University Studies Policies

The University Studies Program provides opportunities for students to complete coursework that will transfer as baccalaureate credit to four-year colleges and universities. By completing courses in the Arts and Sciences, students can earn Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Fine Arts degrees. These degrees are designed to prepare students to continue their education as juniors in their field of study.

Sandhills actively and fully complies with the 1997 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. This agreement establishes college transfer courses, degrees and policies that are accepted by all 58 community colleges and all 16 UNC colleges and universities. Students who complete degree requirements and are admitted to a UNC university will have certain guarantees that credits earned will transfer. These guarantees are discussed in the degree requirements sections that follow. (Use the links to the AA, AFA, and AS Degree Requirements on the University Studies menu.)

Students who do not complete all degree or general education requirements of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) will be able to transfer credit on a course-by-course basis and must comply with the requirements of the receiving institution. In all cases, it remains the responsibility of the student to be aware of special requirements of a particular institution or program. (Detailed information is available at www.northcarolina.edu.) Special Note: Students planning to transfer to four-year UNC institutions must comply with the University of North Carolina Minimum Course Requirements (MCR). Students who do not satisfy these requirements in high school may comply with the MCR in one of the following ways:

  • They can receive an Associate in Arts or Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Science, or any higher degree.
  • They may complete the forty-four (44) hour CAA General Education Core Diploma information or as described in the associate's degree requirements.
  • They may complete at least six (6) semester hours of credit in each of the following subjects: English, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and (for students who graduate high school in or after 2004) a second language.

ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

To be awarded an associate's degree, a student must complete 64 or 65 semester hours of credit, which include all requirements applicable to a particular degree program or pre-major agreement.

At least 18 semester hours of credit must be completed at Sandhills Community College. A 2.0 grade point average must be maintained, and only courses completed with a grade of "C" or higher will qualify for transfer.

Courses required are either part of the General Education Core or are considered Other Required Hours.

The General Education Core includes study in the areas of humanities and the fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition. Within the core, students receive opportunities to achieve competence in reading, writing, communicating, demonstrating mathematical skills, understanding science concepts, and using computers.

Other Required Hours provide the opportunity for students to specialize and tailor their degree programs to particular interests, majors or career fields.

Special note on the General Education Core requirement for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree: The General Education Core requirement of 44 semester hours of credit has been established under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (1977). Any student who successfully completes the entire 44-hour core, with a grade of "C" or higher in each course, will be able to transfer all 44 hours as a block to any UNC institution. This 44-hour core will fulfill the lower-division general education requirements of the receiving UNC institution even if specific course requirements at the institution are different.

Transfer Core Diploma: Students who successfully complete the 44-hour general education core, with a grade of "C" or higher in each course, may be awarded the Transfer Core Diploma. As defined by the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the UNC System and the North Carolina Community College System and approved by the North Carolina Legislature, the 44-hour general education core includes study in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition. Completion of the general education core for either the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degrees as described in the college catalog will fulfill the requirements of this diploma. See the Associate in Arts Transfer Core Diploma or the Associate in Science Transfer Core Diploma for a list of required courses.

Pre-Major Agreements: Pre-major agreements have been developed statewide as advising aids in several major areas. These agreements specify in more detail which courses students may take to be prepared to enter major programs at the junior level. Any student who successfully completes the requirements of an approved pre-major agreement will be awarded the Associate’s Degree appropriate to the major from Sandhills Community College.

Pre-major agreements will be available to students through their advisors, the college transfer counselor, and the links to degrees on the University Studies menu.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND INTEGRITY

The faculty and staff at Sandhills Community College recognize that student learning lies at the heart of all we do. In pursuit of this, we abide by the principles of academic freedom and academic integrity. Faculty and students must be free to examine all pertinent data, question assumptions, be guided by the evidence of scholarly research, and teach and study the substance of their discipline. Instructors are afforded the freedom to manage the learning environment of their courses. At the same time, students will be afforded a quality educational experience where learning is encouraged, evaluations are substantive and meaningful, and grades are awarded fairly.

COLLEGE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduates of all associate's degree programs should be competent in five fundamental areas: reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers. Students must demonstrate this competence as follows:

Reading. All associate's degree students are required to show reading competence through appropriate scores on reading competence tests. Those who cannot demonstrate this competence are required to take one or more developmental reading courses and must demonstrate competence prior to entering ENG 111, which is required of all students graduating with an associate's degree.

Writing. All associate's degree students are required to take ENG 111, Expository Writing. The final writing assignment for students in this class is evaluated for writing competence based on a recognized grading rubric. Students must demonstrate writing competence in order to pass the course.

Oral Communication. All associate's degree students are required to take ENG 112, Argument-Based Research, or ENG 114, Professional Research and Reporting. Each of these classes contains an oral communication component. Each student's competence is evaluated based on a recognized grading rubric. Students must demonstrate competence in oral communication in order to pass the course. Successful completion of an oral communication (COM) course also will satisfy this requirement.

Mathematical Skills. (1) All associate's degree students are required to show mathematical competence through appropriate scores on competency tests. Those who do not demonstrate this competency are required to take one or more developmental mathematics classes prior to entering their associate's degree programs. All associate’s degree students must either place out of MAT 060 or successfully complete MAT 060 to meet the SACS requirement for demonstration of competence in fundamental mathematical skills. (2) All graduates of associate's degree programs are required to complete successfully at least one mathematics or laboratory-based quantitative science course. (BOTH of these conditions must be met prior to graduation.)

Basic Use of Computers. All students who graduate with associate's degrees are required to successfully complete ENG 111, Expository Writing. In order to complete this class, all students are required to show competency in the following basic computer skills: creating and storing files, using a word processor to create a properly formatted document, transporting files by way of networks, using computer-based communications, and performing Internet-based searching and retrieval of information. These skills are reinforced in both ENG 112 and ENG 114, either of which is required for all associate's degree programs. Successful completion of a computer (CIS) course also will satisfy this requirement.

Any candidate for graduation that has not completed the competencies described above will be separately evaluated and the competencies documented prior to receiving their degree. For example, a student who has been awarded transfer credit for ENG 111 will be separately evaluated by the Languages Department for basic computer skills since the institution from which the credit was transferred may not have evaluated that competency. Successful completion of courses specifically designed to develop required competencies may be acceptable and must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the dean of instruction.


Updated April 11, 2011


 

 
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