You will find a listing of BC3's Academic policies on this page. If you have any questions or cannot find what you are looking for please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724.287.8711 Ext 8263
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After attempting 12 credits, students will be held to standards regarding Academic Standing which are listed below. Preparatory and/or Developmental coursework will be included in the GPA calculation for the purpose of Academic Standing. These courses are not included in the official GPA displayed on the transcript or grade mailer.
Students will be placed on Academic Alert if their cumulative GPAs fall below 2.0 (provided that their semester GPA does not fall below 1.5). Students on Academic Alert will receive a letter with a listing of various campus resources for improving their academic performance. In addition, it is recommended that these students work with their academic advisors to improve their progress toward graduation.
Students will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester if their cumulative GPAs fall below 2.0 and their semester GPAs are below 1.5 (provided that their cumulative averages do not fall below that required for remaining enrolled). Students on academic probation will be required to attend group intervention sessions prior to the start of the semester and will be limited to 13 credits.
Students will be placed on academic suspension for a semester if their semester GPAs are below 2.0 and their cumulative GPAs are in one of the following categories:
|12-23.5||Less than 1.0|
|24-35.5||Less than 1.5|
Academic suspension will prevent students from registering at the College until the end of the next fall or spring semester. Students who are academically suspended may appeal in writing to the Director of Records and Registration to continue their studies subject to review by the Committee on Readmission.
The normal academic load for a full-time student registered for the fall or spring semesters may vary from 12-18 credit hours per semester. No student may schedule more than 18 credit hours per semester without special permission from the V. P. for Academic Affairs. During the summer sessions, the normal academic load should equal not more than one credit for each week of class.
Students who desire to take courses without credit or grades may choose to audit such courses by paying full tuition and fees. Audit students may not revert to credit basis after the published deadline date for adding classes. Students taking courses for credit may not revert to audit after the published deadline date for adding classes. Audit credit is considered institutional credit and does not apply toward graduation.
Students who desire to change their program may do so at anytime by contacting the Office of Records & Registration. Students who elect to change programs should consult their advisors to determine additional curriculum needs.
It is imperative that each student be regular and prompt in attendance at all classes and scheduled conferences with faculty members. All work missed by the student, regardless of the cause, must be made up to the satisfaction of the faculty member. In all cases of anticipated absence, the student should confer beforehand with the teacher concerning the assignments. Students are expected to be in the classroom or the laboratory at the scheduled hour.
Students are able to receive academic credit for prior learning that may enable them to begin their college work at an advanced level and shorten the time required to obtain a certificate or degree. Credit may be granted by: transfer of credit, college level examination program, credit by examination, general life experience, and credit through articulation agreements. No more than 45 credits for any given program will be allowed from a combination of transfer credits, division tests, CLEP credits, articulation credits, and Life Experience credits.
At the end of each semester, students who have earned 12 college level credits* and have a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher are named to the President's List. Students who have earned 12 college level credits* and have a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 are named to the Dean's List.
Part-time students will be awarded the appropriate academic honor at the end of each semester when 12 college level credits* are earned with the required cumulative GPA. If a part-time student who has not yet earned a unit of 12 college level credits* enrolls as a full-time student, he or she is evaluated at the end of the full-time semester.If he or she then returns to part-time status, the accumulation of a new unit of 12 college level credits* begins.
*Institutional credits (developmental and preparatory courses), transfer credits, and pass/fail courses do not count toward academic honors.
Grade Points are determined by multiplying the academic credit hours of a course by the grade point value of the grade received (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0).
A student's grade point average is determined by dividing the number of credits attempted into the grade points. For example:
|English||3||B||3 x 3 = 9|
|Psychology||3||F||3 x 0 = 0|
|Sociology||3||C||3 x 2 = 6|
|Biology||4||D||4 x 1 = 4|
|Math||3||A||3 x 4 = 12|
|*Prep Reading||3||A||3 x 0 = 0|
|16 cr.||31 gp's|
31grade points / 16 semester hours = 1.9 grade point average (GPA)
Responsibility for the assignment of final grades rests with the course instructor. A student questioning a grade has the right to seek an explanation from the individual faculty member. If the explanation is not satisfactory, and providing the student has evidence that a grade is in error, the student may discuss the matter with the Dean of the appropriate division.
Students who change their programs have the option of transferring D grades to the new program or having the D and F credits earned, credits attempted, and grade points placed at 0 by applying for the Forgiveness Policy. Options under the Forgiveness Policy are available only after the successful completion of 15 new credits (2.0 grade point average) in the new program. This may be applied for only once. Students are not permitted to repeat the forgiven courses in the future.
Students who register for 12 or more credits are considered to be full-time students. Students who register for fewer than 12 credits are considered to be part-time students.
There will be a semester end grade report issued to each student immediately following the close of the semester. There will be a mid-semester grade report for all students who have earned a D or an F grade. Students earning grades of D and F will be encouraged to see the instructor of the course.
Students may attain graduation honors by earning the following Grade Point Averages:
Institutional Credit is assigned by the institution to courses which are deemed to be preparatory or developmental in nature. Institutional credit cannot be applied toward graduation requirements and is not usually transferable to another institution. Grades in these courses are calculated into an institutional GPA which is used to determine Academic Standing. The institutional GPA is not displayed on college transcripts and will not be used to determine President's List, Dean's List, or graduation honors.
All degree programs at Butler County Community College are designed to encompass a set of courses (the core) that foster the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in standard written and spoken English, a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, the ability to compute, an understanding of scientific methodology or basic computer science, and an awareness of what it means to be a responsible member of society.
Degree programs (AA, AS, AAS) include a set of courses, also known as Institutional Degree Requirements (IDR's) or the CORE. These courses are a blend of liberal arts and occupational courses that provide the necessary tools to enter an occupation or pursue advanced studies. The general education CORE or IDR's for all programs based on minimum credits is listed below:
The core is embodied in the distribution requirements of all programs in the College and provides consistency among all degree programs.
Preparatory and developmental courses are specifically designed to prepare individuals for occupational, technical, or transfer by developing basic skills and understanding necessary to succeed in these curricula. The results of placement tests determine if a student is required to enroll in preparatory and/or developmental courses. Preparatory and/or developmental courses are available in English, Reading, Math, and Algebra. Preparatory and developmental courses earn Institutional Credits.
The Dean responsible for the program, as well as the Director of Records & Registration, must review and approve courses specific to the particular program taken at Butler County Community College more than ten (10) years before the date of the intended degree.
Application of transfer credits specific to the program that were completed more than ten (10) years before completion of the intended degree program shall be reviewed by the Dean responsible for the program and by the Director of Records & Registration.
A student may withdraw from a course after the third week period up to and including the ninth week of the semester with a "W" grade on his/her record. "W" grades do not affect the student's GPA.
Contact Academic Affairs
Frances P. Spigelmyer
Vice President, Academic Affairs
724.287.8711 Ext 8262
Renee J. Piovesan
Secretary, Academic Affairs
724.287.8711 Ext 8263