High School Curriculum FAQs

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  1. If I can't complete the College Credit requirements, is the money refundable?
  2. Can I still earn College Credit even if I haven't graduated from high school yet?
  3. Who do I contact if I have more questions about College Credit?
  4. Why is it important to teach worldview Curriculum?
  5. What is the goal of the UTT Curriculum?
  6. What training is required to teach your worldview Curriculum?
  7. What materials does each student need for the UTT Curriculum?
  8. How can I place an order for the UTT Curriculum?
  9. Will these UTT College Credit hours transfer to my school?
  10. How much extra work is required for UTT College Credit?
  11. What are the deadlines for the UTT College Credit program?
  12. How can I be sure that my school meets the standards for UTT College Credit?
  13. What determines my grade for UTT College Credit?
  14. How do I transfer my UTT College Credit to the institution that I will be attending?
  15. What is the difference between the home and Christian school versions of the UTT Curriculum?
  16. When will the digital edition of Understanding the Times be available?
  17. What is the goal of the Understanding the Times curriculum?
  18. What training is required to teach Understanding the Times?
  19. What is a “flipped classroom,� and how important is it?
  20. What materials does each student need for the Understanding the Times curriculum?
  21. How much does Understanding the Times cost?
  22. How do I order Understanding the Times?
  23. Why make the switch to the digital edition?
  24. What is the cost difference for the digital edition of Understanding the Times?
  25. Can I use 4th edition curriculum videos and articles with the digital edition of Understanding the Times?
  26. How long will the 2nd Edition Textbook/4th Edition Curriculum of Understanding the Times be available?
  27. Is there a homeschool version of the digital edition of Understanding the Times?
  28. Will there be college credit available for the digital edition of Understanding the Times?
  29. What are the technology requirements for Understanding the Times Digital?

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1. If I can't complete the College Credit requirements, is the money refundable?

No. Once your registration is complete, we cannot refund your tuition if for some reason you are unable to complete all of the requirements or fail to get the grade you were looking for.

2. Can I still earn College Credit even if I haven't graduated from high school yet?

You can still obtain college credit while in high school or while enrolled at another college or university. If you aren't sure of where you would like to send your transcript it will be held until you make a request. Just mark "unsure” on the application and leave the school address blank.

3. Who do I contact if I have more questions about College Credit?

Call Summit Ministries at 866.786.6483 and ask for the College Credit Director. You can also email your questions to collegecredit@summit.org.

4. Why is it important to teach worldview Curriculum?

Christians need to understand that the truth of God's word applies to all of life. They need to be able to discern truth from error, whether sitting in a university classroom or watching the evening news.

5. What is the goal of the UTT Curriculum?

The first goal is defensive. We want to protect Christian youth from deception by anti-Christian worldviews. A recent UCLA dissertation showed that of the college freshmen who identified themselves as "born-again" when they entered college, only 50% identified themselves that way when they graduated! The second goal is offensive. We want to train up Christian leaders who can actively champion the truth of Christianity in a culture of relativism, paganism, hedonism and confusion.

6. What training is required to teach your worldview Curriculum?

The key components for a successful teacher are a heart-felt vision for worldview thinking and a willingness to invest time and energy in communicating that vision. The video format, along with the discussions and projects, makes it simple to teach the course without extensive background or training. However, many educators find they benefit from "catching the big picture" through the Summit Ministries' Adult Conference.

7. What materials does each student need for the UTT Curriculum?

Each student should have a copy of the Understanding the Times textbook and a Student Manual. Students will find these resources invaluable as they continue developing their worldview thinking. The manuals are consumables while the textbooks are reusable.

8. How can I place an order for the UTT Curriculum?

You can do one of the following to order your curriculum products:

  • Order online through our store
  • Order over the phone by calling 866.786.6483
9. Will these UTT College Credit hours transfer to my school?

Since Bryan College is accredited, its courses can be transferred to other accredited colleges and universities. Students have had their Bryan College transcript sent to the following institutions (not exhaustive): Texas A&M, Wheaton College (IL), St. Olaf College (MN), Biola University (CA), Grove City College (PA), Taylor University (IN), Southeastern Bible College (AL), University of Central Florida, Calvin College (MI), Vanderbilt University (TN), Missouri State University, Iowa State University, Liberty University (VA), Texas Tech University, Kings College (TN), and Grand Valley State College (MI).

Note: Each institution is the sole determiner of credit acceptance; it is therefore recommended that you check with the Registrar of your chosen college before you apply for credit.

10. How much extra work is required for UTT College Credit?

An Application and non-refundable tuition must be mailed to Summit Ministries before the June 01 deadline.

The school only needs to provide an instructor/proctor for the class. This person will need to grade the student's 10 Unit Tests and the Final Exam and submit copies of these materials and the Coursework Form Form before the May 01 deadline.

11. What are the deadlines for the UTT College Credit program?

An envelope containing the Student Application and non-refundable tution must be postmarked by May 01. A packet containing the Coursework Form and copies of the Unit Tests and Final Exam must be postmarked by June 01. Send to:

Summit Ministries
UTT College Credit
PO Box 207
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

12. How can I be sure that my school meets the standards for UTT College Credit?

The four major requirements that students must meet in order to be eligible for college credit are:

  1. The student must be using the 4th edition of the Understanding the Times curriculum.
  2. The student must complete the chosen syllabus (either the 180-day for 3 credits or the 90-day for 2 credits), and pass with a grade of at least a C average.
  3. The student must submit a Student Application and their non-refundable tutiont to Summit Ministries by May 01.
  4. The student must submit copies of his/her ten Unit Tests and his/her Final Exam along with a Coursework Form with the teacher's signature and grade summary to Summit Ministries, by June 01.
13. What determines my grade for UTT College Credit?

The grade that each student receives on their official transcript from Bryan College is determined solely by his or her combined grade received on their ten Unit Tests and Final Exam.

14. How do I transfer my UTT College Credit to the institution that I will be attending?

To request official transcripts, please visit www.bryan.edu/transcript. If you need additional information about transcripts, contact Bryan’s Registrar’s office at 423.775.7236.

15. What is the difference between the home and Christian school versions of the UTT Curriculum?

The Christian school and home school versions of this curriculum are virtually identical with one exception. In order to make the home school version more affordable, some of the videos have been encoded in a Quicktime format and placed on a DVD-ROM instead of DVDs. DVD-ROMs will only play on a computer and not in a home DVD player. The Christian school version is thus best for a classroom setting and the home school version best for individual use.

16. When will the digital edition of Understanding the Times be available?

The digital edition of Understanding the Times will be available for select schools in 2014.  We will begin accepting pre-orders from all schools in August 2014.  The digital platform will be available in June 2015 and textbooks will ship on or before August 16th.

17. What is the goal of the Understanding the Times curriculum?

The goal of Understanding the Times is to introduce students to the six influential worldviews of our time as found through ten key disciplines.  We want to equip teachers and families to train up Christian leaders who can actively champion the truth of Christianity in a culture steeped in secular, spiritual, marxists, postmodern and Islamic influence.

18. What training is required to teach Understanding the Times?

The required ingredients for a successful Understanding the Times experience is solid content flowing through genuine relationships.

Relationship: There is no replacement for relationship—either with God or with God-fearing teachers.

Content: Relationship, by itself, doesn’t produce growth. But when challenging content flows through strong relationships, then growth happens.

In the 50+ years that Summit Ministries has been bringing worldview education to young people, we’ve found that if you have relationship and content, you’ll have a great course. And with the digital edition of Understanding the Times, we are providing more material than ever to help you bring great content to the relationships you have with your students.

Included in the teacher’s subscription is access to training videos and chapter-by-chapter walkthroughs (forthcoming 2015). We have also teamed up with Wheatstone Ministries who will guide you through the process of leading meaningful discussion no matter what the subject, class size, or time frame.

19. What is a “flipped classroom,� and how important is it?

“Flipping” the classroom is a trend in education where the lecture and readings are done at home and work is done in the classroom. For instance, traditionally in a math class, a teacher would teach how to do an algebraic equation and then the students would practice their equations at home. But because of the surge in technology, teachers can now upload their lectures for the students to watch at home and then spend classroom time helping the students do the work.

This shift in the classroom is essential and central to effectively teaching the Understanding the Times material. Because we believe that content flows through relationship, we believe that the student/teacher relationship is central and engaging the content together is essential.

By moving Understanding the Times to a digital platform, not only will students have access to the textbook, but also discussion questions, supplemental materials, and videos. This frees up scarce classroom time for activities, discussion, debate, playing devil’s advocate, small group discussions, etc.

20. What materials does each student need for the Understanding the Times curriculum?

Each student will need a textbook (we have digital and print options) and access to the Understanding the Times application (via website or mobile app).  Access to the app and e-textbook can be purchased for $39 per student per year.

21. How much does Understanding the Times cost?

The cost for the digital edition for students is $39—including full access to the digital app and materials. Teachers can subscribe annually to the teaching services for $99 per year—including a fully-customizable syllabus tool, links to additional resources, tests, assignments, a fully integrated class communication tool, hours of teaching training videos, and much more.

22. How do I order Understanding the Times?

Understanding the Times is availble for select schools only for the school year 2014/2015. We will begin accepting per-orders for the shcool year 2015-2016 in August of 2014.

23. Why make the switch to the digital edition?

Because it’s better! While there is much that we love about the Understanding the Times textbook and curriculum, we have always worked to bring significant improvements and tools to the course. The digital edition is a giant leap in that direction.

You can see a complete outline of the curriculum here, but below are some highlights:

  • Updated references and resources (over 550 individual sources are cited)
  • A restructured textbook that provides an introduction to the six worldviews followed by an explanation of the ten disciplines.
  • Equalized chapter lengths (around 10,000 words each) for easier assignment and pacing.
  • We’ve made the whole thing digital. This allows for easy navigation, note taking, real time search, instant assignment updates, and much more.

These improvements don’t come at the expense of what makes Understanding the Times so great.

  • The worldview chart is still front and center to help students identify and trace the various worldviews.
  • The textbook quotes and footnotes the teachings of each worldview, helping students see how strongly Christianity can stand when put next to the competing worldviews of our time.
  • Our goal remains the same: to cultivate the rising generations to resolutely champion a biblical worldview.
24. What is the cost difference for the digital edition of Understanding the Times?

We have always worked to price our materials in a way that is accessible to most people. The cost for students has been around $37 ($21.95 for one second edition textbook and $14.95 one fourth edition student manual). The cost for digital edition will be $39 per student—including full access to the digital app and course materials.

The same holds true for the teaching material. Rather than charging a big-sticker price of $500 plus subsequent updates, teachers can now subscribe annually to the teaching services for $99 a year—including a fully-customizable syllabus tool, links to additional resources, tests, assignments, a fully integrated class communication tool, hours of teaching training videos, and much more.


4th Edition Student (Student Manual + Textbook)

$37

Digital Edition Student (App + e-textbook)

$39/ year

4th Edition Teacher Package

$495

Digital Edition Teacher Subscription

$99 / year

 

25. Can I use 4th edition curriculum videos and articles with the digital edition of Understanding the Times?

Because both the Understanding the Times textbook and curriculum have gone through such a major revision, the 4th edition materials will not have a natural place in the digital edition of either the textbook or curriculum.

26. How long will the 2nd Edition Textbook/4th Edition Curriculum of Understanding the Times be available?

As part of the move to the digital edition, we will stop printing the previous editions of the Understanding the Times textbook and curriculum in January 2015.

27. Is there a homeschool version of the digital edition of Understanding the Times?

As of right now, there is not a special homeschool version of the digital edition, but the material can be easily adapted to home or co-op use.

28. Will there be college credit available for the digital edition of Understanding the Times?

Since Understanding the Times has gone through such a thorough revision, it must be reviewed to insure that it meets the academic requirements for college credit. Updates will be posted on this page. To receive e-mail updates, join the Summit mailing list here.

For those pursuing college credit for previous Understanding the Times editions, please click here.

29. What are the technology requirements for Understanding the Times Digital?

Understanding the Times Digital has been deesigned as a cross-platform web application and is currently functional on

 

  • Any device running Apple iOS 7.1 or higher
  • Any device running Android 4.4
  • Any computer running the Google Chrome browser

 

The app is not functional on

  • iPad 1
  • Any Amazon Kindle Fire device
  • Any Microsoft Surface tablet
  • The Mozilla Firefox browser
  • The Apple’s Safari browser
  • The Microsoft Internet Explorer browser

Since Understanding the Times Digital is a web-based application, every student and teacher will need a subscription and internet access to use the course both in and out of class.