Life Pacific College partners with several academic organizations to provide scholarship opportunities and course credit to students who have fulfilled specific requirements through an approved program. Our partnerships include the Emerging Leaders Network, Foursquare Institutes, and the Ignite Academy. Students who have fulfilled the requirements of a partnership are encouraged to apply for the relative course credit and scholarship programs.
Emerging Leader Network
Life Pacific College (LPC) acknowledges the value of an experience in a School of Ministry that is part of Foursquare’s Emerging Leader Network. Students who have an ELN experience prior to attending college are keenly aware of the rewards and demands of ministry. To encourage ELN students in their pursuit of learning and potentially a college degree, Life Pacific College offers two avenues through which ELNs certified with the Foursquare Institute Office can partner with LPC.
The LPC/ELN cohort consists of students from a number of qualified ELNs across the country taking courses together. Students will be able to dialogue with one another concerning their learning, life, and ministry application. Courses will be 12 weeks long, beginning in mid September and mid January. Students should anticipate investing 8-10 hours per week into each course. LPC is providing a tuition grant of over 60% in order to keep the cost as low as possible. The Foursquare Foundation is providing a significant scholarship covering approximately 30% of the tuition. Thus ELN student cost for 2014/15 will be $200 per course plus textbooks.
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- ELN Eligibility
- Student Eligibility
- Option #1
- Option #2
- Course Schedule
- Important Dates
- Application Process
- Billing and Payment
- Online Student Orientation
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
The ELN must possess general certification by the Foursquare Institute Office. Non-Foursquare immersion discipleship programs with significant connection to Foursquare can contact LPC about potential eligibility.
- Must be a high school graduate with a 2.5 GPA or have a GED
- Must be active in a certified ELN
Option #1 – LPC/ELN Online Cohort Track
- Students participating in an ELN under general certification by the Foursquare Institute Office are qualified to join an ELN cohort enrolling in LPC online courses.
- The ELN cohort consists of students from a number of qualified ELNs across the country taking courses together. Students will be able to dialogue with one another concerning their learning, life, and ministry application.
- ELN leaders will facilitate locally and be able to participate in the online discussions with students.
- ELN leaders with a Master’s degree in an appropriate field are encouraged to apply for consideration as adjunct faculty to teach selected courses.
- Students can enroll in 6 units per semester and complete up to 24 units toward an LPC degree upon completion of a two-year program.
|Semester 1||ELN Course||Intro to Biblical Literature|
|Semester 2||Multi-cultural Evangelism||Pentateuch|
|Semester 3||Spiritual Gifts & Evangelism||Cultures of Ancient Civilizations|
|Semester 4||Synoptic Gospels||Marriage & Family|
- Courses will be 12 weeks long, beginning in mid September and mid January. Students should anticipate investing 8-10 hours per week into each course.
- LPC needs a cohort of at least 15 students to offer a course.
- LPC is providing a tuition grant of over 60% in order to keep the cost as low as possible. The Foursquare Foundation is providing a significant scholarship covering approximately 30% of the tuition. Thus ELN student cost for 2014/15 will be $200 per course plus textbooks. This amount will be adjusted annually for inflation up to 3%. (Since the students are not enrolled in a degree program while attending the ELN, no federal or state financial aid will be available).
- LPC is a WASC accredited institution; therefore, units will be transferable to other institutions dependent upon the receiving institution’s policies.
- Students who complete the ELN program are encouraged to enroll in a BA program with LPC either through the traditional residential program or, for those who meet age, transfer unit, and GPA requirements, LPC’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry & Leadership degree completion program through which they can finish a degree online upon completion of the program and acquisition of the necessary general education units.
- Students who complete a two-year program with a certified ELN and enroll in a BA program with LPC will be granted a total of 8 units of credit for the learning gained through their ELN experience (3 units for Foundations of Ministry, 3 units for Discipleship & Spiritual Formation, and 2 units for Gm223 Ministry Internship). Total unit potential: 24 unit curriculum, 7 unit ELN experience = 32 units.
- Students who complete one year with a certified ELN and enroll in a BA program with LPC will be granted a total of 4 units of credit for the learning gained through their ELN experience (3 units for Foundations of Ministry, and 1 unit for Gm223 Ministry Internship).
Option #2 – For ELN graduates not participating in the online cohort program
- Students completing an ELN under general certification by the Foursquare Institute Office, but did not participate in the LPC/ELN online cohort program, are eligible for this option.
- Students who complete a two-year program with a certified ELN (but did not participate in the LPC/ELN online cohort program), and then enroll in a traditional BA program with LPC, meet the ministerial criteria for the Emerging Leader grant. This grant is equal to three (3) units of tuition per semester as long as the student’s cumulative GPA does not drop below 2.50 and the student is registered in at least 12 billable units.
- Students who complete a two-year program with a certified ELN and enroll in a BA program with LPC will be granted a total of 8 units of credit for the learning gained through their ELN experience (3 units for Foundations of Ministry, 3 units for Discipleship & Spiritual Formation, and 2 units for Gm223 Ministry Internship).
- Students who complete one year with a certified ELN (but did not participate in the LPC/ELN online cohort program) and enroll in a BA program with LPC meet the ministerial criteria for the Emerging Leader grant for four semesters (awarding of the Emerging Leader grant is dependent upon meeting academic and full-time enrollment criteria) and will be granted a total of 4 units of credit for the learning gained through their ELN experience (3 units for Foundations of Ministry, and 1 unit for Gm223 Ministry Internship).
- Students who meet age, transfer unit, and GPA requirements may be able to enroll in LPC’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry & Leadership degree completion program and finish a degree online upon acquisition of the 60 units necessary for entrance into the program.
To learn more about Emerging Leader Network, visit emergingleadernetwork.com
Fall term courses will begin in mid-September and end in early December
Spring term courses will begin in mid-January and end in mid-April
|Fall Semester 2014||Spring Semester 2015|
|Last Day to Submit Application||September 1||January 5|
|Course Enrollment Forms & Tuition Due||September 8/td>||January 12|
|New Student Online Orientation||September 8-14||January 12-18|
|Classes Begin||September 15||January 19|
|Last Day to Drop Classes with a WP||October 24||February 27|
|Last Day of Classes||December 7||April 12|
Students will complete a short non-degree seeking application (LPC.ELN ND Seeking Application) and include
- A minimum one page essay describing their personal history, salvation experience, and Christian faith to assess their writing ability to succeed in college-level courses.
- A completed LPC/ELN Online Cohort Student Self-Assessment that helps the student determine if he or she is prepared for college-level coursework.
- Course enrollment form identifying which course/s the student is planning to enroll in for the term.
- An optional Student Information Release Authorization form allowing LPC to disclose enrollment status and grades to the ELN Leader
The ELN leadership should collect all student applications with attached essays, self-assessments, and course enrollment forms and send them to the LPC ELN Liaison at one time. Applications must be received at least two weeks before the start date of classes to allow time for application review, admission decisions, and processing.
The LPC ELN Liaison will notify the ELN Leadership as well as the individual student of acceptance decision by email.
A signed course enrollment form identifying which course/s the student is planning to enroll in for the term should be submitted with the applications for new students in their first term as well each subsequent term.
Billing and Payment
- The ELN Liaison will send one bill for all students to the ELN unless the ELN requests separate bills sent to each student
- Payment (from either the ELN or individual student) must be received one week before the start date of the course.
- Students will not be enrolled in the course until payment is received.
- LPC will not reimburse any student tuition to students who withdraw from a course after the payment deadline.
Online Student Orientation
- Students who are taking their first online course with LPC must complete the Orientation to Online Courses before their course starts.
- Students will be enrolled in the Orientation one week before the course start date.
- Students should be able to complete the Orientation in 1-2 hours.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Attendance is measured through participation in the online discussion.
- If a student does not participate in the discussion in week one, he/she will be withdrawn from the course and the course will not appear on transcript. The ELN Liaison will attempt to contact the student and warn of repercussions prior to removal.
- If a student does not participate in the online discussion for two straight weeks, or over 50% of the weeks of a course, the instructor will file a faculty initiated withdrawal and the student will receive a WF (instructors are expected to attempt to contact a student prior to filing a faculty initiated withdrawal in order to encourage the student to re-engage the class or initiate a student withdrawal to receive a WP if the course has not exceeded 50%)
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 after completion of each term to continue enrolling in courses
Life Pacific College views Church-based institutes as partners in the education and training of ministers. The College is committed to supporting institutes by providing numerous services including consultation on academic and instructional matters, curriculum, and potential granting of credit for institute work toward LPC degree programs. LPC has set up these services in conjunction with the Foursquare Institute Office and we encourage Foursquare churches considering establishing an institute to refer to the Ministry Institutes’ portion of the Foursquare Church website at foursquare.org/institutes for additional information.
Click here for a list of course listings that are available to Institutes.
What type of curriculum support does LPC offer?
Institutes can use LPC’s course material in a group setting in either an Independent Study (for-credit) or Institute Manual (non-credit) format.
What is the difference between the Independent Study (for credit) and Institute Manual (noncredit) curriculum?
Independent Study courses offer college-credit from LPC to their students. Award winning courses developed by LPC faculty (LPC courses have been awarded seven ACCESS Course of the Year awards sponsored by Christianity Today) Students pay tuition ($150/unit) and receive college-credit from Life Pacific College. LPC handles grading and student records.
Institute Study Manuals are modified versions of the independent study course materials. The College makes the manuals available for institutes and students who would like access to the same curriculum without paying the tuition or earning college credit.
Institutes can use Independent Study Courses and Institute Study Manuals side-by-side in the same classroom.
How do I get started?
For-credit Independent Study
Choose the course/s your institute is going to order. Determine which students will be taking the course for credit, and have them fill out a non-degree seeking application. Send in the applications along with your course order. Please include a check or credit card information for your entire order.
Please place your order at least four weeks before you intend to begin your course. Students who are ordering for credit materials can order books through MBS Direct or alternate online book sellers.
Non-credit Institute Manuals
Institutes may download the curriculum from a password protected site, reproduce as many copies as needed for their students, and use the material in their institutes however they see fit for the following per course annual fee: 1–20 courses $100; 21–50=$200; 51–100=$300; 101+=$500. Institutes will self-report the number of courses they expect to produce.
Institutes can order books through MBS Direct or alternate online book sellers.
Supplemental Course Materials
Besides textbooks, many of our courses include supplemental materials for which we have obtained copyright permissions. The permissions granted to us to use published material within our courses only applies to students who are enrolled in courses for which they are paying tuition to LPC. Therefore, due to copyright laws, we are not able to provide appendix items that are not owned by LPC. We will provide you with the text and page number of articles we use to supplement our course materials. Your institute will be responsible to provide your students access to the material and ensure compliance with copyright laws.
Will institute credits transfer towards a B.A. degree?
Institute graduates who want to transfer to Life Pacific College’s on campus or online degree completion program may receive credit for institute courses that meet specific standards regarding faculty qualifications and coursework. Formal institutes that have demonstrated the potential to send a significant number of students to LPC can pursue articulation agreements with the College. The agreement allows institutes to inform their students on what courses will transfer to LPC.
To learn more about these resources, or to discuss other ways your institute can partner with Life Pacific College, contact the Distance Learning Department at (877) 851–0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ignite Academy, an extension campus of Life Pacific College, concurrently enrolls students in accredited college classes through Life Pacific College. Students have the potential of earning an AA degree or units toward furthering their degree in General Studies. (64 units equals an AA degree).
Extension Site Director
Mike Larkin, Ph.D.
Please visit Ignite Academy’s website for more information on the program and how to apply: getignited.org
Degree Completion at the Ignite Academy
This program is designed to assist in service leaders who desire a flexible college program that fits around the demands of work, family and ministry. The ideal students are those who are full-time pastors, part-time youth leaders, and anywhere in between, and who are highly motivated. Ignite graduates that are continuing for a 3rd and 4th year at the Ignite Campus are ideal candidates and can work together in a Cohort Style.
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