Policies and Procedures

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Office Hours
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
This information is effective November 2016 - November 2017

State Approval
Globe Institute of Recording and Production is a Private Institution approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (which means compliance with standards set forth in the Ed. Code). The following Certificates and Degrees are approved:

Associate of Occupational Studies in Sound Healing and Therapy - 60 credits
Recording Arts and Technology Certificate Program - 148 hours
Sound Healing and Therapy Certificate Program - 186 hours

All Instruction is held at 351 9th St. #202, San Francisco, California with facility occupancy level accommodating 90 students at any one time. This school currently does not have any government sponsored programs to provide grants or to pay for portions of tuition and fees.

California statute requires that a student, who successfully completes a course of study, be awarded an appropriate diploma, certificate, or degree verifying the fact.

Prospective enrollees are encouraged to visit the physical facilities of the school and to discuss personal educational and occupational plans with school personnel prior to enrolling or signing enrollment agreements.

Any questions a student may have regarding the catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capital Oaks Dr. Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, toll free number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897. Here is the link to their site:

Persons seeking to resolve problems or complaints should first contact the instructor in charge. Requests for further action may be made to David Gibson, President. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet website

All information in the content of the school catalog is current and correct and is so certified as true by David Gibson.

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Admission Policy and Process
A High School Education or equivalent is required for admission to the Certificate Programs. Prospective students must fill out the Application for Enrollment, obtain transcripts or high school diploma (or equivalent), and write a 100 to 200 word essay on why they would like to attend Globe. Each applicant must also take and pass a basic entrance exam. This exam is to determine the student's ability to successfully be trained to perform the tasks associated with the occupation of a recording engineer. The Institute does not participate in “Ability-to-Benefit” programs.

English Language Proficiency
English proficiency is required to attend the Institute. Therefore, a basic understanding of English is necessary -- especially since there are many new technical terms to learn. For those having difficulty, video tapes of Certificate classes may be checked out and taken home. Globe is not currently approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to admit foreign students.

Credit for Previous Education and Training
Students may be given credit for equivalent education. If it is recent enough, sufficiently thorough and relevant, and can be demonstrated as to satisfactory proficiency, appropriate credit may be allowed at the discretion of the school. However, because of the nature of the teaching techniques utilized in the program it is highly recommended that students take the entire program. The institution will accept a maximum of 45 clock hours or 3 units of credit from another institution for the Certificate Program. Equivalency is based on the similarity of course content. If there is a question as to the exact equivalency then Globe will obtain the course outline of instruction. The course outline must include at least 75% of the primary details found in Globe's course outline. No credit is given for prior experiential learning.

Attendance, Leave of Absence
Students must report to their first meeting of their scheduled classes. Prior to the end of the second week of each particular course, a faculty member may initiate a drop if: 1) a student has not attended the first two class meetings (or the first meeting of a course which meets only once per week); and 2) a student has not, by the end of the first week of a particular course, advised the faculty member that his/her absence is temporary. Continued absence from a course for which a student has not been dropped by the instructor may yield an unauthorized withdrawal (“U” grade) which is computed as an “F”. It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop a course. A student may take a Leave of Absence of a maximum of six months. Any longer than that and the student must begin the Program again.

Students are not permitted to miss more than 30% of the semester for a single course, or 30% of all classes in the certificate program. Instructors are recommended to automatically fail a student who has missed more than 30% of a class unless special arrangements are made. Also, unless special arrangements are made ahead of time, students missing more than two consecutive weeks of classes, regardless of total classes missed per class, may be automatically terminated from the Institute. Please note, the Institute does not permit excused absences. Labs and Recording Sessions may not be made up. However, certificate students may make up absences by watching videos of taped classes and turning in the Pre-Test questions for that class. If a student shows documentation as justification for missing a class, such as a jury duty notice or substantial medical documentation, the student will still be counted as absent but it won’t affect the student’s final grade.

Academic Progress and Dismissal Policies
Students are evaluated on a timely basis through regular assignments and homework. There is a comprehensive final exam at the end of each semester for each class. A student must pass each class to retain good academic standing. A student who fails to maintain good academic standing for a semester will be placed on probation. A student on probation is expected to show the necessary improvement in academic performance by the end of the following semester in order to continue. Globe offers free tutorial assistance for students who request it. Students may also be dismissed for not following school regulations, bad conduct, or if a student fails to make agreed payments

Academic Counseling and Career Planning
Globe Institute of Recording and Production provides individual Academic Advisors to all students upon their entrance to the school. Each student is provided with an Academic Advisor who teaches at the Institute and who has professional experience in the recording industry. Academic advisors work with students throughout their entire program of study and counsel students on graduation requirements, academic programs, educational and career goals and the skills necessary to succeed professionally. When meeting with students, advisors have access to the students grades, proficiency test results, and other progress data available to provide personalized counseling toward the students strengths and career objectives. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least once per semester, but it is recommended that students meet with their advisor at least twice per semester.

Library and Other Learning Resources
Globe has a library containing a wide range of books in the Industry, educational video tapes, 100's of back issues of recording magazines, a variety of educational audio CD's and CD Rom Programs. There are numerous videos of mixes that have been produced with the Virtual Mixer, and videos of most of the classes in the Programs. Globe also provides unlimited computer access to the Internet. There are also numerous study areas throughout the facility to promote study groups.

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Career Placement Assistance
The school has an active program to help students acquire jobs. The staff is in contact with studios all over the nation, particularly in Northern California. These studios often call us to hire our students. We also have an active Internship Program with local Recording Studios. This is the most common way that students get hired. Placement is not guaranteed.

Student Conduct
Students are expected to behave in a professional manner. Use of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited. Any student caught using drugs or alcohol or acting in an unruly manner may be expelled from the school.

Degree Program - Each student must pass each class with a minimum of a D average.
Certificate Programs - 20% attendance; 80% tests and homework assignments.

Record Retention
Globe Institute maintains current records for a period of, NOT less than, five years. Transcripts are maintained for 50 years.

Student Grievances
Students are to take any grievances to the President. The President will make a full report of the grievance and will attempt to resolve the situation in a way that is agreeable to all parties involved. A copy of the written report will be given to the student and the student will be contacted, if necessary, to see if he or she is satisfied with the outcome.

If the grievance is still not resolved, the President will require a formal written complaint from the student. An ad hoc committee of faculty, staff, and student representation will be formed. The committee will review the written complaint filed by the student and hear a verbal report from all parties involved. The committee will recommend action to resolve the matter. All students are notified that they may bring up any unresolved grievances with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833. The toll-free number is (888) 370-7589.

Cancellation. You have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund. The institution, for all students, without penalty or obligation, shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less a reasonable deposit or application fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100), if the notice of cancellation is made prior to the first day or up to the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. Cancellation will occur when the student gives written notice of cancellation to the school at the address specified on the enrollment agreement or . You can do this by mail, hand delivery, or telegram. The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with postage prepaid. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that you no longer wish to be bound by this agreement. You may withdraw from a course after instruction has started and receive a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges if you have completed 60% or less of the instruction. Refunds will be paid within 45 days of cancellation or withdrawal.

The amount of the refund shall be the amount the student paid for instruction multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of hours of instruction that the student has paid, less a $75.00 registration fee, and the documented cost of any equipment that the Institute provided the student which was not returned in reusable condition within forty-five (45) days after the student's withdrawal.

Tuition $3650
Registration Tuition $75
Reader/Book Fee
  $3800 Tuition, plus all fees, all amounts paid for instruction
  - $75
Registration fee retained by school
  $3725 Total Amount Paid for instruction / less registration cap
REFUND = $3725 X Hours not attended, but paid for

Total # of hours paid for


The school will also refund money collected for sending to a third party on the student’s behalf such as a license or application fees. If the school cancels or discontinues a course or educational program, the school will make a full refund or all charges.

If a student obtains a loan, the student will have to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund, and that, if the student receives federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the money not paid from financial aid funds.

Refunds are issued through the Business Office when a student withdraws from all classes. The issuance of a refund is not contingent upon notification of withdrawal by the student. Students who officially withdraw from the college should contact the school Director to initiate the issuance of a refund. For students receiving funding from a third party, tuition refunds are first applied toward repayment of third party funding.

The transferability of credits you earn at Globe Institute of Recording and Production is at the complete discretion of an Institution to which may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Certificate or Degree you earn in Globe Institute of Recording and Production is also at the complete discretion for the Institution to which you seek to transfer. If the credits, Certificate or Degree that you earn at this Institution are not accepted at the Institution to which you seek to transfer , you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that Institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this Institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an Institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Globe Institute of Recording and Production to determine if your credits, Certificate or Degree will transfer.

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you: 1. You are a student in an educational program who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash or personal loans, and 2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program, or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies: 1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or 2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the 3rd party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. You may be eligible for STRF if you are California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered and economic loss as a result of any of the following: 1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed. 2 The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the close of the school. 3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under
a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs. 4. There was material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30-days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30-days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau. 5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the Institution in violation of the Act. However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or taxpayer id #.

Annual Report for 2015: Annual Report

Performance Fact Sheets for 2015/2016
: Performance Fact Sheets 2015/2016