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  Sep 20, 2017
 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
  
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Academics



Special Academic Programs

The Honors Academy

The Florida Community College Honors Academy is designed to attract highly motivated and talented students who are challenged by an intellectually stimulating academic program of study and have demonstrated through their academic pursuits, an ability to achieve academic excellence.

The goals of the Honors Academy are:

  1. To serve the needs of students motivated to excel in both academic studies and leadership development;
  2. To offer intellectual development and leadership skills–building experiences that integrate academic, extracurricular and service activities; and
  3. To achieve greater academic satisfaction, social integration and sense of belonging among students.

The Honors Academy offers students the opportunity to be a part of an academic environment that is intentionally designed to foster academic excellence. Students have the opportunity to enroll in stimulating designated Honors courses with exceptional faculty and other outstanding students.

Students who have a weighted average GPA of 3.5 in high school or who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 after 12 semester hours of college level courses may apply for admittance into the Honors Academy. Students admitted into the Honors Academy must register for the Honors Colloquia (one credit hour) and the Honors seminar (two credit hours) and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Each term the Honors Academy will offer courses that are populated by exceptional students and taught by faculty members dedicated to actively involving students in enriched classes.

The Honors Academy also offers:

  • An Honors colloquium that focuses on values, team building, critical thinking, leadership, creativity and innovation and other interesting topics,
  • An interdisciplinary Honors seminar,
  • Special designation on diplomas and transcripts,
  • Special Honors Academy learning and study center at Kent Campus,
  • Excellent teachers and innovative instructors,
  • Trips to the Florida Collegiate Honors Council conferences.

Scholarships

There are three different scholarships open to honors students. One is for entering freshmen, based on high school performance. The others are open to Florida Community College students who have achieved academic excellence in college. These scholarships cover the cost of tuition, books and other incidental expenses.

The Academic Achievement Scholarship is for entering college students who achieved a 3.5 grade point average in high school in an academic curriculum and who are recommended by their high school principal or counselor. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year based on academic performance at Florida Community College.

The Scholars Award is for students who have completed 12 hours of coursework at Florida Community College and have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average.

The Part–Time Scholars Award is for students who have completed 12 college credit hours and have maintained a 3.5 grade point average.

Distance Learning Opportunities

For many students today, time to attend traditional college classes is a luxury they cannot afford. Family, work, and personal responsibilities often take first priority for time and become a barrier to traditional educational opportunities. To meet the needs of these students, Florida Community College offers a variety of alternative learning opportunities that require minimal or no attendance at site–based classes and/or testing.

Online Courses

Online courses are offered via the Internet, enabling students to study and participate in the virtual class at times convenient to their personal schedule. Students and teachers communicate via e–mail, discussion boards (for asynchronous communication) and live chat rooms.

Students must be self–disciplined and motivated to succeed in online learning. A reliable computer and Internet connection and Web browser are necessary to successfully navigate the course management system utilized for online courses. Current versions of browsers required (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari), an e–mail account provided by the College, Windows 98 or newer version, and virus–checking software are all essential components for students to enroll in online courses. For additional information about online learning, telephone the Learner Support Center for advisement and information at 904.646.2300.

Video–Based CD Courses

Some video–based course content is available on CDs and/or DVDs. Students may check out CDs or DVDs from the center and campus libraries or purchase materials along with textbooks and study guides. Courses follow the standard 12 or 16 week schedules. Special terms are available for military students when deployed.

Military and Government Programs

Navy ROTC

Florida Community College students interested in a commission as an officer in the United States Navy or the United States Marine Corps may enroll in the NROTC College program and take naval science courses at Jacksonville University. Students will be enrolled as Naval Science students, college program students, or NROTC scholarship students based on the program in which they are accepted. Students in basic courses may also be eligible for selection to the NROTC scholarship program. For information on the NROTC programs at the College contact a military advisor toll free 877.633.5950 or local 904.632.5016, or contact the Navy ROTC office at Jacksonville University at 904.256.7480.

Military Education Institute and Government Programs

The Military Education Institute and Government Programs exist for the purpose of developing and coordinating education and training opportunities for military service personnel, their family members, government employees, and local community residents in the Jacksonville area. To accomplish this mission, the College provides:

  1. college credit courses with an emphasis on the General Education Requirements offered at military installations during traditional semester terms and eight–week terms;
  2. classes offered at military installations enable enrollment throughout the year in the associate in arts, selected associate in science, and associate in applied science programs;
  3. distance learning classes in selected associate in arts, associate in science programs and associate in applied science, as a member of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP), SOCNAV, SOCCOAST AFLOAT program, SOCCOAST, Army National Guard Education Service Center Education Partner program; SOCGUARD, SOCAD, Army Career Degree Builders, U.S. Army Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP); and SOCMAR;
  4. a full range of advising, registration and orientation services, including placement testing;
  5. evaluation of military and corporate training and experience by submitting the appropriate American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine Corp and AARTS for U.S. Army and Army National Guard) and/or an institutional transcript from a military institution (CCAF – Community College of the Air Force, USCGI – United States Coast Guard Institute). Military and government personnel can apply these recommended college credits toward a degree related to their career field or other field of their choice;
  6. a liaison with Naval Recruiting District Jacksonville in the Navy’s technical preparatory program. This program is designed for dual enrolled high school students who are enlisted in the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP).
  7. a liaison with the military education service officers to assist students in the use of the military service tuition assistance (TA) programs; and
  8. non–college credit courses and certificates for students desiring to upgrade career and occupational skills or seeking personal enrichment.

For information contact the Military Education Institute by calling 904.633.8134 or toll–free at 1.877.633.5950 or by e–mailing military@fscj.edu.

Study Abroad Program

Florida Community College sponsors a variety of study/travel abroad courses offering college credit. These courses are focused on certain aspects of selected foreign countries and include field experiences, and on–site lectures and discussions. Studying at a university in the foreign country is also a part of some study/travel abroad courses.

Orientation meetings and structured classes designed to strengthen educational experiences are held during the length of students’ enrollment in the activity.

Class attendance and participation in the scheduled events of the tours are mandatory. Regular admission policies of the College must be followed to enroll in the courses. Students are expected to pay their own transportation and other charges.

Study abroad/travel abroad courses are offered based on faculty interest and student enrollment.

Examples of the countries of focus for previous study/travel abroad courses include England, Greece, Italy, France and the Orient.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Florida Community College has programs specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. The EAP program is designed for students who are preparing themselves for academic study and who must develop proficiency in the English language to succeed in their coursework.

Prior to registration, students take a placement test (CPT–L) to determine which level of instruction is most appropriate. Based upon the results of these placement test scores, students are assigned to Level IV, Level V or Level VI courses with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prefix. Each level consists of courses in:

  1. reading/vocabulary,
  2. writing/composition,
  3. speaking/listening and
  4. structure/grammar.

Level IV classes are considered college preparatory classes, not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or in grade point average. Up to 12 credits of Level V and Level VI classes may be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the number of credits required for a degree. If students test into EAP courses, they are required to take these courses before enrolling into non–EAP college credit courses. Courses at each level involve 12 contact hours per week, which is a full course load. Students may take less than a full load of classes each term if desired. Upon completion of EAP courses, degree–seeking students and/or those wishing to take college credit English or reading courses must take the College Placement Test. For additional information contact the Liberal Arts office on Downtown Campus at 904.633.8397.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Non–Credit

The adult education non–credit ESOL program offers classes for community residents whose native language is not English and who desire to learn and improve their English language skills in preparation for job placement. Instruction is offered at six different levels, covering listening, speaking, reading and writing skills from beginning to advanced. Instruction including speaking, reading and writing skills are taught at all levels. Before registration, students must be tested to determine placement levels. Classes are held at the Downtown Campus during the day and at Kent Campus and various high schools in the evening. For testing and registration information contact the ESOL office, Downtown Campus, at 904.633.8484.

Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life

SLS Requirement Policy

Students who test into one or more college prep disciplines will be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0005) or a college credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take the SLS course in the first term of enrollment at the college or after satisfying the REA prerequisite requirement for the course (testing at the level of REA0008 or above, or completion of REA0006). Student cannot drop or withdraw from SLS class from schedule without seeing a counselor or advisor.

College Preparatory Courses

College preparatory studies provides special courses and support services for those students who are in need of further preparation in writing, reading and mathematics.

Through the course placement testing program or additional assessment, students who are identified as in need of further preparation should meet with a counselor to identify academic goals and the best curriculum to follow in order to achieve these goals.

All college preparatory studies courses are considered to be pre–college level. They are not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or grade point average. However, these courses will count as hours enrolled for financial aid/veteran purposes, Social Security or other enrollment verifications. These courses are identified as college preparatory studies courses in the course description section.

The following college preparatory studies courses are designed to bring students’ skills to the minimum college entry level.

  • EAP 0400 Speech/Listening – Level IV
  • EAP 0420 Reading – Level IV
  • EAP 0440 Writing – Level IV
  • EAP 0460 Structure – Level IV
  • EAP 0480 Combined Skills
  • EAP 0492 Combined Skills – Reading and Speech – Level IV
  • ENC 0001 Introduction to Composition A
  • ENC 0021 Introduction to Composition B
  • MAT 0002 Basic Mathematics
  • MAT 0024 Elementary Algebra
  • REA 0006 Basic Reading Skills
  • REA 0008 Reading Skills
  • REA 0010 Introduction to Reading Techniques
  • SLS 0001 Foundations of College Success

Students who test into one or more of these college preparatory studies courses must successfully complete the course(s) with a grade of “C” or better before enrolling in college credit courses in that skill area. College preparatory courses cannot replace required EAP courses.

Research has shown that students at Florida Community College who are successful in college preparatory studies miss less than four hours of class. The College has instituted an attendance policy for all college preparatory classes. College preparatory students should check the attendance policy in the course syllabus of each college preparatory course taken.

Full–time students who test into ENC 0001 and REA 0006 must take these two courses in their first term of enrollment. Full–time students who test into ENC 0001, REA 0006 and MAT 0002 must take all three of these courses in their first term of enrollment. Part–time students are recommended to take these college preparatory studies courses in the following order: reading, English and mathematics.

Full–time students who test into either ENC 0021, REA 0008, REA 0010 and MAT 0002 or MAT 0024 must enroll in at least one of these college preparatory studies courses each term until they have completed all such required courses.

Part–time students who test into either ENC 0001, REA 0006 or MAT 0002 must enroll in at least one of these courses each term until they have completed these courses. Part–time students who test into either ENC 0021, REA 0008, REA 0010 or MAT 0024, must enroll in these courses by the time they have accumulated 12 hours of college credit coursework and must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory coursework each semester until the requirements are completed.

Students who test into two or more college prep disciplines will be required to take a college prep SLS course (SLS 0001) or a college credit SLS course (SLS 1103). Students will take the SLS course in the first or second term of enrollment at the college or after satisfying REA requirements.

Limits to Enrollment in Each College Prep Course

Students who officially withdraw from college preparatory studies courses shall be considered enrolled that semester for purposes of the two–term limitation rule. Students may only have two attempts at a college preparatory studies course and pay the in–state tuition rate. After two attempts, students must pay the out–of–state tuition rate or enroll in adult education courses that provide an alternative to traditional college preparatory instruction. Students who opt to enroll in adult education courses must pay the associated fees that are charged for non–credit adult education courses.

Exceptions to this rule are subject to the student appeals process. Previous attempts made prior to Fall Term 1997 do not count toward the two–term limitation. Students testing into remedial instruction may access alternative private sources for this instruction.

Grading Systems

College Credit and Workforce Certificate Grading Policies

Class Attendance

The policy on attendance for college classes will be the responsibility of the professor, and the professor will fully inform students of such policy at the beginning of the term.

The faculty and staff at Florida Community College want you to succeed. Since studies indicate a positive relationship between good attendance and better grades, you are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and arrive on time.

  • Individual instructors establish their own class attendance policies. Each instructor’s policy is included in the course materials distributed at the beginning of each term.
  • It is your responsibility to understand and follow these policies and, if possible, to notify instructors in advance when it is necessary to miss a class.
  • Any anticipated prolonged absences should be reported to instructors as soon as possible.
  • If you stop attending class(es) for any reason, you should consult with your instructor(s) about possible withdrawal from the class(es).

Course Audits

Students may elect to audit a college credit course or workforce credit course by completing the audit form. Students may not change from credit to audit or from audit to credit after the drop deadline. A grade of “X” will be assigned for all courses taken in audit status.

No credit will be awarded and fees for college credit courses taken on an audit basis are the same as those taken on a college credit or workforce credit basis.

Courses taken for audit do not count as hours enrolled for the following areas: veteran certification, financial aid awards, Social Security certification, international student enrollment requirements or early admission program enrollment requirements.

Grading System

Florida Community College’s grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of students as fairly and equitably as possible.

Letter grades will be assigned for courses as follows:

A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Average
D = Poor
F = Failure
FN = Failure for Non–Attendance*
W = Withdrawal
I = Incomplete
X = Audit
NR = Not Reported by Instructor

*The FN grade indicates that a student has failed a course due to non–attendance. It is calculated as an “F” in the student’s grade point average. For students receiving financial aid, failure for non–attendance may require the student to refund to the College all or part of his or her aid. The FN grade will be assigned by the faculty member at anytime following the final withdrawal date for the course. Students who are in a failing status because of non–attendance but return to the course prior to the withdrawal date may elect to withdraw from the course.

Grade Forgiveness and Course Repeats

Students may repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. State Board Rule 6A–14.0301 limits such attempts to courses where a “D,” “F” or “FN” grade was earned, and limits to two the number of times a course grade may be forgiven. The official grade and the grade used in calculating the GPA shall be the last grade earned in the course.

A student may have only three total attempts in any course, including the original grade, repeat grades and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt in a course, the student must be given an “A,” “B, ” “C,” “D” or “F.” A fourth attempt may be allowed only through a general appeals process based on major extenuating circumstances.

Courses may be repeated if they are designated as repeatable through the curriculum process (e.g., certain music courses), or if they are required to be repeated by a regulatory agency, or are being repeated as part of a regulatory requirement for continuing education to stay current in a field, such as teacher certification. All courses attempted will appear on the transcript. The forgiveness policy does not apply to courses repeated after the term in which a degree was awarded. Students must be aware that transfer institutions may treat repeated courses differently and that some forms of financial aid may be affected.

Withdrawal Grades

A student may withdraw without academic penalty at Florida Community College from any course up to the published withdrawal date. The assigned grade of “W” is not included in the calculation of any grade point average. Course(s) receiving a grade of “W” are included in attempted courses when determining a standard of academic progress. The student will be permitted to withdraw only in the first and second attempt. The student is not permitted to withdraw from the course upon the third attempt. Upon the third attempt a student must receive an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F” or “FN” grade for the course.

Students may request a withdrawal for extenuating circumstances after the session withdrawal date by requesting a grade change. The appropriate campus dean will make the decision after consulting with the faculty member(s). Requests for “W” grades after the end of a course constitutes a grade change and must follow the procedure for grade changes.

Withdrawal from a college preparatory class after the drop deadline constitutes one of two attempts to successfully exit that course. After the second attempt students will be advised into the appropriate adult education course or alternative remediation.

To withdraw officially from one or more courses after the “drop with refund” deadline (withdrawal from all courses constitutes withdrawal from the College), students must follow one of these procedures.

  1. Obtain withdrawal form(s) from any campus enrollment services office.
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their professor(s) before withdrawing.
  3. Submit the completed form to the office of enrollment services. Forms will also be accepted by fax.
  4. Students can complete withdrawal process through the Web registration system, Connections, on or before the withdrawal deadline.

Note: Students who receive Title IV Federal Aid and withdraw during the first 60 percent of the academic term will be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the federal agency from which the aid was awarded.

Incomplete Grade – “I” Grade

An “I” grade may be assigned at the instructor’s discretion upon request by the student to permit the student time to complete required coursework which he/she was prevented from completing in a timely way due to non–academic reasons. The instructor may require the student to document the request to assist in the decision. The instructor may choose not to grant the request. The “I” grade should be considered only when the student has the potential to earn a passing grade if the missing work is made up.

The instructor shall prescribe in a written agreement with the student the remaining coursework required for completion and removal of the “I” grade. A copy of this agreement will be kept on file in the office of the appropriate dean. All work must be completed within the first eight weeks of the subsequent term, unless the instructor agrees to a longer timeframe (not to exceed one year). When the work is completed, the instructor will submit a grade change form with the grade earned. If the work is not completed within the prescribed timeframe, the “I” will automatically change to an “F” grade. The student will be informed of the final grade assigned.

To be eligible for an “I” grade, the student must be passing the course at the time of the request, and must have completed at least 75% of the course work.

Student Warnings

When students repeat a course at Florida Community College, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of “W,” “I” or “FN” grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA may jeopardize their admission to programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) or other institutions.

Grade Points

To evaluate the scholastic standing of students, the following points are assigned to grades.

A = four grade points per semester hour
B = three grade points per semester hour
C = two grade points per semester hour
D = one grade point per semester hour
F = zero grade points per semester hour
FN = zero grade points per semester hour

Students’ scholastic standing or grade point average is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted for which the foregoing grades have been assigned. Grades of “I,” “W,” “NR,” and “X” are not used in the computation of grade point average. Grades earned in college preparatory classes do not count in the computation of the grade point average.

GPA Calculation Example

   

Credit Hours

Grade

GPA

GPA

Course

Grade

Attempted

Points

Points

Hours

ENC 1101

B

3.0

3.0

9.0

3.0

MAT 0024

A

4.0

4.0

0.0

0.0

AMH 2010

C

2.0

3.0

6.0

3.0

CGS 1060

D

1.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

   

_____

_____

_____

_____

   

10.0

13.0

18.0

9.0

Formula:
18 GPA points divided by 9 GPA hours equals 2.00 GPA.

President’s and Dean’s List

Students who achieve academic excellence during a term are recognized by being placed on the College president’s or dean’s list. This is done at the completion of the fall and spring terms and in August for the summer terms. The criteria of eligibility for each list are listed below.

College President’s List

To qualify, students must have:

  1. a minimum enrollment of at least three credit hours (excluding college preparatory classes),
  2. a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at Florida Community College (excludes transfer work),
  3. a Florida Community College cumulative GPA of 3.0,
  4. a term GPA of 3.75–4.0 with no grade of “I,” “F,” “FN,” or “W,” and
  5. must be making satisfactory academic progress (see standards for student success above ).

Dean’s List

To qualify, students must have:

  1. a minimum enrollment of at least three credit hours (excluding college preparatory classes),
  2. a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at Florida Community College (excludes transfer work),
  3. a Florida Community College cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  4. a term GPA of 3.5–3.74 with no grade of “I,” “F,” “FN,” or “W,” and
  5. must be making satisfactory academic progress (see standards for student success above).

Grade Changes

Once a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F,” “FN” or “NR” in a course has been reported to the registrar, it may be changed only:

  1. upon recommendation of the professor who assigned the grade with approval of the associate dean or program manager, or
  2. upon recommendation by the program manager or associate dean and approved by the campus instructional dean when the professor who assigned the grade is no longer a member of the faculty.

The “I” grade may be changed by the professor to “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F” or “FN” within the time limits specified in the “I” grade agreement.

Continuing Workforce Education

The grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of a student as fairly and equitably as possible. Several continuing workforce education courses assign only “NG,” “S” or “W” grades. Letter grades will be assigned as follows.

“A” = Excellent
“B” = Good
“C” = Average
“D” = Poor
“F” = Failure
“NG” = No grade
“S” = Satisfactory
“W” = Withdrawal

High School Equivalency, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of a student as fairly and equitably as possible. Letter grades will be assigned for courses as follows:

S = Satisfactory
U = Unsatisfactory
NG = No grade
NA = Non–Attendance Code
IW = Instructor–Initiated Withdrawal
SW = State Withdrawal
W = Withdrawal

The “S” or Satisfactory grade may only be awarded to a student who has successfully completed the appropriate ABE, VPI or ESOL course.

The “U” or Unsatisfactory grade is awarded to a student who did not successfully complete the coursework and/or meet the attendance requirements.

A student registered in an ABE, VPI or ESOL class who has not successfully completed the course will receive an “NG” (no grade). A student registered in a general educational development class who has not passed the appropriate portion(s) of the General Educational Development diploma will receive an “NG” (no grade).

The adult education instructor will enter an “NA” code for students who have never attended a class session. The “NA” code will be entered following the sixth consecutive absence after the date the student registers for the class.

An instructor–initiated withdrawal grade of “IW” may be assigned by an Adult Education instructor if prior to the withdrawal deadline a student has been absent for more than 15 percent of the scheduled classes in any given term and is making unsatisfactory progress. The “IW” grade is an optional grade and may be assigned only after a warning has been sent to the student. Faculty who intend to use this grade option must clearly state that intention in their course syllabi. A student may appeal an “IW” grade within ten (10) days of the withdrawal by contacting the campus Adult Education office.

An adult education instructor must withdraw a student from a specific adult education course using the “SW” grade (SW = State Withdrawal) if that student has attended at least one class and subsequently has had six consecutive absences. An adult education instructor must withdraw a student after 21 consecutive calendar days of complete online inactivity for online adult education courses using the “SW” grade.

Standards of Progress

All Florida Community College students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program credential. Standards of academic progress and requirements for students who do not comply with those standards are published below.

Adult High School

The grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of a student as fairly and equitably as possible. Letter grades will be assigned for courses as follows:

A = 90 percent–100 percent
B = 80 percent–89 percent
C = 70 percent–79 percent
D = 60 percent–69 percent
F = Below 60 percent
I = Incomplete
NA = Non–Attendance Code
IW = Instructor–Initiated Withdrawal
SW = State Withdrawal
NG = No grade
W = Withdrawal
S = Satisfactory

A student registered in a high school class who has not completed the course will receive an “NG” (no grade).

The “S” or Satisfactory grade may be awarded only to a college preparatory student who has completed the requirements for the course.

An instructor–initiated withdrawal grade of “IW” may be assigned by an Adult Education instructor if prior to the withdrawal deadline a student has been absent for more than 15 percent of the scheduled classes in any given term and is making unsatisfactory progress. The “IW” grade is an optional grade and may be assigned only after a warning has been sent to the student. Faculty who intend to use this grade option must clearly state that intention in their course syllabi. A student may appeal an “IW” grade within ten (10) days of the withdrawal by contacting the campus Adult Education office. ****An “I” grade may be assigned only when extenuating circumstances prevent a student from completing the coursework during the regular term. To be eligible to receive an “I” grade, a student must have completed at least 75% of the coursework. The “I” grade may be changed by the instructor to “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “NG” within the first eight weeks of the subsequent term. The “I” grade is not computed for purposes of grade point average. The “I” grade is changed to an “F” after one year and GPA is recalculated.

An “I” or Incomplete grade may be assigned only when extenuating circumstances prevent a student from completing the coursework during the regular term. To be eligible to receive an “I” grade, a student must have completed at least 75% of the coursework. The “I” grade may be changed by the instructor to “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “NG” within the first eight weeks of the subsequent term. The “I” grade is not computed for purposes of grade point average. The “I” grade is changed to an “F” after one year and GPA is recalculated.

The adult education instructor will enter an “NA” code for students who have never attended a class session. The “NA” code will be entered following the sixth consecutive absence after the date the student registers for the class.

An adult education instructor must withdraw a student from a specific adult education course using the “SW” grade (SW = State Withdrawal) if that student has attended at least one class and subsequently has had six consecutive absences. An adult education instructor must withdraw a student after 21 consecutive calendar days of complete online inactivity for online adult education courses using the “SW” grade.

Standards of Academic Progress

College Credit Standards of Academic Progress

Florida Community College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The purpose of the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) is to clearly communicate the College’s minimum expectations of academic progress.

Students Who Will Be Affected

The standards described below went into effect at the beginning of fall semester 2005. These standards supersede the previously published standards and will be applied to all college credit students who have enrolled in a Florida Community College with a cumulative total of six or more credits. A student’s cumulative Florida Community College coursework (including college preparatory courses) will be used in the determination of academic status.

New and returning students with fewer than six credits of enrollment will be evaluated initially at the end of the semester in which they enroll in a Florida community college cumulative total of six or more credits.

Transfer students entering Florida Community College will be evaluated once their records indicate six or more Florida Community College credits of enrollment. Transfer credit will not be included in the determination of status.

*Please note that these standards are not the same as those applicable to financial aid. See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for financial aid standards.

Specific Standards

In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain the following minimum cumulative standards:

Florida
Community
College
Cumulative
Enrollment
Percentage of
Semester Courses
Successfully
Completed
(“W,” “F” and
“FN” grades
count as
unsuccessful)
Required SOAP Cumulative
Grade Point
Average
____________
6 hours or
more credit
_______________
50 percent
_____________
2.0

Satisfactory Standing

Students who meet or exceed the established cumulative standards will be considered to have satisfactory standing under the SOAP standards. Students who are placed on academic warning or academic probation will be returned to satisfactory standing as soon as they bring their SOAP cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher and successfully complete at least 50 percent of their coursework – also the standard for satisfactory progress during any given semester if on warning or probation.

Standards for Students on Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension

Academic Warning

Students who do not meet the standards for satisfactory standing will initially be placed on academic warning. All students placed on warning must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. Students who make satisfactory progress during the semester will remain on academic warning until they return to satisfactory standing.

Academic Probation

Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard while on academic warning will be placed on academic probation. All students placed on probation must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. When an employee deems a student to be in need of in–depth intervention, a counselor will assist the student. Their enrollment will be limited to nine credits per semester (fall, spring or summer). Approval of the nine credits will be at the discretion of the campus student success dean or the dean’s designee. Additional credits may be granted at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident), or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students who make academic progress will remain on probation until they return to satisfactory standing.

Suspension

Students who do not make satisfactory progress (i.e., 2.0 SOAP GPA or greater and 50 percent successful semester course completion) while on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension and must wait one semester before reinstatement is possible. Students on academic suspension should seek reinstatement by contacting a student success office approximately two months prior to the beginning of the semester they wish to re–enter Florida Community College.

Notification of Status

All students placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension will be formally notified of their status by the College. Students placed on warning, probation, or suspension should meet immediately with a properly credentialed employee to determine what action can be taken to return to satisfactory progress.

Reinstatement Process

  1. Following the suspension period, students who wish to re–enter Florida Community College must complete an application for reinstatement available at any campus student success office. All students requesting reinstatement must meet with the campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee. The campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee will enter the approval for all reinstatements.
  2. Suspended students who apply for reinstatement will be reinstated on probation and allowed to register for a maximum of nine credit hours.
  3. Students may granted additional credits at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident) or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students must also have shown progress in the probationary period prior to being suspended and the extenuating circumstance must have occurred in the probationary period prior to suspension.
  4. Students who are approved for reinstatement may register for the subsequent semester if satisfactory academic progress is made. At any time following the first re–enrollment semester after suspension, the campus dean may approve registration for additional credits. Once students return to satisfactory standing, registration will not be limited by this rule.
  5. Reinstated students who do not make satisfactory progress during a semester of reinstatement will be suspended and restricted from registration for one academic year. At the conclusion of the suspension period, these students may apply for reinstatement as described in paragraph one (1) above.
  6. Immediate Reinstatements – Students will be immediately reinstated if a grade change restores them to satisfactory standing.

Workforce Certificate Program Standards of Academic Progress

The same standards and procedures for college credit students also will apply to students in adult workforce certificate programs with one exception: the 50 percent completion requirement will not apply to students in workforce certificate programs. At the end of each semester, instructional program managers will evaluate students for academic progress and apply appropriate interventions. Students suspended from workforce certificate programs will follow the same reinstatement procedures as college credit students; however, registration limitations for students returning from suspension will be at the discretion of the program manager.

Standards of Academic Progress for Students in Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Prior to Workforce Certificate Program Midpoint

Prior to the midpoint of their program of study, students whose Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores are within two grade levels of the exit requirement for the program may enroll simultaneously in their workforce certificate courses and required VPI until they reach the midpoint of their workforce certificate program. If a student does not test within two grade levels of the exit requirement for the program, the student must enroll only in VPI courses. Once the student earns a TABE score no more than two grade levels from the exit requirement, the student may enroll in workforce certificate coursework.

At the Workforce Certificate Program Midpoint

Once students reach the midpoint of their workforce certificate program, they must have earned a TABE score within one grade level of their program exit requirement. If students have not earned a TABE score within one grade level of the exit requirement by the midpoint of the program, they must enroll only in VPI coursework. When the student earns a TABE score which is no more than one grade level below the exit requirement, the student will be permitted to continue with workforce certificate coursework.

At the Workforce Certificate Program 75 Percent Point

Once students have completed 75 percent of the coursework of their workforce certificate program of study, they must earn a TABE score that meets or exceeds the exit requirement. If students have not earned a TABE score that meets or exceeds the exit requirement by the 75 percent completion point of their program, they must enroll only in VPI coursework. Once the student has earned a TABE score that meets or exceeds the exit requirement, the student will be permitted to continue and complete workforce certificate coursework.

Adult Basic Education Standards of Academic Progress

Florida Community College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The adult basic education Standards of Academic Progress were formulated to help assure quality and to clearly communicate the department’s minimum expectations of reasonable academic progress for our students. All students enrolled in an adult basic education course at Florida Community College must meet the minimum requirements of the Standards of Academic Progress. A thorough review of these standards will be presented to each student during the orientation/enrollment process.

Adult High School Standards of Academic Progress

Florida Community College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The adult high school Standards of Academic Progress were formulated to help assure quality and to clearly communicate the department’s minimum expectations of reasonable academic progress for our students. All students enrolled in an adult high school course at Florida Community College must meet the minimum requirements of the Standards of Academic Progress. A thorough review of these standards will be presented to each student during the orientation/enrollment process.

Students Who Will Be Affected

The standards described below took effect at the beginning of summer term 2000. These standards will be applied to all students who are enrolled in an adult high school course beginning summer term 2000 or later.

Specific Standards

In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain the following minimum standards each term they are enrolled:

Full–term enrollment

Completion requirement

1–3 courses minimum 1 course
4–6 courses minimum 2 courses

(“NG,” “W,” “IW” and “I” grades count as enrollments and non–completions.)

Students who do not meet the standard outlined above will initially be placed on academic warning. Students who are placed on warning or probation may avoid being placed into the next stage of the standard (i.e., probation or suspension) by maintaining the standard for the next term which they enroll.

Notification of Status

All students placed on warning, probation or suspension will be formally notified of their status by mail. Such students should meet immediately with an adult education advisor to determine what action can be taken to return to satisfactory progress.

Satisfactory Progress

Students who meet or exceed the established standards each term will be considered to be making satisfactory progress. Students who are placed on warning or probation will be returned to satisfactory progress as soon as they meet or exceed the standards.

Academic Warning

Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard will initially be placed on warning. Students who make satisfactory progress during the term they are on warning will return to satisfactory status.

Academic Probation

Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard while on warning will be placed on probation. Their enrollment will be limited to two courses during the next term they enroll. Students who make satisfactory progress during the term they are on probation will return to satisfactory status.

Academic Suspension

Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard while on probation will be placed on suspension and will not be allowed to enroll in the College for one full term. The second and subsequent time students are suspended two full terms must pass before reinstatement is possible. Students on suspension should contact an adult education advisor at least two months prior to the beginning of the term they wish to re–enter Florida Community College in order to initiate a formal request for reinstatement.

Reinstatement

Students placed on suspension must complete a formal request to be re–enrolled. Information regarding reinstatement procedures and deadlines can be obtained from the campus adult education office or the student success office. No requests will be accepted after the established deadlines.

Students seeking a clarification of any part of this policy should contact an adult education advisor or the adult education campus program coordinator.

Reinstatement Process

  1. Students who are academically suspended for the first time will not be allowed to enroll in any courses for one full term.
  2. Following the required one–term suspension, students who wish to re–enter Florida Community College must complete an application for reinstatement at any campus student affairs office. Students should complete the process on the campus they were attending at the time of suspension.
  3. Suspended students who apply for reinstatement will be reinstated and allowed to register for a maximum of two courses on the first suspension, or one course on the second and subsequent suspensions.
  4. Students may request additional courses based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death, illness, family crisis or accident) or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, veteran’s assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition as having extenuating circumstances. Students must also show progress in the preceding terms, and the extenuating circumstance must be in the term prior to suspension. Exceptions can be reviewed by a counselor with final approval by the campus dean of student success.
  5. Once a student has been reinstated (approved for registration), completion of the courses taken during the semester of reinstatement will permit the student to register for the subsequent term if the standard is met. Reinstated students who do not meet the standards based on final grades will be disenrolled and be restricted from registration for two terms.
  6. Previously suspended students who do not meet the standard will be suspended for two terms and must request reinstatement based on the criteria stated in item 3. Extenuating circumstances may occur and will be reviewed based on the same process in item 4.
  7. Immediate Reinstatements – Students may request immediate reinstatement based on the following criteria: A grade change that removes students from the standard.
  8. The campus dean of student success will submit to the registrar the appropriate documentation of all students approved for reinstatement. Once students are cleared for registration by the office of enrollment services, they are eligible to register at any adult education office.
  9. Application for Reinstatement Process – All students requesting reinstatement must complete an application for reinstatement.
    1. If the application request meets the standards in item 3, the application is directed to the campus dean of student success for approval/processing.
    2. If the application includes a request for additional courses (extenuating circumstances or educationally sound reason), students must make an appointment with an adult education advisor. Once completed, the application is then sent to the campus dean of student success for approval/processing.

Diploma

A minimum of 24 unduplicated credits, grades nine through 12, is required for an adult high school diploma. The credit requirements are as follows.

  1. English, four credits
    1. English courses must include major concentration in composition and literature
  2. science, three full credits
    1. laboratory courses, two full credits
    2. non–laboratory courses, one full credit
  3. mathematics, three credits
    1. mathematics courses must include credit in Algebra I or an equivalent series of courses
  4. social studies, three credits
    1. American history, one credit
    2. world history, one credit
    3. American government, one–half credit
    4. economics, one–half credit
  5. study skills, one–half credit
  6. career research and decision making, one–half credit
  7. life management skills, one–half credit
  8. practical arts, vocational education/exploration vocational education, one–half credit and performing fine arts, one–half credit or one credit in either area
  9. electives, eight and one–half credits

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must:

  1. complete 24 credits: 15.5 credits of general course requirements and eight and one–half credits of approved electives;
  2. complete a minimum of two full credits at Florida Community College;
  3. receive a passing score on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), or equivalent state–approved assessment;
  4. acquire a minimum cumulated GPA of 2.0 (see state student performance standards);
  5. be classified as admission status “A”;
  6. apply for graduation with adult education advisor.

Graduation and course requirements may change. Please be sure to check with your adult education advisor and refer to the state student performance standards listed in this section.

Polytechnic High School Competency Based Diploma

  1. pass GED® test
  2. pass FCAT
  3. complete Career Breakthrough course and
  4. one dual enrollment course

Successful completion of both the Career Breakthrough and dual enrollment courses will meet residency requirements for this diploma option.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

State Student Performance Standards

All students must pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and/or other state–mandated tests prior to graduation.

No student shall be granted credit toward a high school diploma for enrollment in the following courses or programs.

  1. more than nine elective credits in remedial programs as provided for in FS* 236.0841 and remedial programs as provided for in FS* 232.246(8)(a) (Students entering the ninth grade in 1997–98, or thereafter, may not use level one courses to meet graduation requirements.)
  2. more than one–half credit in exploratory vocational courses as defined in FS* 228.041(22)(a)(2)
  3. more than three credits in practical arts home economics as defined in FS* 228.041(22)(a)(4)

Students enrolled in the adult high school program in pursuit of the high school diploma after the beginning of the 1978–79 school year and before the 1984–85 school year are required to meet only those requirements for graduation that were in effect at the time of their enrollment when such enrollment has been continuous except for summer terms.

Students enrolled prior to the 1997–98 school year in the adult high school program may use one of the following two options to satisfy the GPA graduation requirement until the end of Spring Term 2003.

Option 1: Earn a cumulative 1.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in those courses taken prior to July 1, 1997, and earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for courses, which are taken after July 1, 1997, that apply to the 24 credits required for high school graduation as specified in subsection (1) of section FS* 232.246, or
Option 2: Earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for courses that apply to the 24 credits required for high school graduation as specified in subsection (1) of section FS* 232.246.

For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in the 1997–98 school year and thereafter, and for all students graduating after Spring Term 2003, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to graduate from high school as specified in subsection (1) of section FS* 232.246.

It is the students’ responsibility to schedule and participate in an exit interview with an adult education advisor and make application for graduation after they have completed requirements. Before students may graduate, they must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College.

*Florida Statutes

High School Equivalency Standards of Academic Progress

Florida Community College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The High School Equivalency Standards of Academic Progress were formulated to help assure quality and to clearly communicate the department’s minimum expectations of reasonable academic progress for our students. All students enrolled in a high school equivalency course at Florida Community College must meet the minimum requirements of the Standards of Academic Progress. A thorough review of these standards will be presented to each student during the orientation/enrollment process.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Non–Credit Standards of Academic Progress

Florida Community College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL non–credit) Standards of Academic Progress were formulated to help assure quality and to clearly communicate the department’s minimum expectations of reasonable academic progress for our students. All students enrolled in an ESOL course at Florida Community College must meet the minimum requirements of the Standards of Academic Progress. A thorough review of these standards will be presented to each student during the orientation/enrollment process.

Experiential Credit and Credit by Exam

Credit for Non–College Training and Certification

Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of valuable non–college training and certifications. Non–college training includes training that is provided by organizations other than a college or university, including industry–sponsored training and industry–recognized certifications. Credit for such educational experiences will be granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) when applicable to the student’s program of study. Information on the documentation required to apply for these credits can be obtained from the enrollment services offices or from the Accelerated College Web site.

Military Service School Credit

Individuals who have submitted applications for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of military training and experience by submitting to a campus enrollment services office the appropriate American Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine Corp, and AARTS for U.S. Army) and/or an institutional transcript from a military institution (CCAF – Community College of the Air Force, ARNGI – Army National Guard Institute, USCGI – United States Coast Guard Institute, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy). Electronic transcript requests can be made by visiting our Credit from Military Experience Web page, and clicking on the link appropriate to the students’ branch of service. Students receiving veterans educational benefits must have their military training evaluated to continue receiving benefits. For more information visit the Web page for Military Education Institute.

Credit for Prior Learning

Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as a degree–seeking student may obtain college credit for theory and knowledge acquired through life/work experiences that are equivalent to college level course work. The student seeking experiential credit must register for the Portfolio Development for Prior Learning course (SLS 1371 or CWO 0404) to learn how to complete a portfolio documenting prior learning as it relates to a specific course in the selected program of study. The student may then submit portfolios for faculty evaluation and recommendation to award college credit. Completing the Portfolio Development course and submitting a portfolio for evaluation does not guarantee approval for college credit. Evaluation fees are set by the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees.

Credit by Examination

Students may earn up to 45 semester hours credit toward an associate’s degree through credit–by–examination. This may be a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE), DANTES subject standardized tests (DSST), Excelsior and/or transfer credit. Credit not counted within this 45–hour limit may be obtained by participation in the College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE). For more information regarding the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification center.

Advanced Placement Test (AP) is a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit while enrolled in high school. The test is administered through the high schools, and credit is granted for scores of three, four or five on approximately 30 approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally developed program for credit–by–examination. Credit is granted for scores equating to a “B” or “C” passing level on approximately 25 tests approved by the State Board of Education. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board. This computerized test is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification center. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.

International Baccalaureate Program (IBP) program is a Geneva–based program of study offered through high schools throughout the world. The program consists of a comprehensive system of courses and examinations that focus on the development of a high quality liberal arts education. Florida Community College may award up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit. It is a program for acquiring college credit while enrolled in high school. Credit is granted for designated scores on individual tests or for the IBP diploma.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is a program developed by the Department of Defense for awarding credit by examination under the auspices of Defense Activity for Non–traditional Educational Support (DANTES). Military personnel may obtain information, applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy Campus for Achievement (NCFA) offices on local Navy bases or education offices in other branches of the military service. Fees are set by DANTES. Non–military students may contact the campus assessment and certification centers for information concerning registration, tests and fees. Students may submit credit earned through DANTES for Florida Community College credit evaluation through the assessment and certification center. Credit is awarded for scores equating to a “B” or “C” as approved by the State Board of Education.

Excelsior College Examination Program (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination Program) is a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education. The tests are administered locally by Sylvan/Prometric testing centers and credit is granted for grades of “B” or “C” on eight approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.

Glossary of Terms

Academic Transcript

An official record of a student’s academic history including biographical data, degrees, certificates, diplomas or honors received, and grade point average.

Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)

The Advanced Technical Certificate is a program of instruction consisting of at least nine (9) credit hours but less than forty–five (45) credit hours of college–level courses. The certificate is awarded to students who have already received an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science or related undergraduate degree and who are seeking an advanced specialized program of study to supplement their degree. Offered as college credit.

Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)

A career–credential that consists of a course of study that is part of an A.S. or A.A.S. degree, is less than 60 hours, and leads to employment. Guaranteed statewide articulation into the A.S. within 3 years of completion of the ATD and upon presentation of an official transcript. Offered as college credit.

Associate In Arts (A.A.)

(Also known as the university parallel or transfer program.) Designed for students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at Florida Community College and then transfer as juniors to four–year colleges or universities.

Associate In Science (A.S.)

Career education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level. Several degrees transfer to a university.

Associate In Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Career and technical education programs designed to allow students to immediately pursue careers which require a college degree at the technician or paraprofessional level.

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

An upper level degree for students who have earned an Associate degree or higher and wish to further their education.

CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Test)

A statewide test of computation and communication skills for sophomores who are completing an A.A. or A.S. degree and seeking admission to upper–level programs. Students must obtain passing scores before they will be awarded the A.A. degree. For detailed information, contact the assessment and certification office on your campus. (Under certain circumstances exemptions may be granted for parts of the CLAST. See your counselor to find out if you qualify).

College Preparatory Studies

Courses designed to enhance student skills in reading, writing and/or computation in order to prepare them more thoroughly for success in college level courses.

Continuing Workforce Education

Courses and programs designed to provide skills and knowledge to students pursuing short–term career enhancement goals.

Corequisites

Courses which are taken at the same time during the same academic session.

Credit Hour

Unit of measure for college credit course work. Except for laboratory, music and studio art courses, a credit hour typically corresponds to 50 minutes of class instruction per week for one semester. Traditionally classes are three credit hours.

Degree Audit (DA)

A report that identifies the student’s primary program of study, lists the program requirements and summarizes the progress toward graduation.

Degree Seeking Students

Students who have been admitted to a degree awarding program (B.A.S., B.S.N., A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) or a college credit technical certificate program.

Distance Learning Courses

A combination of televised or computer delivered lessons, readings in a study guide and textbook, faculty interaction and testing that is an alternative to traditional, campus–based instruction.

Elective

Courses in addition to the general education requirement. In most cases, the course should relate to the student’s major. Consult your counselor or advisor for more information.

Forgiveness Policy

Policy that allows a student to repeat a course in an attempt to improve the grade. Course may be repeated no more than two times. The grade used in calculating GPA will be the last assigned grade, although all attempts will appear on the transcript.

General Education Requirements (GER)

Core of courses designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding in broad discipline areas: social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and communication.

Gordon Rule

Florida law which requires inclusion of writing requirements and computational skills in certain courses.

Grade Points

A numerical value assigned to each grade for the purpose of computing grade point average (GPA). See the section on grading for more information.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A measure of the student’s scholastic standing obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Information Literacy Assessment (ILAS)

Designed to assess a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate and effectively use the needed information. The assessment is a graduation requirement for those students who enter Florida Community College under the 2004 Catalog or after, and are seeking an A.A., A.S. and/or A.A.S. degree.

Non–Degree Seeking Students

Students wishing to earn college credit for self–enrichment, teacher certification or transfer to another college.

Prerequisites

Courses that are required for entrance into a particular program or required before a student may take a particular course.

Selective Access

Programs that have special selection and admission criteria and procedures, which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.

Technical Certificate

College credit program of study designed to provide the basic professional courses of an occupation.

Transcript

Official record of a student’s academic standing, including biographical and test data.

Workforce Certificate (formerly Post–Secondary Adult Vocation [PSAV])

Career training programs for students planning to enter vocational and technical career fields which do not require a degree.

Twenty–five Secrets to College Success

Success in your college studies is the result of many factors. Here are some practical things you can do to increase your chances of success.

1. Develop a Clear Goal. Why are you going to college? What do you hope to accomplish? What career do you want to pursue? If you know what you want, it is also often easier to endure what must be done to get there. Enrolling in SLS 1301 Career Planning and the World of Work and SLS 1401 Computerized Career Exploration may be a good way to clarify your career goal. If you would rather do it yourself, self–directed “Career Options” booklets are available from any campus student success office.

2. Have an Academic and Career Plan. Academic advising is an important part of any student’s success. Your counselor or advisor can help you determine exactly what courses you need to take for a given program, major and transfer institution. For students planning to transfer to a university, requirements often vary from one university to another and usually involve certain prerequisite courses that you need to work into your program of study. You should select a major and transfer institution as soon as you can, since some programs of study have many prerequisite courses. It is also a good idea to meet with a counselor or advisor any time your plans change. You may make an appointment in any campus counseling and advising center.

3. Set Clear Priorities. Without clear priorities, what is more important can sometimes get lost in what is more fun or exciting. You should have a clear sense of what comes first and should monitor your own activities to make sure they reflect this set of priorities. Developing a weekly schedule – with an appropriate balance between your priorities – is one way to do this.

4. Take an Appropriate Class Load. Twelve credit hours is a minimum full–time class load. If you are employed 20 or more hours a week, you should probably take three to nine credit hours (one to three classes), depending upon the difficulty of the classes, the amount of time you have to study, your GPA and other factors. If you are not sure, generally it is better to take a lighter load rather than risking one that is too heavy. Students who are not working and who have a high GPA (3.0 or higher) can often take 15 (or sometimes more) credit hours. Summer (six weeks) term class loads should usually be no more than half as many credits as during a fall or spring term.

5. Review Your Degree Audit. Your degree audit summarizes your progress toward your degree and lets you see what you have yet to finish. The degree audit does not include university prerequisites; see a counselor or advisor for this information. To obtain your degree audit go to Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) Web Site.

6. Register Early. The earlier you register, the better selection of classes you will have. It is a good idea to seek academic advising before the beginning of registration.

7. Use College Resources. Florida Community College has many resources that can help you succeed. You should familiarize yourself with the assistance available within the learning center (help with reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects), the career center, the computer lab, the learning resources center (library), the foreign language lab and the campus counseling and advising center.

8. Know College Rules and Procedures. You should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the information in your College catalog; the procedures for dropping or withdrawing from classes, the grading system, deadline dates (listed in the catalog calendar), the student code of conduct and grade appeal procedures are some of the things you need to know about.

9. Sharpen Your Learning Skills. Many students have difficulty simply because they have never learned certain basic study skills. Develop these skills by adding Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life (SLS 1103) or the college prep SLS 0001 to your schedule. You’ll gain a unique advantage in the classroom and in the workplace with the survival and success skills taught in this course. Topics include goals and priorities, maintaining commitment, teamwork and decision making, learning skills, leadership styles and skills, and much more.

10. Develop Computer Skills. No matter what your major or program, computer skills will be helpful to you. Word processing, for example, can greatly increase your efficiency with any kind of writing assignment. Computing resources are generally available in the learning resources center and the computer lab. CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications, OST 1100 Keyboarding/Introduction to Word Processing (for those without typing skills) and/or OST 2771 Word Processing I can be good courses to develop these skills. Non–credit courses are also readily available.

11. Speed Up Your Reading. Reading speed and comprehension are fundamental to college success. No matter how well you presently read, you will benefit by increasing your reading skills. By doubling your speed (often a realistic goal), you can cut in half the time required to read certain kinds of assignments. Such courses are often taught in continuing education programs.

12. Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills. One of the ways that college is different from high school is the degree to which professors expect you to be able to think in analytical and creative ways. These skills come more naturally to some people than others, but anyone can enhance them by following certain guidelines and through proper practice. Two particularly useful books on this subject are “Brain Power” by Karl Albrecht and “A Whack on the Side of the Head” by Roger von Oech.

13. Attend All Your Classes. This is the simplest way to get better grades. Many students fail simply because they miss class and, therefore, fall behind in their work. Also, some instructors have an attendance policy (outlined in their course syllabus) that allows only a few absences before your grade is affected. Other professors may not have an attendance requirement, but do not be misled – they will still hold you responsible for what is covered in class and for the work you miss.

14. Be Prepared for Class. This is an obvious but often neglected principle. Being prepared for class means having your assignments done on time, completing the required reading in your text and giving some thought beforehand to the day’s topic of discussion.

15. Read Your Course Syllabus Carefully. Your instructor is obligated to provide you with a course syllabus that summarizes the requirements of the class, the basis for assigning grades, any attendance policy and other relevant information. Read this very carefully and ask questions about anything you do not understand.

16. Talk to Your Instructors. If you are having difficulty in a class, often the best thing to do is to talk to your instructor. He or she may be able to suggest better ways to approach the material or other ways to get help with your class work. Be sure to ask about any class assignments or requirements that may not be clear to you. Also, if you are going to ask for an exception to an established class policy or procedure, it is often best to make an appointment and do so in private.

17. Start or Join a Study Group. It is often helpful to study with a group of other students taking the same class. This gives you a convenient way to ask questions about assignments, share insights, compare notes and quiz each other in preparation for exams.

18. Ask Questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are not sure about something. Instructors usually appreciate questions as a way of clarifying what they are teaching. Asking questions is the most direct way to find out what you need to know. If you have a question concerning College policy or procedure, the campus counseling and advising center can usually be of some assistance.

19. Use Supplemental Textbooks. If you are having difficulty following the material presented in a text, you can often find another text covering the same material in a different way. By doing a little research in the library, you can locate another book that is more in tune with the way you like to learn, that provides examples or presents the material in a clearer fashion. Ask a librarian for assistance with this.

20. Be Persistent. The best way to achieve your educational goals is to stay in school. This sounds simple, but many people drop out before they have really given themselves a fair chance to succeed.

21. Participate in Other Activities. There is more to campus life than just attending classes. Participation in student activities, clubs and other organizations can make you feel more a part of the College, help you develop leadership skills and give you the opportunity to develop friendships. Stop by your campus student activities office for more information.

22. Face Problems Head–on. If you are having a problem related to your school work, it is wise to do something about it as soon as you can. If you are not sure what to do about a concern, a counselor can often help you clarify your situation and your options.

23. Be Assertive. Learn to stand up for your rights. The College has grievance and appeals procedures to help assure your fair treatment. If you think you’ve been treated unfairly or unreasonably, make an appointment to talk with a counselor or the campus dean of student success to get some advice on how to best handle your situation.

24. Get To Know Yourself Better. The more accurate and realistic you are about your goals, abilities, skills and circumstances, the better able you are to chart out a wise course to college success. A counselor can also provide you with information about personality testing if you think this may be helpful.

25. Assume Responsibility for Your Success. No one has more to gain (or lose) than you. Every decision that you make makes a difference – how you spend your time, how carefully you complete your assignments, how hard you study for an exam and how determined you are in achieving your goals – each such decision will either bring you a step closer or further away from your goals.

Revised May 26, 2009