Dimensions Frequently Asked Questions

Who, How, What?

Questions & Answers

What is the purpose of Dimensions?

The purpose of Dimensions is to nurture persons spiritually, intellectually, and culturally in the context of the Christian faith and to promote a sense of community. Consequently, the three primary objectives of the Dimensions program are: (1) to provide opportunities for spiritual growth through worship and programs of a religious nature, all in the context of Gardner-Webb University’s strong commitment to the Christian faith; (2) to enhance the academic program of the University by providing opportunities for intellectual and cultural enrichment; and (3) to promote a sense of community by regularly bringing together students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University.

How do I experience Dimensions at Gardner-Webb?

All Gardner-Webb Traditional Undergraduate students, including transfer students, are required to satisfactorily complete 4 semesters of Dimensions in order to graduate. To meet this requirement, students must attend at least 10 programs per semester. Every student automatically will be registered for a Dimensions course each semester until four semesters have been successfully completed. Transfer students must satisfactorily complete a Dimensions course each semester until they graduate or until four semesters have been successfully completed. Part-time students must complete a Dimensions course for every 15 hours of credit earned at Gardner- Webb until four semesters of Dimensions have been successfully completed. (The Dimensions courses are numbered 111-114). Dimensions programs are held on Tuesdays at 9:25 a.m. in the Tucker Student Center unless otherwise noted.

How many Dimensions programs do I need to attend per semester?

Students must attend at least 10 programs per semester to receive credit. Students who leave Dimensions prior to the conclusion of the program will be charged with academic dishonesty. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive an “F” in Dimensions for the semester.

Can I get Dimensions credit for attending other events at Gardner-Webb University?

The University encourages students to attend worship services, academic activities, athletic events, and other programs within campus organizations and outside the University. A listing will be made available to you if credit will be given for other events.

Who can tell me how many Dimensions programs I have attended each semester?

Students are responsible for knowing the number of Dimensions programs they have attended. Instructions on checking your attendance are included at the bottom of this page. A master record is maintained in the Office of Christian Life and Service. Students wishing to challenge their attendance record must do so within 30 days after the posting of final grades.

Can I graduate from Gardner-Webb University without having fulfilled the number of Dimensions credits required of me?

Satisfactory attendance is a graduation requirement. The University does not grant degrees to students who fail to earn four semesters of credit.

What happens if I fail Dimensions?

As Dimensions does not carry credit hours, the Pass/Fail grades do not provide quality points nor are they figured into GPA calculations. A “P” (i.e. passing) in four Dimensions courses indicates fulfillment of the graduation requirement. Students receiving an “F” in Dimensions must repeat the course the following semester.

Is there anything else I should know about attendance at Dimensions programs?

Students must use their ID cards to receive credit for Dimensions programs. Credit for attendance will not be given without an ID. Students will have two weeks after the beginning of school to correct any problems with their ID cards. After that, no one will receive credit without having their card scanned. Students who scan an ID card other than their own will be charged with academic dishonesty. Students who arrive at a Dimensions program after 9:30 a.m. will not receive credit for that program.

Speakers should be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. Appropriate dress and behavior are expected. The use of iPods/ earphones, cell phones, laptop computers, or any other electronic devices is not permitted and faculty and staff members will ask persons to discontinue use of such devices. Persons who fail to comply with expected appropriate behavior will lose credit for that program’s attendance.