Do you accept transferred credits toward your degrees?
ANSWER: In short, yes. However, Christian Leaders Institute only does so for students who are accepted into the Leadership Excellence School or complete the Institute Verification class. Previous college-level educational transcripts MUST be what many universities describe as "official." Generally, this will entail contacting your previously attended institution and requesting that they send your academic transcript(s) directly to our Registrar's Office in Michigan. By mail, these files will be considered "official" because they should arrive in a sealed, unopened, unaltered envelope from the academic office (Registrar) of the previous school. If through email, these files will be considered "official" if they are sent directly to our office through a verifiable and academic distributor or from the institution itself. If we are not able to verify the transcript as "official," we will not be able to use these transcripts to transfer credits. Once our Registrar's Office receives these documents, a student can expect a one-course (three- to four-credit equivalent) initial transfer that will be used to establish "college readiness credentials" required in the Leadership Excellence School Admissions (MIN015) course. It is not until students have successfully completed MIN015 and are accepted to the Leadership Excellence School that they can request (via email to the Registrar's Office at email@example.com) a comprehensive transcript evaluation be performed. If you are still not sure what constitutes an "official" transcript, you can email our Registrar's Office at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' for more information.
Comprehensive Evaluations are only available to students accepted into the Leadership Excellence School or who complete the Institute Verification class successfully. They involve a complete review of any official transcripts on file with the Registrar's Office for applicable and transferable credits toward the student's desired degree program and/or CLI's course and program offerings. More information about transfer criteria is contained in the student handbook and in the academic catalog. Questions about transferring of credits may also be directed to the Registrar's Office.
IN ADDITION: As it relates to Christian Leaders Institute's policy and protocol, staff within the Registrar's Office DO NOT consider or process unofficial transcript reviews over email or any other platforms to determine whether or not a student's courses meet the transferable criteria for Christian Leaders Institute's degree programs. This is solely the responsibility of the student to deem whether or not they wish to pay the expenses associated with requesting official transcript copies and sending them to our institution for official evaluation. Therefore, should a student receive an "unofficial review," this is considered a "courtesy act" on behalf of the administrators, and CLI staff are not responsible in the event that not all previously estimated credits do in fact meet the transfer criteria. In addition, the Registrar's Office DOES NOT process credit transfers for individuals who are not pursuing admission and enrollment status within the college UNLESS they complete the Institute Verification class and then email to request a comprehensive evaluation. In other words, this means, students who are interested in awards, ordinations, or licensing that are otherwise granted through Christian Leaders Insitute are not eligible to request credit transfer without successfully completing the Institute Verification class.