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New students are assigned an advisor during the first few weeks of school. An advisor assignment notification is sent to all students. Continuing students generally have the same advisor each semester. Students who are approved for a curriculum change will be assigned a new advisor in their new program and will be notified through their TWolves account.

Students may look up their advisor by:

  1. Select Banner Web from the Quick Links menu at the top of NCCC website (www.niagaracc.suny.edu).
  2. Click on "Enter Secure Area." Enter User I.D. # and PIN #.
  3. Click on "Student & Financial Aid."
  4. Click on "View Academic Advisor Information."
  5. Your advisor's name and contact information will be listed.

Advisors' offices are located in their curricula area; i.e. a Radiologic Technology advisor would be located in the Science and Technology Division area. You can check with the Division Office regarding advisor locations. You will also receive notification about two weeks before the start of Advance Registration (selecting classes for the next semester) that contains your advisor's name and his or her office location.

If your time schedule is different from your advisor, leave the advisor a note on their door or a voice mail. If they do not get back with you check with the Division Office for your major to make sure they are not out ill or had an emergency.

You do not have an assigned advisor, but if you need assistance, you can call 614-6490 or make an appointment to see a counselor in Student Development (A-131).

Students wanting to request a change of advisor should fill out a Change of Advisor form in Student Development (A-131). All changes are kept confidential, but you may be asked to explain why you are requesting a change.

If a student is interested in getting a seat in a closed class, they would have to contact the Division Chair for the course. It is also recommended that the student keep checking Banner Web to see if a seat has become available. The student may also want to select an alternate class because getting into a closed class is not always an option.

Degree evaluation is a program evaluation process offered in Degree Works. It is an essential tool for academic advisement. Degree evaluation (often referred to as degree audit) allows advisors and students to see how completed and currently registered credits apply to a specific program and view what courses are still needed to complete the program.

The Registration and Records office bases graduation eligibility on a satisfied degree audit. If a student files for graduation and all requirements are not fulfilled (based on the degree audit) the student's advisor will be contacted by the Registrar.

Students are encouraged to run a degree evaluation after registration each semester to verify that selected courses are appropriate choices toward their program completion. Students can contact Registration and Records (A-201) or Student Development (A-131) for assistance on running a degree evaluation. To access Degree Works::

  1. Go to niagaracc.suny.edu
  2. At the bottom of the NCCC homepage, under Students, choose Degree Evaluation
  3. Login with your TWolves/Blackboard username and password

Students who are considering a change in major can run a "What If" analysis for any program that NCCC offers by selecting the specific program from a drop-down menu in degree Evaluation.

  1. Login to Degree Works with your TWolves/Blackboard username and password
  2. Select "What If" on the left side of screen
  3. Choose a Major from the drop-down menu
  4. If choosing a program that requires a concentration, i.e. "Individual Studies," select a concentration below
  5. Click on "Process What If" at the top of the screen

The NCCC catalog lists course requirements for all programs. This is used as a guide when helping students decide on courses to select for a given semester. Degree Works is a new evaluation system which can help advisors track students' degree progress and plan the rest of their college career in a more accessible, convenient, and organized way. Advisors will also discuss overall educational and career goals to insure that their advisee is in the appropriate curriculum.

The repeat course policy is listed in the catalog and states the following:
"Students may repeat a course one time only for which credit was earned with a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C or S. A course in which a grade of C-, D+, D, D-, F, U, I, N, W, or X was earned may be repeated until a grade of C or better is attained. Both grades will appear on the transcript in all cases.
The most recent grade recorded will be the official grade earned, whether it is higher or lower than the original grade, and will be the grade used to compute the degree and cumulative grade-point average."

NOTE: REPEATING CLASSES MAY IMPACT FINANCIAL AID. Students should check with the Financial Aid office before making schedule changes if they are not sure how it will impact their financial aid eligibility.

Modular classes, sometimes called "Mods" are courses in sequence (usually three in total) indicated as the course section numbers starting with 1, 2, or 3. They are offered in many different program areas. The modules only meet during a portion of the semester and are offered in a sequence so a student can take many different modules during the semester.

Dual Admissions is available to NCCC students who have not attended any other college and have less than 30 college credits earned. Dual Admissions ensures that students make a smooth transition to the institution to which they choose to transfer. Students interested in exploring this transfer option should make an appointment with a counselor in Student Development (A-131). Transfer students are not eligible for dual admissions. Additional information is available on the Transfer Opportunities/Dual-Admissions website: 1. Go to the College homepage (www.niagaracc.suny.edu) 2. Select Admissions 3. Select Transfer Opportunities

Matriculated students who need assistance choosing a major should meet with a Student Development counselor (A-131) to discuss options. If a student has already conferred with his/her advisor and has chosen a new major, a curriculum change application can be accessed and completed through Banner Web: 1. Go to the College homepage (www.niagaracc.suny.edu) 2. Select Banner Web 3. Enter Secure Area 4. Login using User ID and PIN 5. Select "Student and Financial Aid" 6. Select "Student Records" 7. Select "Curriculum Change Application"

A student may add/drop a class up until the end of the first week of the term. Financial penalties apply according to the refund schedule once classes begin.

Deadlines

  • Classes that are dropped prior to the first day of the term incur no charge.
  • During the first three weeks of the term, dropped classes will be deleted from as student's schedule – financial penalties apply according to the refund policy.
  • From the 4th through the 10th week of the term, students may drop a course(s) and receive a "W" grade.
  • The last day to withdraw from ALL classes is the last day of the term/exams. Note: Dropping classes below full-time status may have a negative effect on Financial Aid, so students should check with Financial Aid prior to dropping or withdrawing from coursework.

Students who miss any classes should speak with the instructor and make up missed assignments. If a student will be out for an extended period due to extenuating circumstances, he or she should contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Services (A-265) to have a notice sent to all instructors. Students are encouraged to speak with a counselor in the Student Development Office (A-131) to discuss strategies for success in light of the absences.

Students who are considering withdrawing from NCCC are encouraged to speak with a counselor in Student Development (A-131) to discuss alternatives to withdrawing and to learn about the financial and academic consequences of dropping all classes. Students may withdraw from all classes by filling out and turning in a form to the Registration and Record's Office (A-201). The form is also available on the Registration and Records website: 1. Go to the College homepage (www.niagaracc.suny.edu) 2. Select "Academics" 3. Select "Registration & Records" 4. Select "Forms" 5. Select "Withdrawals from the College"

NCCC accepts credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses when a student scores a three or higher on the AP examination. The evaluation of AP examination results is made by the transcript evaluator in the Registration and Records Office. Courses taken that apply to the program into which a student has matriculated are accepted. Similar to SAT scores, official copies of AP scores need to be forwarded directly from College Board to the Admissions Office.

A maximum of 50 percent of the credits for a certificate or degree program bearing a grade of C or better can be transferred from an accredited college or university to NCCC. Students must authorize their previous institution to forward an official college transcript to the NCCC Admissions Office. The transcript evaluator in Registration & Records will evaluate the transcript specifically for the program into which the student has matriculated. Accepted transfer course work is entered into the College's student information system (Banner). The student will receive notification that contains the NCCC Equivalent Course Information and the credit hour evaluation. All transfer credit will appear on the student's transcript on Banner Web and Degree Works. Any questions regarding course work transferred to NCCC should be directed to the Registration and Records Office.

Information cannot be released to anyone but the student unless the student has authorized the release through the Registration & Records office. All requests should be made through the Registration & Records Office (A-201). In accordance with the Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA), certain directory information may be released without the student's permission. Niagara County Community College has defined directory information to include: the student's name, address (including email), telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, photograph, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. All requests must be made to the Registration & Records Office, even requests for directory information. It is important to note that a student may block the release of directory information by submitting appropriate paperwork to Registration & Records. Information such as grades, GPA, or a class schedule can not to be released without written permission of the student and can only be released by the Registration & Records Office.

Students interested in honors coursework must have a have a competitive score on their SATpCT and submit letters of reference. Students can contact the Honors Institute Coordinator, Dr. Rebekah Keaton at 716-614-6809 regarding the selection process.

A student who requests an Incomplete "I" grade is required to arrange for completion of course work with his/her instructor. The maximum time for the change of an "I" grade to a performance grade is determined by the instructor, but shall not exceed one academic year. The Registration & Records Office will inform the instructor and student of the approach of the one year deadline. If no change of grade is made by the instructor prior to the deadline, the "I" grade will automatically be converted to an F grade.

S/U grades indicate if a student has successfully completed the course (S grade) or has not successfully completed the course (U grade). Credit is also given, upon successful completion, in the form of a letter grade. * There are some restrictions on the amount of credits you can take as an S/U grade and some courses only use the S/U system. The deadline to apply for an S/U grade changes each semester. Check the Registration & Records Office Web page for deadlines.

If a student does not receive a satisfactory score on a placement test (reading comprehension, writing, or mathematics), he/she can make one more attempt within 3 years prior to the first day of classes. The Pathways Program, offered through continuing education, also provides review programs that are optional and free. However, students are not required to complete any remediation before a retest. Additional questions should be directed to the Testing Center (A-167).

Test scores are valid for three years, so if a student tested once in 2005 and then reapplied in 2008 to the College, they would be allowed two testing opportunities again.

NCCC administers CLEP/DANTES tests at the Trott Access Center, Room 1002, 1001 - 11th Street, Niagara Falls, NY. A student must go to the College Board website (http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam) to register and pay for an exam, to choose NCCC as the testing site, and to determine the next available test date. All CLEP/DANTES exam results must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office for consideration. The credits will be applied by the transcript evaluator in the Registration and Records Office.

NCCC's academic standards are designed to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The system provides periodic and helpful intervention for students working toward completion of a college degree or certificate. The College supports a three-part intervention system: Academic Warning, Probation and Dismissal. The College catalog outlines academic policies and requirements for maintaining Good Academic Standing. A student may meet with his or her academic advisor or make an appointment with a counselor in Student Development (A-131) to review the requirements for staying matriculated at NCCC.

All returning students will be asked to file an appeal with the Academic Affairs Office as part of their readmission application. The student will be asked to indicate the reasons for unsatisfactory achievement and plans for improvement. Each appeal is considered individually.

There is an online GPA calculator on the NCCC website: 1. Go to the College homepage (www.niagaracc.suny.edu) 2. Select "Academics" 3. Select "Calculate Your GPA" (found under 'Resources')

The Learning Commons in D-200 offers tutoring services, the Reading Lab, the Writing Lab, the Accounting Lab, the Science Lab and the Math Lab to all students. Other resources include Student Development for academic and vocational counseling; the Wellness Center for personal counseling, and the student's academic advisor. Credit courses (GES) for student success as well as non-credit workshops are also available.

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