Directed and Independent Study Policy

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Grace will allow the use of an independent study when required to assist a student with the completion of the program degree requirements. An independent study is a way for a student to learn independently with the direction of a faculty who is a content expert in the student’s approved area of exploration. Students work with an instructor to design a set of learning activities necessary to achieve the course outcomes. The time commitment will be approximately the same as a standard course and follow the same course format as the program the student is enrolled in. An independent study is offered at the discretion of an advisor and must be approved by the Dean or Chair of the student’s program. Independent or directed study courses are taken for credit and all regular tuition and fees will apply to courses taken in this format. A student who fails an independent study course may be required to repeat the course. An Independent Study Approval Form may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Guidelines for Independent Study:

1. The student and assigned faculty must meet prior to the first week of class (Online Students) or during the first week of class (On Campus Students) to narrow the subject and establish a format for study.

2. A minimum of four meetings must occur with the instructor during the term, regardless of the amount of credit assigned to the course

3. The faculty member and student should decide on a suitable form of assessment for the articulation of the results of the studies.

4. The faculty member must document the independent study’s Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) which must align with the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).

5. The above agreements should be put in written form using the Independent Study Contract.

6. A completed copy of the Independent Study Contract must be given to the Registrar.

7. The Independent Study must be approved by the Dean of the school in which the independent study course is offered.

8. The general expectations for the student and faculty are the same as for all other courses.

DIRECTED STUDY

Grace will allow the use of a directed study when an unforeseen circumstance prevents a student from being able to take a required course as it is offered in the academic calendar. A directed study is a way for a student to learn independently through the use of current course curriculum directed by a faculty who is a content expert and who has previously taught the course material. A directed study is offered at the discretion of an advisor and must be approved by the Dean or Chair of the student’s program in consultation with the Registrar. The time commitment will be approximately the same as a standard course and follow the same course format as the program the student is enrolled in. The course is required to have the same Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) as the course has when offered as a standard course. If the course content and the assessments must be altered for single student use, the altered assessments must align with the CLOs.

Independent and directed study courses are taken for credit and all regular tuition and fees will apply to courses taken in this format. A student who fails a directed study course will be required to repeat the course and may do so in a standard section or as a subsequent directed study, as approved.