Academic Policies

Course Requirements

Enrollment in College-Level Courses.  In order to be eligible for enrollment in a college-level course, students must possess proficiency in the reading, writing, and mathematics required for the course. Minimum proficiency is determined by the following:

  1. The College’s Placement Test
  2. Completion of required developmental courses and/or ELS classes if needed, and
  3. Evidence of equivalent academic preparation in specific skill requirements and additional course prerequisites as noted in individual course descriptions.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites.  Prerequisites consist of course, courses, or competencies a student must have before being allowed to register for a more advanced course in the same or related subject area. Co-requisites are courses that a student is required to take while enrolled or prior to enrollment in another related course.

Course Load and Restrictions.  A full-time course load consists of twelve (12) to eighteen (18) credits of course work per semester. For the summer sessions, students are limited to a maximum of eight (8) credits per session. For the Winterim session, students are limited to a maximum of four (4) credits.  A course load of more than eighteen (18) credits per semester or more than eight (8) credits per summer session must be approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Institutional Credits.  Academic credit is not given for work in developmental and most ELS courses. In order to assist in planning student programs and to determine full- or part-time status for financial aid and other purposes, institutional credits are used in the same way as academic credits. Only courses that carry regular academic credit are applied toward certificates and degrees.