1. Can I take whatever classes I want?
Yes and no. Some courses do have prerequisites, so you need to take
them in order. For instance, you'll need to take AC/DC Electrical
Circuits before you can take Telecom I. In addition, your Advisor
may give you advice on how many classes to take in a semester and
in what combination.
2. How many classes can I take in a semester?
The Pace University/NACTEL program is a part-time program, and you may take up to 11 credits in a semester. Generally, this will mean two courses per semester.
4. How far in advance can I register?
We typically open the registration period about 12 weeks prior to
the start of the upcoming semester, and it is open for about 8 weeks.
You can register any time between that time and the registration
cut off which is about 4 weeks prior to the start of class. For
specific time frames, review upcoming
6. When does registration start and end?
You can print out a copy of our Application
Worksheetfor each semester. This will tell you when registration begins and
ends, and what milestones you need to hit.
7. How do I know what classes to take
Anytime you need advisement, simply contact your Advisor
prior to registration. Your Advisor is happy to provide advisement, including some guidance on how many
classes to take and which to take before others.
8. How do I know when Pace has received
all my transcripts?
Once you've registered, Pace creates a worksheet for you and our
uses this to track what transcripts have arrived including what
credits are being transferred. When everything is accounted for
based on what you've told us you would be sending, we will send
you a copy of the worksheet.
9. When will I be considered matriculated?
You will be considered matriculated when:
- You have completed a minimum of 8 credits at
Pace University with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
- You have
received credit for English and Technical Math, either at Pace
or via transfer credit.
- Your Official
High School Transcripts or GED has been received.
- Any College
Transcripts have been received.
What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is the software Pace uses to deliver its online classes
for the Pace University/NACTEL Program.
11. How much time do online classes take?
Online classes take about the same amount of time as a traditional
class. A good guideline is to expect to spend 12-16 hours per week
for each four-credit course.
12. What times and days are classes held?
There are no formal meeting times for the Pace University/NACTEL Program
courses. Instead, new course documents, lectures and assignments are
posted every Thursday. All required work is due by midnight (EST)
on Wednesday of the following week unless otherwise noted by your
13. What is the duration of a course?
Most courses last about 15 weeks, depending on when they fall during
the year and if there are any holiday breaks.
14. Which courses require proctoring?
Eventually, most courses will require proctoring for one or more exams.
For specifics, review individual course descriptions.
15. Why do I have to take the Online
The Online Seminar is a one-credit two-week course required for all
new students. You must first successfully complete this course with
a passing grade before you will be eligible to start your first semester.
The purpose is to familiarize you both with the software and with
Pace's policies. Sections of the Online Seminar are offered throughout
the Application, Advisement and Registration period and the date you
are assigned depends primarily on when you register. You will receive
an email in advance from the Online Seminar Coordinator letting you
know your course start date, your section and your instructor's name.
Once you register for the Online Seminar, you can visit the Bookstore
to purchase the required textbook. Simply enter the course number
to order. In addition to purchasing this textbook, you will receive
a Blackboard manual which is covered by the course fee.
16. What if I quit in the middle of a course?
Depending on when you withdraw, you will still be responsible for
all or part of the tuition for that course. For more detailed information,
please review our Add/Drop policies.
Most companies (but not all) do require that you complete a course
before tuition assistance is provided, so be sure to also review the
Tuition Assistance policies of your company to understand what they
17. Will I be able to study at my own pace?
In a sense, yes. While these are not truly self-paced courses because
there are weekly readings and assignments so that everyone is moving
through the material at the same time, you do have control over when
during the week you do the work. We've found that this blend of flexibility
with structure works best since many of our own students have told
us that the structure keeps them motivated.
18. Will I have a real instructor?
Yes. You will have one instructor for each course who will guide you
through the course work. In addition, you will have access to mentors,
and in English and Math online
tutoring may be available.
19. What if I need help?
If you need Technical help, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about course content, you should contact your
20. How do I receive my course materials?
Once you apply, you will receive a User ID and Password. You'll use
these to get into your classes in Blackboard.
Here you'll have access to instructional materials, reading materials,
homework assignments, discussion boards and other course materials.
To get a better idea, visit About
21. How do I submit homework?
In Blackboard, there's a section called "Student Tools." Here there's
something called a Drop Box that allows you to upload files. Your
instructor then accesses the files and downloads them for review.
You can learn more about Blackboard by visiting Blackboard.
22. If tests are required to be taken online,
how do I know other students aren't cheating?
As with any class - online or traditional - there is an assumption
Academic Integrity Policy. This means that Pace University trusts
that all students are doing their own homework and assignments. To
help ensure that this is true, we've also instituted a proctoring
system that requires certain exams to be administered by a proctor.
This person will not only verify identification, but will also make
sure that all guidelines are followed.
23. Can I test out of a class if I think
I have enough prior knowledge?
For certain classes, you will be able to take what is called a Competency
Assessment. If you pass with the required grade, you will be able
to by-pass the course. You can review all Prior
Learning options to learn more.
24. Can I get credit based on my
prior training and experience?
Yes. Since we recognize that many students come to this degree program
with a number of years experience and prior training, we offer a few
options for obtaining credit based on prior training and work experience.
Please review our Prior Learning
options to learn more.
25. How do I change my personal information,
like my email address, on Pace's database?
Please complete the Personal and Work-Related Information Change Form
located in the Student
Information Center, by logging in using your user id and password
and then clicking on the "Modify Information" link to notify us of
How do I pay for classes?
How you pay for classes will depend on the Tuition Assistance policies of your company.
Company letter of credits or vouchers should be emailed to NACTELbilling@pace.edu or faxed to 914-989-8635.
Students paying directly can submit payments by mail or on-line. Payment information can be found under the admissions tab, in steps for getting started.
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