A Ground-breaking Opportunity: Empowering TUMI Graduates
The Tabor Board approved the Associate of Arts degree in Urban Ministry. This will allow our Capstone graduates throughout the TUMI network to receive 24 hours of credit toward the degree of 64 (30 basic liberal arts courses and 10 electives), which can be taken at local campuses or through online developed courses. For those electing to enroll in the degree after graduation, they will be able to access the same financial aid as anyone else through grants and loans to underwrite the completion of their work.
This degree will be a first for Tabor College, which has not offered an Associates degree before, but with this Tabor/TUMI degree will now begin to offer several in other subjects as well. The best thing about this AA degree is that it will require nothing from our ministry, other than what our satellites are doing currently; their students will simply have to matriculate through and complete our Capstone Curriculum. Students who do this will then have the option to enroll in the TUMI/Tabor Adult education program and work towards an Associate of Arts Degree in Urban Ministry that requires 64 total credit hours. This program will be entirely ran and operated by Tabor College, with no involvement or contribution needed from TUMI at all.
This program is designed to be flexible for students throughout our satellite network. Only 15 of this 30 hours need to be completed through the Tabor online courses. Many of the required courses will be able to be fulfilled at local juco or college campuses, while our primary goal is that most of them will also be offered by Tabor online. TUMI graduates who enroll in the AA program will be able to access traditional financial aid sources to complete the degree. While Tabor is finalizing their website that gives step by step instructions, we wanted to give you some basic information regarding this program.
- 24 credit hours are given for TUMI Capstone Curriculum completion
- 10 credit hours can be earned for urban ministry practicum
- 30 credit hours for required core curriculum courses (with only 15 of these having to be completed from Tabor College, all of which will be accessible on-line)
- There is a $45 per credit transfer fee for the 24 credits you will receive for Capstone in this program -- this totals $1,085 for the transfer of credits
- 15 of the additional 30 hours that need to be taken to complete this degree may be taken at a local junior college
- Students will have to pay Tabor's regular per credit hour fee for the Tabor classes they take (Tabor's current tuition fee is $250 - $300 per credit hour)
- There are grants available that students can apply for to help with the $1,085 transfer fee as well as the credit cost for tuition for the Tabor classes
Graduates of TUMI's Capstone Curriculum (the Certificate for Christian Leadership Studies) will contact Tabor directly and follow their protocol. While not all of our graduates will take advantage of this, it is dramatically affirming to see how our Capstone training is seen in traditional Christian liberal arts college settings. This is remarkable; only 15 hours need to be taken online; our students across the country will be able to get credit from local junior college general education requirement courses, if they choose to do so. This is a great opportunity! We will keep you posted on progress.
Although this is not the central reason for our training, it does validate the academic credibility of Capstone, and represents real empowerment for the leaders who elect to continue their studies. Please let your students know that if they decide they want to pursue this AA degree, all of the requirements and costs are their responsibility. [Tabor has said that grants are available (including for the credit transfer fees), but students will have to apply to find out their eligibility for these.] This is a great opportunity, and completely affordable for what they are offering.
Tabor College is finalizing their website which gives a step by step process for students to follow to know the requirements, apply for the program, and apply for grants. As soon as their page is live, we will notify you and send you a link to their site. Until that time, the person responsible for the TUMI/Tabor AA degree program at Tabor College is Adam Penner. He can be reached at 316.729.6333.
Questions about TUMI/Tabor Program
Since inmates do not have access to the internet to take correspondence courses from Tabor on the web, would there be a way to allow inmates to take correspondence courses, or have qualified teacher/volunteers proctor Tabor classes by coming into the prison so inmates could finish their AA?
Tabor is limited dramatically on their personnel to run this program, which in fact is what makes the online portion of their offering doable for them. Tabor will only require 15 of the 62 credits to be taken from them; once enrolled in the program, students will be able to draw upon local junior college programming to fill out the numbers. I think it will be difficult to get them to have proctors for the guys in prison or anywhere else; the guy heading up the program is all they have outside of the online work.
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If inmates finished Capstone now, could their credit be grandfathered in later when Tabor's AA program is implemented? If so, this would help get TUMI into the prisons because students would know they were working toward credit down the road.
Yes. TUMI certificates will be exchangeable currency in the TUMI/Tabor AA program.
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Could Capstone coursework be applied toward GED credit?
GED is an entirely different academic bird; it includes math, science, English, general education courses that have nothing to do with Capstone. It will be a hard (if not impossibly dense) sell to get Capstone to qualify for GED credit. Think of Capstone more as an area major in the AA program, not a substitute for GED qualifications.