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  1. Can I take whatever classes I want?
  2. How many classes can I take in a semester?
  3. How can I find the courses I want?
  4. How far in advance can I register?
  5. When does the next semester start?
  6. When does registration start and end?
  7. How do I know what classes to take next?
  8. How do I know when Pace has received all my transcripts?
  9. When will I be considered matriculated?
  10. What is Blackboard?
  11. How much time do online classes take?
  12. What times and days are classes held?
  13. What is the duration of a course?
  14. Which courses require proctoring?
  15. Why do I have to take the Online Seminar?
  16. What if I quit in the middle of a course?
  17. Will I be able to study at my own pace?
  18. Will I have a real instructor?
  19. What if I need help?
  20. How do I receive my course materials
  21. How do I submit homework?
  22. If tests are required to be taken online, how do I know other students aren't cheating?
  23. Can I test out of a class if I think I have enough prior knowledge?
  24. Can I get credit based on my prior training and experience?
  25. How do I change my personal information, like my email address, on Pace's database?
  26. How do I pay for classes?
  27. I have other questions that are not answered here. How can I get the answers?

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.

3. How can I find the courses I want?

You can either look at what's available in upcoming semester, or you can review the entire curriculum to understand each step of the program in more detail.

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 semesters.

5. When does the next semester start?

Check out the upcoming semesters.

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 next?

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 Transcript Evaluator 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.
10. 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 instructor.

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 Seminar?

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 will cover.

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 nactel@pace.edu. If you have questions about course content, you should contact your instructor directly.

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 Online Learning.

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 of 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 any changes.

26. 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.

27. I have other questions that are not answered here. How can I get the answers?

You can use the Search box in the upper right hand corner to search for a particular word or topic. Or, you can visit the Contact Us page, and select a topic or question and your email will be directed to the appropriate person. Finally, you can access any one of our other FAQs to answer questions about Program, Admission or Student issues.

 
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