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Find information on the following topics: Academic Clemency  |  Academic Progress  |  Adding/Dropping Classes  |  Advanced Placement  |  Advisement  |  Classification of Students  |  Credit for Experiential Learning  |  Graduation  |  Mandatory Placement  |  Military Service School Credit  |  Non-Repeatable Courses  |  Repeatable Courses  |  Withdrawal from College


Academic Clemency

Barton Community College seeks to provide a supportive and challenging environment in which students can improve their basic intellectual skill and equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change. We acknowledge that there are circumstances that necessitate an academic "fresh start" and offer academic clemency as a means to make academic rehabilitation possible.

The following criteria is effective as of the Fall of 2002:

  • Applicants for academic clemency are eligible to apply for clemency after a two-year waiting period from the date of their respective academic "crisis."
  • Applicants for academic clemency must demonstrate improved academic performance in the semester(s) subsequent to their academic crisis (i.e., at least 12 credit hours and a 2.5 grade point average) to be eligible for clemency.
  • No more than 1-2 consecutive semesters of clemency may be considered.

The following limitations apply:

  • Applicants receiving academic clemency are not eligible for graduation with honors at the Barton County Community College.
  • Applicants may only receive academic clemency once.
  • Only course credit earned at Barton Community College is eligible for academic clemency.

The process for applying for academic clemency:

  • Applicants must obtain and complete application for clemency (and submit all supporting documentation) to the College Registrar. Such action shall take place within 30 working days of the receipt of the request.
  • Applicants for academic clemency are asked to identify a limited number of courses within the stated period (1 - 2 consecutive semesters), and include this information with documentation regarding their clemency appeal.
  • Applicants should acknowledge the circumstances surrounding their academic crisis, and explain what they have done to effect recovery.
  • Although the final decision remains with the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services, the decision-making process shall be informed by the recommendation(s) of the respective associate dean(s), and/or the respective faculty.
  • If, in the decision-making process, there is not clear consensus, an ad hoc committee shall meet and make a recommendation to the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services. The membership of the committee shall include the respective faculty member(s) and appropriate associate dean(s).
  • The decision of the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services is final.

Academic Progress

To meet the required academic and progress performance standards of Barton Community College, a student should consider the following:

Academic Standing
If your scholastic performance appears to offer little prospect of academic success, you may be dismissed with or without privilege of reinstatement. You may not petition for reinstatement until one semester has expired after academic dismissal from the College.

Procedures Governing Academic Warning and Dismissal
If you have not accumulated a 1.5 GPA when 24 credit hours have been attempted you will be placed on a one-semester warning. This academic warning is designed to alert you that you may encounter difficulty in meeting graduation requirements and steps should be taken immediately to improve your academic status. You must have a 2.0 GPA when you have attempted 48 hours.  If the cumulative GPA is below this minimum, you will be placed on academic warning after one semester. (Note: All computations are based on A, B, C, D, or F grades).

Dismissal
If you have been placed on academic warning for one semester and do not raise your GPA to the minimum requirements as outlined, you will be dismissed for one semester. However, you will not be dismissed at the close of a semester or summer term during which you achieved a "C" (2.0) average or better.

Reinstatement
If you have been dismissed from the College for poor academic progress, you will be provided a period of at least one semester during which you may reconsider and re-evaluate your academic goals. At the end of the dismissal period, you may apply for admission to the College by filling out a regular application for admission form. You will not be allowed to enroll in more than 12 credit hours for the first semester of attendance after a period of dismissal.

Appeals
Any person limited by these regulations who has marked improvement or who believes he/she has been affected unfairly may appeal to the Enrollment Services Office.


Adding/Dropping Classes

Adding Classes
Day and evening classes may be added through the first week of a semester only. After the official closing dates for adding classes, you must first receive permission from the instructor and sign a learning contract. You may enroll with a signed learning contract for one additional week after the 1st week of class. This procedure does not include "mini-classes" or classes taught for more or less weeks than the regular full semester. Change-of-Schedule forms may be picked up from the Admissions Office, Enrollment Services Office, Advisement Center, or from Advisors. You must pay for added classes at the time of the add.

Dropping Classes
Courses dropped through the first two weeks classes in both the fall and spring semesters and through the 10th day of classes in the summer session will not be recorded on a transcript. After the 20th day of classes in the fall and spring semesters and the 10th day of classes in the summer session, a "W" will be recorded for courses dropped officially. Final drop dates are published in bulletins, Student Handbooks and the Enrollment Services Office. Change-of-Schedule forms may be picked up from the Admissions Office, Enrollment Services Office, Advisement Center, or from advisors. Students are responsible for dropping classes and are required to visit with instructors or an advisor before dropping classes.

Course (Drop Date)
The last day to drop a course with a "W" grade shall be five (5) weeks before the end of the semester (Fall and Spring Semesters only.)

Things to Consider Before Dropping a Class

  • If you receive FINANCIAL AID, will dropping the class affect your financial status?
  • If you need 12 hours or more for INSURANCE, will dropping the class affect your eligibility?
  • If you are an ATHLETE, will dropping the class affect your eligibility?
  • Have you talked to your INSTRUCTOR about dropping the class? Perhaps things aren't as bad as they seem. Have a talk with your instructor.
  • Is the course you want to drop going to be offered again when you need it? Some classes are only offered one semester a year. It may be a year before you can re-enroll.
  • Are you WORKING too many hours? It is likely that by just cutting down your work hours, you will be able to do better in the class.
  • Have you tried the tutoring services in the Library? Student Services provides free tutoring.

Advanced Placement/CLEP/DANTES

Barton Community College recognizes the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) for Advanced Placement Examinations.  Please check with the Office of Enrollment Services for additional information.

Barton Community College recognizes and follows the recommendations of the Commission of Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education (ACE) in awarding credit for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations and Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES) examinations. Students are required to send their test scores to the Director of Enrollment Services at the College. After evaluation, the student will receive notification of credit awarded by the Enrollment Services Office.

Please Note: Students in allied health programs must check with the director of their program to determine if a particular CLEP or DANTES examination may be accepted in their program or if the course must be taken in a classroom setting.


Advisement

You have available to you qualified individuals for academic counseling. You are assigned a faculty or staff advisor who is available for class scheduling as well as other conferences which you may request.

However, it is your responsibility to contact the Enrollment Services Office to drop, add/or withdraw from classes. Please consult with your advisor or instructor first.

Certificate Programs
You may earn a Certificate in an approved program of study for successfully completing a program at less than an associate degree level that prepares you for immediate entry into a chosen occupation.

Programs are planned by you and your advisor, with approval by the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services and are adapted to individual needs.

Academic Advising web site


Classification of Students

Freshman
Students are classified as freshmen through the completion of 31 hours.

Sophomore
A student with 32 or more hours is classified as a sophomore.


Credit for Experiential Learning

In accordance with college policy, students are provided the opportunity to receive equivalent credit earned through "experiential" or non-traditional sources. The Registrar, in consultation with the appropriate Dean and/or Executive Director, shall determine the number of total hours to be awarded for experiential learning. Credit hours earned by examination will not be included in a student's GPA computation; however, the semester hours may be counted toward graduation. The guidelines for receiving such credit may be obtained from the Enrollment Services Office located in the Kirkman Building.

Grade Appeal
The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is designated to coordinate all efforts to resolve final grade appeals. Students receiving an XF grade may also use this procedure to appeal that grade.1 Any change of grade must be documented and processed through the registrar’s office. The instructional deans will keep a record of all grade appeals in their area with the final determination. This information will be archived in document sharing within the course shell as available.

1. If a student has a concern about a final grade, he/she is directed to schedule a conference with the respective instructor within seven (7) working days of the posting of the grade, or within seven (7) working days of the beginning of the next semester or session. The student may ask their advisor, or another advocate, to attend this meeting. The instructor will determine if the grade will be changed.
2. If the student not satisfied, he/she may schedule a conference with the respective Director, Executive Director or Dean within seven working (7) days of the conference in step one. The student should bring their concerns in writing to this conference. This conference may include the instructor. Following the conference, the Director, Executive Director or Dean will determine if an appeal will be granted.
3. If the student remains dissatisfied with his/her grade, a conference may be scheduled with the CAO within seven (7) working days of the conference in step two. The student should be prepared to present his/her concern in writing to the CAO at the conference. The CAO will investigate the concern and will render a decision, in writing, to the student within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the written concern.
4. If the student still has a concern, the student may request a hearing by giving written notice to the CAO within ten (10) working days of receiving the decision in step four. The student will designate one hearing committee member.

Upon receipt of such notice, the CAO shall establish a hearing committee. The committee shall include a member designated by the student, a member designated by the respective faculty member and a member (chairperson) designated by the Vice-President. The committee shall meet within ten (10) days of the request for the hearing and will render a written decision no later than five (5) days after the close of the hearing. A copy of the written decision shall be given to the student, instructor, Director, Executive Director, Dean and Vice President of Instruction & Student Services.

Permanent grades are recorded only at the end of the semester. Semester grade reports are available online.

Grading System

Grade

 

Grade Points Per Credit Hour

A

Excellent

4

B

Above Average

3

C

Average

2

D

Below Average, passing

1

F

Failing

0

XF

Violation of Academic Integrity and Failing

0

P

Pass-Credit only 

not computed in cumulative grade point average*

I

Incomplete

no credit**

W

Withdrawn

no grade computed, no credit***

AU

Audit

no grade computed, no credit****

CL

Academic Clemency

no grade computed, no credit*****

*Certain courses may be offered in which you are graded only as having passed or failed. The courses are added to your credit hour total but are not included in the grade point average.
**An incomplete "I" is given only when a course is incomplete because of illness or other conditions usually beyond your control. An incomplete "I" must be removed by contract in a manner prescribed by the instructor no later than December 31 for an "I" given in a spring or summer semester; and May 31 for an "I" given in a fall semester. If the incomplete "I" is not removed within the prescribed period of time, it will be changed to an "F."
***Your withdrawal from courses through the 20th day of classes in both the fall and spring semester and through the 10th day of classes in the summer session will not be recorded on a transcript. After the 20th day of classes in the fall and spring semesters and after the 10th day of classes in the summer session, a "W" will be recorded for courses withdrawn from officially. After the final drop date published each semester, official class withdrawals will not be processed.
****You may audit a class by enrolling in the class and paying the current audit fee per credit hour. You must declare that you are auditing the class and file with the Office of Enrollment Services at the College an "Audit Declaration Form" prior to the beginning of the semester.
*****If you have gone through the academic clemency appeal process and have been awarded clemency for certain courses, your initial grade will be changed to a "CL." The "CL" grade will not average into your GPA.

Special Note: A student may retake a course to improve the grade only if the course is not designated as repeatable in the master course list. The repeat grade will be used to determine the student's grade point average regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the original grade. The original grade and credit are not counted, although they remain on the transcript. Before retaking a course, students should check with their advisor to determine whether the course can be repeated for the purpose of improving the grade.


Graduation

Catalog Requirements

Students who remain continuously enrolled from time of entry to application for graduation will be held to the catalog requirements in effect when they declare their program of study, unless a later catalog is adopted.   “Continuous enrollment” refers to annual Fall and Spring semester enrollment (or equivalent) in a minimum of at least one credit bearing course per semester.   Should a student’s enrollment be interrupted, they will be held to the guidelines and requirements of the catalog of record at the time of program re-entry.

This guideline does not apply to students with documented leave of absence justification or members of the military involved in deployment operations. Changes to prerequisites and/or curriculum which occur for purposes beyond graduation – e.g. regulatory and legislative updates, third party accreditation or other certification bodies requirements, increased skill demand from industry, employment or transfer requirement changes, or recommended and/or mandated changes from the Kansas Board of Regents or other such entities are not subject to these catalog requirements.

Dual Degree(s) - A student may apply and pay the graduation fee for the receipt of more than one degree from the College, provided they have met the following requirements for the additional degree: 

  • A minimum of 15 Barton hours of credit completed in addition to meeting the requirements of the first degree.
  • Dual degrees can be sought and awarded within the same semester.
  • At least 15 hours must have been taken at the College.

Grades - Students must achieve an overall 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for graduation.

Intent to Graduate - Applying for graduation is not an automatic process; you must file a notice of intent to graduate and pay applicable fees if you wish to receive an Associate's degree from the College. This notice of intent must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office by filling out the College's Application for Graduation.

Priority Graduation Application Deadlines:
February 1st - Spring Graduation
June 1st - Summer Graduation
September 1st - Fall Graduation

Transfer and Articulation Agreement - If you complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree based on a baccalaureate-oriented sequence at a state and regionally accredited Kansas public community college and your program of study has met the requirements of the Kansas Public Community College-Kansas Regents Transfer Agreement and Articulation Guide, you will be accepted with junior standing and will have satisfied the general education requirements of all Regents universities. Your advisor will have information on the agreement to help you plan your course schedule.

Graduation Requirements
Associate in Science
Associate in Arts
Associate in Applied Science
Associate in General Studies
General Education Courses

Honors  

Highest Honors
If you complete all requirements for an associate's degree with a GPA of 3.7 or above, you will graduate with highest honors.

Honors
If you complete all requirements with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.69, you will graduate with honors.

Eligibility
To be eligible for Honors or Highest Honors, you must complete 15 credit hours at Barton.

President's List
The President's List is published at the end of every semester. To be eligible, you must successfully complete at least 12 semester hours of college-level course work with a GPA of 4.0.

Dean's List - The Dean's List is published at the end of every semester. To be eligible, you must successfully complete at least 12 semester hours of college-level course work with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.
Grades for course work completed outside the traditional semester schedule(s) shall not be included in these GPA calculations.

How To Figure Your GPA
To calculate a grade-point average, add the points earned and divide that total by the number of GPA hours attempted. For example:

Course

GPA Hours

Grade

 Points

BSTC 1001

1 hour x

A(4)

= 4 points

PSYC 1002

1 hour x

A(4)

= 4 points

ENGL 1204

3 hours x

D(1)

= 3 points

MATH 1826

5 hours x

C(2)

= 10 points

SOCI 1100

3 hours x

B(3)

= 9 points

COMM 1200

3 hours x

F(0)

= 0 points

Total = 16 GPA Hours

 

 

Total = 30 points

30/16 = 1.875, or 1.88

 

 

 

Total is 16 GPA hours attempted and 30 points earned;
30 points divided by 16 hours =1.88 grade-point average.


Mandatory Placement

The Assessment Center provides a broad range of testing services to meet the needs of a diverse student population: college placement, English as a Second Language placement, credit by exam, correspondence exams, and certification and licensure exams. Special arrangements can be provided for disabled students. For special arrangements, contact Student Support Services (SSS) at (620) 792-9240.

Students entering college for the first time without ACT/ASSET scores must take the ASSET test. If a student is pursuing a certificate or a associate's degree program or are enrolling in a general education class they must have ACT/ASSET scores on file. ASSET/ACT scores will be used to place students in the appropriate English, reading, or math course.

Assessment provides both you and your advisor an effective tool to assure academic success. Through enrollment in proper courses, you are more likely to meet your academic goals. Students without a high school diploma who plan to enroll are required, under the "Ability to Benefit Program," to take the ACT/ASSET assessment if they plan to qualify for any grant, loan, or work under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Students are encouraged to test as early as possible before seeing a counselor or faculty advisor. To schedule an appointment for the ASSET test contact SSS at (620) 792-9363 or (620) 792-9240.


Military Service School Credit

Barton Community College will allow college credit to veterans and military personnel enrolled at Barton Community College who have successfully completed specialized training in a military service school. The evaluation for the number of credit hours to be awarded will be based on the recommendations as set forth in "A Guide to the Evaluation Experiences in the Armed Services," published by the American Council on Education. Veterans must provide documentation that shows the correct identification of the training program by title, length, location, and course number to the Enrollment Services Office.


Non-Repeatable Courses

Credit
Although there may be circumstances which merit the repetition of a non-repeatable course for credit (i.e., improvement of gpa or satisfaction of course pre-requisite), the results of the repeated course shall apply only once toward graduation requirements.

Grades
When a non-repeatable course is repeated for credit, the most recent grade earned shall be used to calculate the student's grade point average.

Policy For Transfer Students
All hours accepted by the College (excluding developmental hours) will be incorporated into your Barton Community College total hours for grade point purposes to determine whether you graduate with honors or highest honors. To be eligible for honors or highest honors, you must complete 15 credit hours at Barton Community College.


Repeatable Courses

A repeatable course can be repeated an additional three times in order to satisfy credit requirements for graduation.


Withdrawal from College

If you wish to withdraw from all classes at the College for the remainder of a semester, you must secure a withdrawal form through the Enrollment Services Office or your advisor. If you ae receiving federal financial aid, you should meet with you Financial Aid Officer." After you have returned all College books and other equipment, paid all fines and fees, turned in your student ID or Activity Cards, and are cleared in every respect with the College, you will be cleared for withdrawal. If you fail to comply with the above procedure, you will not be recommended to any other college or university, you will not be eligible to receive refunds of such fees or deposits. Outstanding debts may be subject to legal action.