The following is a brief version of our student handbook, the whole of which is available as a PDF document that will be sent to new students or upon request.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND SCHEDULING
Perelandra College classes are offered in an asynchronous manner, much like independent study classes. Though students are occasionally allowed to enroll in more than one class at a time, the general policy assumes the completion of one class before enrollment in the next.
Students are required to either submit a lesson or report on progress to the class professor within two weeks of the starting date of the class and thenceforth within two weeks of the previous submission or report of progress. Failure to comply may result in an unwanted comment on the class final grade report.
Though students have flexibility in determining their lesson completion goals and setting their own study schedules, we expect them to actively pursue their studies and regularly submit coursework. Once enrolled in a class, students are allowed 16 weeks to finish all requirements. However, as students may encounter personal challenges or difficulties that prevent them from completing within the 16-week period, they may submit a request for academic extension by emailing the professor. This request must indicate the reasons an extension is needed. Should the professor disapprove the request, the student may appeal to the program director.
Students can withdraw from a class at any time with no penalty except that when withdrawals are requested beyond the time limits for requesting a refund as stated in the enrollment agreement, no tuition will be refunded.
OVERVIEW OF CLASSES AND REQUIREMENTS
Each class provides a syllabus that describes the structure of the class, details the requirements and available resources, and gives the professor’s background, contact information, and expectations, as well as the college grading policy. Students should proceed in the class according to the syllabus.
Unless otherwise instructed, submission should be in Word (.doc or .docx). If you must use a different program, try to translate into Word or to a plain text format.
Our professors may be teaching several classes and quite a number of students at once. For the sake of the their sanity, please include, at the top of each lesson submitted, your name, the class number, and the lesson number.
Unless otherwise specified by the professor, please submit files in standard manuscript format: 12 point type, double spaced, one inch margins, with your name and page number in the header of each page. No justified margins.
Please entitle the files as: your initials followed by the class number followed by the lesson number. So if Homer Hoskins were taking Writing 602 and submitting lesson 6, he would entitle the file hhw602.6
Although we assess student performance by quality of written work rather than by exams, some classes will include an oral or audio/visual component by phone or online.
We ask students to send a photo that can be used for identification over Skype, Zoom, or whatever medium the class uses.
In addition to the class offerings listed on the website and in the catalog, the college welcomes the inclusion of independent study classes into the programs, most often to fulfill elective requirements, and to help students develop knowledge and skills about their particular areas of interest.
Independent Study classes are developed in collaboration between a student and a professor. Each three-credit class should require about 140 hours of reading, writing, communication with the professor, and other learning activities related to the subject matter.
Our general (and very flexible) standard considers 20 pages of reading as an hour and each page (around 250 words) of writing as 2 hours. So, for example, a three-credit class could work out to about 2000 pages of reading and 20 written pages, or 2400 pages of reading and 10 written pages. Students are required to submit a brief proposal showing how their proposed independent study class meets that minimum criteria.
ADMISSIONS AND TRANSFER
Because the founders of Perelandra College are not overly impressed with grades, and since our programs are not specifically vocational and we believe that students who choose us are sincere thinkers and learners, we do not base admission on a minimum GPA.
For admission to our AA or BA program, we require a diploma from high school in which English is the principal classroom language, or a GED. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Perelandra College.
For admission to our graduate programs, we require that the student possess the degree below the one they intend to pursue. So students in our MA program should possess a Bachelor’s degree, and students applying to our PhD program should possess a Master’s degree.
All applicants must submit a letter of intent, giving reasons for choosing the college and the program of their choice.
In addition, program directors may request and/or require two letters of reference about the applicant’s character and ability to succeed in college.
Transfer of Credits
Classes and credits from other institutions may be accepted either to meet requirements or as electives. Students must provide official transcripts. Upon request, they must also provide catalog descriptions and rationales as to the acceptability of the classes.
Our professors are accomplished writers quite capable of noting the possibility of plagiarism in written work. If a professor believes plagiarism has occurred, an audio-visual interview with the professor, the student, and the program director will be arranged. If the director and professor agree that plagiarism has occurred, the student will not receive credit for the class in which the plagiarism occurred. If plagiarism re-occurs, the student’s enrollment at Perelandra College may be suspended or revoked.
The only class grades we assess are CR for Credit and NR for No Record, which is equivalent to No Credit except that the class will not be entered into the student’s transcript.
Although some may argue that to exclude the reflection of failure on a transcript might encourage some students to simply drop a class they might have completed if dropping risked a permanent negative mark on the record, we have decided that should a student fail to pass a class, the payment of tuition and the effort put in for no obvious benefit is quite enough of a penalty. A failed class should not haunt a student’s future.
By granting credit for a class, a professor certifies that the student has satisfactorily completed all assignments.