To apply for one of the Occupational Associate Degree or Certificate programs at Laurus College, students should contact the college, or have their vocational rehabilitation counselor contact the school if coming through a third-party organization, to reserve an appointment with an admissions representative. Students not attending by way of a third-party organization are required to complete a personal interview with one of the school admissions representatives, submit an application, and complete and sign an enrollment agreement.
For students who are applying by way of a third-party organization, the college will work with the student’s agency counselor to initiate all enrollment processes after the required interview.
Initial applications may be submitted by prospective students completing his or her junior or senior year of high school; however, applicants will not be permitted to begin classes until submission of the appropriate documentation as referenced.
The School Chancellor is responsible for determining if an applicant has met all admission requirements. Once all the required documents have been received and the admissions criteria met, the enrollment agreement is signed by the Chancellor and a copy of the signed enrollment agreement is sent to the student along with their acceptance letter. In the event the prospective student does not meet the admissions criteria, the student will be notified in writing.
Prospective students must have evidence of a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or verified evidence of having completed a post-secondary education degree; demonstrate the ability to be successful in an online learning environment; and meet the technology requirements for participation in the program. A preliminary assessment of the student’s system capabilities and of the student’s ability to succeed in a distance education environment is conducted by way of their participation in an admissions interview using the same technology platform that courses are delivered through.
Further verification that the applicant meets minimum technology requirements is accomplished during the Operating System (OS) Orientation using remote system verification software. During this orientation, students are also asked to demonstrate competency with navigating and using the various technology platforms within the LMS.
In compliance with Civil Rights Legislation, Laurus College admits students without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, marital status, color, age, disability, or any other factor prohibited by law. Laurus College does not discriminate in its educational programs, placement procedures, or employment practices.
Technology Requirements and Security and Verification of Student Identity
Courses are delivered over the Internet through a synchronous and asynchronous e-learning platform using Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) learning management system (LMS). In addition to Moodle, the online courses use Adobe Connect. These delivery models allow for students attending via distance education to receive the same live instruction and interactive learning experience as students attending on campus.
A minimum Internet connection of 3 Mbps (Megabits-Per-Second) is recommended for students to participate in distance education. Students must also have a workstation that meets the following minimum requirements –
• A Pentium 4 processor or faster
• 4G RAM
• 25G free space on the hard drive
• Open GL graphics card
• 3-button mouse
• Video display
• Windows 7 OS
• IE v10 or higher or Chrome browser
• 2 Available USB ports for a web camera and headset to be supplied by Laurus College
All student computer workstations located on campus meet or exceed the above specifications. Students enrolled in an OAD program are provided a laptop computer that meets the specifications stated above as part of their lab fees.
All information regarding the student is kept in house and secured and is not available to anyone other than Laurus employees with a need to access the information and the student.
Transmission of information will be encrypted which will protect student’s identity and privacy. All student records at Laurus College are kept private in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Written consent must be provided by the student for release of records to outside parties, except for those agencies authorized by law.
The security of the classes and the verification of the students in class and their identity are a high priority for Laurus College, and are accomplished through a series of check points. The first check point is written: all classes are password protected and each student approved to attend a class needs to know the designated class password to get access to the class. The class passwords are emailed to each student approved to attend that class at the start of the term. The second check point is visual: attendance is conducted by the class instructor at the time a student logs in. This visual verification is accomplished using web cameras. Students who are attending class via online are provided web cameras by the institution. Also, a class roster is provided to the instructor which displays a visual image of the students attending the classes who are approved to attend via the online method; Student identity is verified through comparison with photo identification provided by the student at the time of enrollment with the institution. The class instructor compares the image on the computer screen of the student logged in to class to the picture provided on the class attendance roster. If an image is not available or cannot be identified, the student must provide the instructor with their student ID # to remain in class. A student will be removed from the class by the instructor if they cannot provide either a photo image on the computer screen or student ID# for security verification.
Prospective students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English for admission. For an undergraduate degree, a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
Arrangements to take the TOEFL may be made by writing to: TOEFL, Education Testing Services, P.O. Box 900, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. For any academic credits earned at an International institution that the student wants to have considered for transfer credit, the student needs to have official transcripts fully translated into the English equivalent and sent directly to the school for evaluation. The translation of transcripts is to be completed through a company approved by, but not affiliated with, Laurus College.
Please note: All courses at Laurus College are taught in the English language.
Students who have prior experience related to their program of study may request an assessment of skills in an attempt to waive the introductory level course(s) in his or her program. It is the 68 responsibility of the student to schedule an assessment with the Chancellor or appropriate Program Director. Assessments for proficiency can be attempted one time, and need to be completed before or during the first term the student attends classes at Laurus College. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved on the proficiency exam to qualify the student a waiver of the course based on proficiency. There will be a fee of $250.00 charged for each course in the student’s program which is credited for proficiency in lieu of the full charges for the class. This fee is charged only if the student successfully passes the proficiency exam and the course is credited for proficiency. A student who does not meet the minimum 70% passing score for the proficiency exam will be required to complete the course with the college and will be subject to all fees and charges for the class. Students who previously attended an accredited or approved college or university may be granted transfer credit. Only courses substantially equivalent in content and degree level, and in which the student earned a grade of C (2.0) or above, will be considered for transfer. Laurus College does not guarantee the acceptance of any credit into the college without review of the official transcript forwarded directly to the school for review. It is the responsibility of the student to have all official transcripts forwarded directly to the school for review if transfer credit is sought. A student who does not agree with the initial transfer credit evaluation may request a secondary review through the School Chancellor. If the School Chancellor performed the initial transfer credit evaluation, the student may request a secondary review through the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). While there is no charge for the review of transcripts from other institutions, there will be a fee of $250.00 charged for each course in the student’s program which is waived due to transfer credit. Laurus College does not accept transfer credit for courses older than seven (7) years from the time of enrollment in their program.
A maximum of 75 percent of the credits required for a degree program may come from transfer credit or a combination of transfer credit and experiential credit. Credit awarded for experiential or equivalent learning cannot exceed 25 percent of the credits required for a degree.
Laurus College has an articulation agreement with Lincoln University in Oakland California to transfer as many as 43 credits from the Occupational Associates Professional Business Systems Program to Lincoln’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Program.
Transfer of credit into the school, and credit granted for proficiency, will count towards the student’s total credits attempted and total credits completed in their program, which will affect the student’s approved timeframe to successfully complete the program for which they are enrolled.