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Approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to offer postsecondary programs of electronics technology, computer technology and electronic engineering technology. Registration Certificate 70-11-0002H.

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The Resources And Services You Need To Succeed

Getting off to a good start on your education is as important to CIE as it is to you. That's why we've devoted a full-time support staff to help you with everything from enrollment and tuition payment information to questions concerning lesson shipments, academic transcripts, graduation requirements...even bookstore credits!

CIE Bookstore

Hundreds of books covering computers, robotics, satellites, fiber optics, security systems and other topics related to electronics are available to you through the CIE Bookstore catalog. The catalog also includes study aids, test equipment, tools, clothing and entertainment items.

As a CIE student, you will automatically receive the catalog and may continue receiving it for as long as you wish after you graduate.

Optional Laboratory Equipment

As a student in a CIE lab course, your equipment is already included in your tuition; however, many students prefer to purchase professional-quality test equipment to use in commercial or industrial applications after graduation. To meet this need, CIE offers optional upgraded test equipment such as soldering irons and multimeters. For those students or re-enrollees who already own lab equipment, CIE offers Bookstore credit that can be applied toward any product offered in the Bookstore catalog.

Course Fees

Course Extension
If you have a legitimate medical or personal reason that prevents you from studying for a period, CIE may be able to extend your course 3 months for a nominal fee.

If a 3 month extension to any Career course is granted, a $100 Extension Fee will be applied.

Transcripts of student grades are available. CIE will send copies of study records only upon a student's written and signed request.

Transcript Fee: $25

Course Transfer Fee: $150

Reactivation Fee: $50

Replacement Diploma: $50

Interim Diploma: $50

Additional Shipping Fee for Textbook Shipments: $15

Wire Transfer Payment Fee: $36

NSF Fee: $30

Late Fee Cash Students: $15

Late Fee Finance Degrees: $20

Admission Policy

CIE has an open enrollment policy and applications for admission will be accepted year round. You should have a high school diploma or recognizable equivalent. Exceptions are made for a prospective student with previous electronics experience, or other educational skills and/or experiences indicating an ability to pass the selected course work.

CIE does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin or handicap in the admission of students.

All Enrollment Applications are subject to final approval by the CIE Registrar. If your background does not appear suitable for the course work you have selected, the Registrar may recommend alternatives to you.

If you agree and are accepted, your first lesson shipment will be sent to you. If you are not accepted by CIE, all funds you may have submitted already with your Enrollment Application will be returned promptly.

Academic Calendar

CIE is open every Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST. CIE is not open the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. CIE operates a half-day from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, CIE will be closed on the following Monday

Grading System

CIE uses the numerical grading system for all Diploma courses because our instructors believe it is the fairest, most helpful way to show your progress.

The minimum passing grade is 70%. If you do not receive a passing grade on an examination, you will be required to review the lesson and those questions you answered incorrectly, and then re-submit the exam for that lesson. (In computing your grade average at any given time, a grade of 70% will be used on exams which have been re-submitted, regardless of final passing score.)

CIE Grading Rubric

As the majority of the examinations are multiple-choice type questions, the grading rubric is based on the number of correct questions divided by the total number of questions times 100 to show a grade percentage to the students. As an example:

The examination has 30 questions and the number missed was 3 questions. The number of correct questions was 27 and this is divided by 30 then multiplied by 100 to give a percentage score of 90%.

The grading scale is:

93 to 100
86 to 92.9
78 to 85.9
70 to 77.9
Below Average
< 69
Not Passing


The four-level Holistic Critical Thinking Rubric is utilized to assess the critical thinking skills that have been demonstrated by students in essays, projects, or programming exercises.

100 – 90% (4) Consistently does all or almost all of the following:

  • Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc.
  • Identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con.
  • Thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates major alternative points of view.
  • Develops and draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions.
  • Justifies key results and procedures, explains assumptions and reasons.
  • Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

89 – 80% (3) Does most or many of the following:

  • Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc.
  • Identifies relevant arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con.
  • Offers analyses and evaluations of obvious alternative points of view.
  • Justifies some results or procedures, explains reasons.
  • Fair mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

79 – 70% (2) Does most or many of the following:

  • Misinterprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc.
  • Fails to identify strong, relevant counter-arguments.
  • Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view.
  • Justifies few results or procedures, seldom explains reasons.
  • Regardless of the evidence or reasons maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.

Scored as 69% (1) Consistently does all or almost all of the following:

  • Offers biased interpretations of evidence, statements, graphics, questions, information, or the points of view of others.
  • Fails to identify or hastily dismisses strong, relevant counter-arguments.
  • Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view
  • Argues using fallacious or irrelevant reasons, and unwarranted claims.
  • Regardless of the evidence or reasons, maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.
  • Exhibits close-mindedness or hostility to reason.

Proctor Policy

CIE requires that at least one exam, typically the final exam, be taken under the supervision of a proctor for each course. You are expected to submit to the Institute for approval the name of a proctor and their contact information.

A proctor should be a member of your community that holds a position of integrity, such as a workplace supervisor, a librarian, teacher, minister, rabbi, law enforcement officer, etc.

Restrictions Regarding Designation of Exam Proctor:

    • The proctor must be at least 18 years old
    • The proctor must not be a friend, family member, or anyone related to you by blood or marriage
    • The proctor must not be currently enrolled at CIE
    • The proctor must not reside in the same household as you
    • The proctor must not be a colleague whose work you supervise

Rules for Proctored Exams:

    • The site for taking any exam is to be approved by your professor. However, the exam cannot be taken or administered at the student’s home
    • Students shall provide two (2) pieces of identification: one piece of photo identification (e.g. state-issued driver’s license /ID card, U.S. Military ID, passport, national identity card) and one piece of identification with the student’s name on it (e.g. bill in student’s name, credit or debit card, library card). If the student cannot provide appropriate identification, the student shall not take the exam
    • Proctors shall arrange a suitable, secure, well-lighted area to administer the proctored exam
    • Exams are not allowed to be copied or taken home by anyone. No one other than the proctor and the student shall view the proctored exam and the two are only allowed to see it at the time of testing
    • The student is not allowed any contact with the completed exam. If the student has contact with the completed exam, the student will receive an "F" (69%) for that exam

Technical Requirements for Proctors:
At a minimum, the proctor must have a valid, working e-mail address and telephone number so that CIE may communicate with the proctor.

Depending on whether the exam is offered via the Internet or paper-based, the proctor should also have:

      • Internet access for the proctor and student
      • Scanner and Printer
      • And if necessary, a FAX machine

There may be proctored exam situations that require the ability to install software on the testing computer.

Specific instructions for the administration and submission of proctored exams are included with the exam or password that CIE e-mails to the proctor.

Procedure before an Examination:
The required Proctor Information Form must be submitted to CIE within two weeks of your official start date. Failure to submit your Proctor Information Form to CIE will prevent you from taking proctored exams in your courses. Once CIE receives your Proctor Information Form, your proctor will be verified. If approved, a confirmation of approval will be sent to you. If your proctor is not approved, CIE will request that you select another proctor.

Your proctor's information will remain on file for all future courses unless CIE is notified that you wish to submit another proctor for consideration.

Instructor and student should arrange for a mutually acceptable time and date for the exam to be taken under the Proctor’s supervision.

Prior to the exam date, the instructor or CIE Administration e-mails, faxes, or mails directions for taking the exam (e.g., time allowed, materials allowed) and other relevant information (e.g., if the exam is to be taken in printed format) to the Proctor. If the exam is in online format, the professor will provide the Proctor with the password to open the exam.

Included with the exam and instructions is the Proctor Signoff Form which the Proctor completes and submits to CIE with the student’s exam at the end of the exam period. On the Proctor Signoff Form, the Proctor records the two forms of required identification that the student presented to the Proctor. The Proctor also certifies that he/she was present throughout the period of the exam and that all Institution regulations were followed.

Procedure During an Examination:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an honorable manner.

For examinations, students are advised that only those materials that have been allowed by the professor are permitted. Examinations may be either open-book or closed-book, as determined by the instructor.

All unauthorized materials should be removed by the proctor.
If the exam is timed, five minutes prior to the designated time is over, the proctor will give a warning that the examination period is almost over. A one-minute warning will also be given.

Procedure After an Examination:
CIE requests that proctors destroy all exams and copies once the student has submitted the exam to the proctor and the proctor has submitted the completed exam to CIE and/or the instructor.

Students are in no way allowed contact with the original or completed exam once they have submitted it to the proctor; student access to exams or exam copies after the exam is grounds for an automatic grade of F (69%).

Specific instructions on submitting the exam are included in the e-mail with the exam sent to the Proctor by the Director of Instruction.

All students are expected to take their examinations at the time scheduled unless for valid reasons they have the professor’s approval to reschedule the examination.

Student Identity Verification

Before an approved proctor can administer an exam, the student must provide a photo ID to verify their identity.

Employment Assistance

As a CIE graduate, we make sure you get a jump-start on the job market. We provide graduates with an official letter of recommendation direct from the President of CIE.

Are CIE's credits transferrable?

Transfer credit from CIE to another educational institution is entirely at the discretion of the receiving institution, and CIE does not guarantee complete transfer of credits.

A Code of Conduct for the Distance Education Student

As a student of a distance education institution, you will need to observe fully the standards, rules, policies, and guidelines established by this institution, the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, and any other appropriate organization serving an oversight role for this institution.

We ask you to adhere to high ethical standards in the pursuit of your education, and to the best of your ability:

1. Conduct yourself with professionalism, courtesy and respect for others in all of your dealings with the institution staff, faculty and other students.

2. Present your qualifications and background truthfully and accurately for admission to the institution.

3. Observe the institutional policies and rules on submitting work, taking examinations, participating in online discussions and conducting research.

4. Never turn in work that is not your own, or present another person's ideas or scholarships as your own.

5. Never ask for, receive, or give unauthorized help on graded assignments, quizzes and examinations.

6. Never use outside books or papers that are unauthorized by your instructor's assignments or examinations.

7. Never divulge the content of or answers to quizzes or examinations to fellow students.

8. Never improperly use, destroy, forge or alter your insituition's documents, transcripts, or other records.

9. (When applicable) Never divulge my online username or password.

10. Always observe the recommended study schedule for your program of studies.

11. Always report any violations of this Code of Conduct to the appropriate institution official, and report any evidence of cheating, plagiarism or improper conduct on the part of any student of the institution when you have direct knowledge of these activities.


Cleveland Institute of Electronics takes pride in the integrity of its instructional programs and the established standards for academic excellence.  Any violation of these principles will not be tolerated. 

Distance Learning students are expected to follow the same ethical practices required in traditional learning settings.  Any deviation may be considered grounds for terminating enrollment.  Behaviors considered to be unacceptable at CIE are (1) cheating during examinations; (2) changing already graded work; (3) either soliciting a student to impersonate another by sitting for an exam; or (4) sitting for an exam in the name of another student; or (5) submitting any materials to CIE that are not the original and unchanged materials of the student.

Cleveland Institute of Electronics adheres to the commonly accepted definition of plagiarism as the action of representing another’s words or ideas as one’s own without making reference to the original author. 

If it is determined by the instructors, another member of the faculty, or a CIE staff member that plagiarism or cheating is suspected, the Dean of Instruction will review the case with the Education Committee and make the final determination if the student will receive credit or not for the course or project in which the offense occurred.  If plagiarism or cheating recurs, the student’s enrollment at Cleveland Institute of Electronics may be terminated.

Procedures for Violations of Student Code of Conduct and Plagiarism/Cheating

Once notice of a violation of the student code of conduct and/or plagiarism/cheating has been submitted to the Dean of Instruction, an investigation will be conducted to determine if there is substantial evidence.  Dependent on the findings, a decision will be made by the Dean of Instruction and the Education Committee as to a student’s (a) loss of credit or (b) termination of enrollment from CIE.  Students will be notified in writing of the disciplinary decision and informed that this decision is binding.  Students have the right to petition the Dean of Instruction for a stay of dismissal.  The Education Committee will review each petition.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, it is necessary that a student complete all of the program requirements and maintain a 70% cumulative grade point average, or better. All financial obligations to the College must be settled along with submitting all proper documentation before a degree will be granted.

Student Records

Students may challenge the authenticity or accuracy of any item in their student record. Upon presentation of this information, CIE will judge the merit of the information and take corrective action if needed. If the student and CIE cannot reach an agreement on a contested matter, the student has the right to enter a statement into his/her student record regarding the discrepancy.

Grievance Procedure

When a student believes that there are circumstances which warrant an appeal of a grade received, the student should contact the Course Instructor. If the student does not believe the grade was appropriate, the student may request a grade change. In order to receive a grade change, the student must submit, in writing, justification to the Dean of Instruction. The written request must contain a detailed explanation of all items the student wishes to be considered.

The student will be notified of the Dean's decision. If the student feels this decision was inappropriate, then a petition may be presented to the President of CIE whose decision will be final.

If a student has a problem regarding CIE's education or services, the student may try to resolve the situation with the Student Service or Instruction Departments. CIE attemps to address all student complaints within a 24-48 hour period.

If your grievance is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact the State of Ohio Board of Career College and Schools. Their contact information is listed below.

The State Board of Career Colleges and Schools: 30 East Broad Street, 24th Floor, Suite 2481, Columbus, Ohio 43215. (614) 466-2752

Refund Policy

You may request to cancel in any manner, but a written request is recommended. Complete refund policy.

Completion/Placement Rates

Course Code
Course Title
Electronics Technology w/Lab
Broadcast Engineering
A+ Certification and Computer Technology
Wireless and Electronic Communication
Industrial Electronics with PLC Technology
Automation and Robotics with Lab
Electronics Engineering
IT Security
Electronics Technology w/Digital & Microprocessor Labs

Reporting Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020.

*All of CIE’s courses, except 2C, are longer than a year.
**CIE is a telecommunications school; the majority of its student population is already employed. CIE does not have a placement office, therefore does not offer/advertise placement assistance.

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