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Academic Information

Academic Degrees
The Board of Higher Education has statutory authority to confer Associate Degrees to individual community colleges. Upon recommendation of the faculty, those candidates who qualify may be awarded a degree of Associate in Arts (A.A.), the degree of Associate in Science (A.S.), or the degree of Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.).

A Certificate is awarded to students who complete at least 30 credits in a Board of Higher Education approved program.

Dean's List
Students who have earned a GPA of 3.40 or higher in a semester in which they have completed at least nine semester hours are considered candidates for the Dean's List. Students who have received an F or an I cannot be included on the Dean's List. However, students who make up work and whose “I” grades are changed by the professor may be added to the Dean's List for one full semester only.

Semester Hour
A semester hour is a unit of credit earned for attending and successfully completing a course during a given semester. A class that awards 3 semester hours represents 150 minutes of instructional time per week for 15 weeks with the expectation of at least two hours of additional work or the equivalent. Laboratory courses may carry additional credit hours, usually at the rate of one credit per two hour lab. Sixty or more semester hours (but not more than 70) are required for graduation from degree programs depending on the curriculum in which a student is enrolled. Certificate programs may require fewer semester hours.

Student Status
  • Freshmen are students who have completed fewer than thirty credits. Sophomores are students who have completed thirty or more credits.
  • Full-time students are those registered for at least twelve credits per semester.
  • Part-time students are those who register for fewer than twelve credits per semester.
  • Matriculating students are those who have been formally accepted in a program.
  • Non-degree students are those who are not in any academic program. A special student who is part time registers for courses on a space-available basis.

Change of Program
A student wishing to change one program for another must make an appointment with a Counselor in the Advisement & Counseling Center 508-588-9100 x1461on the Brockton Campus or 508-588-9100 x2117 on the Canton Campus, who will advise the student and answer questions regarding transferability of courses from the current to the new program. After completing a Change of Program form, the student returns the form to the Admissions Office for review and final decisions. Students who change and are accepted into new programs before October 15th (Fall semester) and March 15th (Spring semester) may apply the change to the current semester. Changes made after October 15th will apply the change to the upcoming Spring semester. Changes made after March 15th will apply to the upcoming Fall semester. NOTE: Students should be aware that changes in course and program requirements that take effect in the upcoming Fall semester will apply if the student changes programs after March 15th.

Modification of a Program
A student desiring to modify any program or vary from the stated academic policies should file the appropriate appeal with the Registrar's Office. Appeal forms are available at the Registrar's Office.

Special Studies
The intent of special studies is to provide: (1) an alternative method for completing catalog courses (Directed Study); and (2) an opportunity to explore subject matter not presently offered (Independent Study). Students wishing to take special studies must fill out the appropriate form with a faculty member who is willing to guide their studies. Limited to 2 courses per student (not including LATCH semester). Prerequisite: Approval of the Department and Assistant/Associate Dean.

Honors Program
An Honors course is any course of the College which is taught in an Honors format. This format involves a seminar style of teaching and learning, a high degree of student involvement in both class discussion and the presentation of reports, and ongoing consultations between student and instructor. Students admitted to a course on an Honors basis are usually recommended by one instructor of the department and, as a condition for entry, are interviewed by the instructor of the Honors course itself. Students may be asked to read course materials or texts before the first class of the course. Each course taken in an Honors format is so noted on the student's transcript.

Green Key
Green Key is an honorary activities society, established in 1968, designed to recognize the contributions made by students in the College and the wider community and to encourage involvement and participation in the life of the College. Although selection is primarily based on leadership, participation and unselfish contributions of one’s time, energy and ability, the student must also be making satisfactory progress in his or her academic pursuits. Membership in this organization represents the highest honor the College can bestow for outstanding leadership in both the College and the community.

Massasoit Community College is a fully participating member of the Southeastern Association for Cooperation in Higher Education in Massachusetts (SACHEM), a consortium of nine institutions of higher education in Southeastern Massachusetts whose purpose is to provide extended educational opportunities through cooperative programs and projects in a variety of educational and cultural endeavors. Of particular interest to students is the opportunity to enroll in selected courses at other SACHEM institutions at no additional cost.

The schools included in this consortium are:
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater
Bristol Community College, Fall River
Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable
Dean Junior College, Franklin Massachusetts
Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay
Massasoit Community College, Brockton
Stonehill College, North Easton
University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth
Wheaton College, Norton

Details of the "cross-registration'' program for those who are interested may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar

Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning is a procedure through which students may, with the approval of the College, receive academic credit for certain life and work experiences. This procedure calls for the interested student to petition the Office for Prior Learning in the Division of Faculty and Instruction. College credit will be awarded to qualified students through a process of assessment and documentation arranged through consultation between the CPL Office and appropriate faculty.

Students must pay for the assessment and any credit awarded. Students will not be permitted to apply for Part II of any skill oriented, sequential course until credit has been granted for Part I, e.g. typing, word processing, shorthand, etc. Call 508-588-9100 x1901. The Board of Higher Education has established new guidelines for Criminal Justice programs that were implemented as of January 2, 2004 stating that Criminal Justice students are not eligible for Credit for Prior Learning.

The tuition and fees are not refundable regardless of success or failure in the evaluation process.
For more information call ext.1901

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is a series of examinations designed to measure knowledge acquired through non-traditional methods of study. Students must receive a minimum score of 50 on each exam for credit, unless otherwise stated. CLEP examinations are currently accepted in the following areas: 

American Government: GOVT 105 American National Government
American Literature:ENGL 213 & 214 American Literature I & II
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature:  ENGL 102 English Composition II
Calculus: MATH 221 Calculus I
College Algebra:MATH 203 College Algebra
College Composition: ENGL 101 English Composition I
College Mathematics: MATH 121 & 122 Topics of Math I & II
English Literature:ENGL 201 & 202 English Literature I & II
Financial Accounting: ACCT 105 Financial Accounting I
French Language (score of 50-58):MLFR 101 & 102 Beginning French I & II
French Language (59 or higher):MLFR 101, 102, 201, 202 Begin & Interm French I & II
History of the United States I:HIST 103 US History I
History of the United States II:HIST 104 US History II
Humanities: ENGL 102 English Composition II & ENGL 198 Humanities
Introduction to Business Law: BUSN 201 Business Law I
Introductory Psychology: PSYC 101 General Psychology
Introductory Sociology: SOCI 104 Principles of Sociology
Precalculus: MATH 217 Precalculus
Principles of Management: BUSN 112 Prin of Management
Principles of Marketing:BUSN 120 Prin of Marking
Spanish Language (score of 50-62): MLSP 101 & 102 Beginning Spanish I & II
Spanish Language II (63 or higher):MLSP 101, 102, 201, 202 Begin & Interm Spanish I & II
Western Civilization IHIST 101 History of Western Civilization I
Western Civilization IIHIST 102 History of Western Civilization II

ACT PEP Tests for Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology will be accepted provided that the student receives a grade of 45 or better and demonstrates adequate laboratory experience as determined by the department on a case-by-case basis.

Challenge Examinations
The purpose of Challenge Examinations is to present the student with an opportunity to receive credit for knowledge in courses not evaluated by CLEP. This primarily means courses in career programs. Any student wishing to take Challenge Examinations should see the appropriate Department Chairperson.

Advanced Placement Exam
The College Board's Advanced Placement Exam is accepted for credit for courses in departments that have evaluated and approved the test. Massasoit does not give credit for high school AP courses; credit is granted for AP exam scores only. A minimum score of 3 is required for transfer of credit unless otherwise noted. AP exams are currently accepted in the following areas:

Biology (score of 4 or 5 only)BIOL 140 Introductory Biology
Calculus – ABMATH 221 Calculus I
Calculus – BC (score of 4 or 5 only)MATH 221 & 222 Calculus I & II
Chemistry (score of 4 or 5 only)CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
(Credit only granted once lab notebook is evaluated by faculty)
Computer Science – A (score of 4 or 5 only)CTIM 157 Intro Java Programming
Economics-MacroECON 201 Principles of Economics I
Economics-MicroECON 202 Principles of Economics II
English Language & CompENGL 101 & 102 English Composition I & II
English Literature & CompENGL 101 & 102 English Composition I & II
(Students who complete both English Language and Lit exams will ONLY receive 6 credits in transfer.)
European HistoryHIST 102 History of Western Civilization I
French Language & Culture (score of 3)MLFR 101 & 102 Beginning French I & II
French Language & Culture (score of 4)MLFR 101, 102, 201 Begin Fren I & II & Interm French II
French Language & Culture (score of 5)MLFR 101, 102, 201, 202 Begin Fren I & II & Interm French I & II
Government & Politics: USGOVT 105 American National Government
Human GeographyGEOG 201 Human Geography
Music TheoryMUSC 131 Music Theory I
Physics BPHYS 151 & PHYS 152 College Physics I & II
(Credit given only if lab notebook is provided.)
PsychologyPSYC 101 General Psychology
Spanish Language & Culture (score of 3)MLSP 101 & 102 Beginning Spanish I & II
Spanish Language & Culture (score of 4)MLSP 101, 102, 201 Begin Span I & II & Interm Span II
Spanish Language & Culture (score of 5)MLSP 101, 102, 201, 202 Begin Span I & II & Interm Span I & II
StatisticsMATH 131 Intro Statistics
US HistoryHIST 103 & 104 US History I & II
World HistoryHIST 101 & 102 History Western Civilization I & II

Academic Standing & Progress Towards a Degree
The cumulative GPA is the total of all Quality Points acquired divided by the total number of credits attempted. Students are considered to be in Good Standing if they maintain a cumulative GPA as indicated:

1.0 upon the completion of 1-15 total credits

1.6 upon the completion of 16-30 total credits

1.75 upon the completion of 31-45 total credits

2.0 upon the completion of over 45 total credits

Withdrawals, Incompletes, Passes, and Audits are not completed courses and, therefore, do not factor into the GPA.

The minimum cumulative GPA for graduation is 2.0. Students receiving financial aid are also required by government regulations to comply with additional standards. Please see Financial Aid Section.

Academic Probation
Students who are not in Good Standing will be placed on Academic Probation and are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor. The purpose in meeting with the counselor is to consider one or more of the following options:

  1. a reduction or change in the student’s intended course selection for the next probationary semester;
  2. a reduction or change in intended work plans for next semester;
  3. tutoring;
  4. academic assistance program, LATCH;
  5. a program of regular, periodic meetings with the student’s new instructors, counselor, and/or faculty advisor and
  6. career reassessment program.

After one semester of Academic Probation, the student will:

  1. be removed from Academic Probation if the cumulative grade point average is raised to or above that required for Good Standing.
  2. continue on Academic Probation if the probationary semester’s grade point average is 2.25 or above, but the cumulative grade point average stays below that required for Good Standing.
  3. Will have a status of Academic Deficiency if the semester’s GPA is below 2.25 and the cumulative GPA is below that required for Good Standing.

Academic Deficiency
The student has a number of alternatives when his/her academic status falls to Academic Deficiency:

  1. If applicable, the student may complete his/her incomplete course work and bring the academic record back into Good Standing before the beginning of the next semester.
  2. The student may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee. The Committee will consider alternatives and make recommendations to the Senior Vice President and Vice President of Faculty and Instruction.
  3. The student may request special academic counseling and planning with College counselors or developmental program staff who will consider alternatives and make recommendations to the Senior Vice President and Vice President of Faculty and Instruction.
  4. If no action is taken within the identified timeframe, the student remains in deficiency status and in a non-degree program for one academic semester. After one academic semester, a student may apply for readmission to a degree program.