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2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions, Recruitment and Gateway Services

NC State has an “open door” admissions policy. General admission is open to (a) high school graduates; (b) persons who have attained high school equivalency (GED); and (c) select high school students who qualify under specific Early Learning Programs (College Credit Plus and College‐NOW). If you do not meet these criteria, you may still be eligible for admission. Please contact Admissions, Recruitment and Gateway Services for specific information.

Admissions and Recruitment

Recruiters assist new students, transfer students and students returning to college with questions related to program information and the steps involved with college admission. A personal visit allows the Admissions Office to answer all questions and make the transition to college an easy one.

For more information about enrolling in the college and completing the enrollment checklist, contact the Admissions Office in Kee Hall at 419‐755‐4761, or by email at admissions@ncstatecollege.edu.

Gateway Services

North Central State College believes a strong start is essential to achieving success in college. A strong start consists of a series of steps designed to communicate the process for selecting, entering and completing a program of study. To achieve this, the Student Success Coaches work through the Student Success and Transition Center. Academic Liaisons focus on persistence and completion and report to each division academic dean.

Student Success and Transition Services

Success Coaches provide academic advising and support services for new, returning, developmental, and probation students in the Student Success and Transition Center. Success Coaches are often the first college advisors that work closely with students to identify career goals, discuss mandatory placement testing, create individual academic plans, provide registration assistance, and coordinate mandatory Connect to College ‐ new student orientation. Success Coaches arrange academic and personal support services and create academic plans that guide students to meet completion goals. Upon completion of developmental or first semester coursework, students are transitioned to the appropriate Academic Liaison’s for additional advising support.

Academic Advising

NC State provides a 3‐tiered advising structure to support the needs of students as they progress to completion. Students can find their assigned advisor’s information within student academic planning and registration software on MyNC.

Success Coaches are advisors located in Student Success and Transition Services. Each provide academic planning and registration services for new and returning students as well as developmental and probation status students. Advisors work closely with developmental students as part of the DIRECTIONS advising program. DIRECTIONS students are required to meet each semester with an assigned Success Coach to ensure that the student is taking the necessary steps to be successful.

Academic Liaisons are Title III advisors in each division that provide academic advising to college‐ready students after completion of developmental coursework. Liaisons specialize in divisional and/or program advising and continue to assist students with academic planning and registration.

Faculty Advisors are the assigned to each student based on his or her declared major. Students with curriculum specific questions are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor as they enter technical field coursework.


Students in selected programs in area high schools and joint vocational schools may receive advanced standing in North Central State College program based on articulation agreements between North Central State College and the high school or joint vocational school. These agreements are annually reviewed annually. For further information or specificities of a particular agreement, contact the Admissions Office. Currently, there are articulation agreements with the following schools:

  • Ashland County ‐ West Holmes Center
  • Knox County Career Center
  • Madison Comprehensive High School
  • Mansfield Senior High School
  • Pioneer Career & Technology Center
  • Tri‐Rivers Career Center
  • Wayne County Schools Career Center

Students seeking articulation credit must:

  1. Submit an application to NC State within two years of high school graduation (unless indicated otherwise in the preface to a list of courses).
  2. Request articulation credit by completing the form available in the NC State Office of Student Records.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript to the NC State Office of Student Records.

In addition to the Articulation Agreements described above, various special arrangements exist regarding credit‐by‐examination available to vocational and tech‐prep graduates under certain circumstances. Details can be found in the articulation documents signed by representatives of NC State and the respective schools.


New student assessments, such as the ACCUPLACER, Computer Literacy, and the TEAS, are administered through the Student Success and Transition Center. The CSI (College Student Inventory) is also administered through this office.


North Central State College assesses new and returning students for course placement purposes with an assessment programs called the ACCUPLACER. The ACCUPLACER assess students’ skills in the following areas: reading, writing, and mathematics.

Students should complete this assessment as soon as they apply to the college and before enrolling in any classes. The ACCUPLACER must be completed before enrolling in READ0080, WRIT0090, ENGL 1010 , or any math or statistics courses. Students are encouraged to review computerized test taking techniques as well as reading/writing/math concepts before taking the assessment. The Student Success and Transition Center can provide information on how to prepare for the ACCUPLACER by using certain websites and other resources.

Students who have already earned an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree may not be required to take the ACCUPLACER. Furthermore, students are not required to take certain portions of the ACCUPLACER if they have achieved the required scores in COMPASS or the various ACT subtests or if those students are transferring in college credit for specific English and/or math classes. The following portions of the ACCUPLACER are waived based on the following criteria:

  • Math ‐ a score of 21 or higher on the ACT math subtest, or transfer of credit for any of the following: MATH 0074, MATH1010, MATH1030, MATH1050, MATH1051, MATH 1110 , MATH 1150 , STAT 1010 .
  • Reading ‐ a score of 21 or higher on the ACT reading subtest, or transfer credit for ENGL 1010 .
  • English ‐ a score of 18 or higher on the ACT writing subtest, COMPASS or ACT e‐Write of 8 or higher, or transfer credit for ENGL 1010 .

The first attempt of the ACCUPLACER is free. There will be a fee of $25 for each retest. Students who want to schedule an appointment to take the ACCUPLACER should contact the Student Success and Transition Center. Students who are unsure whether they need to take assessment testing should contact the Admissions Office.

Computer Literacy

This assessment is required of any student wishing to take a computer class for the first time at the college, except for CISS 1020 - Introduction to Computers . This assessment evaluates the student’s knowledge of Windows, email, Microsoft Word, the Internet, and skills in typing. This may be waived with proper transfer credit. More information is available at the Student Success and Transition Center. The first attempt of the Computer Literacy is free. There will be a fee of $15 for each retest.


The TEAS is required for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing programs. The test is a 4‐hour assessment on reading, writing, math, and science that requires prior registration and fee payment at the Cashier’s Office, Room 140 Kee Hall. Students can acquire information on how to prepare from the Student Success and Transition Center. Some rules and restrictions apply.

College Credit Plus (CCP)

North Central State College is proud to partner with over 30 high schools in north central Ohio to create pathways from high school to college that encourage qualified students to earn dual credit ‐ high school and college credit ‐ while they are still in high school.

As of the 2015‐2016 academic year, the Ohio Board of Regents requires that districts work together to offer college course work that will result in transcripted college or high school credit. What was known before as “Dual Enrollment,” “Post‐Secondary Enrollment,” or “Seniors to Sophomores (S2S)” are all part of the College Credit Plus legislation.

College Now


Through a partnership between Ashland County West Holmes Career Center, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College, qualified students have the opportunity to earn a Bioscience associate degree right along with their high school diploma.

Business and Engineering

Through a partnership between Pioneer Career and Technology Center, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College, qualified high school students have a unique opportunity to earn an associate degree in either business or engineering technology along with their high school diploma. This program is ideal for students who wish to complete their first two years of college while in high school and then transfer to a four‐year college or university business program.

For more information on the Early College Programs, please see www.college‐now.org.

Developmental Studies

Many adult students, as well as students just out of high school, have difficulties making the transition to college. These transition difficulties are most apparent in the areas of math, reading and writing skills, study skills, test‐taking skills, time management, and decision‐making. The purpose of the following courses is to help the student gain the necessary background and coping skills for a successful college experience.

International Students and Transcripts

NC State has approval to admit of foreign students. For further details, contact the Admissions Office at 419‐755‐4761 or visit the college’s International Students webpage at www.ncstatecollege.edu/cms/admissions/international‐students.html.

A College‐specific list of professional evaluation services is available for individuals requesting foreign credential evaluations. The recognized expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report will provide a consistent and valid credit evaluation for the student and the College. The student will pay the cost for this service (approximately $120‐$150). The full text of this policy, which includes the list of College‐approved evaluation services, is available in the Student Records Office.

Mandatory Placement Guidelines

Students are placed into reading/writing/math courses based on their scores on initial assessment testing (ACCUPLACER) offered by the College or previous ACT or COMPASS scores. ACCUPLACER scores may indicate that the student needs additional instruction in these areas before beginning college level mathematics and English courses. This mandatory placement promotes student success and persistence.

Based on their new‐student assessment scores, students can be placed into one or more of the following courses:

If the required ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS cut‐off scores are not achieved for college level placement in English or math, students have a secondary option to provide a high school transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and a grade a B or above in the last high school English taken or highest level mathematics class (Algebra II or above). The student may also provide letters of recommendation from the high school counselor and English/mathematics instructor.

Students are required to begin developmental classes in their first term and follow the sequence each subsequent term through completion of the first college‐level math or English course. Those placing into two or more developmental classes are required to take FYEX0060. Students are placed in FYEX0050 based on ACT Engage test results.

All students enrolled in degree programs are required to have MATH0074 competency. Successful completion (C‐ or better) of any math course is required in order to advance to the next higher level math course. Success Coaches/Advisors in the Student Success and Transition Center can also suggest programs to assist the student in remedial coursework such as tutoring, Solutions, and boot camps.

Students who believe they have been misplaced into a reading/writing/math course should see an advisor in the Student Success and Transition Office about retesting or providing additional information noted above BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER’S CLASSES. If students have further questions, they can contact the Student Success and Transition Center in 136 Kee Hall, 419‐755‐4764.

Program 60

Persons who are 60 years of age or older are entitled to register for courses on a space available basis, for no credit, at no charge other than any applicable lab fee. Textbooks must be purchased and are available at the College bookstore. For further details, contact the Admissions Office.


Student registration is conducted via the web or can be done in person at the Student Records Office. Students in the Directions Advising Program on probation, receiving funding through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), or in the Post‐Secondary College Credit Plus (CCP) are required to meet with a Success Coach/Advisor first before registering each term. Web registration is available each term beginning with the first day of Priority Registration and ending on the last day to add a class. The last day to add a class for a given term is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the Sunday prior to the start of the term. Web registration is available to eligible students and will only be available through the Sunday prior to the first day of the term. Contact the Office of Student Records with questions about eligibility or the Student Success and Transition Center for help with choosing classes.

New students and students returning to NC State after an absence of one year or more are required to complete the application to the college and Accuplacer assessment before enrolling. Students may process no more than two registrations per visit to the Student Records Office. Students have the right to appeal to the faculty instructing their desired course for entrance after the deadline. However, the College and the faculty reserve the right to deny a student entrance into any course after the established deadline. If the faculty gives the student permission to register, the student must present a signed permission form from the course instructor to the Office of Student Records no later than the end of the business day on the second Monday of the term. The student must also attend the first day of the scheduled class.

Courses can be dropped from a schedule through the withdrawal date established on the academic calendar for the term. Student initiated withdrawals are processed in the Office of Student Records (see Withdrawing from a Course ).

Students are required to pay fees or arrange for fee payment on an installment basis by the payment deadline in each registration period. Students with unpaid fees may be administratively withdrawn from classes after the payment deadline has passed. Formal confirmation of class availability and fee adjustments is available in the Office of Student Records and/or the Cashier’s Office.

Second Degree

Any student may wish to pursue a second degree. To be eligible, a student must complete all required coursework within a second technology as listed in the program section of this catalog, complete a Petition to Graduate form in the Office of Student Records, and pay the graduation fee. The Financial Aid Office can address questions concerning limitations of financial aid or veteran’s benefits in support of second degree programs.

Several of the program technologies have more than one major. Students enrolled in any one of these several majors will be eligible for an associate degree in the technology upon completion of required coursework and the filing of the Petition to Graduate. Completion of a second or subsequent major within the same technology does not lead to a second degree. This applies to Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technology, Information Technology and Visual Communications Media and Technology. The official student course transcript, however, will note the second major, if the student completed a Petition form in the Office of Student Records.

Tech Prep

College Tech Prep programs prepare high school students for the high‐skill, high‐demand technical careers required for an increasingly complex global economy. College Tech Prep emphasizes math, science and technology for Ohio’s economic development.

Students master college prep math, science and English and build marketable skills in areas such as engineering, health, information technology, biotechnology, business, and many others. Program pathways align to an associate or bachelor’s degree or certification at North Central State College and other Ohio colleges and universities and/or employment.

Education is Aligned and Market‐Driven

The unique core of College Tech Prep is the pathway – a sequential course of study that aligns instruction and student services from high school to college and career.

  • Employers identify skills that will be valuable for future careers. Colleges and high schools coordinate curriculum to develop these skills.
  • Students with similar goals, interests and talents are engaged in a peer‐friendly, educational environment.
  • Teachers coach students in project‐based learning ‐ building skills needed for high tech, high paying careers.
  • Industry support ensures rigorous instruction and marketplace relevance.
  • Curriculum is aligned to industry standards.
  • Academic coursework is integrated.
  • Learning is focused on teamwork, critical thinking and problemsolving.
  • Students acquire expertise and confidence required for tomorrow’s top careers.
  • Credentialing, internships, mentoring, co‐opportunities and classes in industry settings support workforce development.

Early Access to College Pays Off

  • Students begin college coursework in high school with the option of earning college credits and qualifying for advanced standing and scholarships.
  • College costs are reduced and time to degree completion accelerated.
  • Students build early relationships with college personnel‐‐‐confidence is nurtured.
  • Students explore career options before making costly decisions.

Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center

The Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center collaborates with several career technical centers and two‐year technical colleges to offer career focused programs. The career technical centers and colleges are:

Career and Technical Centers

  • Ashland County‐West Holmes Career Center
  • C‐TEC of Licking County
  • Columbus City School District
  • Delaware Adult Career Center
  • Eastland‐Fairfield Career and Technical Center
  • Knox County Career Center
  • Lancaster City School District
  • Madison Comprehensive High School
  • Mansfield Senior High School
  • Pickaway‐ Ross Career and Technical Center
  • Pioneer Career and Technology Center
  • South‐Western City School District
  • Tolles Career and Technical Center
  • Tri‐Rivers Career Center


  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Marion Technical College
  • North Central State College
  • The Ohio State University, all campuses

The Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center also works with regional businesses, industry, labor, health care providers and governmental agencies.

Each of the Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center’s programs are high‐tech, high‐skilled occupational programs. When College Tech Prep students enter North Central State College, they will already have occupational, academic and employability skills gained in their two years of secondary College Tech Prep. This will prepare them to enter North Central State College’s programs with advanced placement and will have sufficient job skills in their field to get and keep entry‐level positions.

College Tech Prep Secondary Program Career Fields:

  • Agriculture and Environmental Systems
  • Arts and Communication
  • Education and Training
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Business and Administrative Services
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Marketing
  • Transportation Systems

Transient Students

Students may complete a number of credits at another college and transfer them to NC State. The Transfer Credit Contract form, available in the Office of Student Records, must be completed in order to do this as smoothly as possible. Prior approval from the appropriate division dean is necessary. An official transcript of all credits earned as a transient student should be sent to the Office of Student Records in order to apply such credits to graduation requirements.