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Of Diplomas and Transcripts…

Comments Off Written on December 6th, 2007 by
Categories: University Name Change

Well, as promised, we have gotten to the bottom of the questions regarding institutional names on diplomas and transcripts. In case you missed them, here are the two main questions:

  1. (Current Students) When I graduate, since the Bible College and Biblical Seminary will still exist under the University name, will I get a Bible College/Biblical Seminary diploma/transcript, a University diploma/transcript, my choice of either, or both automatically?
  2. (Alumni as of May 2007) If I need it for missions to closed countries or to get into public work (like teaching), can I "exchange" my diploma/transcripts for a version that is titled "Multnomah University"? Can I get a new one for any reason?
  3. (Future Graduates as of or after December 2008) Can I get two diplomas stating both the "University" name and the name of my division ("Bible College" or "Biblical Seminary")?

Answer to number 1 (current students graduating in December 2007 or May 2008):

The name change to "Multnomah University" will not be effective until July 1, 2008. As a result, any December 2007 and May 2008 (current year) Multnomah graduates will still receive a diploma with the name of "Multnomah Bible College" or "Multnomah Biblical Seminary". All transcripts will continue to bear the name "Multnomah Bible College and Seminary". However, ALL graduates for this current academic year will be eligible to request a different diploma with the new "Multnomah University" name on or after July 1, 2008 free of charge. All such requests will be processed by the office of the registrar.

Transcripts are not able to be changed to any name other than the name of the institution at the time of graduation. All college students who graduate after July 1, 2008 will begin to receive "Multnomah University" diplomas and transcripts. All seminary students who graduate after July 1, 2008 will receive "Multnomah Biblical Seminary" diplomas, but they will receive "Multnomah University" transcripts.

Answer to number 2 (alumni as of May 2007):

Any previous year graduates apart from this current academic year requesting a different diploma with the new "Multnomah University" name may do so on or after July 1, 2008 and will be charged a fee for the service of processing such requests as is common in cases like this with institutions of higher education. The price of the diploma change fee will be determined before the name change becomes effective on July 1, 2008. All such requests will be processed by the office of the registrar. Transcripts are not eligible for modification.

Answer to number 3 (Future Graduates as of or after December 2008):

Any future college graduates (on or after December 2008 graduation), having already earned the standard "Multnomah University" diploma, may request a second diploma with the name of the "Multnomah Bible College" division. Likewise, any seminary graduates (on or after December 2008 graduation), having already earned the standard "Multnomah Biblical Seminary" diploma may request a second diploma with the name of "Multnomah University". All such requests will be handled by the office of the registrar and will incur a processing fee as is common in cases like this with institutions of higher education. The extra diploma fee will be determined before July 1, 2008.

These policies will be re-evaluated periodically and are subject to change in accordance with decision making policies set forth in Multnomah's by-laws. Evaluating and documenting the successes and shortcomings of the above policies will be an ongoing priority for Multnomah as we seek to serve our students and alumni better.

What’s In A Name?

Comments Off Written on November 27th, 2007 by
Categories: University Name Change

Lately, I have recieved a very steady stream of emails from current students and alumni regarding their diplomas and transcripts. Two questions keep coming up:

  1. (Current Students) When I graduate, since the Bible College and Biblical Seminary will still exist under the University name, will I get a Bible College/Biblical Seminary diploma/transcript, a University diploma/transcript, my choice of either, or both automatically?
  2. (Alumni) If I need it for missions to closed countries or to get into public work (like teaching), can I "exchange" my diploma/transcripts for a version that is titled "Multnomah University" - can I get a new one for any reason?

Well, I have been doing my best with the President's Council and the Academic Dean's Council to help resolve this very important question for you. Basically, it boils down to issues of legality when it comes to the accrediting bodies and the Oregon State Department of Degree Authorization when issuing transcripts. So, needless to say, it is taking some time to develop this policy in accordance with laws and expectations that any fully-accredited institution would have to consider. Also, since we won't officially be operating as "Multnomah University" until after July 1, 2008, there are some additional questions of how this issue is best handled.

However; now that you know a bit about "behind-the-scenes" issues, I am happy to inform you that I have it on good authority that there will be a decision by the end of 2007! So, as soon as I know, you all will know too - so keep checking back every week.

Keep those comments coming - because the decision-makers at Multnomah read them!