Our Rebbe’s position on college and the pursuit of a degree is clear: A Chossid’s mission in life is to be a Lamplighter bringing the world closer to the Geulah. At best, working toward a degree takes precious time and energy away from this goal. Worse, it may weaken one’s conviction and passion for Yiddishe and Chassidishe values Chas V’sholom.
Today, unfortunately, the pursuit of a degree has become a powerful Klipah. It is easy to fall prey to the various arguments for the “necessity” of earning a degree and the “permissibility” of today’s college options. As Chassidim, we stand strong with the Rebbe’s message: We make no compromises!
To assist our students in this regard, Beth Rivkah DHL offers an accredited program. Our goal is to inspire and educate the Rebbe’s daughters to devote their lives to the Rebbe’s Shlichus. Should it eventually become helpful, our graduates will have academic credit from their year in DHL which can be used at that point to complete a degree with minimal supplementary requirements.
Beth Rivkah DHL in no way advocates the pursuit of a career or the continued pursuit of college credit, especially before marriage.
ACCETCourses at Beth Rivkah DHL are accredited by ACCET, Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Students who register for a full-time program earn 12 academic units per semester, and may be eligible for financial aid.
- Overview of Jewish Studies Certificate – 24 credits
- Advanced Jewish Learning Certificate – 48 credits
MAALOTBeth Rivkah DHL has an agreement with MAALOT Education network, which affords students the opportunity to receive credit recommendations through PONSI which can be applied towards an accredited degree. Students may earn a total of up to 21 credits per semester for courses taken.
Requirements for earning credit
AttendanceThere is an 85% minimum attendance per term required. This means that in each course one may be absent no more than two (2) weeks of classes (i.e. a course given twice a week allows for 4 absences in that course per term.) This includes any absences due to lateness, Simchas, school activities, illness with or without a doctor’s note, etc. Excessive absences will result in:
- A lowered grade in the particular course(s)
- Failure of course(s)
Fulfilling specific course requirements:
- Tests – There are periodic assessments of skills or information learned. The examinations are both oral and written. There are tests based on classwork as well as independent study. Tests and assignments are to be submitted on time or risk penalty. At times, “Ovar zmano botel korbono”.
- Final grades are comprised of test scores, attendance, assignments, homework and participation.
- Changing a course will be permitted only with prior permission from the DHL office, only within the first two weeks of classes.
- A grade of Incomplete will automatically turn into an “F” if course work will not be completed within one semester of its assignment.
Application of Maalot Credits Toward a BA
Accessing Maalot Grades:Students who have registered for any Maalot courses may access them online:
- Go to nevey.org/zaidner
- Enter your last name
- Your password is the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
- You will see all courses you have registered for and your grade in that course.
Earning a Degree Through Thomas Edison:Students who wish to use their Maalot credits toward a BA through Thomas Edison should be aware of the following:
- Current Fees: Applying: $75, Enrolling: $1646
- Once you apply, you will have 15 months to complete all 120 credits (including all Beth Rivkah courses, portfolio for DHL first year abroad, and/or CLEPS and language tests.
- At any time, you may request that Maalot transfer your credits to Thomas Edison or anywhere else by clicking HERE to email your request.