Community College of Aurora

2014-2015 Academic Catalog


My Student Record

Catalog of Record Policy

Students enrolling at CCA will follow the provisions of the catalog in use at the time of admission. When students interrupt their continuous attendance at CCA for three consecutive terms or change their degree or certificate programs, they will become subject to the provisions of the catalog current with their next enrollment.

Grading and Evaluation

Student achievement is evaluated in relation to the attainment of specific course objectives. Achievement means successfully reaching an established level of performance. Levels of performance are indicated by alphabetical letters. These letter grades are recorded on the student’s permanent transcript.

Grades generally are available at the end of each semester for all students. Grades may be accessed online at www.CCAurora.edu. Click on the MyCCA link and enter student ID number and password. Grades will not be provided by the Admissions, Registration and Records office during the time final grades are being processed. Any questions about grades during this time should be referred to the instructor.

Explanation of Grading Structure

Grade

Implication

Grade Points

A

Excellent or Superior

4

B

Good

3

C

Average

2

D

Deficient

1

F

Failure

0

I

Incomplete

0

S

Satisfactory

NGPA

U

Unsatisfactory

NGPA

S/A

Satisfactory (A-level)
work in a developmental course

NGPA

S/B

Satisfactory (B-level)
work in a developmental course

NGPA

S/C

Satisfactory (C-level)
work in a developmental course

NGPA

U/D

Unsatisfactory (D-level)
work in a developmental course

NGPA

U/F

Unsatisfactory (F-level)
work in a developmental course

NGPA

W

Withdrawal

NGPA

AU

Audit

NGPA

SP

Satisfactory Progress

NGPA

Z

Grade not yet reported

NGPA

I-Incomplete-The "Incomplete" grade is a temporary grade and is designed for students who, because of documented illness or circumstances beyond their control, are unable to complete their course work within the semester, but have completed a majority of the course work (defined as at least 75% of all course assignments and tests) in a satisfactory manner (grade C or better).

If circumstances beyond the student’s control prevent the student from completing a test or assignments at the end of the term, then it is the student’s responsibility to initiate the request for an "Incomplete" grade from the instructor. The instructor will determine whether the student has a reasonable chance of satisfactorily completing the remaining course activities in a timely manner.

In requesting an "Incomplete" grade, the student must present to the instructor the documentation of circumstances justifying the "Incomplete" grade. The instructor will complete and sign an "Incomplete Grade Contract" and will submit it to the Admissions, Registration and Records office with the final grades for the semester. The instructor must assign a Final Grade through a Grade Change Form in a timely fashion.

Students are encouraged to let instructors know, as soon as possible, if they are having difficulties with any part of the course. If the student and instructor cannot reach a resolution concerning an Incomplete grade, then the student should contact the instructional department chair or dean.

Incomplete grades which are not converted to a letter grade by the instructor after one subsequent semester (not including summer semester) will revert to a "default" grade assigned by the instructor. The default grade is the grade earned if no work on the Incomplete Grade Contract is not submitted.

AU-Audited courses are not eligible for the COF stipend and this grade is not certifiable to the V.A.

Military personnel and emergency management officials who are required to go Temporary Duty (TDY) in the middle of a term should contact their instructor for special consideration. Documentation of official TDY assignment is required and special arrangements must be approved by the Vice President of Instruction.

Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) Calculation

Grade points indicate the achievement of the student for the number of credits completed. To calculate a grade point average, multiply the credits by the points for the grade earned, total the credits and points, and then divide the grade points by the credits.

Sample

Course

Description

Credits

Grade

Points

ANT 111

Physical Anthropology

3

A

12 (3x4)

BIO 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

A

16 (4x4)

CSC 116

Logic and Program Design

3

B

9 (3x3)

ENG 121

English Composition I

3

D

3 (3x1)

POS 111

American National Government

3

F

0 (3x0)

Total

 

16

 

40

Grades awarded for developmental courses will not be included in a student’s grade point average (GPA). Grading for developmental courses will utilize the Developmental grade mode (S/A, S/B, S/C, U/D, U/F). The credits will count toward earned and attempted credits. GPAs for term recognition such as President’s List, Vice President’s List, and Dean’s List will not include developmental courses in the calculation.

Total grade points divided by total credits equals the cumulative grade point average. Therefore, the grade point average for the above example would be 40 divided by 16, or 2.50.

A = 4 grade points • B = 3 grade points • C = 2 grade points • D = 1 grade point: • F = 0 grade points

Honors Program

Community College of Aurora offers honors options for students who want additional educational challenges. Courses can be taken for honors credit and students can earn honors distinctions upon graduation. Honors courses must be college-level; courses numbered 100 and below cannot be taken for honors credit. Students can opt to take selected courses for honors credit on a case-by-case basis by contracting with an instructor.

Recognition of Academic Excellence

Transcripts will note the following:

  1. Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career at the Community College of Aurora. The honors are awarded to students who complete the requirements for an associate degree and who earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average. Honors are designated as follows:
    • Summa Cum Laude - with highest honor - 4.00 cumulative GPA
    • Magna Cum Laude - with great honor - 3.75 to 3.99 cumulative GPA
    • Cum Laude - with honor - 3.50 to 3.749 cumulative GPA
  2. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa -cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, with a minimum of 12 semester hours in residency at CCA.
  3. Honor designations are noted on transcripts each term to students who complete a minimum of 12 semester GPA producing credits at CCA with a 3.5 or better GPA for the term. Term honors are designated as follows:
    • President’s List - GPA of 4.0
    • Vice President’s List - GPA of 3.75-3.99
    • Dean’s List - GPA of 3.5-3.749

Academic Progress

CCA has policies and standards to help students know what to expect of CCA and what CCA expects of students. The following is a summary of the information students need to know. An Academic Advisor can help students understand these policies, standards and rights as a CCA student.

Academic Progress Guideline

All CCA students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Recognizing the value of measuring academic progress for all students, CCA has established the following practice and procedures for measuring academic standing. This procedure is intended to be informational and helpful, but also establishes clear standards of academic progress that must be met and maintained in order to be a successful student at CCA. A student’s academic standing at one Colorado Community College System (CCCS) college will impact academic standing at another CCCS college.

Academic Progress Process

For students who have attempted fewer than 9 credit hours, CCA will monitor satisfactory progress through an Academic Alert process. These students are not subject to Academic Standing.

Academic Standing applies to all students who have attempted 9 or more credits at a CCCS college, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. Academic Standing is applied

consistently and uniformly within each CCCS institution. CCA will determine Academic Standing following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on probation or suspended will

be notified of their status. Suspended students will not be allowed to attend any CCCS college in the subsequent semester/s unless an appeal is approved. Academic Standing status will be noted on the advising, official,

and unofficial transcripts. The Academic Standing of a student is not specific or limited to CCA as it will impact a student’s enrollment at other CCCS colleges.

Academic Progress Definitions

Only college level classes will be used to calculate term and cumulative GPA’s.

• This includes summer term courses.

• Only courses taken “in residence” will be used for this procedure; “In residence” means courses taken at CCA. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The GPA calculations for this procedure may not match those used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Progress Standards

Initial Standing: Student has attempted fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours with a cumulative GPA that is greater than or equal to 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Academic Alert: Student has attempted fewer than cumulative 9 credits with a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Good Standing: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Probation: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Returning to Good Standing: By the conclusion of the Academic Probation term, the student must raise their cumulative GPA to at least 2.0. If this condition is met, the student returns to Good Standing.

Probation (continuing): If a student on Academic Probation earns a term GPA of at least 2.00 for all classes attempted during the term, but fails to raise their cumulative GPA to at least 2.0 for all classes attempted, the student will be allowed to attend the next term, but will remain on Academic Probation.

Suspension: If a student on Academic Probation earns a term GPA of less than 2.0 for all classes attempted, the student will be suspended and will not be allowed to enroll at any CCCS college for the next term, excluding summer term (as summer term may not be used as a "suspension term").

Academic Progress Suspension Rules

  • Summer term may not be used as a “suspension term”.
  • Summer term may be used to remediate (improve) the GPA if approved by CCA. If a student wishes to enroll for summer term after being suspended, they will need to follow CCA’s Suspension Reinstatement Procedure.
  • Initial suspension is for one term, excluding summer term.
  • A second suspension is for two terms, excluding summer term.
  • If a student, who has served the suspension time for initial suspension or second suspension, wishes to return, the student will be allowed to re-enroll only after meeting with a CCA academic advisor. The student will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • A third suspension is for two full years, or 4 academic terms excluding summers.
  • If a student, who has served the third suspension time of two years, wishes to return, the student must meet with a CCA academic or program advisor.

Academic Progress Suspension Appeals

  • Students may appeal their suspension by following the CCA Suspension Reinstatement Procedure. If a student intends to transfer to another CCCS college, the student may appeal to the transferring CCCS college.
  • If the student’s suspension appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • Students put on Suspension will be dropped from all courses for any future terms. Students will not be able to register for courses until they meet the requirements outlined in the Suspension Reinstatement Procedure. Students are ultimately responsible for their enrollment and need to check their enrollment schedule for accuracy.

Academic Progress Suspension Reinstatement Procedures

The Academic Suspension Reinstatement procedure requires that a student meet with an Academic Advisor to review the Academic Suspension Reinstatement Packet. Students should prepare the following items and then schedule an appointment or visit the Advising Department during drop-in hours:

  • A completed Suspension Reinstatement or Appeal form.
  • A typed Letter of Appeal that explains the circumstances that lead to suspension adn the steps taken to ensure these barriers have been addressed.
  • Verify that you are in the correct degree or certificate program.
  • Print a copy of your Degree Check program audit.

After review, the Academic Advisor will notify the student of their reinstatement status in person or via their college email account. If the student is approved for reinstatement, the student must follow the planned and approved courses outlined in the Academic Reinstatement Plan. In order to continue enrollment at CCA, students must meet all requirements outlined in their Reinstatement Contract.

Credit Completion Progress

Recognizing the value of credit completion for all students with regards to retention, transfer and credential attainment, CCA has established the following practice and procedures for measuring credit completion progress. Students must meet the standards of credit completion progress in order to be a successful student at CCA.

Credit Completion Process

For students who have attempted fewer than 9 credit hours, CCA will monitor credit completion through an Alert process. These students are not subject to the Credit Completion Progress guideline.

Credit Completion Progress standards apply to all students who have attempted 9 or more credits at CCA, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. Credit Completion Progress standards will be applied consistently and uniformly within each CCCS college. CCA will determine Credit Completion Progress standards following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on warning 1, warning 2 or warning 3 will be notified of their status. Credit Completion Progress status will be noted on the advising and unofficial transcripts only (it will not be noted on the official transcript). The Credit Completion Progress status of a student is specific to CCA and does not impact a student’s enrollment at other CCCS colleges..

Credit Completion Definitions

  • Credit Completion Progress include all credit bearing classes (developmental and college level), which will be used to calculate the percent of attempted credits passed. This includes summer term courses.
  • Only courses taken “in residence” will be used for this calculation; “In residence” means taken at CCA. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The credit completion rate for this procedure will not necessarily match those used for financial aid purposes or athletic eligibility.
  • Grades considered to be passing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: A, B, C, D, S/A, S/B, S/C, and S.
  • Grades considered to be failing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: I, F, U/D, U/F, W, and AW.
  • Course Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the total attempted credits by the number of credits successfully completed as per the definitions above.

Credit Completion Standards

Initial Standing: Student has attempted fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours will not be assessed for credit completion.

Good Standing: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of at least 50%.

Warning 1: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the first time.

Warning 2: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the second time.

Warning (continued): If a student on Credit Completion Probation passes 50% or more of their attempted term credits, but fails to raise their cumulative completion rate to 50%, they will be allowed to continue the next term, but will remain on Credit Completion Probation.

Warning 3: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the third time.

Credit Completion Warning Rules

  • Students on Warning 1 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will be given information on student support services at CCA.
  • Students on Warning 2 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion registration hold placed on their CCA student account. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an academic or program advisor.
  • Students on Warning 3 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion registration hold placed on their CCA student account. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an academic advisor. CCA reserves the right to limit the number of credit hours the student may enroll in when placed on Warning 3 status.

Grade Appeals

The student must initiate appeals regarding final grades within 60 calendar days after the end of the semester in which the grade was awarded. Before making an appeal, the student should first discuss the grade with the instructor, then, if necessary, with the department chair. If there is no resolution, the student can appeal the grade by submitting a written statement to the division dean explaining the problem. The dean will investigate and respond in writing within 15 days.

Veteran Academic Standards of Progress

Academic Standards of Progress, as described below, apply to all CCA students, including veterans. If a veteran  stops attending classes, and receives an "F" for those classes that will be reported to the VA as a withdrawal as of the last date of attendance as reported by the instructor. As long as veterans are on academic probation they continue to receive VA benefits; their status will be reported to the VA. If veterans are suspended from school due to lack of progress, VA benefits will be terminated for the length of the suspension.

Repeated Courses

Most courses, provided they are still offered at CCA, may be repeated for a higher grade. Full tuition is charged for repeated courses. The grades for both the initial class and the repeated class will appear on the transcript; however, only the higher grade will be used in the GPA calculation. Permission of an Academic Advisor is required to register for a class for the third (and any subsequent) time. Repeated courses apply only once to degrees and certificates.

Academic Renewal Policy

The purpose of academic renewal is to allow a student the opportunity to remove a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of poor academic performance from the grade point average (GPA) calculation.

Academic renewal applies only to courses taken at CCA and may be awarded only once. The original grade and credit hours remain on the permanent academic transcript and the number of credit hours is deducted from the student’s remaining COF hours. A notation on the transcript indicates that the academic renewal has been awarded and the grade point average has been adjusted. Once academic renewal is granted, it is irreversible. Credit excluded from the GPA calculation cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for completion of a CCA certificate or degree.

Students applying for academic renewal must complete the Academic Renewal Application form available from the Advising Office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102.

The following conditions must be met to apply for academic renewal:

  1. The student must have a two-year period of non-attendance at CCA to apply for academic renewal.
  2. The student must complete six semester credit hours upon returning to CCA with grades of C or better before applying for Academic Renewal.
  3. The academic renewal form must include an academic advisor’s signature. A student concerned about a poor academic record is encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss CCA’s other academic progress options and strategies for academic success.

The academic renewal policy is applicable only to the Community College of Aurora. Other institutions receiving a CCA transcript for transfer of an academic renewal are not bound by this college policy and may choose to calculate the student’s transfer GPA to include all grades, even those excluded by CCA under this policy.

Students applying for academic renewal are responsible for investigating their transfer admissions, financial aid, remaining stipend eligible hours, Veterans Affairs benefits, and other agencies. For clarification of the scope and definition of this policy, contact the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102.

Withdrawing from a Class

Once a student has registered for a course, the college reserves space with the assumption that the student will complete the course. If unforeseen circumstances occur, the student can officially withdraw in person in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102, and in the Student Services office, Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119, or online through MyCCA. Students who do not officially withdraw or withdraw after the withdraw deadline will receive a grade of "F" on their permanent records. No refund is given for a course withdrawal which occurs after the published refund date and before the withdraw deadline.

Withdrawing from College

All students with six credit hours or more who withdraw from the college should start the withdrawal procedure with an advisor in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102, or in the Student Services office, Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119.

Transfer Credit Evaluations

An official transcript must be mailed directly to CCA from the college where credit was initially earned or if your prior college offers a secure electronic transcript delivery system, have the transcript emailed to Credentials.Evaluator@CCAurora.edu. Transfer credit will be evaluated course by course based upon the student’s declared degree or certificate. Generally, grades of "C" or better will be accepted in transfer.

Depending on program of study at CCA and courses taken, some classes are not eligible for transfer after 5 years. Please consult an Academic Advisor for details.

To initiate the transfer process, students should complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation form available from the Transfer to CCA link on the CCA Getting Started Checklist. CCA's Credentials Evaluator will transfer in appropriate courses after students have done the following:

  • Complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form
  • Request that all colleges previously attended send official transcripts directly to CCA

Emailed confirmation of the credit awarded will be sent to each student for whom a credit evaluation is completed. Students can also check the status of their transfer credits by viewing their unofficial transcripts online at www.CCAurora.edu/ and accessing their MyCCA account. It is the responsibility of the student to provide all required documents. Credit is typically evaluated and posted to the student record within 30 days of receipt at CCA. Documents become the property of the college and will not be released to the student or transferred to other institutions.

Transcript Requests

The Admissions, Registration and Records office, located at the CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102, maintains student records and issues transcripts. Students may request a copy of their Community College of Aurora transcript be sent to another college or to an employer by requesting a transcript through online services or by completing a request for transcript form available at the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A102 or at the Student Services office, Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119. The college requires two to three days to process requests and will consider faster processing only if staffing levels are appropriate to expedite the request and the student has expressed a valid need for faster processing. Students will be charged for expedited services.

Change of Address and Telephone Information

It is the responsibility of students to update their current addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses online. If students are also employees of the Colorado Community College System, address changes must be made in person at the appropriate human resources office.

Student E-Mail

All students are assigned a student e-mail account. Activate your account as soon as possible. Staff are available at both the CentreTech and Lowry campuses to help you activate your account. Your student e-mail account is the official method of communication with CCA.

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2014-2015 Academic Catalog

Community College of Aurora Catalog

Academic Calendar

College Facilities and Locations

Welcome to the Community College of Aurora

Getting Started and Admissions

Advising and Registration

Financial Matters

Academic Matters

Services for Students

My Student Record

Graduation Requirements

Student Rights and Responsibilities

List of Degrees and Certificates

Catalog Guide

Associate Degrees and Certificates

Course Descriptions

Academic Achievement Courses

Accounting Courses

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

Agriculture Courses

Agriculture Crops and Soils Courses

Agriculture Economics Courses

Anthropology Courses

Arabic Courses

Art, Design, Jewelry and Photography

Astronomy Courses

Biology Courses

Biotechnology Courses

Business Courses

Chemistry Courses

Chinese Courses

Communication Courses

CHW 100 Introduction to Community Health Work

COM 126 Communication in Healthcare

CHW 297 Community Health Worker Field Experience

CHW 138 Patient Navigation

CHW 135 Basics of Chronic Disease

CHW 136 Psych Impact Chronic Disease

CHW 120 Community Health Issues

CHW 137 End-of-Life/Palliative Care

Computer Assisted Drafting Courses

Computer Networking Technology Courses

Computer Information Systems Courses

Computer Science Courses

Computer Web Based Courses

Criminal Justice Courses

CRJ 209 Criminal Investigation I

Dance Courses

Diesel Power Mechanics Courses

Early Childhood Education Courses

Economics Courses

Education Courses

Electricity Industrial/Commercial Course

Emergency Medical Provider Courses

EMT – Paramedic Courses

Energy Technologies Courses

Engineering Courses

EGG 151 Experimental Design (Introduction to Experimental Design and Engineering)

English as a Second Language Courses

English Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Ethnic Studies Courses

Film and Video Media Courses

Fire Science Technology Courses

Fire Science Wildland Courses

French Courses

Geography Courses

Geology Courses

German Courses

Government Courses

Health Professional Courses

Health Wellness Education Courses

Hebrew Courses

History Courses

Holistic Health Professional Courses

Humanities Courses

Italian Courses

Japanese Courses

Journalism Courses

Law Enforcement Academy Courses

Literature Courses

Management Courses

Marketing Courses

Mathematics Courses

Meteorology Courses

Music Courses

Music Private Instruction Courses

Natural Resource Courses

Occupational Safety Course

Paralegal Courses

Philosophy Courses

Photography Courses

Physical Education Courses

Physics Courses

Political Science Courses

Psychology Courses

Public Security Management Courses

Real Estate Courses

Respiratory Care Courses

Russian Courses

Science Courses

Small Business Management Courses

Sociology Courses

Spanish Courses

Speech Courses

Study Skills Courses

Theatre Courses

Translation and Interpretation Courses

Women’s Studies Courses

Administration and Staff

Faculty and Staff

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