The Bachelor's Degree Program  

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Introduction:

          The Heritage International University’s goal is to educate generations of highly motivated adults who seek degree programs that enlighten, engage and empower them in the pursuit of a lifetime of learning and service. Knowledge is power – it opens up limitless possibilities.

          Our bachelor's degree programs are for those who want to expand their expertise and practical knowledge. It is open to areas of student interest to facilitate life ambitions in interdisciplinary science and/or liberal arts studies.

          To complete a bachelor's degree, a student must have 120 hours of credit. Other than completing courses, a special project, report or internship may in some cases substitute for some course work. Some work experience can be submitted for actual credit as well as passing CLEP exams.

Making the Effort to obtain a Bachelor's degree is Highly Worth it:

          Americans with no more than a high school diploma have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record. . . .

          College graduates, on average, earned 56% more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51% in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI's figures dating to 1973. (USA Today, Christopher S. Rugaber, Pay Gap between College Grads and Everyone Else at a Record; 2017: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/01/12/pay-gap-between-college-grads-and-everyone-else-record/96493348)

General instructions:

Language: entirely in English.
Duration: 1 – 6 years
Degree: (B.A., B.S., B.Ed., B.F.A., LL.B., and others as appropriate)
Field of study and/or research will be chosen by the student and must be approved by the bachelor's degree committee
Age: Minimum age: 19 years
Prerequisite: an associate's degree or at least 50 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university.
A third member of the Graduation committee must be chosen by the student. This person must agree to be on the student's Graduation Committee and contribute toward the student's graduation. The person chosen and approved is to be a professional, scholar or expert in the student’s chosen field and is to be reimbursed by the student for his or her services. Not more than $500.00.
Fees: There is a $50.00 non-returnable application fee. If accepted into the program, there is a one-time payment of $5,000.00 for the Bachelor's degree.

Legacy International Academy and Heritage International University:

Legacy International Academy, by contract, administers all the courses and academic projects for and in behalf of Heritage International University. All the professors and officers of the Academy are also professors and officers of the University. Nevertheless, the two organizations are separate and independent organizations. Legacy is a California non-profit Educational corporation authorized to operate and provide educational equivalencies by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education. Legacy cannot provide associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. This is where Heritage International University comes in. The student pays Legacy $2,500.00 for a degree equivalent program. Either before or after finishing the degree equivalent program, if they want university credit or a bonafide or actual degree, (AA, BA, MA or doctorate), they merely pay the extra fee and the University will honor all completed work done through Legacy and award the appropriate degree. For a bachelor's degree that would mean $2,500.00 extra beyond the initial $2,500.00 for a total of $5,000.00.

Refund Policy:

The application fee is non-refundable.

Tuition refunds for students who withdraw from any degree program of the University will be refunded as follows: (It is suggested that the student pay only the $2,500.00 initially.)

One month after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 100%
Three months after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 75%    
Six months after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 50%
Nine months after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 25%
Twelve months or one year after full acceptance and payment of tuition: 0%

Admissions:

A. Other than filling out the application, the candidate is required to briefly answer all the following pre-concerns in writing:

That you have a well-defined academic goals.
That you are well-suited and able to undertake advanced research.
That you have good general background knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you show evidence that the project is likely to yield sufficient results in the time available
That you are able to work independently as appropriate.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That there is the potential for your work to make a significant and substantial contribution to your field of study.
That your ideas and plans for future work are clear and realistic.
That you can defend your completed and future work.
That you have engaged well with both academic training and professional development. And show what further    activities you expect to engage with.
You should have a critical understanding of relevant literature
That your work when completed will make a ‘significant and substantial contribution’ to your field of study.
That you have to date undertaken advanced academic research.
That you have sufficient background and in depth knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you are likely to submit a satisfactory thesis or master's project within the years allotted to you.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That your ideas and plans are realistic, practical and doable.
That you have ready access to a computer, email, telephone and fax.

The above brief assignment may be waived for an individual well-known to one of the officers of the College (University) who can vouch for the student’s ability and experiences.

B. In addition to the above, a prospective student must sign a commitment to "Academic Integrity." (See "Application & Academic Integrity Form") Without solid loyalty to this indispensable standard, a degree becomes worthless. It cannot be trusted to be valid and have meaning if there is any cheating. This deep seated commitment to integrity is one of the greatest investment a person can make for the future. For example, it makes your degree an authentic and genuinely earned honor -- something you can truly be proud of.

C. Included with the application, there must be:

1. A brief cover letter
2. Official copies of your college transcripts, training records and other academic documents sent directly from the educational institutions to the Office of Admission
3. Two current letters of recommendation related to your academic performance
4. A recent photograph of yourself

Course Work:

          A student may take any course already available through the College/University that fits with his or her program, or create a new course, or courses, that would empower them to master all the important subject areas of their degree. To create a course, one must create a syllabus, get it approved by his or her faculty advisor and then implement it under the guidance of the college instructor or university professor assigned. Such a course could include approved workshops and seminars appropriate to their particular academic program. (See (See "Creating a Syllabus," "An Example of a Completed Syllabus," "An Example of a Syllabus for taking a Course through an Outside Program," and "Example of a Cover Sheet" )
          A student with the help of their advisor will need to make a tentative plan for their entire degree program, which plan can be amended or altered to obtain the best education possible according to each student's needs and personal situation. (See "Degree Plan and Tracking Record")

Acceptance:

          After one is accepted into the program, one should:

1. Pay the required tuition or set up a financial program to pay for it.
One must also obtain a third member for one’s Graduation Committee for a master’s degree. This person is to provide special insight, knowledge and expertise into the area of one’s program as well as the thesis or project chosen by the student, and
2. Begin immediately or the required coursework, thesis or project.

Evaluation Periods:

After completing approximately 1/2 of the coursework and/or projects, an electronic report must be submitted to each member of the Graduation Committee for review, comments and improvement,
After one has completed one's program, an electronic copy must again be sent to each Committee member to ensure everything have been completed and one's program is worthy of balance degree.
Results will be submitted to the University officers and administration for final approval. When all fees have been paid, the student is to be given the appropriate degree, transcripts and diploma as one of the great accomplishment of life.

Complaints:

         Solving problems is an important part of any effective organization; hence, the following is to be encouraged and promoted. If possible, complaints should be handled on the instructor/student level. If this is not possible or not working, a student may contact one of the senior officers for additional help and assistance. Should this not solve or answer the situation, a committee composed of the instructor, student, and administration officers can be conducted. Who attends such a meeting is flexible depending on the problem and needs of the individuals involved.

Student Misconduct:

The process for handling an academic misconduct report:

   Reports of misconduct are to be reported to the Chief Academic Officer.
   He will assign a University office to start a fact finding process focusing on gathering all of the pertinent information necessary to determine whether or not a violation actually occurred. This would including    interviewing the parties involved.
   A report will be provided to the President of the University, who will then, if the case deserves it, assign an individual to provide the student with an overview his or her rights.
   The Student will be given an opportunity to provide their account of what occurred, present relevant evidence, and provide names of witnesses for further consideration in writing to the officer assigned.
   The President will assign a committee to review the situation and provide recommendations.
   Based on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, the President will have the final say in the matter.
   The student will have the option to request an administrative review decision within 21 days by his or her Graduation Committee, which will have the final say subject to the President’s review.
   If an administrative review is not requested, the prior committee’s recommendation will be final.

Responsibilities of the Bachelor's Graduation Committee:

          The responsibilities of the Graduation Committee, under the leadership of the Committee Chair, are as follows:

To approve, guide and ensure quality work reflecting academic excellence,
Evaluate the application and the student’s past to see if any course work beyond completing a thesis or project is necessary,
Thoroughly read the student’s submitted work and provide productive feedback and insist that any discovered flaws be corrected before the student is allowed to continue,
Each Committee member will respond to the student during each evaluation period in writing sending copies of their communications to both the main office and to the Chairman, who needs to be kept informed.
The Graduate Committee Chair will communicate orally with the student to answer questions, clarify any concerns, provide any tutoring or mentoring as needed as an advocate and encourager for the student, while at the same time requiring a high degree of academic scholarship.
See "Faculty Handbook"

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