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Policies updated

September 15, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

2015-2016 AGC Policies

7.15 Prior Learning Assessment–Revision

  • The rewritten policy is more specific and provides more complete information and guidance for students who wish to use PLA to gain academic credit.  Further, this policy will help faculty better advise students who seek information on and credit through PLA.

 7.16 Common Syllabus Components– Revision

General Information and Section Policies

  • Contact Information and Availability – GRCC email address required
  • Student Learning Outcomes – updated language by replacing CARP with Curriculum Document

College Policies

  • GRCC Email and Course Communications – added GRCC email requirement
  • Disability Support Services – updated language
  • Added Campus Police/Emergency Resources
  • Added Title IX Reporting Policy
  • Changes to Syllabus – updated ‘voice’
  • Updated hyperlinks for consistency

Updated accessible syllabus template link:  http://grcc.edu/provost/facultyresources/syllabustemplate

7.19 Course Substitutions and Course WaiverNew

Course Substitutions—A course substitution allows a student to use an alternative course to meet a program requirement

  • Course substitutions are made in the context of the program requirements.
  • Course substitutions must maintain the integrity of the program.
  • Substituted courses must include substantially the same learning outcomes as the required course.
  • Students who are granted substitutions must still earn the total credit hours required for their academic program.

Course Waiver—

  • A course waiver allows students to graduate without completing a graduation requirement or a program requirement.
  • Students who are granted waivers must still earn the total credit hours required for their academic program.
  • Need for standards and criteria that are consistent across the College in order to ensure the integrity of GRCC Degrees.

8.22 Maximum Student Credit Hour Load Per Semester—No Changes

8.23 Student Medical/Hardship WithdrawalRevision

  • Changed name to include “hardship”.
  • Reasons for withdrawal past the 70% mark expanded to include hardship beyond a student’s control that negatively impacts attendance and/or academic success.
  • The approved Grading Policy (7.10) makes reference to students having the option to withdraw due to hardship after the 70% date; however, there was no process or policy that considers hardships outside of health related issues. The approved proposal will expand the medical withdrawal process to include other types of significant hardships and align with Grading Policy 7.10.

8.29 Transfer Course Credit-Institutions of Higher EducationRevision

  • Revised policy to accurately reflect our current practice.
  • Revised policy statement to now reflect GRCC awards course credit for “equivalent courses from any regionally accredited institution”
  • Provide the Registrar’s Office with guidelines for awarding credit.
  • The rewritten policy is more specific and provides more complete information and guidance for students who wish to receive credit for courses transferred to GRCC.

8.33 Industry Recognized Credentials/Test Credit PolicyNew

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) awards course credit for external nationally recognized industry or professional credentials and accredited or nationally recognized exams and tests.  When equivalence between a credential or test and a GRCC course(s) has been established by the academic department (in which the course(s) resides) and the College, the GRCC Registrar’s Office will award credit for the course(s), if the following guidelines are met:

  • The course alignment with external credential has been formally documented in the Registrar’s Office prior to student request for course credit.
  • The credential is current/valid at the time the credit is awarded (has not expired).
  • Students provide original verification to the GRCC Registrar’s Office.
  • All established requirements (for example, minimum acceptable test scores) are met.
  • This policy identifies the guidelines for and circumstances under which the Registrar’s Office may award course credit to students who have taken and passed external tests, exams, or industry credentials.

For more information, see the policy website.

Policy updated

July 25, 2016

For more information, see the policy website.

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GRCC In the News, 6-16-16

June 16, 2016

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation launches, works to support low-income students

June 16, 2016; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Members of a new Grand Rapids-based nonprofit are standing up to say: It is not OK that transgender residents experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population. It is not OK that transgender individuals are four times more likely than the general population to have an annual income of $10,000 or less. It is not OK that someone who is transgender often faces homelessness, violence, harassment, depression, and more.

… And its not just LGBT groups that are embracing individuals who are transgender — change is happening across the area, with (Simon) Kittok noting that Grand Rapids Community College, for example, passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. Grand Valley State University too has landed praise for being inclusive and was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Simon Kittok works in GRCC’s IT department.)

State expands sexual assault education initiative

June 15, 2016; WGVU

A Michigan campus sexual assault program expands to high schools this year.

… Both (Sarah Prout) Rennie and (first lady Sue) Snyder spoke this week at an educational conference at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theater presents ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’

June 15, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Grand Rapids Jewish Theater presents the comedy ‘Two Jews Walk Into A War’ this week. The story follows two Jewish men living in Kabul. They are the last two remaining Jews in Afghanistan and must share the only synagogue that hasn’t been destroyed by the Taliban. But, they hate each other and rarely see eye to eye. Their mission is to repopulate the Jewish community in Kabul.

It opens Thursday June 16 and runs through June 26 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. That is on the GRCC campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Box Office at 616-234-3946 or by going online.

Michigan man’s video stings snag sex predator arrests

June 15, 2016; The Detroit News

Grand Rapids Never before has catching alleged sexual predators been so much fun.

… He (Zach Sweers) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College who makes money building websites, he said.

High schools join forces for next season’s aquatics teams

June 15, 2016; Lowell Ledger

Lowell High School will join forces with Caledonia and South Christian High schools next school year as the Arrows dive back into the pool with both boys and girls aquatic teams.
Caledonia will be the lead in the newly formed partnership which will kick off next fall with the ladies’ season of swim and dive contests; gentlemen will compete in the winter.

The team will be practicing inside the aquatic facilities of Grand Rapids Community College and host no home meets due to the fact that none of the three schools have pools in their districts.

GRCC In the News, 6-15-16

June 15, 2016

GRCC joins national consortium to improve success of male students of color

June 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has joined a national consortium for community colleges interested in sharing efforts and learning about new strategies to enhance the success of male students of color, officials announced Tuesday, June 14.

Michigan First Lady gives talk about on-campus sexual assault

June 14, 2016; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan’s First Lady Sue Snyder said it is time to speak-up about on-campus sexual assault.

Snyder gave a talk at Grand Rapids Community College’s Consortium on Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

GR Foundation awards $1 million in scholarships

June 14, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the third year in a row, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded over $1 million dollars in scholarships.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools students were also big recipients of scholarships. 84 GRPS students received scholarships that totaled $166,300. Students awarded scholarships went to a variety of Michigan schools including locally, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.

Michigan first lady Sue Snyder speaks at consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

June 15, 2016

GRCC’s third Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness featured Michigan first lady Sue Snyder. She announced at the event that her second annual conference on campus sexual assault would be held in September in Ann Arbor.

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GRCC In the News, 6-14-16

June 14, 2016

Newschannel 3 at 5 a.m.

June 14, 2016; WWMT

Michigan’s first lady, Sue Snyder, says it’s time to speak up about on-campus sexual assault. Snyder will talk at Grand Rapids Community College’s consortium on sexual assault prevention and awareness.

Changes made to policies

June 10, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Policy Update:

11.1 Employee Reimbursement

11.1 Employee Reimbursement (revised):

  • VII – Added GSA & Meal Incidental Expenses Rates (gsa.gov/perdiem)
  • IX – Updated definitions to include GSA Per Diem language
  • X – Updated procedures by removing accountable language, advance language, and payment timeline.
  • X – Added language to procedures to include reimbursement time frame, per diem language, payroll language, and updated guidelines.
  • XI – Forms: Added Online Leave of Absence form, IIPD & SSPD Grant, and Reimbursement forms.

Changes made to policies

April 25, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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GRCC to host second consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

April 18, 2016

GRCC is hosting its second Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness on April 19! More information is available here.

Changes made to policies

March 1, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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Photos from consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 17, 2016

GRCC hosted a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness on February 16.

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GRCC hosts consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 15, 2016

GRCC is hosting a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Tuesday, February 16th! More information is available here.

GRCC hosts consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 11, 2016

GRCC is hosting a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Tuesday, February 16th! More information is available here.

Changes made to policies

January 12, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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Changes made to policies

October 15, 2015

The following policies have been updated or added during the October policy meeting and recently approved by Cabinet: