Each semester (excluding summer term), academic honors are awarded to students who have completed twelve (12) credit hours of courses at the .040 level or above that count in the grade point average (GPA) with a semester GPA as follows:
Academic honors for part-time are awarded to students who complete six (6) to eleven (11) credit hours per semester (excluding summer term) with a semester grade point average (GPA) as follows:
No student may register for more than 20 semester hours without permission from the vice president for academic services. During the Summer Term, no student may register for more than 10 semester hours without permission. To request permission, students should submit an Academic Request form to the office of the vice president for academic services.
In accordance with Board Policy 07.26 – Academic Standing, Lake Land College interprets a cumulative “C” average, or 2.0 GPA, as the minimum acceptable standard of scholarship for graduation. Students will be notified if their academic standing falls below the minimum acceptable standard on their grade reports each term.
Minimum acceptable standards in terms of cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing are as follows:
Any student with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) high enough to be in good academic standing but less than 2.0 will be placed on good academic standing – warning status.
While on good academic standing- warning status, students:
Any student whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below the minimum acceptable standards to remain in good academic standing after twelve (12) semester hours will be placed on academic probation.
While on probation, students may continue to enroll in the College; however, they:
A student is removed from probationary status and considered in good academic standing when the cumulative grade point average is at or above the minimum acceptable standard for the number of semester hours attempted.
Any student on academic probation who attempts one or more college credit courses at the .040 course level or above and fails to achieve a 2.00 semester grade point average or a cumulative grade point average at or above the minimum acceptable standard will be academically suspended from the College.
The suspension will be for the full term following the term of current enrollment. Re-admittance to the College will be automatic.
No student may enroll in any college credit courses during the suspension period; however, with consent of a counselor, the student may enroll in courses below the .040 course level (developmental and general studies), RDG050, Reading and Study Skills I, and Strategies for Success (SFS 101, 102 and/or 110).
Students returning from academic suspension will be placed on academic probation status and will be required to successfully complete (obtain a passing grade in) SFS 101, Strategies for Success. Students may also be required to complete developmental reading courses or tutoring in specific areas.
Any student, previously suspended, who re-enters the College and, while on probation, does not earn a minimum 2.00 semester grade point average or a cumulative grade point average at or above the minimum acceptable standard for the number of semester hours attempted will be dismissed for not less than one calendar year.
After the one-year dismissal period, a student must petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission. The petition for readmission must be submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to the beginning of the term the student wishes to enroll.
Any student readmitted by the Academic Standards Committee will be notified in writing of the specific terms of readmission.
Students returning from academic dismissal will be placed on academic probation status and will be required to successfully complete (obtain a passing grade in) SFS 101, Strategies for Success. Students may also be required to complete developmental reading courses or tutoring in specific areas.
Any student who re-enters the College after academic dismissal and does not meet the conditions required by the Academic Standards Committee may be permanently dismissed from the College.
Because regular, punctual classroom attendance is considered important for quality performance and success, students are expected to punctually attend all meetings of classes in which they are enrolled. Instructors or divisions have the prerogative to determine minimum requirements; often times these requirements are determined by accrediting and credential-granting agencies. Instructors also have the prerogative of lowering grades for unexcused absences. Because the Illinois Community College Board requires instructors to certify the attendance of students at mid-term, an instructor may withdraw a student from class if the number of absences is detrimental to his/her ability to meet the course objectives. In case of prolonged absence because of illness, accident, or hospitalization, students must notify the College Health Services so that proper notification can be made to instructors. Student absences for the purpose of attending regular National Guard or military reserve unit activities, volunteer emergency worker duty, and jury duty will be considered excused absences upon submission of appropriate documentation to the course instructor.
Lake Land College will reasonably accommodate student absences for religious observances in accordance with the University Religious Observations Act (110 ILCS 110/1 and 110/1.5) in regards to admissions, class attendance and the scheduling of examinations and work requirements. Students faced with schedule conflicts related to religious observances should make prior arrangements with instructors at least ten (10) calendar days in advance of the examination or other activity involved. A student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an educational benefit due to his or her religious beliefs or practices may appeal the decision in accordance with the college’s Student Complaint Procedures.
College-sponsored student activities and events should not conflict with regularly scheduled classes unless necessary. Staff planning student activities and events during regularly scheduled class times must submit a request to the appropriate Vice President for prior approval. Once approved, the staff member supervising the activity will provide notification to instructors and include the names of the students who will participate. When activities are rescheduled due to weather or other unforeseeable conditions, the staff member will notify the instructors as soon as possible after the schedule change is made.
Participation in approved college-sponsored student activities and events will be considered excused absences and students will be allowed to complete work according to the following:
Students may add or drop courses from their schedule during specifically set forth days as established by the Academic Standards Committee and published in the official academic calendar, the college catalog and other official publications.
Students may be administratively dropped from a course if they do not meet the required pre-requisite.
In order for a student to withdraw from a course and receive a “W” on his/her academic transcript, he/she must withdraw by an official date as established by the Academic Standards Committee and published in the official academic calendar, or College Catalogue and other official publications.
An instructor may withdraw a student from class if the number of absences is detrimental to the student’s ability to meet the course objectives. Instructors can withdraw a student from a course by the official date established by the Academic Standards Committee and published in the official academic calendar and other official publications.
Students with mitigating circumstances may make an appeal by submitting and Academic Request form with the Vice President for Academic Services to be withdrawn after the official date to withdraw for the term. Students enrolled in correctional programs will make an appeal with the Dean of Correctional Programs.
Unless informed otherwise, students are assigned the program of study/major they indicate on their Intent to Enroll. If a student desires a major change and he/she has not enrolled yet, he/she should contact the Admissions and Records Office. If the student is already enrolled, he/she should complete a “Change of Major” form available online through the Laker Hub or contact Counseling Services for additional information.
If a student is unable to complete the requirements for a course during the allotted time period due to illness or other extreme circumstance, the student may request the instructor to assign a grade of “I” (Incomplete).
To receive this grade, the student must have been maintaining a passing grade at the time of the illness or extreme circumstance, the instructor must agree that this is an appropriate grade for the specific circumstance, and the student and the instructor must complete and submit a Request to Obtain an Incomplete form to the Admissions and Records Office.
During the next regular term, excluding summer, the student will be given the opportunity to complete the requirements for the course. After the requirements have been completed, the instructor will determine the grade the student earned (A, B, C, D, F, or P) and report it to the Admissions and Records Office by the mid-term date of that term. Any “I” grade remaining after the mid-term date will automatically be changed to an “F” grade. Students affected by this procedure are referred to the grade appeal section of the catalog.
Students wishing to gain knowledge from a course but not credit may enroll to audit the class. To audit a course, students must pay the same tuition and fees as they would if they were taking the course for credit. They must declare their intention to audit the course in writing on the Audit Request form with the Admissions and Records Office during the registration period for the course.
Courses in which the content varies from semester to semester or in which a student is expected to gain increased knowledge and skill through repetition are designated as repeatable. These courses, and the maximum number of times each can be repeated, are noted in the course description section of the college catalog. When students repeat courses designated as repeatable, all credit hours and grades are computed in the hours earned and cumulative grade point average.
A student who earns a grade of F in a repeatable course and subsequently repeats it and earns a passing grade may request to have only the last credit hours and grade earned computed in the students’ cumulative grade point average.
Students may repeat other courses that are not designated as repeatable with the understanding that only the last credit hours and grades earned will be computed in the students’ grade point average.
The Admissions and Records Office must be notified by the student in writing on the Repeat Course Notification form of a repeated course to insure the repeat is noted on the transcript.
Students should be aware that repeating courses may impact their financial aid. Because repeat course policies vary from college to college, students planning to transfer are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy of the college they will attend.
Examinations are considered a part of the total requirements for each college course. The number of examinations given during a semester is determined by the instructor and may be given with or without prior announcement.
Rescheduling of final exams is not permitted except with permission of the vice president for academic services and consent of the instructor. Requests to reschedule final exams should be submitted on the Academic Request form.
Lake Land College grants credit for courses taken by high school students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program. Credit is based on course examinations administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, and the following provisions apply:
College credit is given for examinations taken through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board if satisfactory scores are achieved. The following provisions apply:
Students interested in taking a CLEP test may obtain information from the director of the Tutoring and Testing Center in Webb Hall, or by calling 217-234-5287.
Not all learning takes place in the classroom. Valuable college-level knowledge may be acquired through job experience and other life accomplishments. Students may earn credit for college courses based on life experience and may use that credit to meet requirements for an associate degree or certificate. Learning experience must parallel courses offered at Lake Land College and credits are applied based on requirements of each specific certificate or degree.
Credit is awarded based on completion of INS099 Portfolio Development and an evaluation of documentation of the learning experiences presented through the portfolio process. Students must demonstrate an acquisition of knowledge of the learning outcomes of the course to receive credit for life experiences. Tuition and fees will be charged for INS099 and a pass/fail grade will be assigned. A non-refundable evaluation fee equal to fifty percent (50%) of the current in-district tuition per credit hour will be required prior to formal evaluation of the portfolio. No tuition or fees are charged for credit earned through portfolio development and no grade is assigned. The credit will be posted to the student’s transcript. No official record is made if no credit is granted for the portfolio.
Life experience credit is awarded with the following criteria:
If reasonable evidence exists that a student possesses college-level academic proficiency in a subject area, the student may request to take a proficiency examination. Students may earn college credit for college courses based on proficiency examinations and use that credit to meet requirements for an associate degree or certificate. Proficiency examinations are limited to those courses recommended by the division chairperson and approved by the vice president for academic services through submission of an Academic Request form.
A non-refundable evaluation fee equal to fifty percent (50%) of the current in-district tuition per credit hour is required for a proficiency examination and must be paid in advance. A grade will be given and the credit earned will be posted to the student’s transcript. No official record is made of failures. Tuition and fees will not be assessed for credit earned by proficiency examination.
Proficiency examinations are given with the following criteria:
Lake Land College may award credit to students seeking advanced education in an academic program for which the student currently holds professional certification or licensure through the State of Illinois. Specific credit to be awarded is determined by the academic department in which the program of study is offered and approved by the vice president for academic services through submission of an Academic Request form. The following provisions will apply:
The Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree will be awarded to those students who pursue a course of study leading to transfer to a four-year college or university. The requirements for the degree are as rigorous as those at the four-year college or university and upon completion of the requirements students are admitted with junior standing to those colleges and universities that endorse the General Education Compact Agreement sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students select either the associate in arts or the associate in science degree based on their intended major and the requirements of their four-year college or university.
The Associate in Engineering Science degree will be awarded to those students who pursue a course of study leading to transfer to a four-year college or university with a major in engineering. Degree requirements differ significantly from the associate in arts and associate in science degrees so students need to follow precisely the curriculum model for the associate in engineering science degree. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in architectural or chemical engineering should consult a counselor before choosing the degree path to follow.
The Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded to those students who meet the specific requirements based on occupations, semi-technical and technical curricula. Students pursue this degree in order to obtain training for immediate employment in business or industry.
The Associate in Liberal Studies (ALS) degree will be awarded to those students who complete a liberal course of study. The ALS degree provides a student with a unique opportunity to develop an individualized program that crosses traditional academic disciplines. This degree permits a student to develop a learning program that may be focused toward a career, personal interest, and enrichment or a combination of these objectives. For more information, contact Counseling Services.
Certificates will be awarded to students who complete the prescribed program model as listed in the catalog. Certificate programs are occupationally oriented and vary from six credit hours to one year of study. Certificate programs requiring less than 16 credit hours are not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid or the Illinois Monetary Award Program grant.
The purpose of general education is to provide all students with learning experiences that are necessary to enable them to maintain responsible and satisfying relationships to society and the environment. To that end, the Board of Trustees of Lake Land College has adopted the following as specific goals of general education:
Communication: Students will communicate professionally and effectively through
Critical Thinking: Students will apply critical thinking skills through
Problem Solving: Students will demonstrate scientific and quantitative problem-solving skills through
Diversity: Students will recognize the unique characteristics of others through
Citizenship: Students will demonstrate civic responsibility by
Foundational Knowledge: Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
It is the policy of Lake Land College to include in its General Education requirements course work on improving human relations. This policy includes improvement in understanding about race, ethnicity, gender and diversity issues. Each general education course will address the issues of race, ethnicity, gender and other issues as they relate to racism and sexual harassment as a part of the discipline. Each discipline will, as a part of the course, develop course work which is appropriate to that area of study.
Lake Land College has adopted the General Education Core Curriculum of the Illinois Articulation Initiative as the general education requirement for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees effective with students entering the College summer 1998 or thereafter. Associate in Engineering Science The AES degree is designed for students to complete some of the General Education requirements at the senior institution.
The College will maintain a grading system, and students’ academic performance shall be evaluated on a regular basis in accordance with recognized educational practices and standards as described in the College Catalog and other official college documents. At the conclusion of each academic term, instructors shall submit an official grade for each student enrolled to the Academic Services Office within time limits established by the Vice President for Academic Services and Vice President for Student Services. Accurate grade records must be kept by each instructor for auditing and verification purposes.
Course work will be evaluated according to the following system:
Students may access their grades online through the Laker Hub. Grades are not mailed. Students who do not have access to the Internet should contact the Admissions and Records Office or call 217-234-5434 to request s copy of their grades.
A student’s academic standing at the College is determined by a grade point average (GPA). Students can compute their GPA by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. The semester grade point average represent the average of the student’s grades for one semester. The cumulative grade point average represents the average of the grades of all courses the student has taken at Lake Land College only. Only grades for courses at the .040 level or above are used to compute grade point average.
Grade appeals must be initiated by the student no later than the end of the sixth week following the close of the semester for which the assigned grade was recorded. The request must begin with the instructor of the course, the division chair or the vice president for academic services utilizing the Academic Request form. The vice president for academic services has the final approval of grade appeals.
Grade appeals for students enrolled in correctional programs follow the above process, with the exception that the grade appeal process begins with the asssociate dean of the correctional site, with final approval made by the Dean of Correctional Programs.
Students are offered a once-only opportunity to improve their grade point average, provided they meet the following conditions:
Students planning to transfer to another institution are cautioned that the receiving university may use all grades earned in excluded courses for a computation of grade point average for admission or other purposes. Eligible students should consult with an academic advisor or academic counselor and submit the Grade Exclusion Request form at the Admissions and Records Office.
Lake Land College is authorized to grant the following degrees to students who successfully complete the requirements of certain prescribed curricula:
Certificates are granted in technological fields to students who completed the required courses in accordance with prescribed standards developed by the College.
The requirements for each degree and certificate will be recommended by the faculty and approved by the President. The requirements shall be based upon the needs and interests of the students and of the community and shall reflect requirements of the Illinois Community College Board, transfer institutions, and/or accrediting associations.
Students will be eligible for graduation when they have met all of the following requirements:
NOTE: A student who discontinues attendance for a full year or more will be subject to requirements in the current catalog at the time of registration. The student is responsible for proper registration each semester and satisfying all graduation requirements.
Students may earn more than one degree if they meet all general and specific curriculum requirements for each degree. However, students completing more than one degree according to catalog requirements in effect prior to Fall 2016, may not earn both an Associate in Science (A.S.) and an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.
It is important that students meet with their academic advisor or an academic counselor to ensure appropriate course selection because not all courses are applicable to a degree, or intended for or accepted as transfer credit to senior institutions.
Students who seek more than one degree from Lake Land College are subject to published deadlines to file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form with Admissions and Records for each degree.
In computing the final grade point average for graduation with honors, only courses and grades earned at Lake Land College will be used. The final range of cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be awarded graduation honors are as follows: Cum Laude, 3.50 – 3.64 GPA; Magna Cum Laude, 3.65 – 3.79 GPA; and Summa Cum Laude, 3.80 – 4.00 GPA.
Only those students completing degree requirements or a certificate program of 24 hours or more can be designated as graduating with honors. The grade exclusion policy will not affect the calculating of the final grade point average used to determine graduation with honors status.
Honors for spring candidates for degrees and certificates are tentative and are based upon their cumulative grade point average for courses taken at Lake Land College during the previous semesters. Summer candidates for graduation, although allowed to participate in the spring graduation ceremony, will not have an honors designation listed in the program. At the time candidates are certified for graduation, a notation will be placed on their academic transcript and diploma indicating they graduated with honors.
Students may pursue supervised study for one-half to four semester hours on an independent basis for academic work which reflects a reasonable and moderate extension of current Lake Land College courses. Students are permitted to enroll in Independent Study with permission of the instructor and approval by the division chairperson and the vice president for academic services. See course description for INS 299 Independent Study.
Because of its commitment to continually improve the quality of educational experiences, Lake Land College uses information from and about students to improve instructional programs and general education. Outcomes Assessment is the process of measuring student performance and using the results to improve programs.The process is integral to the college’s affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association. To ensure that adequate information is available, students will be asked to participate in personal interviews, to take program and/or general education assessments, or to complete surveys.
The Admissions and Records Office evaluates all student Intent to Enroll forms and classifies students as follows:
Degree-Seeking Students: Degree-seeking students are those students who are seeking a Lake Land College degree or certificates of 24 or more credit hours.
Non-Degree-Seeking Students: Students enrolled in courses at Lake Land College who are not pursuing a degree or certificate of 24 or more credit hours are considered to be non-degree-seeking students.
Re-Admit Students: Re-admit students are those students who have interrupted their continued enrollment for at least one full year.
Continuing Students: Continuing students are students who have a continuous enrollment status from the first day of their initial enrollment until they cease enrollment for a semester, excluding summer.
Non-Credit Students: Those students enrolled only in special interest, non-credit courses which do not apply toward a degree or certificate program are classified as non-credit students.
New Student: A new student is a first-time enrollee at Lake Land College who has not enrolled in a degree or certificate program at any other institution of higher education.
Transfer Student: A transfer student is one who has taken course work at any other institution of higher education.
Freshman: A freshman is any student who has earned 28 college credits or less.
Sophomore: A sophomore is any student who has earned 29 college credits.
Full-time Student: A full-time student is any student who is carrying 12 or more credits. In the summer, it is any student who is carrying six or more credits.
Part-time Student: A part-time student is any student who is enrolled for fewer than 12 credits. In the summer, it is any student enrolled for fewer than six credits.
An official evaluation of college transcripts, Lake Land College, other colleges or military credit, is available to students by filing a Transcript Evaluation request online or at the Admissions and Records Office. Student copies will not be evaluated. If an informal evaluation is done, the student assumes responsibility for course selection.
Students intending to transfer to other colleges or universities are encouraged to plan their programs with a counselor to ensure compatible course selection.
The General Education Compact Agreement provides that any student who earns an associate degree in a baccalaureate-oriented program [Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree] at Lake Land College shall enter the following senior colleges and universities with a junior standing, having fulfilled all lower division general education requirements of the senior institution:
Students who opt not to complete the A.A. or A.S. degree are advised to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. This option assures students that when they transfer to a senior institution they will have met all lower division general education requirements.
Students transferring without completing the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and who have not completed the General Education Core Curriculum will have their transfer credits evaluated on a course by course basis. Also, these students will be required to meet the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer.