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Academic Policies

Distance Learning

Among two-year colleges in New Jersey, PCCC is a leader in educational technology and distance education. The College offers a wide range of college-level online courses, including complete associate degree programs in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Health Information Technology.

Online courses are delivered over the Internet through a learning management system. Through discussion forums, email messages, and chat, as well as a variety of mixed media such as print, audio, and video, students interact with their instructors and peers.

Online courses are ideal for students whose schedules or responsibilities make traveling to campus difficult. Although assignments have deadlines, students are able to work at the time of day or night most convenient to them. Most courses do not require visits to the campus, although some may require a limited number of campus visits for exams.

Online courses cover the same material, and carry the same number of credits, within a specified time frame, as their traditional classroom counterparts. Online courses are subject to the same Academic Integrity Policies as traditional courses. Success in online courses requires the same mastery of competencies from students as in traditional, face-to-face courses. In order to succeed in online courses, students must be self-disciplined, strongly motivated, and able to work independently.

The technical requirements for online courses are:

  • Regular access to a computer with Internet access,
  • Familiarity with Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari,
  • Familiarity with email, and
  • Familiarity with and access to word processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Online academic support is available to all PCCC students via eTutoring. At this site, professional tutors help students in writing, math, science, accounting, research methods, information literacy, and other academic areas. Assistance is both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous.

ITV (Interactive Television) courses are live classes that are transmitted at a specific time, usually from the Main Campus in Paterson to the alternate campuses (Wanaque, Wayne, and Passaic) as well as to other county colleges such as Morris.

ITV students are able to interact with their instructor and their fellow classmates. These courses observe the same attendance policies as traditional courses