ACC General Catalog 1999-2000

 

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Admission to Semester-Hour Credit Programs

Austin Community College maintains an "open door" admissions policy. However, an assessment of basic skills is required for all new college credit-seeking students. Assessment Requirements are described in detail on page 16 of the Catalog. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to all programs of the college, because certain programs must limit enrollment because of limited space or special equipment needs.

Who Is Eligible for Admissions

A student may be admitted to the college according to any one of the following conditions:

Be a graduate of an accredited high school. Applicants with less than nine (9) college credit hours shall be assessed in basic skills before they may register for courses requiring reading, writing or math skills.

A person who is 18 years of age or over may be exempt from the above admission requirements and admitted on "Individual Approval" if they can demonstrate the ability to benefit from instruction.

A student who has completed his/her sophomore year of high school may, upon the recommendation of the high school principal, be permitted to enroll in the college. The class load of such a student may not exceed a total of seven courses, including high school and college courses.

How to Apply for Admissions

Applicants to ACC need to: Complete an ACC application form.
Provide a record of previous educational experience: - Students who have attended other colleges must submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
- GED graduates must submit copies of their GED certificates.
- High school graduates must submit an official high school transcript demonstrating that they have earned a regular high school diploma.
- High school juniors and seniors wishing to enroll concurrently must submit appropriate documents.

The Texas Department of Health urges immunization for diphtheria, rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, and poliomyelitis prior to being admitted to school. The Admissions Office has information on providers of local immunization services. Health Science students have additional immunization requirements, which are available from individual departments or the Travis County Health Department.

 Orientation

Student orientation programs, coordinated through the counseling and advising offices, help new students successfully transition to college. To assure that each student reaches his or her fullest educational potential, ACC requires all new students, whether first-time in college or transfer, to attend a new student orientation session.

 Returning Students

Current and former students do not need to reapply for admission to ACC. Students with a hold on their records are prevented from registering for classes until they clear the hold. Admissions Offices at all the campuses will assist students to identify the hold and the process for removing it. Students who have not attended ACC during the past year must complete a new residency form and update their records. Official transcripts are required from all colleges or universities attended since a student's last enrollment at ACC.

 Transfer Credit

Previous course work satisfactorily completed at accredited institutions of higher education will be evaluated for transfer and may be applied toward a degree program at Austin Community College. Students must complete at least one course in residence before the evaluation results will be recorded on the official transcript.

Official transcripts will be evaluated for registered students within one semester after they have been received by ACC. An official transcript is required for each college attended. Transcript request forms are available at any ACC Admissions Office.

 Early College Start for High School Students

Austin Community College recognizes that certain high school students may benefit from taking Early College Start courses or programs identified by their high school principal or counselor. The College may enter into such agreements with secondary school districts, subject to all applicable state regulations.

Co-enrollment. Public high school juniors and seniors residing in the college's service area, upon the recommendation of their high school counselor and principal, and with parental approval, may enroll at ACC for up to two college-level courses per semester. Upon receiving a passing grade in a college-credit course, students may be awarded credits toward graduation by their high school. ACC waives tuition and fees for juniors and seniors enrolled in public high schools under the provisions of H.B. 1336; home-schooled students and students in private school are not eligible for the tuition waiver.

Credit-in-Escrow. Credit-in-Escrow applies to a course that is part of a Tech-Prep Articulation Agreement between a public high school and ACC. After high school graduation, the student continues the program of study at ACC and is awarded college credit-in-escrow for some high school courses identified in the Agreement.

High school students attending ACC are subject to all College requirements regarding assessment, admissions, academic standards, and conduct.

 Residency Requirements

To be considered a Texas resident, students must legally establish residence in Texas for the 12 months preceding their enrollment and either be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.

1. An in-district student is an individual who is a resident of Texas and who resides in the ACC tax district, based on the address on file at ACC at the time of registration.
2. An out-of-district student is an individual who is a resident of Texas and is either a US Citizen or has permanent resident status and who resides outside the ACC tax district, based on the address on file at ACC at the time of registration.
3. An out-of-state student is an individual who has not resided in Texas for the 12 months preceding registration, or whose permanent resident card is less than 12 months old.
4. International students should consult the International Student Office about residency requirements.

Property owners and their dependents living outside the tax district who pay ad valorem taxes to ACC are eligible for in-district tuition. A current property tax statement is required for verification. Property owners on most temporary visas are not eligible for this classification.

The responsibility for registering under the proper residency classification is that of the student, and any question concerning this classification should be clarified with the Admissions and Records Office prior to enrollment. Rules and regulations for determining residence status are defined under Title 3 of the Texas Education Code.

Austin Community College is required to review enrollment documents for errors, inconsistencies or misclassifications of residency. If a misclassification occurs, the College will take the necessary steps to see that appropriate adjustments are made. Additional documentation of Texas residency may be required if the college determines that the information given on the enrollment documents is not adequate to prove residency.

 Admission to Health Science Programs

Health Science programs include:

Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Sonography
Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Radiology (formerly Radiologic Technology)
Physical Therapist Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Surgical Technology
Nursing (Associate Degree-R.N.)
Vocational Nursing (Certificate-LVN)
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Emergency Medical Services Technology   (formerly Paramedic Technology)

Admission to any one of these programs requires satisfactory completion of a specific screening process. These criteria have been established due to the nature of the programs and the limited number of clinical placements available within the City of Austin and in surrounding communities.

1. Applicants to the Vocational Nursing Program are required to attend a Career Advising and Planning Session (CAPS) prior to being considered for admission.
2. Applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) programs are required to be interviewed by an Admission's Committee.
3. Applicants to all Health Science programs are required to successfully complete the ACC assessment test. This pre-entrance examination is designed to measure reading skills, writing skills, and math skills. The results of this assessment test are used to assist students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to Health Care Careers. Students may strengthen their basic English, reading, and mathematics skills by taking developmental courses at ACC.

Students who are interested in the Health Science programs should contact an ACC Assessment Office on one of the campuses to schedule the assessment examination.

Assessment Requirements

The College has an assessment policy requiring all ACC college credit students to complete an ACC basic skills assessment unless the student:


has accumulated nine (9) or more college-level credit hours elsewhere during or after Fall, 1989, or;
has accumulated three (3) or more college-level credit hours prior to start of the Fall, 1989 semester, or;
has passed all parts of the official TASP Test, or
has passed the ACT, SAT or TAAS test at the required cutoff.

Students enrolling only in pre-college level courses or in courses for the Certificate Level 1 programs having no skill prerequisites, are encouraged strongly, but not required, to be assessed before their first enrollment.

A student who wishes to enroll in Math 1314 (College Algebra) or Math 1324 (Mathematics for Business & Economics) will be required to demonstrate algebra skills on an assessment test even if the student was otherwise exempt from the entrance-level assessment testing. Preferred tests include COMPASS and the appropriate ASSET Test, which are ACC's usual assessment tests. However, a student with a sufficiently high score on the SAT, ACT or TASP may go directly into these courses.

Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP)

The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) is an instructional program with a testing component designed to ensure that all students attending public colleges or universities in Texas have the reading, writing and mathematics skills necessary to perform effectively in college-level courses. All students, unless exempt, must take the TASP test before enrolling in college-level courses. Students may be exempt when Admissions and Records receives official documentation of any of the following: earned 3 or more semester hours of college-level courses prior to fall 1989 from an accredited institution of higher education; earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education; or earned qualifying standards on the ACT/SAT/TAAS tests. TASP students must complete their TASP requirements to graduate from any associate degree program or any certificate program having at least 43 but no more than 59 semester credit hours or the equivalent (Level II). TASP students who do not pass all parts of the TASP test must enroll and participate in developmental education courses in their area(s) of academic weakness until they satisfy their TASP requirements. TASP students who do not comply with the state developmental education requirement will be withdrawn from all college-level courses for a grade of "W". Campus Advising Centers have additional information regarding TASP.

Compliance with TASP

All ACC students, unless exempt, must take the TASP test before enrolling at ACC.

TASP students withdrawing or withdrawn from their only required developmental education course will be withdrawn from all college-level classes that term. The regular College refund schedule will apply.

Any TASP testing fees will be paid by the student. Results on the TASP or ACC basic skills assessment will not be a condition of admission but will be used for placement purposes. Students must complete the TASP reading, writing, and math requirements before receiving an associate's degree or a certificate in a program that contains at least 43 or more semester hours.

Students who are required to take the TASP Test and fail any portion of it must participate in a developmental education program each semester they are enrolled until they meet all their TASP requirements.

Other Assessment Requirements

Prospective Health Sciences program students will be required to complete the ACC basic skills assessment for admittance into an Allied Health program. Students with physical or learning disabilities who need special accommodations in testing conditions must contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at one of ACC's six campuses.

Non-college-credit students should refer to the applicable program for assessment requirements, if any.

Testing for Advanced Placement

Austin Community College provides students the opportunity to earn credit by advanced placement through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Certified Professional Secretary exam (CPS), credit by institutional examination, and credit for military courses. Credit from these programs, exclusive of credit by institutional examination, may not exceed 30 semester hours. The credit is validated and an official transcript may be issued only upon completion of regular coursework at ACC.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students of Austin Community College who request credit through CLEP must have official test scores sent directly to the Records and Registration Office at 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd. Scores are obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6666, Princeton, N.J. 08543-6923. For each score at or above the listed minimum, the appropriate credit will be recorded on the Request for CLEP Credit form. After the credit is recorded on the request form, both the student and the Records and Registration staff member sign the form. Credit is recorded on the student's ACC transcript after the student has completed at least one course in residence at ACC.

Pursuant to the Texas Education Code 51.301, 51.302, no student may receive more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American Government and no more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American History.

CLEP exams are given at The University of Texas at Austin and at St. Edward's University. For CLEP exam schedules and costs, call the UT Measurement and Evaluation Center (471-3032) or St. Edward's admissions office (448-8660).

General Exam

Score

Credit Given

Mathematics

450

MATH 1336

Humanities

450

HUMA 1301

Natural Sciences

450

PSC 1613

English (must include essay section)

440*

ENGL 1301

*A score of 550 is required if exam was taken before May, 1986.

Subject Exam

Score

Credit Given

Accounting, Introductory

47

ACCT 2301 & 2302

American Government

47

GOVT 2305

American History to 1877

46

HIST 1301

Business Law, Introductory

51

BUSG 2305

Business Management, Introduction to

47

BMGT 1303

Calculus with Elementary Functions

47

MATH 2413 & 2414

Chemistry, General

47

CHEM 1411 & 1412

College Algebra

45

MATH 1314

College Algebra and Trigonometry

45

MTH 1764

College Composition (Must include essay section. Essay must be approved by the English Department.)

47

ENGL 1301 & 1302

College French

   

  First Semester

40

FREN 1511

  Second Semester

49

FREN 1511 & 1512

  Third Semester

55

FREN 1511, 1512 & 2311

  Fourth Semester

60

FREN 1511, 1512, 2311 & 2312

College German

   

  First Semester

34

GERM 1511

  Second Semester

42

GERM 1511 & 1512

  Third Semester

47

GERM 1511, 1512 & 2311

  Fourth Semester

51

GERM 1511, 1512, 2311 & 2312

College Spanish

   

  First Semester

43

SPAN 1511

  Second Semester

49

SPAN 1511 & 1512

  Third Semester

56

SPAN 1511, 1512 & 2311

  Fourth Semester

61

SPAN 1511, 1512, 2311 & 2312

Information Systems and Computer Applications

53

CIS 1003

English Literature

46

ENGL 2322 & 2323

Freshman English (must include essay section)

47

ENG 1301 & 1302

Human Growth and Development

45

PSYC 2308

Macroeconomics, Introductory

48

ECON 2301

Marketing, Introductory

48

MRKG 1311

Microeconomics, Introductory

47

ECON 2302

Psychology, General

47

PSYC 2301

Sociology, Introductory

47

SOCI 1301

American History 1865 to Present

46

HIST 1302

American Literature

46

ENGL 2327 & 2328

Trigonometry

50

MATH 1316

Western Civilization to 1648

50

HIST 2311

Western Civilization 1648 to Present

50

HIST 2312

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

Students requesting credit through the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) must complete at least one course in residence before appropriate credit is posted on their academic record. Students of Austin Community College who request credit through AP must have official test scores sent directly to the Records and Registration Office at 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752. Scores are obtained by contacting AP Exams, P.O. Box 6671, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6671. For each score at or above the listed minimum, the appropriate credit will be recorded on the Request for AP Credit form. After the credit is recorded on the request form, both the student and the Records and Registration staff member sign the form. Students must complete at least one course in residence before credit is recorded on the official transcript.

A letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) is not assigned. The AP credit is designated as "CR" (credit) on the ACC transcript. AP credit might not transfer from ACC to other institutions.

Pursuant to the Texas Education Code 51.301, 51.302, no student may receive more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American Government and no more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American History.

Advanced placement credit is granted for the courses listed:

AP Exam

Score

Credit Given

American Government

3,4,5

GOVT 2305

Calculus (AB exam)

4 or 5

MATH 2413

Calculus (BC exam)

4 or 5

MATH 2414

Computer Science (A exam)

4 or 5, grade A

CIS 1033

Computer Science (B exam)

4 or 5, grade A

CIS 1033 & CIS 1044

English (Language and Composition)

3, 4, or 5

ENGL 1301

English (Literature and Composition)

3, 4, or 5

ENGL 1301 or 1302

(If credit for 1301 has been earned, credit awarded for 1302)

   

Foreign Language

 

1511 & 1512

(FRN, GER, SPN)

2, 3, 4, or 5

1511 & 1512

 

2311 & 2312

1511, 1512

Credit for Professional Secretary Certification

Students may earn college credit for verified passing scores on the following parts of the Certified Professional Secretary exam:

If exam passed before September 1994

CPS Exam

Credit Given

Part IV Accounting

OST 1053

Part V Office Administration & Communication

OST 1033

 

OST 1043

 

OST 2033

Part VI Office Technology

OST 1263

 

OST 2053

If exam passed after September 1994

 

CPS Exam

Credit Given

Part I Finance and Business Law

OST 1053

Part II Office Systems & Administration

OST 1033

 

OST 1043

 

OST 2033

Part III Management

OST 2053

Professional Administrator Credential and CDA Credential

Credit for PAC (Professional Administrator Credential) and CDA (Child Development Associate Credential)

Contact an Adviser in the Child Development Department if student currently holds the PAC or CDA.

Challenging a Course (Institutional Credit by Examination)

In order to be eligible to take a challenge exam, the applicant must be a current or former ACC college-credit student and meet the course prerequisites and institutional enrollment requirements. Students must complete at least one course in residence before challenge exam results will be recorded on the official transcript. A student receives credit by passing the exam with a grade of A or B. Not all courses at ACC may be challenged. A student may not challenge a course more than once. No student may challenge a course for which she/he is currently enrolled or has a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, W, or AU. Course challenge grades do not count toward scholastic achievement awards in any given semester.

To challenge a course, a student must:

Obtain a course challenge form from the Records and Registration Office;
Obtain the signature of the appropriate Dean, Assistant Dean, Task Force Chair who approves the testing and assigns an instructor to administer the test;
Obtain the signature of the assigned full-time or part-time instructor, who has previously taught the course at ACC and has agreed to administer and grade the challenge examination;
Return the signed course challenge form to the Records and Registration Office. The fee is $10 per credit hour, with a $30 minimum.
Take the challenge examination.

The instructor submits all copies of the challenge form to the Records and Registration Office. If the grade is A or B, it is recorded on the student's transcript under the heading "Institutional Examination." If the grade is C or lower, it is not recorded according to ACC policy.

Experiential Learning Credit

Some areas of the College offer credit for prior work experience. To determine if a department offers experiential credit and for procedures, students must consult the appropriate dean.

Credit for Military Courses

Austin Community College will evaluate courses completed in the Armed Forces, USAFI, and DANTES, based on credit recommendation in the ACE (American Council on Education) Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. The semester hours of credit that may be granted under this policy and the semester hours of credit granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) together may not total more than 30. Students enrolled at Austin Community College wishing to have their educational experiences in the Armed Forces and for USAFI and DANTES evaluated for possible credit, should comply with the following procedures:

The student should submit records showing completion of educational experiences in the Armed Forces or USAFI or DANTES courses, including the following: educational transcripts, discharge papers, certificates, and test scores. The student is responsible for furnishing satisfactory evidence to the evaluator.
The Records and Registration Office references the submitted documents for credit recommendation from the ACE Guide.
If a recommendation cannot be located, the student may request a recommendation from ACE in Washington, D.C.
The evaluator completes the credit application and forwards it to the Task Force Chairs.
The Task Force Chairs head will grant or deny credit for a specific corresponding ACC course.
Credit will appear on the student's transcript.
The student who requests an evaluation of military courses must complete at least one credit in residence before appropriate credit is posted to his/her academic record.
If a student has received credit through the military for College Level General Education Development tests, equivalencies will be granted in accordance with the following schedule:

College-Level Exam

Grade

Credit Given

TEST I Expression

S

ENG 1613

TEST II Social Studies

S

PSY 1613, SOC 113,

   

HIS 1613, HIS 1623, or

   

GOV 2613

TEST III Natural Science

S

BIO 1654

TEST IV Literary Materials

S

NO CREDIT

Health, Physical Education Credit for Military Service

Students who have served on active duty in the military service of the United States for a period of at least six (6) months and who have been honorably discharged or released will receive four (4) hours of credit for Health and Physical Education. Personnel on active duty with at least six (6) months in the military may also receive this credit by presenting a certified letter from their commanding officer attesting to their period of service. The four hours will not be computed in students' grade point averages.

Students who wish to obtain this credit should submit an original or certified copy of their DD214 to the Admissions and Records District Evaluations Office. Credit will not be posted until the student completes at least one course in residence at ACC.

Testing Services

A Testing Center is located at the Cypress Creek, Eastview, Northridge, Rio Grande, Riverside, and Pinnacle Campuses and at the Reagan, Round Rock, San Marcos, and Fredricksburg ACC Centers. Hours of operation vary from campus to campus. Students should check with their instructors on the availability of tests at the various locations. Students must be registered in classes at Austin Community College in order to take tests in the testing centers. Procedures for using this service are available from the Testing Center. In addition to an ACC Student ID, Testing Centers require a valid picture ID.

Change of Name, Address, Social Security Number or Major

Students who change their name, address, social security number or major should submit a change form to any Admissions Office immediately. Items mailed to the address on file are considered properly delivered by ACC. Addresses provided by students must be their addresses.

International Students

Full-time Students

In order to be considered for admission to ACC, international students must submit the following:

1. an official high school or college transcript.
2. an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum 500). The TOEFL requirement is waived only for International Students who are graduates of high schools located in the United States,
3. a current statement of financial support,
4. a current passport-size photograph,
5. a completed Biographical Data Form,
6. a completed Transfer Candidate Evaluation Form (only for students transferring from one U.S. institution to another), and
7. $100.00 non-refundable application fee (F-1 Visa).

After these documents have been received by the International Student Office, they will be evaluated. Once acceptance is granted, Form I-20 A-B is issued. Form I-20 A-B is required for obtaining a student visa from the student's home country or for properly transferring from one U.S. institution to another as required by INS regulations. All students must present their passport, I-94, and I-20 ID before registering for classes.

Part-time Students

In order to be considered for admission to ACC as part-time students, international students must submit the following:

1. an official transcript from the school of primary enrollment,
2. a letter from the International Student Adviser of the current school indicating the student's enrollment status and approval for part-time enrollment at ACC,
3. a current passport-size photograph,
4. a completed Biographical Data Form, and
5. an Austin Community College Application.

After these documents have been received by the International Student Office, they will be evaluated and acceptance will be determined. Acceptance is granted for that semester only, and no I-20 A-B is issued.

Summer Visiting Students:

In order to be considered for admission as summer visiting students, international students must submit the following:


1. a completed ACC Visiting Student Form,
2. a passport-size photograph,
3. a completed Biographical Data Form, and
4. an Austin Community College Application.

After these documents have been received by the International Student Office, they will be evaluated and acceptance will be determined. Acceptance is granted for that semester only, and no I-20 A-B is issued.

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Regulations

International students are required by INS regulations to enroll in, maintain, and complete at least twelve credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students are not required to attend summer school, although they may enroll for any number of credit hours desired, provided that number does not exceed the approved maximum. This maximum may be exceeded, however, by approval from the appropriate academic adviser.

Tuition

International students must pay the tuition set for nonresident aliens. If they are teachers or professors employed at least half time on a regular monthly salary (not hourly employees) by any Texas public institution of higher education, with an effective date of employment on the official census date of the relevant term(s), they may pay the same tuition as a resident of Texas for themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children regardless of the length of residence in the state. To be entitled to pay the resident tuition, such employees must submit, prior to the time of each enrollment, a statement certifying employment from the director of personnel or a designated representative of the public institution of higher education by which they are employed. All tuition is subject to change without notice.

Non-Resident Aliens

There are various classifications of non-resident aliens. The following is a list of those classifications:


1. international students,
2. applicants for political or religious asylum, and
3. persons who have applied for adjustment of status to that of a permanent resident for which a decision has not yet been made.

All students falling under one of the previous classifications are considered by the Coordinating Board of Texas to be non-resident aliens. The tuition for non-resident aliens at Austin Community College is $141. per credit hour for Fall 1999, $143. for Spring 2000, and $145. for Summer 2000 per session.

States under a visa permitting permanent residence, and aliens who are permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile while they are in this country, have the same privilege of qualifying for Texas resident status for tuition purposes as do citizens of the United States.

The following categories of International students are eligible to establish domicile in the United States:


(1) holders of visas with A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, K, or OP-1 classifications; and
(2) individuals classified as Refugees, Asylees, Parolees, Conditional Permanent Residents (holding I-551 cards which have not expired), and Temporary Residents (holding I-688 cards which have not expired).*

12-Month Residence

Generally, individuals who enter the state under a visa which does not allow the establishment of a domicile and who obtain permanent resident status while in Texas must wait a minimum of 12 months from the date of issue to request resident status for tuition purposes. However, in cases where a protracted amount of time (more than 12 months) lapses between the date of application for permanent residence and the granting of permanent residence status, the institution may consider the lapsed time a part of the individual's required 12 months in the state if the individual has otherwise met the requirements for establishing residency.

* Students holding I-688A and I-688B cards are not eligible to establish domicile in the United States.


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