Comprehensive Standards 3.5.2
The institution awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by that institution. (Educational Programs) Undergraduate Programs
Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with this comprehensive standard. CFCC’s graduation requirements clearly state that in order to be eligible for graduation, students who are seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate must earn at least 25 percent of their credit hour requirements at CFCC. The College distributes this information to students in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook.
The registrar and counselors follow strict guidelines when determining transfer credit for incoming students and graduation eligibility for current students. These guidelines are disseminated to students through the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook and the “Intent to Graduate” form. The CFCC registrar uses the “Graduation Readiness Summary” report to determine student eligibility for graduation.
Cape Fear Community College’s Requirements for Graduation state, “Students must earn a minimum of 25 percent of credit hour requirements at Cape Fear Community College.” The College applies this policy to degree, diploma, and certificate seeking students. This policy is available to all students in both the hard copy and online versions of the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Requirements for Graduation pg 20).
Counselors review incoming student transcripts and post transfer credit that applies to the student’s declared curriculum. Counselors are aware of the residency policy and are careful not to exceed the allowable limit of transfer credit for that curriculum. Transfer course policy information is available to all students in both the hard copy and online versions of the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (Admission of Transfer Students pg 4).
The Registrar, or designee, is responsible for the oversight, review, and enforcement of the minimum credit hour residency policy. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office one to two semesters prior to completing graduation requirements (Intent to Graduate). A Graduation Readiness Summary is generated for each student who applies for a degree, diploma or certification (Graduation Readiness Summary). The Registrar reviews the Graduation Readiness Summary to determine the program requirement completion status and the total number of credit hours completed at CFCC. Following the review, a letter is generated for each student detailing the courses needed to complete program requirements, computer competency, credit hour residency status, and overall GPA (Student Letter). Students are not considered to have met the minimum credit hour residency requirements until grades for applicable courses are received and posted on their transcript. Students not meeting the twenty-five percent credit hour residency requirement are not allowed to graduate until residency is met.