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Academic Awards The Associate of Arts degree is designed to provide the first two years of a typical college or university bachelor’s degree program in liberal arts or general education. The Associate of Science degree, with a designated specialty, is awarded to a student who wishes to enter the workforce or continue their education. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded to a student who completes a two-year technology curricula. The Associate of General Studies degree is designed for those students who have chosen to follow an individualized course of study, which is not specifically designed to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. A Diploma is issued to a student who completes a full-time career and technical curricula of at least one academic year. A Competency Certificate may be issued for a student who demonstrates competencies in a career and technical program. An Adult High School Diploma is issued to a student who completes the specified requirements. Grading System Grades represent the official record of your level of achievement in a course. The following grading scale is utilized at NCC. A Excellent 4.0 B Above average 3.0 C Average 2.0 D Below average 1.0 F Failure 0.0 I Incomplete W Withdrew X Repeat N Audit P Passing R Required-no credit T Credit granted by testing E Excused without credit L Credit granted by virtue of prior education or occupational experience M Approved high school articulation WebAdvisor WebAdvisor is a powerful tool that provides NCC students real-time, up-to-date information online. It can be used to check final grades, and view schedules and transcripts from any Internet connection. You can obtain instructions on how to access WebAdvisor through your advisor. Pass/Fail Specific courses have been approved by the College to be taken pass/fail. Such courses will be shown on the transcript with a designation of the appropriate number of credits and either a P or F. Courses taken as pass/fail may be applied toward graduation requirements if the course meets program requirement. Pass/fail courses will not be included in the GPA calculations. To receive a passing grade a student must receive a C or higher. For information on which courses, or under which situations a course can be taken pass/fail, contact the Vice President of Student & Academic Services. If a student plans to transfer the credit from a course taken pass/fail it is their responsibility to check with the receiving institution to determine their acceptance/transfer policy. Grade Change A change in the status of your final grade can be accomplished only through the approval of the instructor, the Academic Dean, Vice President of Student & Academic Services and the Registrar through the use of the “Grade Change Form for All Grades Other Than Incompletes.” Incompletes An incomplete grade may be assigned if you have not completed some portion of the assigned work during the regular term due to extenuating circumstances. Through special arrangements with the instructor, you may complete remaining work during a specific amount of time in the following terms but not to exceed eight (8) weeks. An incomplete grade that is not completed during the specified time will be changed to an “F” failing grade. An “Incomplete Contract” must be signed by you and your instructor and returned to the Student Services Office to verify the agreement. The “Incomplete Contract” may be obtained at the Student Services Office or by logging onto www.nwicc.edu. Go to “Student Resources” and click on “Registrar.” Course Syllabi Students should refer to course syllabi for course expectations, grading criteria, attendance, and other class policies. Attendance You are expected to attend class, labs, and other course experiences as scheduled. Instructors will advise you on the policies for attendance and tardiness at the beginning of each term. If you have excessive absences, you may be withdrawn from class at the discretion of the instructor, Academic Dean and Vice President of Student & Academic Services. If you violate the attendance policy after the last day of withdrawal, you will receive the grade earned. Attendance requirements may affect VA or other financial aid benefits. If you know you must be absent, it is your responsibility to notify your instructor as soon as possible. Last day of attendance will be determined by the last time the student attended class or logged into an online class. Students who have not attended (including online) within the first ten calendar days of the beginning of their course will be removed. Minors in the Classroom In order not to disrupt the learning activities of the College, students, staff, and visitors, are not permitted to have minor children accompany them into classrooms, computer labs, laboratories, studios, or clinical settings even if supervised, except during officially College-sanctioned special programs or events (e.g., Junior Career Day, 8th Grade Career Day, summer camps, etc.) without prior written approval from the Vice President of Student and Academic Services. Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2016–2017 Academics 28


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