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General FAQs

Prospective Faculty FAQs

 

1. Q. Is online study effective as classroom study?
A. Yes, and in many cases even more effective. In May 2009, the United States Department of Education released a report that looked at 12 years' worth of education studies, and found that online learning has clear advantages over face-to-face instruction. The study, "An Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies," stated that “students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.”

2. Q. Is DEAC accreditation equal to “regional” accreditation?
A. In every measurable way, yes! DEAC accreditation is just as valid as any regional accreditation, and the Secretary of Education has officially recognized DEAC since 1959 and by the Council for Higher Education and its predecessors since 1975. DEAC accreditation meets the precisely same standards as the regionals, and have vastly more experience and tougher, more stringent standards for distance learning than any other agency in the U.S.

3. Q. Will I be able to transfer courses completed in the Program to other colleges or universities?
A. In the United States, the acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university taking into account such factors as course content, date completed, grades, and accreditation. In spite of the view of the U.S. Department of Education that all accreditation recognition is equal, some institutions have very restrictive policies for accepting transfer credit. If you plan to transfer credits earned at Taft University, or enroll in another program at a later date, you are urged to check with the other institution(s) before enrollment in the Program.

4. Q. Is there a need to come to the University?
A. No. Academic and administrative procedures are carefully designed so that students can complete coursework entirely through directed independent study, without unreasonably disrupting their professional and family lives. Students may elect to take examinations at over 250 approved testing sites. If a testing site is not convenient to a student, procedures are in place for the student to nominate a proctor.

5. Q. I don’t have a lot of computer knowledge. Will I have difficulty completing the assignments?
A. Computer requirements are detailed in the General Catalog. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and Word® is necessary to complete the assignments. Internet access is necessary to access the courses and the library. An e-mail address is necessary to effectively communicate with University personnel and fellow students. If you have no computer experience, enrollment in one-day courses in Windows®, Word®, and the Internet, such as those offered by New Horizons and other companies, will provide the necessary computer skills to complete the assignments.

6. Q. How many hours does it take to complete a course?
A. The amount of time it will take an individual to complete a given course will vary depending upon the background of the individual. For most individuals the amount of time necessary to complete a course will approximate the amount of time students in a classroom program covering the same subject.

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Completion Program

 

1. Q. How long does it take to complete the Program?
A.
The University’s commitment to the Distance Education Accrediting Commission precludes any student graduating from a University degree program in less than one year. Students may take as long as seven years to complete the BSBA Program.

2. Q. Will you accept transfer credits from other Undergraduate Programs?
A.
Yes, Bachelor degree students may transfer in up to 90 Semester units from comparable coursework completed at approved institutions. Applicants seeking transfer credit should include complete information on prior graduate studies at the time of application. A Transfer Credit Form is available to download from the University website.

3. Q. I don’t have a lot of computer knowledge. Will I have difficulty completing the assignments?
A.
Computer requirements are detailed in the General Catalog. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows? and Word? is necessary to complete the assignments. Internet access is necessary to utilize the elearning platform. An e-mail address is necessary to effectively communicate with University personnel and fellow students. If you have no computer experience, enrollment in one-day courses in Windows®, Word®, and the Internet, will provide the necessary computer skills to complete the assignments.

4. Q. I’m not sure I want to complete the entire Program; can I take just one course rather than enroll in the entire Program?
A.
No. Students are enrolled in an average of 12 units each Semester. However, a student who elects not to complete the Program or enroll in additional Semesters has no financial obligation to the University beyond the current Semester.

5. Q. How soon can I get started?
A. The University maintains open enrollment throughout the year. Applications are reviewed weekly and most students commence study within one month from the date of application. Semesters start on the 15th of every month.

6. Q. What financial aid and tuition financing alternatives are available?
A. Many students are eligible for financial aid through employer tuition reimbursement programs and/or the University’s Partners in Professional Education® (PIPE®) Program. In addition, the University offers a no-interest financing alternative which permits students to pay approximately 30% of tuition at the time of enrollment and the balance over a 5 month period.

7. Q. Is there ever a need to come to a physical classroom?
A. No. Academic and administrative procedures are carefully designed so that students can complete all requirements for graduation entirely by independent study, without unreasonably disrupting their professional or family lives. Students may take examinations at one of over 250 approved testing sites. If a testing site is not convenient to a student, procedures are in place for the student to nominate a proctor.

8. Q. Will I need to complete courses pursuant to a rigid timetable?
A. No. Each Semester must generally be completed in not less than 16 weeks nor more than 24 weeks. However, completion of assignments within this time period is at the discretion of the student. There are no assignments that must be submitted on a weekly or monthly schedule and students may take time off between Semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the entire Program must be completed within seven years from the date of matriculation.


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MBA and MST Programs


1. Q. How long does it take to complete the Program?

A. The University's commitment to the Distance Education Accrediting Commission precludes any student graduating from a University degree program in less than one year. Students may take as long as five years to complete the Program. Experience has shown the typical student will complete the Program in two to three years.

2. Q. Will you accept transfer credits from other programs?
A. Yes. MBA students may apply to transfer up to a total of 18 Semester units of transfer credit (or a combination of transfer credit and experiential or equivalent credit). A maximum of 9 units may be awarded for adequately documented and validated experiential or equivalent credit. MST students may apply to transfer up to a total of 15 Semester units of transfer credit from an appropriately accredited institution. Credit transfer will not be denied solely on the source of accreditation of the sending institution.

3. Q. How much continuing education credit can I expect to earn in the Program?
A. For certified public accountants, the AICPA and most Boards of Accountancy grant 15 hours of credit for each Semester unit earned. CPE credit is earned at the time an individual course in the Program is completed.

4. Q. I’m not sure I want to complete the entire Program, can I take just one course rather than enroll in the entire Program?
A. No. Students are enrolled in a Semester consisting of a number of courses. However, a student who elects not to complete the Program or enroll in additional Semesters has no financial obligation to the University beyond the current Semester.

5. Q. What financial aid and tuition financing alternatives are available?
A. Many students are eligible for financial aid through employer tuition reimbursement programs and/or the University’s Partners in Professional Education (PIPE) Program. In addition, the University offers a no-interest financing alternative which permits students to pay approximately 30% of tuition at the time of enrollment and the balance over a 5 month period.

6. Q. Will I need to complete courses pursuant to a rigid timetable?
A. No. Each Semester must generally be completed in not less than 16 weeks nor more than 24 weeks. However, completion of assignments within this time period is at the discretion of the student. There are no assignments that must be submitted on a weekly or monthly schedule and students may take time off between Semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the degree Program must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

7. Q. How soon can I get started?
A. The University maintains open enrollment throughout the year. Applications are reviewed weekly and most students commence study within one month from the date of application. Semesters start on the 15th of each month.

8. Q. Why does the University require a minimum of three years occupational experience in accounting or taxation for the MST Program?
A. A student is expected to possess a basic understanding of the federal tax system prior to admission. (The Program does not devote any time to the mechanical preparation of tax returns.) In addition, the University believes practical experience is an important element in the development of a tax professional.

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M.Ed. Program

1. Q. How long does it take to complete the Program?
A. The University's commitment to the Distance Education Accrediting Commission precludes any student graduating from a University degree program in less than one year. Students may take as long as five years to complete the Program. In this program, no academic credit can be granted for coursework completed at other institutions.

2. Q. Will the completion of any of these courses apply towards a teaching and/or administrative credential?
A. Each state has its own set of criteria for the issuance and renewal of credentials. Prospective students interested in the credential process should check with the Credential Commission within their State's Department of Education for detailed information before enrollment. The University will assist students in providing any reasonable information that may be required in the credential process. The Program is designed to service a national market and does not purport to provide licensure, credential certification or salary advancement in any particular state and/or school district. Applicants interested in licensure, credential certification and/or salary advancement are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body(ies) and their respective human resources department before enrollment.

3. Q. I work for a school district...Can I receive salary credit for completion of the entire master's program or individual courses?
A. Salary credits are generally a result of labor agreements in place between a school district and professional associations such as teacher groups. The agreements sometimes delineate eligible coursework and/or institutions where they can be taken. Past experience has shown that the great majority of districts will allow salary credit if you complete coursework at the University. Additionally, many school districts award salary credit on a case-by-case basis. The University will assist you in your efforts in applying for salary credit and will supply you or your school district with any reasonable documentation. Applicants interested in licensure, credential certification and/or salary advancement are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body(ies) and their respective human resources department before enrollment.

4. Q. Can I take just one course?
A. No. Students are enrolled on a Semester basis, which normally includes three courses. However, a student who elects not to continue the Program after the completion of a Semester has no financial obligation to the University beyond the current Semester.

5. Q. Why does the University recommend a minimum of three years occupational experience in education for this Program?
A. The Program emphasizes real world experience in educational settings. Therefore, those with related experience will find the coursework very relevant. Without such experience, students may find it more difficult to relate the coursework to their professional settings.

6. Q. Will I need to complete courses pursuant to a rigid timetable?
A. No. Each Semester must generally be completed in not less than 16 weeks nor more than 24 weeks. However, completion of assignments within this time period is at the discretion of the student. There are no assignments that must be submitted on a weekly or monthly schedule and students may take time off between Semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the degree program must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.

7. Q. How soon can I get started?
A. The University maintains open enrollment throughout the year. After receipt of a complete Application for Admission, approved applicants are sent enrollment materials for their review and signature. If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, an Enrollment Commitment form will be prepared and sent to the applicant. At the time the commitment material and the $100.00 commitment fee are received by the Admissions Office, a formal Enrollment Agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature.Should the Admissions Office have any questions, the applicant will be contacted. Applications are reviewed weekly and most students commence study within one month from the date of application. Semesters start on the 15th of each month.

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Doctorate Programs

1. Q. How long does it take to complete the Program?
A. The minimum completion time for the Program is 27 months. Since all courses are self-paced, the number of weeks necessary to complete a course may vary considerably based on the amount of time per week a student devotes to study and the professional experience of the student.

Students are officially enrolled in one course at a time. Students may not complete the first course in less than one and one-half months from the date of initial enrollment. Thereafter, a student may complete one course for every one and one-half months of cumulative enrollment. (e.g. a student who enrolled on January 1st could submit three courses by May 15th or four courses by July 1st, etc.) The above examples demonstrate minimum completion schedules. Experience has shown that the average student will progress at a slower pace.

It is expected the average completion time of the Program will approximate 48 months. All degree requirements must be satisfied within seven years from the date of initial enrollment.

The Degree Completion Plan (DCP) is designed to assist students in establishing a workable study plan and projected course completion schedule. Transfer credit is limited to 15% of the total doctoral credits required to complete the degree (9 units). The courses considered for transfer must be equivalent in both content and degree level.

2. Q. What is the Degree Completion Plan?
A. Shortly after enrollment in the Program, the student in collaboration with administration or a faculty member will agree on a plan for the completion of the Program including a tentative selection of electives and a discussion of time management. The main purpose of the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) is to help the doctoral student establish learning goals while maximizing their personal time management. Experience has shown one of the biggest challenges faced by students when embarking on a distance learning program is the proper management of time and self-discipline.

The DCP will assist the student by planning a method of study, which can be followed up to the time of the Dissertation or MPP.

While the plan can be modified in the future, experience has shown this type of planning increases the student’s probability of overall success in the Program.

3. Q. Will I be required to attend seminars or other classroom instruction?
A. No.

4. Q. Will I need to travel to the University?
A. No. While students are welcome to visit our offices this is not a requirement. At the completion of the first three courses the student will need to successfully complete a proctored Qualifying Examination. Students must also complete the Comprehensive Examination (taken at the completion of all courses, and prior to the dissertation proposal) which must also be proctored. Students may elect to take examinations at over 250 approved testing sites. If a testing site is not convenient to a student, procedures are in place for the student to nominate a proctor. Dissertation defenses will generally be scheduled in the University’s offices. However, with the consent of the student’s dissertation chairperson, arrangements can be made for the dissertation defense to be taken elsewhere.

5. Q. What are “qualifying courses”?
A. The first three courses in the curriculum are known as qualifying courses. A student must take and pass the Qualifying Courses and a Qualifying Examination before a student can begin the core courses. The Qualifying Examination covers material in the qualifying courses.

6. Q. Will the completion of any Ed.D. program courses apply towards a teaching and/or administrative credential?
A. Each state has its own set of criteria for the issuance and renewal of credentials. Prospective students interested in the credential process should check with the Credential Commission within their State's Department of Education for detailed information before enrollment. The Program is designed to service a national market and does not purport to provide licensure, credential certification or salary advancement in any particular state and/or school district. Applicants interested in licensure, credential certification and/or salary advancement are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body(ies) and their respective human resources department before enrollment. The University will assist students in providing any reasonable information that may be required in the credential process.

7. Q. I work for a school district. Can I receive salary credit for completion of the entire Ed.D. Program or for individual courses?
A. Salary credits are generally a result of labor agreements in place between a school districnd professional associations such as teacher groups. The agreements sometimes delineate eligible coursework and/or institutions where they can be taken. Past experience has shown that the great majority of districts will allow salary credit if you complete coursework at the University. Additionally, many school districts award salary credit on a case-by-case basis. Applicants interested in salary advancement are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body(ies) and their respective human resources department before enrollment. The University will assist you in your efforts in applying for salary credit and will supply you or your school district with any reasonable documentation.

8. Q. I'm employed by a large international corporation and have no interest in small or developing businesses. Is this D.B.A. program right for me?
A. Yes, the focus of the Program relates to the goals, objectives, concerns, and problems of businesses of all sizes and is designed for existing, or aspiring, managers.

9. Q. Does the University recommend a minimum number of years of occupational experience in business or education before commencing the Program?
A. Yes, it is recommended that an applicant have a minimum of five years of occupational, management, or entrepreneurial experience before enrolling. The Programs emphasize real-world experience in business or educational settings. Therefore, those with related experience will find the coursework very relevant. Without such experience, students may find it more difficult to relate the coursework to their professional settings.

10. Q. How soon can I get started?
A. The Program utilizes an open enrollment policy. Accordingly, students may commence study on the first day of any month. Applications are generally reviewed weekly. Most applicants commence study within one month of the date of acceptance. However, approved applicants may, after payment of the Enrollment Commitment Fee, delay enrollment for a maximum of six months. If an approved applicant has not enrolled within six months of acceptance, a new application will be required.

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Partners in Professional Education (PIPE) Program

1. Q. What is the Partners in Professional Education (PIPE ) Program?
A.
PIPE is a co-operative undertaking between employers and The Taft University System to provide graduate level educational opportunities to qualified employees.

2. Q. What companies or firms are eligible to participate?
A.
All companies and firms with at least five managerial or professional employees are eligible to participate.

3. Q. What are the benefits of being a PIPE member to employers and students?
A.
Employers benefit from the knowledge employees obtain through quality graduate education presented in a flexible manner. Employees are eligible for a tuition grant of between five and twenty percent.

4. Q. What is expected of the employer?
A.
The employer must generally agree to make the existence of the PIPE Program known to employees. This can be accomplished in many different ways including internal e-mails, employee handbooks, or company/firm newsletters. Alternatively, if an employer is unable to make such a commitment, a company or firm may be listed if three or more employees elect to enroll within a three month period. Companies that have paid the majority of tuition for two or more employees are also considered participating organizations.

5. Q. Is a company or firm required to have an employee tuition reimbursement plan to participate in PIPE?
A.
No.

6. Q. What university programs are covered in the PIPE Program?
A.
All university programs are covered.

7. Q. What type of grants are available?
A.
Once a company or firm is admitted to the PIPE Program, all employees are immediately eligible for a five percent tuition grant for the balance of the calendar year. In subsequent years, the amount of the grant will vary depending on employee enrollment in the prior year.

Between 1 and 5 Employee/Students 5%

Between 6 and 10 Employees/Students 10%

Between 11 and 20 Employees/Students 15%

Over 20 Employees/Students 20%

Charter school association members should contact the Admissions Office for information on PIPE grants.

8. Q. How can my company or firm become a PIPE Program member?
A.
Simply have your Human Resources Department contact our Admissions Office or ask us to contact them directly.

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