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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.