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Northwest Career College School Catalog - 2018

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Changes in Programs or Policies Academic Information NCC reserves the right to make changes in program content, materials, schedules, sequence, or location in order to improve its educational offerings and/or respond to changing industry demands or professional requirements. NCC may be required to make changes in programs or policies when federal, state, or accrediting changes affect current students. If the change results in a new program, students will be given the option to change to the new program or to complete their original program. Classroom Ratios The student to faculty ratio will not exceed 80 students per faculty member in lecture classes and 20 students per faculty member in laboratory courses. Certain laboratory sessions and procedures may maintain a smaller student to faculty ratio in accordance with accreditation requirements. Definition of an Academic Year The academic year consists of a minimum of 36 weeks of instruction in which a full-time student is expected to complete at least 36 quarter credits. Definition of a Clock Hour One clock hour is a 60-minute period of time consisting of 50 minutes of instruction with an approximate 10- minute break. Definition of a Quarter Credit Hour NCC is a quarter credit hour school. Credit Hours awarded for each course are determined as follows in accordance with ABHES accreditation requirements: - 10 Lecture Contact Hours = 1 Lecture Credit - 20 Laboratory Contact Hours = 1 Lecture Credit - 30 Externship Contact Hours = 1 Lecture Credit Billable credit hours for Department of Education (DOE) financial aid purposes are determined as follows: - 25 Contact Hours = 1 Lecture Credit To comply with the equivalencies identified above, NCC uses the following policy for all Title IV eligible programs: 1. One quarter credit shall consist of 25 hours of instruction. 2. Each quarter credit in an externship course shall consist of 25 hours of direct clinical experience. 3. Each quarter credit in a non-externship course must include a minimum of 20 clock hours of direct instruction with a maximum of 5 hours of out-of-class work counted for each 20 hours of direct instruction. Northwest Career College, Effective – 03/26/2018 21

Satisfactory Academic Progress NCC requires that all students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by meeting the minimum standards established regarding attendance, academic standing and rate of completion as they progress towards graduation. If, at any time, it is determined that it is impossible for a student to successfully complete the program with the minimum required attendance or cumulative GPA within the program’s maximum timeframe, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the program. Attendance/Tardiness Policies NCC requires a minimum of 80% attendance for residential courses and 75% for blended/hybrid courses but encourages 100% attendance as a goal for all students. Failure by a student to satisfy these minimum attendance percentages during an academic term will result in the student being placed on attendance probation for the duration of the next academic term. NCC requires students to be on-time to scheduled classes when in attendance. Tardiness is disruptive to the learning environment and repeated infractions will result in disciplinary action. Attendance Definitions “Excused Absence” is defined as an absence in which the student contacts NCC via email to provide appropriate prior notice of their absence with an explanation and documentation, as applicable. This does NOT mean that the student is given attendance credit for the missing class session, as if they attended. “Unexcused Absence” is defined as an absence in which the student misses class without appropriate prior notice of their absence. “Tardy” is defined as any time a student is more than 5 minutes late to class or leaves early from class. “Make-Up Attendance” is defined as instructor certified attendance for which the student will receive credit for class hours they have missed. Attendance Requirements NCC requires that all students achieve satisfactory attendance whether or not they are receiving financial assistance. NCC maintains and monitors detailed attendance records for each student. Students who are absent for three (3) consecutive days will be contacted by the Registrar. Students may obtain their attendance records or confer with an administrator upon request. Make-Up Attendance Policy Students may attend instructor office hours or complete at-home assignments to make-up attendance, depending on circumstances and classroom policy. Program Directors are responsible for ensuring make-up attendance is recorded when earned by a student. If a make-up student is unable to participate in the class due to an injury, the student must schedule the make-up session when permitted to do so by their physician. However, all make-up work must be completed in a manner that ensures Satisfactory Academic Progress. 22 Northwest Career College, Effective – 03/26/2018

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