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  Aug 18, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Catalog

Instructional Program Information



Instructional Program Information

Northeast Texas Community College’s primary purpose is to meet the variety of educational needs of individuals within its service area. The College provides the freshman and sophomore years of traditional baccalaureate programs; it trains technicians for business and industry; it supplies background courses essential to up-grading one’s job; and it enables people to pursue leisure and avocational interests through planned activities. Courses are offered in the day and evening during the academic year, during the December intersession, May intersession, and in the summer. Students may enroll for part or full-time study.

 

Core Curriculum Philosophy

The philosophy of the core curriculum at Northeast is based on the development of students so they are prepared for successful careers, for successful transfer to baccalaureate programs, and for effective functioning as citizens and as members of families, groups, and organizations. Students need effective oral and written communication skills. They need computational skills which result from the study of mathematics. Effective citizenship is based on a variety of skills and knowledge. However, an understanding of our nation’s history and the political process are certainly keys to effective participation in the formation and implementation of public policy at all levels. Critical thinking and decision-making skills are essential for students to perform effectively at all levels within organizations. The expression of ideas and values through visual and performing arts and other humanities is an integral part of student development. Especially in the technological and fast-paced environment of the modern workplace it is important for students to understand and appreciate the various expressions of ideas, values, emotions, joy, and suffering throughout history as manifested in the arts and other cultures. The integration of personal and social responsibility as well as the ability to work others as a team is an important aspect of student development. More important than the accumulation of a set body of knowledge is the student’s ability to conduct research and acquire new knowledge through self-learning. Consequently, the research skills acquired through the physical, biological, and social sciences, along with English and communications, are essential for the development of a society of life-long learners.

 

General Education Competencies

The general education competencies Northeast’s core curriculum include the following core objectives proposed by the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee (UEAC) on Core Curriculum and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2011.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

The above core objectives will be integrated and assessed throughout the following foundational component areas of Northeast’s core curriculum:

  • Communication - Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. (6 hours)

 

Core Curriculum Required Courses

(These courses are required of all students earning transfer degrees, both A.A., A.S., and A.A.T)

Communication - 6 hours
 Mathematics - 3 hours (one from the following):
Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours (two from the following)
Language Philosophy and Culture - 3 hours (one from the following)
Creative Arts - 3 hours (one from the following)
American History - 6 hours (two from the following)
Government/Political Science - 6 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours (one from the following)
Component Area Option (CAO) A - 3 hours (one from the following)
Component Area Option (CAO) B - 3 hours (one from the following)
  • HUMA 1305   or
  • Any approved course from one of the above Core Curriculum Required Courses not also being used to satisfy another core requirement

 TOTAL: 42 semester credit hours 

Degree Requirements

Associate Of Arts (A.A.) Degree
Associate Of Science (A.S.) Degree

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees include coursework in general academic and pre-professional education and give broad exposure to lower division baccalaureate study. These degrees enable students to enter as juniors at the four-year college/university of their choice.

While the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs will satisfy the transfer requirements of most four-year institutions, it is the student’s responsibility to determine the transfer institution’s specific requirements and plan accordingly with the assistance of a Northeast advisor.
 

 Associate Of Arts Degree Requirements

  1. Core Curriculum.
  2. Eighteen hours of academic transfer electives primarily in a major field of study. (see Programs of Study  section for specific program requirements)
    TOTAL: 60 semester credit hours
  • Complete a minimum of fifteen total semester hours at Northeast Texas Community College.
  • Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses counted for graduation.
  • Discharge all financial obligations to the College prior to graduation.

To earn both the Associate of Arts Degree and the Associate of Science Degree, the minimum requirements for each must be met, and an additional 15 college-level semester hours of transfer courses must be earned at Northeast. All residency requirements must be met.

For all students who fall under the guidelines of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), passage of the TSI test is required prior to graduation with an Associate of Arts degree. Please consult the Northeast Texas Community College Texas Success Initiative Institutional Plan for further information.

(Students may not receive the full six hours of credit for HIST 1301  and HIST 1302  by testing. Three hours of United States history must be taken in class to meet the state requirements for graduation).

Associate Of Science Degree Requirements

  1. Core Curriculum.
  2. Eighteen hours of academic transfer electives primarily in a major field of study. (see Programs of Study  section for specific program requirements)
    TOTAL: 60 semester credit hours 
  • Complete a minimum of fifteen total semester hours at Northeast Texas Community College.
  • Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses counted for graduation.
  • Discharge all financial obligations to the College prior to graduation.

To earn both the Associate of Science Degree and the Associate of Arts Degree, the minimum requirements for each must be met, and an additional 15 college-level semester hours of transfer courses must be earned at Northeast. All residence requirements must be met.

For all students who fall under the guidelines of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), passage of the TSI test is required prior to graduation with an Associate of Science degree. Please consult the Northeast Texas Community College Texas Success Initiative Institutional Plan for further information.

(Students may not receive the full six hours of credit for HIST 1301  and HIST 1302  by testing. Three hours of United States history must be taken in class to meet the state requirement for graduation).

Associate Of Arts In Teaching (A.A.T.) Degree

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved collegiate degree program consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is fully transferable to any Texas public university offering baccalaureate degree programs leading to initial teacher certification.

Associate Of Arts In Teaching Degree Requirements

  1. Core Curriculum
  2. Three hours in literature or psychology
  3. Six hours of education field experience courses including EDUC 1301  and EDUC 2301  
  4. All required courses as specified in the degree plan
    TOTAL: 60 semester credit hours
  • Complete a minimum of fifteen total semester hours at Northeast Texas Community College.
  • Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses counted for graduation.
  • Discharge all financial obligations to the College prior to graduation.

To earn both the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree and the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree, the minimum requirements for each must be met, and an additional 15 college-level semester hours of transfer courses must be earned at Northeast. All residency requirements must be met.

For all students who fall under the guidelines of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), passage of the TSI test is required prior to graduation with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree. Please consult the Northeast Texas Community College Texas Success Initiative Institutional Plan for further information.

Associate Of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Degree includes a concentration of coursework in a specific technical or occupational field and support courses in general education.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded for successful completion of prescribed programs of study which prepare students with the knowledge and entry-level skills necessary to enter and compete in the job market. Such courses and programs of study are not intended to transfer to four-year institutions although some colleges and universities will accept all or some of the work.

Associate Of Applied Science Degree Requirements

Complete a minimum of sixty college-level credit hours (sixty-six in Physical Therapy Assistant) including:

  1. Three hours in English or three hours in speech.
  2. Six hours in mathematics, science or computer technology.
  3. Three hours in language, philosophy and culture or creative arts from the following: SPAN 2311  or philosophy or literature or world civilization or HUMA 1301  or HUMA 1302  or ARTS 1301  or ARTS 1303  or ARTS 1304  or MUSI 1306  or DRAM 1310  or DRAM 2361  
  4. Three hours in the social or behavioral sciences from the following: COMM 1307 , history, government, psychology, sociology, economics, geography or anthropology.
  5. All required courses as specified in the degree plan.

Complete a minimum of fifteen total semester hours at Northeast Texas Community College.

The student must attain a minimum of a “C” grade for all courses in the major and a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses counted toward the degree.

Discharge all financial obligations to the College prior to graduation.

For all students who fall under the guidelines of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), passage of the TSI test is required prior to graduation with an Associate of Applied Science degree. Please consult the Northeast Texas Community College Texas Success Initiative Institutional Plan for further information.

The College confers the Associate of Applied Science Degree for the following areas:

Note: The Associate of Applied Science Degrees in all Health Science Programs have unique admission and graduation requirements. 

Certificates Of Competency

Certificates of Competency are awarded for successful completion of prescribed programs of study which prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter a specific job market or to up-grade their skills in a particular area. Such courses or programs are not intended for transfer to four-year institutions. The student must attain a minimum of a “C” grade for all courses in the major and a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses counted toward the certificate. Students wishing to complete a certificate of competency must complete a minimum of fifteen semester hours at Northeast Texas Community College.

The College awards Certificates of Competency for the following:

Northeast Honors Program

Northeast Texas Community College offers alternate ways for students to excel and reach career goals. The Honors Program endeavors to free students from financial obligations, promote student success at the highest levels, and foster lucrative
transferability to universities of choice, including admittance into four-year honors programs.

This program features smaller classes, special amenities like laptops, field trips, and more contact time with faculty, in this case, honors professors. It includes two kinds of students. Presidential Scholars receive substantial institutional scholarships, gifts, and other grants that usually eliminate all educational costs. Honors Scholars receive lesser institutional scholarships, which in addition to other grants, however, can often cover all basic educational costs. Presidential and Honors Scholars enroll in one honors seminar (6-7 hours combining two core curriculum classes) in each of their first three semesters of matriculation at Northeast, and in special Honors Seminar, ENGL 2342.22/ENGL 2323.22 during their fourth and last semester.

An ‘h’ will appear on the transcript of any student who successfully complies with the special standards of any course offering honors credit.

Mission Statement Of Honors Program

The Honors Program at Northeast Texas Community College strives to provide free and exemplary education. It exists to develop original ideas and successful projects. Inclusive and supportive, the program resolves to enroll ambitious, rising, students, promote their careers, and enhance the vitality of the college and surrounding community.

Admission To Honors

Becoming An Honors Or Presidential Scholar

High school students who have scored a minimum of 25 on the ACT or 1740 on the SAT, or who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class are eligible to apply. Dual Enrollment students or college students with more than twelve hours of credit and a 3.5 GPA or better are also welcome to apply. Aspiring scholars must also submit an application which will include a one-page essay showing how they could work successfully in the program. Applications can be acquired from and sent to the office of the Honors Director, Dr. Andrew Yox.

Enrolling In Open Honors Courses

Any student who has attained the necessary prerequisites of a given course can enroll in any course announced as “honors” unless it is reserved only for scholars in the program include honors and non-honors students. Students with a 3.0 GPA after twelve credit hours in college, or high school graduates or students with an equivalency of a B or better average in High School can also receive an honors designation if they receive a B or better on the Honors portion of the course. All students desiring honors credit must make this clear to the professor within ten calendar days after the course begins.

Honors Credit By Taking Designated Courses

In the “Designated Courses,” shown below, students with a 3.0 GPA after twelve credit hours in college, or high school graduates or students with an equivalency of a B or better average in High School may initiate an honors component, and receive honors credit. These components must be approved by the instructor of the course, the Division Director, and the Honors Director within 10 calendar days after the course has started. This honors portion will consist of at least two elements: 1) a project that goes beyond traditional expectations, and illustrates original thought. 2) “with-it-ness” in class, a continuing engagement with course material that is exemplary. To receive honors credit in a Designated Course, students must have an abstract of their project approved by the Honors Director, and must receive a B or better from their instructor in the honors portion of their course. The abstract should state a problem, an awareness of other attempts to solve it, the question or focus posed by the student, and the student’s thesis or findings.

Designated Courses

Designated Courses in the honors system are those in a given discipline with course numbers that are equal to or greater than the following: ACCT 2301 , AGMG 2380 , ANTH 2351 , ARTS 1301 BIOL 1406 , BUSI 1301 CHEM 1405 , COMM 1307 , ITSE 2313 CSME 2410 , CSME 2514 , DRAM 1330 , ECON 2301 , EMSP 2330 , ENGL 1302 , HIST 1301 , HUMA 1301 MATH 1325 ,   MUSI 1301 POFT 2312 PHIL 1301 , PTHA 2301 , PHYS 1401 , GOVT 2305 , PSYC 2301 SOCW 2361 , SOCI 2301 , SPAN 1311 DRAM 1330 .

Progression In Program

Honors and Presidential Scholars are expected to engage in five hours of community service each semester, and to maintain course loads as full-time students. To continue as Honors and Presidential Scholars, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA in their interdisciplinary seminars of 3.0 and in subsequent classes taken for honors credit. To graduate as a Presidential Scholar, students must have taken at least twenty-one hours of overall honors credit, and meet the requirements of an associate degree.

The Honors Program is meant to be porous. Any Northeast student with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better can apply to enter the program before the fall or spring semesters. Any Honors Scholar can be elevated after any fall or spring semester to Presidential Scholar by completing projects that exceed expectations, and keeping up with their commitments in Honors.

Instructional Support Services 

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC), conveniently located in the center of campus, provides an attractive atmosphere for study and research. Carrels, tables, and lounge furniture make for an environment conducive either to working on assignments or recreational reading. Tours of the LRC and instruction in the use of the library may be provided to groups on request; individual assistance is always available, including online tutorials for those who cannot readily visit the LRC in person.

Use of the library and its materials is extended to all members of the community. Adult residents of Camp, Morris, and Titus counties, as well as students, faculty, and staff of Northeast, may register for a library card and borrow materials. In addition, the LRC participates in the TexShare Library Card program, a reciprocal lending program that allows users to borrow materials in person at libraries across the state. Each user is responsible for materials borrowed with his or her library card.

Books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and online databases are selected to support the curriculum and serve the needs of students and faculty. The book collection consists of over 33,000 print volumes, with an almost equal number of electronic books available through the library’s subscription to NetLibrary. Over 300 periodicals and newspapers are received in print and microfiche, and many thousands more are available online through database subscriptions. The LRC maintains a website with links to its online catalog and other Internet resources, as well as information about library and media services. Audiovisual equipment is available for use in individual carrels for those wishing to use audiotapes, videocassettes, and DVDs.

Public computers provide access to the Internet, online databases, and instructional and productivity software. Wireless Internet access is available campus wide for those with their own notebook computers and wireless network devices; prior registration with Computer Services is required. Photocopying of print materials is available at a nominal cost; photocopying of microform materials is possible but limited.

 

Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center (ASC) serves as the main on-campus site to provide resources to help students adapt to the college environment, become reacquainted with the classroom, and offer academic support to encourage student enrollment, participation, and achievement in academic and vocational college level courses. The ASC provides peer and paraprofessional tutoring in a variety of subjects, and an array of self-instructional materials and equipment for student use. Assistance is available to help students in the development of their writing skills through the Writing Center. Students have access to computers for academic coursework, Internet research, and checking emails. The center also administers the Test of Adult and Basic Education (TABE) to vocational students to assess basic skill levels. A staff of qualified and trained instructors and tutors is available to assist students. For further information regarding these services, contact the ASC at 903-434-8244. 

 

Continuing Education and Corporate Training

Continuing Education and Corporate Training at Northeast Texas Community College is committed to providing opportunities to all who are motivated to learn and enrich their lives. Non-credit courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences are offered on current topics in a wide variety of areas, such as banking, management and business related courses, computers, food safety, as well as food protection management certification. Students can explore the latest developments in their occupational fields, meet continuing education requirements for job re-certification, and train for new and emerging careers or enrolling in the night Police Academy. In addition, human interest and leisure learning programs in the arts, recreation, gardening, and family, money management, dancing, and personal development courses help people of all ages improve their quality of life. Finally, corporate training classes can be customized for business, industry, and area organizations to meet the ever-changing needs and requirements. These classes can be offered on campus, on-site, at the Naples Center in Naples, or at the Hanson-Sewell Center in Pittsburg, as well as other sites provided by the community. Programs for youth ages 6 and up are available throughout the year, and during the summer, Kids Camp is held annually. In cooperation with local workforce development boards, the Continuing Education program targets specific demand occupations for intensive training and retraining. Tuition and fees may be defrayed through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) with approval of the local boards for students who qualify. Other grant aid is limited but may be available to qualified students who apply at least six weeks in advance of a workforce-related training program. Students may enroll in a credit course for no credit through Continuing Education on a space available basis with instructor permission. Tuition and fees will be assessed at the same rate as a credit course. For more information, please call 903-434- 8134. 

 

Professional Education and Health Sciences

The Professional Education and Health Sciences Training Department is responsible for the development, coordination, and management of a variety of noncredit continuing professional education programs and courses for licensure and/or certification for individual students. This area consists of Nurse Aide, Medication Aide, Phlebotomy, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Academy, Rural Health, and other program areas as well as various state and local agencies, community services, and health-care providers that provide quality pre-service training and staff development. For more information, please call 903-434-8288. 

 

Distance Education

Northeast Texas Community College offers courses that students can take over the Internet. Most academic departments on the Northeast campus offer courses online, and the Virtual College of Texas offers an extensive range of courses in which students can enroll through Northeast. Texas A&M University - Texarkana offers several ITV classes on the Northeast campus through a partnership agreement with the college. The mission of Distance Education at Northeast Texas Community College is to provide enhanced educational opportunities for students through advanced technology. Distance Education classes enable students to access courses that have already filled in the traditional classroom, and to pursue educational goals while balancing work and family. 

 

The Virtual College of Texas

Northeast Texas Community College is a consortium member of the Virtual College of Texas. The mission of the Virtual College of Texas is to provide all Texans access via instructional technologies to quality instruction and support wherever they may live, regardless of geographic, distance, or time constraints. The Virtual College of Texas is a consortium of accredited, public Texas community and technical colleges. It includes 53 community college districts and the four colleges of the Texas State Technical College System. Through the Virtual College of Texas, students may access college courses offered at institutions across the state. However, students enroll in Virtual College of Texas classes through their local community college. They receive advisement, testing, and other student services on their local campus as well. Students interested in learning more about the Virtual College of Texas may contact Northeast’s VCT office at 903-434-8243. 

 

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education integrates on-campus classroom study with off-campus work experience for students in career-oriented disciplines. Northeast Texas Community College Work Experience Program provides students with supervised practical experience relating to their field of study while they concurrently obtain college course credit.

Students learn and participate in functions performed in their chosen fields so that they might determine if their selected profession or occupation is compatible with their goals. The availability of this program at the community college level affords the student this experience at a much earlier time in their educational process. 

 

Developmental Education

Developmental education courses are offered in reading, writing, and math. These courses help students be successful in their college-level courses. Courses beginning with a sequence of 0 (0301) are considered to be developmental in nature. Credit for these courses is not used for college-level academic honor, graduation, or transfer. Students who are not Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete are required to enroll in developmental education courses based on placement scores from the TSI assessment.

 

Service Learning

Service Learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction. Work experiences and reflection actitivies enrich the learning process in the classroom, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens communities. Students participate in an organized 30-hour service activity that meets community or campus needs to enhance the students’ role as citizens. Students volunteer at non-profit agencies to prepare for the workplace and future community involvement.