May 21, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 College Catalog

Instructional Information



ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Academic achievement is recognized for Fall and Spring terms for full- and part-time students through the following honors lists:

  1. President’s Honors List for students achieving a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester.
  2. Dean’s Honors List for students achieving a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average for the semester.

The student must complete at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester to receive an award certificate. Student registered for 6 to 11 graded credit hours will receive a letter of achievement.

Degree seeking students who complete with a 3.75 cumulative grade point average (or higher) will be identified as “Completed with Honors” on the official transcript.

ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY

Academic bankruptcy permits the removal of up to two complete semesters’ grades from a student’s cumulative grade point average. Courses and grades taken in this academic period remain on the permanent record; grade point factors are removed and the credits will not count toward graduation. Specific criteria that must be met to qualify for academic bankruptcy.

Qualifications:

  1. Obtain Application for Academic Bankruptcy from the campus Registration Office or online at www.cccneb.edu/AcademicBankruptcyApplication. Questions about this process can be addressed by Registration Office staff.
  2. Complete at Central Community College 15 sequential credit hours with a term 2.5 GPA following the semester(s) to be bankrupt. All grades from each term that the 15 sequential credits come from will be included in the GPA calculation. Credits can be earned in multiple, sequential terms (i.e., Fall/Spring/Summer in sequence). While Foundation course grades will not factor into the term GPA, a Foundations course successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better will qualify toward the 15 credit hours. 
  3. Indicate term(s) to be removed from GPA.
  4. Complete and sign application form; obtain signatures.
  5. Return the form to the campus Registration Office.

Please Note:

  • Once completed, the Academic Bankruptcy process cannot be reversed.
  • Term(s) with courses that have been applied to a previously earned CCC degree, diploma, or certificate cannot be bankrupted.
  • All courses, credit hours, and grades (not just those with a D or F) completed during the term(s) to be bankrupted will not count toward graduation or prerequisite requirements.
  • The term(s) to be bankrupted will remain on the transcript and will be marked “Approved for Academic Bankruptcy.”
  • A student receiving Veteran benefits may be required to pay back benefits received during the Academic Bankruptcy term(s).
  • A student may bankrupt up to two terms at CCC during his/her lifetime.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Central Community College (CCC) believes successful students are independent critical thinkers who possess the work ethic and skills necessary to make a positive difference in their professions and communities. To maximize student and community success, CCC is devoted to maintaining an honest academic environment and upholding integrity as a core value. All individuals across all course modalities are expected to practice academic integrity, which encompasses the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, and responsibility. In the case of alleged violations of academic integrity, CCC strives for fair resolution.

Instances of Academic Dishonesty:

Behaviors that violate the fundamental values of academic integrity at CCC may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plagiarism - direct copying or paraphrasing without citation someone else’s work (i.e., writing, images, video or audio)
  • Cheating - engaging in any behavior intended to achieve an unfair advantage for self or another in any academic exercise (i.e., unauthorized collaboration or unauthorized use of resources of data in a study)
  • Fabricating Information - inventing or falsifying information (i.e., making up resources and/or citations, falsifying academic records)
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - soliciting, furnishing, or offering to furnish unauthorized exams, quizzes, or academic materials, participating in academic sabotage.

Procedures for Addressing Alleged Instances of Academic Dishonesty

  1. When an instructor believes a student may have committed academic dishonesty, the instructor will contact the student to discuss the situation (face-to-face, phone or electronic communication). Electronic meetings may be appropriate for distance students. Every effort will be made to resolve the situation between the instructor and the student.
  2. At the discretion of the instructor, resolution of academic dishonesty may include the following Academic Sanctions:
    a. Revision and resubmission of assignment/project/paper within an identified time frame, potentially with a lowered grade;
    b.  No resubmission of the assignment/project/paper with an immediate zero;
    c. An immediate zero for the test/quiz/examination.
  3. The instructor completes the Academic Integrity Action Form and submits it to the Division Dean of Instruction. The form may be referenced should the student be involved in additional alleged instances of academic dishonesty. (The Academic Integrity Action Form is available online http://www.cccneb.edu/AcademicIntegrity/.)
  4. In addition to instructor’s Academic Sanctions, a student involved in academic dishonesty also may be subject to College Sanctions recommended by the Division Dean of Instruction including probation, suspension, or dismissal. See the Student Handbook for additional information.
  5. Incidents of academic dishonesty that occur independent of a particular assignment or course will be forwarded directly to the Division Dean of Instruction for review. Resolution of incidences may include recommended or applied College Sanctions such as probation, suspension, or dismissal from college. See the Student Handbook for additional information.

Academic Integrity Appeal Process

  1. The student has the right to appeal an academic sanction applied by an instructor for academic dishonesty within 5 business days of the applied academic sanction.
  2. For incidents of academic dishonesty, the instructor will notify the student (face-to-face, phone or electronic communication) of the academic sanction applied. Electronic meetings may be appropriate for distance students.
  3. The student has the right to appeal the academic sanction by requesting a meeting with the Division Associate Dean of Instruction within 5 business days of notification of the academic sanction by the instructor.  
  4. Should resolution not be reached, the student has the right to continue the appeal by submitting the Academic Integrity Action Form to the Division Dean of Instruction within 5 business days of the meeting with the Division Associate Dean of Instruction to request an appeal panel hearing.
  5. The Division Dean of Instruction may contact the student for additional information before convening and moderating a three-member Academic Appeal Panel.
  6. The student has the right to request a peer student serve as an appeal panel member. If requested, the peer student will be selected by the Division Dean of Instruction.
  7. The student is responsible for providing electronic copies of supporting documents s/he plans to present during the appeal hearing to the Division Dean of Instruction 5 business days prior to the date of the appeal hearing. The Division Dean of Instruction will forward documentation to the appeal panel members to review before the appeal hearing. Should no documentation be provided, the hearing will proceed.
  8. The Academic Appeal Panel will convene to review the documentation, to hear student and instructor statements, and to make a recommendation for resolution to the Division Dean of Instruction. In the case of a student’s or instructor’s absence, the hearing may proceed.
    1. The student and instructor will make separate statements before the appeal panel.
      1. The student is allowed a maximum of ten minutes to present his/her appeal, including review of any supporting documentation.
      2. The instructor is allowed a maximum of ten minutes to present the circumstances of the situation.
    2. A supporting advocate may accompany the student to the hearing and will be introduced to the panel. The advocate will speak only if questioned by the panel.
    3. The appeal panel may ask clarifying questions.
  9. Following the hearing, the appeal panel will make a written recommendation to the Division Dean of Instruction within 3 business days.
  10. The Division Dean of Instruction will review the Academic Appeal Panel’s recommendation and finalize resolution of the appeal. All parties will be notified by the Division Dean of Instruction. Additional College Sanctions (probation, suspension, dismissal) may be recommended.
  11. The student has the right to appeal the Division Dean of Instruction’s resolution.
    a. The student may appeal Academic Sanctions by contacting the College Chief Academic Officer to request final consideration of the appeal within 5 business days of notification by the Division Dean of Instruction.
    b. The student may appeal College Sanctions by Due Process Procedures (See the Student Handbook for additional information) within 10 business days of notification by the Division Dean of Instruction.
  12. The College Chief Academic Officer will review all relevant materials pertaining to the appeal. The decision of the College Chief Academic Officer regarding the resolution of academic appeal is final.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The college awards the Associate of Arts (AA) Degree and Associate of Science (AS) Degree to students completing academic transfer programs. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, Associate Degrees in Nursing (ADN), diplomas, and certificates are awarded in career and technical programs. To receive a degree or diploma a student must complete 25 percent of the semester hours of the program of study with Central Community College (CCC), with the exception of existing articulation agreements or program requirements. Other exceptions must be presented to the appropriate college division dean for approval. To receive a certificate, a student must complete one-half the certificate requirements with CCC. A 2.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) is required to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate.

The college offers a pass/no pass grade option (see Grading). The number of “pass” graded credits that can be applied toward graduation is restricted to 12 credit hours toward degrees, 6 credit hours toward diplomas, and 3 credit hours toward certificates. Please note that “pass” credits may not be accepted for transfer by some four-year colleges and universities.

Students have five years to complete graduation requirements as outlined in the college catalog in use at the time of their first enrollment. However, the student may elect to substitute the requirements from any subsequent catalog during the five-year period of their enrollment. Students who do not complete program requirements within five years must meet the requirements from a catalog in effect within five years of the time of graduation. To graduate from CCC, advisors will submit graduation applications on behalf of students that have potential to earn awards that semester. Students will receive a confirmation email through their CCC email stating the awards that were submitted. Graduation ceremonies are held in May at each campus with a mid-year ceremony held on one campus each year.

DEGREES, DIPLOMAS, AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED

All courses must carry a course number of 1000 or higher to be applied toward a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degrees

The Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) Degrees provide a comprehensive education within the academic transfer program at CCC. Courses are intended to transfer to a 4-year institution. AA and AS degrees require a minimum of 60 credit hours.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree provides a comprehensive education in a specific occupation. Its main purpose is to prepare students to begin their career upon completion of the degree. Minimum requirements for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree are 60 semester-hours of credit, including 15 credits in general education or equivalent competencies. However, many programs require more than 60 credits. See AAS and ADN General Education Groups  for more information.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is to provide students with the foundation of nursing knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required for the safe, competent and comprehensive practice of professional nursing through diverse theoretical and clinical opportunities. Its main purpose is to prepare students to begin their career as a registered nurse upon completion of the degree. The minimum requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing degree is 64 semester hours of credit, including 22 credits in general education.  See AAS and ADN General Education Groups  for more information.

Diploma

The diploma provides the basic skills needed to enter a career field or to a 4-year transfer program. The minimum requirements for a diploma are 30 semester credit hours, including 9 credits in general education. Diplomas are nested within associate degree programs. Specific requirements vary for each program and are listed within the corresponding academic program. Students should be able to complete a diploma in 2 semesters of full-time study.

Certificate

The certificate recognizes students who have acquired a specific occupational skill by completing a specific set of courses. The minimum requirements for a certificate are 12 semester hours of credit in a declared skill area. No more than 25% of a certificate may be duplicated from another certificate in the same or another program. Exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer. Certificates, like diplomas, are nested within associate degree programs. Students should be able to complete a certificate in 1 semester of full-time study.

CREDIT SYSTEM

Central Community College (CCC) awards credit on the semester-hour system. The terms “credit,” “credit-hour,” “hour of credit,” or “hour” are used interchangeably with the term “semester-hour.”

A credit hour is a unit measurement used to ascertain the educational value of course work offered by the institution to students enrolling in such course work, earned by such students upon successful completion of such course work, and for which tuition is charged. Credit/contact time ratio guidelines for semester (or quarter equivalents) are outlined in Nebraska state statute 85-1503.

Semester

Quarter

 

1:15

1:10

Classroom Hour

1:30

1:20

Academic Transfer, General Education & Academic Support Lab Hour

1:45

1:30

Vocational Laboratory & Clinical Hour

1:45

1:30

Practicum Hour

1:60

1:40

Cooperative Education/Internship

 

 

Independent (directed) Study - Credits will be assigned according to the practices of assigning credits to similar courses.

In addition, the Federal Credit Hour Definition includes a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week per semester or quarter hour of credit. 34CFR 600.2 (11/1/2010)

CREDIT OPTIONS

The college may grant/recognize credit for the written demonstration of the Advanced Placement, Standard Examination, Credit by Program Examination/Prior Learning and/or Military Service. Information on the amount of credit granted is listed in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

  1. Advanced Placement - An admitted or currently enrolled student may benefit from advanced placement and college credit on the basis of scores on the College Entrance Examination Board tests. Students who earn grades of 3, 4, or 5 may receive credit for corresponding college courses, which are equivalent to the test, as approved by the Chief Academic Officer and officially reported to the Records Office. No additional charge by CCC.
  2. Standardized Examination - The student must complete a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test with an acceptable score from a subject examination applicable to his/her program of study. Test fees are paid by the student and are regulated by the CLEP test corporation. No additional charge by CCC.
  3. Credit by Program Examination/Prior Learning - Students may earn credit for certain courses by Program Examination or Prior Learning.
 

a. Credit by Program Examination - The programs associate dean will work with the program faculty in arranging a test-out time. The grade received on the test will determine if Credit by Examination will be awarded.

b. Credit for Prior Learning - The student’s advisor will work with the programs associate dean in completing the required forms and documentation. For students requesting a course prerequisite be waived using Credit for Prior Learning, the prerequisite course instructor will work with the programs associate dean in completing the required forms and documentation.

c. Courses completed through Credit by Program Examination/Prior Learning do not count toward financial aid credit hour eligibility requirements.

d. Students cannot receive Credit for Prior Learning for early college courses taken in high school (such as courses from a career academy) after the fact. Students must enroll for college credit at the time they complete the course.

e. Students cannot pay retroactively for early college classes taken in high school and receive credit (see above).

  1. Military Service Credit - CCC may award credit for successful completion of study through formal service schools and courses either through active duty, National Guard, or reserve education. Credit awarded for military service training is granted on the same basis as transfer credit from collegiate institutions. Documentation of prior military service is required. A maximum of three semester credit hours is awarded for Basic Training upon receipt of the DD-214 form (military separation papers). Additional semester credit hours may be awarded for military education as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide.

CCC participates in the Concurrent Admission Program (ConAP) and is a member of the Service-members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). Contact the Admissions or Records Office at a CCC campus for further information.

CONTACT HOURS

The series of numbers following the course description tells the number of clock hours a student should plan to spend in class, laboratory, cooperative education/internship, and/or practicum/clinical experience. Following are two examples:

Class- 45 Practical Lab- 0 Clinical- 0 Internship- 0
Class- 0 Practical Lab- 0 Clinical- 45 Internship- 0

GRADING

The student may select from several grading options at the time of registration, unless the course has been designated with a specific grade option.

  • Pass/No Pass: A letter grade is not issued, and the course grade does not affect the student’s grade-point average. To receive a passing grade the student must complete the course with a “C” average or greater.
  • Standard Grade: Students receive standard grades used to establish their grade-point average.
  • Students not declaring a grading option will automatically use the standard grade option. Students electing a pass/fail or audit option must inform the college during registration.
  • With the exception of auditing, once a student has selected a grading option for a course, the student will be bound to that option after the free add/drop period.
  • Auditing Courses
    • Students desiring to attend a course without taking examinations or receiving credit for the course may register in an audit status. Students who register for an audit course will pay the regular educational costs and must declare to audit at the time of registration.
    • Students who wish to change from audit to credit or credit to audit after the course is underway must have the permission of the instructor and must process the change through the records office within the first two weeks of classes.
    • Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits cannot count audited courses in determining course load.

GRADES/GRADE-POINT AVERAGE

To determine the grade-point average (GPA), divide the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits for which a standard grade (A+, A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, F) is awarded. Foundations classes (classes with less than a 1000 number) will not be counted toward college GPA. Grade-points are awarded on the following basis-

  A+ 4 grade-points per credit
  A 4 grade-points per credit
  B+ 3.5 grade-points per credit
  B 3 grade-points per credit
  C+ 2.5 grade-points per credit
  C 2 grade-points per credit
  D+ 1.5 grade-points per credit
  D 1 grade-point per credit
  F

No grade-point awarded (does not count toward graduation)

  Grade reports also may reflect the following, which are not used to calculate GPA:
  I Incomplete (does apply in GPA calculation) (no grade point awarded, GPA will be recalculated upon completion of course with earned grade)
  X Audit (no credit or points)
  CR No Points, No Grade
  NC Non-Credit (no credits or points, no grade)
  NP No Pass (no credit or points)
  P Pass (credit awarded, no points awarded)
  W Withdraw or Drop (no credits or points, no grade)
  R Retake (the higher grade earned is used in calculating the GPA)

Grade reports also may reflect the following, which are used to calculate GPA. The following are definitions for grades:

A - Student demonstrates outstanding achievement by mastering course objectives
B - Student demonstrates commendable achievement in meeting course objectives
C - Student demonstrates acceptable achievement in meeting course objectives
D - Student demonstrates marginal achievement in meeting course objectives
F - Student fails to meet course objectives

INCOMPLETE GRADE

Students who are unable to complete all course competencies because of extenuating circumstances may request a status of ‘Incomplete’ after consulting with the instructor. The student consults with the instructor and completes a contract outlining the remaining work to be completed. Incomplete courses must be completed by the end of the following term, ie…fall/spring, spring/fall, summer/fall. Time extensions may be approved by the division dean for non-standard length-of-term courses, ie…Nursing Assistant, Paramedic. The contract must be approved by the instructor and reviewed by the supervisor and division dean. The contract for the incomplete grade must be signed and submitted to the Registrar’s office by 5 p.m., the last day of the semester. Students may not drop a course for which they have negotiated a contract for an “incomplete”. When the contract is completed, a change of grade form will be submitted.

Incomplete grades will be calculated as an “F” in the student’s GPA until the contract is completed and the grade change form is submitted. If the contract is not completed by the date agreed upon, the “I” will be changed to an “F.”

CHANGE OF GRADE

Change of grade forms will be used for circumstances other than those covered by an “incomplete” grade such as an incorrect calculation. The change of grade form will also be used to request a grade change for results of a grade appeal or the change of an ‘incomplete’ to a letter grade. Change of grade must be approved by the division dean. Change of grade must be completed by the end of the semester following the semester in which the grade was earned.

GRADE APPEAL

Faculty of Central Community College have the right and responsibility to assign grades based on work submitted. Evaluation of student performance is based on the professional judgment of instructors. A student may appeal a course grade under one or more of the following conditions:

  1.  An error was made in the numerical calculation of the final course grade;
  2. The student believes the final grade is not indicative of his/her academic performance;
  3. The instructor departed substantially from his/her grading rationale published in the original course syllabus/course requirements.

Only the final grade may be appealed. The grade assigned by the instructor is assumed to be correct and the student appealing the grade must justify the need for the grade assigned to be changed.

  • The student is responsible for initiating contact with the instructor to discuss and resolve the grade dispute (face-to-face, phone or electronic communication). Electronic meetings may be appropriate for distance students.

  • The student must contact the instructor no later than November 1st or April 1st of the following term in which the final grade was assigned.

Fall Grades Spring Grades Summer Grades
April 1 November 1 November 1
  • Should resolution not be reached between the student and instructor, the student has the right to appeal. See the Grade Appeal Process below.

  • If the instructor is no longer employed by the institution, the student contacts the Division Associate Dean of Instruction.

  • A student who has questions about this policy should contact any Associate Dean of Students.

  • FERPA Reminder:  In the case of alleged violations of academic integrity, Central Community College strives for a fair resolution and respect for the student’s right to privacy. Information regarding alleged Academic Integrity violations will only be shared with College officials who have a need to know.

Grade Appeal Process

  1. The student is responsible for initiating contact with the instructor to discuss and resolve the grade dispute (face-to-face, phone or electronic communication). Electronic meetings may be appropriate for distance students. Every effort will be made to resolve the situation between the instructor and the student. (The Grade Appeal Action Form is available online at www.cccneb.edu/GradeAppeal/.) Student completes Part A of Grade Appeal Action Form.

  2. Should a resolution not be reached between the student and instructor, the student has the right to appeal to the Division Associate Dean of Instruction within 5 business days of last contact with the instructor. Associate Dean completes Part B of Grade Appeal Action Form.

  3. Should a resolution not be reached with the Associate Dean, the student has the right to continue the appeal by submitting the Grade Appeal Action Form to the Division Dean of Instruction within 5 business days of the meeting with the Division Associate Dean of Instruction to request an appeal panel hearing. Division Dean completes Part C of Grade Appeal Action Form.

  4. The Division Dean of Instruction may contact the student for additional information before convening and moderating a three-member Academic Appeal Panel.

  5. The student has the right to request a peer student serve as an appeal panel member. If requested, the peer student will be selected by the Division Dean of Instruction.

  6. The student is responsible for providing electronic copies of supporting documents s/he plans to present during the appeal hearing to the Division Dean of Instruction 5 business days prior to the date of the appeal hearing. The Division Dean of Instruction will forward documentation to the appeal panel members to review prior to the appeal hearing. Should no documentation be provided, the hearing will proceed.

  7. The Academic Appeal Panel will convene to review documentation, to hear student and instructor statements, and to make a recommendation for resolution within 15 business days to the Division Dean of Instruction. In the case of a student’s or instructor’s absence, the hearing may proceed.

    1. The student and instructor will make statements before the appeal panel.

      1. The student is allowed a maximum of ten minutes to present his/her appeal, including review of any supporting documentation.

      2. The instructor is allowed a maximum of ten minutes to present circumstances of the situation.

    2. A supporting advocate may accompany the student to the hearing and will be introduced to the panel. The advocate will speak only if questioned by the panel.

    3. The appeal panel may ask clarifying questions.

  8. Following the hearing, the appeal panel will make a written recommendation to the Division Dean of Instruction within 3 business days.

  9. The Division Dean of Instruction will review the Academic Appeal Panel’s recommendation and finalize resolution of the appeal. The Division Dean of Instruction will initiate any Grade Change Form with Registrar if necessary. All parties will be notified by the Division Dean of Instruction of the decision.

  10. The student has the right to appeal the Division Dean of Instruction’s resolution.

    1. The student may appeal by contacting the College Chief Academic Officer in writing to request final consideration of the appeal within 5 business days of notification by the Division Dean of Instruction. Chief Academic Officer completes Part D of Grade Appeal Action Form.

  11. The College Chief Academic Officer will review all relevant materials pertaining to the appeal and arrive at a final decision within 10 business days. The decision of the College Chief Academic Officer regarding the resolution of grade appeal is final.

STANDARDS OF PROGRESS

Academic Standards Policy

A 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is required to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate from Central Community College. To encourage satisfactory progress throughout the student’s course of study, the college’s academic standards policy establishes specific criteria to be met by all students enrolled in credit courses. 

The college provides support for students experiencing difficulty in meeting academic standards. Assessment of academic skills, completion of foundations course work, modifications in course schedules, and/or development and participation in academic recovery plans are examples of intervention strategies which the college may employ to assist students experiencing academic difficulty.  

Academic Recovery

A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be assigned an academic recovery plan. An Academic Recovery Specialist will issue a notice to the student via campus email. Upon receiving the notification, students should contact their Academic Recovery Specialist to determine the course of action to be removed from an Academic Recovery plan. Students remain in Academic Recovery until they raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher. If students in Academic Recovery do not earn a term GPA of 2.0 or higher, it may result in the limiting of the number of credits allowed to take in future terms. Students on Financial Aid Warning with the Financial Aid office and also in Academic Recovery will be assigned Academic Recovery interventions by the Financial Aid Department.

Academic Suspension and Reinstatement

The Dean of Success & Enrollment Management has the authority to suspend a student from the college who fails to meet the conditions of his or her academic recovery agreement after two or more consecutive semesters. The Dean of Success & Enrollment Management, after appropriate due process, can authorize suspension of students for a period not to exceed one semester. Students may not enroll in classes during the suspension. Following a semester of suspension, the student will be placed on Academic Recovery.  Students may appeal their academic suspension by submitting in writing their request and rationale to the Vice President of Student Success & Enrollment Management.

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to meet academic standards of progress after being suspended for a semester may be subject to academic dismissal from a specific program or the college. The Vice President of Student Success & Enrollment Management or Vice President of Innovation & Instruction authorize academic dismissal.

Program Standards

In addition to the academic standard, individual programs may have additional academic or other requirements such as attendance and progress rates which students are required to meet in order to remain in “good standing” within their program.

Residence Hall Standards of Progress

To be eligible to live in the residence halls, a residence hall student must maintain Residence Hall Standards of Progress. The Residence Hall Standards of Progress are the same as the Financial Aid Standards of Progress., which include maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a course completion rate of 67% or higher.  Residents who do not maintain Residence Hall Standards of Progress will be placed on residence hall probation, during which time they would be allowed to reside on campus for one additional semester. If, after a probationary semester, the resident still does not meet Residence Hall Standards of Progress, they would become ineligible for campus housing. Students may be considered for re-admittance to the residence halls by making a request, in writing, to the chief housing official. When students are re-admitted into the residence hall, they will remain on residence hall probation until Residence Hall Standards of Progress are met, or until eligibility is discontinued.

TRANSFER

Inter-Campus Transfer

Credits earned through Central Community College (CCC) programs are accepted at all campuses of the college. Disciplinary measures and academic recovery plans issued by any campus will be honored by the other two campuses.

Transfer of Credit from another College

The transfer of credits from another institution to CCC is determined by CCC. A person who wants to transfer credits from another college must have official transcripts of his/her entire college record sent directly to the records office. The college will determine which courses are applicable to the student’s program of study based on program requirements. Course credit(s) from regionally accredited institutions that CCC determines to be similar in course content will be applied toward a CCC degree, diploma, or certificate.  A grade of “C” or better is required for CCC to accept a transfer course. Questions about transferring credits into CCC should be directed to the College Registrar.

Nebraska Transfer Initiative

The Nebraska Transfer Initiative is a cooperative effort by Nebraska’s public and private higher education institutions to facilitate the transfer of credits between institutions. The core of this initiative is a common general education cluster of courses which are presented at www.cccneb.edu/transfer. The remainder of credit hours required for any transfer degree should be selected by the student in consultation with a transfer advisor and the institution to which the student is transferring.

In addition to the articulated courses, the initiative assures any student who has successfully completed the courses identified in the articulated Associate of Arts general education core curriculum with an equivalent of a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and is admitted in-transfer to a participating institution will be:

  1. Granted standing comparable to current students who have completed the same number of equivalent credit courses toward an associate/baccalaureate-level degree; and
  2. Able to progress toward an associate/baccalaureate degree completion at a rate comparable to that of students who entered the associate/baccalaureate institution as first-time freshmen.

In all cases the college advises the student to consider specific transfer institution requirements. Please contact a transfer advisor at the transfer institution.

Transfer of Credits to Other Colleges

CCC has formal transfer agreements with several institutions. Some agreements are for general education courses and others are for specific major or programs of study. Students interested in transferring CCC credits to another institution, can access www.cccneb.edu/transfer for additional information. Students are encouraged to verify with the receiving institution which courses that institution will accept.

Transfer Nebraska

Nebraska’s public higher education institutions have joined together to offer Transfer Nebraska, a one-stop site that provides students with a list of courses that will transfer from one school to another - helping to plan for the future, save time and money, and stay on the path to a degree and successful career. Contact one of the Academic Transfer Specialists listed online www.cccneb.edu/transfer or http://transfer.nebraska.edu/.

Reverse Transfer Intitiative

Reverse transfer is the process of awarding an associate degree to a student who begins his/her education at CCC and then transfers to a four-year institution prior to completing an associate degree. While at the four-year institution, students work towards their bachelor’s degree requirements and may transfer their coursework back to CCC to complete their associate degree requirements. Coursework counts at both the four-year institution and CCC. There is no fee involved for this service. A student needs to have completed 25% of the degree requirements at CCC and have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. To learn more, contact your advisor prior to transferring or call the College Registrar (308) 398-7359 or via email reversetransfer@cccneb.edu to see if you qualify.

Learning Resources

Books, computers and various types of audiovisual materials are available to all students. These materials are in each program area or in a central resource center.

COMMUNITY AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION

Community and Workforce Education (CWE) is an instructional support service designed primarily for the delivery of educational services, workshops, courses, and programs to students, businesses, industries, institutions, agencies, and the professions. These services will include, but not be limited to: (1) credit/noncredit courses, (2) avocational/recreational courses, and (3) adult education. CWE provides learning opportunities in several different programs, including Adult Education, Business and Professional Continuing Education and Training, Community Education, Distance Learning/Off-Campus Learning Centers, and Health Education and Training.

Adult Education

Adult Education (AE) is a program offered by Central Community College (CCC) in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Education and the Federal government. The program is designed to provide the opportunity to gain basic education skills at no cost to the student. The student must be 16 years of age or older and officially withdrawn from high school. The student is required to pay a nominal fee for the diploma.

The AE program has three major components.

  1. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes for those students with skills below the ninth grade.
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for those students whose first language is not English.
  3. General Educational Development (GED)/Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes for those students with less than a high school diploma or home-schooled students.

Upon successful completion of the GED tests, the student is awarded a high school diploma by the Nebraska Department of Education. For information about these classes, contact the adult education office at the campus or off-campus center nearest you.

Community Education

The Community Education program, which includes credit, non-credit, and non-credit avocational/recreational courses, offers students an opportunity to explore and develop skills for job improvement, personal interest, leisure, and recreational activities. The courses in the Community Education program are offered, in many instances, as a response to requests from individuals or from advisory committees to meet community needs. Many of these courses are customized and are short-term in duration, usually lasting from one to four sessions. Non-credit and avocational/recreational courses are not recognized for credit and do not fulfill any credit program requirements. No degrees, diplomas, and/or certificates are awarded by CCC for enrollment in vocational/recreational courses. A minimum number of participants are required for Community Education courses to be held.

Distance Learning, Off-Campus Learning Centers, and Early College

CCC offers credit courses at off-campus learning centers and high schools in more than 90 communities throughout the twenty-five-county service area. These courses are offered in a variety of delivery formats. Distance learning responds to the growing need of working adults in central Nebraska to have access to certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as high school students wanting to earn college credits before high school graduation. Distance learning uses the same curriculum and standards as the program offered on CCC’s three campuses.

Health Education and Training

CCC offers credit and non-credit training programs and course options in several health care occupations. These educational opportunities are available for adults seeking to become health care providers, needing to upgrade their skills, or those required to maintain their professional licensure through continuing education. The Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings campuses, as well as the Kearney and Lexington centers, are all approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as training agencies for Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Nursing Assistant, and Medication Aide. The Grand Island office provides advanced level EMS training and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. In addition, CCC is approved by the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support training center, offering classes in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Through a collaborative effort with the Nebraska Nursing Association, Community and Workforce Education provides peer reviewed continuing nursing education.

Training and Development

CCC is a primary source of workforce training and education for business, industry, associations, civic groups, governmental agencies, and other organizations within its twenty-five county service area. College staff provide expertise in their fields of study to develop and coordinate specially tailored short courses, workshops, and seminars to meet specific training needs in areas such as leadership development, customer service, computer software, industrial maintenance, safety, welding, and process improvement. Additional information is available by contacting the Community and Workforce Education office at any CCC campus or center.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Cooperative/Internship/Work-based Learning

Students participating in the cooperative/internship/work-based learning education program earn college credit for cooperative/internship experience related to their major area of study. Cooperative/internships are arranged jointly by the college, the student, and the employer. Grades and credits earned are based on the number of hours worked and success in achieving learning objectives. Students can participate in a cooperative/internship in fall, spring and/or summer terms.

Additional information is available from the cooperative/internship in fall, spring and/or summer terms.

Foundations Education

Foundations education is the foundation-building phase of the educational process. Foundations education courses are offered at all campuses to help under-prepared students develop reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills necessary to be successful in college courses.

An optional assessment test is administered to determine if there is a need for foundations education courses. Appropriate general education courses may also be recommended. (See Assessment Services ).

Courses numbered less than 1000 do not apply toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Foundations education courses are not counted toward a student’s college GPA.

Foundations education courses available at Central Community College (CCC) include:

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Persons from states participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), can enroll at CCC with discounted tuition. Also, CCC students and graduates who transfer to participating institutions in the MSEP will also receive tuition discounts if they qualify.

For more information about how to apply for admission under the MSEP or to find out what colleges and universities participate in the program, contact the admissions director at any CCC campus or check the website: http://www.mhec.org.

Entrepreneurship Centers

Entrepreneurship Centers offer non-credit workshops to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Topics are those identified as being needed or useful to specific situations and business conditions. Most workshops are short term; however, depending on local needs, longer term sessions may be offered.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Advisory Committees

Program advisory committees are organized for each of the college’s career and technology education programs. The college selects students and individuals employed in designated occupations to serve as members of the program advisory committee. Advisory committees meet at least once a year to review the curriculum and other aspects of the program are aligned with expectations of the profession.

Assessment of Student Learning

Central Community College is committed to providing and maintaining strong programs, effective courses, and enriching student organizations. Assessment is an essential part of CCC’s approach to sustaining and enhancing college programming. Continuous and data-informed assessment is reliant upon the active participation of students, faculty, staff, college administration, and institutional partners.

At Central Community College, students engage in various forms of evaluation to assess their learning. Most of these evaluations are linked to the concepts and skills taught in specific courses. However, students are also asked to evaluate their preparation and engagement through various methods including the Student Survey of Instruction (SSOI), the post-award Graduate Survey, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).

Faculty must participate in program and/or college (general education), course, and appropriate cocurricular assessment as part of their commitment to students’ educational outcomes. Through cocurricular assessment, student athletics coaches and organization sponsors assess students’ exposure and development related to CCC’s college core skill requirements: communications, critical thinking and problem solving, life and career skills, information and technology literacy, global awareness.

The College and assessment of student learning (ASL) committee has established reporting procedures and timelines designed to create a clear and consistent approach to assessment. The ASL committee along with college administration supports program, course, and cocurricular assessment at Central Community College.

Academic Advisors

Students who have declared a program of study are assigned an academic advisor who helps arrange a course of study that meets the student’s goals and the graduation requirements of CCC. Advisors work with the student to create course of study, registration, changes in registration, graduation application, and other enrollment procedures.

New Programs and Courses

CCC conducts studies to determine the interest in and the feasibility of offering programs of study not previously offered. If you are interested in enrolling in a program not currently offered, please direct your inquiries to your nearest CCC Admissions Office.

Courses Common to All Programs

Cooperative Education/Internship - All Cooperative Education/Internship courses have the following course description:

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1861-1868 Cooperative Education/Internship 1-8 credit(s)

 

Prereq. Consent of Cooperative Education Director

A series of planned and supervised activities in an actual work situation. The employment must be directly related to the student’s program of study. Contact Hours: Class-0 Practical Lab-0 Clinical-60 Internship-480

Credits:  1861 (1 cr.), 1862 (2 cr.), 1863 (3 cr.), 1864 (4 cr.), 1865 (5 cr.), 1866 (6 cr.), 1867 (7 cr.), 1868 (8 cr.).

Travel Experience Course - All Travel Experience courses have the following course description:

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1981-9 Travel Experience Course 1-9 credits

 

Travel Experience courses provide for learning experiences which are responsive to educational needs of a changing society;
course may be repeated.

Credits: 1981 (1 cr.), 1982 (2 cr.), 1983 (3 cr.), 1984 (4 cr.), 1985 (5 cr.), 1986 (6 cr.), 1987 (7 cr.), 1988 (8 cr.), 1989 (9 cr.)

The dean’s office is responsible for compliance of credit travel course creation and implementation. Examples of responsibilities include, but are not limited to: develop learning objectives, contact time equivalency, documentation, arrange funding, assessments, gain approvals, set up permissions, forms, and so on.

Teaching Methods

Faculty deploy a variety of instruction/teaching techniques/styles that may vary by course, instructor, and instructional program. CCC’s classes have relatively low student to faculty ratios; therefore, students receive individual attention from instructors. Faculty provide regular feedback, grades, and engaging course experiences in all courses in every delivery mode.

Course Delivery Modes

CCC offers a variety of course delivery modes to meet a wide variety of learning styles.

Clinical rotation course method provides clinical experience where students are observed/critiqued on execution of specific skills while working side-by-side with faculty member.

Cooperative education courses provide students planned course outcomes to gain specialized skills through an internship or on-the-job training overseen by college staff and faculty.

Hybrid courses offer students a course experience with both online and lecture components, which are described above.

Independent study courses provide students one-on-one style instruction with arranged meeting times with an instructor.

Lecture courses meet in groups at specified times with specific start and end on dates. CCC also offers lecture courses that may include students at other locations. These courses are delivered using the college Internet video system which is referred to as “on-site live video” method.

Online courses are available via the Internet using computer technology with set-due dates, required regular (minimum weekly), substantive interactions. Online courses may require proctored exams. Asynchronous online courses are instructed through regular (minimum weekly), substantive interactions, activities, and assignments. Synchronous online courses require attendance via the internet at a specific date/day/time, regular (minimum weekly), substantive interactions, activities, and assignments.

Practical and science lab instruction permits students to progress under the close supervision of instructors. This type of instruction gives students the opportunity for personal attention from instructors and hands-on experience in learning labs.

Practicum courses provide students practical experience through assigned individual instructional experiences located on or off campus.  Individual instructional experiences consist of repeated performance of skills that are observed and critiqued.  Practicum students are directly supervised by college approved professionals in the practicum course’s field of study. The approved professional may or may not be an employee of the college. Faculty work with the approved professional on a part-time basis throughout the practicum course to ensure the student is meeting course requirements and provides direct feedback to students regarding the student’s progress in the performance in the course.