Tuition and fees vary according to the degree program you plan to pursue. For further information, please refer to the "Costs and Financial Aid" page of the program in which you are interested. As a not-for-profit institution, our tuition and fees are very competitive, and we disclose the full costs of tuition, books, and all normal fees up front.
We know that life can occasionally throw people a curve. Most of our programs have a new class starting every six to eight weeks, which is about the same length of an average course. This means that students can readily pick back up where they left off if they must skip a course to deal with an unexpected situation.
To re-enroll in a program or to register for a class from which you have previously withdrawn, contact Registration Change at 800-621-8667, ext. 2877 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If it has been more than six months since your program withdrawal, you are required to reapply for admission. Application for readmission.
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