EMCC Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Sep 29, 2023  
EMCC Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Information



Admissions

East Mississippi Community College ascribes to an “open admissions” policy consistent with all laws.

East Mississippi Community College embraces the philosophy that students be provided the opportunities for learning experiences (e.g., developmental courses, advising, and tutorial assistance) that will help them succeed in achieving their educational goals.

East Mississippi Community College may use relevant diagnostic instruments to determine the strengths and needs of students in order to assist in the selection of the most appropriate options to ensure student success.

All applicants are notified of their admission status via electronic responses as requested information is received in the Admissions Office. All applicants who have met admission requirements will be accepted to the College. General admission to EMCC does not guarantee admission to a specific program. Additional program requirements may be found by referring to the appropriate program in this catalog, by contacting the Advising Center, or Program Advisors.

Incoming transfer students must be immediately eligible to return to the college/university they previously attended, in order to be eligible for transfer to EMCC. The official college /university transcript showing student is not on suspension is proof. If transcript shows student is on academic suspension, then a letter from the college/university president/provost stating student is immediately eligible for return to their institution, will be required for EMCC admission.

Students who are attending EMCC as an EMCC athlete must provide official transcripts from all schools previously attended (high school, GED, and college/universities).

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Policy

If there is an applicant for admission with limited English proficiency, a qualified representative from East Mississippi Community College will assist the applicant in completing the necessary forms and assist in interpreting during the entire application and admission process, upon the request of the applicant.

Information on limited English proficiency submitted voluntarily by the applicant for the purpose of receiving assistance and accommodations during the entire application and admission process will not affect the applicant’s admission to the school. Once accepted for admission into the college, services to the person of limited English proficiency will be provided, at the student’s request.

Academic Emphases

Academic students are students who are taking classes that lead to the Associate of Arts degree. In general, academic students intend to transfer their work completed at EMCC to a College or University and have the work apply toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Applicants who feel that they may not meet ACT or other placement requirements are encouraged to seek advisement and placement in the spring or summer session prior to regular admission in the fall. The process for meeting admissions requirement to the College includes:

  1. Submit an electronic application for admission through the EMCC website.
  2. First time students must submit an official high school transcript reflecting an academic Mississippi High School Diploma from an accredited high school showing date of graduation and principal’s signature. Alternatively, the student could submit an official high school transcript showing twenty (20) acceptable high school units or submit an official GED transcript with satisfactory scores. If the high school transcript is from a school that is not accredited, the prospective student must present an official GED transcript with satisfactory scores or submit an ACT composite of 20 or higher.
  3. Home schooled students must submit an official transcript with a graduation date from a recognized school agency and signed by an official of that agency or an official transcript signed by a parent with a notarized sworn affidavit stating that the student’s record is accurate and complete. The transcript must show all courses completed, grades earned, and number of units. Course descriptions may be required.
  4. The ACT is recommended for all students because ACT scores are required for placement in math, English, some science classes, and some career/technical programs.
  5. All students must also meet placement requirements, including ACT scores (see ACADEMIC PLACEMENT in this catalog) and other requirements as specified by academic programs.
  6. Out of state students must meet the equivalent admission requirements outlined for Mississippi students.

Career/Technical Programs

Career/Technical students are students who are taking classes that lead to either: the two semester Career Certificate, the three semester Technical Certificate, or the Associate in Applied Science degree. This degree combines intensive technical training in a specific career with relevant academic courses and professional development. The Associate of Applied Science degree is traditionally structured for completion in four semesters by students who are academically prepared for college level work. For students who need developmental courses, a minimum of one additional semester may be needed for successful completion of a program of study. Career/technical education students who enroll at East Mississippi Community College are required to meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an electronic application for admission through the EMCC website.
  2. First time students must submit an official high school transcript reflecting an academic Mississippi High School Diploma from an accredited high school showing date of graduation and principal’s signature. Alternatively, the student could submit an official high school transcript showing twenty (20) acceptable high school units or submit an official GED transcript with satisfactory scores. If the high school transcript is from a school that is not accredited, the prospective student must present an official GED transcript with satisfactory scores or submit an ACT composite of 20 or higher.
  3. Home schooled students must submit an official transcript with a graduation date from a recognized school agency and signed by an official of that agency or an official transcript signed by a parent with a notarized sworn affidavit stating that the student’s record is accurate and complete. The transcript must show all courses completed, grades earned, and number of units. Course descriptions may be required
  4. The ACT is recommended for all students because ACT scores are required for placement in math, English, some science classes, and some career/technical programs.
  5. Students seeking admission to Career Education Programs must meet specific requirements as outlined in each program. For these requirements, see the appropriate program in this catalog or contact the Advising Center Advisors, Program Advisors, or Navigators.
  6. Students may be admitted to a Career/Technical program on a probationary basis at the discretion of the appropriate division Dean.
  7. Some Career/Technical Program ACT score requirements may be waived at the discretion of the appropriate division Dean.

Readmission of Former Students

A student who for any reason has remained out of college for two consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. An application together with official transcripts of all Colleges attended since last attending East Mississippi Community College must be provided to Admissions

For Career/Technical students that have a break in enrollment of a period of three years or greater, a technical demonstration and/or a theory validation may be required prior to readmission. Students will be admitted under the most recent curriculum.

A transient student (aka “guest student”) is a student who is enrolled at one University, and simultaneously taking classes at another College.

Transfer Credit

An applicant who has previously enrolled in any other College, University, or post-secondary institution must furnish the Registrar with official transcripts of all work previously earned and accepted. To be eligible for admission to East Mississippi Community College, the student must be eligible for immediate readmission to the College last attended. The official college/university transcript showing student is not on suspension is proof. If transcript shows a student is on academic suspension, then a letter from the college/university president/provost stating student is immediately eligible for return to their institution, will be required for EMCC admission. Up to forty-five (45) semester hours of academic courses and credit other than developmental or remedial can be accepted at full value as they correspond to the curriculum of East Mississippi Community College, provided they are earned at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. For purposes of determining accreditation status, the U.S. Department of Education database will be consulted. Transfer of technical and career education credits is evaluated on an individual basis by the various Career and Technical program advisors.

Transcripts from other Colleges for transfer students will be distributed to the appropriate individual for evaluation upon arrival. Once evaluated, the student will have access to the transfer credit via their LEO account.

Athletes

Students who are attending EMCC as an EMCC athlete must provide official transcripts from all schools previously attended such as high school, GED and college/universities.

Transient Student

Transient students must meet the same admission requirements as transfer students and must be eligible for immediate readmission to the College last attended. Transient students should secure permission from the Dean of the College to which they will return to assure that the earned credit will be accepted.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students who have been previously enrolled at EMCC as a dual enrollment student must reapply for admission upon high school graduation. Additionally, the final high school transcript must be provided to the EMCC Admissions Office.

Students attending high school and enrolled in high school courses may be admitted to and allowed to enroll in courses at East Mississippi Community College subject to the following admission requirements:

Admittance to the academic dual enrollment/dual credit program

Students may be admitted to the academic dual enrollment/dual credit program with the following criteria:

  1. A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses and with successful completion of 14 core high school units as listed and defined in Appendix B of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards

OR

  1. Students may also be admitted to the dual enrollment/dual credit program with a minimum of an overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses, and a minimum composite ACT score of 30 or the equivalent SAT score.

AND

  1. Each student seeking admission to this program must submit an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school principal or guidance counselor and obtain parent approval.

Admittance into the career and technical education program

Students may be admitted to the Career and Technical Education dual credit program with the following criteria:

  1. A minimum overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses and with a sophomore standing status

AND

  1. Each student seeking admission to this program must submit an unconditional written recommendation from either his/her high school principal, guidance counselor, or CTE instructor and obtain parent approval.

Academic Eligibility for Dual Enrolled Students

Students who are admitted are limited to the following:

  1. Twelve hours per semester without administrative approval; however, a student may take additional courses with approval from the academic dean of instruction on the Scooba or Golden Triangle campus.
  2. Unconditionally admitted students must maintain at least a 3.0 high school GPA and must maintain a 2.0 EMCC grade point average. Career-Technical dual-enrolled students must maintain at least a 2.0 high school GPA and must maintain a 2.0 EMCC grade point average.

Students may be admitted through Dual Enrollment who have not completed the fourteen (14) core high school units if they have a minimum ACT composite of thirty (30) or the equivalent SAT score or have the required Grade Point Average and/or recommendations described above. These conditions are subject to the approval of the Vice President for Instruction or his/her designee.

All dually-enrolled students must also meet placement requirements, including appropriate ACT scores for mathematics and English courses, and any other requirements as specified by academic and technical programs.

Additional varying costs apply to lab-based courses and distance learning courses.

Credit earned during Dual Enrollment periods is recorded on the College transcript and may be released to another institution or used for College graduation requirements only after students have received their high school diploma.

Once the student graduates from high school, the student must have the official high school transcript forwarded to EMCC admissions office showing proof of graduation. If this final/official high school transcript is not received at EMCC, a hold will be placed on the student’s record and no records will be released.

A qualified student may enroll in an unlimited number of dual enrolled courses. However, if the course is to be counted for secondary credit, a B average must be maintained during the first two (2) courses and all thereafter. High school students who are interested in program participation should contact the Office of Dual Enrollment at 662-476-5430.

Credit By Examination/Military

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) - The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to earn College credit by examination. By successfully completing CLEP subject tests, students may earn College credit. Credit is awarded for a scaled score of 50 or above on the subject tests. East Mississippi Community College is not a testing center for CLEP. Academic credits awarded through CLEP will carry a grade of “P” and will not be used in calculating GPA.

Advanced Placement - Credit will be awarded on scores of 3 or higher on AP examinations administered by the College Entrance Examinations Board. Academic credit earned through AP will carry a grade of “P” and will not be used in calculating GPA. See Academic Advisors for further information.

Military Experience - Credit may be earned for military experience as evaluated by the American Council on Education in its annual guides. Military credit must be directly related to specific courses taught by East Mississippi Community College and is limited to thirty (30) semester hours. A grade of “P” will be assigned to courses accepted.

Challenge Examination (Experiential Learning)

East Mississippi Community College believes it is important or recognizes that learning takes place both inside and outside of a formal classroom setting, especially industry and the military. In order to provide instructional credit for students who have previously mastered outcomes required in a given course, an Experiential Learning Policy has been developed to allow students an opportunity to pass a challenge examination on the subject matter being taught for which prior experiential learning has occurred, present a portfolio of work from on-the-job experience which covers the objectives of the class or present the national or state credential(s) directly related to the course objectives.

Experiential Learning Policies that have been adopted by EMCC include the following:

  • Students must earn a minimum of 25% of the certificate or degree plan from EMCC
  • Students will be assigned a grade of “P” upon successful completion/approval of one of the aforementioned experiential learning documentation options
  • Experiential Learning credit will not replace a failing grade in a class previously attempted
  • Students seeking experiential learning credit must begin this process during the application and registration time period in their freshmen, first semester
  • If a national or state credential has been identified to coincide with the course objectives by the Mississippi Community College Board, EMCC will accept that documentation as evidence of experiential learning
  • Experiential learning credit is at the discretion of the instructor and is not guaranteed
  • Experiential Learning credit may not transfer to another college; additionally, EMCC reserves the right to deny experiential learning transferred in from other colleges.
  • In order to receive Experiential Credit, the Challenge Examination must be administered in the appropriate Dean’s Office. If a lab component is required in the class, this portion of the test will be administered by the program advisor.
  • Challenge examinations shall be comprehensive in scope covering content taught in the entire course.

The process to received credit for Experiential Learning is as follows:

  1. The candidate for the Experience Learning option must be admitted to EMCC as a student.
  2. The candidate must have discussed his/her interest in using the Experiential Learning option with the appropriate faculty member and demonstrate to that faculty member’s satisfaction that he/she has mastered the subject matter in some prior learning environment.
  3. The candidate must complete an Experiential Learning Form.
  4. The request must be approved by the instructor and Vice President for Instruction or his designee BEFORE the examination is given.
  5. The total credit that may be earned by experiential credit for any individual program of study may not exceed 15 semester credit hours.
  6. Students may take apply for Experiential Learning at a cost of $25 per course, which is nonrefundable.
  7. Experiential Learning options are administered on pass-fail basis only.
  8. A minimum passing score on any challenge examination will be 80% mastery.
  9. Unsuccessful completion of a challenge exam will result in a student’s receiving no grade of any kind.
  10. Students may apply for experiential learning credit per class only one time.

Upon successful approval of the experiential learning by the appropriate dean, a grade of “P” will be assigned for the student.