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Academics

 

At Lakes Region Community College, students are exposed to various methods of instruction. While some courses are lecture-based, others subscribe to a performance-based, student-directed learning philosophy. Performance-based learning is a systematic, organized approach to education and training that specifies the knowledge and skills required for graduates to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing economy and society. Programs and courses are structured within a competency-based framework. By defining competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) in each course, educators and learners work together to maximize the potential of each individual in the learning process. Intellectual, interpersonal and physical-manual competencies are assessed continuously to assist learners in improving their performance. The college continually strives to provide a physical, intellectual and social environment that supports the unique learning styles, backgrounds and needs of each individual.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Associate Degree

The Associate Degree prepares students for immediate employment or the opportunity to further their education. The curriculum provides students with the tools to think critically, reason, compute, communicate and adapt to change.

Associate Degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 60 semester hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 semester hours in major and related courses.
  3. In addition to major courses, a 20 semester hour minimum core program in general education courses consisting of:
      Associate in Science  
    A. English Composition  3 Semester Hours
    B. Science 3 Semester Hours
    C. Mathematics 3 Semester Hours
    D. Social Science 3 Semester Hours
    E. Humanities/Fine Arts/ Foreign Language 3 Semester Hours
    F. Open Elective (any subject area) 10 Semester Hours
      The associate in applied Science requires an additionl 3 Semester hours in liberal arts  
      Associate in Arts  
    A. English Compisition and Literature Communitication 5-6 Semester Hours
    B. Humanies/Fine Arts/Foreign Language 9 Semester Hours
    C. Mathematics 6-8 Semester Hours
    D. Natural or Physical Sciences 7-8 Semester Hours
    E. Social Sciences 9 Semester Hours
    F. Electives in Speaciliated Area OR 21-24 Semester Hours
    G. Liberal Arts Electics/Open Electives 12-17 Semester Hours/9 Semester Hours
  4. Any credit granted through transfer credits or credit by exam will count towards degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements, but will not be included in computing grade point average
  5. Completion of ESNT1200L College Essentials.

 

Additional Associate Degrees

Students can have only two majors at one time. To qualify for a second major, the student must have first successfully completed one semester in another major, and then submit a second application, plus the $20 application fee, for the dual major. A second major is defined as a program of study identified by its own unique title as it appears on the credential, a title different from that of the first major.

Students may earn additional associate degrees either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the several degrees or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.

    The requirements for earning additional degrees are as follows:
  1. Complete all requirements of each program of study, including general education requirements not in common with the additional program(s), and
  2. Earn a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credits at the college, beyond those required for the first and subsequent degrees, excluding Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Transfer Credit.

 

Matriculated students, who want a credential less than a degree, while still pursuing the degree, can pursue the lesser credential as a second major. The student does not have to withdraw from the degree and apply to the certificate. The transcript will show both certificate and degree at the same time.

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Professional Certificate candidates must meet the following requirements:

All professional certificate programs require a minimum of 20 semester hours in major and related courses, as well as 12 semester hours from the general education core. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required. Only those courses in the certificate will be used to calculate the GPA


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Assignment of Credits

A credit hour shall be allocated based on the below:

 

Category Contact Hours per Week Contact Hours per Semester (based on minimum 15 week semester)
Class 1 15
Laboratory 2- 3 30-45
Clinical 3-5 45-75
Practicum, Fieldwork 3 45
Internship 3-6 45-90
Co-op Variable by Dept. Variable by Dept.


Course Credit Hour Designation

One instructional hour is equal to 50 minutes. Next to each course is the course credit breakdown, shown in three numbers. The first number represents the number of lecture hours per week. The second number represents the number of lab, clinical, cooperative education, internship, or practicum hours per week. The third number represents the total number of credits.

Example:
BIOL1450L Anatomy and Physiology 3-2-4
PSYC1250L Introduction to Psychology 3-0-3 26

The academic instructional semester consists of no less than 15 weeks and no longer than 16 weeks or their equivalent including final exams. Courses that are delivered in alternate time schedules including summer semester (8 weeks, 12 weeks, etc.) will be shown the same as above, but will be scheduled to reflect the equivalency of the total number of hours. For example, PSYC1250L offered on an 8 week schedule would meet 6 hours per week and earn the same 3 credits.

Course Credit for Unit Instruction

Students who complete the competencies of a unit of a course may receive credit for the portion(s) successfully completed. For information about this process contact the student advisor. Note: Students required to take a three-credit (unit) course may not split units between two or more courses to satisfy one course requirement.

Residence Credit

Students seeking a degree at the college must earn a minimum of 16 semester hours from Lakes Region Community College. At least eight semester hours of the courses taken to meet the minimum residency requirements shall be advanced courses in the student’s major field of study or in appropriate advanced courses in related fields. Advanced courses are associate degree program courses listed in the first and second semesters of the second year, or in the second semester of the first year of one-year programs. Students seeking a professional certificate must complete a minimum of 9 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from Lakes Region CC. For a certificate, students must complete at least 6 credits or 25% of the credits, whichever is larger, from Lakes Region CC.

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Directed Study

Under certain circumstances a matriculated student may take a course in a semester when the course is not offered either during the day or evening. A directed study allows a matriculated student to pursue the published learning objectives/outcomes for a course independently under the guidance of a qualified faculty member. Students must be matriculated and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for a Directed Study. The student must demonstrate compelling reasons why the course could not be taken in a subsequent semester or was not taken in the semester when it was originally offered in the curriculum. Barring exceptional circ

Distance Learning

Distance Learning courses are offered in a 100% online environment using the Blackboard learning management system. Students work from home or office to complete the course content. All competencies and knowledge presented is the same as the student would experience in a classroom based course. A student may add a 100% online course up to the 27 official start date of the semester. Once the semester has started a student may add a 100% online course only with the permission of the instructor.

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Alternative Delivery

Alternative Delivery is anything other than the once or twice a week traditional classroom meeting. It includes 100% Online Learning or Distance Learning, hybrids, video conference, and other condensed formats. These methods offer flexibility in scheduling while placing more responsibility for learning on the student. Online Learning and hybrid courses are taught using the Blackboard learning management system. Students are recommended to take an online selfassessment and have basic computer skills before registering for a hybrid or Distance Learning course.

Independent Study

Opportunities for credit-bearing independent study are available to matriculated students who wish to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum but related to the student’s program. Independent study courses are not available to non-matriculated students. Students must be matriculated and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for an independent study. The intent of independent study is to expand a student’s learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Typically undertaken for one to three credits, independent studies may not be done in lieu of any course existing in the college catalog. Financial aid may not cover the cost of the independent study if it not need to meet graduation requirements.

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Graduation Requirements

The College has established minimum competencies that must be attained in each program. Students will be awarded upon completion of academic requirements and demonstration of the required competencies. To be eligible for graduation, students must:

1. Satisfactorily complete all requirements in their academic program
2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
3. Meet all obligations to the College, including payment of all tuition and fees
4. File the Intent to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office.

The student has the primary responsibility for ensuring that he/she meets degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements for graduation. The student should initiate at least one meeting with his/her faculty advisor each semester to ensure all the graduation requirements have or will be met by the intended time of graduation. Students receiving a professional certificate/certificate do not participate in the commencement ceremony.

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Transcripts

A student may request an official transcript (record of a student’s academic history) through the Registrar’s Office. All college obligations must be met, including student loan payments, outstanding tuition, payment of fines and library materials turned in before a transcript can be released. Transcripts are released in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) and will not be released to a third party, including parents and spouses, without written permission of the student. Transcripts can be requested through the Student Information System (SIS) or transcript request forms are available in the Registrar’s Office or on the college website. There is no charge for an official transcript; unofficial transcripts can be located on the Student Information System (SIS).

Students may obtain an unofficial copy of their transcript at any time using the
Student Information System.