Structure of Degree Programs
1. No residency means that you work
at home-no classes.
2. Self paced. No time restrictions
or requirements. Take as little or as much time as you need. (Note:
we encourage students to try to finish within 9 months, but you
may finish in 2 weeks-it depends on your abilities, expenses,
3. Use of L.E.A.P.*
-- UofB's exclusive "Lifetime Education/Experiential
Assessment Portfolio." You may
already "have" your degree and not know it! Through
L.E.A.P., we'll determine how many college credits you have earned
for everything you've done or learned, whether in or out
of a classroom.
|Self-taught computer skills
||Movies you've seen
|Books you've read
||Acting in a play
||Learning or speaking a foreign language
||Formal educational experience
|Starting a business
||Continuing adult education
||Officer of a club/organization
You will earn 20 credits simply by examining your life in
detail and completing the L.E.A.P. forms.
4. UofB accepts virtually unlimited transfer
credits. If you have credits from another school these
are generally all transferable to your degree program with
us. Check with your personally assigned professor.
5. Credit through independent study.
If you lack the credits necessary for your degree, you may in
effect do "new work" to fill in this "gap."
You would be led through the new work or our extension education
program by your Faculty Instruction Coordinator (F.I.C.).
6. Custom tailored to fit your needs.
You develop your curriculum, pick your degree and your
major, with assistance from your F.I.C., if needed.
7. Final Project or C.A.P*. The "Commensurate
Ability Project" is your way
of demonstrating your proficiency in your chosen field of study.
It is very flexible and could take the form of a traditional thesis/dissertation,
or you can create something of your choosing. Example include:
an original audio or video tape (demonstrating proficiency in
performing arts); a sculpture, painting or pottery; creation of
a computer program; the writing of a book or training manual;
an original work of prose or poetry or a thoughtful critique of
an existing work; or development of a community service project.
The structure of your C.A.P. is limited only by your abilities
8. Transcript. The UofB offers
a unique way of expressing yourself and completing your degree
program. You will earn credit for critiquing your life,
work and final project (C.A.P.). You will in essence help write
your narrative transcript.
9. Upon completion of the degree requirements as well as payment
of tuition in full, you will be awarded your degree, at which
time the University will send your diploma and transcript.
If you need additional information please contact our Office
of Student Affairs at 312-924-0710 Monday - Friday between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time.
(* Note: L.E.A.P. and C.A.P. are copyrighted
acronyms and the sole property of the University of Berkley, the
educational affiliate of The Society of God, a non-profit, religious,
educational, philanthropic corporation.)