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Assurance of Quality - Career Education & Transfer Programs

Office of Origin: Career Education
Date Adopted: 01-26-88
Last Date Reviewed:
Last Date Modified & Approved:
Reviewed by Instructional Standards Committee: 11-05-08

Instructional Standards Committee recommends that this policy stay as written as it will be replaced with a Statewide Skills Assessment Initiative within a year.

Policy Statement:

Career Education Programs:
Lake Michigan College assures that the courses completed with a grade of "C" or better in an Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Applied Business, or Associate in Industrial Technology will provide entry-level skills needed for a particular occupation. To qualify, the student must:
* initiate the program of study after April, 1988 and complete within three years of initiation, with a GPA of 2.0 or better;
* follow the official LMC program guide sheet, dated 1987 or thereafter, for course selection;
* be employed full-time within one year of graduation.

Note: Some students may be employed while completing the requirements for an associate degree. The AOQ will apply if the position held at the time of graduation is compatible with the associate degree earned.

Retraining: If the student is subsequently judged by an employer to be lacking in technical job skills normally expected of an entry-level employee within his/her major, LMC will provide further skill training up to 16 semester credit hours within two academic years without additional charge for tuition or fees.

* In order to be eligible for retraining, the employment must be certified by the Career Planning & Placement Office as being directly related to the graduate's program of study.
* The employer must provide written certification that the employee is lacking the entry level job skills that were identified, in writing, at the time of initial employment, and must specify the area(s) of skill deficiency within 90 days of the graduate's initial employment.
* The employer, the graduate and a college faculty advisor, with advice of appropriate teaching faculty, will develop an educational plan specifying up to 16 credit hours of retraining. Such courses must be those regularly offered by LMC.
* The retraining courses will be limited to 16 hours of registration regardless of outcome.

Transfer Programs:
Lake Michigan College assures that any course on the appropriate transfer guide sheet will transfer to the baccalaureate degree institution identified in the guide. To qualify, a student must:
* initiate a program of study beginning after April, 1988;
* earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in the course(s) taken for transfer credit;
* complete a program of study as planned and signed by the student and the A.O.Q. counselor;
* meet the admission criteria of the baccalaureate degree institution;
* transfer to a baccalaureate degree institution within one year of completing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Business Administration degree at Lake Michigan College.

Tuition Reimbursement:

If all conditions are met, Lake Michigan College will refund tuition for any course that is not acceptable for transfer by the baccalaureate degree institution.

Responsibility: Associate Dean, M-TEC & Career Programs, Executive Dean, Career Education

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