2007-2008 General Catalog Bossier Parish Community College BPCC Home Bossier Parish Community College Logo Catalog Table of Contents

Academic Policies and Procedures

All BPCC students are expected to become acquainted with College policies, requirements, procedures, and regulations. In addition, students are to remain aware of these policies and procedures during their attendance at BPCC.

Academic advisors, counselors, division chairs, instructors, administrators, and other College officials assist students in becoming acquainted with College regulations; however, students must assume final responsibility for being acquainted with College procedures. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation.

Classification of Students

FRESHMAN: A student with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit.
   
SOPHOMORE: A student with at least 30 semester hours of credit.
   
PART-TIME STUDENT: A student who does not meet the qualifications for full-time student status.
   
FULL-TIME STUDENT: A student enrolled for 12 or more hours of resident credit in a regular semester or six or more hours of credit during a summer semester.
   
AUDIT: A student who has been officially admitted to the College (meets all entrance requirements) and who has obtained written permission to audit, prior to registration.
To audit a course, the applicant must sign an audit permit during registration. A student auditing one or more classes must follow regular admission and registration procedures, pay all fees, and attend class regularly. Failure to comply with attendance regulations could result in suspension from the course. No tests are required. An audit may not be changed to credit or credit to audit after the deadline published in the Academic Bulletin. An audited class may be repeated for credit.

Official Registration

The dates and times for registration are announced in the Academic Bulletin. A period is allotted
for extended registration, and students are required to pay an extended registration fee. Extended registration does not excuse a student from missed assignments.

Instructors serve as academic advisors during registration. A student is assigned an advisor according to the curriculum choice and should consult the advisor for guidance in planning course schedules.

The semester hour is the unit of credit. A semester hour is the meeting of a lecture class for one hour a week. A three-hour lecture course meets for three hours a week. Credit for each course is indicated in the course description and also in the Academic Bulletin. Most colleges and universities will allow the transfer of no more than 60 hours from a community college.

Prerequisite requirements are specified in the course description. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites. Students must make a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses.

The appearance of a student's name on a class roster or supplement prepared by the Admissions/Registrar’s Office is evidence that the student is registered and admitted to class. No student is permitted to remain in a class unless the instructor has received evidence of proper registration from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office.

Concurrent Registration

Students enrolled at BPCC while enrolled concurrently at another college or university must provide a written statement attesting to the enrollment and course load at the other institution.

Schedule Changes

Adding Courses – Classes may be added for credit by obtaining approval from a student's academic advisor. The student can make schedule changes on the CAVS website at https://cavs.bpcc.edu.Will open new browser window or tabCourses may be added during the schedule change period outlined in the BPCC Academic Bulletin. Courses may not be added for credit after the last day for schedule changes. Courses may be audited after the deadline published in the calendar.

Dropping Courses - A course may be dropped during the schedule change period and the course will not appear on the student's transcript. After the closing date for schedule changes, students may drop courses on the CAVS website at https://cavs.bpcc.edu.Will open new browser window or tabThe grade of "W" is given when a student drops or resigns from a course prior to mid-term. Any student who has a passing grade and drops or resigns at least one week prior to the beginning of final examinations is given a grade of "W." The grade of "WF" is given when a student who is failing a course drops or resigns after mid-term. A student is not permitted to drop or resign after one week prior to the beginning of final examinations.

Changing Sections - Section changes (changing to a different section of the same course) may be made in the Admissions/Registrar's Office if openings exist in the desired classes. Such changes must be made by the deadline for schedule changes. In unusual circumstances, a student may be permitted to change sections after this date upon approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the Executive Dean of Instruction and the instructors involved.

Responsibilities of Students

Each student is responsible for knowing College regulations regarding all phases of College operations.

  • Close adherence to curricula assures the student completion of all general education requirements and all major requirements.
  • The student should be familiar with all the requirements of the degree program and should consult with his/her academic advisor when necessary.
  • Each student assumes the responsibility for scheduling courses which are applicable to degrees, and for taking courses in proper sequence to ensure the orderly progression of work.
  • Students attending evening classes are expected to assume the same academic responsibilities as all other students. Evening students are given the same curricular guidance and counseling as day students. Evening students follow the same procedures for admission to the College as other students, including the submission of applications and transcripts. Evening students pursuing associate degrees assume the responsibility of scheduling classes to fulfill degree requirements. BPCC does not guarantee that all classes required in an associate degree or academic certificate can be obtained during the evening schedule of classes.

Class Attendance

Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and students are expected to attend all classes regularly and punctually. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s scholastic standing.

  1. Attendance will be checked every class meeting. A written explanation of expectations regarding class attendance will be included in the instructor’s Student Information Sheet.
  2. When a student has accumulated a total of two weeks of unexcused absences in a course, the instructor may suspend the student. As a result of this action, the instructor will assign a grade of "F" for the course. NOTICE: More restrictive attendance requirements may apply in some specialized classes due to the nature of the course: laboratory, clinical courses, etc.
  3. All absences due to school-sanctioned activities, mandatory military exercises, validated illness, and jury duty are excused. Other absences may or may not be excused at the discretion of the instructor. A written explanation of make-up work for excused absences will be included in the instructor’s Student Information Sheet. Excused absences are granted to students to make-up work missed. In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to submit acceptable documentation to the instructor who will determine the validity of the excuse. Work responsibilities are not excused absences.
  4. The College does not assume responsibility for students who are absent from laboratory, activity, and clinical classes. Neither the College nor the instructor is obligated to accommodate the student in these classes, and additional attendance policies may apply.
  5. Tardiness is treated as an absence unless an excuse is accepted by the instructor.
  6. Any student who ceases to attend class may receive failing grades in those courses. A student who wishes to withdraw from the College must do so officially by contacting the Registrar and completing the required forms.
  7. If a student disagrees with a suspension, he or she should discuss this action first with the instructor, then with the Division Chair. The student may then appeal the action to the Academic Admissions and Appeals Committee. Students appealing to the Academic Appeals Committee must write a letter of appeal with a complete explanation of the reason for the appeal (including documentation) and must include the proper form with the appropriate signatures.

NOTE: Financial aid students who receive all Fs due to non-attendance or suspension will be considered “unofficial withdrawals.” If the student does not take a final or complete more than 60% of at least one course, he/she will owe money to BPCC and the Title IV federal aid program(s).

Intent to Pursue Degree or Certificate

Students pursuing associate degrees, academic certificates, or technical competency areas at BPCC must declare their intent to do so. Curricular requirements become effective at the date of the declaration of the academic major and do not date from the point of original enrollment in the College. If the student resigns or does not enroll for one semester, the student would have to meet the requirements of a new curriculum. Financial aid recipients must be enrolled in a degree or eligible technical diploma or certificate program at BPCC.

Changing Curriculum

Any student wishing to change from one curriculum to another (change a major) should do one of the following:

  1. Fill out a change of status form in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office. Be sure to check "degree seeking" if you are pursuing an associate degree or a certificate from BPCC. Do not check degree seeking if you are only transferring hours to another institution even though you may be seeking a degree there.
  2. Stop at the "Change of Major" table in Building A prior to seeing your advisor during registration.

Please note that checking a different curriculum on the readmission form does not constitute an official change of curriculum.

Resignation from the College

A student may resign from the College at any time before the final date for resigning, provided the student does not owe money to the College. A grade of "F" is recorded if a student leaves the College after the final date for resigning. Resignation must be initiated in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office and is not final until approved by the appropriate College officials.

Grading System

"A" The grade of "A" has a value of four quality points per semester hour and is given for superior work.
   
"B" The grade of "B" has a value of three quality points per semester hour and is
given for excellent work.
   
"C" The grade of "C" has a value of two quality points per semester hour and is given for average work.
   
"D" The grade of "D" has a value of one quality point per semester hour and is given for work that is considered minimum for receiving credit for the course.
   
"F" The grade of "F" has a value of zero quality points per semester hour and is given for a quality of work that is unacceptable for receiving credit for the course.
   
"I" The grade of "I" means incomplete and is given for work which, because of circumstances beyond the student's control, is incomplete. A time limit may be set by the instructor for completion of the work, but in no case may that be after mid-term of the spring semester according to the Academic Calendar for courses taken in fall semester and not after mid-term of fall semester according to the Academic Calendar for courses taken in the spring or summer semesters. A grade of "I" is computed as a temporary "F" on a student's transcript until it is changed after the completion of all work for the course in question. If the coursework has not been completed by mid-term of the following semester according to the Academic Calendar, a grade of “F” will be reported.
   
"W" The grade of "W" is given when a student drops or resigns from a course prior to mid-term if regular attendance is maintained. Any student who has a passing grade and drops or resigns at least one week prior to the beginning of final examinations is given the grade of "W".
   
"WF" The grade of "WF" is given when a student who is failing a course drops or resigns after mid-term and at least one week prior to the beginning of final examinations. A student is not permitted to drop or resign within the week prior to the beginning of final examinations. The grade of "WF" is computed as an "F" in the grade point average.
   
"S" The grade of "S" is given for work which meets or exceeds the requirements for a course taught on a pass-fail option. The grade of "S" is also given when a student successfully completes a credit examination. Grades of "S" are not used to compute a grade point average.
   
"U" The grade of "U" is given for work which is below the requirements for a course taught on a pass-fail option.

Cumulative Grade Point Averages Policy

Students may repeat a course which has been previously taken at BPCC. All previous grades remain on the transcript and are computed in the overall grade point average. All grades, including those repeated, will be used in the computation of honors. Courses taken at other institutions and repeated at BPCC will not have the grade negated from the receiving institution. The grade received in the original course taken at another institution (even though repeated at BPCC) will count in grade point averages. Both the original grade and the repeated course grade from other institutions will count in final cumulative grade point averages. GRADES IMPOSED BECAUSE OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT WILL ALSO BE CALCULATED IN THE FINAL CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE.

Academic Records

  1. Grade Reports: The College does not issue mid-semester grade reports. Students may verify final grades using the CAVS website at https://cavs.bpcc.edu. Reports of final grades earned in courses are no longer mailed to the student.

  2. Chancellor's List: Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of students earning 15 or more semester hours (8 in the summer semester) whose semester averages are 3.500 or higher with no grade of "F" having been reported in the student's cumulative grade point average ( at all colleges and universities attended). Students who have declared academic renewal are not eligible for the list or other academic honors. In addition, grades earned in developmental courses, courses not applicable to associate degrees, or service scholarship courses are not counted toward the Chancellor's List. Those courses include, but are not limited to, ALHT 101; CIS 099; ENGL 099; MATH 097, 098, 099; EDUC 099; HLPE 111, 112, 117, 118; JRNL 101, 102; MUSC 144-182; OIS 103; READ 099. Moreover, grades in repeated courses do not negate previously earned grades for the purpose of the Chancellor's List. Students on provisional status are not eligible for the Chancellor’s List.

  3. Dean's List: Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of students earning 12 semester hours (6-7 in the summer semester) whose semester averages are 3.500 or higher with no grade of "F" having been reported in the student's cumulative grade point average ( at all colleges and universities attended). Students who have declared academic renewal are not eligible for the list or other academic honors. In addition, grades earned in developmental courses, courses not applicable to associate degrees, or service scholarship courses are not counted toward the Dean's List. Those courses, include but are not limited to, ALHT 101; CIS 099; ENGL 099; MATH 097, 098, 099; EDUC 099; HLPE 111, 122, 117, 118; JRNL 101, 102; MUSC 144-182; OIS 103; READ 099. Moreover, grades in repeated courses do not negate previously earned grades for the purpose of the Dean's List. "Practicum," "Seminar," and other similar courses are not counted toward the Dean's List. Students on provisional status are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

  4. Transcript Record: A fee of $3.00 per copy is charged for transcripts. A student may request a copy of his/her official transcript by filling out the proper form in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or by completing the necessary form on the College’s website (www.bpcc.edu). However, if the student is indebted to the College, all debts must be cleared before the transcript can be released. Transcripts will not be released if the student owes student records of any type to the College (College transcripts, high school transcript, GED scores, ACT or SAT scores, immunization records, and selective service). No transcripts are issued during the first ten days of any semester. Payment must be submitted with the transcript request in order for the request to be processed.

  5. Official Records of Graduation: The official record of student completion of requirements for academic degrees and certificates is located in the Office of the Registrar at BPCC. Signed diplomas and certificates are not official certifications of degree or certificate completion at Bossier Parish Community College.

Scholastic Regulations

Scholastic regulations convey the academic standards of a college. The following regulations present the standards of BPCC and convey the academic integrity of the institution. The standards ensure appropriate academic progress at the College and assure students that they are making academic progress. Students who do not meet the following academic criteria and cannot demonstrate the requisite ability, preparation, motivation, or maturity will not be continued as students at BPCC. The College reserves the right to study continually, augment, and enhance its academic regulations and requirements. These changes are incorporated into existing policies, and students are expected to conform to new policies when adopted by the College.

The conditions for probation and suspension were formulated by the Board of Regents to
embody the following objectives:

  1. To inform the student of the minimum requirements and standards necessary
    to obtain transfer credits and/or a college degree;

  2. To allow the beginning student (first time to attend college) the
    opportunity to remain a student until at least two enrollments have been
    attempted;
  3. To provide for the student whose academic attainment shows that ultimate
    success in a college may be in doubt, a trial period during which he is
    allowed to demonstrate appropriate academic competence;

  4. To state the standards and to encourage students to become acquainted with
    them so that the results and consequences of inadequate performance may be
    known by students, parents, faculty, and administrators.

Probation and Suspension

Three categories of academic status exist: academic good standing, academic probation, and academic suspension. Although students will usually receive notification of academic status, such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to ascertain their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Re-admission Regulations

There are three categories of academic status: academic good standing, academic probation and academic suspension. Students will receive official notification of academic status. Such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to ascertain their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period. Specific BPCC programs may have higher academic status rules.

Academic Probation: Students who have attempted a minimum of 15 semester hours will be placed on academic probation whenever their adjusted cumulative grade point averages fall below 2.000. Once on academic probation, a student will remain on probation (as long as each semester average is at least a 2.000) until the adjusted cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher is achieved.

Once an adjusted cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher is achieved, a student will be removed from probation.

Definitions:
Quality Hours: Quality hours are those credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A-F. Credit courses for which a student receives a grade of “P,” “CR,” and “S” are included in earned hours. Courses for which students register, but later withdraw with a grade of “W” are included in attempted hours.

Cumulative Quality Hours: Cumulative quality hours are all hours for which a student has registered and received a final grade of A-F at the college as well as all quality hours accepted in transfer (including hours that would have been accepted had the student not earned a grade of F).

Adjusted Quality Hours: Adjusted quality hours are those credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A-F at BPCC, excluding those credit hours removed from the calculation of the student’s grade point average through those credit hours removed through Academic Amnesty.

Adjusted Cumulative Grade Point Average (adj cum GPA): This GPA is adjusted to exclude those quality hours and grades which have been removed from the calculation of a student’s grade point average through BPCC’s repeat/delete policy and/or Academic Amnesty. This adjusted cumulative grade point average will include grades earned at BPCC and is used to determine a student’s academic status.

Academic Suspension

Students who are on academic probation who have attempted a minimum of 24 semester hours and who fail to achieve a semester grade point average of at least a 2.000 will be suspended for one semester. If a student is suspended at the conclusion of a spring semester, the student is suspended for the following fall semester. If a student is suspended at the conclusion of a fall semester, the student is suspended for the following spring semester.

A student who has been academically suspended from BPCC at the conclusion of the spring semester may attend BPCC summer without appeal. If the summer grades raise the student’s adjusted cumulative grade point average to a 2.000 or higher, the suspension for the fall is rescinded. If the student’s adjusted cumulative grade point average is not at or above 2.000 at the conclusion of the summer session(s), the academic suspension remains in effect for the fall semester.

Academic Status Determination for Transfer Students

A student who transfers to BPCC with an adjusted cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher as defined by the last institution attended will be admitted in good standing. A transfer student with less than a 2.000 adjusted cumulative grade point average will be admitted on probation. If the student earns a semester grade point average of 2.000 or higher during the first semester of BPCC enrollment, the student’s academic status will be based on the adjusted cumulative grade point average. If the student fails to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.000 or higher, the student will be suspended for one semester.

Academic and/or Disciplinary Suspension or Expulsion from Another College

If a student wishes to appeal an academic suspension from another college or university, the student must confer with the institution from which he/she has been suspended.

Students expelled from another college or university for disciplinary reasons are not considered to be in good standing; therefore, these students will not be allowed to enroll in Bossier Parish Community College.

Enrollment During a Suspension/Expulsion Period

A student who is under academic, attendance, or disciplinary suspension/expulsion from another college or university will not be admitted to BPCC until the interval of suspension/expulsion has elapsed.

Readmission or Admission After Academic Suspension

A student who has been suspended from BPCC may be considered for readmission in accordance with the following policies:

  1. A student who is suspended for the first time for academic reasons must
    remain out of the College for one semester before being considered for
    readmission. After the lapse of one regular semester on suspension, the
    student will be readmitted to BPCC on probation.

  2. A student who has been suspended twice for academic reasons must remain
    out of BPCC for two regular semesters, before applying for readmission.
    After the lapse of two semesters, the student will be re-admitted to BPCC on
    probation.

  3. A student who has been dropped for academic reasons may not obtain credit
    towards a BPCC degree with credits earned at another institution during the
    period of ineligibility to enroll at BPCC. A student who has been suspended
    from another institution for academic reasons may be admitted on probation
    to BPCC at the end of that institution's period of suspension, provided all
    other admissions criteria are met.

Appeal Procedures

All academic appeals must be lodged with the proper appellate authority within 45 calendar days from the date the semester ends. Failure to appeal within the 45 day period will result in the waiver of the student's rights to appeal the decision.

Appeal of Academic Standing

A student who believes that his/her academic standing (probation or suspension) does not reflect the quality or quantity of effort put forth, or which is the result of extenuating circumstances, may appeal his/her standing to the Academic Admissions and Appeals Committee. The student must write a letter to this committee giving the reasons why the academic standing should be re-evaluated. The committee will hold a meeting at which the student's written appeal will be presented. The student will be notified of the committee's decision. (NOTE: 45 day limit)

Appeal of a Reported Grade

A student who believes that a grade which has been recorded in a course is not accurate may appeal the grade (NOTE: 45 day limit). In the academic appeals process, the student will adhere to the following procedure:

Appealing: A student has 45 calendar days from the end of a semester (beginning of the last official day of the semester) to appeal a grade received. After 45 calendar days, a student forfeits the appeal right.

  1. A student consults the faculty member to see if an arrangement can be made regarding a disputed grade. The Student Academic Appeal Form (available from the Division Chair) must be completed, signed, and taken to the faculty member.

  2. If no satisfactory agreement can be reached, the student may consult the appropriate Academic Division Chair. The Student Academic Appeal Form is taken to the Division Chair.

  3. If the outcome is not satisfactory to the student, it is the student’s responsibility, if further appeal is desired, to appeal to the College Appeal’s Committee. The Registrar will call a meeting of the College standing Committee on Appeals. The committee will hold a meeting at which time the Student Academic Appeal Form will be presented. The committee may direct that the grade be changed.

Academic Amnesty

A student enrolled in BPCC's academic programs who has not enrolled in a college, including BPCC or a university, for three consecutive years may elect to deny once and only once all academic course work attempted at BPCC prior to the three-year period. This work will appear on the student's official academic transcript but will not be used in computation of the student’s grade point average. Students should be aware that other colleges and universities may not recognize academic amnesty declared at BPCC.

The student must apply for and declare academic amnesty of credit courses in the Office of Admissions and Registrar at the time of application for admission to BPCC or within sixty days of the first date of enrollment at BPCC. A decision to declare academic amnesty is final and irreversible.

BPCC does not recognize academic amnesty declared by students at other colleges and universities. Academic amnesty is granted to students enrolled in BPCC's academic programs. Students who have declared academic amnesty are not eligible for naming to the College’s Chancellor's or Dean's Lists.

Graduation Requirements

Students assume full responsibility for awareness of all graduation criteria and for the appropriateness of their credentials applicable toward satisfaction of all requirements. No associate degree, academic certificate, or technical competency area shall be conferred by BPCC until the procedural and academic requirements listed below are met. The following are the criteria for, and conditions of, graduation from BPCC:

  1. Graduating students must be currently enrolled at BPCC. The student must complete a graduation application with an academic advisor during the last semester enrolled. Any student who submits an application for graduation to the appropriate division chair or to the Office of the Executive Dean of Instruction is automatically enrolled in a graduation class. Students who previously applied for graduation but who did not graduate must file another application the semester they plan to complete requirements.
  2. Complete an order for a cap and gown during the last semester enrolled.
  3. Pay the non-refundable graduation fee, which covers incidental items related to graduation which include but are not limited to: the cost of the diploma, the diploma cover, and the cap and gown.
  4. Take a short opinion survey during the last semester enrolled.
  5. One quarter (15 hours) of the associate degree must be earned at BPCC and within the last five (5) years of attendance.
  6. The student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 (on a 4.000 system) as well as a 2.000 average in the major field.
  7. In order to graduate, students may not be on academic probation or suspension.
  8. In order to obtain an associate degree, academic certificate, or technical competency area, a student must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000, which reflects twice as many quality points as hours attempted on all official College transcripts.
  9. Developmental courses are not acceptable as electives toward
    an associate degree or certificate program at BPCC. These include, but are not limited to, ALHT 101, CIS 099, ENGL 099, MATH 097, MATH 098, MATH 099, READ 099, EDUC 099. The final determination of the applicability of courses toward completion of academic certification and associate degrees will be made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  10. During the semester in which a student completes all requirements for
    graduation, a candidate's academic record must be evaluated for
    compliance with College procedural and academic requirements by the
    appropriate College personnel, and a candidate's final approval must be
    made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  11. Experiential learning, community education, adult education, and correspondence courses are not applicable toward an associate degree or academic certificate.
  12. All graduating students must file an application by the date listed in the
    official College calendar. Students may pursue only one associate degree
    at a time while enrolled at BPCC.
  13. Students are not permitted to participate in commencement ceremonies until
    all academic and procedural graduation requirements have been met including the payment of all money owed to the College.
  14. BPCC reserves the right to determine appropriate academic competencies in the General Education core in all curricula.
  15. Students must make a “C” or higher in all courses which satisfy graduation requirements.

Prior Learning Assessment

Bossier Parish Community College recognizes experiential learning in accordance with the policies established by the College pursuant to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Policy #1.023. The Bossier Parish Community College policy on experiential learning and Prior Learning Assessment is contained in appropriate sections of this catalog.

Credit Examinations

(excluding those earned through Tech Prep agreements)

"Credit examinations" are administered in some subject areas for the benefit of the student who believes he/she has already attained the level of knowledge required in the course(s).

The procedure for registering for credit by examination is as follows:

  1. Regularly enrolled students (students currently enrolled in other courses) in good academic standing may register for credit by examination in any approved course. Credit by examination will be available only to students pursuing a BPCC associate degree, academic certificate, or certificate of completion. No examination can be given to a student who has not properly registered for the examination.
  2. Permission to take a credit examination in a given course will be denied those students currently enrolled in the course, those who have previously attempted the course for credit at any college, those who have earned credit in a higher sequence course, those previously taking a credit examination in the same course, or those who did not receive approval from the division chair responsible for the course.
  3. The student’s registration record will reflect the credit by exam course(s) for which the student registered. These courses will not, however, be added into the total semester hour load of the student for determining “full-time” status.
  4. Students interested in earning credit by examination should contact the appropriate division chair or the counseling office. Examinations will be given according to the times assigned by the division chair.
  5. Successful completion of an examination will be recorded on the permanent academic record as "credit by examination" with a grade of "S." Grades of "S" are not used to compute the grade point average (no quality points awarded).
  6. The hours of credit will not be used in the computation of grade point averages or considered in determining academic hours, probation, or suspension. In addition, credits earned by examination may not be used to reduce residence requirements.
  7. Credit by examination will not be awarded for a course which was previously pursued beyond the midpoint of a semester by the student.
  8. Credits earned by examination will not be placed on a BPCC transcript until 12 semester hours have been earned in residence at BPCC.
  9. COSTS: Students will be assessed $35 for each challenge exam taken.
  10. Credits through examination, in combination with other credit type examinations (CLEP, DSST, etc.), are limited to twenty-one (21) semester hours on a student’s degree or certificate plan.
  11. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Association for Non-Traditional Educational Services (DSST) are not given at BPCC, but results are honored. Students wishing to schedule a CLEP Exam should contact Centenary College for the national CLEP exam schedule. Students wishing to schedule a DSST exam should contact the Barksdale Air Force Base Education Office. Students pursuing academic certificates or associate degrees at BPCC are not allowed more than 21 hours CLEP/DSST credits towards graduation.

Credits By Examination

Bossier Parish Community College Credit Examinations (earned through Tech Prep agreements)

  1. Tech Prep students may register for credit by examination in any approved course. No examination can be given to a student who has not properly registered for the examination. Permission to take a credit examination in a given course will be denied those students who have previously attempted the course for credit, Those who have unsuccessfully challenged the course through examination, those who have earned credit in a higher sequence course, or those who did not receive approval from College Tech Prep representative (currently the Executive Dean of Instruction). Students will receive academic credit for courses successfully challenged after earning twelve (12) hours of academic credit at BPCC.
  2. Each credit by exam will have a section number of "00" and will be entered on the student’s registration form or added during the "add-period."
  3. The student’s registration record will reflect the credit by exam course(s) for which the student registered: these courses will not, however, be added into the total semester hour load of the student.
  4. Examinations will be given according to the times assigned by the division head.
  5. Successful completion of an examination will be recorded on the permanent academic record as “credit by examination” with a grade of "S". Grades of "S" are not used to compute the grade point average. The courses that the student semester hour load for determining "full-time" status. Should a student fail to take or pass the credit examination, there will be no entry made on the student’s academic record.
  6. Credits through this type of examination are normally limited to twenty-one (21) semester hours.
Equivalent BPCC Course CLEP Exam Hours
ACCT 205 Elementary Accounting I Financial Accounting  3
BADM 201 Economic Principles I Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BADM 202 Economic Principles II Principles of Microeconomics 3
BADM 212 Principles of Management Principles of Management 3
BADM 214 Principles of Marketing Principles of Marketing 3
BADM 215 Business Law Introductory Business Law 3
BLGY 101 General Biology I Biology 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I Chemistry 3
ENGL 101 Composition & Rhetoric I Freshman College Composition (with essay) 3
ENGL 201 Major British Writers English Literature 3
ENGL 202 Major American Writers American Literature 3
FREN 101, 102 Elementary French I & II French Language (levels I & 2) 3 or 6
HIST 101 Western World I West. Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3
HIST 102 Western World II West. Civilization II: 1648 to Present 3
HIST 201 American History I U.S. History I: Early Colonizations to 1877 3
HIST 202 American History II U.S. History II: 1865 to the Present 3
HMAN 201 Humanities  I Humanities 3
MATH 102 College Algebra College Algebra 3
MATH 111 Precalculus Algebra Precalculus 3
MATH 114 Finite Math College Mathematics 3
MATH 250 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I Calculus 3
POSC 201 National Government in the United States American Government 3
PSYC 210 Educational Psychology Introduction to Educational Psychology 3
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology Human Growth & Development 3
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology Introductory Sociology 3
SPAN 101, 102 Elementary Spanish I & II Spanish Language (levels 1 & 2) 3 or 6
SCI 101 Foundation in Science Natural Sciences 3
Revised Mar. 2008

 

Equivalent BPCC Course DSST (DANTES) Exam Hours
ACCT 205 Elementary Accounting I Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ART 201 Art History Art of the Western World 3
BADM 105 General Business Administration Introduction to Business 3
BADM 108 Finance Personal Finance 3
BADM 212 Principles of Management Principles of Supervision 3
BADM 213 Human Resource Management Human Resource Management 3
BADM 217 Organizational Behavior Organizational Behavior 3
BLGY 106 Environmental Science Environment and Humanity 3
EDUC 201 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings I Foundations of Education 3
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 250 Police Procedures Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
MATH 102 College Algebra Fundamentals of College Algebra 3
MATH 210 Basic Statistics Principles of Statistics 3
MIS 105  Introduction to MIS Management Information Systems 3
PHSC 110 Astronomy Astronomy 3
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
SPCH 110 Principles of Speech Principles of Public Speaking 3
Revised: Mar. 2008

 

Credit for Military Educational Experiences

Credit for military educational experiences is given to honorably discharged veterans. BPCC may allow credit for courses based on documented military experiences. BPCC does not give credit for First Aid (HLPE 221) based on military service. A copy of the veteran's DD214 and other military records should be taken to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation to determine the credit allowed. The maximum number of hours that may be granted from the military as college equivalent course work is 21. Students must be pursuing a BPCC associate degree or academic certificate. The student receives a grade of "S," which goes towards earned hours on the official BPCC transcript.

Certified Professional Secretary Credit Examination

Up to 18 hours may be awarded to a student who successfully passes the Certified Professional Secretary examination, which is administered by the Institute for Certifying Secretaries. For information, students may contact the Division of Business and Computer Science at 318-678-6011.

BPCC Honors Program

The BPCC Honors Program provides classroom experiences enhanced to meet the needs of high-achieving students. Honors courses are designed to promote enriched learning and critical thinking and writing. Students apply for the program, and admission to the program is a selective process based on, among other things,

  • a minimum ACT composite score 22 or above,
  • a high school GPA of 3.5 or greater, or,
  • a GPA of 3.5 or higher for continuing college students having completed a minimum of 6 (six) credit hours.

Priority deadline for admission is May 1. Honors courses will be offered in fall and spring semesters.

Honors courses will include:

CIS 105H Computer Concepts Honors
ENGL 101H Composition and Rhetoric I Honors
ENGL 102H Composition and Rhetoric II Honors
HMAN 202H Humanities II Honors
HIST 101H Western World I Honors
MATH 102H College Algebra Honors
POSC 201H National Government in the United States Honors
PSYC 201H Introduction to Psychology Honors
SPCH 110H Principles of Speech Honors
ZLGY 124H Human Anatomy Honors

To be recognized at graduation as an “Honors Student,” students must satisfactorily complete eight honors courses. Honors courses can fulfill requirements for any associate degree at BPCC. For Honors Program students not qualifying for TOPS, ten (10) honors scholarships per year may be available. Book vouchers may also be available for qualifying students.

Tech Prep Agreement

Bossier Parish Community College maintains articulation agreements with Northwest & North Central Tech Prep Consortia, which allows high school students to get advanced credit for courses by taking proficiency examinations. As many as 21 semester hours may be earned toward an associate degree. These hours include 9 semester hours in general education and as many as 14 semester hours in technical courses. Students must earn 12 hours in residence at BPCC prior to having credit earned through proficiency examinations placed on the BPCC transcript.

Challenge Examinations

BPCC faculty have formulated challenge examinations for selected courses. Students wishing to earn credit by examination should contact the appropriate division chair for the regulations, policies, and procedures.

Advanced Placement Program

Students who attain satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement Examinations administered by the College Board are eligible to receive credit on the basis of such tests. The student who submits a score of four or five to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office is given credit for the appropriate course(s). A score of three is referred to the appropriate academic department of the College for a decision regarding credit. Bossier Parish Community College students must complete one regular semester of enrollment in residence prior to being awarded AP credit. Students may earn up to a maximum of 30 semester hours in this manner and attain sophomore standing. These examinations are given at high schools which participate in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students must be pursuing an academic certificate or associate degree to receive Advanced Placement credit and must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours in residence at BPCC prior to having AP credit indicated on a BPCC transcript.

Academic Credit for Paramedic Courses completed at institutions other than colleges or vocational schools.

This policy provides for Paramedics who received their training through an institution other than a college or vocational school an opportunity to earn an associate degree in EMT Paramedic by successfully completing a “challenge exam.”

To be eligible to take the exam:

  1. The paramedic must have worked in the field of emergency medicine at the level of paramedic for at least 12 months.
  2. The paramedic must have successfully completed 18 semester hours of academic college credit in the paramedic curriculum at Bossier Parish Community College.

Prior to taking the exam:

  1. The paramedic must provide the following documentation to the Division Chair for Science and Allied Health:
    1. Current copy of Emergency Medical Technician National Registry card
    2. Current copy of the State of Louisiana Paramedic card
  2. Completion of the BPCC Challenge Exam Registration Form and payment of a testing fee.

Successful completion of the examination, minimum score 70%, will be recorded on a BPCC academic transcript as “credit by examination.” Credits will not be transcribed until the student has completed all other course work in the Paramedic curriculum at Bossier Parish Community College. Students completing paramedic training prior to January 2001 will receive 36 semester hours of credit. Students who are not successful may attempt the exam on one additional occasion.

Paramedics wishing to pursue the associate degree in EMT: Paramedic must complete at least 18 semester hours in residence at Bossier Parish Community College. Students cannot use remedial level classes to meet residency requirements. Students receiving “credit by examination” for paramedic classes may not use additional challenge exam credits to earn the required residence hours.

Portfolio Assessment of College-Level Learning

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is among more than 500 colleges and universities that are involved in assessing students' prior learning for academic credit. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an educational association founded in 1974 to promote the acceptance of the awarding of college credit for experiential learning, has led the way in developing and implementing assessment techniques. BPCC uses the academic guidelines developed by CAEL and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in awarding credit.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning credit for college-level learning acquired through work, training, volunteering, or personal experiences. The process discussed here is portfolio assessment of college-level learning acquired through work, training, volunteering, or personal experiences.

BPCC's Portfolio Assessment Process

  1. A student interested in portfolio assessment must contact the Academic Advising Center at 318-678-6133 or priorlearning@bpcc.edu for an advising appointment.
  2. The student enrolls in the Portfolio Development course.
  3. Upon completion of the course, the Portfolio Development Instructor verifies inclusion of all portfolio components and the student receives a "Certificate of Completion" which must be included in the portfolio.
  4. The student compiles and submits his or her Portfolio through I-Webfolio.
  5. The student must notify the Academic Advising Center that his or her portfolio is ready for Certification. Certification means that the portfolio is in the appropriate format for consideration of assessment.
  6. The Academic Advising Center notifies the student if the Portfolio format is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If the format of the Portfolio is unsatisfactory, the student may request a checklist of missing required items from the Academic Advising Center.
  7. If the portfolio is certified ready for assessment, the student pays the $30 per credit hour fee for evaluation(s) to the Business Office. For example, the fee for a three-hour course assessment would be $90.
  8. The student remits a receipt to the Academic Advising Center. To start the portfolio assessment process, the student must immediately lock the course for the 30-day assessment period to begin.
  9. The Portfolio will then be assessed by the appropriate credentialed faculty member based on course learning outcomes.
  10. For each course assessed, the faculty portfolio assessor sends the "Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Summary of Evidence Form" to the appropriate Division Chair for approval and signature. The Division Chair forwards this signed form to the Executive Dean of Instruction.
  11. The Executive Dean sends the student a letter stating credit received/not received, a photocopy of the "Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Summary of Evidence Form," and information about the Appeals Process.
  12. Executive Dean forwards original "Awarding of Credit" form to Admissions/Registrars' office with a copy of the student's letter.
  13. After earning 12 hours of BPCC resident credit, credit for coursework awarded through Portfolio assessment will be placed on the transcript under Prior Learning Experience category with "S" grade.

It is recommended that portfolios be submitted within one year after entering the undergraduate program in order to avoid unnecessary delays in meeting graduation requirements. Such delays may occur when the number of portfolio credits received is less than expected and additional coursework is required.

A student may take as long as he/she needs to before submitting his/her portfolio for certification. In compliance with appropriate policies and filing dates for graduation, portfolios submitted to receive credit to meet graduation requirements must be received by the following deadlines:

Graduation Month: Submission Deadline:
December September 1st
May January 1st
August January 1st

Prior Learning Assessment Matrix

Div Class Advanced Placement CLEP DSST ACT/ PEP ACE/ Military ACE/ PONSI Challenge Exam Portfolio Assessment MOUS/ MCAS Other
BCS ACCT 205   X X       X      
BCS ACCT 206             X      
BCS ACCT 210             X      
BCS ACCT 212             X      
SAH ALHT 102             X      
SAH ALHT 102L             X      
SAH ALHT 109              with Current AHA CPR card      
SAH ALHT 114             X      
SAH ALHT 115              X      
SAH ALHT 116             X      
SAH ALHT 206             X      
SAH ALHT 207             X      
LA ART 101               X    
LA ART 103               X    
LA ART 201     X              
LA ART 203               X    
LA ART 246               X    
BCS BADM 105     X       X X    
BCS BADM 108     X         X    
BCS BADM 112             X X    
BCS BADM 113             X      
BCS BADM 201   X         X      
BCS BADM 202   X         X      
BCS BADM 212   X X       X X    
BCS BADM 213     X       X X    
BCS BADM 214   X         X X    
BCS BADM 215   X         X      
BCS BADM 217     X              
BCS BADM 220             X X    
SAH BLGY 101   X         X      
SAH BLGY 101L   X                
SAH BLGY 105             X      
SAH BLGY 106     X       X      
SAH BLGY 113             X      
SAH BLGY 203             X      
SAH CHEM 101   X         X      
SAH CHEM 102             X      
SAH CHEM 107             X      
SAH CHEM 108             X      
BCS CIS 099             X      
BCS CIS 102               X    
BCS CIS 105             X X    
BCS CIS 105H             X X    
BCS CIS 114             X X    
BCS CIS 115             X X    
BCS CIS 205             X X X - MCAS Word 2007  
BCS CIS 207             X X X - MCAS Excel 2007  
BCS CIS 209             X X X - MCAS Acces 2007  
BCS CIS 210             X X X - MCAS PowerPoint 2007  
BSS CJUS 101     X         X    
BSS CJUS 250     X         X    
BSS CORR 102               X    
BCS CWD 111             X      
BCS CWD 130             X X    
BCS CWD 160             X X    
BCS CWD 240             X X    
SAH DMTP 111             with approved waiver       
SAH DMTP 116             with approved waiver       
SAH DMTP 121             with approved waiver       
BSS EDUC 201     X              
SAH EMTP 201             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 202             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 203             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 204             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 205             with National Registry P and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 206             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 207             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 208             with National Registry P or medical military and 2 years experience      
SAH EMTP 209             with National Registry P and documented clinical experience      
SAH EMTP 212             with National Registry P and ACLS and PALS      
LA ENGL 101   X                
LA ENGL 201   X                
LA ENGL 202   X                
LA ENGL 256                    
LA ENGL 290               X    
LA FREN 101   X                
LA FREN 102   X                
BSS HIST 101   X                
BSS HIST 102   X                
BSS HIST 201   X                
BSS HIST 202   X                
LA HMAN 201   X                
MTE MATH 097 X                  
MTE MATH 098 X                  
MTE MATH 099 X                  
MTE MATH 102 X X X       X      
MTE MATH 111 X X                
MTE MATH 112 X                  
MTE MATH 114   X                
MTE MATH 210     X              
MTE MATH 250   X                
SAH METR 101             X      
SAH MICR 110              X      
SAH MICR 206              X      
BCS MIS 105     X       X      
BCS MIS 120             X      
SAH MOS 106             X      
SAH MOS 206             with 2 years medical office experience      
LA MUSC 110             X      
LA MUSC 111             X      
SAH PHSC 105             X      
SAH PHSC 106             X      
SAH PHSC 110     X       X      
BSS POSC 201   X                
BSS PSYC 210   X                
BSS PSYC 220   X X              
SAH SCI 101   X         X      
BSS SLGY 201   X                
LA SPAN 101   X                
LA SPAN 102   X                
LA SPCH 110     X       X      
TEL TLCM 101             X X    
TEL TLCM 102             X X    
TEL TLCM 105             X X    
TEL TLCM 106             X X    
TEL TLCM 107             X X    
TEL TLCM 108             X X    
TEL TLCM 109             X X    
TEL TLCM 110             X X    
TEL TLCM 111             X X    
TEL TLCM 112             X X    
TEL TLCM 113             X X    
TEL TLCM 114             X X    
TEL TLCM 115             X X    
TEL TLCM 121             X X    
TEL TLCM 130             X X    
TEL TLCM 160             X X    
TEL TLCM 165             X X    
TEL TLCM 166             X X    
TEL TLCM 170             X X    
TEL TLCM 175             X X    
TEL TLCM 201             X X    
TEL TLCM 202             X X    
TEL TLCM 203             X X    
TEL TLCM 204             X X    
TEL TLCM 205             X X    
TEL TLCM 207             X X    
TEL TLCM 209             X X    
TEL TLCM 210             X X    
TEL TLCM 211             X X    
TEL TLCM 212             X X    
TEL TLCM 213             X X    
TEL TLCM 216             X X    
TEL TLCM 217             X X    
TEL TLCM 218             X X    
TEL TLCM 219             X X    
TEL TLCM 220             X X    
TEL TLCM 222             X X    
TEL TLCM 225             X X    
TEL TLCM 226             X X    
TEL TLCM 227             X X    
TEL TLCM 228             X X    
TEL TLCM 229             X X    
TEL TLCM 231             X X    
TEL TLCM 232             X X    
TEL TLCM 234             X X    
TEL TLCM 236             X X    
TEL TLCM 238             X X    
TEL TLCM 239             X X    
TEL TLCM 240             X X    
TEL TLCM 241             X X    
TEL TLCM 242             X X    
TEL TLCM 250             X X    
TEL TLCM 251             X X    
TEL TLCM 253             X X    
TEL TLCM 254             X X    
TEL TLCM 255             X X    
TEL TLCM 256             X X    
TEL TLCM 257             X X    
TEL TLCM 258             X X    
TEL TLCM 259             X X    
TEL TLCM 260             X X    
TEL TLCM 261             X X    
TEL TLCM 265             X X    
TEL TLCM 266             X X    
TEL TLCM 267             X X    
TEL TLCM 268             X X    
TEL TLCM 280             X X    
TEL TLCM 290             X X    
TEL TLCM 291             X X    
TEL TLCM 292             X X    
TEL TLCM 293             X X    
TEL TLCM 294             X X    
TEL TLCM 295             X X    
SAH ZLGY 110           X X      
SAH ZLGY 120              X      
SAH ZLGY 124             X      
SAH ZLGY 201             X      
SAH ZLGY 205             X      

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