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Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) FAQ's

Questions and Answers about Admissions, Registration, Portfolio Development and Advisement
 

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Do I have to have prior college credit to be admitted to the BAIS Program ?

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No.  Students enter BAIS with no prior credit and successfully complete their degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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What records must be submitted to apply to the program?  

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Required application materials:

  • Official transcripts from all accredited institutions submitted to Nontraditional Degree Programs

  • For applicants who have earned credit outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Report or Subject Analysis by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) www.ece.org

  • For applicants who have served in the United States Armed Forces, a copy of your DD-214, and your Military Educational Record should be submnitted for possible transfer credit

  • For applicants with less than 24 semester hours of college credit, an official high school or GED transcript

  • For Permanent residents of the United States, a copy of both sides of your Permanent Resident card

  • A non-refundable $30.00 application fee

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Do I have to submit new transcripts and other records if I am currently attending Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) or have attended Northeastern in the past?

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If all records are on file in the Enrollment Services Office, you do not have to submit new ones.

Q.

When will I be notified of the status of my application?

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Once all materials have been submitted, you should receive correspondence from Enrollment Services in 4 to 5 weeks.

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If I am admitted to the program but currently do not attend NEIU, how do I find out about registration?

   
A. You will receive registration information and instructions, as well as your student identification number, from Enrollment Services shortly after you receive notification of admission.  You may view the Class Schedule at http://www.neiu.edu.
   
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If I am admitted to the program, when can I meet with an advisor?

   

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Please call the office of Nontraditional Degree Programs at 773-442-6030 to schedule an appointment with a BAIS advisor as soon as you have access to your Degree Evaluation.

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What is a Degree Evaluation?

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This document reflects how previously completed college credit is applied toward your degree requirements. 

Q.

If I am accepted into the BAIS Program and I am currently a student at Northeastern, will I receive a new Evaluation of Credits?

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Yes, you will be re-evaluated based on the requirements of the BAIS Program. 

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What are some things I need to know about the registration process?

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Here are some important points:

  • All BAIS students are expected to make advising appointments with their BAIS advisor each semester prior to registration.

  • Registration is done online.

  • You will be able to register once your Degree Evaluation is complete

  • Some departments require authorization to register for the courses they offer; contact the academic department to request authorization register for such classes.

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What happens if I can't take classes during the first term after I am admitted to the program?

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Once you have been admitted to BAIS, you are eligible to enroll in classes whenever you wish.  Nonetheless, students who do not enroll during the first term after being admitted should make an appointment with a BAIS advisor.

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 How long will it take to complete my degree?

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Time to degree varies by student.  Regularly scheduled advising sessions with a BAIS advisor will ensure that you find the most timely and cost efficient path to your degree.

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Are there courses specifically for nontraditional students?

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As a BAIS student, you may take courses offered by Nontraditional Degree Programs as well as those offered to all NEIU students.

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As a BAIS student, am I eligible to seek teacher certification?

Typically, BAIS students who seek a teaching career obtain post-baccalaureate certification.  For more information, contact your advisor.

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Can I declare an academic major and/or minor?

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BAIS students major in Interdisciplinary Studies and can pursue a second major and/ or minor(s). Any credit earned toward a second major or a minor count toward your BAIS degree.

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Is this degree recognized by employers and graduate/professional schools?

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Yes, many program graduates go on to graduate or professional schools.  You should obtain information about admission requirements of the graduation program(s) of interest to you as soon as possible.  BAIS advisors are happy to assist you with this process.

Q.

Are there any university requirements I must satisfy in order to get my degree?

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Yes.  Students must fulfill three requirements:

  •  Writing Intensive Program (WIP) course

  •  Improving Human Relations (House Bill 0094)

  • Math/Quantitative Reasoning requirement.  Advisors will discuss these requirements during your initial advisement session

Q.

May I take courses at other schools while I am a student in the program?

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Yes, contact an advisor with regard to course selection.

Q.

What must my grade point average (GPA) be in order to graduate?

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 All NEIU students must have a cumulative GPA of  (2.0) in order to graduate.

Q.

Does NEIU offer any support services for returning adult students?

Here are some of the many support services available at NEIU:

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  • Tutoring through the Learning Support Center

  • Career courseling, resume development and job search assistance through Career Services

  • TRIO Student Support Services

  • The Accessibility Center

  • Veterans Services

Portfolio Development Related Questions and Options

   

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What is a Prior Learning Portfolio?

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The Prior Learning Portfolio is an opportunity for BAIS students to earn credit through documentation of experiential learning.

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Can I earn credit for my life experiences?

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Credit for prior  learning experience is awarded when a student demonstrates and documemts college equivalent knowledge and skills acquired outside the collge classroom.

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What is involved in preparing a portfolio and when do I prepare it?

Important steps in the process are:

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  •  Meet with an advisor in prepration for the portfolio workshop process

  • Attend Portfolio Workshop I and Portfolio Workshop II.

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What is the fee for portfolio evaluation? 

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The Portfolio Assessment fee is equivalent to two credit hours of tuition at NEIU.  The assessment fee remains the same no matter how many credit hours are requested, and is required upon submission of the Portfolio.

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What types of prior learning might I include in my portfolio?

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Many types of learning from experiences such as work, online programs, community service,  artistic, athletic skills or a combination of any of these and a person's experience in life may be included in  a portfolio as long as the learning can be documented and is college equivalent.

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Who will evaluate my prior learning? 

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University faculty or qualified off-campus experts evaluate all student portfolios.

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How much credit might be awarded for my prior learning?

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There is no limit to the amount of credit you might be awarded.  Most often, successful portfolios are awarded between 12 and 24 hours of credit.

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What assistance is available to me as I prepare my portfolio?

Your BAIS advisors will guide your preparation by providing:

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  • Instructions on developing a portfolio

  •  Portfolio Development Information booklet

  • Two Portfolio Development Workshops (Workshop I and Workshop II)

  • Sample portfolios for review.  Advisors are also prepared to assist and advise you.

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How are credits earned through the portfolio applied toward degree requirements?

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These credits can be applied to any program requirement except the 24 semester hours of residency and the Writing Intensive Program Requirement.

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