May 31, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
  
2020-2021 College Catalog

Academic Information



Student Responsibility for Catalog Information

Each student is responsible for being familiar with the information appearing in this catalog. Failure to read the regulations will not be considered an excuse for noncompliance. The College reserves the right to change policies or revise curricula as necessary.

Credit for Prior Learning

With proper assessment, learning outside the classroom can be recognized as part of the educational experience. WITCC acknowledges credit for prior learning through the following methods:

Questions regarding Credit for Prior Learning should be directed to Enrollment Services (A300) where they will be referred to the appropriate Academic Dean.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is “key” to the success of every degree-seeking student at Western Iowa Tech Community College. While enrolled at WITCC, students will need to connect regularly with:

  1. Faculty Advisors - Each degree-seeking student will be assigned a faculty advisor from their respective program of study. Faculty Advisors are assigned by the 8th week of the students first term at WITCC. Students can find their faculty advisor contact information at My.witcc.edu in the Advising section of Student Planning. The faculty advisor will work directly with each student to ensure progress toward completion of the academic program, as well as registering for the correct courses in the second semester and beyond. The faculty advisor can also serve as a referral source for internships, career field connections, and industry specific information.
  2. Admissions Representatives /Career Navigator - Admissions Representatives and Career Navigators will register students for their first semester of course work at WITCC. They will provide basic information that new students need to get started. They will also be available to assist students during their entire WITCC experience through graduation. All degreeseeking students will be assigned an Admissions Representative/Career Navigator beginning in the first term of attendance. This staff member will serve as an information and referral resource for questions related to career exploration, registration, financial aid, academic tutoring, resume writing, interview skills, just to name a few.

Academic success and degree completion is dependent upon the team effort of the student, faculty advisor, admissions representative/career navigator, and other faculty during the course of enrollment at WITCC.

Role of the Student in Advising - The role of the student is to:

  1. Consult with the faculty advisor at least once per semester to ensure that progress in the designated program of study is in line with the students plan and timeline for graduation. Students will be expected to make an appointment with the faculty advisor or attend group advising meetings within their respective program of study department if sessions are provided. Students should develop a plan of study in Student Planning on MyWIT.
  2. Consult with the assigned Admissions Representative/Career Navigator at least once per semester to ensure that the program of study and all student record and financial aid information is accurate and up-to-date. The student should set this appointment a minimum of one month prior to the end of each term in order to plan for the upcoming term.

Role of the Faculty Advisor - The role of the faculty advisor is to:

  1. Be available for scheduled appointments with the student each semester to assess progress toward completion of the requirements for the degree program.
  2. Serve as a resource for industry specific career related questions the student may have.

Role of the Admissions Representative/Career Navigator -

  1. Be available for scheduled appointments with the student each semester to ensure that the program of study, student record related items, and financial aid are accurate and up-to-date.
  2. Be a referral source to assist students in addressing individual barriers and making the best use of College resources to ensure completion of the program of study.

Policy for Prerequisite Courses

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites before enrolling in a course. An Academic Dean or chair may waive course prerequisites for demonstrated course equivalency and/or achievement of the course competencies. Contact the Academic Dean/Chair or Registrar for the appropriate form. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for prerequisites in some professional courses (such as health occupations programs); a passing grade is required for prerequisites in general education courses. Some state and national accrediting agencies may require certain departments to have higher minimum standards.

Independent Study Courses

Independent study courses are defined as WITCC college credit courses that may be taken by a student on an independent study basis due to special circumstances.

A course that is taken on an independent study basis must be a WITCC college credit course that is listed in the college catalog and is required for a student’s program of study. A student enrolled in an independent study course must complete the same course requirements as when it is offered in a traditional class format.

An independent study course will have the same course prefix and number as other similar courses; however, a special section number will be assigned. To register for an independent study, a student must complete a Request for Independent Study form which is available from Academic Deans or Chairs. All academic and registration policies and procedures for college credit courses are applicable to independent study courses.

Transcript Request Information

Order online 24/7. Go to www.witcc.edu/onestop/transcripts.cfm.

  • There is a $5 charge for each transcript, so have your payment method ready.
  • You can choose Electronic or Mail delivery. Electronic can be processed immediately. Mail can take up to ten business days to receive.
  • You can request one of three processing options:
    1. Send Now: Will send immediately regardless of grades being posted or pending graduation. What you have transcripted at the moment you submit the request is what will be included.
    2. After Grades: Will wait until this semester’s grades have been issued before sending.
    3. After Degree: Will wait until your degree has been awarded for the current term before sending.
  • If you need assistance, please contact the National Student Clearinghouse’s transcript ordering service at 703-742-7791 or transcript@studentclearinghouse.org for assistance.

Student Classification

Students taking 12 credit hours or more are classified as full-time students during each semester, fall, spring, and summer. Students who take less than 12 credit hours per semester are classified as part-time students.

Grades

Unit of Credit

Each course carries academic credit based on the total contact hours and the method of instruction. Units of credit are used in determining student grade point averages.

Grading System

Students enrolled in credit courses will be graded by the following letter-grade and point system. These represent various levels of accomplishment and grade points earned.

Grade Descripton Grade Points per cr. value
A Excellent achievement. 4
A-   3.67
B+   3.33
B Above average achievement. 3
B-   2.67
C+ Average achievement. 2.33
C   2
C-   1.67
D+   1.33
D Below average achievement. 1
D-   0.67
F Failing. Course requirements have not been met. 0
I Incomplete. Work acceptable but incomplete. Not computed
P Pass. Acceptable work in course taken as Pass/Fail Not computed
Q/NP Failing. Course requirements not met in course taken as Pass/Fail. Not computed
W Withdrawal. Not computed
N Audit. Not computed
AW Administrative Withdrawal. Not computed
O Academic Renewal. Not computed
T Credit granted by testing. Not computed
L Credit granted for prior learning. Not computed
X Course repeated. Not computed

Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits in those courses taken at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Grades that do not carry points are not included in the grade point average.

The semester cumulative grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned in a semester by the total number of credits in those courses.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will be given special recognition during graduation ceremonies for their outstanding achievements. Honors are also noted on the student’s official transcript.

Grade Reports

No grade reports will be mailed to the student’s home address. The student may access grades via MyWIT Student Planning at my.witcc.edu.

Repeating a Course

Students may wish to repeat a previously taken course. Both courses will be shown on the permanent transcript. Only the latest grade will be computed in the cumulative grade point average.

Veterans should consult with the Veteran’s Advisor in Enrollment Services before repeating any course.

Academic Renewal

Academic renewal permits the removal of credit hours and grades for one or two semesters from a student’s grade point average to allow for improvement of the student’s cumulative GPA.

A student may be granted academic renewal only one time. A student must have completed 12 semester credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00, or 24 semester credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 following the term(s) for which renewal is sought.

Courses and grades, which are granted academic renewal, will remain on the student’s official transcript, but will be marked with an “O.” These hours and grades will not count toward graduation or be included in calculating the student’s cumulative GPA. Courses which have been considered in granting a previous graduation award are not eligible for Academic Renewal.

Students who are granted academic renewal may be required to pay back some or all benefits received for those courses and terms for which veteran’s benefits or financial aid was received.

Auditing a Course

A student who audits a class is required to pay tuition and other required fees. To audit a class, a student must complete the Audit Permit form within ten (10) days after the class starts. Students who audit a class will receive a grade of “N” but will receive no credit.

Electing Pass/Fail

Some courses may provide an option for students to take a course in a Pass/Fail format.  To enroll in a course as pass/fail, students must notify the Registrar within ten (10) days from the start of the course.  Students will receive either a P (Pass) or Q (Fail) on their official college transcript.  This is not available for all courses and students should confer with advisors regarding the impact of Pass/Fail election on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and program requirements.

Incomplete Grades

To receive an Incomplete (“I”) grade, students must contact their instructor prior to the end of the semester requesting a grade of incomplete. The instructor must complete an Incomplete Grade Contract form.

Instructors may assign incomplete grade (“I”) only when a student who is doing ACCEPTABLE course work and is unable to complete the course because of an illness or other extenuating circumstances, i.e., military service, hardship, or death in the immediate family.

A student shall have until the end of the next regular semester following receipt of the “I” to meet the conditions of the contract. If the student fails to do so, the “I” will be changed to an “F” grade.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all sessions of classes for which they are enrolled. Absences do not excuse the student from meeting the course requirements and the student must take the initiative in making up any missed work as permitted by the instructor. Each instructor will provide policies concerning course attendance. Students who require an extended leave of absence due to extenuating circumstances should communicate directly with their instructors.

Attendance and participation in courses, both on-campus and online, will be monitored and tracked by instructors and advisors. The college may administratively withdraw any student who fails to attend or participate in an on-campus or online course for 14 calendar days. Lack of attendance or participation may also negatively impact the student’s eligibility to receive federal financial aid or may require that funds previously received by the student be returned to the federal aid program. Students who are administratively withdrawn from their courses are responsible for all costs associated with the academic term and will not be allowed to continue to reside in on-campus housing.

Scholastic Recognition

Scholastic recognition is available to students who have completed 12 or more graded semester credits during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students are eligible for the following academic honors.

  1. President’s List GPA = 4.0000
  2. WITCC Scholar List GPA = 3.5000-3.9999

This scholastic recognition is announced early by the Dean of Students in the following semester.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will be given special recognition during graduation ceremonies for their outstanding achievements. Honors are also noted on the student’s official transcript.

Honors Program

The WITCC Honors Program consists of intensified course instruction. Faculty and students select a project within the scope of the course for further research or performance. The student completes the project under the tutorial leadership of the course instructor. The student must also achieve a grade of “A” in the class to receive Honors (H) recognition on the transcript and at graduation.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

WITCC students can earn scholastic recognition through membership in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the honor society for two-year colleges. The College chapter, Beta Zeta Mu, provides opportunities for campus and community service, leadership development, and scholarships. Students who qualify for membership, join, and maintain eligibility may wear the PTK gold stole at graduation and have the PTK seal affixed to their diplomas.

The PTK member becomes part of the international organization that offers national scholarships, a study abroad program, and opportunities for honors study.

To be eligible for membership, WITCC students must be in an associate degree program and have earned 12 credit hours or more with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. For further information about Phi Theta Kappa, phone (712) 274-8733, ext. 2884.

Academic Awards

Western Iowa Tech Community College grants Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates to those individuals who successfully complete programs of study in Liberal Arts, Science, Business, Vocational, Technical and
Health Sciences.

General Education

Philosophy

Western Iowa Tech Community College’s general education provides breadth of learning to the community college experience. General Education imparts common knowledge, promotes intellectual inquiry, and stimulates the examination of different perspectives, thus enabling people to function effectively in a global and changing world.

General Education is not directly related to an individual student’s technical, vocational, or professional field, but prepares a student to meet personal, social, and lifelong learning needs.

Goals

Upon successful completion of any degree program, the student should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively
    1. Utilize current information technology specific to the discipline/program
    2. Write and/or speak using organized, clear and grammatically correct language, appropriate to purpose and audience
  2. Reason quantitatively, and/or qualitatively
    1. Demonstrate mathematical concepts including data analysis and interpretation, use of formulas, etc.
    2. Summarize participant observations, focus groups, open-ended surveys, etc.
  3. Think critically and demonstrate information literacy
    1. Identify and locate information through application of relevant research
    2. Evaluate information for credibility and relevancy
    3. Analyze, integrate and synthesize knowledge and draw conclusions from complex materials and facts
  4. Demonstrate social responsibility
  1. Identify the relationships between current and historical events
  2. Collaborate with others in a team environment
  3. Examine the impact of diversity within local and global communities
  4. Examine, analyze, and discuss ethical results

Graduation

Application for Graduation

Students who plan to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate must file an Application for Graduation with Enrollment Services by the filing deadline set for that semester. Submit the application on mywitcc.edu (Academics Tab).

Requirements for Graduation

All degrees, diplomas, and certificates earned at WITCC are based upon the successful completion of a specific prescribed program of study. Refer to the appropriate section in the College catalog for the requirements of each program. It is the student’s responsibility to check the transcript prior to the last semester of study and finalize any transfer of credit to ensure that all the requirements for graduation are met. Students may request a degree audit at any time.

Effective Catalog

The catalog in use during a student’s first enrollment in the College normally is used in determining completion of graduation requirements. The effective catalog may not be more than six years old at the time of graduation. A student may elect to meet the requirements of any subsequent catalog published during the six-year period, including the current year. This election must be made when the student files a graduation application.

A student who has a break in enrollment in the College for two or more consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions, is readmitted to the College under the catalog program requirements in effect at the time of readmission. The College reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards.

When a decision is made to inactivate a program, students that currently have that program declared as their major will be notified. Those students will be given an opportunity to complete that program within the next year. Course’s will not continue to be offered beyond one year to complete inactivated programs.

Graduation Ceremony

Students are encouraged to participate in the formal commencement ceremony upon completion of their requirements for degree or diploma. Dates of the graduation ceremony are included in the Academic Calendar  .

Transfer Agreements/Colleges and Universities

Western Iowa Tech Community College maintains formal transfer agreements that help ensure that associate degree graduates may transfer a maximum number of credits into a baccalaureate program. Final decisions regarding acceptance at the transfer institution rest solely with that institution. For example, a grade of “D” will rarely transfer if it is earned in a student’s major, and in certain cases, a “D” grade will not transfer under any circumstance. It is very important that students who plan to transfer after completing their studies at WITCC, consult the college of their choice as early as possible in their academic program.

In addition to the formal articulation agreements, many four-year institutions articulate courses with WITCC students upon evaluation of the student’s transcript.

A list of current transfer agreements and links to transfer guides is available at www.witcc.edu/onestop/transferring.cfm

Guaranteed Quality of Education

Western Iowa Tech Community College believes in the quality of its faculty and staff, and in the quality of instruction and technical skill competencies the College provides to students. As an expression of confidence in this belief, WITCC has established guidelines to guarantee its graduates the technical skill competencies expected by employers and the transferability of
baccalaureate oriented course credits to receiving four-year colleges and universities.

A copy of the complete guarantee statement is available on request from Enrollment Services.

(DANTES)/DSST Subject Standardized Tests

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional and Education Support (DANTES)/DSST Subject Standardized Testsand WITCC Equivalent Courses

Mathematics

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 4 MAT 121 College Algebra
Principles of Statistics 400 3 MAT 156 Statistics

Social Science

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Foundations of Education 400 3 EDU 210 Foundations of Education
Art of the Western World 400 3 ART 101 Art Appreciation
Human/Cultural Geography 400 3 GEO 121 World Regional Geography
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 PSY 121 Developmental Psychology
General Anthropology 400 3 ANT 105 Cultural Anthropology
Criminal Justice 400 6 CRJ 133 Constitutional Criminal Procedure &
      CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Physical Science

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Astronomy 400 3 PHS 142 Principles of Astronomy
Health and Human Development 400 3 PEH 102 - Health
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 400 3 ENV 949 Env Sci - Special Topics

Business

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Principles of Finance 400 3 FIN 130 Principles of Finance
Personnel/ Human Resource Management 400 3 MGT 170 Human Resource Management
Principles of Supervision 400 3 MGT 130 Principles of Supervision
Introduction to Business 4003 3 BUS 102 Introduction to Business
 
Personal Finance 400 3 FIN 121 Personal Finance

Applied Technology

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Technical Writing 400 3 COM 723 Workplace Communications

Humanities

Title Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Ethics in America 400 3 PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to World Religion 400 3 REL 101 Survey of World Religions
Principles of Public Speaking
(Speech Required) 2
400 3 SPC 112 Public Speaking

1 Scaled scores are equivalent to the 50th percentile (national norms).
2 In addition to a minimum score of 400 on the multiple-choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the recorded speech.

(CLEP) Subject Examinations

College-Level Placement Tests (CLEP) Subject Examinations and WITCC Equivalent Courses

Department and CLEP Test Min. Score Credit Awarded WITCC Equivalent Course
Composition and Literature
  American Literature 50 6 LIT 110 American Literature to Mid-1800’s AND
        LIT 111 American Literature Since Mid-1800’s
  Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 LIT 101 Introduction to Literature
  English Literature 50 6 LIT 140 British Literature I AND
        LIT 141 British Literature II
  Freshman College Composition 51 3 ENG 105 Composition I
  Humanities 50 3 HUM 101 Introduction to Humanities
Foreign Languages1
  College Level French Language 50 8 FLF 141 Elementary French I AND
        FLF 142 Elementary French II
  College Level German Language 508  8 FLG 141 Elementary German I AND
        FLG 142 Elementary German II
  College Level Spanish Language 50 8 FLS 141 Elementary Spanish I AND
        FLS 142 Elementary Spanish II
  College Level Spanish Language 63 6 FLS 231 Intermediate Spanish I AND
        FLS 232 Intermediate Spanish II
History and Sciences
  American Government 50 3 POL 111 American National Government
  History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 HIS 151 U.S. History to 1877
  American History II - 1865 to the Present 50 3 HIS 152 U.S. History Since 1877
  Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 PSY 281 - Educational Psychology
  Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology
  Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 121 Developmental Psychology
  Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECN 130 Principles of Microeconomics
  Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
  Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 Modern 50 3 HIS 110 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early
  Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 3 HIS 111 Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present
Science and Mathematics
  Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 3 MAT 211 Calculus I
  College Algebra 50 3 MAT 121 College Algebra
  Precalculus 50 3 MAT 129 Pre Calculus
  Chemistry 50 4 CHM 122 Introduction to General Chemistry
Business
  Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 BUS 179 - Information Systems
  Principles of Management 50 3 MGT 101 Principles of Management
  Principles of Accounting 50 8 ACC 131 Principles of Accounting I AND
        ACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  Introductory Business Law 51 3 BUS 185 Business Law I
  Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 110 Principles of Marketing

1 A single Spanish or German test covers material normally learned during the first four semesters of college level study. The amount of credit received depends upon test scores as indicated.

(AP) Examinations by the College Board

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations by the College Board and WITCC Equivalent Courses

AP Examination Min. Score Equivalent WITCC Course Credit Hours Awarded
Art
Art History 3 ART 203 3
  5 ART 203 and ART 204 6
Studio Art - Drawing 3 ART 133 3
Biology
Biology 3 BIO 116 and BIO 117 8
Chemistry
Chemistry 4 CHM 166 5
  5 CHM 176 10
Economics
Macroeconomics 3 ECN 120 3
Microeconomics 3 ECN 130 3
English      
English Language 3 ENG 105  3
English Literature 3 LIT 101 3
Foreign Language
French Language 3 FLF 141 and FLF 142 8
German Language 3 FLG 141 and FLG 142 8
Spanish Language 3 FLS 141 and FLS 142 8
Spanish Literature 4 FLS 141, FLS 142, FLS 231, FLS 232 14
Government and Politics
American Government 3 POL 111  3
Comparative Government 3 POL 125 3
History      
European History 3 HIS 110 and HIS 111 6
American History 3 HIS 151 and HIS 152 6
Human Geography 3 GEO 121 3
Mathematics
Calculus AS 4 MAT 211  5  
  5 MAT 211 and MAT 217
 
10
Statistics 3 MAT 157 4
Physics
Physics B 3 PHY 162 4
  5 PHY 162 and PHY 172 8
Psychology      
Psychology 4 PSY 111 3
Computers      
Computer Science 3 CSC 116 3

Test-Out Opportunities

Business Department Test-Outs:

ACC 261 Income Tax Accounting
ADM 106 Introduction to Keyboarding
ADM 131
 
Office Calculators
BCA 115
 
Internet Basics

Tests for the above courses may be taken once each semester in the Testing Center. Contact the Testing Center for an appointment.

General Test-Out:

SDV 153
 
Pre-employment Strategies

The test-out is given only once each semester. Contact the secretary for the Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education in room B104 for more details.

Math Department Test-Out:

MAT 772
 
Applied Math

The test-out of MAT 772​  is available anytime before the term begins and closes 14 calendar days after the term begins. Students must coordinate the MAT 772​  test-out directly with the Comet Learning Center staff. Students may attempt the MAT 772​  test-out only once. See the Math Department or the Comet Learning Center for more details such as procedure to sign up, costs, and times available to test.