- The student has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in mastering course objectives. (4 points per credit in computation of grade point average)
- B—Above Average
- The student has demonstrated above average proficiency in mastering course objectives. (3 points per credit in computation of grade point average)
- The student has demonstrated average proficiency in mastering course objectives. (2 points per credit in computation of grade point average)
- D—Below Average
- The student has demonstrated below average but passing proficiency in mastering course objectives. (1 point per credit in computation of grade point average)
- The student has not demonstrated a minimum passing proficiency in mastering course objectives. (0 points per credit in computation of grade point average)
- Due to extenuating circumstances, a student may be given an extension of time to complete course objectives. An "I" grade must be made up prior to the end of the succeeding term or it becomes an "F." (Does not count in computation of grade point average) Assignment of "I" grades is a faculty prerogative and is issued when the student who has completed the majority of the course requirements is unable to complete the remainder due to unusual or extenuating circumstances.
- IW—Instructor Withdrawal
- An "IW" is an indication of an action by a faculty member. (Does not count in the computation of a grade point average.) A student is notified by mail of the "IW" action and may appeal to the instructor if this action is considered an error. IW's are initiated after the published course last day to drop.
- This mark indicates that the student has completed the coursework satisfactorily. It is used for all developmental courses and other courses at the discretion of the College. (Does not count in the computation of grade point average.)
- The student has made satisfactory progress, but should re-enroll until course objectives are completed. This mark is used for developmental courses only. (Does not count in computation of grade point average)
- An audit (no credit) does not count in computation of a grade point average. Audits must be processed by the published last day to drop classes. Audit forms are available in Student Services and must be signed by the student and approved by the course instructor.
- A "W" is an indication of an action requested by the student. The student must officially withdraw from a course prior to the published last day to drop classes. The student must call Registration to officially withdraw. A "W" may not be changed to a grade. (Does not count in the computation of grade point average)
- Z—No Grade Reported
- A "Z" is an indication of administrative action by the College. This action is taken when no grade is reported by the faculty member. (Does not count in computation of grade point average)
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
- The student's grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted in those courses which count toward the student's grade point average.
To calculate a grade point average (GPA):
Grade Value x Credit Hrs Completed = Grade Pts
- Take the total number of grade points (30) and divide by total hours completed (16.5): GPA=1.82
Please note: Actions of R, P, IW, W, V, Z, and Q do not apply toward GPA but do appear in attempted hours.
- Auditing a Course
- A student who wants to attend a course without taking examinations or receiving credit for the course may register on an audit basis with faculty approval. The student who registers on an audit basis pays the regular tuition rate and fees. Audited courses do not count towards graduation requirements or to satisfy pre-requisite requirements for other courses.
A student who wishes to change from audit to credit or from credit to audit after the course is underway must process the change through Student Services prior to the published last day to drop classes.
The student receiving financial aid or veterans' benefits cannot count audited courses to establish full or part-time status.
- Repeat of a Course
- A student may repeat any course in which she/he did not receive at least a "C" grade. Both grades will remain on the permanent record; the latest grade is used to compute the grade point average. A student may repeat any course in which she/he received a grade of "C" or better if they audit the class; courses may not be repeated for credit if the final grade was a "C" or better unless approved by the campus administrator with faculty consultation.
- Process for Grade Appeals and Academic Concerns
- A student who wishes to appeal a grade or other course matters should follow the appeal procedure listed below. The appeal process for course grades or other course matters must be initiated no later than the end of the quarter (last class day) following the quarter in which the course was completed. The appeal process begins when a student writes a letter to the instructor (1st level of appeal). If dissatisfied with the appeal at any level, the student may appeal in writing to the next level:
Metropolitan Community College retains the student's official academic records (transcript) of enrollment and credit earned in perpetuity. Student financial aid records are retained for five (5) years; student registration documents are kept for two (2) years.
- 1st Level: Instructor
- 2nd Level: Appropriate Academic Dean
- 3rd Level: Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs
The student who believes there is an inaccuracy in his/her official academic record (transcript) must notify the Admissions and Records office immediately. After the student's registration documents are destroyed, the official academic transcript cannot be changed. The transcript is the final, accurate record of academic accomplishment.
- Academic Amnesty
The policy pertains to a student who was enrolled at Metro and then re-enrolled.
After re-enrollment, the student must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of 1000 or 2000 level classes.
The students' permenant record will reflect the original grade(s) received
Academic Amnesty may be applied to grades or other actions, such as withdrawls, which will be eliminated from attempted hours and grade point average calculation.
Metropolitan Community College offers a wide range of programs of study leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science in Nursing, Certificate of Achievement, and Specialist Diploma.
- Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)
- The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to a student completing the requirements of one of the career programs with a minimum of 96 quarter hours. An Associate in Applied Science degree prepares the graduate for entry-level positions and is accepted by several four-year institutions under A to B agreements.
- Associate in Arts Degree (AA)
- The Associate in Arts degree is awarded to a student completing the requirements of the Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer or Time Option program. This degree parallels the work done in the first two years of a four-year institution.
- Associate in Science Degree (AS)
- The Associate in Science degree is an academic transfer degree awarded to a student completing the courses required for the degree. This degree is generally transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate program or in meeting the minimum requirements for entrance into a designated professional program of study.
- Associate in Science in Nursing Degree (ASN)
- The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is awarded to a student completing the program requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program with a minimum of 108 credit hours. The graduate awarded this degree is eligible to write the NCLEX Exam for licensure as a registered nurse. Many of the required courses transfer to four-year institutions.
- Certificate of Achievement
- The Certificate of Achievement is awarded to a student upon successful completion of the requirements of one of the career programs with a minimum of 48 quarter hours.
- Degree/Certificate Option
- The degree/certificate option is a specialization within a program of study. A diploma is awarded for the degree/certificate, not the option.
- Specialist Diplomas
- Specialist Diplomas represent a structured sequence of courses that may be completed in a relatively short period of time. In some cases, the entire module may be completed in a single term of study; in other cases, two or three terms may be needed because of course prerequisites or other factors.
The requirements for graduation at Metropolitan Community College are those specified in the College catalog for the year when a student enters the College. However, any student may elect to meet the requirements stated in a later catalog. A student who does not complete program requirements within four years is subject to the current catalog or any preceding catalog within four years if he/she attended during that catalog year.
A student should be aware that course prerequisites and/or the need for developmental work in English, math, reading, and/or science may extend the time necessary for completion of a College degree, certificate or diploma program. The student must satisfy course prerequisites as specified in the current College catalog even if graduating under the provisions of an earlier catalog.
To graduate with honors, a student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above in his/her program of study.
There is a graduation application fee of $25 (non-refundable) per graduation application. Annual deadlines to file a graduation application are as follows:
- Fall Term..........Nov. 1
- Winter Term..........Feb. 1
- Spring Term..........April. 1
- Summer Term..........April. 1
An annual ceremony to honor graduates (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) is held in May of each year.
- Degrees: Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Science in Nursing
- To be eligible for graduation with an associate degree, a student must have:
- Completed the graduation application form with appropriate signatures and mailed it to:
Metropolitan Community College
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
- Successfully completed all of the program course requirements encompassing a minimum of 96 credit hours as outlined in the College catalog. This includes successful completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours in residence at the College or be enrolled in a approved statewide initiative program and have designated Metropolitan Community College as their home institution
- Earned a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all studies which are applicable toward graduation from the program of study and be in good academic standing
- Resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and College materials
- Certificate of Achievement
- To be eligible for graduation with a Certificate of Achievement, a student must have:
- Completed the graduation application form with appropriate signatures and mailed to:
Metropolitan Community College
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
- Successfully completed all course requirements of a program of study encompassing a minimum of 48 credit hours as outlined in the College catalog with a minimum of 15 credit hours in residence at the College.
- Earned a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all studies attempted which are applicable toward graduation from a program of study and be in good academic standing.
- Resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all Library and College materials.
- Specialist Diploma
- Designed for the currently employed person seeking job-relevant career development. Specialist Diploma modules represent a structured sequence of courses that may be completed in a relatively short time. Diplomas range from a minimum of 24 quarter hours to a maximum of 30 quarter hours.
At least two-thirds of the credits leading to the Specialist Diploma must be completed at Metropolitan Community College, and no course with a grade lower than "C" is accepted. The student receives a Specialist Diploma designating his/her specialization area that lists each course completed.
MCC celebrates the student who has completed coursework with excellence. Outstanding academic achievement is recognized through the Dean's List. To qualify for the Dean's List, the student must:
- Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded 1000-level or above classes;
- Complete at least six credit hours in 1000-level or above classes for the term in which she/he is qualifying; and
- Achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average.
Dean's List achievement is documented on the student's quarterly grade report. The student receives notification from the Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs, and the student's name is publicized on the MCC website and in some newspapers.
STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
- Student Academic Progress
- To encourage satisfactory progress throughout continuous terms of enrollment, the College's academic progress policy establishes specific standards that must be met by all students enrolled in credit courses at the College.
When the student is on warning or probation after suspension or dismissal, the College may restrict the number of credit hours for which she/he may enroll during a quarter. The College also may establish other special conditions under which the student may enroll including regular meetings with counselors and advisors, enrollment in developmental courses, participation in career development activities, and completion of assessment tests.
The following table outlines the College's Standards of Progress Policy. The student should note there are differing credit hour guidelines for students pursuing an associate degree and students pursuing other goals. Questions regarding this table should be addressed to Student Services.