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    Jan 20, 2022  
Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 
Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Center for Adult and Professional Studies

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Benjamin Pérez, Director


Associate Professor Robert Debelak
Assistant Professor Benjamin Pérez
Assistant Professor Greg Sloop

Mitchell Baker, Technology
Phillip Barber, Academic Services
David Bennett, Independent Studies
Robert Debelak, On-Campus Programs

Greg Sloop, Director


Christian Education
Christian Leadership
Pastoral Ministry

The Lee University Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) seeks to deliver high quality education for adult learners through a variety of formats. CAPS offers the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership, Christian Ministry, Christian Studies, and General Studies.  CAPS programs are especially designed to facilitate academic ministerial training for those persons who otherwise cannot pursue a traditional resident college degree program. 

For adult learners seeking to strengthen skills in a particular discipline but not interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, CAPS offers a Certificate program. This program includes the following areas of study: 

· Bible
· Christian Education
· Christian Leadership
· Intercultural Studies
· Pastoral Ministry

Program Uniqueness

The undergraduate curriculum is designed specifically for adult learners offering a variety of delivery methods: independent study, on-campus courses, online courses, extension courses, and accelerated schedule classes. The basic purpose of these educational formats is to offer training in the areas of: Bible, Christian Education, Christian Leadership, Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, and Theology. Students are responsible for understanding the implications and responsibilities associated with each study method. The final 25% of a degree must be completed through Lee, and at least 40 hours must be completed in resident study.


Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry

Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  The B.A. degree candidate must complete six hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level.  The final 33 hours of a degree must be taken through the Lee program, and at least 40 hours of the 130 total must be as resident credit.   
CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CORE:  30 semester hours
GENERAL EDUCATION CORE: 35 semester hours
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:  24 semester hours
     Christian Education
     Pastoral Ministry
14 semester hours
130 semester hours

Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership - Degree Completion Program

The Degree Completion Program in Christian Leadership is specifically designed for those involved in Christian ministry at any level. The program is not limited to those involved in professional ministry, but includes bi-vocational ministers and those who have adopted non-church related professions as places of ministry. It is structured for adults 25 years of age or older who have already completed at least two years of college work. Students are required to complete 24 hours of core courses and 36 hours of courses specifically related to Christian leadership. Instruction is offered using various educational formats, including independent study, campus classes, extension locations, online classes and accelerated schedule classes. The integrated curriculum utilizes a student’s work environment as his/her laboratory. This program is not recommended for students who lack proficiency in basic academic skills, especially collegiate-level English communication skills (verbal and written).

To be admitted to the Christian Leadership Degree Completion Program, a student needs:

  • a minimum of 60 transferable semester units from accredited colleges or universities
  • official transcripts from all schools attended
  • a 2.0 grade-point average or above in the transferred courses
  • a writing sample that demonstrates written communication skills.

Once the admissions requirements are met, students will receive a letter of admission and an evaluation of potential transfer credits.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE: 35 semester hours
29 semester hours
130 semester hours
(Degree Major Codes:  CLDRS.BA/CLDRS.BS) 

Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies

A student pursuing this major will consult with a designated advisor in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies to design a major program of study that meets the specialty requirements. The completed program proposal will be submitted to the Christian Studies Committee (SOR Dean and CAPS Director) for review and final approval. The student will be admitted to the major after the proposal has been approved.    
RELIGION FOUNDATION CORE:  21 semester hours
GENERAL EDUCATION CORE:   35 semester hours
GENERAL ELECTIVES: 16 semester hours

·    The major must include a minimum of 48 hours.
·    The student must select courses from four separate disciplines chosen from the list below.
·    A minimum of twelve credit hours must be taken from each of the four selected disciplines.
·    At least 24 hours of the major must be in upper division (300 and 400 level) courses.
·    To graduate a Minimum major GPA of 2.0 is required.
·    A minimum of 120 hours are required for graduation. The major is only 48 hours therefore; the student must take enough general electives to fill the remaining hours required for graduation.
Courses taken to meet general education core or religion core requirements will not count toward the major.

The student may choose courses from any four of the following disciplines:

     Christian Education
     Christian Leadership
     Intercultural Studies
     Pastoral Ministry

TOTAL HOURS FOR GRADUATION:      120 semester hours

(Degree Major Codes:  CHRST.BA/CHRST.BS)

Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies

A student pursuing this major will consult with a designated advisor in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies. The completed program proposal will be submitted to the Director of CAPS for review and final approval. The student will be admitted to the major after the proposal has been approved.

RELIGION FOUNDATION CORE:  15 semester hours
GENERAL EDUCATION CORE:   35 semester hours
  • At least 30 hours of the program must be in upper division (300 and 400 level) courses.
  • The student must achieve a minimum major GPA of 2.0.
  • A minimum of 120 hours are required for graduation.
  • Courses taken to meet general education core or religion core requirements will not count toward the major.

TOTAL HOURS FOR GRADUATION:              120 semester hours

(Degree Major Codes:  GENST.BA/GENST.BS)

Certificate Program

The certificate program is for students not seeking a degree but wanting to study in a particular discipline. The courses can be taken in the classroom, online, and independent study formats. The curriculum includes eight (8) courses for 24 semester hours of credit. The academic programs are as follows:

     • Certificate in Bible – BIBL.CRT
     • Certificate in Christian Education – CHED.CRT
     • Certificate in Christian Leadership – CLDR.CRT
     • Certificate in Intercultural Studies – ICSP.CRT
     • Certificate in Pastoral Ministry – PASM.CRT

Students applying for admissions to the certificate program must follow the CAPS application procedure. However, they will not be required to submit ACT, nor SAT scores. An overall 2.0 GPA must be maintained in order for a student to successfully complete the program. The Federal Pell Grant and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) programs are not available to students enrolled in the Certificate Program. However, the CAPS scholarship is applicable.


CAPS Online Classes

CAPS Online courses offer study via the Internet. This form of study blends the best of independent study research with the traditional campus model in a virtual classroom environment. Over the course of the semester, students log in to classes for online instructions, lectures, assignments, discussions, etc. Materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the semester. During a course the instructor may schedule times to meet online with the students. These sessions are for discussion, lecture, course mentoring, etc. Traditional resident students must process CAPS Online registrations with their advisor through the approved university registration procedures. Students interested in CAPS Online courses should visit for information regarding policies and procedures of the program, offered courses, an application, and financial aid information. The number of hours necessary to complete CAPS Online courses is similar to that of traditional resident courses. All CAPS Online courses earn resident credit.

Computer Requirements

Online courses offered at Lee University utilize the ANGEL online learning platform. To get the most out of your online course first ensure that the computer system to be used meets the minimum technical specifications required for online learning. To verify your system go to and select HELP in the left column. Next select Resources from the top menu bar and choose Recommended Browsers and Computers. This link will list the hardware and software requirements for using the ANGEL online learning platform. CAPS does not supply computer systems to online learners, nor are we responsible for training, maintenance or upgrade of individual student systems. Students assume all responsibility and liability for their own computer system.

Extension Classes

Extension classes are offered (in a classroom setting) at various off-campus locations and are taught by instructors who have an accredited degree in the discipline in which they teach. The general information already presented in this catalog applies to the student taking courses through extension classes. For information regarding class locations, schedules and registration procedures, contact Extension Programs at the CAPS office or go to These classes qualify as resident credit.

Independent Study

The CAPS curriculum is offered in an independent study mode. Independent study is characterized as follows:

  • The student sets a schedule for completion of assignments and examinations by producing a calendar for completion within a four-month period.
  • Study is accomplished by use of a course guide and associated textbook(s). The course syllabus is available in the course guide.
  • Assignments are submitted online via the ANGEL platform, and examinations are also completeted online via ANGEL. For students who do not have access to the internet, CAPS provides a procedure for testing locally using an approved exam proctor. Instructions for proctored testing are included in the course guide.
  • Courses are tied directly to the Lee University Academic calendar and must be completed within the calendar start and end dates.
  • Credit is applied as non-resident study.

Independent Study courses offer students an opportunity to study at an individual pace and at convenient times and places. Responsibility for progress lies with the individual student. This motivates and encourages the student to persist toward the achievement of carefully defined educational objectives. 

Course materials include: course guides, appropriate additional materials, and textbooks. Textbooks can be obtained through the Lee campus bookstore. Course guides and additional required materials are available within the course itself via the online ANGEL platform. The course guides are designed to direct learners in a step-by-step fashion through an array of educational objectives related to the textbooks. All learning materials, from the course objectives to final evaluation of progress, have been prepared or approved by professional educators. In many cases, the authors may teach the same or a similar course on a resident campus or serve as an instructor in one of the resident extension classes.

Examinations are similar to those given in resident courses. They may consist of objective, essay and problem-solving types of questions. The number of study hours necessary to complete an Independent Study course is approximately the same as for resident courses. The difference is that the time normally spent in class is used for reading, completion of assignments, and study. Since there are no scheduled classes, students study when and where they wish, and they experience considerable financial savings over attending traditional campus courses.

A student may not request an examination until he or she has been enrolled in a course a minimum of two weeks. A two-week period is also required between the mid-term and final exams. Exams in courses which have more than two exams may be taken at one-week intervals.

Examinations can be taken on the ANGEL internet program. When that is not possible, the exam can be taken at the CAPS office or a proctor, approved by the Director of CAPS, may administer the examination. Please follow CAPS “Proctor Instructions,” found in your course materials, when selecting a proctor.

CAPS On-Campus Classes

Students within driving distance of the university may take classes on campus. These classes are specially designed for adults involved in active ministry and those who are contemplating entering active ministry. The classes meet once a week for three hours each during the regular fall and spring semesters. (Modular classes and a summer session are also offered. Contact the CAPS office for more information.) Currently, these classes meet on either Tuesday or Thursday. Traditional resident campus students may take only one CAPS Tuesday/Thursday class per semester. Traditional resident campus students must process CAPS registrations with their advisor through the approved university registration procedures. View the CAPS webpage for class schedules: Textbooks for classes may be obtained through the campus bookstore. These classes earn resident credit.

Dual Enrollment

The Lee University Center for Adult and Professional Studies offers online classes for high school juniors and seniors. The purpose of the High School Dual Enrollment Program is to provide high school students a means of beginning their college careers while simultaneously earning high school credits. Online courses are offered in Bible, English, Humanities, Psychology, and Sociology. Tuition for the 2008-2009 academic year is $144 per credit hour. All online courses are 3 credit hours. Eligible students must…

  • be a high school junior or senior
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have an ACT score of 19 or higher or SAT score of 930 or higher
  • provide approval from a parent or guardian and the high school principal or counselor.

Visit to download the Lee University/CAPS Dual Enrollment Admissions Application.


To be eligible for admission the applicant must have graduated from an approved high school or satisfactorily completed the GED test. All persons who register at Lee University are required to file an application. Acceptance of students is based upon discernible qualities and potential. The university admits students regardless of race, color, national origin, religious preference or disability.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be obtained from our website ( or will be mailed on request to prospective students by contacting the CAPS office 1-800-256-5916 (option #1). All students expecting to enroll at Lee University in the CAPS program for the first time must submit the following:

  1. A CAPS application for admission.
  2. An official high school transcript mailed directly from the high school. All students must have achieved a C average or above on all high school work, and a composite score of 17 or above on the American College Test or 860 or above on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. (Students transferring with more than 15 semester hours are not required to provide a high school transcript. However, they must request an official transcript be mailed from the previous college/university attended.)
  3. An official test score report from ACT or SAT. Transfer students having fewer than 16 semester hours are required to submit ACT or SAT test scores. Applicants who have not already taken the entrance examination (ACT or SAT) will be required to take it prior to acceptance. The ACT/SAT should be taken on a national test date. Exceptions to this policy should be forwarded to the Director of Admissions for consideration.
  4. An advance matriculation fee of $25 (not refundable). The matriculation fee may be applied to the account of the student or the account of a member of the immediate family for a period of two semesters following the date of payment.
  5. *Any applicant born after January 1, 1957, must provide documented proof of receiving two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations after 12 months of age. (Collected after acceptance.)
  6. *Proof of a Tuberculin PPD skin test taken within a one-year period prior to the date of admission application. (Collected after acceptance.)

    *Required for students attending classes on the Lee campus.

    When the above requirements have been fulfilled, a student will be notified of his/her acceptance or rejection by CAPS. The university may refuse admission and registration to students not meeting the minimum requirements for college, or may admit them on probation for limited work. Students who have a break in attendance of 1 or more semesters must reapply for admission. 
     With acceptance into the CAPS program, a student is assigned a Lee email account ( and is granted access to register for classes through WebAdvisor.  

CAPS Basic Fees

  CAPS Tuition (per hour) $296
  Application Fee 25
  Registration Fee (per semester, non-refundable) 25
  Student Activity Fee (per semester)* 40
  Technology Fee (per semester) 25
  Late registration 50
  Drop/Add Fee (per course) 10
  Library Deposit (if applicable) 25
  Proficiency Exams (for each hour’s credit established) 30
  Returned Check (per check) 30
  Graduation Application Fee 100

*Applies only to On-Campus students NOTE: All fees are subject to change without notice.

Refund Policy (Tuition only)

Students who withdraw from a course after the fifth week of enrollment will receive no adjustment of tuition. For students who do meet the withdrawal deadline, the percentage of tuition to be refunded is as follows:

During the first two weeks after enrollment
During the third week
During the fourth week
During the fifth week                               After the fifth week

Withdrawal from class(es) does not exempt a student from payment of tuition and fees. Upon registration, the student is responsible for tuition, application fee, registration fee and textbook costs. NOTE: Textbook costs and fees will not be refunded.

Financial Aid

If you are seeking a degree In Christian Ministry, Christian Studies, or Christian Leadership through Lee University Center for Adult and Professional Studies, you will receive a 50% CAPS Tuition Discount Scholarship. A wide array of scholarships is available for Lee students. Additional information regarding these scholarship opportunities and other financial aid programs may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

The Federal Pell Grant program is available for qualified CAPS students enrolled in Extension programs, Tuesday/Thursday classes, CAPSonline classes, the Degree Completion Program, and the Independent Study CZS (semester based) classes.

To determine need, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed through the Federal Processor. This will allow a student to be considered for the range of financial aid options available through the Lee University Financial Aid Office. All information must be filed with FAFSA online ( and received by Lee University before April15 to be included in the priority group.

Lee University is approved for veterans and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans under existing public laws. Eligible persons should contact the Veterans Administration regional office of the state in which they maintain a permanent residence. One must have authorization for VA or vocational rehabilitation training before registering. If in doubt about the procedure, check with the Lee University Admissions Office (1-800-533-9930), or email veterans All questions concerning getting your VA benefits started at Lee University should be put in writing and sent to the Director of Admissions.

To find out more about the availability of Financial Aid, see the Undergraduate Financial Aid section of the Lee University Catalog, or visit

Course REGISTRATION Procedure

B.A. degree candidates must complete six hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level or higher. All students must complete ENGL-106 and ENGL-110 by the completion of the 18th hour of college credit. If a student does not meet this requirement, he/she must enroll in ENGL-106 or ENGL-110 before enrolling in any additional courses.

Instructions for CAPS Course Registration:

  1. Must be accepted into the CAPS program or currently a CAPS student.
  2. All Lee University/CAPS students must register with the university via Portico/WebAdvisor. (Portico is the secure electronic gateway for student access to their academic, billing, financial aid, and registration records.)
    • Go to the Lee University Homepage:
    • Select: Current Students
    • Under Web & Technology Services select: WebAdvisor Student Instructions
  3. Please Note: Your advisor will review and approve your course(s) through WebAdvisor.
  4. A student is not officially enrolled until all paperwork and payments are secured and registration has been confirmed through the Registrar’s Office and the Business Office. Payment for all associated charges are cleared with the Lee University Business Office. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express through the WebAdvisor, in the Business Office, or by calling 1-800-LEE-9930. Payment may also be made by check or money order and sent to:

Lee University
ATTN: Business Office
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

         (If you are receiving Financial Aid, please include a copy of your award letter with your payment.)

  • Books for CAPS courses can be obtained by visiting the Lee University Bookstore in person or by visiting the campus bookstore web page, (All inquiries regarding texts should be addressed to the bookstore.)

Withdrawal Procedure

Independent Study Students:

To withdraw from a course(s), a student must submit a written request. The request must include the student’s name (printed), the social security number, the name of the course(s), the student’s signature, and a withdrawal fee (check, money order, or credit card). The official date of withdrawal will be the date on which the request is received.

Withdrawal from a course(s) does not exempt a student from payment of tuition, registration fee, and book fees. Tuition refund is adjustable up to the fifth week of enrollment. The registration fee and book fees are non-refundable.

Resident Students*:

A student is considered registered until properly withdrawn. To withdraw from (or drop) a class, the student must fill out a change of schedule form complete with the instructor’s signature. If the student drops a course after the final date for add/drop and prior to the eleventh week of the semester, he/she will automatically receive a “W” grade for the course. The last day to drop a class is published in the university calendar.

There is a fee charged for each schedule change beginning the first day of classes. Withdrawal from class(es) does not exempt a student from payment of tuition, registration fee, and book fees. Tuition refund is adjustable up to the fifth week of enrollment. The registration fee and book fees are non-refundable.

The Change of Schedule form along with the withdrawal fee (check, money order, or credit card) is to be submitted to the university Registrar.

Withdrawing from the University:

If a resident student withdraws from all courses of study, the student in considered to be withdrawing from the university. The procedure for withdrawing from the university can be found in the catalog - Undergrad Academic Policies and Procedures.

*Center for Adult and Professional Studies “resident” students are those enrolled in the following: Extensions, Online, and On-campus.

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