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Section 5

Section 1 - Introduction

Section 2 - Organization & Responsibility

Section 3 - Personnel

Section 4 - Administrative Rules and Regulations

Section 5 - Educational Programs

Section 6 - Student Development Services

Section 7 - Miscellaneous Information




Educational Programs

5.0 Purpose

The purpose of Part I of Section 5 of the VHCC Policy and Procedure Manual is to provide information concerning the College’s educational programs and academic policies, procedures, and regulations. Additional information is available in the current copy of the VHCC Catalog and Student Handbook, Section 5 of the VCCS Policy Manual, and other documents as referenced. Please refer to those documents for additional information or make specific inquiries through the Office of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. Part II of Section 5 provides information about Workforce Development Services including workforce development, continuing education, and other community services. Please make inquiries through the Office of the Center for Business and Industry.

Section 5 Contents

Part I: Academic Programs

5.1 Types of Programs

5.2 Curricula

  • Curricular Design for Degrees
  • Diploma and Certificate Programs
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Graduation Honors
  • Signatures on Awards
  • Honorary Degrees
  • Posthumous Degrees
  • Reissuance of Diplomas

5.3 Development of Programs and Courses

  • Review and Approval Procedures
  • Procedures for Discontinuance of Programs
  • Review of Programs
  • Course Listing in Master Course File
  • Local Curriculum Advisory Committees
  • Curricular Offerings

5.4 Master Course File and College Catalog

  • Courses

5.5 Articulation

5.6 On-Campus/Off-Campus Definitions

5.7 Academic Policies

  • Grading System for Credit Classes
  • Academic Honors
  • Examinations
  • Withdrawal from a Course
  • Repeating a Course
  • Academic Load
  • Waiver of Requirements
  • Academic Standing
  • Satisfactory Progress
  • Class Attendance
  • Commencement (Graduation)

5.8 Academic Calendar

5.9 Developmental Studies

  • Credits Earned
  • Course Level
  • Developmental Course Numbers

5.10 Documentation of Course Content and Student Progress

  • Course of Study
  • Course Folder

5.11 Faculty Responsibility for Course Development and Implementation

  • Course Development
  • Academic Standards
  • Classroom Responsibilities

5.12 Course Enrollment Standards

5.13 Field Trip Policy

5.14 Computers and Computer Information Resources Usage Policy

  • Purpose
  • Definitions
  • Policy
  • Procedures
  • IT Security Policies and Enforcement Procedure

5.15 Distance Education Policy

  • Foreword
  • Overview
  • Mission of Distance Education
  • Needs Assessment
  • Marketing
  • Presentation Methods
  • Faculty
  • Instructional Support
  • Administration
  • Selection of Distance Education Courses from Other Sources

Part II: Workforce Development Services Policies

5.16 High Risk Instructional Program Safety Policy

5.17 Apprenticeship Related Instruction

  • Definition
  • Authority
  • Administrative Guidelines
  • Financial Support of Apprenticeship Related Instruction
  • Granting College Credit for Apprenticeship Work Experience and Related Instruction

5.18 Continuing (Adult) Education

  • Definitions
  • Criteria for Applying the Continuing Education Unit
  • Required Records and Reports

5.19 Non-Credit Grading Policy

  • Recognition
  • Grading System for Workforce Development Non-Credit Courses
  • Grade Report

5.20 Community Services

  • Types of Services
  • Administrative Guidelines
  • Financial Support

Part III. Miscellaneous

5.21 Substantive Change

  • Substantive Change Notification Policy