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Academic Affairs

This section contains definitions, policies and procedures related to the academic affairs of the college that are not addressed elsewhere. For the convenience of the reader, topics are listed in alphabetical order. For more information on any topic, refer to Quicklinks, or call the appropriate person in Who to Contact.

Academic Honors

Academic Suspension and Probation

Credits, Grade Points & Grade Point Average (GPA)

Dean's List

Dropping & Adding Courses Fresh Start Policy

General Education Requirements

BCC Grading System Graduation Information

 Matriculation

 Mid-Semester & Final Grades

 Missed Final Exams

 Non-Degree Students

 Orientation

 Phi Theta Kappa

 

Every BCC student enrolled in a degree program is assigned an academic advisor who assists in course selection and offers general information concerning the student's academic life.

Each semester, during a designated registration period, students meet with their advisors and register for the next semester. Students are encouraged to see their advisor as often as necessary to make certain they are taking courses appropriate for their academic and career plans. The advisor should also be consulted before students add or drop courses or change a program of study.

Students may check their WebAdvisor account, or with the Academic Advising Center or Registrar's office, early in their first semester to learn the name of their academic advisor. Usually students have the same advisor throughout their education at BCC. However, students may change their advisor through the Academic Advising Center.

Students should monitor their own academic progress. Descriptions of specific courses are in the college catalog, as are program descriptions which list specific course requirements for each academic program. Program descriptions for new programs not listed in the catalog are available in the Registrar's office and Academic Advising Center. Students can check their degree audit using their WebAdvisor account to track progress toward program completion. 

Academic Honors
BCC recognizes the academic achievements of its students through the fall and spring Dean's List, Convocation, Graduation Honors, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Academic Suspension and Probation
A student who receives a suspension notice may not attend classes. Suspension is recorded on the student's transcript. A student who has been suspended and wishes to be reinstated must petition in writing and provide appropriate support documents for review by the Student Standing Committee. Students may be reinstated under conditions set by the Committee and monitored by the Student Success Center.

Probation is a strong warning that academic performance is below recommended standards. Students on probation are encouraged to make significant improvement in their grades during the following semester. Performance will be closely monitored by the Student Success Center. Probation is recorded on the student's transcript.

A student who fails to meet the criteria as stated in the following table may be suspended or placed on probation at the discretion of the Student Standing Committee.

 Attempted
Credit Hours*
 Suspension
Cumulative
Average
Probation
Cumulative
Average
 1 to 29
30 to 44
45 & up
 
0.00 to 1.499
0.00 to 1.749
0.00 to 1.999
1.500 to 1.749
1.750 to 1.999

 *The total of all credits attempted in courses taken at BCC.

Any student whose semester average is 2.000 or higher will not be suspended for a low cumulative average, unless he or she is judged by the Student Standing Committee to have abused the W (Withdrawal) privilege.  

Students placed on probation or suspension are invited to appear before the Student Standing Committee to present evidence that they feel should be considered before final action is taken on their academic performance.

Credits, Grade Points & Grade Point Average (GPA)

A chronological record of each student's courses and grades is maintained by the Registrar's Office. This academic history, or transcript, provides the following information:

  • Attempted credits or hours (Hrs. Att.): the credit value of the courses registered for or attempted;
  • Completed credits or hours (Hrs. Cpt.): the credit value of courses successfully completed or earned;
  • Grade Points: the grade point value for each grade times the credit hours of the course; and a
  • GPA: the grade point average for one semester equals the grade points divided by the attempted credit hours of the courses in which a grade of A, B, C, D, F or WF is received (including "plus" or "minus" grades).

Course

Grade    =   

 Grade
 Points      x

 Credit
 Hours      =

Points    

ENG 101

A

=

4.000

x

3

=

  12.000

BIO 101

D

=

1.000

x

4

=

    4.000

MAT 101

C

=

2.000

x

1

=

    2.000

MAT 115

B

=

3.000

x

1

=

    3.000

HIS 113

B

=

3.000

x

3

=

    9.000

PHL 101

F

=

0.000

x

  __3__

=

  _0.000

 

 

 

 

 

15

=

  30.000

Example: Semester Grade Point Average (GPA)

In the example above, the student registered for, or attempted, 15 credit hours of courses. Since the student received a failing grade of "F" in PHL 101 (a 3-credit course), he/she successfully completed, or earned, only 12 of the 15 credits attempted. However, the "F" does count in calculating the grade point average (GPA). Therefore, the divisor equals 15. The example shows the calculation of the grade points for each course and the total (30.000) for the semester. The student's grade point average, or GPA, is calculated by dividing the total points (30.000) by the divisor (15). As a result, this student's semester GPA equals 2.000. The student's transcript displays this information for each semester, as well as a cumulative total which is arrived at by calculating all the semesters together. The cumulative grade point average is the total of all grade points for every course on the transcript divided by the total divisor.

Dean's List

This list honors full-time, matriculated students who completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the semester, with no IN or IP grades.

Students who earned a 3.250 to 3.749 GPA during the semester are accorded Honors; students with a 3.750 to 4.000 GPA are accorded High Honors.

To recognize the academic achievements of part-time students, the spring Dean's List includes matriculated students who completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year, with no IN or IP grades.

Part-time students who earned a 3.250 to 3.749 GPA during the semester are accorded Honors. Those with a 3.750 to 4.000 GPA are accorded High Honors.

Dropping & Adding Courses

Students may Drop and/or Add courses during the first week of the semester. The Drop/Add form is available from the Registrar's Office. The completed form requires the signature of the student's advisor and must be returned to the Registrar's Office. A faculty signature is required only if the course is full.

With the exception of some self-paced and modular courses, no course may be added after the first week of the semester.

Dropping a course may have an adverse effect on financial aid; students should check this carefully before dropping a course.

Fresh Start Policy

A student who has attended BCC, left the college, and then re­entered after an absence of at least two consecutive academic years may apply once for a "Fresh Start." Under this policy, the student's record, previous to the absence, is treated as if it were the record of a transfer student; that is, only courses where grades of "C" or better were earned will be applied toward graduation, and none of the grades will be computed in the cumulative grade point average.

A student may have no more than 45 total degree credits, including transfer credits, to be eligible for Fresh Start. Students must apply at the Academic Advising Center to use the policy. Applications

are considered by the Student Standing Committee, which recommends actions to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The student must have completed 12 new degree credits before a recommendation is made by the committee.

If there is more than one two-year break, the effective date of Fresh Start is at the discretion of the committee. Students should be aware that other colleges may not recognize Fresh Start grade deletions from cumulative computation.

General Education Requirements

BCC has adopted a core curriculum intended:

  • To provide students with a strong base of knowledge from a broad spectrum of disciplines reflecting human kind's past in lan­guage, art, science, mathematics, history, and the social sciences; and
  • To provide students with basic skills for current and future college-level work, the dynamics of a changing job market, and the demands of a knowledge-based society; and
  • To expose students to the values that sustain and nurture pro­ductive, purposeful and healthy lives.

The general education requirements listed in each degree program of study contain this core curriculum. Click here for courses meeting the BCC General Education Requirements.

BCC Grading System

        Letter              Numerical              Grade 
         Grade              Equivalent             (GPA)

A

93-100

4.000

 A-

90-92

3.670

  B+

87-89

3.330

B

83-86 

3.000

  B-

80-82

2.670

  C+

77-79

2.330

C

73-76*

2.000

 C-

70-72

1.670

  D+

67-69

1.330

D

63-66

1.000

 D-

60-62 

0.670

F

0-59

0.000

   The college also uses the following grading code:

         Code               Grading

P/NP............ Pass/No Pass

W................. Withdrawn without penalty

WA............... Withdrawn Audit

WF............... Withdrawn Failing
                     (Calculates as an F in the GPA.)

WP............... Withdrawn Passing

IP................. In Progress

AU................ Audit (no credit given)

IN................ Incomplete
                     (Grades must be completed three weeks after final grades are due.)

RE................ Re-enroll
                     (No credit given.)


*A minimum of "75" is required as a passing
   grade 
in Nursing (NUR and LPN) courses.

Matriculation

Students who want to enroll in one of BCC's degree or certificate programs, whether full- or part-time, must be admitted to the college (see Admissions). Enrolling in a program is called matriculating.

Mid-Semester & Final Grades

Students may view and/or print their mid-semester (if assigned) and final grades by using their BCC WebAdvisor account or My BCC. Some faculty assign mid-semester grades to all students in a course. Others only assign mid-semester grades as a warning to students who are performing at a failing or borderline passing level at mid-semester. In addition to being able to access their grades via their WebAdvisor account, these students also receive a mid-term grade report in the mail. At the end of each semester, all students are assigned a final grade for each course. Students can view and/or print copies of their final grades by using their WebAdvisor account.

 

Missed Final Exams

Each faculty member will determine and announce for each class the implications of an unexcused absence from the final examination. Each faculty member shall make an announcement of class policy ahead of time and enforce it uniformly. Individual faculty members will decide whether an absence from a final examination is excused or unexcused. Normally, written documentation that the absence was unavoidable will be required.

(Notes from doctors, lawyers, police, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, etc., will be acceptable; notes from parents, spouses, etc., will not.)

If an absence is excused, a makeup exam must be given.

Non-Degree Students

Anyone interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program may do so as a non-degree student. Non-degree students may sign up for courses as long as they can document that they meet or exceed any prerequisites the course may have. Results of the BCC Learning Skills Assessment or another college transcript may be used to meet this requirement. Non-degree students do not need to apply for admission to the college in order to take courses. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Orientation

All new students, whether entering the spring or fall semester, participate in orientation. The purpose of orientation is to help students make the transition to BCC by acquainting them with the facilities, resources, services, activities, and policies of the college.

Phi Theta Kappa

PTK is the international honor society of American community and junior colleges. BCC's chapter is known as Xi Alpha. The purpose

of this society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among junior and community college students. An induction program is held in the spring of each academic year. Students must be currently enrolled at the college and have accumulated 12 or more BCC credits that apply toward graduation. Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible as a freshman, a

student must have accumulated between 12 and 29 credits with a 3.800 or better cumulative average. To be eligible as a sophomore, a student must have accumulated 30 or more credits with a 3.600 or better cumulative average. Also, students are encouraged to participate in community service opportunities. Membership in PTK qualifies students to apply for special scholarships at many four-year institutions.