2013-2014 Catalog 
    
    Jun 25, 2019  
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Registration


Admissions
Registration

 Admission Application

New students and students returning after more than a one-year absence will need to complete the online admission form. An admissions application may be submitted electronically to the designated campus you wish to attend. In addition, proof of residency documents must be completed and submitted to the local campus prior to registration. For additional information regarding admissions and access to related documents, please visit the Admissions webpage.

All new students must provide evidence of U.S. citizenship/lawful immigration status in order to be considered for in-state or Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)  tuition rates or any Arizona state-based financial aid. Students who do not provide this information will be considered out-of-state for tuition rate purposes, even if they meet Arizona state residency requirements.

Students interested in enrolling in state grant supported classes for the General Education Development (GED®)  program, the English Language Acquisition (ELA)  program, or the Adult Basic Education (ABE)  classes must provide proof of U.S. citizenship/lawful immigration status before they can be enrolled in these courses.

**To help make college more affordable, interested students may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the application, please use the MCC School Code: 011864. Graduation from an accredited high school or completion of GED is required for federal financial aid. For additional information regarding financial aid and related resources, please visit the Financial Aid webpage. 


Residency Requirements

Any questions or concerns regarding in-state residency status may be directed to Enrollment Management Services Office. Students who are not considered in-state residents will be assessed out-of-state or Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)  tuition and fees when registering for classes. Residency requirements are established by state statutes (ARS §15-1801-15-1807) and the Mohave Community College Governing Board.

Arizona Law (ARS §15-1801) Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. “Armed Forces of the United States” means the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Services, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Guard and any military reserve unit of any branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  2. Continuous attendance” means enrollment at an educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of the educational institution, for a normal academic year since the beginning of the period for which continuous attendance is claimed. Such person need not attend summer sessions or any other intersession beyond the normal academic year in order to maintain continuous attendance.
  3. “Domicile” means a person’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where s/he intends to remain and to which s/he expects to return when s/he leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
  4. “Emancipated person” means a person who is neither under a legal duty of service to his parent nor entitled to the support of such parent under the laws of this state.
  5. “Parent” means a person’s father or mother, or if one parent has custody, that parent, or if there is no surviving parent or the whereabouts of the parents are unknown, then a guardian of an unemancipated person if there are not circumstances indicating that such guardianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of an in-state student on such unemancipated person.
Arizona Law (ARS §15-1802) In-State Student Status
  1. Except as otherwise provided in this article, no person having a domicile elsewhere than in this state is eligible for classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  2. A person is not entitled to classification as an in-state student until the person is domiciled in this state for one year, except that a person whose domicile is in this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the person meets one of the following requirements:
    1. The person’s parent’s domicile is in this state and the parent is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes.
    2. The person is an employee of an employer that transferred the person to this state for employment purposes or the person is the spouse of such an employee.
    3. The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis or is employed as a full-time noncertified classroom aide at a school within that school district. For the purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the state board of education to teach in a school district in this state. No member of the person’s family is eligible for classification as an in-state student if the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this paragraph, unless the family member is otherwise eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this section.
    4. The person’s spouse has established domicile in this state for at least one year and has demonstrated intent and financial independence and is entitled to claim the student as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes or the person’s spouse was temporarily out of state for educational purposes, but maintained a domicile in this state. If the person is a noncitizen, the person must be in an eligible visa status pursuant to federal law to classify as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  3. The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of the person’s parent.
  4. Any unemancipated person who remains in this state when the person’s parent, who had been domiciled in this state, removes from this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student until attainment of the degree for which currently enrolled, as long as the person maintains continuous attendance.
  5. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or who is the spouse or a dependent child as defined in section 43-1001 of a person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student. A spouse or a dependent child does not lose in-state student classification under this subsection if the spouse or dependent child qualifies for in-state tuition classification at the time the spouse or dependent child is accepted for admission to a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board or a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents. The student, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification.
  6. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or the spouse or a dependent as defined in section 43-1001 of a member of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the member of the armed forces has claimed this state as the person’s state of legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months before the member of the armed forces, spouse or dependent enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board. For the purposes of this subsection, the requirement that a person be domiciled in this state for one year before enrollment to qualify for instate student classification does not apply.
  7. A person who is honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student on honorable discharge from the armed forces and, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the person has met all of the following requirements:
    1. Declared Arizona as the person’s legal residence with the person’s branch of service at least one year prior to discharge from the armed forces.
    2. Demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona which, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
      1. An Arizona driver license.
      2. Arizona motor vehicle registration.
      3. Employment history in Arizona.
      4. Arizona voter registration.
      5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.
      6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.
      7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.
    3. Filed an Arizona income tax return with the department of revenue during the previous tax year.
  8. A person who is a member of an Indian tribe recognized by the United States department of the interior whose reservation land lies in this state and extends into another state and who is a resident of the reservation is entitled to classification as an in-state student.
Arizona Law (ARS §15-1804) Presumptions relating to student status; definition
  1. Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the registering authority of the community college or university at which a student is registering, it shall be presumed that:
    1. No emancipated person has established a domicile in this state while attending any educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such status is defined by subsection B for community college students or as defined by the Arizona board of regents for university students, in the absence of a clear demonstration to the contrary.
    2. Once established, a domicile is not lost by mere absence unaccompanied by intention to establish a new domicile.
    3. A person who has been domiciled in this state immediately prior to becoming a member of the armed forces of the United States shall not lose instate status by reason of such person’s presence in any other state or country while a member of the armed forces of the United States.
  2. For the purposes of this section, “full-time student” means a community college student who registers for at least twelve semester hours per semester at a community college in this state.
Arizona Law (ARS §15-1805.01) Admissions; enrollments; community colleges
  1. Admissions to the community colleges in this state may be granted to any person who meets any one of the following criteria:
    1. Is a graduate of a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a state board of education or other appropriate state educational agency. 
    2. Has a high school certificate of equivalency.
    3. Is at least eighteen years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.
    4. Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
  2. Each community college district shall adopt policies regarding the admission of students under eighteen years of age that include, at a minimum, student completion of course prerequisites and the following requirements:
    1. Admission to the community colleges in this state shall be granted to any student who is under eighteen years of age and who achieves one of the following:
      1. A composite score of 93 or more on the preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
      2. A composite score of 930 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
      3. A composite score of 22 or more on the American College Test.
      4. A passing score on the relevant portions of the Arizona instrument to measure standards test.
      5. The completion of a college placement test designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.
      6. Is a graduate of a private or public high school or has a high school certificate of equivalency.
    2. A community college may limit the number of semester hours in which the student may enroll to not more than six credit hours.
    3. Home schooled students are exempt from this subsection.
  3. Students who enroll in vocational courses may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials if the student meets the established requirements of the courses for which the student enrolls and the college officials determine that the student’s admission is in the best interest of the student.

 Western Undergraduate Exchange

Mohave Community College participates in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition program. Students who may request this tuition rate must be:

  1. Residents of eligible states, or
  2. Students who have not met Arizona residency requirements and have most recently lived in an eligible state.

Eligible states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Technology, course, and laboratory fees are the same as for in-state students. All certificates are eligible for the WUE rate if the student is a resident of an eligible state. The tuition rate for these courses is $312 per credit hour. MCC excludes Allied Health courses with the following prefixes from the WUE rate: CHD, DEH, EMS, NUR, PTA, RAD, and SGT. Out-of-state-students in these programs must pay out-of-state tuition. Full-time enrollment under WUE status does not count toward establishing Arizona residency for tuition purposes; see Residency Requirements .


 International Students

Mohave Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, non-citizen students who wish to attend MCC on an F-1 student visa. All required documentation must be received by the appropriate deadlines in order for a student with an F-1 student visa to be considered for admission into MCC. Acceptance into specific MCC programs does not constitute acceptance into MCC under the F-1 student visa status. This designation comes only from the Office of the Registrar. For more information and a listing of required documentation and deadlines, interested persons must send a written request to:

F-1 Student Visa Information
Office of the Registrar
Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Avenue
Kingman, AZ 86409


Testing and Assessment

All first-time students must complete the COMPASS/ASSET assessment for placement in reading, writing, and math. The assessment screening diagnoses students’ readiness for college courses, especially those that require minimum skill levels in reading, English composition, or mathematics. Scores are valid for two years from the date of the most recent assessment. Assessment screening and a follow-up session with a student services specialist provide students with complete information about their academic standing and the various MCC programs available. To view the criteria for placement following assessment, refer to the Assessment for Placement  table.

COMPASS is a computer adaptive test designed to assess a student’s math, English, and reading skills. This test is given to students who have not taken the ACT or SAT; however, students who are dissatisfied with their ACT/SAT scores may also take the test. COMPASS was designed for those with little or no computer experience. All students testing on COMPASS will be given a mouse tutorial if they choose. Students may practice for the assessment screening on an ACT/COMPASS webpage. Students may also download the Testing Services document as an additional resource for preparation.

Students may retest once per subject per semester. A student who desires to take the retest may do so after first discussing the matter with the local assessment coordinator, student services specialist, or admissions counselor. The scores on the subsequent retest are recorded and the highest score received, within a period of two years, is used.

Note: All MCC credit courses have prerequisites or require an appropriate score on the assessment screening; all 100-level courses with a prerequisite of PCS 021  require a minimum COMPASS reading score of 74 and all 100-level courses with no prerequisite require a minimum COMPASS reading score of 70.

Transfer students must submit an official transcript of prior credit earned at another college or university or complete an assessment for placement. Assessment screening may be waived for the following reasons:

  • Students who enroll for a core curriculum course and provide a student services specialist with a transcript or diploma that shows completion of an accredited associate’s degree (or higher) at the time of registration.
  • Transfer students who provide current COMPASS or ASSET assessment screening results.
  • Transfer students whose official transcripts list the equivalent English or math courses with a grade of ‘‘C’’ or better.
  • Students who have the appropriate ACT/SAT score for English and math.

Each campus at Mohave Community College has an assessment center where students can take the COMPASS placement and any other assessments assigned by individual programs. For further information concerning assessment MCC’s assessment policy, see the MCC Student Handbook or Testing Services. For the cost of COMPASS/ASSET testing, see the complete list of fees .


College Readiness Courses

Precollege Studies (PCS)

MCC’s Precollege Studies (PCS) program enables students to improve their academic and language skills prior to enrolling in college courses. Enrollment into Precollege Studies classes is based on scores received on the assessment placement screening. To enroll, a student must attend an orientation class, be at least 16 years old, not be currently enrolled in another secondary school program, provide proof of legal residency, and provide scores from COMPASS Testing (high school graduates only) indicating the need for PCS classes. If the student’s scores indicate the need for academic development, the student will receive a report which identifies specific skills requiring attention.

The Precollege Studies program offers several opportunities for students, including English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELA), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Education Development (GED). For additional information and related resources, visit the College Prep Courses webpage or call MCC Connect .

English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELA)

ELA courses are designed for students whose native language is not English. To be eligible, a student must be at least 16 years old, not currently enrolled in any other secondary school program, and able to provide proof of legal residency. Students must enroll in and complete ELA 029 , an orientation for diagnostic screening and placement. This course provides placement into courses which are designed to lead to improved skills in listening, speaking, reading, and language arts. Depending on placement, students will be enrolled in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes. In each course, students will be post-tested to determine if they are prepared to move to the next level.

If a student is returning after an absence of more than two semesters, the orientation and TABE CLAS E must be retaken.

ELA classes are only offered at the Bullhead City and Kingman campuses. For additional information and related resources, visit the College Prep Courses webpage or call MCC Connect .

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

ABE courses are designed for students who need more intensive academic preparation for college. ABE classes are offered at each campus during both day and evening hours. Classes are designed to meet a variety of student learning styles with a focus on providing a quality academic foundation.

To enroll, a student must attend an orientation class, be at least 16 years old, not be currently enrolled in another secondary school program, provide proof of legal residency, and provide scores from COMPASS testing (high school graduates only) indicating the need for PCS classes.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a state-mandated requirement for taking a non-ELA ABE grant-funded course (including GED classes). The courses in this program lead to improved skills in reading, language arts, and math. The TABE pre-test is taken during the orientation course and appropriate course levels are assigned. Students are required to complete a post-test at each level to determine educational gains.

If a student is returning after an absence of two semesters or more, the orientation course and the TABE test must be retaken. For additional information and related resources, visit the College Prep Courses webpage or call MCC Connect 


General Education Development (GED®)

GED courses are designed for students who need to complete a high school diploma. GED classes are offered at each campus during both day and evening hours. Classes are designed to meet a variety of student learning styles with a focus on providing a quality academic foundation. To enroll, a student must attend an orientation class, be at least 16 years old, not be currently enrolled in another secondary school program, and provide proof of legal residency.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a state-mandated requirement for taking a non-ELA ABE grant-funded course (including GED classes). The courses in this program lead to improved skills in reading, language arts, and math. The TABE pre-test is taken during the orientation course and appropriate course levels are assigned. Students are required to complete a post-test at each level to determine educational gains.

If a student is returning after an absence of two semesters or more, the orientation course and the TABE test must be retaken.

For additional information and related resources, visit the GED webpage or call MCC Connect 

Transitional Studies (TRE/TRM)

MCC’s Transitional Studies program includes Transitional English and Transitional Math. These courses enable students to refresh their skills in English and/or mathematics in preparation for college freshman classes and are not designed to fulfill required or elective course requirements. Enrollment in Transitional Studies courses is based on assessment placement screening. If the student’s scores indicate the need for academic development, the student will be enrolled in Transitional Studies prior to the college freshman courses.


 Challenge Exam

A Challenge Exam is a test that a student may take in order to “test out” of a course. It may be taken only after enrolling in selected courses offered by the college. There is no additional fee for a Challenge Exam beyond the regular course tuition and fees. Students must request to take the exam within the scheduled add/drop period. Not all courses can be challenged. Students should meet with the appropriate academic chair or program director to see if a course has a challenge exam and what its requirements are. If a “C” or higher is earned on the exam, the student will have successfully completed the course and will not be allowed to attend any further class sessions. The grade received on the challenge exam will appear on the official transcript and will count in the GPA computation. If the grade earned is less than a “C,” the student has the choice of accepting the exam grade or continuing to attend the class to try to improve the grade. Students will not be allowed to drop or receive a refund for any courses that are challenged. For a complete list of courses that may be challenged, see the 2013-14 Challenge Exams  table.


Registration

MCC defines registration as the process of choosing courses, submitting a completed registration form or registering online, and paying/making payment arrangements for appropriate tuition and fees for the selected classes. Registration is regarded as a commitment to comply with all regulations of the college. Students may not attend classes until they are officially registered in those courses.

Students are to register as designated in the Academic Calendar . To be eligible to register, each student must have completed all admissions requirements and have met the prerequisites and/or corequisites listed in the Course Descriptions  section of this catalog. Failure to complete the admissions procedures may result in cancellation or denial of class enrollment.

Financial Aid

Financial aid status and account management may be monitored in the Mohave Community College Online Financial Aid System. The MCC Online Financial Aid System allows students to:

  • Check the status of financial aid applications.
  • View a list of documents received (from student) by the financial aid office and a list of the documents still outstanding. 
  • View financial aid awards. 
  • View student loan history.
  • Check the status of student loans for the current year.

For more information regarding financial aid, visit the Student Handbook, the Financial Information  section of the catalog, or the MCC Financial Aid webpage.

 Veterans Education Benefits

For more information regarding educational assistance and related resources, please visit Veterans Education Benefits  in the Financial Information section of the catalog, see Veteran Services online, or call MCC Connect .

Academic Advising

Student services specialists provide students with the information and resources necessary for a successful academic experience at MCC. Participants can learn about MCC’s degree and certificate programs and the importance of assessment test scores. In addition, students can get tips on how to choose classes, ideas on how to build a semester schedule, and strategies on how to register for classes. In addition, student services specialists will:

  • Provide information regarding the nature and purpose of higher education.
  • Perform an unofficial evaluation of transfer credits.
  • Define and refine educational goals and objectives.
  • Illustrate the consequences of alternative courses of action.
  • Encourage students to become active participants in their educational planning and college careers.
  • Identify and provide assistance addressing transfer issues.
  • Deliver accurate verbal and written information on majors and program requirements.

For additional information regarding the role of the student services specialist and academic advising, visit Academic Advising  under the Support Services and Programs section of this catalog or the Student Handbook.

New Student Orientation and College Success

All students who are new to college and intend to take credit courses are required to attend a New Student Orientation before registering for classes. New Student Orientation gives students an opportunity to learn about higher education and about the many resources and support services available for college success. 

New students who register for 12 or more credit hours of 100-level courses must include a college success course (e.g., STU 101) in the first semester of enrollment. New students who register for six or more credit hours and test into transitional courses (e.g., TRE 089, TRM 090, or TRM 091) must include a college success course (e.g., STU 103) in the first semester of enrollment. If the college success course is not successfully completed, it must be taken in the next term of enrollment.

Registering for Courses

When planning class schedules and deciding on the number of classes to take, it is important that the student consider his/her individual abilities, work obligations, family obligations, and commitments to other outside activities. To complete an Associate’s degree in two years, it is necessary to successfully complete 32-34 program credits each year. For students who plan to attend only during the fall and spring semesters (no summer term), it is necessary to average 15-17 program credits each semester. For financial aid purposes, a course load of 12 credits or more is considered full-time.

Lecture-type classes routinely require three hours of outside work for each hour spent in class. To ensure that students have every opportunity for success in courses undertaken, academic loads are controlled. A student may enroll for up to 18 credit hours per semester without special permission. Enrollment in excess of 18 credit hours requires the approval of the campus dean. Because summer terms can be eight weeks or less, registering for more than nine credit hours will require approval by a student services specialist.

Continuing students (from one year or less) may register online. New students who have completed the admissions process and new student orientation may register by using the MCC student portal.

Students who have completed the admissions process may register on campus:

  • Bullhead City Campus Student Center, Building 200
  • Lake Havasu City Campus Hero Student Center, Building 200, Room 220A
  • Neal Campus-Kingman Anderson Student Services, Building 107
  • North Mohave Campus, Building 100 
Adding and/or Dropping a Course

Students may modify their schedules within certain limitations:

  • A student may add a course to his/her schedule up to the day before the first meeting of the course through his/her EXWEB/JICS account. See the Academic Calendar  for add/drop dates.
  • A student may drop a course from his/her schedule up to the day before the course’s first meeting through his/her EXWEB/JICS account.  A student may drop a course only before or during that course’s official drop period. See the Academic Calendar  for add/drop dates.
  • If it is the official drop period for the course, and the first meeting of the course has already occurred, the student must meet with a student services specialist to complete the appropriate form.
  • The student may receive a refund, if applicable. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional information about refunds.
Withdrawing from a Course

For more information regarding withdrawal, see Withdrawal in the Academic Policies section in the catalog or the Student Handbook.

Administrative Withdrawal (WR Grade)

For more information regarding administrative withdrawal, see Administrative Withdrawal (WR Grade) in the Academic Policies section in the catalog or the Student Handbook.


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