2022-2023 Course Catalog 
  
    Dec 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Course Catalog

Admissions Information



DCC has an open admissions policy. Individuals are eligible for admission if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are 18 years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the community college, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing and mathematics. However, students may be required to participate in developmental studies before beginning coursework in a particular field of study. Minimum scores are noted in the chart below.

Students who are in their final semester of high school or home school to enroll in summers courses.  These students must provide documentation of graduation in order to enroll in subsequent semesters. 

  VPT      
Reading EDE 10      
Writing EDE 10      
Math MDE 10      

Exceptions to this policy may be made by the college president only for documented reasons.

Individuals may be admitted to DCC as curricular or non-curricular students.  Curricular students are those placed in degree, certificate, Career Studies Certificate, or diploma programs.  All other students are considered non-curricular.

Curricular Admissions (students taking credit courses, seeking to earn a degree, diploma, certificate, and/or career studies certificate):

  1. Apply online at www.danville.edu/BecomeAStudent. High school transcripts or equivalent are required for admission to the college and/or certain programs. Home school graduates must provide a transcript with a graduation date and may be required to provide documentation of coursework.  The VCCS Student Information System academic records will be sufficient for colleges within the Virginia Community College System.  *Virginia Residents: Please be sure to apply for in-state tuition rates on the admissions application.
  2. Demonstrate readiness for program placement by completing the Direct Enrollment Survey for multiple mesaures placement.
  3. Attend DCC ROCKS (New Student Orientation)
    DCC ROCKS (Registration, Orientation, Computer Knowledge and Support) sessions are mandatory for new students prior to the start of classes. After completing an admissions application and completing the direct enrollment survey, the student should sign up for a DCC ROCKS session at www.danville.edu/DCCROCKS. This is a great opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, and take care of the following all in one day:
    • Meet with your an academic advisor and create your class schedule
    • Learn how to use myDCC
    • Take a tour of campus
    • Obtain a DCC Student ID card and parking permit

Multiple Measures For Placement

Transcripts and test scores should be sent to admissions@danville.edu or DCC Admissions, 1008 South Main Street, Danville, VA 24541 for review.

High School Graduates: 6 or more years since graduation

Students who graduated from high school or completed the GED or equivalent homeschool six or more years before applying to a VCCS college shall be placed into college level English and mathematics courses. After consultation with an advisor, students may request to enroll in co-requisite or pre-requisite developmental courses.                         

High School Graduates: less than 6 years since graduation

Students who graduated from high school or the equivalent less than six years before applying to a VCCS college shall be placed into college level English and mathematics courses using the following means and measures:

a) Any student who has earned an associate degree or higher or who has earned a C or better in college-level courses in math and/or English at a VCCS college or another institution will be considered ready for college level English and math courses provided they meet the prerequisites for the respective courses in their chosen program of study.

b) Any student who has successfully completed all required developmental courses at a VCCS institution will be considered ready for college level English and math courses.

c) Any student who has successfully completed all required developmental courses at a non-VCCS institution will have their coursework evaluated for entry into college level math and English courses.

d) Any student who placed into or attempted a college-level math course, regardless of the grade earned, at another college may be placed into the equivalent VCCS math course.

e) Student-reported high school GPA and highest math course will be used to determine readiness to enroll in college level English and math courses as shown in Measures for College Level Math and English Readiness. High school seniors who have not yet graduated maybe evaluated as of the completion of the first semester of the senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses.

f) Official or unofficial GED, ACT and SAT score reports may be used to determine readiness to enroll in college level English and math courses as shown in Measures for College Level Math and English Readiness.

g) Virginia Placement Test (VPT) may be used only where external documentation of prerequisite or co-requisite developmental courses is required or where otherwise stipulated in policy for a specific group.

Measures for College Level Math Readiness

Student readiness for college level math courses will be determined using one of the following measures.

Math Measures Standard Math Course Options

Graduation from high school or an equivalent homeschool six or more years before applying to a VCCS college

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed VCCS Enrollment Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 101-133,

MTH 154

MTH 155

MTH 161, or 

MTH 167

 

 

HSGPA and Algebra II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.0 or higher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.0-2.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than 2.0

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 101-133,

MTH 154

MTH 155

MTH 161 or

MTH 167

 

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 101-133

MTH 154+MDE 54,

MTH 155+MDE 

or

MTH 161+MDE 61

 

 

 

MDE 10

SAT - Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

500 or above

 

 

 

 

 

 

470-490 range

 

 

 

 

 

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 101-133, 

MTH 154, 

MTH 155, 

MTH 161 or 167

 

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 101-133,

MTH 154,

MTH 155, or

MTH 161+MDE 61

 

ACT - Subject Area Test Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 or above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 101-133, 

MTH 154,

MTH 155,

MTH 161, or 

MTH 167

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 101-133, 

MTH 154,

MTH 161+MDE 61

 

GED - Mathematical Reasoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

165 or above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

155-164 range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

154 or below

 

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 101-133, 

MTE 154,

MTH 155, or

MTH 161+MDE 61

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 101-133,

MTH 154+MDE 54, 

MTH 155+MDE 55, or

MDE 60

 

 

MDE 10

 

VPT - Virginia Placement Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight or more MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

 

 

Six or more MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

 

 

Four or more MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

 

 

Three or more MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

 

 

 

Two or more MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

 

 

One or fewer MTT/MTE competencies satisfied

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 161

MTH 167

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 154

MTH 155

 

Student may enroll in: 

MTH 154

MTH 155

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 154+MDE 54

MTH 155+MDE55

MDE 60

 

Student may enroll in:

MTH 101-133

 

 

 

MDE 10

 

Placement directly into MTH 162, Calculus, based on HSGPA and highest-level math courses taken or ACT/SAT scores will be at the discretion of each college.

Measures for College Level English Readiness

Student readiness for college-level English courses will be determined using one of the following measures.

English Measures Standard English Course Options

Graduation from high school or an equivalent homeschool six or more years before applying to a VCCS college

 

 

 

Competed VCCS Enrollment Survey

 

 

 

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

HSGPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.0 or higher

 

 

 

 

 

2.0-2.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than 2.0

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111+EDE 11

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

 

Student must enroll in: 

EDE 10

SAT-ERW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

480 or above

 

 

 

 

 

400-470 range

 

 

 

 

 

Below 400

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student may enroll in: 

ENG 111+EDE 11

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student must enroll in:

EDE 10

ACT - Subject Area Tests English and Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 or above

 

 

 

 

 

15-17 range

 

 

 

 

 

14 and below

 

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111+EDE 11

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student must enroll in:

EDE 10

 

GED - Reasoning Through Language Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

165 or above

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below 165

 

 

Student must enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

 

Student must enroll in:

EDE 10

 

VPT - Virginia Placement Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placed in ENG 111

 

 

 

 

 

Placed in ENF 2 or ENF 3

 

 

 

 

 

Placed in ENF 1 or lower

 

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

Student may enroll in:

ENG 111+EDE 11

ENG 115

ENG 131

 

 

Student must enroll in:

EDE 10

Accepting Multiple Measures for Placement Across Colleges

Student-reported HSGPA and standardized test scores recorded in the student information system at one VCCS institution shall be honored for placement by other VCCS institutions.

Because placement decisions for Pre-Calculus II and Calculus are based on HSGPA and highest level math courses are college-specific, students who attend multiple VCCS colleges may experience different placement requirements for these courses.

Exceptions to Placement

Individual exceptions for higher-level placement must be approved by the chief academic officer or designee. Students may only be moved to a lower-level class at their request and with approval of the chief academic officer.

Placement Testing Policy

Students who take the math and/or English Virginia Placement Test and do not enroll in developmental courses are allowed to take one retest within 12 months. Students who attempt a developmental course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures

Admissions to Specific Curricula

In addition to the general admission requirements above, specific requirements are listed for each program of the college where applicable. Among items generally considered in determining students’ eligibility for admission to a curriculum are their educational/ occupational experiences and other reasonable standards to ensure that they can successfully complete the program requirements. Students who do not meet the requirements for a specific program or course may improve chances of eligibility by completing developmental courses.

Non-Curricular Admission (non-program-placed students)

Examples include specialized workforce training through an employer, personal interest courses, or courses taken by a student at another institution. Any student wishing to take a single course at the college must satisfy all required pre-requisites.

Credit courses

  1. Apply online at www.danville.edu/apply. *Virginia Residents: Please be sure to apply for in-state tuition rates on the application.
  2. Acceptance by the college does not ensure admission to a specific curriculum or course. Non-curricular students must satisfy all required course prerequisites or placement testing requirements before enrolling in specific college-level courses.
  3. Non-curricular students may meet with a DCC counselor to review course options.

Non-Credit Workforce Courses

See course schedule and register online at https://dcc.augusoft.net, or call Workforce Services at 434.797.6437.

Readmission

Former students who have not been enrolled for a period of three years or more must submit a new application: danville.edu/apply

Auditing a Course

Students desiring to attend a course without taking the examination or receiving credit for the course may do so by registering to audit through the usual registration process and paying the normal tuition. Permission of the division dean or another appropriate academic administrator is required to audit a course. Audited courses carry no credit and do not count as part of the student’s course load. Students desiring to change status in a course from audit to credit or from credit to audit must do so within the add/drop period for the course. Students who desire to earn credit for a previously audited course must re-enroll in the course for credit and pay normal tuition to earn a grade other than “X.” Advanced standing credit should not be awarded for a previously audited course.

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

The major purpose of community colleges is to serve students who have graduated from high school or are beyond the compulsory age limit of the public school and have left public school. However, a qualified high school student may enroll at DCC, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Dual Enrollment Partnerships
    Dual enrollment partnerships are governed by an annually renewable contractual agreement between the school or district and DCC to allow academically qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses that are applicable to degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate programs offered at the college. Students from school divisions with whom the college has a current dual enrollment contractual agreement may enroll in college classes at DCC for dual enrollment credit. Courses taken for dual enrollment credit shall be transcripted on both the student’s college and high school transcripts.
    1. High-School Based Dual Enrollment Programs and Courses
      DCC and school divisions may develop contractual agreements to offer dual enrollment program pathways, academies, and courses at the high school. Such offerings may be taught by approved high school teachers who meet Virginia Community College System faculty credential requirements and are qualified by the college to teach course(s) in the program of study. DCC faculty and administrators are responsible for identifying high school dual enrollment program offerings; selecting and qualifying high school faculty to teach college courses; professional development of dual enrollment faculty; and oversight and evaluation of program standards, including assessment of student learning outcomes, program learning outcomes and instructional effectiveness.
    2. Early College, Dual Enrollment Programs and Academies
      DCC and school divisions may develop contractual agreements to offer dual enrollment program pathways and academies on the college campus. Such courses are taught by full-time or adjunct community college faculty.
  2. Independent Dual Enrollment
    (Concurrent/Homeschooled Student Enrollment)

    Independent dual enrollment allows individual high school students to enroll in courses at DCC. A qualified high school junior or senior may be admitted to any college-level credit-bearing course, with permission of the high school principal or designee and the parent. Participation in independent dual enrollment does not require a contractual agreement between the college and the school division. However, the high school student must meet dual enrollment admissions standards. Courses taken as independent dual enrollment shall be transcripted on the student’s college transcript.

    Prior to admission, the college must receive a completed Concurrent Enrollment or Homeschooled Student Enrollment Form approved and signed by the student, the student’s parents and high school principal, and be approved by the DCC Admissions Committee. Students interested in independent dual enrollment should contact DCC Admissions.

Dual Enrollment Student Admissions

Private, Public, and Homeschool juniors and seniors who meet each of the following criteria may register in college-level credit-bearing courses:  

  1. The student submits an Application for Admission (danville.edu/apply).
     
  2. The student is a rising public or private high school junior or senior, or homeschool student studying at the high school junior or senior level.
    1. The high school student has permission of the principal or designee, and the parent.
    2.  The homeschool student has permission of the parent. 
       
  3. The student demonstrates readiness for each college-level credit-bearing course in which they want to enroll. High school and homeschool students are not eligible to enroll in developmental or direct placement co-requisite English and Math courses.  In demonstrating readiness, a student must meet one of the criteria established for each type of course in which they want to be registered:  
 
Course Type High School Transcript*   SAT   PSAT   ACT   VPT
Transfer** Courses (except Math) Current cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher  or  ERW score of 480 or higher  or  ERW score of 390 or higher  or  18 or higher on both English and Writing subject area tests  or  Placement into ENG 111
Career and Technical*** Courses (except Math) Current cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher or ERW score of 480 or higher or ERW score of 390 or higher or 18 or higher on both English and Writing subject area tests or  Placement into ENF 1 or higher
MTH 101-133 Current cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 2.0 (C) grade or higher in high school math course or  ERW score of 480 or higher Math score of 530 or higher or ERW score 390 or higher and math score of 500 or higher  or 22 or higher on Math subject area test or Placement in MTH 111 or higher (Satisfaction of MTE 1-3)
MTH 154,155 Current cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 2.0 (C) grade or higher in a high school math course or ERW score of 480 or higher and Math score of 530 or higher or ERW score of 390 or higher and math score of 500 or higher or 22 or higher on Math subject area test or Placement in MTH 154 or higher (Satisfaction of MTE 1-5)

MTH 161,167

 

Individual colleges may establish criteria for direct placement into calculus or other high level math course

Current cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 2.0 (C) grade or higher in Algebra 2 or in a higher level math course or ERW score of 480 or higher and Math score of 530 or higher or  N/A or  22 or higher on Math subject area test or Placement into MTH 161 or higher (Satisfaction of MTE 1-9)
 
*Cumulative GPA may be weighted or unweighted and may be self-reported.
**A transfer course is any course that a college offers and will transcript in fulfillment of the requirements for a Degree or Certificate that is designed to transfer (e.g., AA, AS, AA&S, AFA, Uniform Certificate of General Studies).  
***A career and technical course is any course that the college offers and will transcript in fulfillment of the requirements for degrees and certificates that are not designed for transfer (e.g., AAS, Certificate, Career Studies Certificates).

 

4. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria above, a dual enrollment student must meet all course pre/corequisites as listed in the VCCS Master Course File and established by the college at which the student is enrolled in the course. 

 

Dual enrollment is restricted to rising high school juniors and seniors and home school students studying at the high school junior or senior levels. Admitting high school or home school students below the junior or senior level is considered exceptional.  The college-ready status of each prospective student below the junior or senior high school level shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Such students must meet the above eligibility criteria and any other criteria as may be established by the college for participation of students below the junior or senior level in dual enrollment.  Colleges shall have criteria and procedures for the case-by-case assessment of such students.  Formal approval by the college president, or designee, is required for applicants who are below the junior or senior high school level to participate in dual enrollment. 

Senior Citizens Admission

Students are classified as senior citizens if they are 60 years of age or older and enrolled in credit or non-credit courses without tuition charge under provisions of the Senior Citizen Higher Education Act of 1974, as amended. To enroll tuition-free in credit or non-credit courses on a space-available basis, students should meet the following criteria (not to exceed three courses per semester):

  • Be 60 years of age or older prior to the semester of enrollment;
  • Be a legal resident of Virginia;
  • Have had a taxable income not exceeding $23,850 for income tax purposes for the year preceding enrollment (tax documents should be submitted for verification to the DCC Admissions Office);
  • Must be admitted to the college as a student. Interested senior citizens should contact the DCC Admissions Office.

Interested senior citizens should contact the DCC Admissions Office. Any person meeting the above criteria will be admitted to a course only after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated.

Other Immigrant Status Admission

It is the policy of Danville Community College to admit those applicants who are immigrants residing in Virginia who have graduated from a Virginia high school with a high school diploma or equivalent, even if they are not able to document their legal presence. Those who are undocumented will pay tuition at the out-of-state rate. DCC will follow State Council for Higher Education for Virginia Domicile Guidelines for establishing domicile.

Policy Related to Legislation Regarding Admissions

Language on the admissions application informs applicants that their information is being transferred to the State Police. In the event that the State Police determine that a DCC applicant is listed on the Sex Offender Registry, the State Police will notify DCC. When the college receives such notification, the following procedures apply: 1. The applicant will be denied admission to DCC in accordance with its admission policy as published in this catalog. The decision is final and not subject to appeal. 2. If the applicant registers for classes and becomes a student before the college receives notification from the State Police that he/she is listed on the Sex Offender Registry, the student will immediately be informed that he/she is being administratively withdrawn from classes and will receive a tuition refund. An applicant, in this instance, may invoke his/her right to an appeal process.

Admission Denied / Revoked

The college reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the college. DCC also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants who have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive by another college. The decision to refuse or deny admission is final and not subject to appeal. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment will be given due process. Please see Appeal Process for Revoked Admissions.

Appeals Process for Revoked Admission

When a student’s admission is revoked, he/she may invoke the appeal process. Students who have registered for class but not yet started classes will be administratively withdrawn, and an appropriate service indicator will be placed on the student’s record, which will prevent the student from registering for classes. If the student is already attending classes, the college will reserve class enrollment until the appeal process is complete, but the individual will not be allowed to attend class during the appeal process. The college will make every effort to expedite the appeals timeline.

  1. The student will receive a certified letter/return receipt requested from the Dean of Student Services or designee notifying the student of the revoked admission and outlining the appeal process.
  2. Student may write a letter of appeal to the Dean of Student Services in which he/she (1) provides justification for consideration of admission/ reinstatement and (2) discloses the nature of the offense and/or conviction serving as the basis for DCC’s action to revoke admission. If the student is a convicted sex offender, the letter should include a statement acknowledging his/her understanding that his/her identity and status as a convicted sex offender will be publicized on the college campus in accordance with federal and state law if he/she is admitted or reinstated. The letter of appeal must be submitted to the Dean of Student  Services within seven (7) business days of notification by the college.
  3. A panel of five (5) full-time faculty or administrators will review the information submitted and make a decision by a simple majority vote within fourteen (14) business days of receiving the letter of appeal. The Dean of Student Services will serve as the convener of the panel and will be a member of the panel. Panel discussions will be confidential.
  4. If the panel determines that the withdrawn student represents a threat or potential danger to the college and/or the revoked admission/ withdrawn enrollment is considered to be in the best interest of the college, the following apply:
    1. The student’s admission to the college will remain revoked
    2. The student will be administratively withdrawn from classes, if classes have been held
    3. An enrolled student will receive a tuition refund. Tuition refunds will not be granted for students removed from the college for disciplinary reasons.
  5. The Dean of Student Services will inform the student by certified letter/return receipt requested of the decision of the appeals panel. The decision of the appeals panel shall be final.

Domicile Requirements

The Virginia Community College System, including Danville Community College, is guided by the Code of Virginia and the regulations of the State Council of Higher Education on determining domicile. Each student applying for admission must complete a Domicile Determination Form in order to be declared legally domiciled in Virginia. Students must verify that one year before the date of entering the term for which they are requesting in-state tuition status, they have given up any previous domicile and were living in Virginia with the unqualified intention of remaining in Virginia. Please contact DCC Admissions for more information regarding residency requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to submit documentation and provide clear and convincing evidence regarding their domicile. In the event that a student’s circumstances change after a semester has begun, the student’s tuition status may be eligible for reclassification. This reclassification shall be effective for the next academic semester or term following the date of the application for reclassification. Students should follow DCC’s domicile appeal policy.

Domicile Appeals Process

A student who disagrees with an initial tuition classification may submit a Domicile Reclassification Form to the Domicile Appeals Committee within 10 calendar days of the initial notification. The committee will respond to the appeal within 15 calendar days. The Domicile Appeals Committee shall consist of two members of the Student Services Office. No person who serves at one level of this appeals process shall be eligible to serve at any other level of this review. If the student still disagrees with the tuition classification, he/she may file a final written appeal with the Vice President of Academic and Student Services. This written appeal must be made within five calendar days of the student’s notification of the first appeal. The Vice President will notify the student in writing of the final administrative decision within 30 calendar days of receipt of the appeal. A student who is not satisfied with the outcome of the review by the Vice President may appeal to the appropriate circuit court. The student must file a petition for review with the court within 30 calendar days of receipt of the decision by the Vice President of Academic and Student Services.

Advanced Standing Credit

Advanced standing is the administrative placement of a student that awards credit for subject matter competency based upon previous academic study or occupational experience. This may include, but is not limited to, college credit and advancement based upon individual college participation in the Advanced Placement Program (AP), International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), or testing through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the DSST Program (formerly known as DANTES); training provided by non-collegiate institutions, such as the armed forces; professional certification, or experiential learning/work experience. For more information or for score requirements: Danville.edu/advanced-standing-credit

AP (Advanced Placement)

Many area high schools offer AP or honors courses to their students, giving them the opportunity to complete college-level work while attending high school. A minimum AP score of 3 is required for credit at DCC. An official copy of the AP transcript must be submitted to the DCC Admissions Office in order to obtain credit. Unofficial, student copies, or high school transcripts noting the AP credit will not be accepted for credit at DCC.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

CLEP is a national program of credit-by- examination that offers students the opportunity to obtain college credit for prior academic achievement. DCC accepts most of the CLEP-offered exams and uses the American Council on Education recommended minimum score of 50 for awarding CLEP credit. An official copy of the CLEP transcript must be submitted to the DCC Admissions Office in order to obtain credit. Unofficial or student copies of transcripts will not be accepted for credit. CLEP examinations are not offered through DCC.

IB (International Baccalaureate)

Students who have completed the Standard Level certificate with a score of 5 to 7 in the International Baccalaureate program may be granted advanced standing credit for a variety of courses. Students requesting IB credit must have an official transcript sent from the IBO to the DCC Admissions Office in order to be considered for credit.

Police Academy Certificates

Per the Articulation Agreement between the VCCS and the Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, students who have satisfactorily documented successful completion of the VA State Police Academy or a Regional and Independent Certified Training Academy shall be awarded credit. Appropriate documentation is required and must be submitted to the Dean of Art, Sciences, & Business.

Credit for Military Training

A student’s military training, courses, and occupational specialty can all be considered for college credit. As a participating member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), DCC follows the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in determining the value of learning acquired in military service when applicable to the service member’s program of study. Military service credit in the occupational/ technical areas (i.e., Engineering, Health Technology) may require approval by the division dean prior to award. Credit may be granted for prior learning for non-collegiate education, training, and/or occupational experiences as recommended by college faculty, ACE, the National College Credit Recommendation Service, or another college-approved organization.

In addition to the above, DCC may award academic credit to any enrolled student who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of the student’s military service that is applicable to the certificate or degree requirements and is: a) Recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs; b) Noted on the student’s military transcript issued by any of the U.S. Armed Forces; or c) Otherwise documented in writing by any of the U.S. Armed Forces. In order to receive credit for military training, the student must submit a military transcript which includes the ACE recommended credit, and initiate a request for evaluation to the DCC Admissions Office. Note: If the student submits only the DD214 and no military transcript, only credit for HLT/PED electives will be awarded. Students who have completed basic training, regardless of the date of military experience, may receive credit for HLT/PED electives. Each branch of the service has its own transcript request service.

Previous Completion Credit (Work Experience/ Experiential Learning Credit) Students may be awarded college credit if they can demonstrate previous educational study or training/work experience that entitles them to credit for specific courses applicable to their program of study. Documentation for special training or experience must be submitted with the request for credit and will be retained in the student’s file. The supporting documentation must include samples of work or projects completed. Students wishing to be awarded previous completion credit for a specific course should contact the appropriate division office in which the course is taught. DCC reserves the right to place a time limit on prior learning experiences for which advanced standing may be granted. The division dean, in consultation with the admissions coordinator, will determine if courses taken more than five years previously can be used in the student’s current program of study.

Using Advanced Standing for Graduation Requirements

There is no limit to the number of credits that may be awarded through advanced standing credit, with the exception of portfolio-based credit for prior experiential learning. Credit for portfolio-based prior experiential learning may be awarded for no more than 25% of the credit hours required for a degree. In addition, credit achieved through advanced standing may not be used to fulfill the graduation residency requirement. A minimum of 25% of the credit required for graduation in the curriculum must be earned at DCC. All accepted advanced standing credits will be acknowledged and recorded on the student’s permanent record with the transferring agency or other source of credit identified. No unsuccessfully attempted advanced standing applications or examination results will be recorded on the student’s permanent record.

The following shall apply:

  1. To earn credit for prior learning, student must be admitted to the curriculum in which advanced standing is requested.
  2. Advanced standing will be awarded only for courses in which a student is not currently and has not been previously enrolled.

Course Acceptance Policy

  1. The program administrator responsible for evaluating a student’s previous coursework shall:
    1. Determine the acceptability of each course the student wishes to transfer or apply toward the program requirements based upon his/her knowledge of any changes that have occurred since the course(s) was completed;
    2. Give particular attention to courses in areas that have had significant technological changes in recent years (e.g., electronics, automotive, graphic imaging, information systems, administrative support technology, etc.);
    3. As deemed appropriate, seek the input of faculty or other administrators regarding the proper course of action.
  2. Courses which are determined to have outdated information and whose acceptance would not assure the student of having current skills may be used to meet elective credit requirements.
  3. Students who have kept their educational training current through their job activities may have their coursework given special consideration for acceptance.
  4. A student who wishes to challenge the non-acceptance of his/her coursework may do so by demonstrating his/her competencies in an appropriate manner to the administrator or appropriate faculty member.
  5. Because of the diversity of courses offered and the differences in changes that occur over a given time, no specific time frame can be established for courses whose content may have become obsolete. However, it is recommended that all courses taken more than five years ago be carefully reviewed for their current relevance.
  6. The decision to accept/not accept a course(s) should be made with the idea that a student’s graduation indicates current and relevant competencies in the program of studies.

Notification of Student Rights

Each institution shall establish and publish information release policies that respect the rights of individual privacy, and the confidentiality of records, and the best interests of the student and institution. As provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), colleges may disclose the following Virginia Community College System directory information items without the student’s prior consent:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Participation in officially-recognized activities and sports
  3. Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  4. Degrees, honors, and awards received
  5. Major field of study
  6. Dates of attendance
  7. Grade level
  8. The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  9. Number of credit hours enrolled
  10. Photos

Students must provide official notification to the Admissions Office to prevent the disclosure of directory information. Students having questions pertaining to FERPA may contact the Dean of Student Support Services.