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Fresno Pacific University Center for Professional Development

General Information

Fresno Pacific University

Center for Professional Development

Enrollment Information

Dropping / Adding Units

Tuition, Materials and Special Fees

Refunds

Credit for Course Work

Grade Appeals

Transcripts

Returned Assignments

Policy on Plagiarism

University Information

Fresno Pacific University


Fresno Pacific University is located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is situated on a 42-acre campus in Fresno, California, between the Sierra Nevada Mountains one hour to the east, and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, two hours to the west.


The school began as Pacific Bible Institute in 1944. After a transitional junior college phase, Fresno Pacific University received Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation in 1965, the same year in which the first Bachelor of Arts degrees were granted. A fully accredited graduate program in Education was initiated in 1976. The growth and development of undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs led to renaming the college Fresno Pacific University. Fresno Pacific University is the only fully accredited, Christian liberal arts senior school in the southern part of California’s great Central Valley. Fresno Pacific University serves not only members of the Mennonite Brethren Church, but also persons from the larger church and public.


It is the policy of Fresno Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or sex in its admission policy, educational opportunities, or employment policies, in compliance with all applicable federal regulations.


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Center for Professional Development


The Fresno Pacific School of Education offers independent study courses through its Center for Professional Development that are primarily designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees and appropriate teaching credentials. These courses are graduate level, professional development units that are not part of a degree program, but instead are primarily used for professional advancement. Students should seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling in these courses to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements. Important Note: Health/Physical Education (HPE) and Computer Technology (TEC) courses do not fulfill the computer or health component requirements for the California Clear Credential.


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Enrollment Information


Enrollment is possible at any time throughout the year. Students register by returning a completed registration form and appropriate fees to the Center for Professional Development office, or by calling 800/372-5505 using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. Students may register online at: http://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/. Do not call instructors to enroll. Instructors are notified daily of new registrants. Course materials are then mailed directly from the instructor, not the CPD office.


Students may take up to nine units of college credit concurrently and not more than 15 units of college credit in a semester. A minimum of one week per unit of study has been set, by design, as a standard for all Center for Professional Development independent study courses.


Students have up to one year from date of registration to complete course work. Students may request an extension for up to six months. Complete the Extension Request Form (found at http://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/forms) stating the reason for the request and submit to the Center for Professional Development PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL COURSE DUE DATE. A $30 handling fee must accompany the form. Grades will not be released until all tuition and fees have been paid. If students do not complete course requirements within the six-month extension period, a grade of “No Credit” will automatically be issued.


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Dropping/Adding courses


Students are permitted to drop a course, or drop a course and add an alternative course within four weeks of the registration date. Students are not permitted to reduce the number of units in an independent study course or online course for which they are enrolled.


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Tuition, Materials, and Special Fees


Tuition, materials and other fees are effective as of September 1 each year. Tuition and materials fees are subject to change without notice. Two students may share materials where a partial fee is listed, one paying the full materials fee, and the other paying the partial fee. A telephone communication and/or additional postage fee may be charged at the instructor’s discretion, to students currently residing in Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, or foreign countries. Center for Professional Development courses do not qualify for financial aid or loan deferment.


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Refunds


A full refund for tuition and instructional materials, less a $30.00 handling fee, will be granted if the course is dropped within four weeks after registration date and all materials are returned to the instructor in their original condition. After four weeks, a 50% refund will be granted through nine weeks. After nine weeks there is no tuition refund. Students must officially withdraw from a course or a “no credit” grade will be issued by the instructor one year after the date of registration.


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Credit for Course Work


Students receive credit for courses in the semester that assignments are returned to the instructor, satisfactorily completed. The postmark date on assignments mailed to the instructor determines completion date. Students may not receive credit for duplicate courses. Students should allow two weeks following completion of their course work to receive their official, computerized grade report from Fresno Pacific University. An additional two weeks should be allowed from the date a transcript is required before it is received.


Independent study courses are graded as either “A”, “B” or “Credit” (equivalent to the letter grade “B”) or “No Credit”. If a student wishes to receive a letter grade instead of a credit/no credit grade, the request for letter grade box must be checked when completing the three-part Registration/Grade Form which is to be returned to the instructor with the completed course assignments. A grade of “No Credit” will be issued if a) coursework is not completed within one year from the date of registration and an extension request form has not been requested, or b) if coursework does not meet the course requirements. Grades are posted within five business days upon receipt of the Grade Form from the instructor.


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Grade Appeals


Grade disputes must be made within one year of the date the grade report is issued. Appeals must first be presented to the instructor. If necessary, a second appeal may be made to the CPD Director of Independent Studies, and finally to the Continuing Education Executive Director.


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Official Grade Reports and Transcripts


Before you order transcripts:

  1. Finish the course.

2.   Submit the Grade Form located at http://ce.fresno.edu/cpd/

3.   Wait for the official, blue computer-generated Grade Report to be mailed to you from  Fresno Pacific University.


To Order your transcripts:

After you receive your official, blue computer-generated Grade Report, go to http://registrar.fpu.edu/transcript-requests

for information and the official transcript request form or call 559/453-2268 for information on how to order transcripts.


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Returned Assignments


If a student wishes any part of the assignment returned following grading, the student must include the appropriate size envelope, self-addressed, with sufficient postage for mailing.


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Policy on Plagiarism


All people participating in the educational process at Fresno Pacific University are expected to pursue honesty and integrity in all aspects of their academic work.  Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will be handled according to the procedures set forth on page 8 of the Fresno Pacific University Catalogue.


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University Information


Graduate level course work reflects Fresno Pacific University’s Desired Student Learning Outcomes as it applies to professional development to demonstrate the following:

Oral and written communication in individual and group settings

Content knowledge, and application of such knowledge in the student’s area of interest to affect a change

Reflection for personal and professional growth

Critical thinking

Cultural and global perspectives to understand complex systems

Computational/methodological skills to understand and expand disciplines, including an understanding of technological systems

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