Associate of Arts (AA) - recognizes mastery in the liberal arts and in the fine arts and is intended for transfer to equivalent programs at four-year institutions.
Associate of Science (AS) - recognizes mastery in science or technology with a heavy emphasis on undergraduate mathematics or science and is intended for transfer to programs at four-year institutions.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - recognizes the mastery of vocational-technical occupation skills and is intended for those seeking immediate employment opportunities. Graduates with an AAS degree may transfer to a technical program such as a Bachelor’s Technology degree or to non-technical courses at a four-year institution.
Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) - recognizes mastery in programs in electrical engineering.
Associate of Art in Teaching (A.A.T.) - recognizes mastery in teacher education.
Certificates requiring up to 45 credits may be earned. A certificate, while less than a degree, is an accomplishment in itself; many certificate programs meet professional and government certification standards and/or requirements. Some certificate requirements are established by outside professional or government agencies.
Full-time students are those who register for a minimum of 12 credits per Fall or Spring semester. To complete the requirements for the Associate degree in two years, however, students will need to take 15 or sometimes as many as 18 credits per semester, depending upon the program of study. Students who want to take more than 18 credits must have a cumulative average of at least 3.0 and the permission of the Dean of Student Development. This policy applies to all academic sessions including Summer.
Declaration of Program (“Major”)
Students are encouraged to declare a “major” before completing 15 credits. Students who desire to change their major are to consult with an Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center. Upon declaration of a major, students are reassigned to an advisor in their field of study.
Degrees and certificates are awarded in August, December and May of each academic year. Commencement is held once a year following the Spring semester.
Associate degrees are awarded to students who meet all of the following requirements:
- A minimum of 60 academic credits effective. Certain special programs may require more credits.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (equivalent to a C average)
- Completion of the General Education Requirements (30-36 credits for AA and AS degrees; 21-22 credits for AAS degree) in addition to Instructional Program requirements
- Demonstration of computer literacy by successful completion of approved computer literacy course or passing the computer literacy test administered by the Test Center
- Completion of PRE 100 by students who enter as first-semester degree-seeking candidates. Students who transfer 15 or more credits from another institution or are a returning student who attended BCCC prior to 1994 and earned 15 or more credits are exempt from taking PRE 100
- Meeting all requirements within 10 years of initial enrollment; re-entering students who have been away for two or more semesters (excluding summers) must meet any new program requirements.
Simultaneous certificates and degrees are awarded in the same specialization. A second Associate degree can be awarded if the student completes a minimum of 15 credits beyond the requirements for the first degree, and completes all requirements in the second specialization.
Certificates are awarded to students who meet all of the following requirements:
- 2.0 or better cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Completion of all College, program, and course requirements
- Completion of PRE 100 by students who enter as first-semester certificate-seeking students. Students who transfer 15 or more credits from another institution or are a returning student who attended BCCC prior to 1994 and earned 15 or more credits are exempt from taking PRE 100
- Demonstration of computer literacy by successful completion of approved computer literacy courses or passing the computer literacy test administered by the Test Center.
Students re-entering who have been away for two or more semesters (excluding summers) must meet any new program requirements. Simultaneous certificates and degrees are awarded in the same specialization. A second Associate degree can be awarded if the student completes a minimum of 15 credits beyond the requirements for the first degree, and completes all requirements in the second specialization. All BCCC students must meet the College’s Computer Literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or a certificate.
All first-time full- and part-time degree and certificate-seeking students are required to complete the PRE 100 course within the first six credits.
Computer Literacy Requirement
All BCCC students must meet the College’s Computer Literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or a certificate. Students can meet this requirement in three ways:
- By enrolling in one of the majors listed below.
- By taking one of the computer courses listed below and passing the course with a “C” or better.
- Pass the College’s Computer Literacy Test with a minimum grade of 70%.
Majors that Satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement
- Administrative Assistant
- Business Administration
- Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
- Computer Information Systems
- Fashion Design
- Health Information Technology
Courses that Satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement
For hours of operation, please contact the Test Center at 410-462-7666.
Pre-100 Orientation Course
The purpose of PRE 100 (College Orientation) is to provide all first semester full and part-time degree and/or certificate-seeking students with an introduction to student and academic services offered at Baltimore City Community College. This course was designed to ensure that we provide the students an opportunity to focus on strategies for personal and academic success. In addition, we ensure that all new students have the ability to utilize various support and academic services offered at BCCC to achieve continuous success while paving a pathway for matriculation and College completion.
Alternatives to Traditional Classes
See also “Credits for Non-Traditional Learning ” General Policies .
Online Learning and the Center for Excellence in E-Learning and Teaching Innovation
Harper Hall, Room 110
Many BCCC courses offered on campus are also offered online. Thus, busy students have the convenience of learning anytime, anywhere, and can reach their educational goals while meeting job and family responsibilities. Students register for online courses the same way they do traditional classes, provided they meet specific requirements for each delivery format, listed below. Online courses are suitable for motivated and disciplined learners who appreciate the convenience and flexibility of this educational format. More information is available online at www.bccc.edu by clicking on Programs and Courses and then Online Education.
Online and Hybrid Courses
Online courses are taught via the Internet and comprise at least 80 percent of online semester contact hours. Students communicate with their instructors and with one another asynchronously (not in real-time) through Canvas, the Learning Management System (LMS) used at the College. Course documents, assignments, and projects are exchanged through the LMS.
Hybrid courses are taught partly online, partly in the classroom. Students enrolled in hybrid courses must attend specific on-campus sessions and complete the rest of the coursework online. Students who wish to enroll in online or hybrid courses must have access to a computer that meets the requirements of the LMS.
BCCC open lab computers, located in LSB 260-263, can be used for online courses. Call the Open Computer Labs at 410-462-7411 for more information.
Canvas System Requirements:
Canvas supports the current and previous major release of the following browsers:
Chrome 81 and 83, Firefox 76 and 77, Edge 81 and 83, Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements), and Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only). For details, please click the following link:
Students must have adequate computer skills in order to be able to successfully complete these courses. For a self-test of computer skills, access the BCCC website at www.bccc.edu and click on Current Students and then E-Learning.
Orientation for Students Enrolled in Online and Hybrid Courses
All students taking online or hybrid courses for the first time are strongly encouraged to complete the Student Orientation online. In the orientation, students learn about student and faculty expectations in online courses and are familiarized with the Learning Management System (LMS). The orientation is self-paced, and every student is automatically enrolled. It can be found in Courses on teh course menu after logging in.
Log in to Canvas at this URL: https://www.bccc.edu/mybccc.
If students need additional help, they can email us at email@example.com to set-up a one-on-one appointment. We’ll be happy to assist!
Verification of Students’ Identity in the Learning Management System
BCCC’s Learning Management System is fully integrated with student and College data. All credit courses offered at the College, and all individuals who are provided with a College email address, are automatically created in Canvas through an integration of the two systems. Accordingly, students registered for online courses receive a unique login based on their personal information that includes a combination of their name and a four-digit randomly generated number, unique to each student. The password used by students is a combination of numbers based on each student’s date of birth.
In many online courses, students are required to come on campus for testing where their photo IDs are checked, and they complete their exams under proctored conditions. At orientation, students are instructed to keep their login private and to comply with BCCC’s Code of Conduct, which addresses issues of academic honesty.
BCCC Grading System
Calculating Grade Point Average
The grading system is based on the “grade point” of each letter grade; the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is then calculated:
Letter Grade Points Value
A 4 Excellent
B 3 Above Average
C 2 Average
D 1 Below Average but Passing
F 0 Failing
P 0 Passing
To calculate G.P.A. for one term:
- Multiply the point value of the letter grade (see scale above) by the number of credit hours. The result is the grade points (quality points) earned.
- Total the credit hours for the term; total the quality points for the term.
- Divide the total quality points by the total credit hours. The result is the G.P.A. for the term.
To calculate cumulative G.P.A.:
- Follow steps 1 and 2 above for each term.
- Total the credit hours from all terms; total the quality points from all terms.
- Divide the total quality points for all terms by the total credit hours for all terms. The result is the cumulative G.P.A.
General G.P.A. Information
- Only courses graded on an A-F basis are used in calculating G.P.A. Courses taken as Pass/No Pass (P/NP), credit-by-exam, correspondence, and audit are not included.
- The G.P.A. calculation never includes transfer work from other colleges.
The following grades indicate non-completion of courses with a grade value of 0.
||Credit earned through the Advanced Placement Examination (AP)
||Credit earned through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).
||Never Attended. Faculty will use to report for students never attending class.
||Incomplete. By written agreement with the instructor, the student may have an additional six weeks to finish classwork or receive an F grade.
||Satisfactory (non-credit courses only)
||Unsatisfactory (non-credit courses only)
||Withdrawal. Failure to withdraw officially may result in an F grade. See Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policy.
||Withdrawal Due to Extenuating Circumstances. Documentation of illness or job change must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Change of Grade
No grade change will be permitted after the lapse of one calendar year calculated from the last day of the semester in which the course was given except under exceptional circumstances. Grades will not be changed without a detailed explanation and documentation. The grade change will not be final until approved.
Graduation honors are awarded to students who qualify for the associate degree as follows:
- High Honors - Overall GPA of 3.75 and above
- Honors - Overall GPA of 3.25 to 3.749
Scholastic honors are awarded to students who qualify with a GPA of 3.0 and above with a minimum of 12 credits that semester, no grade lower than D, and all credits earned at BCCC. These honors are designated on the student’s official college transcript.
- Distinguished Scholar - Semester GPA of 3.5 and above
- Meritorious Scholar - Semester GPA of 3.0 to 3.499.
Course Substitutions and Exemptions
Students are required to fulfill all program requirements. In exceptional cases, such as when a student is in his/her final term and the course he/she requires has not been scheduled, the student may be permitted to substitute another appropriate course that produces similar competencies and involves similar areas of knowledge. A completed Course Substitution Form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office after it is approved by the Coordinator, Associate Dean, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The code SB appears on the student’s record.
A student may be granted an exemption from a required course or from a program requirement only when the Department offering the course or program has identified another course, credential, or other experience as meeting the stated requirement. Official documentation from the Associate Deans and the course or Program Coordinator is required. The code EX or XM appears on the student’s record.
Students are expected to complete their programs through the normal schedule of courses. However, students in their last term are permitted to apply for required courses as Independent Study, provided that all the following conditions have been met:
- The student is in his/her last term.
- The course is required by the student to complete a degree or certificate program.
- The course is not being offered on the term schedule, or the time of the course conflicts with another course the student needs to take.
- No appropriate course substitution can be found.
- The Independent Study is approved on the Independent Study Form by the respective Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Each application of Independent Study will be carefully reviewed and approved by the Academic Associate Dean, Dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students are advised, however, that the College is under no obligation to provide this option. When the Independent Study is approved, the student will meet with the faculty assigned on a weekly basis. A course taken as Independent Study will cover the same content as the regularly scheduled course and have the same requirements and evaluation as outlined in the course syllabus.
A student in his/her last semester may earn credit independent of a classroom setting for a specific course described in this Catalog when the course is not offered in the semester schedule but is required in order to complete a degree or certificate program.
Note: The College is under no obligation to provide this option.
Talented students may earn credit in certain disciplines through special projects, research, creative work, internships, or other means of independent academic pursuit without conforming to the restrictions of a traditional classroom setting. Individual Study credit may be earned only for a course that deals with content not included in an existing BCCC course. Individual Study is different from and should not be confused with Independent Study. For more information, see Individual Study .
A student with the necessary prerequisites and the written approval of the Associate Dean may audit a course on a space-available basis. Students who audit a course are not evaluated for a course grade and do not receive credit. The tuition and fees for an audited course are the same as those charged for a credit course. Financial Aid does not cover audited courses.
Students must indicate at registration that they are auditing a course. Students may change their status from audit to credit or from credit to audit only during the Add/Drop period. Since no credits are earned, audited courses are not computed in the student’s grade point average. The grades report will show an audit in the grade column.
All students are expected to attend all class sessions. Regular attendance on time at all classes is a minimum academic obligation and is considered by the College to be an integral and vital aspect of the learning process. Students who attend class regularly are more likely to earn satisfactory grades. Lateness or failure to attend class may seriously jeopardize a student’s performance and academic standing. The student is responsible for the content presented and/or assigned even if class is missed because of late registration, illness, or any other factor. Class attendance is required for federal financial aid recipients.
Children in Classrooms/Laboratories
It is the policy of Baltimore City Community College to encourage safe, supervised campus visitations by children who are taking part in organized scheduled activities, enrolled in specific classes, or attending educational, cultural, and sporting events on campus. Other than these activities, children are not permitted in the classroom, libraries, computer labs, science labs, physical education facilities, or in any other areas of the College unless properly enrolled in a program. Under no circumstances may unsupervised children be allowed to play on campus grounds, roam campus buildings, and sit in campus buildings or outside benches on the grounds. Employees are prohibited from bringing children to work during working hours.
Students are expected to make academic progress in all their courses. When students do not successfully complete a course, they are permitted to repeat it one time. The College believes that both students and the institution must act responsibly to ensure the effective use of their resources, time, and finances; therefore, students may not register to take a course for a third time (including class withdrawals) without visiting the Student Success Center. The grade received each time a student enrolls in a course is posted on the student’s official transcript; however, only the highest grade received in the course is computed in the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). For financial aid purposes, a student may repeat a course once and receive financial aid only if the student has not received a grade of “C” or better.
It shall be the policy of Baltimore City Community College to restrict students from continuously repeating courses for which they have received financial aid for payment of tuition and fees and for which they have received a grade of “C” or better. Therefore, students who receive a grade less than a “C” are permitted to repeat that course one time only. Withdrawals are not included in this policy.
However, if the student chooses to repeat a class that was twice paid for by financial aid, he or she must assume the cost of tuition and fees for the third attempt. This policy is consistent with the intent of the federal Satisfactory Academic Progress regulations.
Effect of Withdrawal on Academic Standing
Each semester the College establishes and publishes a course withdrawal deadline date. If for any reason you need to withdraw from a course, complete and submit to the Registrar’s Office the Withdrawal Form before the deadline date. By doing so, you will receive a W. Failure to take this action could result in a grade of F and a bill for the course(s). Grades of F, like grades of A, B, C, and D, are value-weighted and are used to determine your Grade Point Average (GPA). W, on the other hand, does not affect GPA.
It is your responsibility to withdraw officially from any class that you will not be able to complete successfully. By taking this action, you will be helping to safeguard your immediate GPA, your permanent grade history, and possibly your financial aid. See Add/Drop/Withdrawal Procedure.
Good Academic Standing at BCCC indicates that a student is progressing toward completion of a certificate or degree program. The College adheres philosophically to the concept of open admission; however, program completion and graduation require that students perform at a highly competitive level.
A student is placed on Academic Warning if he/she attempts six credits or more in a semester and:
- fails to complete 50% of the credit load in that semester (receives grades of W, WX, F, U, I, or IP) or
- fails to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) consistent with the College’s minimum academic standards, as follows:
|ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
|Minimum Credits Attempted
||Minimum Credits Attempted
Academic Warning is indicated by Academic Warning printed on the Student Inquiry Report in the Academic Status area. The student on Academic Warning is not permitted to participate in Early Registration until the grades for that current semester are available. A student in Academic Warning status must review his/her program plans with a Student Success Advisor, who will provide an assessment of future course load and corrective measures.
The academic load carried by a student on Academic Warning may be limited. At the end of the probationary semester, the student’s record is reevaluated. If the problem persists, the student is subject to Academic Dismissal.
A student is academically dismissed from the College when he/she attempts six or more credits while on Academic Warning and:
- fails for a second consecutive semester to complete 50% of the credit load in that semester (receives grades of W, W3, F, or I) or,
- fails for a second consecutive semester to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) consistent with the minimum academic standards of the College.
Dismissal is indicated by Academic Dismissal printed on the Student Inquiry Report in the Academic Status area. The student is required by written notice from the College to attend a mandatory Student Success Workshop followed by a reinstatement hearing with a Student Success Advisor to formulate an educational plan for completion of coursework. A student who is denied reinstatement may appeal to the Director of the Student Success Center. The student must sit out of the College for a period of one semester. A student who has been academically dismissed will be eligible to return to the College according to the following schedule:
|Academic Term Eligible to Return
|Fall 2018 Semester
||Fall 2019 Semester
|Spring 2019 Semester
||Spring 2020 Semester
A student who is reinstated is limited to no less than six, and no more than nine billable hours (two courses) during the probationary semester. If the student chooses to take less than six hours, the Academic Status will remain as Warning or Dismissal. The reinstated student is not permitted to register for subsequent semesters until the initial semester’s grades are available. At that time, the student attends a follow-up hearing to ensure that he/she can handle an increased load and is able to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Academic Renewal offers a student the opportunity to continue College studies without the disadvantages of an earlier weak GPA. A maximum of 15 credits of D and/or F grades earned at least 5 years before the semester in which Academic Renewal is being requested may be excluded from the cumulative GPA. At least 12 credits with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA must have been earned since the last semester for which Academic Renewal is being requested. Academic Renewal is considered twice each year, in January and August.
Specific grades are removed from the computation of GPA, but courses and the grades earned remain on the student’s transcript. Grades of C or better earned during the period for which exclusion of grades is being requested are included in GPA computation. Academic renewal does not automatically satisfy academic progress standards for financial aid purposes. Courses approved for Academic Renewal do not count toward graduation or degree completion. The decision of the Academic Renewal Committee is final.
Academic Renewal Request Forms are available in the Student Success Center and the Registration Office.
Academic Grade Grievance Process
A student who has sufficient evidence that his/her grades have not been determined in accordance with the terms set out in the instructor’s syllabus/course outline/course policy may seek resolution through the grievance process. In filing an academic grievance, a student must take the following steps:
- Attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor in a face-to-face meeting.
- If the student is dissatisfied with the decision rendered by the instructor, he or she will obtain a Student Grade Grievance Form (Form A) from the respective department administrative assistance, complete, and submit it to the Office of Academic Operations and Services. This form should spell out the exact nature of the complaint and the remedy sought. The Office of Academic Operations and Service will contact the faculty and allow the faculty member an opportunity to respond to the grade grievance (Form A).
- Cases filed after faculty contracts end in May are processed as soon as the instructor can be contacted which usually occurs during the next full (fall/spring) semester. A grade grievance must be filed no later than 30 days after the end of the semester in which the class was taken. The entire grade grievance process must be completed typically within one year of the original filing. Students will be required to submit the following information to complete their grade grievance file:
- Course Syllabus/Course outline/Course policy
- All work in question
- A written explanation as to the nature of the grade grievance
- Form A
- A log or account of Canvas grades
- Student Inquiry
- The Chair of the Grievance Committee (Dean of Academic Operations and Services or designee) will review both the student’s documentation and the explanation from the instructor. If there is sufficient evidence to warrant a grievance, the paperwork will be forwarded to the Department Associate Dean, typically within five (5) business days. The Department Associate Dean will attempt to mediate a resolution between the instructor and the student. If a resolution is reached that warrants a grade change, the instructor will submit a grade change form to the Registrar’s Office within five (5) business days after the decision to change the grade has been made.
- If no resolution is reached from the meeting with the Department Associate Dean, the student may request the matter be taken to the appropriate Academic Program Dean, typically within five (5) business days. The Academic Dean will attempt to mediate a resolution between the instructor and the student. If a resolution is reached that warrants a grade change, the instructor will submit a grade change form to the Registrar’s Office within five (5) business days after the decision to change the grade has been made.
- If no resolution is accomplished with the Academic Dean, the Student Grade Grievance Form (Form A) and all supporting documentation will be reviewed by the Dean of Academic Operations and Services (or designee) to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a grade grievance hearing. At this point, the Chair of the Grade Grievance Review Committee (GGRC) will assist the student with submitting a Student Grade Grievance Form (Form B), requesting a review by the GGRC. The GGRC will be made up of the Chair of the GGRC, two (2) faculty, and two (2) students. The Senate Executive Committee President will select the two (2) faculty members. The President of the Student Governance Board Association (SGA) will recommend the two (2) students.
- If the GGRC accepts the grievance, the student will appear for a hearing before the Committee, which will conduct a grade grievance hearing (see Article 6.6.5). The Committee must make a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the final disposition of the grievance.
- If the Grade Grievance Review Committee rejects a student’s grievance, the student will receive written justification for the decision from the Committee Chair within five (5) business days. The decision rendered by the Committee represents the final disposition of this process.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs will be the College official designated to resolve and decide student grievances concerning academic and curriculum issues.
Guidelines for the Formal Grievance Proceedings
The Committee will be the highest officially designated recommending agent for resolving and deciding student grievances concerning academic and curricular issues.
The Committee will be a year-long standing committee with the following members:
- One administrator (and one alternate), designated by the College President, who will be the Chairperson of the Committee.
- Two students (and two alternates), designated by the Student Government Association (SGA).
- Two faculty (and two alternates), designated by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
Each party may have an advocate and two witnesses at the hearing. The committee may call its own witnesses. The Committee will decide whether witnesses shall be present for the entire proceedings.
The Chairperson will identify, for the record, all persons who present their roles, and present the case, giving the point of view of both sides. Each party will be allowed to elaborate specifically and concisely. Committee members may ask specific questions to gain concise answers from either party until the committee feels it has enough relevant information to make a decision.
The Committee will call an executive session (unrecorded) to discuss the information and render a decision.
The Chairperson will, on the next working day, put the Committee’s decision in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Copies will go to all parties involved. The Chairperson of the Committee will maintain the hearing tapes and be responsible for housing all case-related materials.
The grievance procedure is designed to offer due process and bring substantial justice within the context of the College community. It is not a court of law and professional lawyers shall not be involved in the process. A resolution and/or decision agent may seek legal advice from the General Counsel’s office, through the Executive Assistant to the President.
Transferring BCCC Credits to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Main Building, Room 233
Teara Oliver-Moore, Transfer Specialist
Students planning to transfer BCCC credits to another college or university are responsible for taking the courses required for admission to that institution. Students interested in identifying courses and programs that transfer to a particular college or university should contact the Transfer Coordinator early in their academic career. Services include advice about relating personal goals to an academic program, selecting courses that are transferable, registering, applying for financial aid, and transferring to a four-year college.
The Office of Academic Operations and Services maintains articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities in Maryland. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has developed Statewide Transfer Regulations for community colleges and public four-year colleges and universities. These regulations are designed to assure that students can progress from a community college to a four-year institution without loss of time or unnecessary duplication of effort. Transfer Regulations apply to all public institutions in Maryland. Students should read the complete text of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) General Education and Transfer Regulations in the General Policies section of this Catalog. Students may review the full transfer policy in General Policies or at www.bccc.edu/Admissions
Transfer Credit to BCCC
General Transfer Policy
It is the policy of Baltimore City Community College that students who have successfully completed college-level courses at a regionally accredited college or university will receive credit toward an associate degree or certificate. In addition, exemption from relevant placement tests will be granted. The total number of credits that may be allocated toward an associate degree is 45. The credits awarded for a certificate is half of the total required hours. Students can earn up to 30 of these transfer hours through transfer of nontraditional credit. BCCC may award transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation. Course work completed at degree-granting and non-degree-granting higher education institutions that are not regionally accredited but hold national or specialized accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may be considered for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.
Transcripts may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted to Baltimore City Community College, Office of the Registrar, Room MNB 08, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.
Award of Credit for Prior Learning
Transfer credit is reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and (if necessary) the appropriate associate dean of Academic Affairs to determine the institution where the course was taken, the completion date, catalog course description including the course number, title, and grade.
Students with a cumulative grade point average from a previous institution that is less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale will be reviewed by BCCC. Any course with a grade of C or better will be accepted. Exception: BCCC will accept credits in which a grade of D is earned for general education courses from a student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale from a regionally accredited Maryland public institution.
BCCC will convert transferable courses taken at institutions that operate on a quarter system to semester credit hours. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal semester credit hours. Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned at BCCC.
In some cases, BCCC will need to review the official course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency. Upon request, the student must submit the required information.
Credit may transfer if one of the following is met:
- The institution is regionally accredited by the commission on higher education. BCCC recognizes the following regional accreditations:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
BCCC may award transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation. Course work completed at degree-granting and non-degree-granting higher education institutions that are not regionally accredited but hold national or specialized accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may be considered for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.
- BCCC has an articulation agreement with a high school, business, or industry. Articulation agreements specify the award of credit for meeting certain criteria and presenting certain documents.
- Military Training: The American Council on Education (ACE) must evaluate military training and experience before college credits is awarded.
- The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The college may award transfer credit based upon course equivalencies, expected learning outcomes, and applicability to BCCC’s curricula, standards, and course offerings. BCCC’s transfer credit policy complies with COMAR 13B.02.02.16
- Foreign institutions: Transcripts must be evaluated by a professional transcript evaluation service before transfer credit will be reviewed. BCCC requires the course-by-course evaluation from this service to review transfer credit. BCCC accepts only the following transcript evaluation services:
- World Education Services (WES)
- American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
- Prior Learning/Work Experience Assessment
- College credit through evaluation of non-credit prior learning or work experience is evaluated by the relevant Department.
Reverse Transfer Students registered at a four-year college or university can take applicable course work and transfer that work back to the College in accordance with BCCC’s transfer policy.
Apply Credits Toward Graduation
Only transfer credits that apply to the chosen program may be used toward graduation. Students must meet with an academic advisor to discuss options and track their academic progress.
Official transcripts from other institutions must be current and received by BCCC within one year of the issue date to be considered for transfer credit. Unofficial transcripts may be used to determine if a non-matriculating student has met the prerequisite requirement for a specific course(s) and may not be used to meet a graduation requirement.
The College has an appeal process for evaluation and transferability of a course or prior work or learning experience. The appeal begins with a written statement from the student within 60 days of the evaluation and is then presented to the appropriate Associate Dean. The Associate Dean will evaluate the written appeal. Official transfer credits will have a TR grade designation in the student data system and unofficial transfer credits will have a XA grade designation in the student data system. Transcripts may be sent via email to email@example.com or submitted to
Baltimore City Community College,
Admissions Office, Room MNB 02,
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.
Board of Trustees approval: June 24, 2014
Baltimore City Community College has signed joint enrollment and articulation agreements with the colleges and universities listed in the following chart. These agreements ensure that students who complete their associate’s degree can transfer with full junior standing in their programs at the transfer institution.
||Bachelor of Science or
Bachelor of Arts pending transcript review
||Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
|Capitol Technology University
||Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering
to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
|Coppin State University
Elementary Education/Special Education
||Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts pending transcript review
|Frostburg State University
||Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering
||Various programs designated in the agreement.
|Maryland Higher Education Commission
||Former ITT Educational Services students can articulate to BCCC.
|Morgan State University
Social Work, Family, and Consumer Science General StudiesTrack and Fashion Merchandising Track
||Nursing, RN to BSN
|University of Baltimore
||Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
|University of Maryland Baltimore County
||Transfer Student Alliance (TSA)
|University of Maryland Baltimore County-Master Agreement
||Transfer Pathways for specified programs.
|University of Maryland
School of Medicine
|Medical and Research Technology
|University of Maryland University College
|University of Phoenix
||Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts pending transcript review.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)
Baltimore City Community College has signed documents that express mutual agreement between two or more entities:
- Baltimore City Public School System: This MOU establishes a plan whereby eligible students from any Baltimore City Public High School can take authorize Dual Enrollment courses through Baltimore City Community College.
- Bais Yaakov & Eva Winer High School: This MOU desires to obtain the services of BCCC to provide certain College-level credit classes for its students.
- Bellevue University: This MOU allows BCCC students who receive an Associate’s degree, or 60 credit hours prior to transfer. It will also allow a seamless transition to enroll in Bellevue University. Students transferring with an Associate’s degree will receive credit for all coursework in their degree program and will enter Bellevue University with junior status. BU will establish a transfer grant fund for BCCC transfer students to use toward their undergraduate degree. In addition, full-time BCCC employees who qualify can receive Fellowship grants to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree. Bellevue University has a full-time administrator on the Baltimore City Community College (Liberty Campus) Debra Vines, Room 121C, (410) 462-8273.
- Financial Aid Consortium: This MOU allows each party seeking to provide their students with the opportunity to take courses at the other respective party’s institution while retaining eligibility for federal financial aid.
- Family and Children’s Services: This MOU will allow the Family and Children’s Services to provide the Clarence Blount Center with two foster grandparents for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. They will provide the children with one-on-one interaction to enhance literacy and numeracy instruction, and nurturing within the Center.
- Goucher Transfer Honors: This agreement between BCCC and Goucher College recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of BCCC Honors students and seeks to provide a seamless transfer for students who meet the requirements.
- Hood College Transfer Policy: This enrollment agreement between Hood College and BCCC will assist students in facilitating the transfer of students as they pursue their educational goals. Also to encourage and enable students to complete their Associate’s degree prior to transfer to Hood College.
- The Judy Center: The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners with the Judy Center and BCCC’s Clarence Blount Center wish to provide comprehensive and integrated services for young children and their families residing in the Judy Center School. The purpose is to promote school readiness through training and workshops.
- Maryland National Guard: This MOU is intended to reflect the cooperative efforts between BCCC and MDNG to expand, enhance, and improve educational opportunities for its employees. MDNG agrees to work with BCCC to actively promote awareness of and enrollment in both degree and non-degree programs to its employees and to identify BCCC as a university partner.
- Maryland State Department of Education, Juvenile Services: This MOU outlines the post-secondary online educational opportunities of BCCC youth detained or committed to the custody Department of Juvenile Services (DJS).
- Morgan State University: This MOU will provide field education experiences for students enrolled in the Bachelors and Masters of Social Work program at Morgan State University. BCCC students are able to conduct fieldwork placement through this MOU at Morgan State University.
- National University: The purpose of this MOU is to allow students from BCCC the opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree, upon completion of a certificate or associate’s degree program.
- Notre Dame of Maryland University: BCCC and Notre Dame of Maryland University’s goal is to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared burses in the community. Students will pursue an Associate of Science degree in Nursing at BCCC and then continue to complete a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
- Reach Partnership School: This MOU is a program involving high school students that will lead them to a Career Pathway either through Workforce noncredit or Degree/Certificate Programs.
- Reverse -Transfer Program: This program enables non-associate degree-seeking students that transfer to a college or university to have that college or university transfer their credits back to BCCC in order to complete the requirements of their BCCC Associate’s Degree.
- St. Frances Academy: The purpose of this MOU is to enroll individuals designated by the client to provide college-level credit classes for its students.
- Stevenson University: This MOU is to provide educational opportunities for graduates of BCCC through the availability of various courses for programs offered by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies leading to a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree.
- Talmudical Academy: This MOU is designed to honor the client’s desires to obtain the services of BCCC to provide certain College-level credit classes for its students.
- Towson University-Reverse Transfer: This agreement between TU and BCCC is for the sole purpose of establishing a program. The program enables non-associate degree-seeking BCCC students that transfer to TU to have TU transfer their credits back to BCCC in order to complete the requirements of their BCCC Associates Degree.
- University of Baltimore B-Power: The purpose of this MOU is to enable BCCC and UB to work in partnership under the B-Power initiative to offer dual enrollment opportunities to Baltimore City high school students.
- University of Baltimore’s Robert L. Bogomolny Library: The key component of this MOU is to allow students, faculty, and staff the ability to check out books at either BCCC Bard Library or University of Baltimore Langsdale Library.
- University of Maryland School of Nursing: This agreement is for dual admission between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and BCCC, Department of Nursing. This offers students dual admission and the ability to transfer credits from one institution to the other on the terms and conditions of the agreement.
- University of Maryland Social Work Field Affiliation Agreement: University of MD School of Social Work and BCCC agree to cooperate in a program to provide field education experiences for students enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at UMD-SOWK. BCCC expects to benefit by being able to provide its students with first-hand field education experiences.
- University of Phoenix: This MOU provides a smooth transition for students enrolled in BCCC and the University of Phoenix Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) the opportunity to take specific classes online in the designated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pathway program (CEP) cohort. Students that are eligible will receive a 20% reduction in tuition only. (This does not apply to any fees).
- YEAR-UP: This MOU between BCCC and Year Up is to create a framework between the two organizations to leverage each other’s organizational strengths to serve young adults in the Baltimore City area.