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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, deans, 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 by accessing LOLA.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 or audit after the date outlined in the BPCC Calendar in the Academic Bulletin.

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 LOLA.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.

Responsibilities of Students

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

Academic advisors, counselors, deans, 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.

  • Close adherence to curricula assures the student's 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 an academic advisor when necessary.
  • Each student assumes the responsibility for scheduling courses that are applicable to degrees and for taking courses in proper sequence to ensure the orderly progression of work.

Students attending evening and/or online classes are expected to assume the same academic responsibilities as all other students. Evening and online students are given the same curricular guidance and counseling as day students. Evening and online students follow the same procedures for admission to the College as other students, including the submission of applications and transcripts. Evening and online 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 or online 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.

  • Attendance will be checked every class meeting. A written explanation of expectations regarding class attendance will be included in the instructor’s Syllabus. Ultimately, each faculty member’s individual Syllabus will serve as the governing attendance policy for a particular class and may differ from others based on academic discipline, teaching philosophy, or instructional necessities. Students should refer to each of their instructors’ Syllabi for guidance and seek immediate clarification from their instructors if needed.
  • Any student who ceases to attend a class may be subject to a College-Initiated Withdrawal. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course or resign from the College must do so officially by completing the required admissions forms.
  • When a student has missed 15% of a course, the instructor may remove the student by assigning a College-Initiated Withdrawal. As a result of this action, the student will receive a grade of “WN” for the course if action is initiated prior to the last day to drop. NOTICE: More restrictive attendance requirements may apply in some specialized classes such as laboratory, activity, and clinical courses because of the nature of those courses. Neither the instructor nor the College assumes responsibility for students who are absent from these classes.
  • Students who will be absent due to participation in school-sanctioned activities, mandatory military exercises, or mandated appearance in a court of law (jury duty or subpoena obligations) must submit official documentation to the instructor prior to the event to be eligible for assistance in meeting missed course requirements. Absences of this nature will not count toward the 15% limit for purposes of this policy.
  • Students who are receiving any type of financial aid, scholarships or tuition assistance should consult the rules governing that aid before withdrawing from a course or resigning from the College.

Note: Financial Aid Students: Please refer to the Financial Aid Policy regarding attendance and withdrawal.

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. BPCC students may only pursue one associate degree at a time.

Changing Curriculum

Any student wishing to change from one curriculum to another (change a major) should 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.

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".
   
"WN" Any student who ceases to attend a class may be subject to a College-Initiated Withdrawal. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course or resign from the College must do so officially by completing the required admissions forms. When a student has missed 15% of a course, the instructor may remove the student by assigning a College-Initiated Withdrawal. As a result of this action, the student will receive a grade of “WN” for the course if action is initiated prior to the last day to drop.
   
"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, Earned GPAs, and Repeated Courses

Cumulative Grade Point Averages, Earned GPAs, and Repeated Courses

Repeating a Course

All attempts at a repeated course will be computed into the cumulative grade point average. The highest grade in a repeated course is the grade applicable to the earned grade point average.

Notes:

  1. Agencies and organizations which provide financial assistance/scholarships (federal and state government, businesses, etc.) may have requirements relative to course withdrawal and course repeats which are more stringent than those described here;
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the effects of his/her enrollment and/or withdrawal upon financial aid.

Earned GPA

Bossier Parish Community College uses the earned GPA to determine eligibility for receipt of academic credentials except in identified curricula where higher GPA’s are required. An earned GPA is defined as the adjusted quality points divided by the adjusted hours pursued within the curriculum of the academic credential being awarded.

  1. Adjusted quality points are computed by subtracting quality points received for repeated classes in the curriculum from total quality points;
  2. Adjusted hours pursued are computed by subtracting credit hours for “F” grades and repeated classes from total hours pursued in the curriculum.

The earned GPA is certified by the academic division dean. Earned GPA’s are not maintained in the Student Information System as part of the student’s electronic file and are not reported with grades or on the academic transcript.

Note: There is no consistency among colleges and universities with respect to grades in repeated courses in the way in which repeated courses are computed in a student’s grade point average. Limited access programs at Louisiana universities and private institutions might consider the extent to which a student has used course repetitions and the effect on the student’s cumulative grade point average when selecting students for admission. Some institutions have a limit on the number of times a repeated course grade can be used. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the transfer institution in order to be sure of its repeat course/grades policy.

Academic Records

Grade Reports:

The College does not issue mid-semester grade reports. Students may verify final grades by accessing LOLA.Will open new browser window or tabReports of final grades earned in courses are no longer mailed to the student.

Chancellor's List:

Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of full-time students whose semester averages are 3.750 or higher (measured on the current semester).

Dean's List:

Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of full-time students whose semester averages are 3.500 or higher (measured on the current semester).

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, Louisiana High School Equivalency 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.

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.

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 suspended more than twice 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. The student cannot appeal the suspension of two or more suspensions.
  4. 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 (for grades received in academic courses)

All academic appeals related to grades received in courses 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. A student who is placed on academic suspension for two or more times is suspended for two semesters.

Appeal of a Reported Grade


Appeal Policy:

A student has 45 calendar days from the final posting of a grade to appeal a final course grade received. After 45 days, a student forfeits the right to appeal. Note: This policy does not apply to students disputing grades received on exams, assignments, research papers, clinical rotations, etc. Those kinds of grade disputes must be resolved between the faculty member and the student within the same semester. This policy does not apply to grades students received due to suspension for non-attendance.

Appeal Procedure:

  1. A student consults the faculty member regarding a disputed course grade within the timeframe listed above. If the faculty member agrees that a course grade change is warranted, the faculty member will complete a BPCC Grade Change FormPDF Fileand forward the form to the Registrar with a copy to the dean.
  2. If no satisfactory agreement can be reached with the faculty member, or if the student is unable to contact the faculty member, the student contacts the academic dean. Students consulting the dean without first meeting with the faculty member will be referred back to the faculty member.
  3. The student may consult the academic dean who determines that the student has first failed to reach satisfactory resolution with the faculty member. If no satisfactory conclusion can be reached between the faculty member and the student, the student completes the top portion of the academic appeals form and returns it to the dean.
  4. The faculty member is contacted by the dean and is given a copy of the Student Academic Appeal Form. The faculty member is required to respond, and may add documentation to the Student Academic Appeal Form, and returns it to the dean within two working days. The dean sends the form and documentation to the Registrar.
  5. The committee will hold a meeting at which time the student’s written appeal and Student Academic Appeal Form will be considered. The committee will make a decision, and the Registrar or designee will notify the student. The committee may change a reported grade for a reason or may change a grade in the case of emergency circumstances (e.g., death of a faculty member, faculty member leaving the country, etc.). The Student Academic Appeal Form must be completed and signed by the committee chair.
  6. If the committee directs a grade change, a Grade Change Form must be completed and signed by the committee chair. The committee minutes will reflect the official action of the committee. The Registrar or designee will notify the student and the faculty member of the committee’s decision.

Rescinding of Degrees and Certificates

BPCC reserves the right to rescind the awarding of associate degrees and certificates if the College discovers that the degrees and certificates were awarded in error.

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:
  • Graduating students must be currently enrolled at BPCC. Each student must complete the Application for Graduation with an academic advisor during the last semester enrolled. Students who previously applied for graduation but who did not graduate must file another application the semester they plan to complete requirements.
  • Take a survey during the last semester enrolled.
  • Twenty-five percent (25%) of the associate degree must be earned at BPCC.
  • In order to graduate, students may not be on academic probation or suspension.
  • In order to obtain an associate degree, academic certificate, or technical competency area, students must make a “C” or higher in all courses which satisfy graduation requirements.
  • 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 098, 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 or his designee.
  • BPCC reserves the right to determine appropriate academic competencies in the General Education core in all curricula.
  • Community education, adult education, and correspondence courses are not applicable toward an associate degree or academic certificate.
  • All graduating students must file the Application for Graduation by the date listed in the official College calendar. Students may pursue only one associate degree at a time while enrolled at BPCC.
  • During the semester in which students complete all requirements for graduation, candidates’ academic records must be evaluated for compliance with College procedural and academic requirements by the appropriate College personnel, and candidates’ final approvals must be made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his designee.
  • In order to participate in commencement ceremonies, students must meet all academic and procedural graduation requirements including the payment of all money owed to the College. If students who are candidates for graduation do not meet all the requirements for graduation by the day of commencement ceremonies, the candidates MUST reapply for graduation the following semester.

Credit by Examination

Prior Learning Assessment options available to students include Credit by Examination. Credit by Examination includes Challenge Exams, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST).

  1. Successful completion of a credit by examination exam 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Credit by examination will not be awarded for a course which was previously pursued beyond the midpoint of a semester by the student.
  4. Credits through examination (Challenge, CLEP, and DSST), are limited to twenty-one (21) semester hours on a student’s degree or certificate plan.

Challenge Examinations

"Challenge examinations" are administered in some subject areas by the appropriate academic department 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 a challenge examination is as follows:

  1. Regularly enrolled students (students currently enrolled in other courses) in good academic standing may register for a challenge examination in any approved course. Challenge examinations 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 challenge 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 challenge examination in the same course, or those who did not receive approval from the dean responsible for the course.
  3. The student’s registration record will reflect the challenge examination 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 challenge examination should contact the appropriate dean or the counseling office. Examinations will be given according at the times assigned by the dean.
  5. Successful completion of a challenge 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 challenge examination will not be awarded for a course which was previously pursued beyond the midpoint of a semester by the student.
  8. COSTS: Students will be assessed $24 for each challenge exam taken.
  9. Credits through challenge 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.
  10. In addition to challenge examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are also given at BPCC. Students pursuing academic certificates or associate degrees at BPCC are not allowed more than 21 hours Challenge, CLEP, and DSST credits towards graduation.

Credit by Examination (CLEP®)

The College Board's College Level Examination Program (CLEP®) exams are offered through BPCC's Testing Center located in D-203. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 318-678-6002 or visit the Testing Center webpage. Students should consult the appropriate academic dean for additional information.
» BPCC Course/CLEP Equivalency Chart

Credit by Examination (DSST™)

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exams are offered through BPCC's Testing Center located in D-203. Call BPCC's Testing Center at 318-678-6002 or more information and to schedule an appointment or visit the Testing Center webpage. Students should consult the appropriate academic dean for additional information.
» BPCC Course/DSST Equivalency Chart

Credit by Examination (National Information Technology Certifications)

Cisco, CompTIA, EC-Council, Microsoft and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) national certifications are offered through the Testing Center located in D-203. As part of the Education to Career (E2C) Jobs+ program, BPCC students qualify for substantial discounts in the cost of testing. Call the Testing Center at 318-678-6002 for more information and to schedule an appointment or visit the Testing Center webpage. Students should consult the appropriate academic dean for additional information.
» BPCC Course/NIT Equivalency Chart

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 at 318-678-6322.

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 three or higher to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office is given credit for the appropriate course(s). 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.

Academic Credit for Paramedic Courses Completed at Institutions Other Than Colleges or Vocational Schools

Currently licensed paramedics who received their training through a non-degree granting credit program may apply that training toward the AAS in Paramedic at BPCC. These students will not be required to repeat the paramedic courses but will be awarded credit for those classes once all other program requirements have been met.

To be eligible to receive credit for paramedic training, the paramedic must:

  • complete all other requirements for the AAS in Paramedic degree.
  • have worked in the field of emergency medical services at the level of paramedic for at least 2 years.
  • successfully complete at least 15 semester hours of academic college credit in the paramedic curriculum at Bossier Parish Community College. Remedial classes may not be used to meet this requirement.
  • hold current NREMT certification and a current State of Louisiana Paramedic license. Copies of both cards must be on file with the Paramedic program director.

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. Students should consult the appropriate academic dean for additional information.
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