Academic Freedom Policy
Wor-Wic strives to create an educational environment that encourages academic freedom as an essential
component of scholarship. Faculty are free to present information and ideas related to their course
content, and college students should expect to test and explore their personal views, beliefs and philosophies
in new contexts during the educational process. Faculty are, however, expected to present as many sides
of a controversial issue as practical within their classroom teaching, assigned readings or instructional
In the Fall and Spring terms, students who are not progressing satisfactorily receive a mid-term notice of a "U" (unsatisfactory) grade. At the end of each term, all students are issued final grades and these grades become
part of the student's transcript. Each letter grade is equivalent to a specific number of points, as
Excellent—An "A" denotes intellectual initiative as well as high academic achievement.
Good—A "B" denotes above average completion of course requirements.
Average—A "C" denotes a satisfactory understanding of course principles and techniques.
Poor—A "D" denotes marginal understanding of course principles and techniques.
Unacceptable—An "F" denotes that course requirements and standards were not met.
Pass—A "P" denotes a passing grade of "D" or better in a pass/fail course.
Incomplete—An "I" denotes that the student was unable to complete the work or take the
final examination because of illness or other causes over which the student had no control. The student
does not re-register for the course the following term, but continues to complete the course work
as designated by the instructor of the uncompleted course. The "I" automatically becomes an
"F" if the work is not made up prior to the mid-term point of the following Fall or Spring term.
Re-register—For self-paced courses (except OFT 103), an "R" denotes that the student
has completed at least half, but was unable to complete all, of the course requirements by the end of
the term. For developmental education courses, an "R" denotes that the student has a final
average of 70-74 percent. The student is required to re-register for the same self-paced or developmental
education course during the following Fall or Spring term. If the student does not re-register for the course in the
following Fall or Spring term, the "R" grade automatically becomes an "F."
Withdrawal—A "W" denotes that the student has officially withdrawn from the course.
Unsatisfactory—A "U" denotes that course requirements and standards are not being met.
Audit—An "AU" denotes that minimum standards of attendance were met.
A credit hour is the unit by which academic work is measured. The minimum requirements
are 750 minutes of contact per credit hour for lecture, 1,500 minutes for a laboratory
and 2,250 minutes for a practicum or field experience. A minimum of two hours of
out-of-class student work is expected for each credit hour per week.
Self-paced courses allow students to work at their own pace, either in a classroom
or laboratory, or, in the case of related field experience and practicum courses,
at a work site. Self-paced office technology courses require the course work to
be completed in FOH 305. Students registered for a self-paced office technology
class must pick up a syllabus in FOH 305 during the first week of class.
A student can receive credit for selected courses offered by the college by achieving a passing grade
on an institutional proficiency examination. Only students who have been formally admitted to the college
are eligible to take proficiency examinations. Students cannot take a proficiency examination for a
course in which they are currently enrolled or have previously been enrolled. Each academic department
determines which courses can be challenged and when the examinations will be administered. Students
should obtain specific information on examination dates, registration procedures and any prerequisites
or fees from the department head.
Auditing a Course
A student interested in auditing a course must meet prerequisites and register during a regular registration
session, indicating that the course is being audited. A full- or part-time student who audits a course
must pay regular tuition rates. The student is entitled to participate in all course activities, but
is not required to take examinations or produce papers or projects. The student does not receive college
credit for the course. In order for an audited course to be recorded on the student's transcript as
an “AU” grade, minimum standards of attendance must be met, with such standards set by the instructor
at the beginning of the course. After obtaining the consent of the instructor, a student who has registered
to audit a course can request that it be changed to the status of a credit course, or vice versa, if
such a change is requested prior to the last day for dropping classes and if all course requirements
have been met.
A student can request a course substitution or waiver by submitting a written request
to his or her advisor. The advisor completes a “Request for Course Substitution/Waiver”
form, attaches supporting documentation and submits it to the department head of
the student’s program of study. The department head provides his or her recommendation
to the dean. After it is recom-mended by the dean and approved by the senior vice
president for academic affairs, the request is submitted to the registrar’s office
Distance education is an alternative method of taking credit courses whereby the
majority of the instruction occurs when the student and the instructor are not in
the same place at the same time. Information is distributed through learning technologies
to students who have time constraints, work schedule conflicts or are otherwise
unable to attend classes at a specific college location at a designated time. Wor-Wic
offers the following distance education options:
A hybrid course is a blend of face-to-face and Web-based instruction. Required classroom
time is split between on-campus class time and Web-based activities, which include
interactive forums, assessments, research and/or video. In order to participate,
students must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
A learning management system is used to facilitate learning in each online course.
Active participation, although not simultaneous, includes interactive forums, assessments,
research and/or video. In order to participate, students must have access to a computer
with an Internet connection. Students enrolling in their first online course should
complete an on-campus distance education orientation session or the online student
orientation in the learning management system. Orientation information is posted
on the portal and emailed to students who register for online courses. Online courses
require on-campus testing or testing at an approved off-campus testing center.
Virtual courses are held in distance learning classrooms on Wor-Wic’s campus. Students
interact with the instructor, who is located at another site, through a computer
Requirements for Continuous Enrollment
Satisfactory academic progress is based on the student’s academic standing as determined by his or her
grade point average and the percentage of courses passed. To make satisfactory academic progress, students
must maintain the following standards in accordance with their overall credit hours attempted:
Satisfactory Academic Progress
|Total Credit Hours Attempted
||Minimum Percentage of Credits Passed
Credit hours counted as attempted for the purpose of measuring satisfactory academic progress are from
all courses, including developmental, in which a student received a grade, with the exception of “AU”.
Grade Point Average
A student's grade point average (GPA) is recorded on his or her transcript. Courses for which a grade
of “A,” “B,” “C” or “D” is received are included as both credit hours attempted and points earned. An
“F” grade is included as credit hours attempted, but no points are earned. Grades in developmental education
courses are not included in the GPA calculation. Transfer credits are counted toward credits needed
for a degree, but they are not used in the computation of grade point average (except for the calculation
of admission points in emergency medical services, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant and radiologic technology). The GPA is calculated
in the following manner:
Total Points Earned
Total Credit Hours Attempted
= Grade Point Average
Repeating a Course
A student can repeat a course for credit only when he or she has not received a
grade of “B” or better in that course, regardless of where the course was taken.
When a student repeats an eligible course, both grades appear on the student's transcript.
Only the last grade is used for computing grade point average.
Students are expected to maintain a high level of academic performance. Assistance is provided in an
attempt to help students maintain satisfactory academic progress. A student who does not maintain satisfactory
academic progress can be dismissed from the institution. A student who is concerned about his or her
academic progress should consult with his or her academic advisor.
Academic progress is measured at the end of each fall and spring term and combined
summer terms. When a student fails to meet the standards for satisfactory academic
progress, he or she is placed on academic probation. A student can continue to re-enroll
while on probation as long as his or her probation term GPA is 2.0 or higher and
he or she passes at least 67 percent of the credits attempted during the term. A
student on probation is limited to three courses per term, is required to consult
with his or her academic advisor in order to maximize his or her chances of successfully
reattaining satis-factory academic progress, must attend study skills workshops
and submit an academic performance contract to the director of retention and student
success. To be removed from probation, a student must meet or exceed the minimum
requirements for continuous enrollment with his or her overall GPA and percentage
of credits passed.
A student is placed on academic suspension when his or her probation term GPA or
percentage of credits passed falls below the minimum standards for satisfactory
academic progress. A student suspended after a spring or summer term cannot register
for courses until the following spring term. A student suspended after a fall term
cannot register for courses until the next summer term. A student readmitted after
a suspension is considered to be on probation and must follow the regulations of
that academic status.
After a second academic suspension, a student interested in readmission must appeal
to the senior director of student development and explain, in writing, how he or
she plans to address his or her academic weaknesses. The student is also required
to attend a conference with the senior director of student development, the student’s
assigned advisor and other appropriate college employees to determine the advisability
of the student continuing his or her studies at the college.
A student who believes that he or she has been treated unfairly by a faculty member
regarding an academic matter should make an appointment with the faculty member
to discuss the situation within 30 days after the alleged incident. Academic matters
include interactions between a faculty member and a student that affect student
performance and/or evaluation in a particular course.
If, after meeting with the faculty member, the student does not believe the problem
is solved, a continuing education student should meet with the continuing education
director responsible for initiating the course and a credit student should meet
with the department head. If the faculty member is also the department head, the
student should meet with the dean. If the student still believes the problem has
not been satisfactorily resolved, then he or she may submit a written grievance
to the chairperson of the academic standards committee of the faculty council.
A student grievance to the academic standards committee should include the student's
name, the faculty member's action that is the basis for the student's grievance,
what the student believes is wrong about the faculty member's action, the steps
of the grievance procedure the student has taken, when each step was pursued, the
results of each step, an explanation of what the student wants the academic standards
committee to do for the student and copies of all relevant documents.
The academic standards committee has 10 days after receiving the grievance to determine
if the grievance has merit. If the committee determines that the grievance does
not have merit, the committee sends its recommendation to the senior vice president
for academic affairs. The vice president reviews the recommendation and the grievance
process, and forwards a recommendation to the president. The decision of the president,
upon notification of the parties involved, is final. If the committee determines
that the grievance does have merit, the committee schedules a hearing within 30
days of receiving the grievance. Extension requests of up to 10 days can be granted
by mutual of the consent of the academic standards committee, the student and the
faculty member. The hearing guidelines for the academic standards committee are
provided in the appendix of the college catalog.
Students who complete a fall or spring term with six credit hours or more with a grade point average of 3.5 or
better without having received a grade of “I,” “F,” “R” or “W” are cited as superior students by the
senior vice president for academic affairs. At the end of each fall and spring term,
an official list with the names of these students is submitted to area newspapers
for their publication consideration. A student whose name appears on the list also
receives formal recognition on his or her transcript.
Philosophy and Objectives
Wor-Wic strives to combine the advantages of a general education core with opportunities to pursue a variety of occupational and technical programs. The curricula for the associate degree are designed to broaden and deepen the student's education by helping the student meet the following objectives:
- Writing -- Express ideas effectively through written text.
- Select appropriate topics.
- Identify a clear purpose and audience.
- Use sound reasoning to support a central claim.
- Use specific evidence.
- Integrate and correctly document reliable sources.
- Organize content logically.
- Maintain focus.
- Demonstrate coherence.
- Adhere to the structural conventions of an individual discipline.
Style and Expression:
- Demonstrate clarity and precision in language choices.
- Adhere to specific academic conventions, including tone, point of view and diction.
- Control a variety of sentence structures.
- Demonstrate writing that is substantially free of errors in grammar, punctuation and mechanics.
- Eliminate all GPM errors that do not impede comprehension or distract the reader.
- Speaking -- Demonstrate a command of oral communication that is accurate, ethical and audience-centered.
Accurate and Ethical
- Organize the oral communication in a manner that is logical and fluid within the context of the discipline.
- Support a main idea with information that is credible, reliable, relevant, specific and sufficient.
- Fully integrate, explicitly acknowledge and orally document outside sources.
- Employ a tone and language that are appropriate for the assignment and setting.
- Select a topic that reflects careful consideration of audience and assignment guidelines.
- Deliver a speech in a manner that engages the audience (e.g., use of voice, eye contact, gestures, posture and energy are effective).
- Provide presentation aids (if used) that are vivid and relevant and that enhance and/or clarify rather than substitute for core content.
- Reading -- Analyze and/or evaluate texts within and across disciplines.
- Identify key textual features (e.g., headings, captions and illustrations).
- Identify explicit and derive implicit meanings.
- Examine textual and contextual relationships.
- Summarize, generalize and/or predict from the text.
- Critical Thinking -- Apply critical analysis and reasoning skills to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions.
- Interpret information to investigate arguments, claims and beliefs and a point of view.
- Use evidence to support a position (perspective/thesis/hypothesis).
- Identify and analyze alternative outcomes to a problem or case.
- Determine a solution(s) to a problem.
- Information Literacy -- Access, evaluate and appropriately use information and technology to accomplish tasks and communicate ideas.
- Acquire: Use multiple forms of media to identify, gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
- Assess: Critically determine the credibility, accuracy and utility of source information.
- Use: Effectively employ technological tools and vocabulary to manage projects and/or solve problems.
- Cite: Responsibly use information according to legal and ethical standards.
- Create: Incorporate information and technology into the design and development of quality products that successfully communicate ideas.
- Quantitative Reasoning -- Use and apply quantitative concepts and methods to calculate and interpret numerical problems.
- Interpret: Explain information presented in numerical forms.
- Represent: Convert relevant information into various numerical forms.
- Calculate: Solve numerical problems.
- Apply/Analyze: Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on numerical information.
- Scientific Reasoning -- Apply the process of scientific inquiry and analysis.
- Predict: Apply current scientific theories and models as unifying principles to comprehend natural phenomena and make predictions.
- Interpret: Infer meaning from statistical data and graphical data presentations.
- Distinguish: Recognize the current and historical interdependence of applied research, basic research and technology.
- Formulate: Develop hypotheses, identify relevant variables and design experiments to test hypotheses.
- Evaluate: Assess the credibility, use and misuse of scientific and mathematical information related to scientific and public policy issues.
- Diversity -- Identify the influences of a variety of cultural contexts on social interactions and demonstrate civic engagement with the college and local community.
- Explore: Describe how cultural diversity impacts human relations and its influence on historical events.
- Engage: Increase inter- and intrapersonal skills through partici-pation in:
- A variety of academic, social and cultural events at the college and in the community; and
- Community-based activities through service-learning programs.
- Awareness: Compare and contrast differences in another person’s beliefs, habits and behavior related to self.
- Ethics -- Recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings and consider the consequences of alternative actions.
- Assess personal core beliefs and their influence on personal decision-making.
- Evaluate different ethical perspectives and their potential implications.
- Apply ethical theories to the resolution of ethical dilemmas or social and professional issues.
General Education Requirements
A specific distribution of at least 28 general education credit hours is required
for an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of arts in teaching
degree and at least 18 general education credit hours are required for an associate
of applied science degree. Some degree programs have specific general education
course requirements, but where none exist, students can select elective courses
from the following categories in order to reach their 18 or 28 credit hour minimum.
A student who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
in the U.S. is exempt from all general education courses within the major that are
not major course requirements or prerequisites for other courses within the major.
All associate degree students must complete the following English composition course:
||Fundamentals of English I (3 credits)
Arts and Humanities
Associate of arts, associate of science and associate of arts in teaching students
must complete ENG 151 and one other course in any of the other arts and humanities disciplines (art, French,
humanities, music, philosophy, Spanish and speech). Associate of applied science students must complete
||Introduction to Art History (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of English II (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of French I (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of French II (3 credits)
||Introduction to the Arts (3 credits)
||Music Appreciation (3 credits)
||Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 credits)
||Instructional Communication (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of Spanish I (3 credits)
||Fundamentals of Spanish II (3 credits)
* This course satisfies the general education arts and humanities requirement
only for students enrolled in associate of arts in teaching programs.
Associate of arts, associate of science and associate of arts in teaching
students must complete one course in each of two social/behavioral science disciplines (economics, history, political
science, psychology and sociology). Associate of applied science students must complete one course in
any one of the four social/behavioral science disciplines.
||Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
||Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
||Human Geography (3 credits)
||Human Geography (3 credits)
||World Civilizations I (3 credits)
||World Civilizations II (3 credits)
||American History I (3 credits)
||American Government (3 credits)
||Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
||Human Relations (3 credits)
||Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Associate of arts and associate of arts in teaching students must complete
one laboratory course in each of two biological/physical science disciplines (biology, chemistry, environmental
science, geography and physics). Associate of science students must complete two biological/physical
science courses, with at least one being a laboratory course. Associate of applied science students
must complete one course in any one of the five biological/physical science disciplines.
||Fundamentals of Biology (4 credits)
||Introduction to Human Structure and Function (3 credits)
||Nutrition (3 credits)
||Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
||Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
||Biology: Concepts and Methods (4 credits)
||Microbiology (4 credits)
||General Chemistry I (4 credits)
||Environmental Science (4 credits)
||Earth and Space Science (4 credits)
||Scientific Thought and Data Analysis (3 credits)
||General Physics I (4 credits)
||Physical Science (4 credits)
All associate degree students must complete one of the following mathematics courses.
||Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
||Fundamental Concepts I (4 credits)
||Fundamental Concepts II (4 credits)
||MTH 152 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
||College Algebra and Trigonometry (4 credits)
* This course satisfies the general education mathematics requirement only for students enrolled in
the early childhood education program.
The honors program provides qualified students with an opportunity
to challenge their academic potential through enriched learning experiences. The program features small,
seminar-style classes involving extensive interaction between faculty and students, with an emphasis
on collaboration and inquiry. Honors courses encourage critical and creative thinking through the writing
of short and long essays and the reading of original works of significant writers and thinkers from
classical through contemporary times. The honors program prepares students to transfer and excel academically
at a four-year college. Two core honors courses (ENG 200H and IDS 200H) and a selection of elective
honors courses representing various academic departments are offered each year.
In order to accommodate students with diverse backgrounds and needs, the honors program offers a range
of entrance criteria. Students can enter the honors program or take an honors course if they:
- Possess a combined reading and mathematics SAT score of at least 1,100;
- Possess a composite ACT score of at least 24;
- Hold a high school diploma with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher (unweighted for certificate
of merit courses);
- Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 over nine credit hours at Wor-Wic or from a transfer
- Possess acceptable placement test scores at Wor-Wic; or
- Are recommended by the honors program committee.
In order to receive designation as an honors program graduate at commencement exercises, a student must:
- Complete ENG 200H and IDS 200H with grades of "B" or better;
- Complete two other honors courses with grades of "B" or better;
- Receive an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in all honors courses; and
- Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 while enrolled at Wor-Wic.
In order to be awarded a degree or certificate, students must submit a completed “Application for Graduation”
form. Students should submit their application at least one term prior to their expected completion
Proficiency examination and transfer credit hours cannot equal more than 75 percent of the hours needed
for an associate degree or certificate of proficiency.
Students who have been continuously enrolled without having two consecutive terms (not including summer) of non-enrollment
can graduate according to the course and graduation requirements of the
catalog in the year in which they first enrolled or the catalog of any subsequent year.
An associate degree is awarded to students who complete their specific program requirements as well
as the following college criteria:
- At least 60 credit hours with a "C" (2.0) grade point average or better;
- A minimum of 15 credits completed at Wor-Wic;
- At least 20 credits in general education courses for an associate of applied science
degree and 30 credits for an associate of arts, associate of science degree or associate
of arts in teaching;
- At least 24 credits directly related to the occupation in vocational and technical
- A general education competency assessment (unless exempt).
Certificate of Proficiency
A certificate of proficiency is awarded to students who complete their specific program requirements
as well as the following college criteria:
- A "C" (2.0) grade point average or better; and
- A minimum of 25 percent of the required courses completed at Wor-Wic.
General Education Assessment
Associate degree students must complete a general education assessment before being
awarded a degree. The assessment measures the general education competencies exhibited
by potential graduates. The assessment is administered only on specific dates during
the year. These dates are available in the registrar’s office, on the college website
or in the class schedule publi-cation. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange
his or her schedule to take advantage of the assessment dates. A student who has
an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the
U.S. is exempt from taking the assessment. Reverse transfer graduates are also exempt.
Students who have questions about the general education assessment should contact
Awards and Honors
Associate degree graduates with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.80
graduate “with high honors,” while those with at least a 3.5 grade point average
graduate “with honors.” Certificate of proficiency graduates with a grade point
average of at least 3.5 graduate “with distinction.” To be eligible for these honors,
a student must not have any “F” grades in a course at the 100 level or above, no
more than one “R” grade and no more than one “D” grade.
Diplomas are ordered for students whose graduation has been confirmed by the registrar’s
office, at the end of each term. Diplomas are mailed to graduates
after they are received, approximately eight weeks after the graduation date.
Participation in Commencement
Wor-Wic conducts one commencement ceremony each year. Students are eligible to participate
if they have completed the requirements for their degree or certificate at the end
of the fall term or if they are completing the requirements for their degree or
certificate at the end of the spring term. Students completing in the summer can
also participate if they have nine credits or less remaining, they have registered
for their remaining course work and they have met all other graduation requirements
by the second Friday in April. Students graduating with an associate degree must
also complete the general education competency assessment.
Letter of Recognition
In order to be awarded a letter of recognition, students must complete their specific
program requirements with a grade of “C” or better in each course and submit a completed
“Application for Letter of Recognition” form. Letters of recognition are provided
to students whose completion has been confirmed by the registrar’s office, at the
end of each term. Letters are mailed to students about eight weeks
after each completion date.
A student who wants to transfer to a four-year institution should consult with his or her advisor and
the institution to which he or she intends to transfer to ensure that the courses taken at Wor-Wic will
fulfill the requirements of the transfer institution. Students and advisors can determine if a course
is transferable by visiting the Web site of the
Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS).
Maryland Higher Education Commission has policies governing the transfer of students among the two-
and four-year public institutions in Maryland. These policies are provided in the appendix of the college catalog.
Students can obtain copies of their transcripts by completing a “Transcript Request” form, available
in the registrar’s office or on the college Web site at www.worwic.edu. Transcript requests are processed
in the order in which they are received. Students should allow ample time for processing and delivery
through the U.S. Postal Service. More information about transcripts can be obtained by calling the registrar’s
office at 410-334-2907.
For additional information, refer to the
Requesting a Transcript section of this website.