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Academic Information



Academic Standards

Oklahoma City Community College wants every student to achieve success. To help retain motivated students and identify those who may need additional assistance, the College has adopted academic standards based on criteria established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Academic Notice

Students will be placed on academic notice if their retention grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 while remaining above retention standards for academic probation or academic suspension.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if they fail to meet the following minimum requirements:

Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Requirement

Zero through 30 semester credit hours 1.7
Greater than 30 semester credit hours 2.0

Students not maintaining satisfactory progress toward objectives as indicated above will be placed on probation for at least one semester. At the end of that semester, the student must have achieved a semester GPA of 2.0 in regularly graded coursework, not to include activity or performance courses, or meet the minimum institutional retention standards in order to continue as a student.

Transfer Probation Students

Transfer students are required to provide official transcripts from all previously attended institutions at the time of admission. Any student transferring to Oklahoma City Community College who has been placed on academic probation or academic suspension by another institution or who does not meet the Oklahoma City Community College retention standards will be admitted on probation.

Academic Suspension

Students on academic probation not meeting the requirements of that probation will be suspended for the next 16-week semester. Students suspended for the first time may apply for readmission after meeting the terms of their suspension. They will be encouraged to meet with their Student Success Advisor to further identify areas of academic difficulty, schedule mandatory participation in appropriate college support services (developmental studies courses, study skills and/or tutoring sessions) and schedule follow-up meetings. The student will be admitted on a probationary basis and will be expected to meet all terms of that probation. If probationary terms are not met again, the student will be suspended for a second time and not allowed readmission until his/ her retention GPA meets institutional standards through courses completed at another institution.

Academic Forgiveness

Oklahoma City Community College offers students an opportunity to recover from previous academic problems, which have resulted in a poor academic record. The three provisions for academic forgiveness are:

  1. repeated courses,
  2. academic reprieve and
  3. academic renewal.

Although these options may result in an improved retention and graduation grade point average (GPA), the cumulative GPA will continue to include all coursework attempted, including “forgiven” coursework. Additional information and petition forms are available in the Records and Graduation Office.

*Committee Approval is required for approval.

Repeated Courses

Students have the option of repeating previously completed coursework within the following guidelines:

  1. A student may repeat up to four (4) courses, totaling no more than 18 credit hours, in which grades of “D” or “F” were originally earned, and petition to have only the second grade used in the calculation of the retention/graduation grade point average.
  2. Once a petition is submitted, the first four courses of repeated coursework will count in the sequence in which those courses were repeated.
  3. In the event such a petition is presented for a course that is repeated more than once, all grades earned with the exception of the first will be used to calculate the retention/graduation grade point average.
  4. Repeated grades that are forgiven will continue to appear on the official college transcript, but will be noted with an * as forgiven.
  5. Although the repeat provision may be an option for coursework completed prior to the conferral of a degree, a pre-existing graduation GPA will not be adjusted.

Academic Renewal

Students who have had academic trouble in the past and who have been out of higher education for a number of years may recover without penalty and have a fresh start by requesting an academic renewal. Students may apply for a renewal within the following guidelines:

  1. At least five years must have elapsed between the last semester being renewed and the time the renewal is being requested.
  2. The semester(s) in question must be of an unsatisfactory nature.
  3. Prior to requesting Academic Renewal, the student must have earned a minimum of twelve credit hours (excluding activity or performance courses) with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. During this period, no grade lower than a “C” may have been earned in any regularly-graded coursework.
  4. The renewal will be for all courses completed before the date specified in any approved renewal. Students who are granted a renewal will not receive credit for any courses passed or for any proficiencies earned during the renewed semesters.
  5. A student may receive only one Academic Renewal or one Academic Reprieve during his/her academic career.
  6. Semesters or terms reprieved will continue to appear on the official college transcript, but will be noted with an * as forgiven. The transcript legend will further note that reprieved coursework is not used in the calculation of the retention/graduation grade point average but is in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.
  7. Although the Academic Renewal provision may be an option for coursework completed prior to the conferral of a degree, a preexisting graduation GPA will not be adjusted.

Academic Reprieve

Students who can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances which contributed to or caused poor performance in a previously completed semester or term may request an academic reprieve through the Office of Records and Graduation Services within the following guidelines:

  1. At least three years must have elapsed between the period of time in which the grades being reprieved were earned and the time the reprieve is being requested.
  2. The semester in question must be an unsatisfactory semester with a grade point average of less than 2.0.
  3. Prior to requesting the reprieve, the student must have earned a minimum of twelve credit hours (excluding activity or performance courses) with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. During this period, no grade lower than a “C” may have been earned in any regularly-graded coursework.
  4. The reprieve request may be either for one semester or term of enrollment or for two consecutive semesters or terms of enrollment. If the student’s request is for two consecutive semesters, the College committee responsible for approval may choose to reprieve only one semester.
  5. Any reprieve which is approved and awarded will be for all grades earned and hours attempted within the reprieved semester(s) or term(s). Students who are granted a reprieve will not receive credit for any courses passed during the reprieved semester or term. However, if a student has proven proficiency within a reprieved course as evidenced by a passing grade, the student will not be required to repeat the same course. An additional course must be used to replace the reprieved credit hours.
  6. A student may receive only one academic reprieve or one academic renewal during his/her academic career.
  7. Semesters or terms reprieved will continue to appear on the official college transcript, but will be noted with an * as forgiven. The transcript legend will further note that reprieved coursework is not used in the calculation of the retention/graduation grade point average but is used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.
  8. Although the academic reprieve provision may be an option for coursework completed prior to the conferral of a degree, a preexisting graduation GPA will not be adjusted.

Academic Workload

At Oklahoma City Community College, a normal academic load is 12 to 16 credit hours for a 16-week instructional session.

Enrolling in 16 credits or more during a 16-week instructional session OR enrolling in 8 credits or more during an 8-week instructional session translates into approximately 60 hours of time commitment each week.  When a student’s academic workload may exceed a full-time job, it is strongly recommended that a student access the resources available to support academic success. If a student should have questions or would like to speak with an Student Success Advisor to discuss their academic workload, please call 682-7535 or email academicadvisor@occc.edu

In order to avoid delaying your registration processes using the OCCC Portal, be sure to complete and confirm drop course transactions prior to adding course transactions.

Enrollment cannot exceed 24 credit hours during a 16-week instructional session or 12 credit hours in an 8-week instructional session.

Following are resources to support your success in any of your OCCC courses.

  • Make sure you know the add and drop dates for the term(s) you are registered for courses: www.occc.edu/registration/add-drop-dates.html and “Calendar Events” on the Main OCCC Website also has important academic dates identified.
  • Student Success Advising offers walk-in advising during regular business hours Monday - Wednesday 8 - 6pm, Thursday 11:30 - 6pm, and Friday 8 - 5pm or call 682-7535 to request an appointment.
  • Access free academic support services for the courses you are enrolled - www.occc.edu/academics/labs-and-centers.html
  • For any writing and literacy skills assistance, visit the Writing Center: www.occc.edu/writingcenter/
  • Make an appointment with a Licensed Counselor in Student Accessibility and Support at 405-682-7520.
  • Access support for Online courses: www.occc.edu/online/
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for help.

Advanced Standing Credit Through Prior Learning Assessment

Oklahoma City Community College supports the concept of lifelong learning and knows that learning takes place in many environments and in many different ways. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is one method used to earn Advanced Standing Credit. It is a process that allows adults to identify and demonstrate relevant learning acquired through life and work experience and to translate that learning into college credit. PLA provides for the identification and confirmation of past learning by systematically evaluating the learning against established academic standards for awarding college credit. Credit is only awarded for actual college-level learning, not for experience. The learning must demonstrate a balance between theory and practical application. Faculty who are subject matter experts will evaluate competency. All PLA credit is awarded with a grade of “S.”

Exam-based PLA Credit (CLEP, AP, DSST)

OCCC will award credit for learning demonstrated by passing scores on formal exams including, but not limited to, CLEP, AP, and DSST. Minimum passing scores are determined by OCCC Academic Affairs. To receive credit, students must submit an official score report to the Office of Records and Graduation Services. Credit will only be granted for equivalent courses offered at OCCC. Credit will be posted after the student has successfully completed twelve college-level credit hours at OCCC.

Military-based PLA

OCCC will award credit for learning demonstrated by military training and experience. Credit will be granted for military activity that 1) has a credit recommendation outlined by the American Council on Education and 2) has an equivalence to a course offered at OCCC. To receive credit, students must submit an official transcript from their military branch to the Office of Records and Graduation Services. Credit will be posted after the student has successfully completed twelve college-level credit hours at OCCC.

Other Forms of PLA

In some cases, students may be able to receive college credit for life and work experience. Students may be asked to complete institutional exams or develop a portfolio to illustrate their competencies. Students interested in learning more about this option should contact the Office of Records and Graduation Services for a referral to the appropriate process.

Attendance and Responsibility for Learning

Policy # 4023 On Campus Student Attendance

All students receive assistance in identifying and achieving goals. The College’s approach to education emphasizes that students accept responsibility for their learning. Therefore, students are expected to make maximum use of learning opportunities available to them.

Although student attendance is not the primary requisite for learning, academic success is closely related to classroom attendance. For this reason, students are encouraged to attend classes regularly. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to attendance requirements stated in the syllabus of each course.

Attendance Requirements

Oklahoma City Community College encourages students to attend class on a regular and punctual basis. If a student is absent from class, regardless of the cause, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with the instructor to discuss work missed. The instructor will determine whether or not the student will be permitted to make up work and will decide on the time and nature of the makeup. If a student does not appear at a pre-arranged time for make-up work, he/she forfeits the right to make up the work.

Never Attended Policy

  • Students who do not attend the course(s) for which they are enrolled will be reported by the individual faculty member as never attended and be subsequently administratively withdrawn from the course(s).
  • Faculty members will be asked to electronically (Moodle) identify these students who have never attended their class after the add and drop period for that term.
  • Students, regardless of whether or not they have made any payment or been approved for financial aid, will be administratively withdrawn from their course(s).
  • Those approved for financial aid will not be awarded that aid if marked as never attended.
  • Never attended in online classes will be defined as having not engaged in course assignments or discussion and in face- to-face classes as having not had a physical presence in the classroom.
  • Students will have 90 days from the end of the term to appeal for a late administrative withdraw and/or a reduction/ elimination of charges. The appeal process will be administered on one form and managed by the Director of the Bursar Office and the Registrar or their designees.
  • Additionally, if a student does not begin attending any of their courses during the add/drop period, their pending financial aid disbursements will be cancelled. Funds disbursed prior to the start of the semester will be returned in full to financial aid programs and the student is responsible for reimbursing Oklahoma City Community College.

Co-Enrollments at Other Colleges

Students who choose to concurrently attend another college while enrolled at Oklahoma City Community College must use the total credit-hour enrollment at both institutions to compute their academic workload (see Academic Workload).

Course Lengths

Oklahoma City Community College offers courses of varying lengths. Students should take into consideration the number of weeks a course meets when planning their academic workloads.

Although the number of weeks a class meets can vary, all credit classes must meet a certain total number of hours to fulfill the requirements for their credit value. For example, a 16-week, 3-credit course meets 3 class hours each week. An 8-week, 3-credit course meets 6 class hours each week. Additionally, the length of the add/drop period aligns with the number of weeks in a course. Students should consult the academic calendar for the add/drop period dates in a semester.

Course Re-Enrollment

A student may need or want to re-enroll in a previously attempted, completed or audited course. There may be situations when re-enrollment will not be allowed, or will be allowed only after certain conditions are met. In all cases, approval from the Director of Student Success Advising or their designee will be required before a student is allowed to enroll in the same course beyond the third time.

Students should realize that repeating a course may reduce or eliminate some types of financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

Course Sections

Reading Course Codes:

Subject Category (Example: HIST)
Course Number (Example: 1493)
Section Number (Example: TR01S)

Subject Category:

The subject category is a 2-5 letter abbreviation for the subject.

Course Number:

The course number is a 4 number code that distinguishes the courses from each other. The last number in the course number represents the number of credit hours in the course.

Section Number:

The course section number is a 5 digit code that distinguishes each course from the other courses being offered that semester.

How to read a Section Number:

The first spot is a letter. This letter represents the entry point for the course:

E= Early 8 week or Early 4 week (for summer)

M= Mid/Late 8 week or 4 week (for summer)

F=A course held on 5 consecutive Saturdays, 3 fast track sessions are held each Fall and Spring term.

T=Traditional 8 week summer term or 16 week fall or spring term

I= Intersession, Classes that meet between regularly scheduled semesters

The second spot will contain a letter. This letter represents what type of course it will be:

A = Paired with additional English Lab or Math Lab

B = Hybrid partially online via zoom and partially face-to-face (some are A/B Zoom)

D = Hybrid partially online (asynch) and partially face-to-face (used to be “Y”)

E = Online (synch) and remote face-to-face (online synch/zoom hybrid)

H = concurrent taught in a high school

R = Face-to-face meeting in a traditional classroom

S = Synchronous online w/scheduled meeting time held remotely (synch online zoom)

T = Taught in a technology center

W = 100% online (asynch)

The third and fourth spots will be numbers. These numbers are used to delineate course sections with similar entry points, types, and terms.

The last spot will be a letter. This letter represents the term of the course:

F= Fall

S= Spring

U= Summer

Educational Approach and Grading

Oklahoma City Community College subscribes to an outcomes-based instructional philosophy. The ultimate goal of the instructional program is to enable each student to attain his or her highest possible level of learning.

Outcomes-based instruction is characterized by predetermined outcomes shared with students in the form of observable and measurable learning objectives for each course. Assessment occurs through test items matched to specific objectives in terms of content and level. Student evaluations are based upon a student’s achievement of predetermined outcome levels rather than on a comparison to other students’ performance. Each student is presented a course syllabus containing learning objectives and the procedure for determining final grades in the course.

Appealing a Grade

It is the student’s responsibility to review his/her academic transcript at the end of each semester to verify grades. An appeal of any final grade must be initiated within 90 days of the end of the semester. APPEALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE.

A student choosing to appeal a final grade should first consult with the course instructor. If an agreed upon solution is not possible, the student may contact the division office for further procedures.

POLICY # 4030 STUDENT APPEAL OF A GRADE

1.0 A student who believes a final grade in a course was incorrectly administered may appeal that grade.

2.0 DEFINITION: Working Day means any day, excluding Saturday and Sunday, on which the College is open for business, even if classes are not in session.

3.0 PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT APPEAL OF A FINAL GRADE:

3.1 The student must meet with the instructor who assigned the final grade and attempt to resolve the matter. The initial meeting with the instructor should occur as soon as possible and must occur within 90 calendar days after the final grade in question was placed on the student’s permanent record. The student may obtain help in establishing an appointment with the instructor from the appropriate academic division office. If the instructor is no longer available, the student must meet with the appropriate Department Director, Department Chair, or Program Director, who will act on behalf of the instructor.

3.2 APPEAL TO DIVISION DEAN: Within ten (10) Working Days following the meeting with the instructor, if the student continues to believe the final grade is incorrect, the student may submit a fully completed “Student Appeal of a Grade” form to the appropriate academic Division office. The appeal must contain the student’s name, student identification number, current address, and telephone number; the instructor’s name; the course number, section number, and semester involved; the specific issue in question; the student’s position on the issue; and pertinent documentation relating to the issue. The Division Dean will request relevant information from the instructor and arrange a meeting with the student. The instructor may be present during the meeting. After meeting with the student and reviewing the appeal and any other available information, the Division Dean will make a recommendation to the instructor. Within ten (10) Working Days of the Division’s receipt of the Student Appeal of Grade form, the Division Dean will notify the student in writing by certified mail of the instructor’s decision.

3.3 APPEAL TO GRADE APPEAL COMMITTEE: If the student continues to believe the final grade is incorrect, the student may appeal the instructor’s decision by requesting an appeal hearing before a Grade Appeal Committee. The student’s appeal must be in writing directed to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and must be received by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs within five (5) Working Days of the student’s receipt of written notification from the Division Dean. If the student fails to submit the written request for an appeal hearing within this five (5) Working Day time period, the student loses all rights to appeal the instructor’s decision.

3.3.1 Within ten (10) Working Days of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs’ receipt of the student’s request for an appeal hearing, the Grade Appeal Committee shall be activated. The Grade Appeal Committee will be composed of faculty from each of the academic divisions, who have been elected by the faculty in the respective divisions, not to include the instructor involved in the case. The Grade Appeal Committee will also include three (3) students selected by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

3.3.2 The hearing to consider the appeal of the student will be scheduled for a date not more than 15 Working Days from the date the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs receives the student’s request for an appeal hearing. If, during the Summer Session, the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines that there are insufficient faculty for an appeal hearing, this time frame may be extended to September 1. All Grade Appeal Committee Hearings will be closed meetings.

3.3.3 At the hearing, the Committee shall evaluate the request and allow the student and the instructor to present their positions and any supporting information. The student and the instructor shall have no more than one hour each to present their positions and any supporting information or evidence. The student shall present first, followed by the instructor. The student shall then have 15 minutes to rebut the instructor’s evidence. The burden of proving that the assigned final grade is incorrect rests at all times with the student. Neither the student nor the instructor shall be represented by an attorney at the hearing.

3.3.4 The Grade Appeal Committee shall consider all information and documents presented by the student and the instructor, and the recommendation of the relevant Division Dean. The Grade Appeal Committee may also consider other documents the Committee deems relevant to the proceedings, and the instructor and the relevant Division Dean shall provide the Committee access to such documents.

3.3.5 Extenuating circumstances involving sequential and prerequisite courses offered in less than 16-week formats will follow an accelerated procedure permitting student to provisionally enroll in next course until appeal process concludes. Certified mail and official College email will be used for official communication with the student.

3.4 COMMITTEE DETERMINATION: At the end of the Grade Appeal hearing, the Committee will meet privately to discuss the case and make a determination. If the Committee determines by unanimous vote that it is highly probable that the assigned final grade is incorrect, then the final grade will be changed. If the vote is not unanimous, the assigned final grade will stand. The Committee will provide its determination in writing (not electronically) to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs within three (3) working days of the Committee’s reaching its determination. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the instructor and student by certified mail of the Committee’s determination within five (5) Working Days of the Associate Vice President’s receipt of that determination.

4.0 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION: The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be responsible for the administrative action required to make any necessary final grade changes on the student’s record resulting from the Committee’s determination.

5.0 RECORD RETENTION: A record of the committee’s results and supporting documents submitted by all involved parties will be archived in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office indefinitely.

DEFINITIONS AND PROVISIONS

At the conclusion of a course, one of the following grades will be listed on the student’s transcript along with the course title.

A - (4.0 Grade Point) Excellent
B - (3.0 Grade Point) Good
C - (2.0 Grade Point) Average
D - (1.0 Grade Point) Below Average
F - (0.0 Grade Point) Failure

NOTE:

To satisfy degree requirements, students majoring in certain programs must earn a C or better or B or better in specified courses.

S-(Satisfactory)

In a limited number of courses, the grades S and U are used. An S is a neutral mark indicating minimal competencies have been met. An S is also used to indicate credit earned through advanced standing examination. The grade of S is not used in computing grade point averages.

U-(Unsatisfactory)

The grade of U indicates that a student did not meet minimum requirements in a course designated for S/U grading. The grade of U is not used in computing grade point averages.

I-(Incomplete)

When, in the instructor’s judgment, justifiable circumstances exist, the instructor may issue an I grade. The instructor prepares a contract specifying the work which must be completed, and the date by which it must be completed. The normal I contract period extends through the late registration period for the next major enrollment period, but may be as long as a period of one year. When the student completes the specified work, the instructor will replace the I grade with the appropriate grade: A, B, C, D, F, S, or U. If the instructor has not replaced the I grade within one year, the I grade will remain permanently on the student’s transcript. The I grade is not used in computing grade point averages.

W-(Official Withdrawal)

The student has officially withdrawn from the course. The student may withdraw as late as the twelfth week of a sixteen-week semester (or 3/4 of the duration of a shorter course) and automatically receive the grade of W. The W grade is not used in computing grade point averages.

AW-(Administrative Withdrawal)

The student has been “involuntarily” withdrawn by the institution during the designated semester for disciplinary, financial, or other administrative reasons. An Administrative Withdrawal for disciplinary or financial reasons requires approval by the Vice President for Student Affairs. An AW grade is not used in computing grade point averages.

AU-(Audit)

The student audited the course. The student receives no credit for the course and the grade of AU is not used in computing grade point averages. Note: A student may request a change in enrollment status from audit to credit through the late enrollment period. A student may change enrollment status from credit to audit through the official withdrawal period.

Cumulative GPA

Includes all coursework attempted with the exception of developmental (zero-level) coursework.

Graduation GPA

This GPA is the same as the retention GPA, but excludes physical education activity courses.

Retention GPA

Includes all coursework attempted with the exception of developmental (zero-level) coursework and hours which have been forgiven through the Repeat, Reprieve, or Renewal provision. Neither activity nor performance courses can be used to raise a retention GPA during a semester in which a student is on probation.

Grade Reporting

Grades are posted to the official transcript within five working days of the last day of the semester or term of enrollment. They may be accessed through the OCCC Portal.

On-campus PCs are available for accessing the web site. Students may also request and receive a transcript from the Office of Records.

Grading Systems

Students at Oklahoma City Community College successfully complete courses when they demonstrate that they have accomplished objectives at the levels required for the courses. Student performance is measured against standards set by program faculty. The grades which the students earn reflect the quality of their performances when measured against these standards.

Oklahoma City Community College conforms to the definitions of grading terms and the academic forgiveness provisions set forth by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Entry-Level Assessment

The academic background and skill level of any student enrolling in credit courses at Oklahoma City Community College will be assessed, and the student’s placement will be based on the results. Placement will be required in developmental coursework (this coursework does not apply to a degree program or GPA) where a need is indicated. Assessment will include an evaluation of entry-level basic skills and educational readiness as defined below.

Mathematics*

The ability to perform basic operations with real numbers and polynomials, graph in the Cartesian coordinate system, solve linear and quadratic equations, and model applications using linear and quadratic equations.

These are minimum entry-level skill requirements. If there is a higher level prerequisite skill or course, it would be used for placement. Guidelines and specific requirements are available through the Office of Student Success Advising.

Reading and Writing*

The ability to read and comprehend at the college entry level; to write developed compositions that demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and effective use of language; to communicate using academic language and conventions of Standard American English; and to understand and interpret information to solve problems and think critically.

These are minimum entry-level skill requirements. If there is a higher level prerequisite skill or course, it would be used for placement. Guidelines and specific requirements are available through the Office of Student Success Advising.

*The college prep courses may be found under English (ENGL) and Mathematics (MATH). Tutorial services are also available in the Writing Center, Math Lab, Biological Sciences Center, Physical Science Center, Computer Science Lab, Accounting Tutorial Center, and on an individual basis.

Educational Partnerships

Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma Baptist University have participated in articulated transfer agreements for the success and degree completion of students. For transfer agreements with Oklahoma Baptist University, please visit the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma Christian University have participated in articulated transfer agreements for the success and degree completion of students. For transfer agreements with Oklahoma Christian University, please visit the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

Oklahoma City University Teaching Scholars Program

The goal of this program is to serve the Oklahoma City community by preparing excellent teachers for our public schools who have been educated at both Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma City University. For more information, see the program information at the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

Oklahoma City University Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

For information about Oklahoma City University’s scholarship opportunities for transfer students, see the program information at the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

Redlands Community College Partnership

Oklahoma City Community College and Redlands Community College in El Reno cooperate to provide pre-agriculture students the opportunity to co-enroll at both institutions. Students can take general education and support classes at Oklahoma City Community College. All major courses are taken at Redlands Community College, which also provides advisement and confers the degree. For more information, call Redlands Community College at (405) 262-2552 or Oklahoma City Community College at (405) 682-7535.

Rose State College Partnership

Oklahoma City Community College and Rose State College cooperate to provide the broadest possible offering of modern language courses without unnecessary duplication. Course curricula and requirements are similar so that cooperative class sections may be made available to students. Oklahoma City Community College students may attend selected classes on the Rose State College campus with credit earned at Oklahoma City Community College. Contact the Division of Arts, English, and Humanities at (405) 682-7558 for schedule information.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University Partnership

Oklahoma City Community College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have entered into a partnership to offer an Associate in Science leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management with options in Maintenance and Business and Master in Science Degree in Aerospace Administration on the Oklahoma City Community College campus. For additional information, contact Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (800) 435-1327 ext. 3252, (580) 745-3252, (405) 682-1611 x7452 or cmarshall@se.edu or the Division of Business and Information Technology at Oklahoma City Community College, (405) 682-7550.

Technology Center Partnerships

Oklahoma City Community College is partnering with Francis Tuttle to provide students with the nationally certified Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care. In addition, the College works with Francis Tuttle, Metro Tech, Mid America, and Moore Norman to provide additional opportunities for students. Students successfully completing nationally recognized certificates at Francis Tuttle, Metro Tech, Mid America, or Moore Norman Technology Centers may receive college credit toward an associate degree through prior learning assessment (PLA). All college credit is awarded by Oklahoma City Community College. For more information on the Respiratory Care program or the specific programs available through PLA, call (405) 682-7822.

University of Central Oklahoma Partnership

Both institutions are committed to the partnership and the success of students in pursuit of degree programs. Both parties will work toward ensuring that students have the opportunity to complete their degree programs effectively and efficiently. For transfer agreements with the University of Central Oklahoma, please visit the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies 

Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies have participated in articulated transfer agreements for the success and degree completion of students. For transfer agreements with the University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies, please visit the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html More information is available at the following link: https://pacs.ou.edu/

University of Oklahoma (AFROTC) Partnership

Oklahoma City Community College students have a unique opportunity to join the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) while attending Oklahoma City Community College. A cooperative agreement between Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma (OU) exempts Oklahoma City Community College students from paying most fees and insurance at OU. Basically, the only cost to the student is for the AFROTC credit hour(s). AFROTC classes meet on the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus.

AFROTC offers a variety of scholarships in nursing, computer science, engineering, and other majors that you could pursue at Oklahoma City Community College. After completing a degree and the AFROTC program, the student will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and also have a guaranteed job after graduation. In addition, tuition waivers are available to help cover the OU tuition. For more information, contact University of Oklahoma ROTC Det. 675 at (405) 325-3211 or www.ou.edu/rotc/air-force

University of Oklahoma Partnership

Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma have forged a partnership to better serve the student whose educational goal is the baccalaureate degree. More and more students are choosing to start their college education by completing an associate degree before transferring to a university. The partnership between Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Oklahoma is designed to provide the transfer student an effective and efficient support system to ensure ease of transfer. The University of Oklahoma offers a number of courses on the Oklahoma City Community College campus. Staff from the University of Oklahoma are hosted by the Office of Student Success Advising on the Oklahoma City Community College campus where students can receive academic advisement as well as process information for admission to the University. Enrollments for courses offered by the University of Oklahoma on the Oklahoma City Community College campus are also handled at this center. For more information, call the Office of Student Success Advising at (405) 682-7535.

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma have participated in articulated transfer agreements for the success and degree completion of students. For transfer agreements with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, please visit the following link: www.occc.edu/ca/articulation.html

Student Appeal of Grade

Administrative Procedure No. 4030

A student who believes a final grade in a course was incorrectly administered may appeal that grade.

DEFINITION: Working Day means any day, excluding Saturday and Sunday, on which the College is open for business, even if classes are not in session.

Procedure for student appeal of a final grade:

Step 1: The student must meet with the instructor who assigned the final grade and attempt to resolve the matter. The initial meeting with the instructor should occur as soon as possible and must occur within 90 calendar days after the final grade in question was placed on the student’s permanent record. The student may obtain help in establishing an appointment with the instructor from the appropriate academic division office.

If the instructor is no longer available, the student must meet with the appropriate Department Director, Department Chair, or Program Director, who will act on behalf of the instructor.

Step 2: Within ten (10) Working Days following the meeting with the instructor, if the student continues to believe the final grade is incorrect, the student may submit a fully completed “Student Appeal of a Grade” form to the appropriate academic Division office.

The appeal must contain the student’s name, student identification number, current address, and telephone number; the instructor’s name; the course number, section number, and semester involved; the specific issue in question; the student’s position on the issue; and pertinent documentation relating to the issue.

The Division Dean will request relevant information from the instructor and arrange a meeting with the student. The instructor may be present during the meeting. After meeting with the student and reviewing the appeal and any other available information, the Division Dean will make a recommendation to the instructor.

Within ten (10) Working Days of the Division’s receipt of the Student Appeal of Grade form, the Division Dean will notify the student in writing by certified mail of the instructor’s decision.

Step 3: If the student continues to believe the final grade is incorrect, the student may appeal the instructor’s decision by requesting an appeal hearing before a Grade Appeal Committee. The student’s appeal must be in writing directed to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and must be received by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs within five (5) Working Days of the student’s receipt of written notification from the Division Dean. If the student fails to submit the written request for an appeal hearing within this five (5) Working Day time period, the student loses all rights to appeal the instructor’s decision.

Step 4: Within ten (10) Working Days of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs’ receipt of the student’s request for an appeal hearing, the Grade Appeal Committee shall be activated.

The Grade Appeal Committee will be composed of six (6) faculty, one from each of the academic divisions, who have been elected by the faculty in the respective divisions, not to include the instructor involved in the case. The Grade Appeal Committee will also include three (3) students selected by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Step 5: The hearing to consider the appeal of the student will be scheduled for a date not more than 15 WorkingDays from the date the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs receives the student’s request for an appeal hearing. If, during the Summer Session, the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines that there are insufficient faculty for an appeal hearing, this time frame may be extended to September 1. All Grade Appeal Committee Hearings will be closed meetings.

Step 6: At the hearing, the Committee shall evaluate the request and allow the student and the instructor to present their positions and any supporting information. The student and the instructor shall have no more than one hour each to present their positions and any supporting information or evidence. The student shall present first, followed by the instructor. The student shall then have 15 minutes to rebut the instructor’s evidence. The burden of proving that the assigned final grade is incorrect rests at all times with the student. Neither the student nor the instructor shall be represented by an attorney at the hearing.

Step 7: The Grade Appeal Committee shall consider all information and documents presented by the student and the instructor, and the recommendation of the relevant Division Dean. The Grade Appeal Committee may also consider other documents the Committee deems relevant to the proceedings, and the instructor and the relevant Division Dean shall provide the Committee access to such documents.

Committee Determination

At the end of the Grade Appeal hearing, the Committee will meet privately to discuss the case and make a determination. If the Committee determines by unanimous vote that it is highly probable that the assigned final grade is incorrect, then the final grade will be changed. If the vote is not unanimous, the assigned final grade will stand. The Committee will provide its determination in writing (not electronically) to The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs within three (3) working days of the Committee’s reaching its determination. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the instructor and student by certified mail of the Committee’s determination within five (5) working days of the Associate Vice President’s receipt of that determination.

Administrative Action

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be responsible for the administrative action required to make any necessary final grade changes on the student’s record resulting from the Committee’s determination.

Record Retention

A record of the Committee’s results and supporting documents submitted by all involved parties will be archived in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office indefinitely.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Oklahoma City Community College invites eligible students to develop a deeper understanding of academic material through individually designed Honors Projects. Honors Projects present students and instructors with a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on a variety of creative and in-depth intellectual endeavors.

Eligibility

  • Entering freshmen and students with fewer than 12 college credit hours must have the following: a composite ACT score of at least 22 or a high school grade point average of at least 3.25.
  • Continuing Oklahoma City Community College students, including transfer students, must have the following: 12 or more completed college level, credit hours and a cumulative or retention college GPA of at least 3.25.

Application Process

The application process includes an application form, personal essay and an interview with the Honors Program Coordinator. Visit www.occc.edu/honors for a link to the online application.

To Graduate With Honors, Students Must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative or retention grade point average of 3.25.
  • Complete four honors projects related to courses being taken or were taken within the last year, earning a B or better in the course in which the honors credit is applied. Exceptions to one year past may be made by review of the Honors Program Coordinator and the Registrar.

Program Benefits

  • One-on-one mentoring interaction with Oklahoma City Community College faculty members.
  • Unique academic work that will prepare students for the next levels of academic pursuit.
  • Enhanced scholarship opportunities.
  • Academic distinction noted on official transcript.

For more information regarding the Oklahoma City Community College Honors Program or to make an appointment to discuss Honors Program opportunities, please contact Dr. Liz Largent, Professor of Leadership and Critical Thinking and Honors Program, at liz.a.largent@occc.edu.

Honor Rolls

Students qualify for the President’s or the Vice President’s Honor Roll each fall and spring semester by meeting the following criteria:

President’s Honor Roll

Students are eligible to be placed on the President’s Honor Roll in any fall or spring semester in which they have attained a semester grade point average of 4.0 while carrying 12 credit hours or more of college-level courses. Part-time students are also eligible for the President’s Honor Roll if they have maintained a 4.0 GPA during two consecutive semesters while enrolled in six credit hours or more of college-level courses each semester. Students placed on the President’s Honor Roll are recommended to the President by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Vice President’s Honor Roll

Students are eligible to be placed on the Vice President’s Honor Roll in any fall or spring semester in which they have attained a semester grade point average of at least a 3.50 while carrying 12 credit hours or more of college-level courses. Part-time students are also eligible for the Vice President’s Honor Roll if they have maintained at least a 3.50 GPA during two consecutive semesters while enrolled in six credit hours or more of college-level courses each semester. Students placed on the Vice President’s Honor Roll are recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs by the Academic Deans.

Hybrid Courses

OCCC Hybrid:

  • 50% instruction face-to-face and 50% instruction online.
  • Flipped classroom teaching methodology used.
  • Face-to-face meetings must be regularly scheduled on a weekly basis for the duration of the term and are at a minimum once per week on regularly scheduled dates and times as listed in the course schedule and section enrollment information.  For example, class will meet on-campus either Tuesday or Thursday for 1 hour 20 mins for a 3 hour T/TH course offering.
  • Online instruction consists of course requirements to be assigned and discussed during class meetings and completed outside of class (flipped model) using OCCC LMS (Moodle).
  • Online assignments are due on regularly scheduled dates and outlined in the course schedule/syllabus and in the learning management system (Moodle).
  • Face-to-face course time consists of learning activities, applications of material, critical thinking, peer interaction, etc.
  • All class resources and lecture materials are identified in the LMS (Moodle).

Integrity Policy

Students of Oklahoma City Community College are expected to meet the highest ethical standards in their academic pursuits. Faculty and staff share in this responsibility with students to maintain academic integrity. Any form of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action by the college as outlined in the OCCC Academic Integrity Policy No. 4016. The absence of academic integrity is described as cheating, generally defined as the deception about one’s work to others. Such acts may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Submitting another’s work as one’s own or allowing another to submit one’s work as though it were his or hers;
  • Several people completing an assignment and turning in multiple copies all represented either implicitly or explicitly as individual work;
  • Failing to contribute an equal share in group assignments or projects while claiming equal credit for the work;
  • Using a textbook, notes, or technology tools during an examination without permission of the faculty member;
  • Receiving or giving unauthorized help on assignment or examinations;
  • Stealing a problem solution or assessment answers from a professor, a student or other sources;
  • Tampering with experimental data to obtain “desired” results, or creating results for experiments not done;
  • Creating results for observations or interviews that were not done;
  • Obtaining an unfair advantage by gaining or providing access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the faculty member;
  • Tampering with or destroying the work of others;
  • Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the faculty member;
  • Lying about these or other academic matters;
  • Falsifying college records, forms or other document;
  • Accessing computer systems or files without authorization;
  • Plagiarizing (Plagiarism is generally defined as the use in one’s writing of specific words, phrases, and/or ideas of another without giving proper credit). Any person with a good faith suspicion that a violation of academic integrity had occurred shall report the suspected misconduct to the appropriate faculty member or immediate supervisor in whose area the suspected misconduct occurred. Should a faculty member determine that a student violation of academic integrity has occurred; the following actions shall be taken:
    • The faculty member may record a reduced grade no lower than zero for the assignment, require the student to redo the assignment and/or assign additional work, assign a failing grade in the class, or recommend other appropriate action.
    • The faculty member shall present in writing (electronic documents are not acceptable) a description of the specific occurrence, any supporting documentation, and the action taken to the appropriate Dean within ten (10) working days of the determination that a violation has occurred.
    • The Dean shall review and forward all supporting documentation and his/her recommendations to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs within three (3) working days.
    • The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs shall send the student a certified letter within three (3) working days of receipt of the documentation that verifies that a report of the incident and the faculty member’s actions is on file in the office of the Associate vice President for Academic Affairs, and notifies the student of the student’s right to appeal the determination that misconduct has occurred.
    • Should a student disagree with the determination of the faculty member, the student may file an appeal in accordance with the Student Appeal of a Grade procedure within five (5) working days of the receipt of the certified letter (Student Appeal of a Grade No. 4030). •The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs may file an official complaint of a Student Conduct Code violation.
    • The Student Conduct Code is published each year in the OCCC Student Handbook.

Online Courses

Oklahoma City Community College offers online courses via our LMS: Moodle.  You can access your online courses at online.occc.edu

OCCC online courses have:

  • Regular class schedule with due dates
  • Expectations for student interaction and completion of work
  • Flexible times of the day for students to work
  • Course content is available to students 48 hours prior to the beginning of the scheduled beginning of the class
  • You can learn to navigate Moodle before your class begins!  After you have logged into Moodle in your My Courses area, you will find the Moodle Orientation. This course will help you learn how the Moodle system works.
    Moodle Login
  • The Moodle orientation may be required by some instructors as well as an on-campus orientation with the instructor.
  • Online courses differ from on campus courses in that the content is delivered to the student primarily in written form and most of the work is done via computer and the Internet.
  • Some instructors require on-campus or proctored exams. Please check the course schedule for the section in which you are enrolling or contact the appropriate division office.

Moodle Tech Support is available at online@occc.edu or 682.7574.

For further information about online courses, please call the Center for Learning and Teaching at 405.682.7838.

Faculty English Language Proficiency

In accordance with State Law, Oklahoma City Community College hires faculty members who are proficient in both written and spoken English. Student complaints regarding proficiency in written or spoken English of faculty should be filed with the President’s Office.

Special Academic Programs

Oklahoma City Community College is a comprehensive educational institution.

The College offers an extensive variety of educational programs and services to meet diverse individual needs. As a result, wide-ranging educational opportunities are available for students interested in maximizing their chances for success in the job market, for students planning to transfer to a university or four-year college, or for students who want to resume studies which were previously interrupted. In addition, services are provided to help students succeed at the College. For example, specific courses and labs are available to help students improve learning skills in areas such as reading, writing, and math.

All educational programs and services are available in a variety of formats so students can choose complementary programs of study which fit their own unique learning styles.

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at OCCC teaches everyday life skills to immigrants living in the Oklahoma City Metro community. We give students the skills they need to help their children with school, get a job or keep their job, study for a high school equivalency diploma, become a citizen, or enter college. Courses are offered all over the metro in two sixteen-week sessions.

Classes are conveniently located throughout the Oklahoma City Metro from Moore to Edmond, Bethany to Midwest City. We do our best to place you in a class as close to your home or work as possible.

To make our classes as accessible to as many as possible, we offer them on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule, both of which are available in the morning (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) or evening (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.).

Students take a brief assessment when enrolling to help us target their greatest areas of need. This allows us to place students in an appropriate class according to their literacy level.

Courses

ESL: Literacy

Students in this level cannot speak or understand English. They may not be able to write more than a few words in English at this level.

ESL: Beginning

At this level, students can understand greetings and very common conversation if spoken slowly. They may be able to speak about everyday activities and read simple texts or write simple sentences.

ESL: Intermediate

In the Intermediate level, students are able to have more complex conversations and speak about familiar topics. They will try to use more vocabulary, can read more complex texts, and begin to define words from context. Students can write simple paragraphs to express their thoughts on something.

ESL: Advanced

Students in the Advanced class can have conversations on a wide variety of topics and are able to clarify their meaning by rewording their statement. Students are able to read and make inferences, predictions, and summaries. They can also write multiple paragraphs on a central topic.

TOEFL

In the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) class, students learn specific skills and strategies to successfully prepare for and pass the TOEFL. This test is a requirement for college admission for English as a Second Language student.

Citizenship:

The Citizenship class allows students to practice the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for and pass the Naturalization Interview Process such as the Civics Test, Reading Test, Writing Test, and Form N400.

Enrollment

Due to the popularity of our outstanding ESL program, enrollment sessions are very limited. Please reserve your spot by calling 405.682.7873 or visiting www.occcadulted.com. 

Community Outreach and Education (405) 682-7873
Family and Community Education Center
6500 S. Land Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Student Outcomes Assessment

Oklahoma City Community College is committed to providing quality educational experiences to all students. Therefore, the College uses information from students, graduates, employers, and faculty to improve programs and services.

In addition, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education view Outcomes Assessment as a vital component of the educational process and are leading Oklahoma’s higher education institutions in joining other states which require the implementation of an outcomes assessment process.

To ensure that adequate information is available, students will be asked to participate in personal interviews, to take program and/or general education assessments, or to complete surveys. For additional information on Student Outcomes Assessment, contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

U.S. Military Concurrent Enrollment

Programs (SOC, ConAP and SOCNAV)

Oklahoma City Community College is a Service Members Opportunity College (SOC) and participates in both the U.S. Army’s ConAP and the U.S. Navy’s SOCNAV programs. Enlisted U.S. military personnel who have selected Oklahoma City Community College may contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for advisement regarding enrollment.