The University of the Nations is a global network with hundreds of local expressions. Even with an exciting variety of culture, language, and learning styles, there are common academic goals and standards embraced by every leader in the university. Clear goals for success are presented in the courses and students know how well they have done by the evaluation of their efforts.
Satisfactory completion of one “full learning week” of appropriate university-level education/training will earn one credit in the UofN. Therefore, a 12–week course is granted 12 credits. A shorter course will receive credits in keeping with the number of “full learning weeks” in the course. The normal 9–month academic year is therefore 36 credits. Credit for a full learning week of a seminar and a course cannot be obtained simultaneously. In the UofN, a “full learning week” represents at least 50 hours of appropriate university level classes, learning activities, and study per week. A full 12-credit UofN modular course is equivalent to twelve “semester-equivalent” or 16 “quarter-equivalent” credits in the USA’s university system.
In order to apply for transfer credit, the applicant should request a transcript of coursework from the previous school to be forwarded to their UofN College Academic Advisor for evaluation. The College Academic Advisor will evaluate the transcript and forward a recommendation to the Provost’s Office. Transfer credit must be from a legitimate tertiary institution and must not exceed 72 undergraduate credits for a BA/BS candidate. Work for which credit is sought must have been completed satisfactorily, meet the requirements for the UofN degree programme in which the student is applying, and be approved by the College in which the degree is offered.
Transfer credits are accepted for all degrees, up to the maximum listed under each degree program. A thesis is required when a student transfers more than 12 credits towards a UofN Bachelor’s degree. There is no time limit regarding the age of the coursework requested to be transferred into UofN; however, transfer credit will be posted on a transcript only after the completion of all other degree requirements.
Evaluation & Grading
Students will be informed of their grade by the end of the course. The evaluation of a student’s development in a specific course or degree program is based on many factors. Schools and universities throughout the world use various ways of assessing and communicating a student’s status in his or her program. However, for long-term record-keeping purposes, a student’s progress is often summarized and recorded by simple letter or number grades. Universities in most nations use generally accepted and documented instructions to translate records and degree information between their institutions. Records for students of the UofN are established and transferred between locations by the system described in this section. Some UofN locations may choose to use a dual record system–one which is commonly used in their nation and the other described here for communication between UofN locations. Official UofN student records will contain the information outlined in this section.
* Only one “D” in a 12-credit course is allowed in an undergraduate UofN degree.
** Unsatisfactory work, usually reflecting less than 60% of material has been adequately mastered. Credit for a failed course may be obtained only by satisfactorily repeating the course.
Grades Used for Special Situations
A deferred grade, “T” (temporary) may be used until completion of the subsequent related material or course(s).
The grade “I” (incomplete) may be given at the discretion of the course leader when a student cannot fulfill the requirements of the course due to authorized absence or other cause beyond the control of the student.
If a student withdraws, “W” (withdrawal), from a school during or after the second week or prior to the final two weeks of a school, that student will receive a grade of “W”.
Certain courses numbered 0–99 because of their special nature are offered for no credit (“N”) to UofN students.
Special circumstances may allow a student to audit a regular UofN credit course, instead of pursuing it for academic credit. This will be reflected with the grade “X.”
An official student record (or transcript) will be issued by the UofN Provost Office upon the completion of a Transcript Request Form and payment of a fee. The UofN reserves the right to deny a transcript to any student who has not cleared his or her financial account. Transcripts will indicate the current academic standing of the student except for non-registered courses and transfer credits, which can only be posted upon completion of all other UofN degree requirements.