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Academic Services and Procedures

Johnston Community College exists to provide for the fullest possible development of each person who enters its open door to learn. The policies, programs of study, and regulations of the College are directed toward this objective.

The College expects each student to make significant academic progress toward his or her chosen educational goal and is committed to making this objective possible for all students. At the end of each semester, final course grades are issued and an assessment is made of the student’s academic progress. Satisfactory progress is defined in this section of the catalog under the heading Academic Progress.

The College operates on the semester system. Fall and spring semesters are typically 16 weeks in length. Summer may be a shorter session (typically a 8-week session).

Classes normally meet 50 minutes per instructional hour with a 10-minute break between classes. The number of times per week that a class meets is determined by the number of semester hours credit prescribed in the curriculum and is indicated in the semester class schedule.

Semester hours of credit are awarded as follows: one semester hour of credit for each hour per week of class lecture, one semester hour of credit for each two or three hours per week of laboratory work or clinical experience, manipulative laboratory training, or shop practice.

Students pursuing degree, diploma, and certificate programs typically register and are enrolled at the beginning of a semester. Students wishing to take fast track courses in selected programs that are scheduled to start after the beginning of a semester may register and be enrolled for those courses prior to the starting date. Generally, students begin their program of study in the fall semester. However, entrance at the beginning of other semesters is possible when the curriculum and class schedule permit.

Students may register for certain courses to be taken in evening hours on a modified basis, as provided for in curriculum outlines and course descriptions.

All students are expected to register during the time scheduled for that purpose. Semester registration dates are published in the academic calendar and announced prior to each semester.

Entering curriculum students must be accepted for admission by the director of admissions and counseling before beginning the registration process. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor, or assigned to the Center for Academic Planning (CAP), who assists the student in planning a program of study. The faculty advisor or CAP must approve the student’s proposed class schedule each semester prior to registration.

Continuing Education Registration
Information regarding registration for continuing education courses may be found in the Continuing Education section of the catalog.

Course Load and Classification
Each student is responsible for being familiar with the requirements of the program of study that the student is pursuing and for keeping account of progress toward completion of graduation requirements.

Class schedules and course loads should be carefully planned by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor. The student is expected to be familiar with all regulations set forth in the catalog. Copies are available in the Student Services Office.

A full-time curriculum student is one who is carrying a minimum course load of 12 semester hours in a degree, diploma, or certificate program. The normal load for typical full-time students generally varies between 15 and 21 semester hours. A part-time student is one who is carrying a course load of less than 12 hours.

A student who desires to register for course work in excess of 21 credit hours (excluding fast track courses), must present a written recommendation from the faculty advisor and secure the approval of the vice president of instruction.

Students who have completed 31 or less credit hours are classified as first-year students. Those who have completed 32 or more credit hours are classified as second-year students.

Persons who wish to enroll for a special educational objective not specifically provided for in an established curriculum may be admitted and classified as special students. Special students are required to pay tuition and fees. Exceptions must be approved by the vice president of student services.

Credit Hour Load Policy for Visiting Students
Any student attending a community college shall not enroll in more than 21 credit hours per semester without prior approval of the home college. Any student enrolled in two or more colleges concurrently during a semester shall give each college complete enrollment information including: the name of each college enrolled, the number of credit hours taken, the class schedule, and other relevant information.

Any student who exceeds 21 credit hours during a semester without prior approval of the home college or fails to give complete and accurate enrollment information shall be prohibited from taking courses at any community college for one academic year.

Registered students may add a class within the first two school days of any term. The student must secure the faculty advisor’s approval on a drop/add form before the change can be made official in the Registrar’s Office.

Warning: All drop/add transactions must be completed in one process. If a student changes or drops a class after the semester has begun, the system refunds 75 percent of the tuition up to the 10-percent census date of the class. If a student adds a class at another time (not during the same computer transaction as the drop), instead of a net zero, his or her account reflects the 75-percent refund and a 100-percent charge for the new class. The result is an additional 25 percent of the class tuition.

A. Once a student has officially enrolled in a class and paid the tuition and fees, the student shall maintain membership in said class, until one of the following occurs:

  1. Student Withdrawal – he or she officially withdraws and the action is effective as of that date.
  2. Instructor Withdrawal - He or she stops attending class.
    1. Students who exceed the instructor’s attendance policy may be dropped from the class roll because of excessive absences.
    2. He or she fails to attend class prior to the 10-percent point of any term (census date). This constitutes administrative withdrawal (Never Attended) and is effective as of the first day of the class. A grade of “NA” will be assigned.

B. A student may drop a class with the following results:

  1. A student may drop as late as the 65-percent date of the term without a grade penalty as long as the instructor has not already dropped the student because of excessive absences. The transcript will indicate a "WD." (No withdrawals are accepted for processing after the established date to drop without grade penalty for that term without extenuating circumstances and must be signed by the dean or vice president. Withdrawals after the established date in the academic calendar are handled on a case-by-case basis.)

C. A student who is considering withdrawal from a course(s) or from the College is strongly encouraged first to consult the instructor(s) and his or her faculty advisor. A student who wishes to withdraw must complete a drop/add form, have it signed by the instructor and present it to the registrar before an official withdrawal can be recorded. Students who fail to comply with this procedure are considered to have withdrawn unofficially, considered not in good standing with the College, and receive a grade of "WF."

D. A student who withdraws or drops from any portion of a course (classroom, lab, clinic, or shop) will be dropped from the entire course.

E. All course changes must be in accordance with the academic calendar.

F. Students who receive financial aid or VA educational benefits should consult with personnel in those offices before dropping classes or withdrawing from the College.

Administrative Withdrawal
Students whose emotional and/or psychological distress or substance use is so severe that they are unable to adequately participate in the academic environment, present a danger to self or others, are unable to adequately care for themselves, or are engaging in substance abuse requiring extensive treatment or hospitalization may be involuntarily withdrawn from the College.

An administrative withdrawal constitutes a complete withdrawal from all courses, and a grade of "WD" is recorded on the academic transcript. Administratively withdrawn students may not seek counseling or other support services from the College after withdrawal. Tuition refunds for administrative withdrawals will be considered according to the College’s refund policy.

All students in diploma and associate degree programs are required to complete a student success course to graduate from the College. The course is designed to help incoming students learn and adjust to the academic and social environment of the College. Students are strongly advised to register for this course during their first semester at the College.

In this course, the various services provided at the College are explained. The policies and procedures of the College are also discussed. Special emphasis is placed on study skills and personal development essential for success.

Students will take ACA 111, ACA 122 or HSC 110 as their orientation course. During the admissions interview with a counselor, students will receive a Course Assignment Sheet indicating which orientation course(s) they are required to take.

The College offers an orientation program for new students prior to beginning classes. Orientation introduces students to the College’s academic programs, campus locations, facilities, resources, and services. Additionally, policies and procedures of the College are discussed. Students receive information about orientation after completing the admissions process.

The Academic Skills Center provides instruction, academic support, guidance, and resources to students enrolled at Johnston Community College. Particular focus is given to students who wish to improve their skills in reading, English, and math. The center’s experienced and knowledgeable staff work closely with students to help ensure they are learning the basic skills needed to academically succeed.

The center offers lab instruction, academic workshops, computer tutoring, a resource library of subject specific texts and workbooks, and other academic material.

The Academic Skills Center’s goal is to provide high quality academic support services to currently enrolled Johnston Community College students. As such, the center provides group and individual tutoring at no cost. Tutoring is provided by peer and professional tutors and is available in most subject areas. The center also offers online tutorial services available 24/7. Students are limited to 8 hours of online tutorial services per semester.

The Academic Skills Center provides supplemental instruction through demonstration, explaining, clarification, modeling, etc. Tutoring sessions do not replace class instruction or reading the text but do offer reinforcement. Sessions are scheduled for one hour. Tutors will complement a student’s work, reinforce student learning, provide hints and suggestions for learning the material, and review with students.

The Center for Academic Planning or CAP is an advising center which serves any students enrolled in associate of arts, associate of sciences, pre-health sciences, and non-matriculated special interest students.

The CAP advisors assist students with academic program development and planning, understanding academic policies, graduation standards, and course registration preparation. The CAP is primarily staffed by faculty advisors so appointments are necessary. Students may schedule appointments through the online advising system, by phone, or in the CAP.

Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university should also visit the CAP. Transfer information, such as course transfer equivalencies and college pathways are located in the CAP. Computers are also available for students to complete online applications and to research four-year institutions.

Students are permitted to change from one program of study to another program in accordance with changes in their educational and career objectives. A student who wishes to change from one program to another is required to secure approval from the Admissions Office.

Changes of program should be initiated before the beginning of the semester.  After the start of the term, the program of study will take affect the following semester. Counseling is provided to assist the student in educational and career planning. Curriculum courses previously passed are evaluated for purposes of transfer credit to the student’s new program of study. Previously earned credit hours approved for transfer are granted toward completion of graduation requirements for the new program of study.

All students must enter class prior to the class 10-percent date, which is the date set by the state for reporting purposes. Students who fail to attend by this date will be dropped from the class roll. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students in order for them to achieve their potential in class and to develop desirable personal traits necessary to succeed in employment.

Since course content and teaching methods vary, each instructor will determine its own requirements for attendance. Attendance requirements for each class will be printed in the course syllabus, which will be distributed the first week of class. Class attendance is calculated from the first scheduled class meeting to the last. Late arrivals and/or early departures may count toward total absences.

Students enrolled in distance education classes must demonstrate virtual “attendance”. As with face-to-face classes, each department will determine its own requirements for attendance. Attendance requirements for each class will be printed in the course syllabus. Attendance may be determined by a variety of activities such as number of discussion posts, quizzes completed, etc.

If a student is dropped by an instructor due to excessive absences, a grade of “WF” will be issued and calculated in his or her grade point average and could affect his or her financial aid. A student may be dropped by an instructor due to excessive absences at any time during the semester, including that time period before the date designated each semester as the last day a student can drop without grade penalty. The student must obtain the permission of the instructor to reenter class. If this request is denied, the student may petition the director/dean for reinstatement. If the dean denies the request, the vice president of instruction will make the final ruling on the decision.

Students who choose to participate in College-related activities such as SGA or athletics must adhere to the attendance policy. Students are responsible for informing their instructors in advance of absences and are expected to make arrangements for making up work missed. In such cases, upon approval of the instructor, class time missed will not be counted as absences provided the students are otherwise in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA).

Religious or Solemn Observance Policy
Johnston Community College authorizes two excused absences from classes each academic year for religious or solemn observances. For the purposes of this policy, an academic year begins on the first day of fall classes in August and ends on the last day of summer classes in July each year.

Students requesting absence from class for religious or solemn observance must complete the Religious or Solemn Observance Absence Request Form and obtain instructor approval at least two weeks prior to the date of the absence. Students who miss class for religious or solemn observance will be granted the opportunity to make up work missed due to the absence.

Grading Policy
Johnston Community College students earn grades for classes in accordance with criteria set forth in course syllabi. The instructor of record assigns grades at the end of each semester utilizing the grading system. All grades are final and are not subject to change unless an error in calculation occurs. Any student who is concerned that the grade is erroneous should consult with the instructor within one semester after the grade is earned. Any further grade appeal should be made to the dean and if necessary to the vice president of instruction whose decision is final.

Final course grades are issued to the student at the end of each semester in accordance with the following grading system:

Grade Description Grade Points
A Excellent 4.0
B Above Average 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Below Average 1.0
F Unsatisfactory 0.0


I Incomplete temporarily for the duration of the following semester or summer session. Credit hours attempted are not counted in the present semester in computing the grade point average. If a passing grade is not achieved during the following semester, the grade of “I” automatically becomes “F” and credit hours attempted for the course are counted in computing the GPA.
WD Officially withdrew by the 65-percent point of the semester. Credit hours attempted are not counted in computing the GPA. No withdrawals are accepted for processing after the 65-percent point of the semester without extenuating circumstances and must be signed by the dean or vice president. Withdrawals after the 65-percent point of the semester are handled on a case‑by‑case basis.
WF Withdraw failing occurs if the student exceeds the number of absences specified by the attendance requirement and is dropped by the instructor. Credit hours attempted are counted in computing the GPA. Also, students who withdraw after the 65-percent point would get a WF without extenuating circumstances.
CR Credit by proficiency examination. Courses on which this grade is earned are not included in the GPA.
AU Audit. Course taken for noncredit purposes. Students auditing courses must meet the attendance regulation to continue in class.
NA Never attended. Non-penalty grade.
EL Credit by Experience.
P Passed (for developmental courses only)
R Re-enroll (for developmental courses only)

Removal of "I" Grades
The grade of "I," meaning course work is temporarily incomplete, may be removed by completing all work assigned by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor to accomplish the required work needed to remove the "I" grade. If the student satisfactorily completes the required work during the semester or summer session immediately following receipt of the "I" grade, the instructor assigns a permanent passing grade. Otherwise, the "I" grade automatically becomes a grade of "F" for purposes of the student’s record and cumulative GPA.

Final Grades
Final grades will be available through WebAdvisor to students at the end of each academic term. Grade reports are no longer printed and mailed to students.

Minimum Class Size
All classes will be expected to have a minimum number of 10 students. Exceptions to this policy may occur when it is determined by the vice president of instruction that offering a small class is in the best interest of the students or the community.

Course Repetition
A student may be permitted to enroll in a curriculum course no more than three times for credit, in order to improve a grade or replace a withdrawal grade.

All course grades, including the record of an audit and credit hours attempted, shall appear on the student’s official transcript, and shall be utilized in determining eligibility for financial aid; only the higher grade shall be used for computing total credit hours attempted, total grade points earned and GPA.

Exceptions to this policy may be made with prior approval by the vice president of instruction. This policy does not apply to developmental courses.

Certain regulations may prohibit veterans and other financial aid recipients from receiving financial aid for courses previously passed. The student shall be responsible for determining status in regard to financial aid.

Administrative Procedure for Course Repetition

  1. The Course Repetition Request Form should be initiated by the advisor when the student asks to repeat a course for the third or more time.
  2. The form will then be sent to the dean and vice president of instruction for review.
  3. The form will then be routed to the Office of Enrollment and Student Success for academic monitoring for the semester.
  4. The approved form will then be sent to the registrar for comment and record keeping, including FTE recalculation.
  5. Early detection reports will be created by the JCC Registrar’s Office that identifies students who have repeated a course more than three times and were not caught by the advising process. These students will be contacted and will be required to go through the form approval process in order to continue the coursework.
  6. The XPAE report will be completed by the registrar once the semester grades have been turned in. This report will be compared with completed course repetition forms to ensure all forms have been processed.

To audit, a student must register for the course and pay regular tuition. The last date to register to audit a course is the last day of the late registration period, as specified in the academic calendar.

Students who audit courses must abide by the College attendance regulation and are encouraged to take tests and to participate in class discussion, but are not required to do so.

A grade of “AU” is given for record purposes.

Advanced Placement Credit
Johnston Community College participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. An AP credit schedule is available on the JCC Web site.

Credit by Examination
Course credit for proficiencies previously developed by the student may be earned by examination. A student who wishes to challenge a course may apply to take a proficiency examination covering the content of the course. Examinations may be arranged to document proficiencies previously developed through employment, military service, secondary education, post secondary non-accredited schools, or correspondence schools.

To earn credit by proficiency examination the student must:

  1. Not have previously attempted the course for which credit by examination is being sought
  2. Submit the prescribed application for approval to seek credit by examination.
  3. Register for the course and pay appropriate tuition and fees as may be required
  4. Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the appropriate faculty member that sufficient justification exists to warrant approval of the request for the examination
  5. Secure written approval from the instructor and the department chair to take the examination
  6. Be sure that for any course(s) which the student has registered at the beginning of the semester and has attended classes, credit by examination must be gained within the first 10 percent of the semester
  7. Arrange an appropriate time at the convenience of the instructor to take the examination. The student is allowed one opportunity to take a proficiency examination for credit in any given course

The grade of "CR" (credit by proficiency examination) is the official grade used by the instructor to report successful completion of a proficiency examination. To earn credit by examination, a student must achieve a score equivalent to not less than "C" on the examination. There is no penalty or grade of record for an unsatisfactory grade on a proficiency examination. Courses on which the grade of "CR" is earned are not included in the calculation of the student’s GPA.

Credit by Experience
The granting of curriculum credit for nontraditional educational experiences will be considered upon receipt of appropriate official documentation by the vice president of instruction. The vice president of instruction will evaluate the documentation to determine the applicability to the student’s educational program. Transfer credit for nontraditional work from an accredited institution is limited to no more than 50 percent of an associate degree, diploma, or certificate requirements. The student will receive written notification of credit awarded on the transfer credit evaluation form.

Curriculum credit for proficiencies developed through various nontraditional learning activities may also be earned as described in the credit by examination policy. Curriculum credit may be granted for courses that have been passed by appropriate examination of the Advanced Placement program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Credit will be allowed for AP scores of three and above. CLEP and DANTES test scores must meet American Council on Education (ACE) minimum recommendations.

  1. The student must document a specific work experience or skill that coincides with the skills and tasks required in a particular course
  2. The dean shall evaluate the documented training and/or experiences which may require a demonstration of one’s ability. Experiences shall be approved by the instructor, director of programs, dean, and vice president of instruction, using the Request of Credit by Experience form
  3. Veterans may apply credit for training received under the armed forces college training programs and some specialized and technical training completed under the auspices of the armed forces. Appropriate documentation must be provided
  4. The approved credit recommendation should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office
  5. The registrar will record a symbol of “EL” on the transcript with credit hours; however, no grade points will be assigned
  6. Documentation of experience shall be kept on file for five years in the Registrar’s Office

North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement
Through an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Community College System, high school graduates are eligible to receive Johnston Community College credit for certain upper level career and technical courses upon presentation and evaluation of a high school transcript.

Credit will only be given for courses that are required in a student’s program of study. The following criteria will be used to award college credit for identified high school courses:

  1. Final grade of B or higher in the course, and;
  2. Minimum score or higher on the standardized CTE post-assessment as set forth in the statewide articulation agreement, and;
  3. Students must enroll at the community college within two years of their high school graduation date.

High school students who enroll in Career and College Promise pathway may earn articulation college credit as described in the articulation agreement while enrolled in high school if the CTE articulated credit is part of their Career and College Promise pathway.

Any student wishing to receive credit should submit an official high school transcript and all official standardized CTE post-assessment scores. A college counselor will complete a transcript evaluation during the admissions interview.

Military Service Training
Military service school records may be submitted for transfer credit consideration. Service school diplomas, Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Transcripts, and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Evaluation Score Reports are accepted for transfer credit evaluation. Military service experiences are evaluated using American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

Grade Point Average
The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the grade points earned by the hours attempted. For example, 38 grade points are divided by 20 semester hours attempted to equal a 1.90 cumulative GPA.

When a course is repeated, the highest grade earned is included in the computation of the student’s cumulative GPA.

President’s List
The College recognizes outstanding achievement each semester by publication of the president’s list. The president’s list is made up of students who have a minimum of nine completed credit hours in a semester (excluding developmental courses) and have achieved a semester GPA of 4.0.

Dean’s List
The College recognizes outstanding academic achievement each semester by publication of the dean's list. The dean's list is made up of students who have a minimum of nine completed credit hours in a semester (excluding developmental courses) and have achieved a minimum 3.5 semester GPA.

Forgiveness Policy
A student who has not been enrolled in curriculum courses in the College for 36 consecutive months may request the registrar to reevaluate his/her academic record. Under this policy, the student may request that his or her previous grade(s) of "F" not be used in calculating the cumulative GPA. Prior to the reevaluation, the student must be readmitted to the College, register for courses, and complete at least 12 credit hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The registrar, at the request of the student, will reevaluate his or her cumulative GPA as appropriate. A reevaluation is provided only once for each student.

Each student enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program is expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of requirements for the degree, diploma, or certificate. At the end of each semester, the student’s semester GPA and cumulative GPA will be reviewed.

To be considered making satisfactory academic progress, a student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA related to the number of credit hours attempted.

Cumulative grade point average will be used to determine each student’s academic progress and status at the College. This average is applicable also for purposes of certification to the Veterans Administration; Social Security Administration; State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; student grants, loans, scholarships, other college financial aid; and other public and private agencies authorized to receive this information.

Additional academic progress standards are required for students who are receiving financial aid. This information may be found in the “Student Development Services” section of this catalog under the Financial Aid heading.

Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension
A student is considered to be making unsatisfactory academic progress when his/her cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students may be placed on warning as early as their second semester. If a student falls below this mark, he or she will be notified once the semester ends that he or she is to be placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension. This notification will outline the consequences of the student’s low GPA, provide resources for improvement, and set benchmarks for the upcoming semester.

Academic Warning:
The first semester that a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, the student will receive an academic warning. Students who have been placed on academic warning will receive e-mail notification from the vice president of student services at their college-issued e-mail address. In addition, students will receive a list of recommended services as well as resources on campus.

Academic Probation:
The second successive semester that a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, the student will be placed on probation. While on academic probation, the student will be limited by WebAdvisor to registering for no more than 12 credit hours. An exception to the credit hour limitation requires the approval of the department dean. Students will also be required to meet with the director of student success to develop an academic success plan. Students who have been placed on academic probation will receive an e-mail notification from the vice president of student services at their college-issued e-mail address. Academic probation will be posted to the student’s official transcript.

Academic Suspension:
A third successive semester that the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be suspended for one semester. A student who has been informed of academic suspension may submit an appeal to the director of student success, or designee, for reconsideration. If granted readmission, the student will consult with the director in creating an action plan for academic improvement which will include a restricted course load of no more than eight hours. The student will have the approved schedule entered by the Registrar’s Office.

A student, who is reinstated after an appeal or after the suspension period, must achieve a semester average GPA of 2.0 or better for the semester of reinstatement and must continue to receive at least a 2.0 GPA in each subsequent semester of attendance. The student will remain on probation until their cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 at which time the probation status will be removed. Failure to attain a 2.0 semester GPA until the cumulative GPA reaches a 2.0 results in suspension of one semester. Academic suspension will be posted to the student’s official transcript.

Reinstatement Process for Students Not Appealing Academic Suspension:
Students who choose not to appeal their academic standing may request reinstatement for a future term (after sitting out one term of suspension) by submitting a reinstatement request to the director of student success. In order for reinstatement to be considered, students must meet with the director to develop an academic success action plan. Requests for reinstatement must be received one month prior to the start date of the term for which the student wants to re-enroll. Requests will be reviewed by the Student Success Committee. The student will be notified via e-mail of the committee’s decision and any conditions related to the re-enrollment.

Academic warning, probation and suspension are not associated with financial aid eligibility. Please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress section of this catalog for information about financial aid eligibility and academic performance.

A student whose academic progress does not meet established program requirements may be academically dismissed from the program. The following program requirements are also published in the departmental handbooks and students are made aware of these policies prior to enrollment.

Basic Law Enforcement Training Program
Students must achieve a minimum score of 70 percent of each end-of-block test. All students must satisfactorily complete the physical conditioning requirements.

Health Programs
Students in the associate degree nursing, cardiac and vascular sonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging technology, emergency medical services, medical assisting, medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, pharmacy technology, radiography, and therapeutic massage programs are required to attain a minimum grade of “C” on all the major courses and the general education courses (as applicable to the program) in order to progress in the program of study. In addition, each student must demonstrate satisfactory clinical skills.

The Johnston Community College Catalog that is current when the student enrolls in the College is the catalog of record. A student who is in continuous attendance, except for summer term, may graduate under provisions of his or her catalog of record, or a subsequent issue. A student who is not enrolled for a period of two consecutive semesters must graduate under the provisions of the catalog in effect on his or her last reentry date or a subsequent issue.

A student who changes his or her program of study will come under the provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of the change or a subsequent issue.

The associate in applied science degree is awarded to students who complete a two-year technical education program.

The associate in arts, associate in general education and associate in science, is granted to students who complete the two-year college transfer program.

The College awards certificates for completion of other courses of study.

Award of Additional Associate Degrees or Diplomas
The College may award an additional degree or diploma to the student who has completed all required and elective courses specified for each additional program of study. A student shall be given credit for having completed courses in a degree or diploma program if they are the same courses previously taken and satisfactorily completed in another degree or diploma program.

It shall be the joint responsibility of the vice president and dean to determine elective courses acceptable for transfer credit.

Changes in Curricula
During a period of transition following curriculum revision, students currently enrolled may select either the old or new curriculum as their basis for meeting graduation requirements. Course substitutions are subject to approval of the department head and the vice president.

Students who have not attended for two or more consecutive semesters and apply for readmission to a curriculum following curriculum revision must meet the new requirements for graduation, as outlined in the current or amended catalog.

To be eligible for graduation from an associate degree or diploma program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have passed all courses specified and required in the student’s chosen program of study
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all courses attempted at the College
  • Have taken and passed at least one fourth (25 percent) of the courses required in the program at Johnston Community College. It is anticipated that the final 15 semester credit hours be completed at the College
  • Have paid all financial obligations owed to the College
  • Have filed with the Registrar’s Office an application to graduate by the published deadline for student’s final semester

Core Competencies
Every individual needs common knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be effective as a person, a worker, a consumer, and a citizen. Johnston Community College has defined core competencies as listed below. Graduates of all associate degree and diploma programs are expected to be able to demonstrate these competencies.


  • Speak and write clearly and effectively
  • Read, comprehend, and follow directions
  • Listen effectively
  • Organize and deliver an oral presentation
  • Identify self strengths and needs for improvement as communicator


  • Analyze information
  • Identify solutions
  • Make logical decisions
  • Solve problems
  • Be creative


  • Interpret numerical data
  • Manipulate data logically
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills
  • Apply occupational technical skills
  • Recognize the impact of technology


  • Appreciate diversity
  • Interact effectively
  • Adapt to change
  • Demonstrate responsible citizenship
  • Express an awareness of historical and global perspective

Academic Excellence Awards
Academic Excellence awards recipients are nominated by faculty or staff and selected on the basis of selected academic criteria. The recipient(s) is recognized at the North Carolina Community College System Office for their academic achievements.

President’s Award
The President’s Award may be given to the student selected as most outstanding in scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. The Student Advisory Committee makes the selection from nominees submitted by faculty and staff. A plaque is presented to the recipient of the award at graduation.

Citizenship Award
The Citizenship Award may be presented to a graduating student who is selected on the basis of leadership, service to fellow students, and participation in extracurricular activities. Nominees shall be submitted by faculty and staff members, and the Student Advisory Committee shall make the selection. The recipient shall be presented a plaque at commencement exercises.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award may be presented to a student who has shown outstanding leadership in both school and community activities beyond the scope of the other awards. The selection is made by a majority vote of the Administrative Council and may not be awarded every year.

Student Government Service Award
The Student Government Service Award may be given each year by the Student Government Association to the student who has rendered the most outstanding service to his or her fellow students.