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
Students who are not progressing satisfactorily receive a notice with a “U” (unsatisfactory) grade at
mid-semester. At the end of each semester, 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 semester, 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-semester point of the following semester.
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 semester. 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 semester. If the student does not re-register for the course in the
following semester, 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Withdrawal—A "W" denotes that the student has officially withdrawn from the course.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.
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 the MTC 200 computer laboratory. Instructors are
available during all computer laboratory hours. Students registered for a self-paced office technology
class must pick up a syllabus in MTC 200 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 recommended by the dean and approved by the vice
president for academic and student affairs, the request is submitted to the registrar’s office for implementation.
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. Online
courses require on-campus testing or testing at an approved off-campus testing center.
Students enrolling in their first online course must complete an on-campus distance
education orientation session or the online student orientation on the college Web
site. Orientation dates and times are posted on the college Web site. 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.
Interactive Television Courses
Interactive television is available at Wor-Wic’s campus. The instruction takes place in television classrooms,
where programming is broadcast to and from other sites in Maryland.
A World Wide Web site is used to support each online course with a syllabus, study
guide, help topics and relevant course material. A Web-based message board provides
interactive forums for discussion about the course. Communications between the instructor
and the student are not simultaneous, but occur through e-mail, fax messages, chat
rooms and listserves. In order to participate, students must have access to a computer
with an Internet 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:
|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 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. If a student has received a grade of “B” or better in a course for which transfer credit
has been awarded, that course cannot be repeated for credit at Wor-Wic. When a student repeats a course,
both grades appear on the student's transcript. Only the last grade is used for computing total credit
hours attempted and 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 semester and combined summer sessions. When a student
fails to meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress, he or she is placed on academic probation.
A student on probation is limited to three courses per semester. To be removed from probation, a student
must reattain satisfactory academic progress by meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements for continuous
enrollment with his or her overall GPA and percentage of credits passed. A student can continue to re-enroll
while on probation as long as his or her probation semester GPA and percentage of credits passed meet
the minimum standards for satisfactory academic progress.
A student is placed on academic suspension when his or her probation semester GPA or percentage of credits
passed falls below the minimum standards for satisfactory academic progress. A student suspended after
a spring semester or summer session cannot register for courses until the following spring semester.
A student suspended after a fall semester cannot register for courses until the next summer session.
A student readmitted after a suspension is considered to be on probation. Students in this status are
strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor in order to maximize their chances of successfully
reattaining satisfactory academic progress.
After a second academic suspension, the student is required to attend a conference with the director
of retention and student success, dean 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. Students seeking readmission following their second suspension should contact the director
of retention and student success.
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. Academic matters include interactions
between a faculty member and a student that affect student performance and/or evaluation in a particular
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 and an explanation of what the student wants the academic standards
committee to do for the student. The academic standards committee then reviews the case and submits
its recommendation to the vice president for academic and student 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.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate academic grievance procedures within 30 days after the
alleged incident. The hearing guidelines for the academic standards committee are provided in the appendix
of the college catalog.
Students who complete a semester with six credit hours or more with a grade point average of 3.50 or
better without having received a grade of “I,” “F,” “R” or “W” are cited as superior students by the
vice president for academic and student affairs. At the end of each semester, 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 develop the ability to:
- Express ideas effectively through oral and written communication;
- Think critically and reason logically;
- Read and analyze a written text;
- Apply mathematical models to the solution of problems;
- Evaluate individual, societal and cultural relationships;
- Use the scientific method in understanding the interdependence of humankind and the environment;
- Demonstrate the appropriate use of technology to obtain and communicate information; and
- Internalize the core values of the institution, including community, diversity, honesty, learning, quality,
respect and responsibility.
General Education Requirements
A specific distribution of at least 30 general education credit hours is required
for an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of arts in teaching
degree and at least 20 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 20 or 30 credit hour minimum.
A student who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college 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,
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)
||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 (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.
||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)
||Biology: Concepts and Methods (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.
||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 3.50 over nine credit hours at Wor-Wic or from a transfer
- Possess acceptable diagnostic assessment 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 3.00 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 semester prior to their expected completion
There are six completion dates each year that correspond to the end of the fall and spring semesters
and each summer session. Degrees and certificates are posted to student transcripts at the end of each
semester or session for students who complete the requirements for their awards at these times. Students
who satisfy the requirements for a degree or certificate at a time other than at the end of the semester
or session have their awards posted after the next completion date.
Proficiency examination and transfer credit hours cannot equal more than 60 percent of the hours needed
for an associate degree or certificate of proficiency.
Students who have been continuously enrolled without having two or more semesters of non-enrollment
(excluding summer sessions) 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" (2.00) grade point average or better;
- A minimum of 24 credits completed at Wor-Wic, including the student's final 15 credit hours (unless
an exception is approved by the vice president for academic and student affairs);
- At least 20 credits in general education courses for an associate of applied science degree and 30 credits
for an associate of arts or associate of science degree;
- At least 24 credits directly related to the occupation in vocational and technical programs; and
- A general education competency assessment.
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" (2.00) grade point average or better; and
- A minimum of 40 percent of the required courses completed at Wor-Wic (unless an exception is approved
by the vice president for academic and student affairs).
General Education Competency Assessment
Associate degree students must complete a general education competency 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. 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 is exempt from taking the assessment. 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 3.50 grade point average graduate “with honors.” Certificate of
proficiency graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.50 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 semester and session. 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 semester or if they are completing the requirements for their degree
or certificate at the end of the spring semester. 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 third 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 semester or session. 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.