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Associate of General Studies Purpose: The AGS degree is designed for those students who have chosen to follow an individualized course of study, in close consultation with an academic advisor, which is not specifically designed to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. The AGS degree provides an attainable associate degree for those who have completed a career program of less than two years duration, for those whose educational goals have changed in the middle of a different degree program, or for those whose personal or career goals do not require the AA, AS, or AAS degree. Requirements: 1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit, of which at least the last 20 semester hours shall be taken at NCC, of which no more than 6 may be taken as independent study, all distributed as follows: • “The College Experience” (SDV 108, 1 credit). • Communications (at least 9 credits). • Social Sciences (at least 9 credits). • Science and Mathematics (at least 9 credits). • Humanities (at least 9 credits). • Electives (at least 23 credits). 2. Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 3. Courses taken may be A, C or E level. Diploma In order to obtain a Diploma, you must meet the following requirements: 1. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 2. Successfully complete all required technical courses. 3. Successfully complete a minimum of 6 semester credits which shall include the following disciplines: Communications 3 semester credits Math 3 semester credits * Students must successfully complete a minimum of 15 semester credits through NCC. Graduate Prep You are requested to attend a graduate prep session during the last semester or term of your attendance. This interview will cover graduation, placement, and financial aid procedures which apply to your responsibilities for graduation. Application for Graduation If you are eligible for graduation, you must complete an “Application for Graduation” form by the fifteenth day of classes during your last term. The information that is gathered will be used for your graduation program and diploma/degree certificates. Graduation Fees You must apply for graduation during registration for your last semester or term of study. A graduation fee is payable at that time. A fee will be applied for each additional degree, diploma, or certificate for which you apply. Early Outs If you are registered for the last semester or term of a career education program, you may receive an “early out” for the purpose of employment. Procedure for “early out” requests may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Commencement Exercises/Graduation NCC conducts three graduation ceremonies each year. The Spring Graduation is held at the end of the Spring Semester (May), the Fall Graduation is held at the end of the Fall Semester (December), and the Summer Graduation is held at the end of the Summer Term (July). Participation in the ceremony is voluntary and does not guarantee that you will officially graduate. You will have your award mailed after semester grades are recorded, evaluated, and all financial responsibilities to the College are met. CAMPUS LIFE ______________________________________________________ Student Conduct NCC expects that you will obey federal, state and local laws; will show respect for properly constituted authority; and will exhibit and maintain integrity and honor in all matters related to NCC. The Board shall authorize procedures as appropriate to student behavior and discipline for a post-secondary institution. For additional information contact the Vice President of Student & Academic Services or designee. Smoking and Tobacco Policy Reference Board Policy 776 The Board of Trustees is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. It is, therefore, a policy of the college that smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the Northwest Iowa Community College campus with no exception. This includes, but is not limited to, all buildings, indoor and outdoor areas and properties, and any vehicle located on college grounds. Indoor areas and properties include, but are not limited to, all common work areas, elevators, student housing, hallways, college-owned or -leased vehicles, garages, restrooms, cafeterias or dining areas, employee lounges, conference and meeting rooms, and all other enclosed areas on the college campus. Outdoor areas include, but are not limited to, parking lots, grounds, rooftops, plazas, courtyards, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas of the college campus. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, consultants, contractors, and visitors. This policy is consistent with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act. For purposes of this policy, “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lit tobacco products in any manner or in any form. For purposes of this policy, “tobacco use” means the personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lit or not. This includes smoking, as defined above, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking. Also prohibited is the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, any other form of looseleaf smokeless tobacco, and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco. Any person who violates this policy may incur a college penalty and/or a civil penalty under Iowa law. 29 College Information


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