Sep 21, 2020  
2014-2015 College Catalog 
    
2014-2015 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information



Academic Year

The College’s academic year is divided into three terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Term. In some majors, students need to attend classes only during Fall and Spring Semesters. Other majors require students to attend both semesters and the Summer Term.

Time Commitment

A full-time schedule requires a minimum of 12 credit hours per week of classroom instruction or laboratory work and an average of 18-24 hours per week of outside study. Students balancing work and family with college coursework should be aware of the time commitment and plan accordingly. No student can carry more than 18 credits per term without permission from the department head or dean. See Course Load section for details.

Academic Policies

Academic Fresh Start

The Academic Fresh Start (AFS) is designed to allow returning students at Tri-County Technical College, under specific conditions, to have all grades earned in previous terms excluded from the overall calculation of their institutional grade point average. Students granted an AFS will continue to have all courses and grades appear on their transcripts; however, all courses will be excluded from their institutional grade point averages.

While Academic Fresh Start is open to all returning students, certain guidelines/qualifiers apply:

  • Three years must have elapsed from the end of the last semester of attendance at Tri-County Technical College and the time of re-enrollment.
  • Students must have earned at least 24 credit hours (including developmental courses) from Tri-County Technical College.
  • Students can petition for an AFS only once during their academic career at Tri-County Technical College.
  • Petitions must be submitted no later than the first day of class for the term in which they are applying for an academic fresh start.
  • Exclusion of the courses and grades cannot be reversed.
  • Although excluded courses and grades cannot be used to fulfill graduation requirements, the courses can satisfy prerequisite requirements.
  • A copy of the student’s application for AFS will be maintained in the student’s permanent file.
  • If a credential (degree, diploma, or certificate) has already been awarded by Tri-County, no courses taken prior to the award will be considered for AFS.
  • This local policy does not supersede any state or federal policies related to determination of scholarships, student financial aid, or other matters related to student cumulative grade point average. Decisions regarding academic standing at other institutions and course transfer by other institutions reside with the receiving college or university. Such decisions may be made without consideration of the AFS granted by Tri-County Technical College.

For additional information regarding the Academic Fresh Start, contact Student Records, 190 Miller Hall, Pendleton Campus.

Academic Honors

Dean’s List and President’s List: Each term, the College recognizes students who excel in their academic studies. To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements for the term:

  • Be classified as a degree-, diploma-, or certificate-seeking student;
  • Earn at least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above;
  • Attain a Grade Point Average of 3.50 – 3.99 for the Dean’s List or 4.00 for the President’s List; and
  • Cannot earn a F, WF, or U grade for courses numbered 100 or below, MAT 150 or ENG 150.

Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB): AZB is the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor fraternity for community and junior college students. To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an associate degree program, have accumulated a minimum of 12 credit hours, and have achieved and maintained a GPA of at least 3.50.

Academic Distinction: Each term, the College recognizes part-time students who excel in their academic studies.  To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in 6 to 11 credit hours for two consecutive terms; and
  • Earn at least 12 semester hours during the two consecutive terms, with a grade of A in each attempted course.

Attendance Policy

Tri-County Technical College believes that class attendance is crucial to student success. As such, the College requires regular attendance to promote academic success and effective workplace skills required by employers. Additionally, the College must maintain compliance with all federal financial aid statutes regarding attendance. Therefore, a student who accumulates more than the allowable number of absences during the semester will be withdrawn from the course.

Auditing

A student who wishes to attend credit classes, but who does not wish to take examinations or receive a grade or semester hour credits, may register as an audit student.

An “Audit Registration Form” must be completed and returned to Student Records prior to the last day of the add period. Students may not change status (credit to audit or audit to credit) after the add period for the term.

Audit students pay regular course tuition and are eligible for refunds according to the Tuition Fee Refund for Credit Programs policy and procedure during the drop/add period. Audit students must adhere to the College attendance policy during the drop/add period.

Students who previously audited a course must register and pass the course in order to receive credit for the course. Students may not receive credit by examination for previously audited courses. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may be granted by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness upon written request of the student. An audited course may not be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Participation of audit students in class discussions and examinations is at the discretion of the instructor.

Classification of Students

  • Student—A person registered at the College is considered to be a student only when all fees and tuition are paid. An individual may not attend class until he or she has registered and paid all fees.
  • Full-Time Student—A student enrolled for 12 or more credit hours in a degree, diploma, or certificate program in a given term. (For Veterans Administration education benefits, different or additional criteria may apply. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.)
  • Half-Time Student—A student enrolled for 6 to 11 credit hours of coursework in a given term.
  • Less than Half-Time Student—A student enrolled for fewer than 6 credit hours of coursework in a given term.
  • First Semester Freshman—A student who has earned fewer than 15 semester credit hours.
  • Second Semester Freshman—A student who has earned between 15 to 29 semester credit hours.
  • First Semester Sophomore—A student who has earned between 30 to 44 semester credit hours.
  • Second Semester Sophomore—A student who has earned 45 or more semester credit hours.
  • Non-Degree—A student enrolled in one or more courses who has no immediate intention to transfer into or graduate from a program at the College. To be classified as a non-degree student, a student must be at least 18 years of age, or be a high school graduate or the equivalent, or be a high school student, with permission from principal and parents. Exceptions are to be approved by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, the Dean of Student Development, or their designees.
  • Transient Student—A student enrolled in one or more courses with the intention on transferring the credit(s) back to another college.

Course Load

For Fall and Spring Semesters, a student’s maximum course load is 18 credit hours per term. This 18-hour credit limit applies to Summer Term as well for students in Health Education and students in Engineering and Industrial Technology programs. For students in the Arts and Sciences and Business and Public Services programs, Summer Terms will be limited to a 15-credit maximum. Hours in excess of those defined here must be approved by the dean and department head of the program in which the student is enrolled. A reduced course load may be suggested to students on Academic Warning or Probation (detailed in the Academic Progress section of this Catalog).

New or Modified Course Prerequisites

New or modified course prerequisites are applicable, independent of the student’s edition of the Catalog. Requests for exceptions are considered as they are for other prerequisites.

General Education Course Requirements

A well-educated person has the ability to communicate effectively, reason quantitatively, think critically, and view society from a global perspective. Such a person finds value and fulfillment in learning opportunities that arise beyond the formal education experience. Such a person uses these opportunities to better understand others, to better understand self in relation to others, to engage in rational decision making, and to appreciate others’ contributions in the fields of art and literature. The liberal arts provide the foundation for an education that produces graduates with these abilities.

In order to earn an associate’s degree, a student must complete at least 15 semester hours of general education coursework, to include at least three semester hours of humanities/fine arts, at least three semester hours of social/behavioral sciences, and at least three semester hours of natural sciences/mathematics. To earn an associate’s degree, a student must complete one of the following courses: SPC 205 ENG 155 ENG 156 , ENG 165 SPC 200 , or SPC 209 . Each student should refer to the general education section of her/his chosen program of study to determine the specific requirements for that program. A list of general education courses is located in the General Education Course Offerings  section of this Catalog.

Students enrolled in programs in the Business and Public Services Division, the Health Education Division, or the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division who are considering transferring to a four-year institution should consult with their academic advisor when choosing their general education courses.

Course Waiver

With the approval of the department head, a required course may be waived. When this occurs, no credit hours are awarded toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Students will be required to take an approved substitute course if additional credit hours are needed to fulfill the curriculum and/or general education requirements for the associate degree, diploma, or certificate. If a general education course is waived, another appropriate general education course must be substituted if the minimum number of general education credit hours required is not earned. The source of the credit substituted may be the completion of an academic course or the receipt of credit through any method for which advanced standing is established. A change of major will negate the decision regarding the course waiver.

Distance Learning

To better serve the residents of the tri-county area, the College has developed distance learning classes for students who either cannot, or choose not to, come to one of our campuses on a regular basis. All on-campus services are available for students enrolled in distance learning. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the computer skills and access to computer and/or audio/visual equipment required for the courses in which they enroll. They should carefully note published descriptions of distance learning courses; some may require on-campus meetings or supervised tests. All students enrolled in online courses are expected to log in, communicate, keep up with assignments, meet all due dates and participate in courses as directed by their instructor. Distance learning courses follow the same calendar as on-campus courses, including registration, drop/add and tuition and fee payment dates. Students enrolled in distance learning courses are expected to meet the same qualifications as students enrolled in equivalent on-campus courses and to adhere to College policies and procedures.

Grade Definitions

A Excellent—“A” is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 4 grade points for each credit hour.
B Above Average—“B” is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 3 grade points for each credit hour.
C Average—“C” is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 2 grade points for each credit hour.
D Below Average—“D” is used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and carries a value of 1 grade point for each credit hour.
F Failure—“F” is used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and carries no grade points for each credit hour attempted. (If the student retakes the course and earns a higher grade, the “F” is negated and the higher grade is used in GPA calculations.)
I Incomplete—“I” does not affect GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and generates no grade points. The student will be allowed up to 20 instructional days into the succeeding term/session to complete the unfinished assignments. The instructor may set an earlier deadline for completion of assignments. If fewer than 20 instructional days are granted, the due date for completion must be stated in writing to the student. “I” defaults to “F” automatically after 20 instructional days into the succeeding term if the requirements for a course grade are not completed within the 20-instructional-day period.
W Withdrawn—“W” is not used in GPA calculations, earns no credit, and generates no grade points. A student may withdraw her/himself from a course with a grade of “W” after the drop/add period but prior to the completion of 60% of the session for which the class is offered. A student who has not withdrawn or been withdrawn prior to the deadline will receive the final course grade (A, B, C, D, F, S, U) calculated as stated in the course syllabus. A student may be withdrawn with a grade of W by the instructor prior to completion of 60% of the session for violating the attendance policy of the College, department, program or instructor. A grade of “W” may be awarded after the deadline provided the student presents reasonable, documented, nonacademic circumstances as justification for an exception to policy. Such an exception requires the approval of the instructor and the head of the department in which the course is housed. A grade of “W” may be awarded after the last day of class provided the student presents reasonable, documented, non-academic circumstances as justification for an exception to policy. Such an exception requires the approval of the Provost.
WF Withdrawn Failing —“WF” is used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and carries no grade points for each credit hour attempted. A grade of “WF” may be awarded after the last day of class provided the student presents reasonable, documented, non-academic circumstances as justification for an exception to policy Such an exception requires the approval of the Provost.
S Satisfactory—“S” does not affect GPA calculations and generates no grade points (applies to Comprehensive Studies courses only).
U Unsatisfactory—“U” does not affect GPA calculations and generates no grade points (applies to Comprehensive Studies courses only).
AS Advanced Standing—“AS” earns credit hours but is not used in GPA calculations and does not generate grade points. An “AS” is given for allowable equivalent credits earned with advanced standing credit.
AU Audit—“AU” is not used in GPA calculations, earns no credit hours, and generates no grade points. The student is responsible for contracting this grade with the instructor and advising Student Records at the time of registration or within the drop/add period for the appropriate term/session.
E Exempt—“E” is not used in GPA calculations, earns credit hours, and generates no grade points. An “E” is awarded for courses which students have been permitted to exempt as a result of testing, equivalent work experience, or other educational experience.
TA Transfer—“TA” earns credit hours but is not used in GPA calculations and does not generate grade points. A “TA” is given for allowable equivalent credits earned with the grade of “A” at other post-secondary institutions. All transfer grades must be supported by an official transcript from the post-secondary institution.
TB Transfer—“TB” earns credit hours but is not used in GPA calculations and does not generate grade points. A “TB” is given for allowable equivalent credits earned with the grade of “B” at other post- secondary institutions. All transfer grades must be supported by an official transcript from the post-secondary institution.
TC Transfer—“TC” earns credit hours but is not used in GPA calculations and does not generate grade points. A “TC” is given for allowable equivalent credits earned with the grade of “C” at other post-secondary institutions. All transfer grades must be supported by an official transcript from the post-secondary institution.

Developmental courses offered through the Comprehensive Studies Department (numbered less than 100) generate no credit hours, do not affect the GPA, and do not count toward graduation. Developmental studies courses numbered 100 or above generate credit hours and affect the GPA but do not count toward graduation in any degree, diploma, or certificate program.

Students receiving Veterans Benefits should see the Veterans Educational Benefits section of this Catalog.

Grade Discrepancies

A student wishing to protest a course grade must first attempt to resolve any disagreement with the instructor. If the student is unable to reach a satisfactory resolution with the instructor, the student should contact the course department head.

Grade Point Average Calculation

Grades are calculated on a 4.0 scale. Points are awarded in this manner:

Grade   Grade Points per Credit Hour
A =   4
B =   3
C =   2
D =   1
F =   0
WF=   0

Sample Calculation

Assume a student has taken the following courses with the results shown.

Course   Credit Hours   Grade   Grade Points
BIO 101   4.0   B   3
ENG 156   3.0   C   2
MAT 110   3.0   F   0

To calculate GPA, multiply the number of credit hours by the grade points to determine the number of quality points.

Course   Credit Hours   Grade Points   Quality Points
BIO 101   4.0   3 = 12.0
ENG 156   3.0   2 = 6.0
MAT 110   3.0   0 = 0.0

Add credit hours; then add quality points

Credit Hours   Quality Points  
4.0   12.0  
+3.0   +6.0  
+3.0   +0  
———————————————————
10.0   18.0  

Divide the number of quality points by the number of credit hours = GPA

18 divided by 10 = 1.80 GPA

Academic Concerns and Complaints

Concerns and complaints related to learning experiences in a class or course generally can be resolved by communicating with the instructor with whom the concern or issue originated. If after communicating an academic concern to the instructor, the student feels the issue has not been resolved, the next person to contact is the department head.

If after communicating with the department head, the student still feels that the issue has not been resolved, the next person to contact is the appropriate division dean.

If after communicating with the appropriate division dean, the student feels the issue remains unresolved, an appointment may be scheduled with the Dean of Student Development. Prior to scheduling that meeting, the student must document efforts to resolve the concern by submitting a completed Academic Affairs Student Concern/Complaint form, available from the Dean of Student Development.

Mandatory Placement Policy

Tri-County Technical College is committed to its mission of educating students to meet the requirements of today’s workforce. In order to ensure the success of students at TCTC, all students are required to take the COMPASS placement test prior to enrolling, unless previous transcripts satisfy courses prerequisites. These scores provide proper placement into English, reading, writing, mathematics and science classes. TCTC has a mandatory placement policy that requires students who score below minimum levels in reading, writing and/or math to take transitional coursework before enrolling in certain courses. This requirement enables students to develop the essential academic skills needed to succeed in their college-level classes. Also, in order to ensure student success in future college-level classes, students must master the prerequisite skills offered in each class to progress to the next level class.

Repeating a Course

When a course is repeated, all grades will be entered on the student’s permanent academic record and the highest of the grades will be included in the grade point average. In the case of replicate grades, only one grade will be included in the GPA. Students who plan to transfer should understand that the receiving college may recalculate grade point averages, including repeat grades, according to that college’s policies. The Veterans Administration will not pay educational benefits for repeating a course for which the student has previously received graduation credit.

Standards of Academic Progress

The purpose of having standards of academic progress is to assist students in attaining their educational goals by providing a scale by which to measure progress toward graduation. A minimum institutional grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is used at the College to determine satisfactory academic standing. Students who fall below this standard will be subject to institutional intervention strategies.

In order to remain in good standing, a student enrolled in classes and pursuing an associate degree, diploma, or certificate must achieve and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 institutional GPA, excluding exempted or transfer hours.

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID

Students participating in Federal Financial Aid or other student aid programs are subject to specific satisfactory academic progress requirements that impact continued eligibility. The College administers financial aid programs according to the regulations set forth by the United States Department of Education and other regulatory bodies. These requirements are articulated in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Federal and Other Student Aid Programs policy.

Information can be found in the Standards of Progress for Financial Aid Programs section of this Catalog.

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL HEALTH EDUCATION STUDENTS

A grade of “C” or greater is needed in all required courses in all health education programs to progress in the programs. A student may repeat a maximum of two major courses. Students should refer to the program information in the Health Education section of this Catalog and see individual program handbooks for additional information.

OTHER PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

Other programs may have internally or externally mandated requirements which must be met. Such requirements are published in this Catalog in the section for those specific academic majors.

Academic Standing

Good Standing: To maintain Good Standing, a student must meet the minimum institutional GPA requirements as stated above.

Warning: A student previously in Good Standing who falls below the minimum institutional GPA requirements as stated above will be placed on Warning for his/her next term of enrollment. A student who achieves a 2.0 institutional GPA at the end of his/her Warning term is placed back in Good Standing.  

Probation: A student who has been on Warning for the preceding semester and whose institutional GPA does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Probation for his/her next term of enrollment. A student who achieves a 2.0 institutional GPA at the end of his/her Probation term is placed back in Good Standing.

Suspension: A student whose institutional GPA, at the end of the term of probation, does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Suspension and will not be permitted to register for the following academic term. 

Determination of Academic Progress

Academic standing is determined during end-of-term processing, at which point students are coded as follows:

A. Warning
B. Probation
C. Suspension

Students in categories A and B above are notified by the Provost via e-mail of his/her current status and the requirements that must be completed prior to registering for a future term. Students in category C are notified in writing of his/her status at the College. 

The student’s status will be indicated on his/her permanent academic record. Registration will be prevented for students on academic probation and suspension until he/she has satisfied all requirements as outlined below. 

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS ON WARNING: A student placed on Warning is encouraged to meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the factors affecting his/her academic performance.

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS ON PROBATION: If the minimum institutional GPA is not achieved at the end of a Warning term, the student will be placed on Probation for the following term and a registration hold applied for that term. If the student registered during the priority registration period for the term he/she has been placed on Probation, the student will be encouraged to meet with the academic advisor to determine whether any schedule adjustments are needed. If adjustments are needed (add, drop, or withdraw), the advisor will override the academic standing allowing the student make the necessary changes. If the student did not register early, he/she must meet with an advisor prior to registering. The advisor will discuss with the student his/her academic progress. After discussion with the student, the advisor will override the academic standing allowing the student to register for courses.

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS ON SUSPENSION: If the minimum institutional GPA is not achieved at the end of a Probation term, the student will be placed on Suspension and not allowed to register for the following term. During the registration period for the term following the Suspension term, the student must meet with a counselor in the Student Life and Development Office to discuss his/her academic progress and to identify appropriate actions to improve performance. The counselor will complete the Registration Approval form and require the student to submit it to his/her faculty advisor. The student will then submit the completed form to Student Records where staff will override the academic standing allowing the student to register for courses.

Students who have completed one term’s absence on Suspension will continue to be identified as on Suspension for the term in which they return.

If the minimum institutional GPA requirement has not been achieved at the end of the subsequent term, the student will not be allowed to register again without approval of the Academic Appeals Committee.

Academic Appeals Committee and Procedure

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Academic Appeals Committee is to hear student requests for reactivation after not returning to Good Standing after his/her suspension term.

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP: The Committee will be composed of the following:  Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, Chair; Dean of Student Development; one Credit Dean appointed by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness; and three faculty appointed by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness. Upon written request of the student, an SGA representative may also serve on the Academic Appeals Committee.

APPEALS PROCEDURE: At least eight (8) weeks prior to the first day of classes of the reactivation term, a student desiring to have his/her record reactivated must submit to the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness a petition for reactivation. The petition must include a complete explanation for the student’s poor academic performance. To the extent possible, verifiable documentation should also be included. The student may appear before the Committee when it convenes.

DECISIONS: The Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness will inform the student in writing of the Committee’s decision four (4) weeks prior to the first day of classes of the reactivation term. If the decision is to allow the student to return, the student will be placed on Good Standing and the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectivenesst will inform the Registrar in writing or via e-mail.

APPEALS TO THE PRESIDENT: If the petition is denied, the suspension may be appealed to the President of the College, whose decision is final. The petition to the President must be submitted within three (3) work days of receiving the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee. The President will review all related information and will inform the student in writing of the final decision no less than ten (10) work days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the students desires to re-enter. A copy of the President’s written decision will be sent to the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness. If the decision is to allow the student to return, the student will be placed on Good Standing and the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectivenesst will inform the Registrar in writing or via e-mail.

SUBSEQUENT REACTIVATION: If after one year of no enrollment the student desires to return, he/she must submit a request in writing to the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness at least eight (8) weeks prior to the beginning of the term in which he/she desires to enroll. The Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness may request a meeting with the student as part of the decision-making process. The Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectivenesst will inform the student of his/her decision in writing at least four (4) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If the decision is to allow the student to return, the student will be placed on Good Standing and  the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness will inform the Registrar in writing or via e-mail. Academic standing for prior terms will not be altered in any way.

Acceptance of Credit and Awarding of Advanced Standing

The College allows students the opportunity to earn credit through transfer of courses from other post-secondary institutions and through advanced standing opportunities. However, a student must earn a minimum of 25% of the credit hours required for a degree, diploma, or certificate through courses taken at the College. Included in the approved coursework for a diploma or degree must be two courses selected from the curriculum major, unless specifically exempted by both the department head and dean.

Transfer Credit

The College will grant credit for courses taken at any other regionally accredited post-secondary institution provided the student earned a “C” or above in those courses. Transfer credit from a college without regional accreditation must be approved by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness. Transfer credit will be granted according to the following guidelines:

  1. A student’s official transcripts from other colleges will be evaluated and credit determined by the appropriate subject department head.
  2. Credit will be given for the equivalent college course.
  3. If the equivalent college course credits do not exceed the course credits being transferred by more than one-half credit hour, full credit for the college course will be granted. If the college course credits exceed the course credits being transferred by more than one-half credit hour, the student has the option of taking an exemption exam or requesting a course waiver.
  4. Exemption credit may be granted for credit a student has earned by exemption exams or other advanced standing procedures at other regionally accredited colleges. The College may request appropriate documentation for evaluation purposes.
  5. Elective credit may be granted for courses for which the College does not have an equivalent course, if the credits to be transferred were earned at a regionally accredited college.
  6. Transfer credit may be granted for all applicable courses without regard to when the credit was initially earned. (Exceptions: Some curricula may require that credit be earned within a specified period of time. In some technical courses, the student may also be advised to validate competency.)
  7. If a student has exempted prerequisite courses and has earned credit for advanced courses at an institution where previously enrolled, the student may request that exemption credit also be granted by the College by providing appropriate documentation. In lieu of appropriate documentation, the student may take an exemption exam (for credit) or request a course waiver (no credit).

While enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at the College, the student should secure permission from his/her advisor prior to taking courses at other post-secondary institutions for transfer credit.

Advanced Standing

A student does not have to be admitted to have experiences or coursework evaluated for advanced standing credit. A student must, however, be enrolled in a curriculum program to have advanced standing credit documented on an official College transcript.

Technical Advanced Placement (TAP)

The College will award credit for specific college courses to area high school students who have successfully completed all procedures outlined in TAP agreements. TAP is the result of articulation agreements between the College and secondary school faculty. Students taking high school courses, especially in occupational and technical areas, that cover skills and competencies equivalent to content in Tri-County Technical College courses, may qualify to earn credit for these courses or skip over specific course content or course requirements. Validation guidelines for each articulated course are included in the TAP handbook on the College website (www.tctc.edu/highschool.html). High school students who would like more information about TAP should contact their guidance counselor or occupational teacher and/or review the TAP information on the College website. TAP credit will be documented on College transcripts as “Technical Advanced Placement” credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may receive credit for courses by making an acceptable score on the CLEP tests. Although the College does not administer the CLEP, students may contact the Student Records Office for more information. Credit will be recorded on transcripts as “Advanced Placement.”

Advanced Placement Examinations

The College recognizes the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. High school students interested in receiving Advanced Placement credit are encouraged to participate in their high school’s Advanced Placement (AP) programs. Examination results should be sent to Tri-County Technical College by the College Board. Credit is awarded to those who earn 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board AP examination. Credit will be recorded as “Advanced Placement” on transcripts.

Experiential Learning

The College recognizes educational experiences in the armed services. In determining credits to be awarded, recommendations provided in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, are considered. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Educational Experience.”

The College may grant credit for documented work experience. The work experience must be documented in writing from the student’s employer. The justification must tie the prior experience to the competencies of the relevant course. The subject-matter department head will determine the relevancy of the documented work experience to a specific course and ensure the work experience does not duplicate credit already awarded or planned for the student’s academic program. Elective credit may be awarded at the discretion of the subject-matter department head. Documented work experience credit may be awarded for no more than 25% of the credit hours applied toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Work Experience.”

Other Externally Administered Examinations

Consideration of awarded credit for other externally administered examinations will be based on publications of the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit will be awarded at the discretion of the subject-matter department head based upon examination titles and scores and ACE recommendations. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Advanced Placement.”

Non-Collegiate Organization Training Programs

Tri-County Technical College recognizes educational experiences in training programs conducted by non-collegiate organizations. In determining credits to be awarded, recommendations provided by the American Council on Education, the Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), and National PONSI will be considered. A member of the Student Records staff will forward documentation of the training experiences and published recommendations to the subject-matter department head. Elective credit based on non-collegiate organization training programs may be granted at the discretion of the program department head. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Advanced Placement.”

Exemption Credit (College Administered)

Students who wish to receive course credit without attending classes are required to do the following:

  1. Present evidence documenting education or work experience that is similar to the content of a particular course to the appropriate department head.
  2. Submit a request for the examination to the appropriate department head who will determine eligibility for the exam.
  3. Pay a fee of $75 for each examination, and present the receipt at the time the exemption exam is administered.
  4. Earn a grade of at least a “C” on the examination, as defined in current course syllabi. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript as “Exemption Exam.”

A student may not retake an exam if a grade of “C” or higher, as outlined in course syllabi, is not attained on the exam. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may be granted by the Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness upon receipt of a written request from the student. In no case can the exception be granted more than once for a course. A student who has enrolled in a course (i.e. audited, failed, withdrawn, etc.) will not be permitted to take an exemption examination for that course.

Foreign Language Placement Testing (College Administered)

Students who wish to exempt one or two prerequisite courses in a foreign language may choose to take a foreign language placement test. The placement test is given at the student’s request in the Assessment Center. The College’s foreign language faculty will grade each test and will advise students regarding placement. No student can be placed in a higher level foreign language class until the appropriate test has been taken. Students who wish to earn credit for the prerequisite courses must take the appropriate exemption test and pay an exemption fee of $75 per course.

CHE State Policies and Procedures

The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) for the state of South Carolina coordinates post-secondary education in public-supported institutions, including policies and procedures for students and their course credits transferring between and among these institutions. The CHE has established transfer policies and procedures that all State public institutions must follow.

Courses in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science majors are designed for transfer to other colleges and universities (see Arts and Sciences Division section). Credits earned in other majors may be evaluated by other institutions on an individual basis.

The chief transfer officer at the College is the Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division. This officer administers the transfer degree programs (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science) and coordinates the advising of transfer students. Students may consult the dean of their programs of study for questions concerning transfer of courses into program curricula. CHE regulations and procedures are listed in Appendix 2.

Statewide Articulation Courses



Tri-County Technical College offers 64 of the 86 courses articulated by CHE.


Transferable Courses



The courses listed below are taught by Tri-County Technical College faculty who are credentialed at the University Transfer level. It is the responsibility of the receiving institution to evaluate student transcripts and to make decisions concerning which courses are applied to particular degree programs.

Arts and Sciences


Registration/Schedule Changes

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is a critical component of a transformational first year experience at Tri-County Technical College. It is tied to the College’s strategic plan, specifically focused on Positioning and Equipping Students for Success. Its primary purpose is to assist students in the development of meaningful curricular and co-curricular plans, and to align those plans with attainable and realistic life goals.

Academic advising is:

  • An ongoing, intentional educational partnership between advisors and students;
  • A process of teaching students how to become responsible consumers of their own educations while providing guidance, support and encouragement;
  • An interactive process in which the advisor helps the student set and achieve academic goals, acquire relevant information and services, and make responsible decisions; and
  • Personalized to consider the needs of each student and to reference appropriate referral services.

Purpose of Academic Advising

Academic Advisors provide students with specialized, personal contact, and seek to meet student needs in the following ways:

  • Assist students in developing realistic educational plans compatible with their educational, life and career goals based on the student’s abilities and time constraints;
  • Provide individualized, proactive academic guidance throughout a student’s academic career, including monitoring and following up on student progress;
  • Aid student through his or her academic career in developing decision-making skills and in becoming autonomous and self-reliant;
  • Refer students to appropriate support services both on campus and in the community; and
  • Provide job placement information and university transfer assistance as needed to students.

Essential to the advising process is the need to listen to and respect advisee concerns and maintain confidentiality.

Registration

Registration dates are listed on the Enrollment and Academic Calendar available on the website at www.tctc.edu/x1059.xml. Prior to each term, students should complete the following registration process:

CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS: Currently enrolled students may register for courses online via eTC, the College portal, after being advised by their academic advisors. Academic advising for course selection is mandatory for all students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program. Appointments with advisors should be made during the “Advising for Registration Period.”

NEW STUDENTS/TRANSFER STUDENTS: New students or transfer students may register for courses online via eTC after being advised. Academic advising for course selection is mandatory for all students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.

RETURNING STUDENTS: Returning students may register for courses online via eTC after being advised. Academic advising for course selection is mandatory for all students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.

After completing the registration process, all students should:

  1. Contact the Financial Aid Office to verify financial aid award status, if applicable. (Current students can check the status of their financial aid awards through their eTC account.)
  2. Pay tuition and fees in the Business Office. No student is officially enrolled until all fees are paid.

Drop/Add Period

Students interested in changing their schedules after classes have started may do so online via eTC. Students may add classes to their schedules during the first three instructional days and drop classes during the first five instructional days of a 14-week semester. Students who wish to change sections of the same course or move from certain upper and lower English or math course will be allowed to do so throughout the drop period. The add and drop periods will be prorated for terms of varying lengths.

Students who add courses after the term begins are responsible for classes missed. Students receiving financial aid must contact the Financial Aid Office to have their financial aid awards adjusted.

Withdrawal from a Class

Any student may withdraw from a class online via eTC with a grade of “W” after the drop/add period but prior to the completion of 60% of the session for which the class is offered. A student who has not withdrawn or been withdrawn prior to the deadline will receive the final course grade calculated as stated in the course syllabus.

A grade of “W” may be awarded after the deadline provided the student presents reasonable, documented, non-academic circumstances as justification for an exception to policy. Such an exception requires the approval of the instructor and head of the department in which the course is housed. A student may not be withdrawn after the last day of class (excluding final exams).

The student is responsible for all transactions, including notification of the Financial Aid Office if financial aid, scholarships, or “VA” education benefits are received.

Withdrawal from the College

All students officially withdrawing from the College must complete a “Withdraw from College” form available in Student Records. Students are required to meet with a Financial Aid counselor prior to submitting the form to Student Records.

A student’s federal financial aid eligibility must be recalculated for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a semester. Federal financial aid includes Federal Pell Grant, ACG, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal Stafford Loans.  Federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid.  A student who does not complete at least 60% of a semester may owe a repayment to the College and/or the federal government for the amount of unearned federal financial aid based on the length of time the student was enrolled.  Immediate repayment may be required. 

A student who owes the College may not be permitted to register for a subsequent term or obtain an official academic transcript until the debt is paid.  Payment should be made to the Business Office.  A student who owes the federal government may be turned over to the U.S. Department of Education and be required to provide documentation of a satisfactory payment arrangement before federal or state financial aid eligibility is restored. 

Graduation

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the College, a student must meet and complete the following requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the required courses and the number of credit hours specified in a program of study.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average in the program of study.
  • File an “Application for Graduation” with the Registrar.
  • Pay all financial obligations owed to the College.
  • Earn a minimum of 25% of the credit hours required for a degree, diploma, or certificate through courses taken at the College. Included in the approved coursework for a diploma or degree must be two courses selected from the curriculum major, unless specifically exempted by both the department head and dean.

Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation exercises are held at the end of the Spring Semester and the Summer Term each year. All students must apply to graduate. All graduates are encouraged to attend the commencement exercises.

Graduation Honors

Graduates who have outstanding institutional grade point averages will be recognized as honor graduates. Honors designations are as follows: 3.50 – 3.74 (with honors); 3.75 – 3.94 (with high honors); and 3.95 – 4.00 (with highest honors).

Gold tassels designate that students are graduating with highest honors. Honor cords designate by color that students are graduating with honors (blue), high honors (silver), and highest honors (gold). The College covers the costs of gold tassels and honor cords.

Student Records

Transcripts

College academic transcripts are issued by the Student Records Office. Current students may request a transcript via his/her eTC account or online at www.tctc.edu/x796.xml.

Alumni may request a transcript online at www.tctc.edu/x796.xml.

Enrollment Verification

In cooperation with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), the College provides a free self-service program that allows current students to view and print advanced registration and enrollment verifications via eTC.

Advanced registration verifications are available approximately two months prior to the beginning of the semester/term. Enrollment verifications are typically available to students five days after the drop/add period for any given term.

Alumni seeking an enrollment verification must contact Student Records, Pendleton Campus, Miller Hall, Room 190.

Change of Major

Enrolled students who want to change academic majors must complete a Change of Major form. These forms are available in the Student Records office on the Pendleton Campus. The form must be signed by the student and Director of Advising and Tutoring Services (or designee) prior to submitting to Student Records to be processed. Students on the Anderson and Easley Campuses may obtain the form and signature from the Community Campus Student Services Coordinator.

Change of Student Information

Each student is obligated to ensure that his/her name, address, and telephone number are current and accurate in the official records of the College. Failure to do so can cause delay in the handling of student records and in emergency notification. Currently enrolled students can make address and telephone number changes through their eTC accounts. Name changes must be made by contacting the Student Records Office. International students on F-1 visas who are changing their names, addresses, or telephone numbers are required to notify the International Student Advisor immediately.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Student academic and educational records are confidential and are maintained by the appropriate record custodian. These records are disclosed with the student’s written consent except as defined by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Students have a right to inspect their educational records and request a correction of records that may be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy or other rights. Students may obtain a copy of the College’s policy regarding FERPA from the Registrar and Community Education. (Students may refer to the Student Code for SC Technical Colleges in Appendix 3 for additional information.)

Release of Student Information

Directory information (or releasable information) is general information that may be released by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion, to anyone without consent of the student. The following is considered directory information at Tri-County Technical College: student name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, birth date, major, participation in officially recognized activities, attendance dates, enrollment status, degrees/awards received, most recent previous school attended, and photographs/electronic images.

Students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in Student Records by the end of the second week of class each term (or first meeting of Corporate and Community Education courses).

Student Right to Know

In compliance with the Student Right to Know Act, the College makes available its completion and transfer rates to all current and prospective students. Additionally, the College is required to provide information regarding campus public safety policies and report the number of on-campus criminal offenses during the most recent calendar year and the two preceding calendar years. Information regarding completion and transfer rate is available at http://tcwebap1.tctc.edu:8000/tctcdata/apg/grs.html. Information regarding on-campus criminal offenses is available at www.tctc.edu/Content/Documents/SecurityReport.pdf.

English Fluency in Higher Education Act

Students in classes taught by faculty whose first language is other than English have the right to expect the faculty to speak in English that is judged to be reasonably understandable. In the event such is not the case, the student may follow the grievance procedures to file a complaint. Such complaints will be handled according to College policy. Students should contact the Provost to obtain a copy of the policy.

Academic Support Services

Assessment Center

The Assessment Center administers placement and academic make-up testing. Students are encouraged to arrive at the Assessment Center to allow sufficient time to complete testing prior to the published closing time. A picture ID is required. It is highly recommended that current students present a TCTC student ID for testing. Other acceptable forms of identification are a state-issued picture ID (a driver’s license for example), a military ID, or an official school ID (high school or college). Presenting a TCTC student ID will expedite the check-in process.

Learning Communities

Learning communities are courses that provide students with a community environment to increase their ability to accomplish academic and personal goals, and to provide a network of friendships that can help with the adjustment to the College environment. Some communities are stand-alone courses and others link 2 -3 courses thematically through the exploration of a particular topic. Many of the learning communities include a Freshman Seminar course that is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the learning process and acquire essential academic survival skills. Learning communities are open to all students and strongly recommended for first-time students. Students interested in joining a learning community should visit www.tctc.edu/Content/Academics/Join_a_Learning_Community.xml for a listing of available learning communities and discuss enrollment with their academic advisors.
 

Library

TCTC maintains three library locations: Pendleton, Anderson, and Easley. The Library also works with the Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center. The Library website provides links to general library information, Information Literacy workshop descriptions and schedules, printable handouts and the most effective electronic resources for many topics. To access the Library’s website, students should go to www.tctc.edu/Content/Student_Life_and_Services/Library.xml. Most of the electronic resources are available off campus by following the appropriate login procedures. The Library maintains a subject portal at http://library.tctc.edu/ for additional research help. Material can be transferred easily between campuses. If it is not in the TCTC libraries, then it may be borrowed through the interlibrary loan arrangement with libraries throughout the world. Qualified librarians and staff members offer reference assistance and information literacy workshops to provide students with the skills to improve the way they do research and use the Library. Students must present a valid government issued picture ID in order to check out books (TCTC ID preferred). The Pendleton campus library maintains day and evening hours, while Anderson and Easley concentrate on day hours. All are available via e-mail and instant message chat.  E-mail address is library@tctc.edu and is answered Monday to Friday.  E-mail is not checked on the weekend.  Instant messaging feature is on most library pages. See http://library.tctc.edu for easy access.  The Library also has a list of FAQs at http://tctc.libanswers.com.

The Library at the Pendleton Campus contains more than 37,000 print books, 170 magazines and journal subscriptions, 15 newspaper subscriptions, and audiovisual items in the collection. In addition to the printed resources, the Library owns over 80,000 electronic books and subscribes to more than 50 online databases, the majority of which contain full-text journal, newspaper, and reference articles. Computer workstations are provided to access the Library’s online catalog, databases, and course- related Internet research. Students may also use the computers for word processing, accessing on-line classes and campus email. A few private study rooms are located in the Library.  Anderson and Easley contain around 1,000 print books and a few journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Physical space at Anderson and Easley provides print books and a variety of local newspapers and magazines. Computers are available for student research projects at each location. Hours of these community campuses are based on the needs of the students. Students are encouraged to call before traveling to a community campus to verify hours. 

The Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center coordinator has access to information about library services and workshops. Needed material is brought to this location as minimum print material is maintained at the location.

Telephone contact numbers are: Pendleton, 864-646-1750; Anderson, 864-260-6720; Easley, 864-220-8899. E-mail is library@tctc.edu. Additional information is available at http://library.tctc.edu/aboutthelibrary.

Tutoring Center

Tutoring is available to all Tri-County Technical College students through the Tutoring Center located in the Student Center, room 109 on the Pendleton Campus. Even some of the most successful students need help at times, and Tri-County Technical College’s Tutoring Center will provide that help to all students who need assistance in mathematics, science or writing. In addition, students can attend workshops or schedule individual appointments to work on study skills, time management, note-taking, test-taking and other academic skills necessary to be successful. 

Students will also have access to supplementary materials in those disciplines, including handouts, instructional CDs and videotapes, textbooks, solution manuals, and computer software. The Tutoring Center offers graphing calculator assistance, and computers are provided to students for research and word processing.

Appointments are not required, but appointments will take precedence over drop-ins. One-on-one tutoring appointments last approximately 30 minutes. Assistance is also offered at Anderson and Easley campuses. Hours of operation and locations for each semester are posted on the “Learn” tab on eTC in the Get Learning Support channel. Students may make appointments for tutoring at the Pendleton Campus by coming to the Tutoring Center or by calling 864-646-1367.

Educational Partnership Programs

Bridge Programs

Tri-County Technical College has Bridge agreements with several postsecondary institutions. Each program is unique, but in all cases, students who meet specified criteria may transfer to the senior institution after completion of the program requirements at Tri-County.  For additional information on any of the Bridge programs listed below, call 864-646-1683.

Bridge to Clemson
A first of its kind in South Carolina, this invitation-only program blends the traditional academic experience at Tri-County with the social and cultural experiences of Clemson University. Invitations are extended by Clemson to those who narrowly miss admission to the University. Bridge students must earn 30 transfer credits at Tri-County during their Bridge year and maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to transition to Clemson for their sophomore year. Students live together in a local apartment complex and have access to student life programs and services at both Tri-County and Clemson.

Bridge to Lander Program
Lander University has developed a partnership agreement with all 16 technical colleges in South Carolina, which helps to ensure a successful transition from Tri-County to Lander. The program provides advising and academic support for prospective freshman transfer students who have been identified by the institutions and who meet the GPA requirements.

Bridge to USC Program
This statewide agreement is intended to make transitions from SC technical colleges to USC as seamless as possible and to increase the success of transfer students once they are enrolled at the Columbia campus. The University and technical colleges will identify and contact students who are eligible for the program. Participating students will have access to a variety of services from Tri-County and USC.

USC Upstate Direct Connect
USC Upstate has developed a partnership agreement with several upstate colleges that guarantees admission to USC Upstate for students who graduate with an Associate in Arts Degree, an Associate in Science Degree, or selected Associate in Applied Science degrees. To enable a smooth transition, the program provides enhanced academic advising and accelerated admission to USC Upstate.

Connect to College

Connect to College (C2C) enables academically capable youth between the ages of 17-20 to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and college credit, up to and including a postsecondary credential. The first of its kind in South Carolina, C2C is a program for students who, for a variety of reasons, have faced difficulties in traditional high school settings. The program provides students with intensive support services that build confidence and foster success in a collegiate learning environment.

Students in Connect to College take college courses for dual credit taught by College faculty on Tri-County’s Pendleton Campus. (With approval, students are permitted to take one or more courses online or at the Easley, Anderson, or Oconee campuses of Tri-County Technical College.) Students may also, with permission, take one or more courses for high school credit only through the South Carolina Virtual School Program (SCVSP). Courses offered through SCVSP are online and accessed primarily through C2C labs with instructional facilitators available for assistance. Students who graduate through C2C are awarded a standard South Carolina High School Diploma by their sponsor high school (a public high school in Anderson, Oconee or Pickens counties).  Diplomas are presented to graduates at Tri-County Technical College commencement ceremonies, held each May and August, or during a C2C commencement ceremony in December.

The program covers the costs for tuition and textbooks. Students are required to pay College fees each semester and to cover their own costs for transportation, child care, and supplies. Students must also pay any debts they owe to Tri-County Technical College (such as library fines and parking fines). There is no financial assistance available to offset the costs of fees, transportation/child care, supplies, or fines. Connect to College does not provide van or bus transportation.

All C2C students must meet specific eligibility requirements. The first step in the application process is to attend a Connect to College Overview Session. To sign up for an Overview Session call 864-646-1461. For additional information about the program, please visit www.tctc.edu/c2c.

High School Dual Enrollment

 

Tri-County’s dual enrollment and career pathways programs provide opportunities for qualified high school juniors and seniors, with permission from their parents/guardian and high school officials, to take Tri-County courses.  Opportunities include university transfer courses and/or technical courses offered through career pathways that seamlessly connect secondary and post-secondary curricula in a specialized career field. Students must submit the online Dual Enrollment Application for Admission and a Dual Enrollment Permission Form with the appropriate signatures in order to be admitted to the college. For additional information, contact 864-646-1505 or 864-646-1501.

TRiO

TRiO Programs provide academic and motivational support to qualified low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. Programs include:

  • Educational Talent Search (ETS): Educational Talent Search is an outreach program of information, educational guidance counseling, and support for qualified high school and middle school students; and out-of-school youth who wish to enter a post-secondary institution. ETS provides connections to high quality academic tutoring services; advice and assistance in secondary course selection; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and completing college admission applications; information on the full range of Federal student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications; guidance on and assistance in alternative education programs; services for financial and economic literacy; and services for homeless and foster care students.
     
  • Upward Bound (UB): The Upward Bound program serves high school youth through both academic and summer components. UB provides academic tutoring and instruction in English, Spanish, math, reading, and science; advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams; information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs; assistance in completing financial aid applications; guidance on and assistance in alternative education programs; services for financial and economic literacy; and services for homeless and foster care students. Participants who are recent high school graduates take part in a summer bridge component and enroll in university transfer courses.

For more information on either program, call 864-646-1593.