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A credit hour is a unit of measurement used to ascertain the educational value of course work offered by the institution to students enrolling in such course work, earned by such students upon successful completion of such course work and for which tuition is charged. Credit/contact time ratio guidelines for semester (or quarter equivalents) are outlined in Nebraska state statute 85-1503.
In addition, the Federal Credit Hour Definition includes a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week per semester or quarter hour of credit. 34CFR 600.2 (11/1/2010)
Specially arranged courses are intended to give the student the same experiences and knowledge that would be received in the normal classroom setting.
Limitations & Conditions:
- Students may not enroll in more than two SACs per semester.
- Students will pay regular tuition and fees.
- Students must submit a written request demonstrating the need for the SAC to the instructor and attach it to the request form.
- Instructors have the right to refuse to offer a SAC.
- Students must obtain approval by the instructor and the Area Vice President for Instruction before registering for a SAC.
- Students may not receive credit for more than four SACs.
Mid-Plains Community College offers Advanced Placement Test credit for certain tests administered through the College Board. The current college policies regarding specific subject areas accepted and scores required are available in the Area Advisors’ offices.
Students must have official copies of their scores submitted to Registration and Records by the College Board in order to be awarded credit. To obtain copies of official grade reports, you may contact College Board directly at (888) CALL-4-AP.
For further information about MPCC’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program, please contact the Area Vice-President for Academic Affairs and NPCC at (308) 535-3624.
Credit by examination may be awarded for MPCC courses through the following methods:
- Proficiency examinations are designed and administered by an instructional division of the college covering course work offered by that division. Credit by examination will not be granted for courses which are at a lower or equivalent level to courses already completed in the same discipline. Proficiency examinations are offered at the discretion of the division and are subject to the approval of the division chair and the Vice President of Instruction. A grade of “CE” is awarded for credit earned through proficiency examination. Regular tuition and fees will be assessed for classes/coursework completed by proficiency exams.
- The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on the CLEP® exams . MPCC provides “open” testing to students attending any post-secondary institution. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the CLEP exams and scores accepted. CLEP® examinations for MPCC students are recorded as transfer credit on the MPCC transcript. Contact the Career Services Center on the North Platte Community College North Campus at at 308-535-3621 for additional information on application forms, cost, available tests, passing scores, and test scheduling. CLEP® testing is also available at McCook Community College, 308-345-8128, and the Ogallala Extended Campus, 308-284-9830.
In compliance with federal law, MPCC has established procedures regarding the evaluation of service course work and grades. The following guidelines are used in evaluating service schooling and granting academic credit:
- Registration and Records will evaluate all transcripts.
- Credit will be granted for service schooling that parallels MPCC courses or is otherwise appropriate for the student’s associate degree program.
- Service course content will be determined by reference to the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” the “Catalog of the United States Armed Forces Institute,” the “Community College of the Air Force Catalog,” or other published service school bulletins.
- The total semester hours granted will not exceed the transfer credit limitations of the student’s program.
- When it is not possible to grant credit for service schooling, veterans who have completed at least two years of active duty and have received an honorable discharge will be allowed six semester hours of general credit for their service experience.
- Credit for service schooling or experience will not be counted in the student’s GPA.
Directed study is designed to supplement rather than replace regular course offerings. The option is particularly useful for the student wishing to study within a subject area or at a subject level not otherwise available through this institution.
Directed study is intended to provide valuable experience in self-education with faculty assistance in planning and evaluation. Directed study courses are assigned a 2980 number.
- Regular tuition and fees are paid for directed study credits.
- A student must demonstrate interest.
- Each hour of directed study credit requires a student effort at least equivalent to that expected in a regular course.
- A student may not receive credit for more than 3 hours of directed study each semester, or a total of 12 hours toward a degree.
- The course must be approved by the instructor, the Division Chairperson, and the Area Vice President of Instruction.
- The student locates a faculty member who is willing to sponsor the proposed course of study. Together they complete a Directed Study Contract.
- The student and faculty member develop a tentative proposal, identifying the educational objectives, learning plan and evaluative criteria.
- The contract is submitted for review and approval to the Area Vice President for Instruction within the usual registration deadlines.
- At the end of the semester, the faculty member evaluates the student’s achievement and reports a grade.
MPCC is committed to providing access to students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college classes on campus. Each college offers a variety of classes through the Southwest Nebraska Distance Learning Network. This Internet Protocol (IP) system is a network that links interactive television classes to many locations throughout the MPCC area. A number of classes are offered online.
McCook is a site for the Nebraska Video Conferencing Network for classes as well as business and governmental meetings, in-services and whenever distance is a barrier to bringing people together. An Internet Protocol (IP) video conferencing system is also in place at both McCook and North Platte. The IP systems allow for connectivity anywhere in the world with compatible equipment.
The Centers for Advanced Studies at McCook and North Platte receive upper-level undergraduate and graduate college classes through distance learning systems from other institutions. For more information, call 800-658-4308 and ask for an advisor.
Online classes are conveniently packaged and accessible through the Internet twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Many degrees, diplomas and certificates are available through online programs. For more information, call 800-658-4308 and ask for an advisor.
MPCC’s Internship program places students in working and learning environments for on-the-job training in their particular field of study before graduation. Students are placed with business, industry, or social services agencies. An internship may be applied to many programs of study for variable credit hours depending on the program. Interested students should contact the appropriate faculty member for more information.
MPCC has a variety of dual enrollment agreements with secondary schools. Dual enrollment programs, often referred to as “dual credit programs,” are intended to meet the needs of the academically and technically advanced high school student. These programs are designed to meet the Nebraska Dual Enrollment standards. Secondary schools interested in discussing criteria for articulating dual enrollment classes may contact 800-658-4308, Ext. 3607.
Mid-Plains Community College partners with other community colleges to provide two-year associate degree programs that otherwise would not be available in the region. Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE, delivers via distance learning, program-specific courses for Associate of Applied Science Degrees in either Radiology Technology, Surgical Technology, or Respiratory Therapy.
Health Information Management is available through Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE., Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, provides an opportunity for students to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Central Community College delivers courses for students to receive a degree in Paralegal Studies. An Associate of Arts degree in Library Science Education is now available in Nebraska through a partnership of the Nebraska Community College System, Nebraska Library Commission, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Plans continue to develop through the community college system to increase the number of programs that can be partnered to expand opportunities for students across Nebraska. Several courses and programs leading to baccalaureate and masters degrees are also delivered to the campuses of the MPCC. Junior, senior and graduate level courses are available from the University of Nebraska system. Bellevue University and Chadron State College provide courses through several delivery systems to students in the McCook and North Platte communities. Visit our transfer from MPCC page for more information regarding transfer to four-year institutions.
Students may repeat courses. Only the credit hours and the highest grade earned in any course are used in the computation of the cumulative GPA, except when a grade of “W” has been assigned. Grades in courses taken at other institutions will not replace grades in equivalent courses taken at MPCC. Students must repeat the same course. Classes re-taken by a student in which a grade of A, B or C was previously earned will not count towards eligibility for federal financial aid funding or current full-time enrollment for MPCC Scholarships.
Students should meet with their advisor when they feel unable to satisfactorily complete a course. An “F” (failing) grade may be awarded when students stop attending without formally withdrawing. The last day to withdraw is posted within CampusWeb. Registration change forms are available from any Registration and Records Office location.
A student desiring to withdraw from college must contact his/her advisor. Financial obligation to the college must be paid before the formal withdrawal procedure can be completed. Upon withdrawal the student forfeits all privileges as a student of the college. If a student fails to formally withdraw from all courses, he/she may receive an “F” for each class.
For more information, please contact us in the welcome centers of any Mid-Plains Community College location or call 800-658-4308.