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2005-2006 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2005-2006 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

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Planning the Educational Program

It is the student’s responsibility to select an educational program of study, plan the academic sequencing of courses, register, and successfully complete program requirements which lead to graduation or transfer to other colleges or universities. The faculty and counselors at Northeast State take pride in assisting students in program planning and course selection. Students are encouraged to seek advice from faculty teaching in the student’s major. Students who are planning to transfer from Northeast State to a senior institution should secure a copy of that institution’s catalog in planning their educational program/courses to be taken at Northeast State Technical Community College.

Graduation and Degree Requirements

Northeast State awards the associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS), and associate of applied science (AAS) degrees. An academic or technical certificate may be awarded to a student who completes an approved program of study which is less than that required for an associate degree.

To obtain a degree or certificate, students must satisfactorily complete the general requirements established by the college and specific requirements of each applicable program of study.

Applications for graduation are processed through the Admissions and Records Office. To be eligible for graduation and receive a degree or certificate from Northeast State Technical Community College, the student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 college-level semester hours required for the associate degree and/or the appropriate number of hours required for a certificate.
  2. Earn at least a GPA of 2.0 (C average in all collegiate level courses.)
  3. Fulfill all courses required for the program as outlined in the college Catalog, with 24 hours of the last 30 hours towards the degree being completed at Northeast State. A minimum of 30 percent of the total credit hours required for a certificate must be completed at Northeast State.
  4. Complete and file an Application for Graduation, which is located in the Admissions and Records Office. The application should be completed on or before the deadline found in the College Calendar. The College Calendar is found in the college catalog and the term schedules. The college requests the graduation application be filed by the 14th day of the term prior to the student’s graduating term. Students who meet this deadline will be notified of their graduation status before the beginning of their graduating term.
  5. Pay the $25 graduation fee in the Business Office. It must be paid when an Application for Graduation is filed with the college. The fee is nonrefundable, and is valid for three consecutive semesters including the semester the student plans to graduate. (Summer semester is included in the three consecutive semesters. The fee includes the cost of the diploma, cover, cap and gown, and other graduation expenses.)
  6. Resolve all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the college and return all library and college materials. Other guidelines pertaining to graduation are:
  7. Students are allowed to graduate by meeting the requirements of the Catalog under which they entered providing graduation is within six years of initial enrollment. Degree requirements set forth in a catalog shall remain in effect for the duration of the period identified on the cover of this catalog. No guarantee is implied that these requirements will be contained in total or in part in future requirements for the degree.
  8. Transfer credits used to satisfy Northeast State’s degree requirements will not be averaged with the student’s grade point average at Northeast State for the purpose of calculating the graduation average.
  9. Students may complete requirements for more than one concentration of study within the degree program by successfully completing all course requirements in both concentrations. A separate application for graduation must be submitted for each concentration. No additional fee is required and no additional diploma will be awarded.
  10. Students may also complete requirements for more than one degree. A minimum of 16 credit hours beyond the requirements for the first degree must be completed. A $25 graduation fee will be required for each additional degree awarded in subsequent terms.
  11. Students must complete required competency examinations in specified academic majors. Students may be required to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievements and achievement in major areas as a prerequisite to graduation for the purpose of evaluation of academic programs. Unless otherwise provided for in an individual program, no minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation.
  12. As part of the graduation requirements, prospective graduates are encouraged to visit the Career and Employment Services Office during the last semester to discuss their present and future plans with a professional staff member.
  13. Students graduating in the fall, spring, and summer semesters will attend the commencement exercises in May unless special permission is granted by the Admissions and Records office. Students completing degree/certificate requirements at the end of the fall semester will not receive their diplomas until the commencement exercise in May, but their permanent record will be posted as of the semester they graduate. Students completing graduation requirements at the end of the summer semester will receive their diplomas in August. Students who plan to complete requirements for graduation by the end of the summer term may participate in the spring graduation ceremonies. These students must (1) complete the Application for Graduation by the spring deadline as published in the Schedule of Classes and; (2) complete the Academic Profile and/or major field test, if applicable; and (3) be within nine hours of degree completion.
  14. Northeast State has one commencement ceremony per year which is at the end of the spring semester. Therefore, graduation honors are calculated at the end of the fall semester. This average will be included in the graduation program, the graduation ceremony, and all news releases concerning graduation. Developmental studies coursework completed does not count toward the calculation of graduation honors.
  15. Students who do not graduate during the semester that is indicated on the Application for Graduation will have their application voided and must reapply for graduation during the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Graduation Honors

Students receiving associate degrees with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.9 to 4.0 will be awarded Summa Cum Laude while those with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 to 3.89 will be awarded Magna Cum Laude. Graduates with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 to 3.74 will be awarded Cum Laude. Students completing 18 hours of Honors Program courses will have their diplomas notated to reflect completion of the Honors Program. Developmental Studies grade point averages will not count toward calculation of either semester or graduation honors.

Classification of Students

A student enrolled for 12 or more semester hours of credit is classified as full-time. A student enrolled for 11 or fewer semester hours is classified as part-time. A student will be classified as a freshman until 30 hours of credit are earned. When 30 or more hours are earned, a student is classified as a sophomore.

Student Load

The recommended semester-hour load for the average student is 15 to 16 hours of credit. Any student desiring to take more than 19 semester hours of credit must receive approval prior to registration from their advisor and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs or appropriate designee.

Academic and Classroom Misconduct

The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violative of the general rules and regulations of the institution. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the institution.

Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but is not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language , harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.).

Class attendance and punctuality requirements are contracted between the faculty and the students, through specific expectations for attendance and punctuality and specific consequences that are outlined by individual faculty members in the printed syllabus for each course.

Students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time and are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled.

In cases where student absences are the result of emergency circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student’s serious injury or incapacitating illness), for which students are unable to make immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Office of Student Affairs for assistance in providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the student remains responsible for verifying the emergency circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with faculty for completion of course work requirements.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, is subject to disciplinary action. In addition to possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or a zero for an exercise or examination or to assign an “F” in the course.

If the student believes that he/she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct and if the final grade has been lowered as a result, an appeal may be made by following institutional procedures as described in the Student Handbook section of the catalog under Concerns and Complaints.

Registration for Courses

The printed Schedule of Classes also contains registration information. Currently enrolled and readmitted students have the opportunity to register first. Procedures specified at the time must be followed during all registrations. No student is officially enrolled until he/she has completed all requirements of enrollment including the payment of fees. Registration after the published date may be permitted for five days in the fall and spring terms. Late registration requires payment of the late fee. No student shall receive credit for a course for which he/she is not properly registered or paid.

A student may not be allowed to register until all admissions requirements have been met.

Change of Registration

Withdrawing from the College - Withdrawal is defined as a complete separation from Northeast State for a particular semester. Students withdrawing must complete a withdrawal form and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office. Failure to follow this procedure may result in a grade of “F” being assigned for each course for which the student is registered. Failure to attend class does not constitute a withdrawal. No fee is charged for withdrawals.

Dropping a Class or Classes - A drop is defined as withdrawal from one or more classes for a term but not complete withdrawal from the college. Failure to completely process a drop form or drop a class online may result in the student being assigned a grade of “F.” Failure to attend class does not constitute a drop and will result in a grade of “F.”

Adding Classes - Classes may be added to a student’s schedule on or before the “last day to add” as noted in the College Calendar.

Waiver of a Prerequisite - Under special circumstances a prerequisite to a course may be waived by the dean/division chair. The waiver is granted only when the student demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of the prerequisite course and his/her progress in the course requiring the prerequisite would not be impeded. The waiver of prerequisite is not to be confused with a course waiver. If the prerequisite waived is a course required in the student’s program, another course must be successfully completed before the associate degree is awarded. No fee is required for a waiver of a prerequisite.

Course Waiver and Substitution - Under special circumstances a course may be waived by the department head or division chair (except remedial/developmental courses). The waiver is granted when a course deletion or curriculum change necessitates it. A course of equal or greater credit must be taken in lieu of any course waived Primary consideration must be given to courses from the same discipline as the course waived. No fee is required for a course waiver and substitution.

Attendance Regulations

Students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting of each registered class of the term. Attendance taken on the first class day is used to process students receiving financial aid. Failure to attend each class may delay the receipt of financial aid. Additionally, important information concerning course requirements is distributed at the first class meeting.

Class attendance is considered a contract with obligated appointments and specific expectations of attendance are included in the course syllabus. Many instructors use attendance as part of student evaluation for the course. Students should inform the instructor in the event of planned absences. Students are advised to meet with instructors to determine steps to make up work in the event of unforeseen absences.

Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal from class or from the college. The college has procedures and dates under which drops or withdrawals are permitted. Students should refer to these procedures and dates in this catalog or the term Schedule of Classes. Ceasing to attend and not following these procedures will result in a grade of ‘F’ for such class(es).

Grading System

A grade is awarded in each credit course. The grade is based on the student’s demonstrated proficiency as determined by the faculty member teaching the course. The following grading system is used at Northeast State Technical Community College:

Grade   Description   Quality Points
A   Work of highest quality  


B   Work of above average quality  


C   Work of satisfactory quality  


D   Work of minimum acceptable quality  


F   Work of below minimum acceptable quality  


Other markings which may appear on the grade report or transcript:

I - A mark used only for students who cannot complete coursework because of extreme hardship.

IP - A mark meaning In Progress which may be assigned in developmental courses. This is not computed in overall GPA.

S - A mark assigned which indicates work of acceptable quality. This is not computed in overall GPA.

N - A mark assigned which indicates work of unacceptable quality. This is not computed in overall GPA.

W - A mark assigned to indicate withdrawal from a course. This is not computed in overall GPA.

AU - A mark assigned to indicate an audit in a course. This is not computed in overall GPA.

Courses graded with “S” or “N” are not computed in the overall grade point average (GPA). Students may take no more than eight (8) hours of coursework where the “S” or “N” grading system is used. The scholastic standing of a student is expressed in terms of quality point ratio. A quality point ratio is the total number of quality points divided by the total number of semester hours attempted less the number of hours repeated. To meet degree requirements, a student must maintain an overall 2.0 gradepoint average.

The incomplete grade indicates a student was passing the course at the end of the term. Due to extenuating circumstances, the student was unable to complete the course requirements such as a term paper, outside reading assignments, a project or an examination. The assignment of the “I” grade may be awarded after consultation between the student and the instructor. If it is determined that the grade of “I” is appropriate, the instructor will complete the“I” Grade Assignment Form and both the instructor and the student will sign the form. The form then will be forwarded to the appropriate dean/division chair for approval. Information on the form will include the nature of the work to be completed, the date for the completion, and any special instructions as appropriate. A copy of the completed form will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions and Records for the student’s file. In every case, the “I” grade must be completed by the end of the next semester not including the summer term. Failure to complete the “I” grade agreement within the agreed time will result in a grade of “F” for the course(s). The “I” grade will not replace a previous grade in the same course. A course with an “I” grade will not count as enrolled hours in a subsequent term. Students who encounter severe difficulties in attending classes or completion of assignments prior to the Last Day to Withdraw should consider a withdrawal from the class and/or term.

Final Grade Appeal Procedure

When a student believes there are circumstances that warrant the appeal of the final grade received in a course for other than academic misconduct, the student may appeal the grade. The appeal process must begin within 45 days following the last day of the term in which the grade was assigned.

Grounds for Appeal

  • Errors of omission. The student contends that a certain test, homework, or class project was submitted but not graded.
  • Errors in averaging. The student contends that an error in the mathematical calculations of graded material occurred.
  • Errors in course practices. The student contends that there was gross disparity between the course syllabus and the manner in which the course was conducted; in particular, the manner in which the individual student was treated.

Procedures for Appeal

  1. The student should consult with the instructor of the class to ensure that no calculation or administrative error has occurred.
  2. If no satisfactory agreement is reached with the instructor, the student may submit a written appeal to the appropriate division chair or dean. The division chair/dean will investigate the appeal, render a decision and submit a written report of the findings to the student, instructor and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
  3. If the appeal is denied by the division chair/dean, the student may forward the written appeal to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. The Vice President will review the appeal, render a decision and submit a written report of the findings to the student.
  4. If the student is not in agreement with the decision of the Vice President, he or she may request a hearing before the Grade Appeal Subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee by submitting a written request to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. This subcommittee shall review the appeal to insure that it explains in detail how it is based on one or more of the three allowable grounds. If the subcommittee determines that the appeal has merit for further investigation, a hearing will be scheduled. The subcommittee retains the right to ask questions of each party and to call on such expertise as it deems appropriate to arrive at a decision.
  5. The Grade Appeals Subcommittee will forward a recommendation to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
  6. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will review the subcommittee’s recommendation, issue a written opinion relative to the subcommittee’s report, and forward the opinion to the President.
  7. The President’s decision will be final.

Repeating a Course

For the purpose of increasing mastery in a course when such is necessary for successful performance in a subsequent course or for the purpose of increasing the grade point average, a student may repeat a course provided the grade of C or lower was earned in the course to be repeated. The grade received in the repeated course supersedes all previous grades and will be used to determine the student’s grade point average, academic standing, and requirements toward graduation. The hours attempted for repeating a course are counted only once and credited in the semester in which the course was repeated. Students are permitted to repeat a course twice (three attempts). After three attempts, the grades in the third attempt are used to calculate the grade point average. Students may be permitted to repeat a course in which a grade of B or higher was earned only with the approval of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. (Financial Aid Note: Students who choose to repeat any courses with a passing grade will not receive financial aid for those hours.)

Auditing a Course

Any college-level credit course may be audited. In cases where a student has previously received credit in a course, approval to repeat the course on an audit basis must be approved by the division chair/department head and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. DSP courses may not be audited.

Academic Dismissal and Retention Standards

A student who fails during any term to attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) at or above the level indicated below for the hours attempted (inclusive of any remedial or developmental courses) will be placed on academic probation for the following term:

Associate Degree Programs

Hours   Minimum GPA
0-14   No minimum
15-26   1.0
27-40   1.4
41-48   1.7
49-56   1.9
57 and above    2.0
Academic/Technical Certificate Programs
Hours   Minimum GPA
1-6   No minimum
7 - 50 percent of program   1.4
More than 50 percent of program   2.0

Academic Dismissal - Students placed on academic probation must meet the following criteria at the end of their next term of enrollment.

  1. Attain a cumulative grade point average meeting the minimum retention standards.
  2. Attain a 2.0 grade point average for that term.

For students on academic probation, failure to meet one of the above criteria will result in academic dismissal of the student for one term. The Summer term does not count as a semester of dismissal.

Students whose cumulative grade point average remains below the minimum retention standard but whose term grade point average continues to be 2.0 or higher will be permitted to re-enroll under probation.

Students who have been academically dismissed may reenroll following the one term of dismissal. These students are urged to consult with an academic advisor prior to re-enrollment. The summer term does not count as a semester of dismissal.

Appeals - A student who has been academically dismissed from the college may request an appeal through the Admissions Subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee. If the student contends there were extenuating circumstances (e.g. errors in his or her transcript, documented medical or psychological problems, court or military duty, etc.) that contributed to the academic dismissal, an appeal for reinstatement may be considered by the committee.

The appeal must be filed with the office of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. If the Admissions Subcommittee grants the reinstatement, the conditions imposed by the committee will be clearly stated. These conditions may include a reduced course load and regular meetings with an advisor or counselor.

Students who are placed on academic dismissal receive a letter from the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs notifying them of their status and of the appeals process.

Transfer Students - Students on academic suspension from another college or university must clearly designate this information on their application to the college. Falsifying this information may lead to dismissal. Students who wish to transfer to Northeast State may request an appeal through the Office of Admissions and Records. If the appeal is granted, the student will be admitted on probation and must have a GPA of 2.0 during the initial semester or meet the cumulative GPA requirement. While individual courses may transfer to the college and can count towards fulfilling degree requirements, the number of credit hours and quality points do not count towards calculating the GPA for academic probation and dismissal.

Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a greater challenge and a richer experience for able and highly motivated students at Northeast State.

The Honors Program is open to first-time, transfer, and returning students. Admittance to the Honors Program as a first-semester freshman requires an ACT composite score of 25 or an SAT combined score of 1140. Students who have completed 12 hours of college-level coursework with a GPA of 3.25 or higher may apply regardless of ACT or SAT scores.

To continue in the Honors Program, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Attendance at Honors Lyceum events is also expected. Honors classes are marked as such on the student’s transcript. Students who complete 12 hours in the Honors Program will be recognized during the college’s Honors Convocation; graduating students who complete 18 hours of Honors coursework at Northeast State will receive a diploma that records completion of the Honors Program.

Full-time students taking Honors classes may apply for an Honors Program Scholarship, several of which are awarded each semester. To apply or get more information, contact the Honors Program coordinator in Room F224A or at 423-354-2427.

Honors List

Students passing a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework during the fall or spring semester at Northeast State with a grade point average of 4.0 will be named to the President’s Academic Honors List. Students earning a 3.50-3.99 grade point average will be named to the Vice President’s Academic Honors List.

Developmental Studies Program (DSP)

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The Development Studies Program is designed to provide students with the preparation needed for success in college level courses. Placement procedures ensure that students are enrolled in courses at the appropriate level.

Assessment and Placement Procedures

Proper placement in reading, writing, and mathematics is absolutely essential for success in college. Placement is based on a variety of assessment measures; ACT/SAT, COMPASS/ASSET, and/or previously earned credit.

  1. Assessment
    1. Degree-seeking students less than 21 years of age will be assessed for DSP placement according to ACT/SAT scores.
    2. Degree-seeking students 21 years of age or older (who are not required to submit ACT scores)
      • may submit valid ACT/SAT scores and be placed accordingly, or
      • will be required to complete assessment tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.
    3. Transfer students must
      • present a college transcript with transferable credit (a C or better) in English composition or undergo assessment in writing.
      • present a college transcript with transferable credit (a C or better) in college-level, algebra-based mathematics or undergo assessment in mathematics.
    4. Non-Degree seeking students
      • Non-degree seeking students may take selected courses but must adhere to the same policies as listed above prior to enrolling in college-level courses in English, mathematics, reading, or courses listing these as pre-requisites.
    5. Students with high school deficiencies Deficiencies in English or algebra units may be removed by:
      • scoring at college-level on assessment tests used for placement,
      • completing DSP requirements
    6. International Students
      • may submit valid ACT/SAT scores and be placed accordingly, or
      • will be required to complete assessment tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.
    7. Screening adjustments
      • Students who are not required to undergo assessment may request assessment testing.
      • Instructors may recommend assessment testing for students who did not undergo assessment but later demonstrated deficiencies in preparation.
      • Students may challenge their original placement via measures outlined below.

      Online tutorial modules are available through the Northeast State website. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of this opportunity prior to placement testing. More information is available from www.northeaststate.edu/assessments or by contacting the Advising and Assessment Center at 423-354-2544.

  2. ACT/SAT Placement
    The ACT score is the primary placement assessment tool for students aged 18-20. Students may present SAT scores in lieu of ACT scores. The tables below outline placement based on ACT/SAT subscores.

    ACT Test    Cutoff Range    Course   


    English   1 – 14   DSPW 0700 Basic Writing  


        15 -18   DSPW 0800 Developmental Writing  


        19 - 36   College level English      
    Reading   1 – 11   DSPR 0700 Basic Reading  


        12 – 18   DSPR 0800 Developmental Reading  


        19 – 39   No developmental reading required    
    Mathematics   1 – 14   DSPM 0700 Foundations of Mathematics I  


        15 – 16   DSPM 0800 Foundations of Mathematics II  


        17 – 18   DSPM 0850 Foundations of Mathematics III  


        19 – 36   College level mathematics      
    Study Skills   *see below   DSPS 0800 Learning Strategies  


    SAT 1 Test   CutoffRange   Course  


    Verbal   380-below   DSPW 0700 Basic Writing  


         390-450    DSPW 0800 Developmental Writing   


        460-above   College level English Reading (Based on SAT 1 composite)     
    Reading   510-below   DSPR 0700 Basic Reading  


        520-890   DSPR 0800 Developmental Reading  


        900-above   No developmental reading required     
    Mathematics   340-below   DSPM 0700 Foundations of Mathematics I  


        350-390   DSPM 0800 Foundations of Mathematics II  


        400-450   DSPM 0850 Foundations of Mathematics III  


        460-above   College level mathematics    
    Study Skills   *see below   DSPS 0800 Learning Strategies  


    Students who place in any two subject areas based on subscores are automatically placed in Learning Strategies as well.

    Valid ACT/SAT scores are those earned within three years prior to the first day of a student’s entering term.

    Students whose ACT composite score is 26 (SAT 1170) or higher are automatically placed in college level courses without further assessment based on sub-scores.

    Students may challenge assessment based on ACT/SAT scores by taking appropriate components of the COMPASS test or other test as designated.

  3. Placement by COMPASS
    The Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is a computerized battery of stan dardized tests used by TBR institutions as the primary means of placement for all students twenty-one years or older who do not have college transfer credit in English composition and/or college-level algebra-based mathematics. The ASSET is a pen and paper version of the COMPASS. Placement is based on statewide standards for the various subject areas.

    A $5 scheduling fee is charged prior to signing up for the COMPASS placement test. This non-refundable fee may be paid in the Business Office or at one of the off-campus sites. Students should contact the Advisement and Assessment Center to schedule a time for taking the COMPASS Test. This scheduling may be done in person, by telephone, or on the web. Students who cannot take the test as scheduled must cancel the appointment at least two working days in advance or an additional $5 fee will be required.

  4. Placement Challenge
    Students who believe their placement is not correct and who have not enrolled in the course(s) may challenge their placement via the following measures:

    Students who were placed using ACT/SAT scores may request to take the COMPASS test in one, two, or all three areas.

    Students who were placed using COMPASS or ASSET may request to retest using COMPASS or ASSET in one, two or all three areas. A two-week waiting period may be required prior to retesting and students may only retest one time in any subject area. There is a $20 fee to retest.

    For additional information about placement challenge contact the Advising and Assessment Center.

    Students who have followed the steps outlined above and are still dissatisfied with their placement results may contact the Developmental Studies Program Director and present documentation to support their claim of incorrect placement.

Program Design

  1. Courses
    Courses in mathematics, writing, reading, and study skills comprise the Developmental Studies Program curriculum.

    Mathematics -   DSPM 0700 Foundations of Mathematics I
        DSPM 0800 Foundations of Mathematics II
        DSPM 0850 Foundations of Mathematics III
    Writing -   DSPW 0700 Basic Writing
        DSPW 0800 Developmental Writing
    Reading -   DSPR 0700Basic Reading
        DSPR 0800Developmental Reading
        DSPR 0870 Basic & Developmental Reading
    Study Skills -   DSPS 0800 Learning Strategies

    The purpose of these courses is to prepare students for college level work in the respective subject areas. A student could be required to take up to 8 (24 credit hours) of these courses. The courses are not intended for transfer, nor do they satisfy degree-credit requirements for any associate degree or academic/ technical certificate program. Course descriptions and credit hours are included in the course description section of the catalog under Developmental Studies Program. (Federal Financial Aid will cover the cost of developmental studies courses.)
  2. Counseling Services
    Academic and career counseling are available through the Advisement and Assessment Office.
  3. Advisement
    Advisement of DSP students is under the direction of the DSP director in accordance with the academic divisions. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor in his/her selected area of study. Students are monitored by faculty advisors as they complete DSP courses and make the transition into collegelevel courses.
  4. Tutorial Instruction and Learning Labs
    Tutorial assistance may be available for students in the DSP program via Student Support Services and other services on campus. Learning labs in mathematics and reading provide software and personnel to assist students in their progression through their coursework. Writing classes are offered in computer-equipped classrooms to facilitate the development of the writing process.

Additional Program Information

The Director of Developmental Studies is charged with the administration and oversight of the Developmental Studies Program. Academic division chairs work with the Director in making decisions regarding courses, advisement, and other program elements.

Completion of DSP requirements at any TBR institution will be honored at all TBR institutions regardless of credit hours assigned to individual courses. Developmental studies courses completed at non-TBR institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Students whose placement assessment indicates a need for developmental studies courses should complete these courses during the initial terms of enrollment.

Successful completion of DSP competencies is required for progression to the next higher level. In DSP courses a grade of C or better is required for successful completion.

Because withdrawal from DSP courses delays completion of the student’s intended program of study, withdrawal is discouraged except in serious circumstances such as death in the family, accident or long-term illness.

Grades to be assigned in DSP courses are A, B, C, F, IP (in progress), I (incomplete), and W (withdrawal.) (There is no D grade assigned for DSP courses.) Students are permitted to audit only in exceptional circumstances approved by the Director.

Evening and Distance Education

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The purpose of the Division of Evening and Distance Education is to provide through traditional and alternative delivery systems academic credit classes on the main campus and at selected off-campus sites in support of the college’s mission to increase access to higher education for the citizens of the region. Classes provide lifelong learning opportunities to individuals seeking to attain career and personal development goals. Satellite campuses, local community facilities, public school sites, and various industrial locations are utilized to deliver classes in under-served communities. Admission requirements for evening and distance education students are identical with requirements for students in the regular daytime program. The quality of instruction governing credit courses offered during the evening on campus, at satellite locations, and through non-traditional program formats is maintained at the same level as those courses offered on campus during the day and is equivalent in all academic considerations.

Services to students enrolled in the evening, distance education, and nontraditional programs coordinated by the Division of Evening and Distance Education are afforded the same educational and support services as students enrolled in traditional programs. The Student Information Center, Office of Admissions and Records, Advising and Assessment Center, the Office of Business Affairs, the Library, the Bookstore, and other services are provided during select hours. The Evening and Distance Education office is open each evening until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday when classes are in session, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday when classes are in session. For more information regarding Evening and Distance Education Programs and Services, please refer to the Northeast State web page at www.northeaststate.edu.

Weekend College

The Weekend College provides a variety of credit courses and professional development programs on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons. Students are encouraged to refer to the semester schedule for specific course offerings. Weekend classes are offered on the main campus in Blountville and at the Northeast State at Elizabethton and Northeast State at Kingsport sites.

NextStep Program

NextStep provides an alternative delivery program for working adult students. Through this program students may complete forty-one hours of general education core classes. After completion of the “common” core, students may select an additional nineteen hours of guided electives needed to complete a specific Associate of Science or Associate of Arts program. Generally, NextStep classes will be offered on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons (Weekend College). Courses will be provided using a variety of alternative delivery formats including traditional day and evening classes, Internet, telecourses, and fast track classes. For more information concerning the NextStep Program, contact the Office of Evening and Distance Education at 423-323-0221 or tbstreet@northeaststate.edu.

Accelerated Studies Program (ASP)

The accelerated studies program is designed to provide students an opportunity to “accelerate” course work in specified course(s) or program areas. ASP courses are organized utilizing a seven-week, block schedule. Students wishing to enroll in this program must register for accelerated classes during the scheduled registration periods. Admission to ASP courses may be denied for students failing to register during the official registration periods. For more information regarding ASP courses, refer to the Northeast State home page (www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423/323/0221.

Jump Start Program

(Dual/Joint Enrollment)

The Jump Start Program is a cooperative effort between local high schools and Northeast State Technical Community College to provide qualified high school students an opportunity to get a “Jump Start” on college. Qualified students may earn 12 or more semester hours of transferable college credit and satisfy specific courses required for high school graduation. The curriculum for each Jump Start Program is specifically designed to fulfill the requirements of high schools participating in the program. As a result, individual course offerings may vary from school to school or system to system. Home school students meeting Northeast State admission requirements may also be eligible for enrollment under this program. For more information regarding the Jump Start Program, refer to the Northeast State home page (www.northeaststate.edu) or contact 423/323-0221.

Distance Learning Programs


Telecourses provide students with an opportunity to complete a significant portion of required course work outside of the formal classroom setting. Most telecourses meet four to five times per semester; however, some lab experience courses may require additional class meetings. The basic components of a telecourse include a series of television/video programs, a textbook, and a student study guide. During class meetings, telelearning is reinforced by the use of lecture, discussion, laboratory experiences, and course examinations. Videotapes covering some course material are available in the Library for viewing and/or check out by students enrolled in the telecourses.

Interactive Televised Courses (ITV)

Interactive Televised Courses (ITV) are designed to offer students greater access to educational programs and training at on and off-campus sites. Selected courses are offered via an interactive television loop between the Blountville, Elizabethton and Kingsport (RCAT) sites. Using this format, a single instructor may teach from a single location and interact in real time with students present in one or all of the ITV classrooms. Course content and requirements are identical to a traditional, lecture-based class. Interactive classrooms are located in L114 in the Basler Library, E100 at Northeast State in Elizabethton and R130 at the RCAT. Students interested in enrolling in an ITV course should consult the Schedule of Classes. For more information regarding ITV courses, refer to the Northeast State home page (www.northeaststate.edu) under Distance Education or contact (423) 323-0221.

Internet Courses

Internet courses offer students the opportunity to complete all or part of the work for a particular course via the Internet. These courses may follow a modified traditional class schedule or may meet only at selected times throughout the semester. To complete all requirements for these courses, students must be able to access the Internet. Students may access the Internet through computer facilities at the college’s library on the main campus in Blountville, at the satellite campuses or secure access on their own. For more information regarding Internet classes, refer to the Northeast State home page (www.northeaststate.edu or contact (423) 323-0221.

Regents Online Degree Program (RODP)

Northeast State and the Tennessee Board of Regents colleges, universities and technical centers have joined to offer the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). The Regents Online courses are designed around a typical semester in interactive asynchronous (anytime, anywhere) format. These courses contain the same content and rigor as standard oncampus courses. The RODP program also offers online student services such as advising, library services, and student support services. Technical support for accessing course lessons and assignments are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Regents courses are entirely online and transferable among all the participating institutions. Additional information is available on page 57 of this catalog. Students may view the Regent’s Online homepage at www.rodp.org.

Regents On-Line Continuing Education (ROCE)

ROCE offers an extensive Continuing Education program in a non-traditional method for adults 18 years of age or older regardless of their educational background. Continuing Education courses are designed to meet the demanding schedules of the workforce. We are a provider of training for industry related certified programs. Through short term training, ROCE offers programs to upgrade skills, improve organizational and industrial economic performance and provide personal enrichment courses for persons who wish to obtain knowledge and learn new skills. For more information, concerning ROCE programs, call the Office of Evening and Distance Education at 423-323-0221 or contact cmtauscher@northeaststate.edu. Students may view the Regent’s On-line Continuing Education homepage at www.rodp.org. and select ROCE.

Off-Campus Sites

Northeast State subscribes to the concept of accessibility by extending credit classes through off-campus sites and satellite facilities as part of the delivery system. As a convenience to students, off-campus classes are organized and scheduled in locations conducive to enrollment. As a normal procedure, academic courses at satellite locations are listed by location in the Schedule of Classes and are offered primarily during the evening hours. However, because of community response and local needs, off-campus courses are also available during the day at certain off-campus locations. To determine the availability of classes at off-campus locations, students are advised to examine closely the listings of classes published in the Schedule of Classes by location.

Courses requiring laboratories, library materials, computers and other special resources are offered off-campus if the necessary resources are provided. To facilitate this scheduling, special arrangements are made for selected courses as needed. In addition, off-campus students have access to the Library on the main campus and may utilize these services during the regular hours that the Library is open. Students may also use other libraries with which the college has cooperative agreements.

Northeast State at Elizabethton

Northeast State at Elizabethton provides comprehensive educational programming at a location more convenient to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, and Unicoi counties. Day, evening, and Weekend College classes are offered on the Elizabethton campus. The site offers a variety of courses in liberal arts, technical and continuing education programs. However, the Elizabethton site does not offer complete programs of study. The Student Resource Center is linked to the automated system at the main library and offers access to the online catalog, the Internet, and a variety of full-text databases. For more information concerning Northeast State at Elizabethton, call the director at 423/547-8450 or the Office of Evening and Distance Education on the Blountville campus at 423/323-0221.

Northeast State at Gray

Northeast State at Gray provides a variety of educational services. The Health-Related Professions Division offers classroom and laboratory instruction in Cardiovascular Technology and Surgical Technology, as well as the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing in partnership with Walters State Community College.

Northeast State at Gray offers a variety of community education programs including the WIA Youth Program, continuing education and professional development and community interest courses. This site also houses the Tech Prep program for high school to college articulation. For more information regarding Health-Related Professions programs, please contact trmullins@northeaststate.edu or call 423-323-0248. For more information about Community Education course offerings, contact rpdugger@northeaststate.edu or call 423-323-0222. For information on Tech Prep courses, contact your high school guidance counselor, vocational principal or the Tech Prep Director at Northeast State at 423-354-2505.

Northeast State at Kingsport

Northeast State and East Tennessee State University have joined together to provide expanded course offerings at the ETSU Center in Kingsport. This arrangement provides enhanced educational opportunities for students at both institutions. Sharing faculty, personnel, and resources, this agreement allows both institutions to act cooperatively in long-term curriculum and academic planning. Northeast State offers a variety of day, evening, and weekend classes at the Center. In addition to expanding course offerings, this initiative supports Northeast State’s commitment to providing convenient, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities to the citizens of the Kingsport area. For more information concerning Northeast State at Kingsport, call the director at 423-392-8024 or the Office of Evening and Distance Education at 423-323-0221.

Regional Center for Applied Technology (RCAT)

Through a partnership with the City of Kingsport and Northeast State, the Regional Center for Applied Technology (RCAT) was developed as a state-of-the-art educational facility to provide college courses and other community service programs to foster workforce and ecomonic development in the Kingsport community.

Located in downtown Kingsport, RCAT provides a broad variety of credit courses, as well as tailor-made training programs for the region’s businesses and industries ranging from basic workforce capabilities to highly specialized skills training.

College courses in computer science, business management, and office administration serve to continually upgrade technology skills for workforce development.

The RCAT educational facility is centrally located and easy to access via the Kingsport Area Transit System. For more information about the Regional Center for Applied Technology, e-mail the director at rldice@northeaststate.edu/rcat or call 423-354-2525.

To respond to community needs, the Division of Evening and Distance Education welcomes suggestions and requests for arranging credit courses on campus during the evening or at off-campus locations. The office is located in Room C2402, General Studies Building, telephone 423-323-0221.

Other Academic Services

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Computer Services

The purpose of Computer Services at Northeast State is to establish organization, procedures, and processes linking computing services to the overall goals and purposes of the institution. The department provides services and assistance to students, faculty, and staff for the purpose of improving efficiency and effectiveness of job performance and student achievement. Computer Services also provides assistance and information for academic areas relating to innovations in computing as well as a research source for students and faculty in the discovery, utilization, and assessment of new technologies.

Employment Services

The Office of Career and Employment serves as a liaison between the college and employers by maintaining information about the availability of employment opportunities, operating an on-going program to acquaint employers with Northeast State and its academic programs, and arranging interviews for current or former students, and posting temporary part-time/full-time job opportunities in the Career and Employment Services Office. Additionally, assistance is offered in developing job search skills such as letter writing, resume preparation, interviewing, employment search methods, and using the Internet in employment searches. For more information, contact the Office of Career and Employment Services at 423-354-2491.

Cooperative Education Opportunites

Cooperative education is designed to enable students to gain actual work experience in a chosen field and to receive academic credit and monetary compensation for the experience. Educational theories and concepts are exemplified through specific work-related skills, job functions, and on-the-job responsibilities. The work assignment must be closely related to the student’s major field of study as determined by the student’s faculty advisor and the Director of Student Services. Limited and specific co-op opportunities are available to University Parallel majors; the appropriate Division Chair establishes these conditions.

Eligibility requirements for participation in the co-op program include: a 2.80 minimum cumulative GPA, the completion of 12 credit hours of core courses in major field of study, and a 3.00 minimum GPA in major field of study courses.

Credit received for cooperative education per semester is: 1 credit for 10 hours work per week; 2 credits for 20 hours work per week; 3 credits for 30 hours work per week; and 4 credits for 40 hours work per week.

Library Services

The Wayne G. Basler Library provides the learning resources and ancillary services in support of the college’s academic programs at all sites. Special emphasis is also placed on providing materials and services to citizens in the college’s service area.

Operating from a state-of-the-art facility with 55,000 square feet covering three floors, the Basler Library and its Media Center make available to students, faculty, staff, and community members a wide variety of materials and services for educational purposes, research and reference interests, career studies, personal enrichment, and recreational reading. In addition to traditional material holdings and seating for approximately 600 people, there are conference rooms, computer labs, faculty reading rooms, group study rooms, a distance education/ITV instruction lab, a multimedia development area, and production studio.

The Basler Library has a fully automated, web-accessible public access catalog and numerous electronic databases for information retrieval. The catalog and databases may be accessed via the Internet, either from a network computer on campus or from a computer at home, provided the user is a registered borrower in the Basler Library.

Materials are available in a variety of formats: books, periodicals, videotapes, audiotapes, DVD, microfiche, CDROMs, electronic books (eBooks), and the Internet. Along with traditional reference and reader’s advisory services, the Library offers bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan, audio and video equipment, personal computing capabilities, and equipment for the visually impaired. Reciprocal borrowing agreements with other area libraries - both academic and public - allow for enhanced access to other resources. For more information, call 423-354-2429 or visit www.northeaststate.edu/library.

Office of Minority Affairs

The Office of Minority Affairs is responsible for improving the recruitment, retention, progression and graduation of minority students. Northeast State continues to create an environment that allows for the full development and potential of every student who comes to the institution. The office gives particular attention to the minority student at the college, attempting to provide a bridge that increases the likelihood of student success. Services of the office include academic advising, counseling, career planning, financial aid information and mentoring for minority students.


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