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3046 -- COLLEGE DEGREE STRUCTURE POLICY

Basic Policy Statement
In order to promote the development of associate degree programs that have clearly defined purposes and align with standard degree programs accepted at most colleges and universities, Washtenaw Community College will establish a three-tiered degree structure for associate's degree level programs. Assignment of a degree title will be based on the program's purpose, and the minimum level of prescribed general education requirements.

Effective as of the academic year beginning in Fall 2000, the College will adopt the following three associate's degree titles:

  1. The Associate in Arts (A.A.) is a university parallel, transfer degree, used by all humanities and social science programs.

  2. The Associate in Science (A.S.) is primarily a university parallel, transfer degree, used by programs carrying large math and science requirements. Additionally, some transfer programs in health, technology, and business would use the A.S. degree title.

  3. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) is the standard career entry degree. It is used for career entry programs in health, business and technology. This degree has dual use for some programs that are primarily career entry but transfer as a secondary purpose to specified four-year college or university programs.

Policy Criteria

Effective Fall 2010, the College will adopt the following credit requirements:

Associate in Arts Degree

  1. Is limited to a minimum of 60 credits and maximum of 66 credits.
  2. Requires a minimum of 15 residence credits (Washtenaw Community College credits) toward completion of the degree. Credit for prior learning, including credit by exam and transfer credit, may not be used as residence credit.
  3. Requires completion of a minimum of 31 credits in General Education as specified in the General Education Policy (3045). This requirement may be waived for students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Requires a minimum of 15 credits in a concentration or major.
  5. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward completion of the A.A. degree.

Associate in Science Degree

  1. Is limited to a minimum of 60 credits.
  2. Requires a minimum of 15 residence credits (Washtenaw Community College credits) toward completion of the degree. Credit for prior learning, including credit by exam and transfer credit, may not be used as residence credit.
  3. Requires completion of a minimum of 31 credits in General Education as specified in the General Education Policy (3045). This requirement may be waived for students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Requires a minimum of 15 credits in a concentration or major.
  5. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward completion of the A.S. degree.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

  1. Is limited to a minimum of 60 credits and maximum of 72 credits.
  2. Requires a minimum of 15 residence credits (WCC credits) toward completion of the degree. Credit for prior learning, including credit by exam and transfer credit, may not be used as residence credit.
  3. Requires completion of a minimum of 21 credits in General Education as specified in the General Education Policy (3045). This requirement may be waived for students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Requires a minimum of 24 credits in a concentration or major.
  5. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward completion of the A.A.S. degree.

Outcomes
By adopting this structure of three widely recognized degrees, WCC will promote the development and maintenance of associate's degree programs with clearly defined purposes that meet students' needs for both transfer and career-entry.


Adopted: October 22, 1991
Revised: May 23, 2000
Administrative Review: May 2002
Revised: April 13, 2010
(3046)




Board of Trustees Policy Manual
    SERIES 1000, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    • 1010 - Bylaws
    • 1020 - Citizen Participation During Board of Trustees Meetings
    • 1030 - Policy Development Guidelines
    • 1050 - Mission Statement
    • 1060 - Guidelines for Excellence
    • 1070 - Trustee Emeritus Policy
    • 1080 - Board Travel and Attendance at Conferences
    • 1090 - Compensation and Reimbursement of Trustee Local Expenses

    SERIES 2000, ADMISSIONS, TUITION/FEES ASSESSMENT
    • 2005 - Admissions Policy
    • 2030 - Residency
    • 2040 - Tuition Refund Policy
    • 2080 - Tuition Payment Plan Policy
    • 2095 - WCC Scholarships
    • 2105 - Program Offerings in Livingston County
    • 2120 - Policy on Articulation

    SERIES 3000, INSTRUCTION
    • 3010 - Assurance of Student Success
    • 3020 - Club Sports
    • 3031 - Policy on Credit for Prior Learning
    • 3033 - College Certificate Structure Policy
    • 3043 - Curriculum Purpose and Effectiveness Policy
    • 3045 - General Education Philosophy and Requirements
    • 3046 - Degree Structure Policy

    SERIES 4000, STUDENTS
    • 4052 - Learning Resource Center, Loan Privileges (LRC)
    • 4055 - New Student Assessment and Individualized Program Planning
    • 4060 - Student Orientation
    • 4067 - Student Eligibility for Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
    • 4070 - Student Information, Release of
    • 4080 - WCC Student Newspaper
    • 4090 - Student Health Insurance
    • 4095 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code

    SERIES 5000, EMPLOYEES
    • 5005 - Administrative Compensation Policy
    • 5010 - Affirmative Action
    • 5020 - Administrative Group Annual Planning & Performance Review Policy
    • 5030 - Children's Center, Staff Use of
    • 5040 - Conflict of Interest: College Administrators
    • 5042 - Diversity in College Employment
    • 5045 - Emeritus Staff Policy
    • 5050 - Employee Assistance Program
    • 5060 - Employee Recognition
    • 5065 - Organizational Chart
    • 5070 - Part-Time Faculty and Wage Rates
    • 5080 - Sexual Harassment
    • 5081 - Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment
    • 5085 - Staff Collaboration and Governance Policy
    • 5087 - Staff Success Policy
    • 5090 - Work Practices and Rules of Conduct (Faculty and Staff)
    • 5091 - Drug-Free Workplace

    SERIES 6000, BUSINESS OFFICE
    • 6010 - Accounting of Funds
    • 6020 - Banking
    • 6030 - Budget Adjustment
    • 6035 - External Use of College Facilities
    • 6036 - Conduct and Compliance: Use of Facilities
    • 6037 - Facilities Rental Fee Policy
    • 6040 - Firearms Range, Utilization Priority
    • 6041 - Firearms Range, Safety
    • 6042 - Firearms Range, User Fee
    • 6050 - Purchase of Goods and Services
    • 6060 - Travel
    • 6070 - Policy on the Monitoring of Federal Funds

    SERIES 7000, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
    • 7010 - Continuing Education Agreements with Public School Districts
    • 7020 - Continuing Education Unit
    • 7030 - Non-Credit Offerings

    SERIES 8000, GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
    • 8010 - Alcoholic Beverages on College Property, Use and Possession
    • 8012 - Americans with Disabilities Act, Compliance
    • 8015 - Honorary Associate Degree Policy
    • 8016 - Campus Safety Policy
    • 8018 - Policy on Student Speech and Expressive Conduct
    • 8021 - Internet Accounts Policy
    • 8022 - Computing Resources Usage Policy
    • 8025 - Crime Awareness and Campus Security Policy
    • 8028 - Access, Success, and Equity for Diverse People
    • 8029 - Display of Flags and Banners Policy
    • 8040 - Foundation, WCC
    • 8050 - Institutional Effectiveness
    • 8060 - Long-Range Planning
    • 8063 - Memorial Tributes
    • 8065 - Naming of College Buildings and Spaces
    • 8070 - Right To Know Laws, Compliance
    • 8085 - Smoke-Free Campus Policy








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