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General Grading and Evaluation Policies
The Children’s Ministries Institute is designed to offer personalized attention to students in order to enhance their future effectiveness as Christian leaders. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in every aspect of their training so as to bring honor to the Lord and to develop to their fullest potential. Therefore, all assignments must be submitted on time and each assignment will be graded according to the evaluation criteria set up by the Children’s Ministries Institute.

The following policies related to course grading and evaluation are found in your student handbook. Please refer to that document for further explanation or contact your online instructor with any questions.

CMI consistently evaluates all policies, procedures, content, instructors, and the delivery system. Students are encouraged to provide feedback about issues or concerns through surveys or personal communication.

Final Course Grade
The final grade will be based on a 1,000 point scale. Each assignment is weighted based on the percentage of this total grade.

AssignmentPercentagePoint Value
Prayer Team Assignment8%80
Reading and Forum Discussions30%300
Field Study Questionnaires20%200
Gospel Presentation Project20%200
Growth Presentation Project20%200
Final Quiz2%20

CMI Grading Scale


Assignment Due Dates/Times
It is expected that all assignments including forum posts will be submitted on time. Failure to post forum items on time affects not only you but also your classmates and their learning. Therefore, late forum posts will negatively affect your grade. Please see the forum grading rubric for details.

Failure to submit any other assignment on time will also negatively affect your grade. In the case of an emergency or other extenuating circumstance, students should contact their online instructor and make arrangements for a possible late submission of an assignment before the assignment due date.

All assignments must be posted or submitted by 11:55 PM Central Time of the day the assignment is due. In cases where the student consistently misses assignment due dates, the student may be withdrawn from the class without remuneration.

Intellectual Honesty and Academic Misconduct
The Children’s Ministries Institute expects students to exhibit honesty in all areas of study and life. Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of the standards of the Children’s Ministries Institute and can result in denial of credit without remuneration and dismissal from the Institute.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism*, cheating, fabrication of research (inventing data or citations), the facilitation of academic dishonesty, or violation of copyright. All Children’s Ministries Institute content is subject to U.S. Copyright laws and is restricted to use by enrolled students. 

The only copying allowed is that which the student is required to make in order to complete his or her course. Streamed video lectures that are part of a full course should not be viewed on a regular basis by those not enrolled in the class. In addition, students should not attempt to gain unauthorized access to computerized academic or administrative records or systems. Any act of software piracy, hacking, constructing viruses, or knowingly introducing viruses into a system will be breaches of integrity.

*All written material submitted by any means should be the original work of the student. Students should not at any time represent another’s work as their own.

Check Ministry to Generation Z Forum Rubric to see how your forum assignments will be graded.

A note on forum posts: Be aware that CMI students represent a variety of denominations and cultures. CEF and CMI are inter-denominational. All denominations, national origins, genders, ages, and races should feel welcome. Keep a multicultural, inclusive perspective when posting to forums. Any posts that are considered offensive to individuals or groups are subject to deletion by the course instructor. Students will be required to resubmit their post, making necessary changes. If the post is resubmitted after the assignment deadline, the student will receive a grade reduction. Any student who consistently posts things that are offensive or hurtful to others is subject to dismissal from the course without remuneration.

Refer to this Gospel Project Rubric to see the requirements for your Gospel Project and how it will be graded.

Refer to this Discipleship Project Rubric to see the requirements for your Discipleship Project and how it will be graded.