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  • Academic Honors and Standards

    The national Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a “commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility; from these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideas into action.” Individual McLennan faculty members determine their class policies and behavioral expectations for students. Students who commit violations of academic integrity should expect serious consequences. Offenses will be tracked so that appropriate sanctions can be applied. For more information, visit the Academic Integrity website.

    Students who achieve and maintain prescribed standards of scholarship shall be awarded special recognition by inclusion on the Distinguished Honors and Honors lists at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The Director of Records and Registration shall be responsible for the preparation of the lists and will include the names of students who have completed 12 or more college-level credit hours (this does not include developmental courses) with a grade point average of 3.50-3.79 (Honors) and 3.80-4.0 (Distinguished Honors) for the semester.

    To receive special recognition during commencement exercises, graduates receiving the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, or Associate of Applied Science degrees must have completed 60 or more college-level credit hours toward the degree with a graduating grade point average (semester credit hours required or used toward the associate degree) of 3.50 or higher. The categories for special recognition are: Honors (3.5-3.79), High Honors (3.8-3.99), and Highest Honors (4.0). Graduates who graduate with Highest Honors are presented a special award during commencement exercises.

  • Accreditation

    McLennan Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of McLennan Community College.

  • Class-Related Problems

    A student having problems directly related to a class should first talk with the professor. If the problem is not resolved, the student may talk to the Program Director or Division Chair, then to the appropriate Dean, then to the Vice President, Instruction.

  • Course Syllabus

    A syllabus is given to students by their professors at the beginning of each course. The syllabus outlines the objectives of the course, the assignments and special projects, grading policy, and any other important information the professor feels students need.

  • Degrees

    McLennan offers courses designed to prepare students to enter specific occupational areas at the end of one or two years of specialized training or to continue their education at a four-year institution.

    In workforce education, a certificate is awarded for one year of specialized training and an Associate of Applied Science is awarded for two years of specialized training. The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching are awarded to students who have completed the first two years of a program designed to lead to a bachelor's degree. For some areas, students can complete an approved field of study curriculum as part of their degree. Such field of study curricula will transfer as a designated block of courses to public universities in Texas. See all degrees and certificates offered at McLennan.

    A bachelor's degree may be earned at a four-year college or university after completing a prescribed course of study. The number of hours required for the degree depends upon the area of major study. Students can complete up to two years of study toward a bachelor's degree while attending McLennan. In addition, McLennan's University Center offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as advanced certificates, through accredited state universities on McLennan's campus. Classes are taught in Waco by university professors, in a face-to-face setting, online, or in a classroom equipped with Zoom, Link, or two-way interactive technology.

    For more information, visit the University Center website or call 254-299-88UC (8882).

  • Faculty Office Hours

    The times faculty members are available for students to visit with them vary. Students should check with their professors on the first day of class as to when they will hold office hours.

  • Gainful Employment

    In order to assist students in making decisions about workforce programs, gainful employment information for each workforce program can be found on the Gainful Employment website. Information is provided that will indicate costs associated with each program, such as tuition and books, types of loans or grants available, how long it should take students to complete the program of study, and availability of employment opportunities.

  • Graduation Requirements

    A student may graduate with an associate degree according to the degree requirements in effect at the time of first enrollment in college credit courses. From the date of that initial enrollment, the student has five years* to complete an associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.T., A.A.S.). After five years, the student will be subject to any new degree requirements that may be in effect when the student next enrolls. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the appropriate dean.

    *Allied Health & Nursing students seeking an associate degree must complete degree requirements within five years of initial program acceptance and enrollment. Allied Health & Nursing students seeking a certificate must complete certificate requirements within three years of initial program acceptance and enrollment.

  • Scholastic Probation and Suspension

    Any student who has completed one or more semesters and has attempted 12 or more college-level semester hours will be placed on scholastic probation if he or she fails to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Failure of a student on scholastic probation to maintain at least a 1.5 cumulative grade point average will result in the student being placed on scholastic suspension for one long semester.

    For complete information on scholastic probation and suspension, consult the General Catalog or see the full Scholastic Probation and Suspension policy.

  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

    The Texas Success Initiative is an instructional program designed to ensure that all students attending public institutions of higher education in Texas have the reading, math, and writing skills necessary to perform effectively in college-level course work. All full-time and part-time students who enroll in certain certificate programs and all degree programs must take the TSI Assessment exam unless otherwise exempt before enrolling in any college-level courses.

    For complete information on TSI, consult the General Catalog and discuss it with your academic advisor. To schedule a time to take the TSI Assessment, visit the Testing Center website.

    Texas Success Initiative Exemption

    An exemption may be granted to students who:

    • have earned an associate degree or higher.
    • present exemplary TAKS, STAARS, ACT, or SAT scores at levels approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
    • are active-duty military personnel for at least three years preceding enrollment.
    • are veterans and were honorably discharged, retired, or released from the U.S. Military, Texas National Guard, or Reserves on or after August 1, 1990.
    • have college-level course work in the areas of reading, math, and writing.
  • Transcript Requests

    Requests for transcripts are processed by the Office of Student Records and Registration. Please follow the following instructions to complete transcript requests.

    Based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (1974), requests for official McLennan Community College transcript requests must be in writing by the student with the student's signature. FERPA guidelines permit colleges to accept electronic consents and signatures to issue transcripts to themselves or a third party when reasonable security is provided for the process. McLennan adheres to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) "safe harbor" standards for electronic signatures. The U.S. Department of Education has determined that the FSA standards satisfy the FERPA written consent requirement. The method in which students access the National Transcript Clearinghouse and/or WebAdvisor by using PINs and passwords that are only known or possessed by the student, therefore identifies and authenticates the student as the source of the electronic consent. Students can request transcripts using one of the following options:

    Transcript Requests through the National Student Clearinghouse

    • Go to www.getmytranscript.com. Select McLennan Community College from the list of schools and click submit. (This is the fastest way to receive a transcript.)

      Please note: Cost is $2.25 per transcript. Official transcripts may be delivered via secure PDF delivery with an additional charge of $1.75 per transcript for a total of $4.00 per transcript. Students are encouraged to select this option for fastest delivery. Electronic delivery allows the student to be notified via email or text (if applicable) when the transcript has been received by the third party. It is the student's responsibility to confirm the email address provided and that the third party accepts this delivery method.

      Holds: Certain holds on a student's record will prevent a transcript from being printed and released. If you are requesting your transcript through the National Transcript Clearinghouse and you have a hold on your record, you will receive immediate notification of the hold. The following is a list of holds that must be removed before transcripts can be printed and released:

      • Business Office holds (returned checks, loan payment default, etc.)
      • Library holds (library fines, books not returned, etc.)
      • Parking fines
      • Financial Aid holds (Stafford Loan default, overpayment of grants, etc.)
      • Health/Physical Education holds (equipment not returned)
      • Failing to submit official copies of high school or college transcripts during the admission process

    Other Transcript Request Options

    Processing time for the following options is two business days. During peak request periods, processing time may be extended to three business days. (There are no charges for the following options.)

    Requests for official transcripts must contain the following information:

        • Student's name and social security number
        • Student's current address and telephone number
        • Number of transcript copies desired
        • Complete address, including zip code, where each copy should be mailed
        • Student's signature

    In Person - Complete a transcript request form at Highlander Central, which is located in the Enrollment Services Center Building.

    By mail - Print and complete the transcript request form and mail the request to:

    McLennan Community College Office of Student Records 1400 College Drive Waco, TX 76708

    By fax - Print and complete the transcript request form and fax it to (254) 299-6210

    By email - Print and complete the transcript request form, scan the form, and email the file to transcriptrequest@mclennan.edu. (Based on FERPA, a transcript request submitted by e-mail must have an attached scanned transcript request form with the student's signature.)

  • University Center

    A bachelor's degree may be earned at a four-year college or university after completing a prescribed course of study. The number of hours required for the degree depends upon the area of major study. Students can complete up to two years of study toward a bachelor's degree while attending McLennan. In addition, McLennan's University Center offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as advanced certificates, through accredited state universities on McLennan's campus. Classes are taught in Waco by university professors,in a face-to-face setting, online, or in a classroom equipped with Zoom, Link, or two-way interactive technology.

    For the most current list of degrees available and contact information, visit the University Center website or call 254-299-88UC (8882).

  • Withdrawal from a Course

    Students who are considering withdrawing from a course are to contact one of the following, preferably in the order listed: professor, program director, division chair or advisor.

    If, after consultation between the student and the professor, there is a decision to withdraw through the 60 percent point in the semester or term, it is the responsibility of the student to see that the Change in Schedule Form is completed and submitted to Highlander Central. (The professor can also process a withdrawal from a course through WebAdvisor.) The student should check WebAdvisor to verify that the withdrawal was processed.

    If, after the 60 percent point in the semester or term and after consultation between the student and the professor, there is a decision to withdraw, it is the responsibility of the professor to submit the Change in Schedule Form to Highlander Central or process a withdrawal through WebAdvisor as soon as possible or prior to the last class day of a semester or term. The student should check WebAdvisor to verify the withdrawal was processed. The effective date for withdrawing from a course is the date the withdrawal is processed.

    Based on section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, students who enroll at McLennan as entering freshmen or first-time college students during the fall 2007 semester or any subsequent semester may not drop more than six courses. The six-course limit does not apply to students who were enrolled in college courses prior to the fall 2007 semester. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private institution are not subject to the six-course limit. The six-course limit includes courses taken at McLennan or any other Texas public institution of higher education. If a seventh drop is attempted, the student and professor will be informed that the student must remain in the course and the student will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or I and will not be able to receive a W or withdrawal grade and will not be due a refund of tuition and fees.

    All courses dropped after the semester census date are included in the six-course limit unless (1) the student withdraws from all courses or (2) the drop is an approved drop exemption.

    Students affected by this law who plan to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution's policies on dropping courses. Students should contact their professor or advisor before dropping courses.