Arapahoe Community College

2014-2015 Catalog

Credit Completion Progress Standard

Credit Completion Progress standards apply to all students who have attempted 9 or more credits at ACC, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. ACC will determine Credit Completion Progress standards following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on Warning 1, Warning 2 or Warning 3 will be notified of their status (which may include notification via myACC). The Credit Completion Progress status of a student is specific to ACC and does not impact a student’s enrollment at other CCCS colleges.


Credit Completion Progress: Will include all credit bearing classes (developmental and college level) will be used to calculate the percent of attempted credits passed. This includes summer term courses.

Only courses taken “in residence” will be used for this calculation; “In residence” means taken at the students home institution. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The credit completion rate for this procedure will not necessarily match those used for financial aid purposes or athletic eligibility.

Grades considered to be passing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: A, B, C, D, S/A, S/B, S/C, and S.

Grades considered to be failing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: I, F, U/D, U/F, W, and AW.

Course Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the total attempted credits by the number of credits successfully completed as per the definitions above.

Practice Standards

Initial Standing

Student has attempted fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours will not be assessed for credit completion.

Good Standing

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of at least 50%.

Warning 1

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the first time.

Warning 2

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the second time.

Warning (Continued)

If a student on Credit Completion Probation passes 50% or more of their attempted term credits, but fails to raise their cumulative completion rate to 50%, they will be allowed to continue the next term, but will remain on Credit Completion Probation.

Warning 3

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the third time.

Warning Rules

  • Students on Warning 1 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will be given information on resources, best practices, etc.
  • Students on Warning 2 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion hold (which will impact registration) placed on their student account at ACC. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an advisor.
  • Students on Warning 3 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion hold (which will impact registration) placed on their student account at ACC. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an advisor. The college reserves the right to limit the number of credit hours that the student may take when a student is on Warning 3 status.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students may be able to earn credit for their non-college or experience-based learning attained outside the sponsorship of accredited postsecondary education institutions. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) includes learning acquired from work and life experiences; correspondence and extension courses; individual study and reading; civic, community and volunteer work; and participation in formal courses and in-service training sponsored by associations, business, government and industry. CPL is not awarded for experience but for college-level learning, which entails knowledge, skills and competencies that you obtained as a result of prior learning experiences. ACC may award a maximum of 50% of credit requirements toward a degree or certificate (maximum of 25% may be used for Portfolio method) for prior learning.

Prior learning credit will be awarded only to courses listed in the ACC Catalog and that are required for their declared degree or certificate program. No letter grade is assigned for prior learning credits. Students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour at ACC to seek CPL. Credits granted through prior learning are not eligible for financial aid or veterans’ education benefits. CPL may not be applied to courses in the core general education curriculum for the purpose of determining whether the core curriculum has been completed and the transcript should be stamped "core program completed."

A maximum of fifty percent of degree requirements may be earned through a combination of the following four methods available for awarding Credit for Prior Learning: Standardized Tests, Institutional Challenge Examinations, Industry Certifications, Published Guides and Portfolios.

National standardized placement tests such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP), both general and subject examinations; Advanced Placement Program (AP); Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support program (DANTES); Regents College Exams; and other nationally recognized testing, training, licensing or certification programs will be used to assess levels of knowledge, skills and competencies. The institutional copy of official scores from the national standardized placement test must be submitted directly from the issuing organization to the Admissions and Records Office at ACC; hand-delivered copies of the score reports from the student (even those in sealed envelopes) will not be accepted for official transfer credit evaluation purposes.

Institutional Challenge Examinations such as objective tests, essays and oral, hands-on or simulated demonstrations may be used to evaluate the competency of students in specific courses. Institutional examinations are the equivalent of the comprehensive final examination for the courses challenged.

Experience in the Armed Forces or Industrial and Corporate Training programs may transfer in as credit after it has been evaluated through published guides.

Learning which has been acquired through work and life experiences must be substantiated through a formal portfolio assessment program. The learning must be demonstrable, must have both a theoretical and an applied component and must be college level, currently applicable and the equivalent of a specific course to the student’s certificate or degree requirements.

For more information about credit for prior learning options, call the Graduation Coordinator at 303.797.5630, or visit

Students who wish to use credits awarded through Credit for Prior Learning, to fulfill specific course requirements are responsible for consulting with the institution to which they are considering transferring to determine whether the credits they have been awarded by exam meet the standards of the receiving institution for specific course equivalents.

Grade Corrections

  • Grades are not grievable.
  • If you find omissions or errors in your grade report, ask the Admissions and Records Office to review the record.
  • If you find a computational error or you wish to have an I (Incomplete) converted to a letter grade, notify your Instructor of the appropriate department.
  • All requests to review errors must be filed within one year from the end of the course; requests made after one year will not be considered.

Grade Point Average

  1. Grade Point Average Calculation
  2. Grade points indicate the achievement for the number of credits completed. To calculate a grade point average, multiply the course credits by the grade points for the grade earned. Total the course credits and total the grade points. Divide the total grade points by the total course credits. The result is your GPA.













  1. Only the credits and grade points you earn at ACC will be used to compute the semester and cumulative GPA appearing on your ACC transcript.
  2. Grades awarded for developmental courses (courses numbered under 100) will not be included in a student’s grade point average. Grading for developmental courses will utilize the Developmental grade mode (S/A, S/B, S/C, U/D, U/F). The credits will count toward earned and attempted credits. GPA’s for term recognition such as President’s List and Dean’s List will not include developmental courses in the calculation.

Grade Reports

Grades will be available to students after grades are posted at the end of each semester. Students may access their grades online at by accessing myACC.

Grades & VA Benefits

Grades and Veteran Benefits

If a student is eligible to receive veteran educational benefits, they must make sufficient academic progress to retain their full educational benefits. Their cumulative GPA will be computed by their A, B, C, D, F and S grades. Grades of "I" or "U" are reported to the VA Regional Office as non-punitive grades. The VA may deny some of a student's benefits for the semester they received an "I" or "U" grade, unless those grades are corrected by the end of the next regular semester. Under "mitigating circumstances," a student may appeal this decision.

Grades of "W" are also reported to the VA Office and include the date of withdrawal. Once again, a student may be denied some of their benefits, unless their mitigating circumstances are accepted by the VA.

VA students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA each semester or risk being placed on probation. Those who do not improve their grades by the end of the next semester may be subject to suspension of their benefits.

If a student's benefits are suspended, they may reinstate them by 1) undertaking academic progress counseling with Advising, or 2) completing a semester of credit hours equal to or greater than the hours they were taking in the semester their benefits were terminated. The VA will certify payment if the student's cumulative GPA for the semester is 2.0 or above.

Veterans are not awarded benefits for courses assigned an "AU" (Audit) designation or for credit awarded through prior learning (i.e. portfolio, challenge, etc.).

Students are responsible for keeping the Veteran Services Coordinator (Room M1605) informed of any changes in their enrollment status, address and/or phone number while attending ACC. Students must make sure that the classes they are registered for apply toward their degree. Failure to do so may affect payment of the student's monthly benefits.

Grading Systems

The Admissions and Records Office keeps a permanent academic record of a student's college progress.

Letter Grades

We use a grading system to evaluate the level of a student's academic achievement. The following grades are awarded for each course and entered on a student's academic record.




Above Average Achievement




Deficient, but passing






Satisfactory Completion


Unsatisfactory Completion




Satisfactory (A-level) work in a developmental course


Satisfactory (B-level) work in a developmental course


Satisfactory (C-level) work in a developmental course


Unsatisfactory (D-level) work in a developmental course


Unsatisfactory (F-level) work in a developmental course

These symbols may also appear on a student's academic records, but they are not awarded by an Instructor:




Administrative Withdrawal.


Conversion – No Grade


Credit for Prior Learning




Placeholder – Satisfactory Progress


Placeholder – Grade not yet reported

Guidelines for Grades and Symbols

ACC faculty use the following guidelines to establish grading criteria. They may be applied differently according to program requirements.

Grade A – Superior

The student has demonstrated superior mastery of achievement of course objectives.

Grade B – Above Average Achievement

The student has demonstrated better-than-acceptable mastery of the course objectives and/or additional objectives.

Grade C – Average

The student has demonstrated acceptable mastery or achievement of the course objectives.

Grade D – Deficient but Passing Grade

The student has demonstrated less-than-acceptable mastery or achievement of course objectives. In some programs it may be necessary to repeat the course in order to advance, as D-level achievement is not satisfactory for advancement in the same or related studies. Credit may not transfer.

Grade F – Failure

The student remained enrolled in the course but has not demonstrated achievement of course objectives.

I – Incomplete

An incomplete may be given to students who, because of illness or circumstances beyond their control, are unable to complete their coursework within the semester. An Incomplete is given only if the student has completed at least 75% of the term with a "C" or better and has provided evidence to the Instructor that they are unable to continue.

A faculty member enters the Incomplete online, along with the incomplete final grade and extension date. The student can view the assigned Incomplete Final Grade and Extension Date on the unofficial transcript, available via myACC.

  • Incomplete Final Grade is the grade the student will earn if they submit no additional work.
  • Extension Date is the maximum amount of time that a student has to complete the course requirements (not to exceed the end of the semester following the one in which the Incomplete was earned).

The faculty emails the student at their student email address confirming that the Incomplete grade has been posted, what work the student needs to complete, and the Extension Date for the work to be completed. This email serves as the contract between the faculty and student for the Incomplete and must detail:

  • Work that the student must submit to complete the course.
  • The time period in which the work must be completed (not to exceed the following semester – Summer excluded), and
  • The grade to be assigned if the work is not completed. The grade assigned by the Instructor will be posted on the transcript and the "I" removed if the work is not completed in the time period established on the form.
  • To remove an Incomplete and have it replaced with a grade, following the successful completion of the course requirements; the faculty must submit a Removal of Incomplete form to the Admissions & Records Office.

AU – Audit

Some students prefer to "audit" a course for self-enrichment or review without earning a grade or college credit. You can request to audit by submitting the Course Audit Request Form to Information Central by the census (add / drop) date for the course.

Courses taken by audit are not eligible for the College Opportunity Fund, financial aid or veterans’ educational benefits.

AW – Administrative Withdrawal

College administration withdrew the student from these courses. These courses are not calculated in hours completed or GPA.

SP – Placeholder - Satisfactory Progress

This symbol is used in limited situations. If the course is not completed by the date it should end, a grade of ‘F’ will be posted.

W – Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a class after the Census Date and prior to the Withdrawal Deadline (which occurs at 80 percent of the class term); students may withdraw online by accessing myACC or by contacting the Admissions & Records Office. Students may view the withdrawal deadline for their course(s) by accessing their Detailed Schedule available via myACC. Once withdrawn from a course, the student may not be re-registered back into the same section of that course during that semester. The class will still appear on the student's transcript along with a "W" grade. However, a "W" will not affect the student's credit or cumulative GPA. Students who do not officially withdraw by the deadline date will be graded by the Instructor. A "W" cannot be submitted by a faculty member as a final grade.

The College may initiate withdrawal in some instances. If a student withdraws from a course and has an unpaid balance, the student remains obligated to pay the outstanding balance. Unpaid balances are sent to collections and a collection fee is assessed.

Z – Placeholder - Grade not yet reported

No grade has been submitted by Instructor. Should a grade not be submitted by the end of the next term, a grade of ‘F’ will be posted.


A student may utilize DegreeCheck, available via myACC, to monitor progress toward earning their degree or certificate; students can informally check on their degree/certificate through the Office of Advising. ACC may chose to confer degrees and certificates for students whom we have identified as having completed all program requirements; however, this automatic conferral is not guaranteed and each student is ultimately responsible for applying for graduation.

Occasionally, degree requirements change. Students may be allowed to go by the requirements listed in any Catalog published while they were a student, with the following conditions and exceptions:

  • Catalog must contain their program
  • Catalogs cannot be combined (e.g., some requirements from one catalog may not be combined with some requirements from another catalog)
  • If a student has not attended ACC for three (3) consecutive semesters or more, they must reapply for admission and may only select from Catalogs in effect after their re-admittance
  • Catalog may not be more than six academic years old at the time of graduation.
  • Programs that are selective admission or pre-professional may have more restrictive catalog year requirements and may limit the catalogs from which a student may choose for graduation requirements. Unless otherwise stated by the Department Chair, students must go by the requirements listed in the catalog for the academic year in which they were officially accepted in the degree / certificate program.

To obtain a degree or certificate from ACC, a student must:

  1. File an application for graduation, available online at Deadline Dates are: Summer Semester - June 30; Fall Semester - October 31; Spring Semester - March 15
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in coursework applicable to the degree or certificate. Some programs also have minimum "C" grade requirements for certain courses or all courses in that degree and / or certificate program.
  3. Fulfill the published course and program requirements applicable to their degree or certificate.
  4. If Physical Education is a requirement for a student's degree, they may also meet this requirement through active military service. Credit will be awarded as recommended by the ACE guide. This requirement may also be substituted, if:
    1. A student submits a medical exemption from their physician, chiropractor or podiatrist to the Admissions and Records Office
    2. A student is 35 years of age or older at the time of their most recent admission to the College, unless specifically required by their program
    3. If they are using a Catalog for their graduation requirements that was in effect before their 35th birthday, they must satisfy the physical education requirement (if this requirement is to be substituted, the student must complete the appropriate credit to substitute for physical education).
  5. Fulfill published degree or certificate residency requirements in any of the following ways:
    1. Complete all program requirements at ACC or
    2. Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours required for the degree at ACC*.
    3. Complete a minimum of 25% of credits required for the certificate at ACC*.
    4. *Certain degree and certificate programs may have more restrictive residency and / or transfer credit requirements.

If a student wishes to enroll in additional courses at ACC after they graduate from their declared program of study, they will need to declare a new program.

Special Graduation Considerations

  1. Arapahoe Procedure 9-9 governs the awarding of multiple degrees. Before beginning a second degree, please request a copy of the rocedure from the Graduation Coordinator.
  2. Content in a course may change as new information or technology becomes available. Some changes are so critical that dated courses may no longer satisfy current requirements for the degree or certificate. Courses taken within the six year Catalog limit will not be subject to this review unless otherwise specified in the Catalog by the department.
  3. Students should refer to the appropriate sections of this Catalog for specific requirements and limitations related to:
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • ROTC Credit
  • Developmental Studies Courses

Graduation Checklist

When you complete your degree and/or certificate requirements, you may receive your diploma(s) in the semester in which you satisfy the requirements, provided you complete the graduation application process below.

A full semester before you intend to graduate (no later than the application deadline listed above):



View your DegreeCheck program audit available online via myACC to ensure all requirements are completed or in progress.



Complete and submit a Graduation Application online at



Verify your address on file with ACC by logging into myACC or by calling the Admissions and Records Office at 303.797.5621.



Expect an e-mail, sent to your student e-mail account, from the Graduation Coordinator officially informing you of your remaining requirements.



Initiate any Course Substitution Petitions.



If qualified and interested, join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Commencement Ceremony:

Students are encouraged to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony held each May. Students must indicate their interest in participating in the Commencement Ceremony on the Graduation Application.

ACC graduation and commencement are two separate events. Graduation is the actual conferral of degrees/certificates and the mailing of diplomas. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates graduation.

Graduation Survey

After you complete all of your degree or certificate requirements, and your degree or certificate has been conferred, you will be sent an email from the Graduation Coordinator asking you to complete the Graduation Survey. Once you complete this Survey, please reply to the Graduation Coordinator confirming that you have completed the Survey and we will be happy to mail your diploma to you.

During the following Spring Semester (in which you intend to walk at Commencement):



Update your contact information (mail, email, telephone) with the ACC if necessary.



Summer, Fall and Spring semester graduating students who indicated on their graduation application that they were interested in participating in the commencement ceremony, should expect to receive detailed ceremony information at their student e-mail address by the second week of March. If you do not receive information by the third week of March, contact the Graduation Coordinator at 303.797.5630.



The annual commencement ceremony will be at Orchard Road Christian Center with unlimited guest seating. The ceremony date is listed on the Academic Calendar, which is available at



Purchase your cap, gown and tassel for the ceremony from the Bookstore on the date(s) published in the ceremony information packet.



Expect to receive additional information at your student e-mail address by the end of April with instructions for the day of the ceremony. If you do not receive an e-mail, call the Graduation Coordinator at 303.797.5630.

Within 6 weeks after the Ceremony:



Expect to receive a proof of your graduation photo and order form from the photographer so you may place an order. If you do not receive this after six weeks, and you want to see your photo, contact the photographer listed in your information packet.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career at the home institution. The honors are awarded to students who complete the requirements for an Associate Degree and earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average at the institution. Only college level courses completed at the institution will be included in the GPA calculation. Students must earn 30 degree-applicable credit hours in residence at ACC to be eligible for graduation honors. The three levels of recognition are defined as follows and will be posted on the student’s transcript.

CUM LAUDE ("with honor"):

3.50 to 3.749 Cumulative GPA

MAGNA CUM LAUDE ("with great honor"):

3.75 to 3.99 Cumulative GPA

SUMMA CUM LAUDE ("with highest honor"):

4.00 Cumulative GPA

Repeat Courses

Students will be limited in the number of times that they can take the same course; however, certain courses are exempt from the repeat course procedure due to the nature/offering of the course.

If a student has taken a course twice or more and attempts to register for the course an additional time, the student will not be able to register for that particular course until an action plan is created and approval granted by the Director of Advising. Please note that the student is able to register for other courses without needing an action plan or approval as per college rules and regulations.

If the Director of Advising does not feel that the registration is warranted, the student may appeal via the Repeat Course appeal policy.

If a student has taken a course three times and wants to register for the course a fourth time, the student must appeal via the Repeat Course appeal policy.

All records of the repeated course(s) and grades will remain on your transcript; a new grade will be recorded under the following guidelines:

  1. If you complete the repeat of a course after June 1, 1987 and before August 27, 2006, you can request that the original course and grade have a notation under the course title which reads "Repeat (excluded from GPA)." If you do not make this request, all instances of the course will remain on the transcript and be calculated into the GPA. For graduation purposes, a course will only count once within any single degree or certificate program and will be "flagged" as repeated during the degree check process.
  2. If you repeat a course beginning Fall semester, 2006, the highest grade will be used in the GPA calculation. There will be no limitations on course grades that are eligible to repeat.
  3. All credit hours earned for initial and repeated courses will be deducted from students remaining College Opportunity Fund Stipend eligible hours.

Repeated courses may be applied only one time to a certificate or degree, except for variable credit courses and other designated courses, such as Special topics.

Make your request to have the previous instance of a course flagged as a repeat by submitting the Repeat / Exclude from GPA form, available online at

Student Bill of Rights

The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:

  • A quality general education experience that develops competencies in reading, writing, mathematics, technology and critical thinking through an integrated arts and science experience.
  • Students should be able to complete their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
  • A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
  • Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees.
  • Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
  • Students, upon successful completion of core general education courses, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education.
  • Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the student’s graduation requirements.

A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.

Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities

Through its procedures, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) ensures the rights of all its students to pursue their educational objectives. The ACC community includes students who are enrolled in ACC courses for credit or non-credit courses, including Community Education courses. The ACC community also includes faculty, staff, administrators and guests.

A student is subject to two sources of authority: College authority and civil-criminal authority. ACC also expects students who are enrolled in specialized programs to follow the standards specified in their respective program handbooks (e.g., Nursing, Law Enforcement Academy and Emergency Medical Technician).

Judicial processes, including code of conduct, academic honesty statement and grievance procedures are stated in the ACC Student Handbook. The Handbook is available in the Student Affairs Office, Room M2820 or at . For answers to specific questions, contact the Director of Student Affairs and Support Services.

Term Academic Honors

If a student complete a minimum of 12 credits during the semester they can achieve honors designations on their transcripts as follows:

President’s List – 4.0 term GPA

Vice President’s List – 3.75 to 3.99 term GPA

Dean’s List – 3.5 to 3.74 term GPA

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