Academics

Academic Programs - White Mountains Community College
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Academics

At White Mountains Community College, students will experience various methods of classroom, lab and online instruction. While some courses are lecture-based, others subscribe to a performance-based, student-directed learning philosophy. Performance-based learning is a systematic, organized approach to education and training that specifies the knowledge and skills required for graduates to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing economy and society. Programs and courses are structured within a competency-based framework. By defining competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) in each course, educators and learners work together to maximize the potential of each individual in the learning process. Intellectual, interpersonal and physical-manual competencies are assessed continuously to assist learners in improving their performance. The college continually strives to provide a physical, intellectual and social environment that supports the unique learning styles, backgrounds and needs of each individual.

Academic Requirements

Associate Degree

The Associate Degree prepares students for immediate employment or the opportunity to further their education. The curriculum provides students with the tools to think critically, reason, compute, communicate and adapt to change. The minimum number of 64 credits is required for an Associate Degree.

Associate Degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.):

Programs leading to this degree provide direct entry into employment and/or  transfer opportunities into an associated baccalaureate program.

  1. A minimum of 64 semester hours.
  2. A minimum of 32 semester hours in major and related courses.
  3. In addition to major courses, a 24 semester hour minimum core program in general education courses consisting of:
a. English Composition andLiterature/Communication 6 Credits
b. Science 3-4 Credits
c. Mathematics 3 Credits
d. Social Science 3 Credits
e. Humanities/Fine Arts/ Foreign Language 3 Credits
f. Liberal Arts Electives 6 Credits
  1. The remaining eight semester hours or more shall include either technical or general education courses.
  2. Any credit granted through options will count towards degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements, but will not be included in computing grade point averages.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This degree emphasizes specific outcomes designed to meet competencies required for direct entry into the workforce and/or to provide a basis for transfer, at a minimum, of the general education component of the curriculum. The A.A.S. degree has the same requirements as the A.S. Degree, with the exception of only 21 credits in general education.

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

Programs leading to this degree prepare students for continuous education and career mobility and full participation in community life. The Associate in Arts Degree program offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year baccalaureate program. The program is flexible; students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer.

The Associate in Arts Degree program requires a minimum of 64 credits from the following distribution:

a. College Composition 3-4 Credits
b. English Electives 3-4 Credits
c. Humanities/Fine Arts/Language 9 Credits
d. Mathematics 6-8 Credits
e. Lab Science         8 Credits
f. Social Science 9 Credits
g. Liberal Arts Electives 15 Credits
h. Open Electives 9-12 Credits

 

Additional Associate Degrees

Students can have only two majors at one time. To qualify for a second major, the student must have first successfully completed one semester in another major, and then submit a second application, plus the $20 application fee, for the dual major. A second major is defined as a program of study identified by its own unique title as it appears on the credential, a title different from that of the first major.

Students may earn additional associate degrees either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the several degrees or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.
The requirements for earning additional degrees are as follows:

  1. Complete all requirements of each program of study, including general education requirements not in common with the additional program(s), and
  2. Earn a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credits at the college, beyond those required for the first and subsequent degrees, excluding Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Transfer Credit.

Matriculated students, who want a credential less than a degree, while still pursuing the degree, can pursue the lesser credential as a second major. The student does not have to withdraw from the degree and apply to the certificate. The transcript will show both certificate and degree at the same time.

Certificates

Professional Certificate

A professional certificate requires completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit to develop skills in an occupational field.  Twenty semester hours will be in major and related courses, and an additional 12 semester hours from the general education core.

Certificate

Regardless of their duration or composition, certificate programs emphasize specific skills and outcomes required for employment or for career advancement.  There are no specific general education requirements, except as required to meet stated competency requirements.  There are four levels of certificates:

  1. Certificate of attendance.
  2. Certificate programs up to 12 semester hours.
  3. Certificate programs more than 12 semester hours.
  4. Certificate programs requiring licensure and accreditation.

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher through the last semester of study must be obtained before becoming eligible for an associate degree, professional certificate or certificate for credit.

Liberal Arts Categories

English Courses with BENG prefix
Humanities

BENS213, BENG214, BENG215, BENG217, BENG223,BENG224, BENG226, BENG227, BENG229, BENG230, BENG233, BNEG234, BENG238, BENG239, BENG243, BENG245, BHIS211, BHIS213, BHIS214, BHIS215, BHIS216 and courses with BANT, BART, BHUM, BLAN and BPHI prefixes

Literature BENG213, BENG214, BENG217, BENG223
Mathematics Courses with BMAT prefix
Science

BENV110 and courses with BBIO, BCHE, BGEO and BPHY prefix

Social Science

Courses with BECO, BHIS, BPHI BPOL, BPSY and BSOC prefix

Residence Credit

Students seeking a degree at the college must earn a minimum of 16 semester hours from White Mountains Community College. At least eight semester hours of the courses taken to meet the minimum residency requirements shall be advanced courses in the student’s major field of study or in appropriate advanced courses in related fields. Advanced courses are associate degree program courses listed in the first and second semesters of the second year, or in the second semester of the first year of one-year programs. Students seeking a professional certificate must complete a minimum of 9 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from WMCC courses. For a certificate, students must complete at least 6 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from WMCC courses.

Directed Study

Under certain circumstances, a matriculated student may take a course in a semester when the course is not offered either during the day or through the Division of Community Education. A Directed Study allows a matriculated student to pursue the published learning objectives/outcomes for a course independently under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. A matriculated student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for a Directed Study. The student must demonstrate compelling reasons why the course could not be taken in a subsequent semester or was not taken in the semester when it was originally offered in the curriculum. Barring exceptional circumstances, a Directed Study will not be granted for a course currently being offered in the day or DCE divisions.

Independent Study

Opportunities for credit-bearing Independent Study are available to matriculated students who wish to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum but related to the student’s program. Independent study is not available to non-matriculated students. Matriculated students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for an Independent Study. The intent of Independent Study is to expand a student’s learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Typically undertaken for 1-3 credits, Independent Study may not be done in lieu of any course existing in the college catalog.

Distance Education

NH's Community Colleges Online

Distance Education is for independent learners. Courses are offered via the Internet in a 100% online environment using the Blackboard platform. Students work from home or office to complete the course content. All competencies and knowledge presented is the same as the student would experience in a classroom based course.

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Alternative Delivery

Alternative Delivery is anything other than the once or twice a week traditional classroom meeting. It includes 100% Online Learning or Distance Education, hybrids, video conference, and other condensed formats. These methods offer flexibility in scheduling while placing more responsibility for learning on the student. Online Learning and hybrid courses are taught using the Blackboard web-based delivery system. Students are required to take an online learning assessment and have basic computer skills before registering for a hybrid or Distance Education course.

Graduation Requirements

The college has established minimum competencies that must be attained in each program. Students will be awarded associate degrees upon completion of academic requirements and demonstration of the required competencies. To be eligible for graduation, students must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete each requirement in their academic program
  2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  3. Meet all obligations to the college, including payment of all fees
  4. File the Intent to Graduate form with the registrar no later than November 1st for fall term completion or December 31st for May completion of the academic year in which graduation is anticipated.

The student has the primary responsibility for ensuring that he/she meets degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements for graduation. The student should initiate at least one meeting with his/her faculty advisor each semester to insure that all the requirements of the transcript checklist have or will be met by the intended time of graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, 34 CFR Part 668, Student Assistance General Provisions, “An institution shall make readily available to all enrolled students and prospective students, through appropriate publications and mailings, the institution’s completion and graduation rate (or a projected completion or graduation rate) of its full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who enroll for the first time” at White Mountains Community College “and have not previously enrolled at any other institution of higher education.”

The retention rate at WMCC for 2011-2012 was 61% for full-time students, 51% for part-time students. Retention rates measure the percentage of entering students who continue their studies the following fall.

The overall graduation rate for full-time, first-time undergraduates in 2011-2012 was 49%.

It is important to note that many students do not have the goal of graduating from the College. Students often enroll to complete a semester or two before transferring, to explore a potential career area, to resolve academic deficiencies before returning to their original college, or to take courses for self-improvement/personal enrichment.

Transcripts

A student may request an official transcript (record of a student’s academic history) by submitting a Transcript Request Form  to the Registrar’s Office. All college obligations must be met, including student loan payments, outstanding tuition, payment of fines, and athletic uniforms and met, including student loan payments, outstanding tuition, payment of fines, and athletic uniforms and library materials turned in before a transcript can be released. The transcript is valid only with the college seal and the signature of the registrar. Transcripts are released in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) and will not be released to a third party, including parents and spouses, without written permission of the student. Transcripts are free.

Students may obtain an unofficial copy of their transcript at any time using the Student Information System