Academic Information


Most courses are graded by a combination of a mid-term exam, a final exam, and any reading work, projects, or papers. The grading scale used by JCI is the standard four-point scale used by colleges and universities nationwide:

F = Failure: Any grade issued below 60%
WP = Withdraw with a passing grade
WF = Withdraw with a failing grade
I = Incomplete
NC = Non-Credit

Special honors and achievements by outstanding students will be recognized at graduation. Academic honors will be awarded as follows:

HIGHEST HONORS= 3.90 – 4.00 cumulative GPA
HIGH HONORS= 3.75 – 3.89 cumulative GPA
HONORS= 3.50 – 3.74 cumulative GPA

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained at all times. Students who fail to do so will be placed on academic probation for one term. A conference will be held with the student, his or her advisor, and the dean or his designee to help the student construct a plan to improve his or her work. Other conferences will be held throughout the term as necessary to help the student succeed. Students will be removed from academic probation when their grade point average returns to 2.0 or better. In the event that a student does not cooperate with his or her advisor or continues to receive unsatisfactory grades, the student will be referred to the dean or director for possible suspension or dismissal from school. If a student is dismissed for academic reasons, he or she may request re-admission in writing as early as the next academic term. An academic committee will meet to approve or disapprove the request according to the circumstances involved. If a student is dismissed for academic reasons, no refunds will be permitted.

A grade point score of at least 2.0 will be required for successful completion of each course in the student’s field of study. All elective courses require a grade point score of no less than 1.0. Any course scoring below these basic requirements will not count towards graduation credit, but may be taken over for grade replacement.

Students wishing to re-take a particular course to achieve a higher grade or obtain a better grasp of the information may do so. After a course is repeated, the highest grade will replace the lowest grade for that course on the final record. Courses may only be repeated one time for grade replacement.
Students who are unable to complete a course for reasons beyond their control, may request a withdrawal or incomplete for the course. In the case of an incomplete, one additional term is allowed to complete course assignments or tests for that course. The student will receive his or her proper grade to replace the “incomplete” after coursework is complete. In the case of a withdrawal, the entire course must be re-taken in order to replace the grade.

Christian stewardship demands that believers make full use of their time, money, and opportunities. Students must be in their seats at the beginning of each class, ready to learn. A student is absent when he or she misses more than half of a particular class. More than one absence in any class, each term, may result in dismissal from the class. Class time missed may be made up at the discretion of the Professor and Dean of Students.

All hours attempted (regardless of year) which are recorded on an official transcript from an authorized or accredited college or university will be used:

  1. To determine admission status at JCI
  2. To determine the applicability of transferred courses to a degree plan with JCI a. A minimum grade of “C,” or 2.0 grade points, is required for transfer credit applicable to JCI coursework. b. For credits or specific “life experience” work to be accepted for transfer, the coursework or curriculum must be congruent to the same or similar course in the JCI curriculum. As a rule, the congruent coursework must be offered on the same or similar academic level as well. c. In general, “D” grades are unacceptable for transfer credit.
  3. To calculate the GPA in the major or program at JCI

Applied Leadership credits are given based on supervised involvement in a ministry of the local church or similar ministry. Students at JCI must be committed and involved in the life of their local church. In addition, degreeseeking students at JCI are required to complete two Applied Leadership elective courses per year in addition to their other studies. During registration, the student will select an approved area of Applied Leadership for that term. Areas of Applied Leadership service will be chosen from a list similar to the following:

  • Audio-visual
  • Nursing home/convalescent ministry
  • Benevolence ministry
  • Office/Administration
  • Children’s ministry
  • Usher/Greeter/Altar Worker
  • Evangelism
  • Visitation and Integration
  • Hospitality
  • Worship Ministry/Choir
  • Jail and prison ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Jubilee Christian Academy
  • Other: (as approved by advisor)

Students must complete one interview with the leader of their assigned department during the term. Students must then use the information from the interview, their experience, and at least three other sources of research to complete an 8 – 10 page research paper on that ministry and its benefit in the local church. This paper will be turned in to the admissions office to be graded and kept in the student’s file until graduation. Credit will be given based on completion of hours, review from the ministry supervisor, and the completed research paper.

Students who attend another local church in the Pensacola area may complete their service elective in their home church. A written verification from a supervisor in that church that the service elective was successfully completed should be turned in to the dean’s office at the end of the term along with their research paper.

In general 2 credits per quarter, or four quarter hours total, will be awarded for completion of each Applied Leadership project. These credits will appear on the student’s transcript and papers will be combined to produce a thesis on the ministries of the local church as a representation of the student’s work over the duration of his or her enrollment at JCI.