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PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE
This website is intended to describe the school and its programs. Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary retains the right to change programs, policies, courses, schedules, requirements, tuition, fees, and all other aspects at any time.
 
FUND RAISING
We seek to conduct our activities with the highest standards of integrity and to avoid conflicts of interests.  Because we believe that it is God's place to prompt a response to our fund-raising appeals, we shun high-pressure or manipulative fund-raising practices. 
 
Our fund-raising appeals clearly identify the purposes and programs to which donations will be applied, and we ensure that all gifts are used for the purposes for which they were raised. 
 
Occasionally we receive more contributions for a given project that can be wisely applied to that project.  When this happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need. 
 
 Our policy is to meet the needs God lays before us, so that Christ is lifted up, religious education accessible for everyone and the Gospel advanced.
 
STATUS REPORTS
Records of progress known as status reports are maintained by each instructor in the students academic file.  These status reports are used by instructors and faculty members to communicate with each student as to their grades, progress, and further instructions.  Upon completion of each course, students receive an official grade report.
 
MINISTRY AND LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDIT
Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary may grant ministry and life experience credits to students, but only within the guidelines of established policy.  Life experience credit is granted upon evaluation by the office of academic affairs.
 
GRADES, GRADE POINTS, AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE
 
 Grading Scale                                                     Grade Points
A     
96-100
Excellent
4          
B    
86-95 
 Good
C
71-85 
Average 
D
60-70 
Poor 
1
F
0-59 
Failure 
0
I
 
 Incomplete
0
W
 
 Withdrew
0
 
ACADEMIC POLICIES
Credit System:  Students may enroll at anytime during the year.  Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary operates on a semester system.  The unit for counting credit is the semester hour.
 
Studies and Programs Completion Date:  Each student is allowed to complete courses at his or her own rate of progress and you will not be financially penalized for failing a course.
 
ACADEMIC HONORS
Graduation Honors:  All credit hours with a passing grade are awarded quality points based on the level achieved.  Special honors are determined by the student's cumulative grade point average earned at Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary .  The student must meet the following GPA standards to receive the special honors listed below:
 
3.95 - 4.00     Summa Cum Laude
3.75 - 3.94     Magna Cum Laude
3.50 - 3.74     Cum Laude
 
WITHDRAWAL AND INACTIVE STUDENTS
After a period of one semester without academic activity students will be automatically placed on the inactive list.  If there are special and extenuating circumstances, students must make their request in writing to the president. 
 
If a student finds it necessary to withdraw, the student must contact the school in writing.  Merely ceasing to submit assignments does not constitute withdrawal.  Neither does it relieve the student of his/her financial obligations to the school. 
 
 
 Academic Status:
The programs of study offered through Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary carry the same requirements as other traditional programs. Distant educational students are required to meet standards equal to or even greater than those of tradtional on-campus university students. This assures that the high standards of our educational programs are maintained.
 
A team of qualified external consultants and other faculty and administrators regularly monitor the external program study materials as well as your individual progress in your program of study. All programs are specifically designed for the busy person who needs a flexible and convenient schedule to meet the rigorous degree requirements.
 
 MINISTRY AND LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDITS
 1.  GAITS grants ministry and life experience credits, but only within the guidelines of established policy.  Two semester hours of credit per year for up to and not beyond ten years of full time ministry experience.  Life experience credit is granted upon evaluation by the academic board.
 
2.  GAITS will grant one semester credit hour per year for up to and not beyond five years of part time or bivocational ministry.
 
GAITS offers the student opportunities to meet educational goals in a flexible learning environment.  A variety of teaching strategies are used to assist the student in the application of theory to clinical practice situations.
 
EDUCATIONAL POLICY
 4.  Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary administers its educational programs and activities, including admission, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, Vietnam era, or disabled veteran status.  (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.
 
IDENTIFICATION
 5. Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary is recgonized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit educational and charitable organization committed to providing religious training and upholding the highest of human values through dedicated service to those in need.
 
FINANCIAL COMMITMENT:
 6.  We subscribe to a written statement of faith and mission statement clearly affirming our commitment to religious education, advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and helping those in need.
 
7.  We are governed by a Board of Trustees.  Our full board meets via mail, e-mail, or by the internet to establish policies, set budgets, ministry goals, and discuss ministry accomplishments.  Decisions are made by ballot using one or all of the communication methods mentioned above.
 
8.  Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  We obtain an annual audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
 
 9.  Annually an audit committee is appointed to review the annual audit and report its findings.
 
FUND RAISING
10.  We seek to conduct our activities with the highest standards of integrity and to avoid conflicts of interests. 
 
11.  Our fund raising appeals clearly identify the purposes and programs to which donations will be applied, and we ensure that donations are used for the purposes for which they were raised. All gifts to Achievers International University College are tax deductible.
 
Our board has directed that all contributions designated for specific projects shall be applied to those projects. Occasionally we receive more contributions for a given project that can be wisely applied to that project.  When this happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need.
 
Our policy is to meet the needs God lays before us, so that Christ is lifted up, religious education is accessible for everyone and the Gospel advanced.
 
CONTRIBUTIONS
12.  Contributions to the ministry are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  All contributions in excess of $25.00 will be receipted.
 
13.  We will not operate this ministry with indebtedness which dishonors the cause of Christ, hinders the work of religious education, and the advancement of the Gospel.  When we make a purchase, we pay the completed invoice within 30 days.  We do not intend to use the vendor's money.  While we may occasionally borrow funds for capital expenditures, we promptly repay those loans.
 
RECORDS
14.  Out of respect for individual's privacy, we do not sell or rent our mailing list to other groups wishing to sell the names and addresses of our supporters.  We maintain strict security on our list of students, friends, alumni, and supporters.
 
 
PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS
15.  Great Achievers Institute of Theology & Seminary will comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  This Act, with which GAITS intends to comply fully, protects the privacy of educational records, established the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.
 
MISSION STATEMENT:
16.  The mission of GAITS is to make religious education and training accessible worldwide in the areas of Bible knowledge and skill development to non-resident learners through nontraditional methods.
 
WITHDRAWAL AND INACTIVE STUDENTS
17.  After a period of one semester without academic activity students will be automatically placed on the inactive list and will remain on this list until the student contacts the school in writing expressing his/her desire to continue their studies and a reactivation fee has been paid. If there are special or extenuating circumstances, please make requests in writing to the president.  If a student finds it necessary to withdraw from a course of study or a program, the student must contact the school in writing. Merely ceasing to submit assignments does not constitute withdrawal.  Students must notify the school of their intentions.     
 
 STUDENT REFERRALS:
18.  If it is made clear to the office of admissions at the time of enrollment, one student referring another student may receive a $20.00 credit to their account for each student who enrolls with GAITS.
29.  Stipends based on percentages are given to faculty members for students they enroll and advise.  These stipends are paid quarterly as long as their students remain enrolled and fulfill their financial obligations to the school.
 
HONORARY DEGREES:
20.  We are allowed to grant up to Six honorary degrees per year in each state.  Applications may be sent upon request.
 
Graduation honors will be noted on the official transcript.

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