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Southeastern University    
 
    
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Southeastern University - Extended Education Catalog

California Notices


Contents

California Notices

Location

Classes are held at the university’s main campus in California: SEU at Nor Cal Campus, 1601 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355.

Approval to Operate

Southeastern University is a private university affiliated with the Assemblies of God churches.

Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University.

Southeastern University is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to operate in California in accordance to the standards as set forth in the CEC 94885 and Code of Regulations, Title 5, Chapter 3.

Description of Facilities

SEU NorCal facilities are owned by The House, an Assembly of God Church.  The regional campus is primarily located on the first floor of an educational wing, which includes 2400 square feet of administrative offices; three 1200-square-foot classrooms, each equipped with an 80-inch smart TV and a white board; and a 1200-square foot library housing seven computer workstations.  Adjacent to the campus is a 2000-square-foot student union and student success center, housing SEU NorCal’s largest computer lab that contains ten workstations.  The students also have access to a very modern fitness facility that includes a coffee shop.  As needed, additional space is available for chapels and other student events.  Students have WIFI access in all of these locations.  The facilities and equipment are more than adequate to ensure a positive learning environment.
 
The facilities at the Modesto campus are highly accessible for students with disabilities.  Parking is more than adequate for students, faculty, and staff.  The campus appears to be well-light with security measures in place.  A security guard is also on duty at night.  Adequate provision has been made for the protection of physical resources, and most importantly, the health and safety of students and employees.
 
Valid building permits for all mentioned areas are available upon request.

Financial Status

Southeastern University has no bankruptcy petition on file or pending within the last five years.

Review of Catalog and School Performance Fact Sheet

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Mission & Objectives

The mission statement for Southeastern University is provided in this catalog. Visit the General Information link on the right sidebar. 

All the programs offered under Southeastern University’s School of Unrestricted Education fully support SEU’s primary mission of serving Christ and the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning, and leadership. Students formulate a biblical worldview alongside rigorous training in leadership principles, biblical and theological studies, practical ministries training, while receiving a robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, ecclesiastical operations, as well as a foundation in general education, which will position the student for utmost effectiveness as leaders in the local church and marketplace. 

Notice of Transferability

The transferability of credits you earn at SEU at Nor Cal Campus is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the associate or bachelor’s degree you earn  is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your education goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending SEU NorCal to determine if your credits or the  degree will transfer. For more details on the credit transfer policy, visit the University’s academic catalog, academic policies page.    

Admission Policies & Articulation Agreements

The admission policies for Southeastern University are provided in the university’s catalog

Southeastern University has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. 

Program Costs

The associate degree is a 61 credit hour program and the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership is a 121 credit hour program, both which are expected to be completed over two years or four semesters and four years or eight semesters, respectively (including fall and spring). Based on this schedule, the program costs are estimated as follows: 
 

Tuition or Fee

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Tuition

$6,875

$6,600

$6,600

$6,600

Site Fee

$3,600

$3,600

$3,600

$3,600

Technology Fee

$200

$200

$200

$200

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (non-refundable)

$0

$0

$0

$0

Totals

$10,675

$10,400

$10,400

$10,400

1) The 2017-18 costs are actual amounts based on set tuition and other fees. The University reserves the right to increase the tuition and fees following each academic year; therefore, the costs for years 2-4 are estimates and should not be considered final. Any changes will be communicated in advance of the next academic year

2) Students should expect basic textbook and related educational costs as a part of their enrollment. 

3) Estimated total over two years is $18,640, and over four years is $37,280, which is subject to change based on tuition or fee modifications. 

4)  Effective January 1, 2015, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be zero ($0) per $1,000.

Students’ Rights & Responsibilities: Student Tuition Recovery Fund

(a) A qualifying institution shall include the following statement on both its enrollment agreement for an educational program and its current schedule of student charges:

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.”

(b) In addition to the statement described under subdivision (a) of this section, a qualifying institution shall include the following statement on its current schedule of student charges:

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school. 

  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

  4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.”

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section 94923, Education Code. Effective January 1, 2015, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be zero ($0) per $1,000.

Student’s Right to Cancel

The refund policy for Southeastern University is as follows: 

  • If Southeastern University has substantially failed to furnish the training program agreed upon in the enrollment agreement, the institution shall refund to the student all the money the student has paid.
  • When a student submits written notice of cancellation to the Admission Office or the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of classes, a full refund (100%) of institutional charges is made.
  • If a student withdraws from the university on or before the add/drop deadline after classes have begun, a full refund (100%) of tuition are made.
  • A student choosing to withdraw after the commencement of classes is to provide a written notice to the Site Director with the expected last date of attendance. The student is also required to complete a withdrawal form from the Retention Office and complete a short exit interview with the Retention Coordinator to officially withdraw from the university. (Please refer to the University Catalog for additional withdrawal policy details.) A student will be determined to be withdrawn from the institution if the student misses 14 consecutive calendar days.
  • If special circumstance arise, a student may submit a leave of absence written request, which should include the date the student anticipates the leave beginning and ending. The leave of absence cannot exceed 180 days in a 12 month period. If a student fails to return on or before the end of an approved leave of absence, they will be considered withdrawn as of the date the LOA was approved for refund purposes. 
  • When official withdrawal forms are filed in the Retention Office after classes have begun, refunds of tuition and room and board are made within 45 days after receipt of a written request or the date the student last attended class, whichever is sooner. Expenses and financial aid will be prorated based on Federal Title IV Funds Guidelines. The amount of federal financial assistance that a withdrawing student earns is calculated on a pro-rata basis. Please refer to the attached table. The table list the percentage of the tuition the student is responsible to pay based on the withdrawal date.
  • Once the student has completed more than 60% of the payment period, all federal financial assistance is considered to be earned and the student will be responsible for 100% of charges. 
  • Fees are nonrefundable after the first week of classes.
  • If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

Additionally, please review the Return of Title IV Funds as stipulated in the University’s academic catalog, Financial Information section.
 

Participation in Federal & State Aid Program

Southeastern University participates in federal financial aid programs for its NorCal Campus students. Federal financial aid programs include the Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Parent PLUS loans, and Direct Graduate PLUS loans. To be considered for any federal aid programs, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which determines their eligibility for all federal student aid programs. The FAFSA is a free application that determines eligibility for federal aid. To qualify, students must meet basic eligibility criteria and, for most programs, demonstrate financial need. The Pell Grant is awarded to students based on their EFC (expected family contribution) as determined by filing the FAFSA. Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (permanent residents) have the option of borrowing from the Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) program.  Students must complete the FAFSA as well as other loan requirements. Parents of dependent students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (permanent residents) have the option of borrowing from the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan program.  Students must complete the FAFSA as well as other loan requirements. The Direct Parent PLUS Loan is a credit-based loan and requires an application. Students must sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each loan program before any loan disbursements are made. Federal aid is reevaluated each year based on the results of the FAFSA, which must be completed every year. In addition, students must make satisfactory academic progress. Consumer information is intended to provide current students, prospective students and their families with important information regarding the university. To view this important information, please visit the consumer information page

For additional details pertaining to the university’s participation in federal aid programs, see the university’s catalog, financial information page

Housing Options

Southeastern University does not provide housing options to students at the SEU NorCal location.

Distance Education Policies

Professors are expected to answer student emails within 24 hours. An automated response receipt is sent immediately upon submission of assignments through the MyFire portal. Professors are expected to post grades and feedback within a timeframe appropriate to the subject matter and no later than 7 days from assignment due date. Final grades for courses are also submitted within 7 days of the deadline. 

Faculty Qualifications

Southeastern University employs full-time or part-time faculty within Califnornia. All faculty who teach at Southeastern University meet all of the academic, scholarly, and teaching qualification set forth by our regional accreditor, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) .

Any faculty member, hired to teach courses in the Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership degree must possess the following minimal qualifications.

  • A master’s degree in the course discipline with at least 18 graduate hours from a regionally accredited university
  • Depending on the subject matter (more practical disciplines), expectations may be set for professional experience. This is established by each academic college and department.

In all cases, the university prefers to hire faculty with terminal degrees in the discipline as SEU must continually monitor the percentage of courses taught by terminally qualified faculty. Once hired, the university provides a comprehensive set of faculty training tools, including the following: (1) an initial onboarding seminar, which is offered face-to-face and via streaming service (on-demand); (2) access to best practices courses in online instruction and course development; (3) a mentor to support to provide one-on-one assistance; and (4) various handbooks and internet training systems. All faculty are required to receive adequate training, regardless of their delivery.

Due to SACS accreditation policies, we will not employ faculty who fail to meet these minimum qualifications.

Library Services

The SEU library is well equipped to serve the needs of the programs offered at these extension sites.  Currently, the library’s collections include over 80,000 print books and almost 183,000 ebooks, over 4,500 DVD videos (both feature and non­fiction), 85 online videos, over 71,000 online recordings, over 9,600 CDs, and over 1,200 serial titles (including 640 periodical/journal subscriptions and access to an additional 3,045 titles through journal packages), as well as other types of resources.  In addition, the library provides more than 50 databases, many with full text availability (over 22,000 titles). 

Twelve dedicated and professional staff members (dean, five faculty librarians, four full­time staff, and two part­time staff) provide the library’s services. The five faculty librarians are reference librarians who are available to assist the students and faculty at a distance through telephone, email, video chat, video workshops, and/or consultations. Though all reference librarians are available to help distance students, one librarian (the Reference and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Director of the Library) is specifically trained to work with distance students as a part of that position’s job description.

Faculty and students may access the resources at the library and/or through online searching of the catalog, and searching the library’s databases through EZProxy.  The library uses the OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services with WorldCat local serving as the library’s catalog.This adds a discovery feature as students are able to access the catalog and some databases essentially through one search.  This also facilitates ILL, and users can easily search the larger OCLC bibliographic database to locate additional sources.  Users may request books from the library which are supplied by mail with postage­paid return envelopes, and the library will scan and email periodical articles as requested.

Students receive guidance in the use of the library services and resources through the following means.  At the request of the sites and through funding by the Extension Site Office, a librarian has made four visits to three sites to provide training.  Students have electronic access to LibGuides which bring together information about resources for various programs, some courses, and other more specialized topics.  A LibGuide is available especially for distance learners to introduce library services and to give them online library instruction (including instructional videos).  There is a LibGuide that identifies the library’s databases and includes a tutorial on how to use these databases.  The university’s LMS (MyFire) has a link to the library’s webpage on MyFire’s Welcome Page and in each course.  The library webpage provides links to the catalog, databases, and other LibGuides on a variety of topics including Citation Styles and Research Step­by­Step

The library makes every effort to supply extension students with the same high­quality service that on­campus users receive.  The library is open from 7:30 am – 12 am Monday through Thursday, 7:30 – 8:30 on Friday, 12 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday, and 1pm – 11 pm on Sunday.  Online students can generally reach a reference librarian during the day Monday through Friday, and an evening librarian is available until 11 pm Sunday through Thursday.  Weekend staff can usually help users, but can forward requests to a reference librarian.  The Library Dean and Assistant Director frequently answer research questions on weekends.  A Research Request Form is available under the Services tab on the library webpage.  This is a 24/7 form that sends an email to a reference librarian who will respond no later than the next open library day. Because of the university’s membership in the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC), chat reference is provided through Florida’s cooperative Ask a Librarian service.  Even students outside of Florida may use this service as long as they are coming from one of the library’s LibGuides or the library home page.

The library is not reliant upon any other library for resources relevant to the programs offered at these extension sites, and electronic databases provided by the library are not accessed through consortial or statewide groups.

Unresolved Question Pertaining to Catalog

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA  95833, at www.bppe.ca.gov, and at (888) 370-7589, (916) 431-6959, or by fax at (916) 263-1897.