2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
    Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registrar’s Office



The Registrar’s Office is responsible for the integrity of student records for the College, the planning and execution of registering of students each semester and summer session, maintaining grades, issuing transcripts, developing and maintaining articulation agreements, processing forms such as a program waivers, drop/add, transient, attendance, academic forgiveness and reinstatement, certification of degree requirements for students, mailing diplomas to graduates, and maintenance of the computerized student databases, verifying enrollment, veterans certifications, loan deferments, and insurance verifications. 

Privacy of Academic Records 

Bluefield State College complies with the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding confidentiality and student’s access to student records. Policies and procedures are outlined in the current Student Handbook in the section entitled “Confidentiality of Records” and a notification of rights is published in the schedule each semester. 

Notice of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Annual Notification 

Each year Bluefield State College is required to give notice of the various rights accorded to parents and students pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In accordance with FERPA, you are notified of the following: 

  1. RIGHT TO INSPECT: You have the right to review and inspect substantially all of your education records maintained by Bluefield State College. 
  2. RIGHT TO PREVENT DISCLOSURES: You have the right to prevent disclosure of education records to third parties, with certain limited exceptions. It is the intent of this institution to limit disclosure of information contained in your education records to those instances when prior written consent has been given to the disclosure, as an item of directory information, which you have not refused to permit disclosure, or under the provisions of FERPA, which allow disclosure without prior written consent.
  3. RIGHT TO REQUEST AMENDMENT: You have the right to seek to have corrected any parts of an education record, which you believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your rights. This includes the right to a hearing to present evidence that the record should be changed if Bluefield State College decides not to alter the education records according to your request.
  4. RIGHT TO COMPLAIN TO FERPA OFFICE: You have the right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605, concerning this institution’s failure to comply with FERPA; telephone (202) 260-3887 and Fax (202) 260-9001.
  5. RIGHT TO OBTAIN POLICY: You have the right to obtain a copy of the written institutional policy adopted by Bluefield State College in compliance with FERPA. A copy may be obtained in person or by mail from the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701; Telephone (304) 327-4567.

Notice of Designation of Directory Information (FERPA) 

Bluefield State College has designated certain information contained in the education records of its students as directory information for purposes of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

The following information regarding students is considered directory information: (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone number, (4) date and place of birth, (5) major field of study, (6) educational level and/or credits earned, (7) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, (8) weight and height of members of athletic teams, (9) dates of attendance, (10) degrees and awards received, (11) the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the students, and (12) a photograph. 

Directory information may be disclosed by this institution for any purpose in its discretion, without the consent of a parent of a student or an eligible student. Parents of students and eligible students have the right, however, to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. In that case, this information will not be disclosed except with the consent of a parent or student, or as otherwise allowed by FERPA. 

Any parent or student refusing to have any or all of the designated directory information disclosed must file written notification to this effect with this institution at the Registrar’s Office, Conley Hall, on or before the last day of regular registration each semester. Forms for this purpose are available in the Registrar’s Office. 

In the event a refusal is not filed, this institution assumes that neither a parent of a student or eligible student objects to the release of designated directory information. 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates for Bluefield State College are published in West Virginia Higher Education Report Card, which can be reviewed www.wvhepc.com. Visit the Bluefield State College Registrar’s Office webpage to find out how to get information about the “Student Right-To-Know” graduation rates. 

Student Right-to-Know Disclosure 

Graduation and persistence rate information can be found on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission web page at www.wvhepc.com

Attendance 

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are enrolled. Regular attendance for satisfactory completion of a course is an important part of the student’s educational experience. 

Absences 

The college recognizes three kinds of absences: (1) an institutional absence resulting from participation in an activity in which the student is officially representing the College; (2) an unavoidable absence resulting from illness, death in the immediate family, or unnatural cause beyond the control of the student; (3) all other absences are considered willful. 

It is the responsibility of the student to provide a proper explanation to the instructor for institutional or unavoidable absences. Failure to do so immediately upon return to class will automatically make the absence willful. The student should provide supporting documents for institutional and unavoidable absences. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student and at the acceptance of the instructor. 

When the number of clock hours of willful absences exceeds the number of semester hours of credit, the instructor will notify the Registrar that the student has exceeded the permissible number of absences and should be withdrawn from class. Instructors may make variations to the above attendance regulations. However, in no case shall the instructor’s attendance regulations be more rigid than those stated above. The instructor shall file a copy of his/her attendance requirements with the Dean of the School and include them in course syllabi. 

If the student wishes to appeal the drop from a course decision, he/she must first contact the Dean of the School in which the course is taught within 3 days of the notification of the drop notice. Students will be permitted to attend class during the time required for this appeal. The School faculty under the leadership of the Dean will investigate, review, and hear any evidence presented within 5 days. The school faculty will then present their recommendation to the instructor. If the student is not satisfied or the instructor fails to act on the school’s recommendation, the student may appeal the case to the Academics Committee. 

To convene a meeting of the Academics Committee, the student must complete a request form available in the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs within 7 calendar days of the School faculty decision. Students will be permitted to attend class until after the Academics Committee reaches a decision. The committee shall make its recommendation to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who will notify the student, the Registrar, and the class instructor as to whether or not the student is to be reinstated. 

If a student is not reinstated, he/she will be assigned the grade of “W” if the action was initiated prior to the deadline date for dropping courses as published within the academic calendar. Reinstatement means only that the student is readmitted to the class and does not imply that the instructor will be required to provide the opportunity for the student to make up time lost in lectures, laboratories, at hospitals, on field trips, and/or in other similar learning experiences. 

Withdrawal from College 

Students considering withdrawal from the College are encouraged to discuss their situation with their academic advisor and their instructors, the Enrollment Services Center, or another representative of the College before making the decision. Early action leads to better informed, less stressful decisions. 

Each student considering withdrawal will be given the opportunity to speak with a responsive, caring representative of the College. The Enrollment Services Center staff will conduct a brief exit interview with the student to facilitate his/her positive action, whether that means withdrawing, remaining, or planning to return to school at a later date. A student who decides to withdraw must obtain a Permit to Withdraw form from the Enrollment Services Center (Conley Hall). The withdrawing student must consult, in turn, the Enrollment Services Center staff, the Registrar, the Library Director, the Financial Aid Office, and the Business Office. 

The official date of a Permit to Withdraw is the date it is received by the Registrar. The Registrar will then notify all class instructors concerning withdrawals.

A student withdrawing from the College on or before the twelfth Friday after the first class day of the semester will receive a grade of “W”. During the summer semesters, the “W” period ends on the Friday immediately following the fourth week (eighth week for a 10-week term) of the summer semester. A student who does not meet attendance requirements and/or who fails to turn in assignments in a timely fashion as specified in the course syllabus may be withdrawn from class during the regular withdrawal period and receive a grade of “W”. During an eight (8) week course, the “W” period ends on the Friday immediately following the fourth week. Withdrawing from courses after the “W” deadline date may be approved only through action by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Registrar will accept and process change in schedule forms during the period only as authorized by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Courses Taken at Another Institution

A student must apply for transient permission prior to taking courses at another institution if he/she expects to transfer such credit to Bluefield State College. Applications for taking such courses may be secured through the Registrar’s Office and must be approved by the student’s advisor and Dean.

Cross-Registration between Bluefield State College and Concord University

A student enrolled for 12 semester hours or more at the home institution may cross-register to attend classes for credit at either institution without paying additional tuition. This is done by obtaining prior permission from the Registrar at the home institution. Registration and payment of tuition and fees at the home institution must precede registration at the other institution. A paid receipt from the home institution showing 12 hours or more must be presented to implement cross-registration without additional tuition cost. The total number of hours for which the student registers during the semester is governed by the home institution’s credit-hour load policy.

Procedures Related to Dismissal from a Program

The individual in question is counseled by a School representative or committee concerning the problem as soon as is reasonable after discovery. Appeals are not applicable as this is a counseling procedure. Two such counseling meetings are required before proceeding to a formal review of the student’s status by a School or program committee. This formal review will determine: (1) if the student is to be retained or recommended for dismissal from the program; (2) what counseling or remediation steps may be required of the student as a condition of retention, and; (3) what appeal procedures are available if the student is recommended for dismissal from a program.

A program or departmental committee recommendation for dismissal may be appealed to the Academics Committee. If the student elects to appeal dismissal from an undergraduate program, the student may be advised by a person of the student’s choice in the dismissal proceedings of the Academics Committee.

The Academics Committee may recommend dismissal or retention. A recommendation for dismissal from an undergraduate academic program by the Academics Committee must be reviewed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who may confirm or remand the recommendation to the Academics Committee for review. A remand for review must include specific conditions for the review process.

A recommendation for dismissal by the Academics Committee may be appealed to the President whose decision is final.

Probation, Suspension, Dismissal and Academic Good Standing

Probation

A descriptive term for a student who is permitted to remain in school after having failed to meet the minimum standards for satisfactory scholarship as provided by the faculty.

  1. Deficiency invoking probation:
    1. A student whose cumulative scholastic record shows a deficit of 12 quality points but no more than 17 quality points shall automatically acquire probationary status.
    2. A transfer student whose total record shows a deficit of 12 quality points, if admitted, shall be assigned a probationary status as though the deficit had been accumulated in residence.
  2. Restrictions associated with probationary status:
    1. A student who is on probation shall have his/her schedule restricted as long as the probation continues and in accordance with the scale which follows: 16 week term-14 semester hours; 5 week term-5 semester hours.
    2. Termination of probation -a student who is placed on probation as a result of a grade point deficit shall remain on probation until his/her quality point deficiency is reduced to 11 or fewer.

Suspension

Temporary withdrawal of the privilege to enrollment and admittance.

  1. A student with a cumulative deficit of 18 quality points or more shall be suspended for a period of one fall or spring semester. This rule shall not apply to first semester freshmen or to students who have not been on academic probation for one semester. The application of a student suspended from any college shall not be considered for admission until his/her period of suspension has expired. Bluefield State College honors the suspension of any other college and such a suspension is treated as a prior suspension from Bluefield State College.
  2. A student suspended for poor scholarship and subsequently readmitted shall be required to adhere to the following restrictions:
    1. Register for a maximum of 14 semester hours.
    2. Maintain no less than a 2.0 average each semester following readmission.
    3. Reduce the deficit by no fewer than 6 quality points each of 2 semesters. Failure to comply will result in dismissal. Gains made as a result of repeating to remove previous grades are excluded. Gain must be a result of maintaining above 2.0 average.
    4. A second suspension shall be regarded as permanent. A student may, however, request special consideration for readmission after one calendar year. It shall be the responsibility of the student to request a meeting with the Academics Committee and present in writing any reasons or evidence supporting why he/she should be given special consideration for readmission. To convene a meeting of the Academics Committee the student must complete the request form available in the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dismissal

Permanent withdrawal of the privilege of enrollment and attendance.

A second suspension shall be regarded as permanent dismissal. A student may, however, request special consideration for readmission after one calendar year. It shall be the responsibility of the student to request a meeting with the Academics Committee and present in writing any reasons or evidence supporting why he/she should be given special consideration for readmission. To convene a meeting of the Academics Committee the student must complete the request form available in the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Academic Good Standing

Any student eligible to enroll or re-enroll in the institution is considered to be in Good Academic Standing. Social or financial standing may differ.

Appeal of Academic Status

If, after conferring with the Registrar and/or a counselor, a student wishes to appeal his/her academic suspension, dismissal, or probation status, he/she requests a meeting with the Academics Committee and presents in writing any reasons or evidence supporting a change in his/her status. Student rights and responsibilities with regard to these appeals are addressed in the Bluefield State College Student Handbook. The committee will make its recommendation to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Catalog Eligibility Policy

A student who enrolls at Bluefield State College shall follow the provisions of the catalog in use at the time of admission. The student may choose to come under the provisions of the current catalog by filing a written request with their Advisor and Dean. The student wishing to change catalogs should come to the Registrar’s office for a Change of Catalog Request Form.

Any student who interrupts his/her schooling for more than one semester, or who fails to meet the graduation requirements within a five-year period (baccalaureate degree) or three-year period (associate degree) from the date of enrollment, may be subject to the provisions of the current catalog. Students changing their major are subject to the provisions of the catalog in effect at that time. If fewer than 12 semester hours are successfully completed in an academic year, computed from one fall registration to the next, the student is subject to the provisions of the current catalog. Permission to remain under the original catalog may be granted by the Dean of a student’s School in exceptional circumstances.

This policy does not imply that the College will necessarily continue to offer the courses needed to complete the programs that students have in mind. Students seeking admission to professional programs must meet any special and additional admission, retention or program requirements in force at the time the student is accepted to enter the particular program, regardless of the length of time the student has been enrolled as a general college student.

Veterans Services

All veteran students, veteran dependents and those students eligible for Veteran Educational Benefits must contact the Registrar’s Office to meet with the Veterans Representative upon admission to Bluefield State College.

 

 

Compliance with Military Selective Service Act

State Law provides that a male person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years may not enroll in a state supported institution of postsecondary education unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S. Code, Appendix 451, et seq. and the amendments thereto). Males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be compliance with the Military Selective Service Act to be eligible to enroll. Also, a male person may not receive a loan, grant, scholarship or other financial assistance for postsecondary higher education funded by state revenue, including federal funds or gifts and grants accepted by this Sate, or receive a student loan guaranteed by the State unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act. Selective Service Act registration information should be available at all U.S. Postal Service facilities and may be available at some high schools.

Course Equivalencies

Award of Advanced Placement Credit

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (CCTE) are committed to initiatives such as the Advanced Placement program of the College Board, which encourage prospective college students to aspire to higher intellectual achievements. The Commission and Council recognize the Advanced Placement program as one which will allow high school students to master college subject matter and to document their intellectual achievements through successful completion of Advanced Placement examinations.

Beginning with the 1994-95 academic year, the State College and University Systems, and subsequently the HEPC and CCTCE, implemented a policy which will enable students who have successfully completed any Advanced Placement exams to receive academic credit at all public undergraduate institutions in West Virginia. Among the provisions of the policy are:

  1. High school students completing advanced placement examinations of the College Board with a minimum score of 3 will receive credit at any institution in the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia;
  2. When the examination is in the area of the student’s major, the institution will award credit toward the major of core curriculum;
  3. An academic department within the institution, upon approval of the institutional faculty, may require a higher score than 3 on an Advanced Placement test if the credit is to be used toward meeting a course requirement for a major in the department; and
  4. Credits awarded by regionally accredited institutions of higher education for successful completion of Advanced Placement exams are transferable to the other state colleges and universities in accordance with the Advanced Placement policy of the receiving institution.

Listings of awards of Advanced Placement credit for each of the state higher education institutions are on the pages that follow. Minimum scores, number of credits awarded, and available course equivalents are indicated. If the institution does not have an equivalent course, then no course is indicated in the course equivalent column. Credit is awarded, however, for successful completion of any College Board Advanced Placement examination. Credits are awarded once an official score report is received and the student is enrolled in the receiving institution.

Any questions on Advanced Placement credits should be directed to the institution or to:

Academic Affairs Office
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Suite 700
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-2827PH
304.558.0261- FX 304.558.0089
crosier@hepc.wvnet.edu

Advanced Placement Credit Awarded

Examination Min. Score Credit Hours   Bluefield State College Course Equivalent
Art (Studio)        
Drawing Portfolio 3 3 ARTS 220   Drawing
General Portfolio 3 3   Elective
Art History 3 3 ARTS 205   Art History
Biology 3 8 BIOL 101 -BIOL 103L 
BIOL 102 -BIOL 104L  
General Biology & Lab
General Biology & Lab
Chemistry 3 8 CHEM 101 -CHEM 103L 
CHEM 102 -CHEM 104L  
General Chem. & Lab
General Chem. & Lab
Classics       Elective
Latin: Virgil 3 3   Elective
Latin: Catullus/Horace 3 3    
Computer Science   3    
Computer Science A 3 3 COSC 111   Intro to Computers
Computer Science AB
(6 units maximum for both tests)
3 6   COSC 111, Elective
Economics        
Microeconomics 3 3 ECON 212   Principles of Economics II
Macroeconomics 3 3 ECON 211   Principles of Economics I
English        
English Composition and Literature 3
3
3
3
ENGL 101 
ENGL 102  
Composition I
Composition II
English Language and Composition   3 ENGL 101   Composition I
Environmental Science 3 4 Elective  
Foreign Language        
French Language 3 6 FREN 101 -FREN 102   Elementary French I & II
French Literature 3 6   Elective
German Language 3 6   Elective
Spanish Language 3 6 SPAN 101 -SPAN 102   Elementary Spanish I & II
Spanish Literature 3 6   Elective
Geography        
Human Geography 3 3 GEOG 301   World Physical Geography
Government & Politics        
United States 3 3 POSC 200   American National Government
Comparative 3 3   Elective
History        
United States 3 6 HIST 105 -HIST 106   American History
European 3 6   Elective
World 3 6 HIST 101 -HIST 102   World Civilization
Mathematics        
Calculus AB or Subscore 3 4 MATH 220   Calculus I
Calculus BC: AB Subscore     MATH 220   Calculus I
Calculus: BC 3 8 MATH 220 -MATH 230   Calculus I & II
Statistics 3 3 MATH 210   Elementary Statistics
Music 3 3    
Theory     MUSC 109 Theory I
Physics        
Physics B 3 8 PHYS 201 
PHYS 202  
General Physics I (Algebra based) & Lab
General Physics II (Algebra based) & Lab
Physics C Mechanics 3 4 PHYS 211 General Physics I (Calculus based) & Lab
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism 3 4 PHYS 212 General Physics II (Calculus based) & Lab
Psychology        
Introductory Psychology 3 3 PSYC 103   General Psychology

Credit Hours

Credit Transfer and Evaluation Advanced Placement

Students will be permitted to waive certain basic courses if they can demonstrate proficiency in these courses. Students will not receive credit for omitted courses and cannot use such courses as credit toward graduation. Students who make a standard score of 26 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT test are eligible to enroll in MATH 220 .

Students with an ACT score of 22 or above on the English main section, a score of 9 or above on the ACT English usage/mechanics, and a score of 17 on the Reading main portion of the ACT, or a 500 on the SAT Verbal section and satisfy the English grammar prerequisite are eligible to take the English CLEP test and receive three (3) hours credit for ENGL 101  plus 3 hours of English elective hours provided they (1) are not enrolled in ENGL 101 , (2) they have not previously received a grade other than “W” in ENGL 101 , and (3) have not already been institutionally exempt from ENGL 101 . Students must take the English CLEP test (with essay), score 50 or higher on the exam, and receive credit for ENGL 101  before enrolling in ENGL 102 . CLEP information is available from the Enrollment Services Center.

In the Subject Examination, the applicant’s test score must be equal to or above the institutionally established score. The credit will be equated with existing course offerings. A complete listing is available in the Enrollment Services Center. High school students who have taken college-level subjects offered in their schools in cooperation with the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement (AP) program and who have scored a minimal score of 3 on the three-hour examination administered by the Advanced Placement Service may receive credit. The course credits granted will be determined after receipt of scores and enrollment in the college. Scores are to be sent from CEEB to the Office of the Registrar.

Preparatory and Transitional Academic Studies

All students who, on the American College Test (ACT), score below 18 on the English portion, below 19 on the Mathematics portion, or below 17 on the reading score, must enroll in specified college-preparatory/transitional courses. Students who have a mathematics ACT score below 19 are required to take the specified preparatory developmental courses prior to qualifying for enrollment in the regular level courses. For students not completing an ACT the COMPASS*, a computerized adaptive testing system, can be taken. Please refer to “Freshman & Developmental Education Course Placement” policies for correct placement procedures. A student currently enrolled in a developmental education class cannot use the COMPASS to test out of the class during the semester unless the student has the permission of the instructor. NOTE: developmental education classes MAY NOT BE DROPPED at any time without the prior approval of either the Student Advisor or Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

*effective November 2016 the use of COMPASS scores will be changed to ACCUPLACER

Freshman and Developmental Education Course Placement

By combining standardized test scores with the student’s chosen course of study, freshmen at Bluefield State College are strategically placed into the developmental and gateway courses best suited to their curricular goals. Important in this strategic placement is not only the appropriate selection of individual courses, but also the complementary co- requisite pairing of courses for students in need of further remediation. Selection and pairing of courses enable the accelerated-learning and contextual-learning strategies required for successful student completion of gateway courses in the freshman curriculum. These policies reflect changes to Procedural Rule Series 21 of Title 133 of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, “Freshman Assessment and Placement Standards,” and realize HEPC mandated changes to developmental education curricular placement, scale, and design.

Bluefield State College offers three education courses designed to remediate students in the areas of English and Math and a success skills course. They are:

  • ENGL 101L - Composition I with Lab  : Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Additional lab time meant to assist students with acquiring writing skills that are necessary for successful completion of the course. Required of students scoring below Level 3 on the WV 11th grade ELA assessment AND below the minimum scores of any of the following: SAT-1 Verbal below 450, ACT English/Writing below 18 or below 17 on the ACT Reading, or below 88 on the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test or below 79 on the Reading Comprehension
  • GNET 114 - Pre-Technical Mathematics  : A study of fundamental topics from arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Designed for freshman enrolled in engineering technology programs who have insufficient mathematical background and/or ACT scores in mathematics of 18 or lower, or ACCUPLACER elementary algebra score of 75 or lower.
  • MATH 101L - General Mathematics with Lab : Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Additional lab time meant to assist students with acquiring math skills that are necessary for successful completion of the course. Required for students in Math Track B, i.e., students of Humanities, Social Science, Education, Nursing, or Criminal Justice who have scored 15 to 18 inclusive on ACT Mathematics, 340-450 inclusive on SAT Math, or 58-84 inclusive on the ACCUPLACER arithmetic test.
  • MATH 109L - Algebra with Lab : Study of real numbers, exponents, roots and radicals; polynomials, first and second-degree equations and inequalities; functions and graphs. Additional lab time meant to assist students with acquiring math skills that are necessary for successful completion of the course. Required of students in Math Track A, i.e., students of Radiologic Science, Applied Science, Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, or Health Services Management, who have scored 15 to 18 inclusive on ACT Mathematics, 340-450 inclusive on SAT Math, or 25-75 inclusive on the ACCUPLACER elementary algebra test.
  • BSCS 100 - Building Successful College Skills . Designed to assist students in the acquisition of college survival skills, as well as skills for successful living. The course, designed primarily for freshman students, provides the opportunity for acquiring self-management skills and college success skills. First time freshmen are expected to complete this course in their first semester.

English Placement and Policies

English Placement: Students should be placed into ENGL 101L  according to the previously listed guidelines. See the flowchart below for a quick reference on placement scores.

Multiple Score Placement: In those cases, where multiple test scores are available, students should be placed into classes according to their highest standardized test score(s).

Enrollment Caps and Overrides: All ENGL 101L  course enrollments must be limited to 24 students. Any overrides are to be authorized by the instructor, Chair, or Dean only. Requests for overrides should be directed first to the instructor, then if necessary to the Chair, then if necessary to the Dean.

BSCS 100  Enrollment: All students enrolling in ENGL 101L  should also take BSCS 100 - Building Successful College Skills  in their first semester.

Mathematics Placement and Policies

Mathematics Placement: Students should be placed into GNET 114  , MATH 101L , and/or MATH 109L  according to the previously listed guidelines. See the flowchart below for a quick reference on placement scores. Bluefield State College will offer three mathematics curricula depending on the student’s chosen course of study and career goals: GNET Track, Math Track A, and Math Track B. Math A is designed for students endeavoring to pursue science and business fields in which they will be required to know calculus, while Math B is a track designed for students endeavoring to pursue fields outside of engineering, science, and business in which calculus is not a requirement. The GNET Track for students whose chosen field of study is engineering/technology.

Multiple Score Placement: In those cases, where multiple test scores are available, students should be placed into classes according to their highest standardized test score(s).

Change of Major Placement: If a student wishes to change from a Math Track B major to a GNET Track or Math Track A major after successful completion of MATH 101 , students interested in a science or business field are enrolled in the credit bearing course MATH 109 - Algebra  and students interested in an engineering/technology field are enrolled in the credit-bearing course GNET 115 - Technical Mathematics I .

Enrollment Caps and Overrides: All MATH 101L  and MATH 109L  course enrollments are limited to 24 students. Any overrides are to be authorized by the instructor, Chair, or Dean only. Requests for overrides should be directed first to the instructor, then if necessary to the Chair, then if necessary to the Dean.

Calculus Placement: Students scoring 600 on the SAT, 26 or above on the ACT, and 95 or above on the ACCUPLACER College Level Math test will be placed directly into MATH 220 - Calculus I .

BSCS 100  Enrollment: All students enrolling in MATH 101L  or MATH 109L  should also take BSCS 100 - Building Successful College Skills  in their first semester.

 


West Virginia Core Coursework Transfer Agreement

The Higher Education Policy Commission is charged by statute with ensuring that undergraduate core coursework completed at any of its institutions is transferable as general studies to all other state institutions of higher education in West Virginia for credit with the grade earned. Though system policy provides that undergraduate coursework is generally transferable among state institutions, there is no requirement that courses transferred will meet the general studies requirements at receiving institutions.

The purpose of this procedure is to establish a process and format which will enable students who transfer from one state college or university to another to transfer core coursework that will count toward fulfillment of general studies requirements at the receiving institutions. To facilitate the discharge of this statutory responsibility, the following agreement for transfer of core coursework at state higher education institutions in West Virginia and listing of institutional courses that are acceptable for transfer under this agreement has been developed.

Core Coursework Transfer Agreement

To remedy the problem of transfer of core coursework and to meet the statutory mandate, this core coursework agreement will assure that students who transfer from one state college or university to another will receive credit for specified general studies courses at the receiving institutions. Under the terms of the agreement, a student may transfer up to thirty- five credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the areas of English composition, communications and literature, fine arts appreciation, mathematics, natural science, and social science as general studies credits. The agreement establishes hours of coursework acceptable for transfer that will count toward fulfillment of general studies requirements. Since coursework is generally transferable among institutions in the state colleges and universities, a student could conceivably transfer more than thirty-five hours of general studies credit from one institution to another that are provided for in this agreement. The agreement is not designed to limit the number of credits that are transferred. Its purpose is to assure that students will be able to transfer credits in accordance with the terms of the agreement. The hours of core coursework that are acceptable counting toward fulfillment of general studies requirements are as follows:

  • English Composition - 6 hours
    • Communication and Literature - 6 hours

            Speech/Oral Communication - 3 hours

            Literature - 3 hours

  • Fine Arts Appreciation - 3 hours

        Art, Music, Drama, or Theater Appreciation

  • Mathematics - 3-5 hours

       College Math including General Math, Algebra, Trigonometry or Calculus

  • Natural Science - 8-10 hours

        Lab Science including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics or Physical Science

  • Social Science - 9 hours

       History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Economics with no more than six hours from any one area

Implementation

The Director of the Academic Affairs office of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College shall annually appoint a core coursework committee to advise on matters relating to the agreement and listing of courses. The committee may recommend modifications in the agreement or in the list of courses, as it deems necessary. It shall also have the responsibility for publishing and disseminating a transfer guide, which includes the State coursework agreement, and the list of approved core courses at each of the institutions. This committee shall meet at least once a year and file a report annually to the Chancellor.

Institutional Responsibility

Each institution shall have the responsibility of implementing the agreement and distributing the transfer guide to faculty advisers and to students. The agreement and listing of courses acceptable for transfer as general studies credit should be included in the student handbook and other appropriate publications. It is imperative that each institution in disseminating information relating to the core coursework transfer agreement inform students that the agreement assures the transfer of courses for general studies credit for any of the courses listed in the agreement and does not limit the number of credit hours that a student may transfer in general studies. A student, in accordance with the Higher Education Policy Commission Series 17, Policy Regarding the Transferability of Credits and Grades at the Undergraduate Level, and the policies of the receiving institution, may transfer credit for general studies courses that are not included in the agreement and may also transfer more than thirty-five hours of general studies credit.

Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student who is transferring from a state college or university to another state institution to be aware of the specific program requirements at the receiving institution. Occasionally, in an academic program, such as engineering or other professional field, there may be a requirement for completion of a particular general studies course(s). Though the core coursework transfer agreement provides for uniform acceptance of up to thirty-five hours of core coursework, the student must still complete all program requirements for his/her course of study.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students must have official transcripts for all college-level work attempted submitted directly to the Bluefield State College Admissions Office; these should be mailed to the College by the issuing institution. An evaluation of transfer credit will be completed by the Registrar after a student’s file is complete to determine which courses will apply toward the student’s degree program and which can be counted only as elective credit. A minimum of 48 semester credits, of the 120 required for a baccalaureate degree, must have been earned from a baccalaureate degree-granting institution (the minimum number will be higher if more than 120 credits are required for graduation). Although all credits earned from regionally accredited community and junior colleges are accepted for transfer, a maximum of 72 semester hours of such credit, or 108-quarter hours, may be applied to graduation from baccalaureate degree curricula. Once admitted to a degree program at Bluefield State College, transfer credit will be accepted only for courses for which prior permission is obtained from the student’s advisor, the applicable Dean(s), and the Registrar. Bluefield State College is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE), College Credit Recommendation Service. ACE Recommendation Service (CREDIT) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military.

Correspondence Courses

Bluefield State College will accept up to 32 semester hours of non-laboratory correspondence course work from accredited institutions listed in Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions copyrighted by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Students who plan to take a correspondence course can obtain the form, Permission to Earn Credits at Another Institution, from the Registrar’s Office. The completed form must be filed with the Registrar prior to registering/enrolling in such course(s) to ensure the correspondence credit will be accepted. All correspondence exams or proctored work must be taken under the supervision of the Counseling Center staff, or a person designated by the Registrar. Students can locate correspondence courses through the Counseling Center.

Correspondence work will be included in the student’s semester course load at Bluefield State College. Successful correspondence work/credit will not be accepted if the total resident hours plus correspondence hours exceeds the normal course load (18 hours), unless the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs had approved a course overload.

Course Audit

Students at the College, and in some cases certain non-students, may be permitted to audit lecture classes with the permission of the Registrar and the class instructor. Auditors are required to register and pay all appropriate fees. In no case shall an auditor be permitted to change his/her status and receive credit for a class after enrollment, nor shall a student change from credit to audit status after the last day for dropping and adding classes

Grading System

The grading system at Bluefield State College is as follows:

A Superior, given for exceptional performance
B Good, distinctly above average
C Average
D Below average, lowest passing grade
NGR No grade reported by faculty
F Failure, no quality points are received but the semester hours will be included when computing quality point
I Incomplete, given only if the student has a valid reason for missing the latter part of the course. Grades of “I”
must be made up before the end of succeeding regular semester, excluding summer school, by contacting the course instructor and not through course reenrollment. If not made up within the time limitation, the grade automatically becomes an “F”
P Satisfactory completion of courses (for AD Nursing clinical courses only)
S Satisfactory completion of courses (for developmental courses only)
U Unsatisfactory completion of courses; student must re-enroll in class (for developmental courses only)
W Withdraw
X Audit
NI Non-instructional credit
K Indicates a grade that is counted in hours attempted, but not in hours earned toward a degree. Prefix placed in front of transfer grades; grades count in the GPA
KCR Credit awarded from other institutions, which does not count in the GPA

Students must complete all academic studies requirements no later than the academic term in which sixty semester hours are accumulated. A grade of “W” cannot be assigned to academic studies courses unless the student withdraws from the College or receives approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Incomplete Grade

Incomplete is given only if the student has a valid (EXCUSED) reason for missing the latter part of the course. Grades of “I” must be made up before the end of succeeding regular semester, excluding summer school, by contacting the course instructor and not through course re-enrollment. If not made up within the time limitation, the grade automatically becomes an “F”.

If a student is, absent from the final examination in a course on account of illness or other reasons considered valid by the instructor, the instructor may report an “I” grade provided:

  1. The student has informed the instructor prior to the final examination and the instructor considers the reason valid.
  2. The instructor files with the Registrar along with the grade report:
    1. An Incomplete Grade Status Report in duplicate stating under “Reasons for ‘I’ Grade” exactly the same reason given by the student.
    2. Instructor who is not returning the following semester will also file a copy of the final examination with a key indicating the score at which the student would earn each letter grade. This material is to be filed with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Pass-Fail

Students may choose to take continuing education courses on a pass or fail basis instead of the regular grading system. The decision to take a course on this basis must be made during the registration period and may not be changed after the registration deadline. Courses taken on a pass or fail basis will not be considered in determining the student’s grade point average (GPA). A student may earn a maximum of 12 semester hours on the pass or fail basis.

Grade Point Average

The quality of a student’s work is indicated by quality points. Candidates for graduation must have a grade point average of 2.0 on all work recorded on the transcript and on all work completed at Bluefield State College. All work attempted at other colleges is included in the grade point average. Quality points are earned as follows:

A 4 quality points per semester hour
B 3 quality points per semester hour
C 2 quality points per semester hour
D 1 quality point per semester hour
F no quality points are received, but semester hours will be included when computing average

The grade point average is computed on all work for which the student has registered with the following exceptions:

  1. Courses with grades of “W” and
  2. Course(s) with grade(s) to which the Forgiveness Grade Policy has been applied.

Grade-point average can be computed by dividing the number of quality points earned by the number of attempted semester hours recorded on the permanent record card. Other than as noted under exception (b) above, no course for which credit has been awarded may be repeated for credit. Such courses will be marked with an * and credit will be excluded from hours earned.

Grade Reports

Students must access their final grades through the Internet for Student secure access. The site is linked to the Bluefield State College home page at www.bluefieldstate.edu. Grades are generally available within one week after a grading period is complete.

President’s List

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be degree seeking, carry a minimum of 12 semester hours at Bluefield State College (excluding developmental level courses), earn a grade point average for the semester of 3.8 or better, and receive no “D” or “F” grades. Transfer course work will not be accepted within the minimum 12 semester hours required.

Dean’s List

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours (excluding developmental level courses) at Bluefield State College, earn a grade point average for the semester of 3.25 or better, and fail no courses. Transfer course work will not be accepted within the minimum 12 semester hours required.

Military Service Credit

Bluefield State College may grant a maximum of 2 semester hours of physical education activity credit and 2 semester hours of safety and first aid credit to an individual who presents evidence of having completed military basic training. Appropriate documentation of completion of training must be furnished to the Registrar’s Office.

Additional credit may be awarded after evaluation of Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) and other training in accordance with ACE guidelines. A transcript from the Community College of the Air Force or copies of appropriate certificates should be sent to the Admissions Office. Credit for Reserve MOSs will be awarded only when the College receives documentation of a minimum of two annual Enlisted Evaluation Reports (EERs) in the same MOS.

Repeated Course Grade Policy

Bluefield State College has a D/F repeat policy for undergraduate students who have not received their initial baccalaureate degree. If a student earns a D or F in a course at Bluefield State College or at any school in the WV State System and the course is taken no later than the semester or summer term in which the student completes the sixtieth hour (including any class in which the student earns a grade and transfer classes), the student may “D/F repeat” that course. Hours from the Intensive English Program do count towards the sixty hours. Students have only one opportunity to improve their original grades under the D/F repeat policy. The new grade becomes the grade that counts toward the student’s cumulative GPA and credit hours for graduation, even if the repeated course grade is lower than the original grade in the course. The D/F repeat policy will be enacted any time an eligible course is repeated. For students who have attended a college in another country for which they have received only credit and not grades, the 60 hours shall begin with enrollment in an institution in the United States and forgiveness will be applied only to freshman and sophomore level classes taken in the United States.

When a course is repeated due to the receipt of a grade of D/F, the following procedure occurs:

  • The original grade is disregarded for determining the overall GPA; it is marked as excluded (E) in the semester that the student originally took the course.
  • The original grade is not deleted from the student’s permanent record.
  • The second grade is entered on the student’s transcript and marked as included (I) in the semester that the course was repeated.

Courses Repeated Not Related to the Grade of D/F

Courses repeated, but not eligible for the provisions of the D/F repeat policy, follow this procedure:

  • The original grade is included in determining the overall GPA. It is excluded from earned or degree hours and is marked with an (A).
  • The second grade is entered on the student’s transcript and marked as included (I) in the semester that the course was repeated.
  • Courses repeated more than once are handled the same way with the final attempt carrying earned or degree hours. All attempts are used for determining the GPA.

Academic Forgiveness Policy

Under the following conditions, Bluefield State College will extend academic forgiveness to a student. The policy provides that certain “D,” “F,” and “FIW” or “WF” grades will be disregarded in the calculation of the student’s grade point average for graduation requirements but does not apply to requirements for graduation with honors, nor to requirements for professional certification that may be within the province of licensure boards or external agencies.

Students who have received an associate or baccalaureate degree are not eligible for academic forgiveness. Academic forgiveness may only be granted once.

  1. The student must not have enrolled as a full-time student in any college or university during the four consecutive academic years immediately preceding the readmission semester. If the student attended on a part-time basis during the four-year period, a 2.0 GPA is required for all course work attempted.
  2. The student will be admitted on a probationary status. Academic Forgiveness will be applied after the student has earned at least 12 credit hours with grades of “C” or above in all course work and applies, in writing, to the Registrar for Academic Forgiveness.
  3. Only “D,” “F,” and “FIW” or “WF” grades taken for courses at least four years prior to the request may be disregarded for grade point average computation, and these grades will not be deleted from the student’s permanent record.
  4. All “D” grades to be disregarded must be identified by the student at the time of applying for Academic Forgiveness, and the credit earned for those courses will also be disregarded.
  5. The Registrar will notify the student of the decision regarding the request for academic forgiveness within four weeks following the request.
  6. The college maintains the right to accept or not accept actions of other institutions regarding academic forgiveness. Other institutions may or may not recognize academic forgiveness extended by Bluefield State College.

A student in the RBA degree program may elect to receive academic forgiveness under the terms of this policy or have grades for some courses forgiven under these terms and those of the rules of the RBA degree program. The student should contact the RBA Program Director for additional information.

Block Transfer of Vocational-Technical Credit

Block transfer of vocational-technical credit from an accredited or state approved post-secondary vocational-technical school or center may be awarded as determined by the appropriate academic department and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. No grades shall be assigned and such transfer applied only toward completion of the specific program for which the transfer was approved. The transferability of such credit will depend entirely upon the institution to which a student transfers. The student shall assure that the proper transcripts are provided to the office of the registrar to receive credit.

Evaluation for Degree Requirements

A student who has completed 90 semester hours of credit toward a baccalaureate degree or a student who has completed 45 semester hours of credit towards an associate degree must request from his/her advisor an evaluation of the student’s credits. The evaluation should indicate all of the courses the student has completed and those that must be completed for the degree and/or certification sought. The academic advisement software program, Degree Works, may substitute for the 45- and 90- hour evaluations. After an evaluation has been completed, the student should keep a copy and have it available on registration days.

A Degree Works evaluation may substitute for the 45 and 90-hour evaluations. Students should consult with their assigned academic advisor regarding use of this program to assure accuracy for graduation requirements.

Students who need an evaluation to determine what courses to take during the summer sessions should request an evaluation several weeks before it is needed. It is difficult to prepare evaluations during the last portion of April. After an evaluation has been made, the student should keep a copy and have it available on registration days. It is the student’s responsibility to check on all requirements and to make inquiry if there is doubt of satisfying any of them.

Graduation and Commencement Regulations

Bluefield State College operates under the philosophy that all aspects of campus life are an integral part of the educational program. The commencement program is regarded as part of the academic program; therefore, participation in these activities is considered academic in nature. In recognition of this perspective, and in addition to earning certain specified hours of academic credits in prescribed programs, the prospective graduate is required to attend and participate in the commencement exercises in accordance with the following regulations. The same requirements will pertain to those who expect to receive an Associate Degree:

  • Bluefield State College has one formal graduation ceremony, which is held at the close of the spring semester. Students who graduate during the previous summer are invited to take part in the annual commencement program.
  • Seniors who graduate at the end of the fall or spring semester are required to attend and participate in the commencement ceremony. Graduates at the end of the fall semester will be given appropriate credentials with the stipulation that attendance and participation in the spring commencement exercises is required.
  • All applicants for graduation who have the work in progress necessary to complete degree requirements will participate in the graduation program. The actual awarding of degrees will be made after all final grades are received. Diplomas will be available within four weeks of graduation to those successfully completing graduation requirements.
  • Students who will be able to complete their graduation requirements in the summer term and who are registered and paid for the course(s) needed to graduate may walk in the May commencement.
  • Application in writing for permission to receive a degree in absentia must be filed with the Vice President for Academic Affairs well in advance of the commencement program. Annual reports of completion rates of students and student athletes are made available in the Registrar’s Office to comply with federal Student Right-to-Know regulations.

Graduation with Honors

To be eligible for honors, a student must meet the minimum residency requirements as stated in the catalog for the year of graduation and comply with one of the following criteria:

  • CUM LAUDE for those candidates who have maintained an average of 3.25 to 3.49.
  • MAGNA CUM LAUDE for those candidates who have maintained an average of 3.5 to 3.79.
  • SUMMA CUM LAUDE for those candidates who have maintained an average of 3.8 to 4.0.

To be eligible for these honors, a student must have completed 32 semester hours at Bluefield State College; of the last 32 hours, 16 must be completed at Bluefield State College.

Any student who completed the requirements for an Associate degree with a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average will receive recognition as an “HONOR GRADUATE.”

To be eligible for these honors, a student must have completed 16 semester hours at Bluefield State College; of the last 16 hours, eight must be completed at Bluefield State College.

Tentative standing for honors will be calculated on work completed prior to the graduation ceremony; however, actual honors awarded and engraved on the diploma will include all work completed up to graduation.

Residence Requirements

To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree the following criteria must be met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours at Bluefield State College
  2. Completion of at least 16 hours of the last 32 semester hours at Bluefield State College
  3. Completion of at least one-fourth of the required semester hours within major(s) and/or concentrations(s) at Bluefield State College

The School of Business specifies that at least one-half of all 300 and 400 business core courses and one half of all courses for the business administration major and accountancy major be taken at Bluefield State College.

To be eligible for an associate degree the following criteria must be met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 16 semester hours at Bluefield State College.
  2. Completion of at least 8 hours of the last 16 semester hours at Bluefield State College.

Baccalaureate Degrees

A student may be awarded more than one Baccalaureate Degree by completing all the requirements for the desired subsequent degrees. A minimum of 21 additional semester hours of approved work* will be required beyond the requirements of the previous Baccalaureate Degree. **

Associate Degrees

A student may be awarded more than one Associate Degree by completing all the requirements for the desired subsequent degrees. A minimum of 12 additional semester hours of approved work* will be required beyond the requirements of the previous Baccalaureate or Associate Degrees. **

* Prior approval of the Dean of the School in which the additional degree is to be pursued is required for all additional work
** A student can receive no more than two A.S. degrees and two B.S. degrees at a given commencement.

Degree Requirements

Most baccalaureate degrees granted by Bluefield State College have the same minimum requirements with regard to semester credit hours and grade point average. Exceptions will be stated in the program description sections of applicable curricula. The minimum requirement for most is 120 semester credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 on all work entered on the student’s permanent record, 2.0 on all work completed at Bluefield State College, 2.0 on all courses in the major, and 2.0 on all courses in the specialization. Among the exceptions is Teacher Education, which requires a 2.75 or better overall GPA, a grade of C or better in all professional education courses and a student’s 5-9 content area. Accountancy, which requires a 2.75 in all accounting courses; and Business Administration, which requires an overall 2.0 in courses required for the degree (Business core and majors/minors).

Most associate degrees granted have the same minimum requirements with regard to semester credit hours and grade point average. The minimum requirement is 60 semester credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 on all work entered on the student’s permanent record and a 2.0 on all work completed at Bluefield State College. Associate and Baccalaureate Nursing, Associate in Radiologic Technology and Baccalaureate inImaging Sciences require a “C” or better in all courses in the major and some selected support courses. Students should refer to the respective program description in this catalog.

Any student graduating with a B.S. in a field that also has an A.S. degree as part of the B.S. degree requirements will automatically be awarded, for no charge an A.S. degree when they receive their B.S. degree. The student must meet eligibility requirements for the A.S. degree and will not be awarded an A.S. degree if they have already received an Associate degree in a field similar to the A.S. degree at Bluefield State College from another institution.

All Bluefield State College first-time students are strongly recommended to take BSCS 100 , this helps the student to transition into college. It enhances the development of skills necessary to succeed in college, motivates the student to continue/persist with identified college career choice, and helps the student achieve educational and personal goals. During this course, students develop personal, academic, and career goals, as well as personal health and wellness plans.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degrees

The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to those students who complete the requirements for this non-specified major degree program, which is designed and intended for the adult student.

The courses of study for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are divided into four areas - general studies, the core, the specialization, and electives. General studies include those courses required of all candidates for the B.A. or B.S. degrees. Electives are those courses not included in general studies, core, and specialization or areas used to fulfill graduation requirements.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education Degree (B.S. in Ed.)

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education Degree (B.S. in Ed.)

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is awarded to students completing the Elementary Education K-6 specialization. The Bachelor of Science in Early/Middle Education is awarded to majors in Elementary and Early/Middle Education. Subject area specializations in Early/Middle Education include Elementary Education (K-6) combined with a specialization in one or more of the following disciplines: 5-9  General Science, 5-9 English/Language Arts, 5-9 Mathematics and 5-9 Social Studies and K-6 Special Education Multi-Categorical BD, MI, SLD (excluding autism).  Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, successfully complete student teaching the professional semester, and take and pass the required Praxis II examinations. The grade point average for program admission is 2.75.