Sep 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Admissions Policy


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North Arkansas College’s OPEN DOOR admission policy reflects the institution’s philosophy of providing educational opportunities for all citizens within the geographic area it serves; however, students may be admitted under special admission requirements.
 
Students will be evaluated for conditional/unconditional admission in accordance with Arkansas Code 6-60-208, conditional-preparatory (Ability to Benefit) admission and criminal history admission. Additional information may be obtained from the Admissions Department.
 
The College reserves the right to deny admission, readmission or registration to any student who has not complied with College policy or procedures, including the Student Code of Conduct, has a record of misconduct, has been convicted of a felony and/or have status as a registered sex offender, or been dismissed from a post-secondary institution for disciplinary reasons.
 
Acceptance to North Arkansas College does not ensure admission to a particular course or to a program of study. Students preparing for admission to a Health Professions program should refer to the Health Professions program requirements on Northark’s website.
 
Conditional/Unconditional Admissions
In accordance with Arkansas Code 6-60-208, all first-time entering students graduating after May 1, 2002 from an Arkansas public high school, out-of-state high school, home schooling, private school, or General Educational Development (GED) diploma recipient will be evaluated for the purpose of conditional or unconditional admission to North Arkansas College. Conditionally admitted students must successfully complete the required hours of core academic courses and/or technical courses and any developmental courses by the initial classification of sophomore status (30 semester credit hours). Students who do not successfully complete the required core academic courses, technical courses, and/or
developmental courses within the designated time frame will be p laced on probation and will be limited to enrollment in core academic, technical, or developmental courses that will complete conditional admission requirements.
High School Transcripts
High school transcripts of degree seeking students graduating after May 1, 2002 from an
Arkansas public school or an out-of-state high school will be evaluated for meeting high school core curriculum.
 
  • English- 4 units with emphasis on writing skills, not to include courses in oral communications, journalism, drama or debate.
  • Natural Science-3 units with labs (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics (only one unit may come from Life Science).
  • Mathematics- 4 units including Algebra I and II, Geometry and an advanced math course.
  • Social Studies- 3 units including American History (not Contemporary American History, 1 of World History (not to include World Culture, World Geography or Global Studies), and at least ½ unit of Civics or American Government.
GED, Home School or Private School Transcripts
Test scores of first time entering, degree seeking students who received a GED or are graduates of home schooling or private high schools after May 1, 2002 will be evaluated for conditional or unconditional admission. Students in these categories scoring a composite of 19 on the ACT or equivalent (AccuPlacer/COMPASS- reading) will be admitted unconditionally. Those not meeting the test score requirements will be admitted conditionally.
 
Conditional Preparatory Admission
Test scores of all first time entering, degree seeking students will be evaluated for conditional preparatory admission. Students with an ACT composite score of 14 or below will be re-evaluated with the COMPASS/AccuPlacer equivalent reading score. All students below that score will be admitted as conditional preparatory (Ability to Benefit).Conditional preparation admitted students will be required to enroll in a Student Success Program.
The program will require students to:
1. Sign an enrollment agreement outlining the requirements of the program and enrollment consequences for not meeting requirements.
2. Develop an individualized degree plan to be signed by the student and advisor.
3. Attend new student orientation, if offered.
4. Enroll and successfully complete ORT 1003, College Success Skills or ORT 1021, College Seminar: A Pathway to Success.
5. Meet with their academic advisor a minimum of two times (after the initial meeting) each semester.
6. Meet with a financial aid advisor for financial counseling, if receiving aid.
7. Successfully complete all remedial courses during the first 30 hours. Students will have a Campus Connect registration hold and cannot modify their class schedule or register for classes without meeting with their academic advisor. Students must meet all requirements of the student success contract until they have successfully completed all remedial coursework in the first thirty hours. Students who meet these requirements will be notified of successful completion. Students who do not meet requirements for completion of freshman seminar or meetings with academic advisors and financial aid advisors will be dismissed from the college. Students meeting all requirements other than completion of remedial coursework within the first 30 hours and who are making successful progress will have one (1) add
itional semester to complete all remedial coursework.
 
Criminal History Admission
North Arkansas College strives to provide a safe campus and learning environment. As a part of that effort, the college inquires into an applicant’s prior or pending criminal history including whether the applicant is required to register as a sex offender. When an applicant has been arrested for, charged with, or found responsible for a felony or is required to register as a sex offender, the college reserves the right to place that student’s application on hold, pending further review by the Criminal History Committee. This committee is charged with reviewing applications for admission and readmission.
 
Until the review committee approves the applicant, the college shall not act on the application. The Criminal History Committee only determines whether the student’s past behavior should render him/her ineligible for admission consideration. The Admissions Office is responsible for evaluation of the applicant’s academic and other qualifications.
 
If the felony and/or sex offender question on the application form is checked yes, the applicant will be sent a letter detailing the additional information needed for the application process.
All Applicants that check yes will be required to submit the following:
 
  • Criminal History Form
  • Police Report of Incident(s)
  • Court Paperwork from Court decision(s)
  • Letter explaining the incident and why the applicant would like to attend North Arkansas College
  • Reference letters (optional)
  • Criminal History Check from Arkansas and the state(s) in which the felonies occurred.
    (Fees may be required to complete this check).
 
The Arkansas State Check can be completed by contacting:
Arkansas State Police Identification Bureau
#1 State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 618-8500
www.asp.state.ar.us
 
Once all the additional information is received by the Office of Admission, the Criminal History Committee will meet to review the information provided. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
 
The Criminal History Committee will determine if the applicant is eligible for application to Northark. The committee may also recommend the applicant be admitted with or without special conditions related to major selection, course scheduling, and/or involvement in campus activities.
 
The decision of the review committee is final. Applicants and appropriate departments will be notified in writing of the decision.
 
Applicants may not reapply for admission in the same academic year that they were denied by the Criminal History Committee unless there has been a change in their information.
 
Criminal History Committee Structure
The Dean of Students (or his/her designee) shall chair the committee and serve as a non-voting member. Other representatives may be added at the chair’s discretion in order to make an appropriate decision. Directors of the following offices shall appoint standing members as representatives to this committee who shall serve two year staggered terms:
  • Office of Admissions (non-voting member)
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Advising
  • Campus Security
  • Faculty Member
 
No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms without rotating off the committee
for a minimum of one year as staffing allows.
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