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The seminary faculty will work with students in a number of ways to evaluate their competency for ministry. The students will have the opportunity to do self-evaluation as well as to receive formative evaluation from faculty advisors. There are a variety of questionnaires and interviews faculty use to gather information which can be helpful to the student and the seminary for assessing both the students’ competency in ministry formation and the seminary’s role in that process.

Degree Candidacy

Normally when nearing the completion of 20 semester hours of work, the formative process leads to a decision on degree candidacy. For transfer students, degree candidacy isn’t automatically granted based on transfer credit but will occur when the student nears completion of 20 semester hours of study at EMS. Any transfer credit will be finalized only after degree candidacy is granted. Degree candidacy represents a significant point of accountability in which the faculty together decide whether or not the student appears qualified to successfully complete a given degree program. The decision will be in the form of approval, approval with qualifications, or denial of degree candidacy. The decision is made in a regular faculty meeting where SCC student representatives are also present.

Summative Evaluation

In the students’ final year, the faculty also do a summative ministry competency evaluation or competency in their chosen field of study for students preparing to graduate and make a recommendation indicating readiness for ministry in a faculty meeting where SCC student representatives are also present.

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This application process is a letter to the seminary dean formulated by the student and approved by the student’s academic advisor who will initiate the degree candidacy process described above.

Auditing

Students and community members may enroll to audit classes. Regular attendance, preparation and examination are not required and no credit is granted. Auditors will be invited simply to listen in on class proceedings unless invited to actively engage. In formational and experiential courses not available for the standard audit, students may request a “participation audit” on terms to be negotiated with the professor and with a participation fee. Students who enroll as auditors at either level, will register and pay the designated feein seminary classes (excluding courses in the Formation sequence) as participant auditors. The level of participation will be negotiated between the auditor and the course instructor. The participation fee is one-half the regular tuition rate. An audit designation will appear on their transcript. If a student chooses to complete work all required coursework and get credit for a course previously audited, full tuition will be charged.

Senior citizens (65+) may audit a course with the permission of the instructor, at no charge.


 Withdrawal from Seminary

A student considering withdrawal from EMS is asked to counsel with the associate dean or the dean of the seminary. They may be in a position to make suggestions which enable a student to remain in school.

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Students desiring transcripts of credit should make written requests to the university Registrar’s Office. There will be a $5 $7 charge for each copy. Cash settlement of accounts will be required for release of transcripts.

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