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Core Requirement 2.7.1

The Institution offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. The institution provides a written justification and rationale for program equivalency. (Program Length)



Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) complies with this core requirement by offering a total of 35 associate degree programs that require students to complete at least 60 credit hours. The College adheres to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Curriculum Standards in setting minimum and maximum semester credit hours for degrees, diplomas, and certificates respectively.


Cape Fear Community College offers 31 Associate in Applied Science degree programs varying in length from 66 to 76 semester credit hours. Additionally, CFCC offers three college transfer degree programs with minimum degree completion requirements of 64 semester credit hours: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts; and an Associate in General Education, also with a minimum of 64 semester credit hours required.

As a member of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the College is required to conform to the minimum and maximum course lengths specified by the State Board of Community Colleges in the NCCCS Curriculum Standards for all of its curriculum programs. Curriculum standards for all CFCC programs of study are attached. (Programs of Study) Specific program length is published in the College’s Catalog and Student Handbook (CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook pg 103). In addition to the continual cognizance of faculty and staff regarding credit hour requirements and limitations, each program of study at CFCC is subjected to an extensive program review at least once every five years (Program Review Schedule), at which time the credit hours are audited to ensure adherence to the NCCCS Curriculum Standards (Program Review Process for Vocational and Technical Programs) (Program Review Process for College Transfer Programs).


Source Location

Programs of Study
Curriculum Standards links from NCCCS Website


CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook,
Business Administration (pg 103)


Program Review Schedule,

Hard copy maintained in the office of the
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Program Review process for
Vocational Technical Programs,

January 11, 2006
Program Review process for
College Transfer Programs,

January 11, 2006



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