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Academic Information

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 handouts.

Grading System

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 follows:

Grade Definition Points
A Excellent—An "A" denotes intellectual initiative as well as high academic achievement. 4
B Good—A "B" denotes above average completion of course requirements. 3
C Average—A "C" denotes a satisfactory understanding of course principles and techniques. 2
D Poor—A "D" denotes marginal understanding of course principles and techniques. 1
F Unacceptable—An "F" denotes that course requirements and standards were not met. 0
P Pass—A "P" denotes a passing grade of "D" or better in a pass/fail course. 0
I 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. 0
R 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." 0
W Withdrawal—A "W" denotes that the student has officially withdrawn from the course. 0
U Unsatisfactory—A "U" denotes that course requirements and standards are not being met. 0
AU Audit—An "AU" denotes that minimum standards of attendance were met. 0

Credit Hours

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

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.

Proficiency Examinations

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.

Course Substitutions

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 for implementation.

Distance Education

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:

Hybrid Courses

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.

Online Courses

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

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 connection.

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 GPA Minimum Percentage of Credits Passed
0–9 no evaluation no evaluation
10+ 2.00 67%

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.

Academic Performance

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 Probation

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.

Academic Suspension

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.

Academic Grievances

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.

Dean's List

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.

General Education

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:

  1. Writing -- Express ideas effectively through written text.
    Content:
    1. Select appropriate topics.
    2. Identify a clear purpose and audience.
    3. Use sound reasoning to support a central claim.
    4. Use specific evidence.
    5. Integrate and correctly document reliable sources.
    Organization:
    1. Organize content logically.
    2. Maintain focus.
    3. Demonstrate coherence.
    4. Adhere to the structural conventions of an individual discipline.
    Style and Expression:
    1. Demonstrate clarity and precision in language choices.
    2. Adhere to specific academic conventions, including tone, point of view and diction.
    3. Control a variety of sentence structures.
    Grammar/Punctuation/Mechanics (GPM):
    1. Demonstrate writing that is substantially free of errors in grammar, punctuation and mechanics.
    2. Eliminate all GPM errors that do not impede comprehension or distract the reader.
  2. Speaking -- Demonstrate a command of oral communication that is accurate, ethical and audience-centered.
    Accurate and Ethical
    1. Organize the oral communication in a manner that is logical and fluid within the context of the discipline.
    2. Support a main idea with information that is credible, reliable, relevant, specific and sufficient.
    3. Fully integrate, explicitly acknowledge and orally document outside sources.
    Audience-Centered
    1. Employ a tone and language that are appropriate for the assignment and setting.
    2. Select a topic that reflects careful consideration of audience and assignment guidelines.
    3. Deliver a speech in a manner that engages the audience (e.g., use of voice, eye contact, gestures, posture and energy are effective).
    4. Provide presentation aids (if used) that are vivid and relevant and that enhance and/or clarify rather than substitute for core content.
  3. Reading -- Analyze and/or evaluate texts within and across disciplines.
    1. Identify key textual features (e.g., headings, captions and illustrations).
    2. Identify explicit and derive implicit meanings.
    3. Examine textual and contextual relationships.
    4. Summarize, generalize and/or predict from the text.
  4. Critical Thinking -- Apply critical analysis and reasoning skills to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions.
    1. Interpret information to investigate arguments, claims and beliefs and a point of view.
    2. Use evidence to support a position (perspective/thesis/hypothesis).
    3. Identify and analyze alternative outcomes to a problem or case.
    4. Determine a solution(s) to a problem.
  5. Information Literacy -- Access, evaluate and appropriately use information and technology to accomplish tasks and communicate ideas.
    1. Acquire: Use multiple forms of media to identify, gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
    2. Assess: Critically determine the credibility, accuracy and utility of source information.
    3. Use: Effectively employ technological tools and vocabulary to manage projects and/or solve problems.
    4. Cite: Responsibly use information according to legal and ethical standards.
    5. Create: Incorporate information and technology into the design and development of quality products that successfully communicate ideas.
  6. Quantitative Reasoning -- Use and apply quantitative concepts and methods to calculate and interpret numerical problems.
    1. Interpret: Explain information presented in numerical forms.
    2. Represent: Convert relevant information into various numerical forms.
    3. Calculate: Solve numerical problems.
    4. Apply/Analyze: Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on numerical information.
  7. Scientific Reasoning -- Apply the process of scientific inquiry and analysis.
    1. Predict: Apply current scientific theories and models as unifying principles to comprehend natural phenomena and make predictions.
    2. Interpret: Infer meaning from statistical data and graphical data presentations.
    3. Distinguish: Recognize the current and historical interdependence of applied research, basic research and technology.
    4. Formulate: Develop hypotheses, identify relevant variables and design experiments to test hypotheses.
    5. Evaluate: Assess the credibility, use and misuse of scientific and mathematical information related to scientific and public policy issues.
  8. Diversity -- Identify the influences of a variety of cultural contexts on social interactions and demonstrate civic engagement with the college and local community.
    1. Explore: Describe how cultural diversity impacts human relations and its influence on historical events.
    2. Engage: Increase inter- and intrapersonal skills through partici-pation in:
      1. A variety of academic, social and cultural events at the college and in the community; and
      2. Community-based activities through service-learning programs.
    3. Awareness: Compare and contrast differences in another person’s beliefs, habits and behavior related to self.
  9. Ethics -- Recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings and consider the consequences of alternative actions.
    1. Assess personal core beliefs and their influence on personal decision-making.
    2. Evaluate different ethical perspectives and their potential implications.
    3. 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.

English Composition
All associate degree students must complete the following English composition course:
ENG 101 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 ENG 151.
ART 101/H Introduction to Art History (3 credits)
ENG 151/H Fundamentals of English II (3 credits)
FRN 101 Fundamentals of French I (3 credits)
FRN 102 Fundamentals of French II (3 credits)
HUM 101* Introduction to the Arts (3 credits)
MUS 101/H Music Appreciation (3 credits)
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
SPH 101/H Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 credits)
SPH 201 Instructional Communication (3 credits)
SPN 101 Fundamentals of Spanish I (3 credits)
SPN 102 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.
Social/Behavioral Sciences
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.
ECO 151 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
GEO 102 Human Geography (3 credits)
GEO 102 Human Geography (3 credits)
HIS 101 World Civilizations I (3 credits)
HIS 151/H World Civilizations II (3 credits)
HIS 201 American History I (3 credits)
POL 101 American Government (3 credits)
PSY 101/H Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 201 Human Relations (3 credits)
SOC 101/H Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Biological/Physical Science
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.
BIO 101 Fundamentals of Biology (4 credits)
BIO 115 Introduction to Human Structure and Function (3 credits)
BIO 120 Nutrition (3 credits)
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 203 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
BIO 210 Biology: Concepts and Methods (4 credits)
BIO 220 Microbiology (4 credits)
CHM 101 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
ENV 101 Environmental Science (4 credits)
GEO 101 Earth and Space Science (4 credits)
IDS 200H Scientific Thought and Data Analysis (3 credits)
PHY 121 General Physics I (4 credits)
PHY 104 Physical Science (4 credits)
Mathematics
All associate degree students must complete one of the following mathematics courses.
MTH 102 Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
MTH 103* Fundamental Concepts I (4 credits)
MTH 104 Fundamental Concepts II (4 credits)
MTH 152 MTH 152 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
MTH 154 College Algebra and Trigonometry (4 credits)
* This course satisfies the general education mathematics requirement only for students enrolled in the early childhood education program.

Honors 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.

Entrance Criteria

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:

  1. Possess a combined reading and mathematics SAT score of at least 1,100;
  2. Possess a composite ACT score of at least 24;
  3. Hold a high school diploma with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher (unweighted for certificate of merit courses);
  4. Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 over nine credit hours at Wor-Wic or from a transfer institution;
  5. Possess acceptable placement test scores at Wor-Wic; or
  6. Are recommended by the honors program committee.

Honors Designation

In order to receive designation as an honors program graduate at commencement exercises, a student must:

  1. Complete ENG 200H and IDS 200H with grades of "B" or better;
  2. Complete two other honors courses with grades of "B" or better;
  3. Receive an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in all honors courses; and
  4. Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 while enrolled at Wor-Wic.

Graduation Requirements

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 date.

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.

Associate Degree

An associate degree is awarded to students who complete their specific program requirements as well as the following college criteria:

  1. At least 60 credit hours with a "C" (2.0) grade point average or better;
  2. A minimum of 15 credits completed at Wor-Wic;
  3. 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;
  4. At least 24 credits directly related to the occupation in vocational and technical programs; and
  5. 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:

  1. A "C" (2.0) grade point average or better; and
  2. 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 their advisors.

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

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.

Transfer

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)External Link. 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.

Transcripts

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.

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