We value the development of character, knowledge and skill necessary to become effective disciples and leaders of the faith in the church and in the world. At Emmanuel, we have organized ourselves according to the belief that true disciples are those trained to serve with their heads (knowing), hearts (being) and hands (doing).
In pursuit of this form of education, Emmanuel is making the following commitments:
Integration of Heart and Mind
An Emmanuel education will tie together spiritual, personal, and vocational growth in a way that prepares committed disciples who are ready to make a difference in their world. All of our courses and
programs will integrate knowing, being, and doing.
Genuine Christian Community
We will do this in the context of a caring community in which everyone is challenged to live in service for each other. We believe that each person is made in the image of God with unique gifts and needs, and that each is of value.
Challenging and Caring Student Experience
Students at Emmanuel will be challenged to explore and understand themselves fully. They will be supported in the exploration by a campus committed to helping them achieve educational,
vocational, and personal goals.
Commitment to Innovation that Reflects Need
It’s not good enough to simply copy what others are doing or what’s been done in the past. Emmanuel will be active in creating and offering an education that meets changing needs and that will seek to serve those not currently being served. We will work through partnerships with like- minded ministries to ensure that our programs are relevant to what’s actually happening in the world.
Global-Mindedness and Missional Thinking
Emmanuel exists to play its part in the great commission of the Church. Our campus will continually deepen its commitment to outreach and to cross-cultural and global ministry, and develop its people – staff and student alike – to share this outlook.
Love of the Local Church
Emmanuel will be known as a place in which the local church, in all in its manifestations, is loved. The local church will be a place where all of Emmanuel’s people participate and serve. Emmanuel will be a centre in which emphasis is given to assisting the local church to understand and carry out its mission.
Ministry Training Programs
Bible and Theology courses
General arts courses that expose the student to broad liberal arts learning
Courses that provide skills in one or two areas of ministry.
Practical placements, Internships, and Cooperative Education which are mentored, evaluated, learning-by- practicing ministry experiences, all within an ethos of spiritual and personal formation.
Emmanuel offers undergraduate or bachelor’s-level ministry training, in contrast to seminaries that offer graduate or master’s- level training following a university degree. We believe this model of training to be optimal, standing partway between seminaries on one hand and schools of ministry on the other.
The interaction of these four components of a program is change- inducing in a student’s life, especially when combined with all the additional learning opportunities campus life at Emmanuel affords.
Learning, doing ministry, and then reflecting on the results is known as praxis, and is the most effective type of learning. That is why Emmanuel’s program expects students to participate in field placements throughout their training. Emmanuel graduates find ready admission to excellent seminaries, other Christian graduate schools and universities for further training.
Both undergraduate and graduate studies and the accompanying years of ministry praxis reinforce one another to prepare the student professionally for a lifetime of service. Emmanuel commends this strategy of training to prospective students (and to churches/ companies/agencies interested in training Christian workers) with confidence in its proven effectiveness.
Christian men and women serving in the professions greatly extend God’s care and influence throughout the world. Entry to some non- church professions is through a professional graduate degree; to others through a community college diploma or certificate.
Emmanuel graduates usually receive very good transfer credit to universities. A three-year degree recipient may be granted up to or a little more than one-and-a-half years of transfer. Some transfer may be provided to community college programs depending on the student’s specialization and the policies of individual colleges. Transferring students have all the benefits of biblical, theological, professional and general arts studies so that they are well positioned to integrate faith with subsequent professional studies. This added strength makes Christian professionals especially effective servants of Christ in a world that is unaware of its deep need for Him.
Students planning studies at both Bible College and either university or community college are advised to complete their Bible College studies first in order to be better prepared and to streamline transfer of credit.
Emmanuel’s one-year programs such as MountainTop provide a good overview of the Bible College experience. Many pre- professional students choose this option, realizing that at least one year of personal growth at Bible College is too valuable to miss.
Christian Education for Life
Some Bible College students enroll to receive biblical and liberal arts education as their last planned formal education experience. With this training they enter the workplace, finding jobs that suit their interests, abilities, and aspirations. At times the employers provide special on-the-job training or even training for advancement. Such people have a worldview and skill sets that provide them with background to be good thinkers, capable of significant involvement in home, community and church settings. In short, Emmanuel provides Bible-based liberal arts education of one to three years’ duration, enabling students to develop personally in preparation for life and the workplace.
Degree Completion and Retraining
The college works supportively with people who are returning
to school, giving as generously as possible appropriate credit transfer to students who have previous post-secondary education. We are willing to do consultation and documentation for those interested in retraining with a ministry focus. In a society in which second and even third careers are common, Emmanuel is uniquely positioned to assist in this re-focusing and retraining for ministry.
Courses & Programs
Our programs and courses are designed to provide emphasis on active discipleship and to generate a passion for outreach and global mission. Students at Emmanuel experience steady growth in their spiritual development and maturity.
There are reasons to attend, and options provided, for every kind of student – from one seeking a professional career to the occasional learner of any age with a desire to study a special topic.
Distance, family, work and time commitments prevent some people from attending classes on campus. Distance Education (DE) provides an opportunity for these students to pursue accredited courses at post-secondary level.
Field Education, Internships & Co-ops
Practical experience is a vital component of your education. When learning by practice, evaluation and mentoring are combined they create a highly effective learning environment that go beyond the classroom.
Our courses are divided into three divisions: Bible & Theology, General Studies and Professional Studies.
The President & Dean will meet with students if they are referred by the above personnel, or with students who desire additional advising. New program students meet with Admissions personnel for an entrance appointment and course selection.
At the same time, Emmanuel holds the Christian Scriptures to be inspired by God and therefore the foundational norm against which accumulated knowledge and assertions of truth and falsity are to be measured.
The academic freedom recognized in paragraph one is therefore to be exercised along with the responsibilities arising from the assertions of paragraph two, and with the additional concept of responsible advocacy, all in the context of Emmanuel’s Tenets of Faith.
Responsible advocacy allows an instructor or student to advocate a particular view or position, provided that the major alternate view(s) or position(s) is (are) presented with competence and fairness.
In total, an academic course load is considered to comprise 15 semester hours of in-class instruction, approximately two hours of chapel attendance and about three hours of field work (for prepa- ration, ministry and reporting) weekly, for a total of 20 hours.
of another person’s writing or ideas without the appropriate acknowledgement. Plagiarism also includes the student’s submission of the same academic paper in two different courses without permission. Cheating also includes the enabling of others to cheat. When proven, cheating and plagiarism will receive penalties levied in relation to the seriousness of the infraction, and may include re-doing an assignment, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, suspension from the college for a term or longer, or expulsion.
For the purposes of guidelines established by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, students absent for 15 consecutive days of their scheduled classes are considered as having withdrawn from their academic programs.
31 or fewer credits completed
32 – 63 credits completed
64 – 95 credits completed
96 – 129 credits completed
Occasional Status Students
Students not yet admitted to a specific program may study in Occasional Student Status on a part-time basis. Students in Occasional status are permitted to take up to a maximum of 5 three-credit courses before they are required to select and apply to a specific program. Students not intending to pursue program status in the future may request permission from the President & Dean to maintain their Occasional Student Status.
Students auditing courses are not required to complete assignments or take examinations, but simply take the courses for their personal enrichment. Those who audit courses receive no academic credit, but must register and attend classes regularly. Changes from audit to credit or from credit to audit must be made during the first seven instructional days of the semester.
Probational conditions may apply to some students entering Emmanuel. Program students who fail to achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (degree programs) or 1.8 (other programs) in the Fall semester or whose AGPA is otherwise of serious concern are placed on academic warning the following semester, and are asked to meet with the President & Dean. If the student fails to achieve the required AGPA for the Fall and Winter semester combined; the student will be placed on Academic Probation for the following Fall semester. Restrictions regarding the number of courses, extracurricular activities, and/or discontinuation in the program of study may result.
Academic probation is designed to assist students in developing skills and strategies that will improve academic performance. Students on academic probation are required to take all the Academic Skills Workshops offered in the semester of their probation. Please note that students on Academic Probation may not be eligible to apply for financial assistance through government programs.
Active Student Participation Policy
Students are expected to participate fully in their studies. Emmanuel ‘s Academic Catalogue sets out the requirements for each program, including class attendance, self-paced study, field placement, etc. Each course syllabus identifies course- work expectations. Students taking 100% of a full course load are expected to attend at least 20 hours of instruction per week (including classes, chapel, field work). In some cases, students who are absent for 15 consecutive days of their scheduled classes will be considered as having withdrawn from their program.
Satisfactory Academic Achievement
Students are expected to progress through their programs in a satisfactory manner as defined by the “Active Student Participation Policy” and the “Academic Probation Policy” (above). Failure to do so will have probationary consequences, and possibly implications relative to provincial and federal funding.
Emergencies are defined as severe physical illness of the student or the severe illness or death of an immediate family member. The student may be asked to provide documentation of the emergency. Students seeking an extension may also be asked to provide evidence to the instructor of work completed on the assignment up to that point. Instructors reserve the right to refuse an extension
request. Poor planning (or time management) is not an acceptable reason for an extension without penalty. Regardless of reason, assignments given an extension may be subject to a penalty of a grade reduction of one “half letter grade (a plus/minus grade).
Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty until the end of the sixth full week of classes, having consulted with the instructor and the Assistant Academic Dean & Registrar. After the sixth full week of a semester, students who withdraw from a course will be given an “F” for that course. Students choosing to withdraw from the college during a semester are required to complete an official withdrawal form and have it signed by the President & Dean. There are financial implications of such withdrawals.
A formal course withdrawal must also be made if a student does not engage in a Field Education credit, Co-op or Internship for which he/ she has registered.
For modular (week-long) courses, the student may add the course or change between credit and audit status up until the beginning of the second class. Any student withdrawing after the end of the second class will receive an “F” for the course. Refunds are made on a prorated basis.
*In the case of a new student auditing a course for the first time, this deadline can be extended. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for these details no later than the second class.
For online examinations, please contact instructor for exam regulations.
Due Dates for Final Grades to be posted: December 31 for Fall; May 15 for Winter; for Graduating Students – Wednesday before Graduation; for Weeklong moduals – 3 weeks after due date of last assignment in the course.
Accumulated Grade Point Average – An average of the grade points per credit hour for all credit courses taken to date, ranging from 0.00 to 4.00.
Audit Students – Students auditing a course are not required to complete assignments or take examinations, but simply take the course for their personal enrichment. Those who audit courses receive no academic credit, but must register and attend classes regularly.
Block Schedule – A schedule in which classes for each course are scheduled in 3-hour blocks once a week.
Concentration – A specified cluster of courses (4 or more) that relate to a particular field of study.
Credit Hour – Course work and credit earned associated with 50 minutes of instruction weekly, for one semester.
Division – One of three major course groups (Bible/Theology, Professional Studies, General Studies). Subdivisions may exist also. A program usually involves studies from all divisions, together with Field Education.
Elective – A course, chosen from all those available, in an area of the student’s interest. Electives may be free or limited to a particular division or subdivision.
Field Education – Supervised evaluated experience in churches, other ministry agencies, community agencies, or at the college.
Full Course-load Student – One taking 15 hours of credit plus Field Education in a given semester.
Full-time Student – A student registered for 9 or more credit hours in a given semester.
Grade Point – The number obtained by multiplying the point value of the grade earned by the number of credit hours in that course.
Internship & Co-op – Intensive Field Education experiences focusing on the integration and use of knowledge, attitudes, tasks and skills learned in the classroom.
Instructional Days – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.
Major – A large specified cluster of courses (8 or more) that relate to a particular field of study.
Occasional Student – A non-program student.
Part-time Student – One registered in a program but taking fewer than 9 credit hours within a given semester.
Program – The sequence of all courses required to fulfill the grad- uation requirements for a degree, diploma or certificate.
Registration – The process whereby students enroll for courses, pay fees and care for other administrative details of enrollment. Online registration is completed for in-class courses midway through a semester, in preparation for the next semester.
Transcript – An official copy of a student’s permanent record, including all courses taken at Emmanuel, grades received, and transfer credits applied.
Meaning of Letter Equivalency
A – Exceptional performance with strong evidence of original thinking, good organizational, analytical and critical capacities, and a superior grasp of the subject matter.
B – Good performance with evidence of grasp of the subject matter, analytical ability, and a reasonable understanding of relevant issues.
C – Intellectually adequate performance reflecting profit from the college experience and general understanding of the subject matter.
D – Minimally acceptable performance with some evidence of familiarity with the subject matter.
F – Inadequate performance with only some knowledge of the subject matter.
AUD – Audited course; no academic credit
Repeating a Course
When a student successfully repeats a course, the lower grade is not factored into the Accumulated Grade Point Average (AGPA).
Distracting classroom behaviour including the misuse of technology (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, emailing, texting, web browsing, work for other classes, etc.) may, at the very least, affect a student’s grade. Serious or continued misuse may led to further disciplinary action at the discretion of the instructor.
September 4 – Residence Move-In
September 4-9 – Orientation Week
September 6 – New Student Registration
September 11 – Classes Begin
October 9 – Thanksgiving
October 23-27 – Reading Week
October 29 – EBC Open House
December 11 – Last Day of Classes
December 12-15 – Final Exams
January 8-12 – J-Term
January 12 – New Student Registration
January 15 – Classes Begin
February 19 – Family Day
February 26-March 2 – Reading Week
March 30 – Good Friday
April 10 – Baccalaureate Service
April 16 – Last Day of Classes
April 17-20 – Final Exams
May 5 – Graduation
*Important: The Winter 2018 dates have been changed from what was published in the 2017-2018 Academic Catalogue