Oct 20, 2020  
2017-2018 Course Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



BridgeValley Community and Technical College adheres to an open admissions policy. It is the intent of this policy that area residents shall have access to higher education opportunities commensurate with their interest and abilities. BridgeValley abides by the Community and Technical College System on residency classification for determining tuition and fees. For the full text, visit www.wvctcs.org/rulesandpolicies

Applications for admission may be completed online at www.BridgeValley.edu, contacting the Division of Enrollment Management at the South Charleston campus at 2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303 or the Montgomery campus at 619 2nd Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136, or request an application be mailed by telephoning 304.205.6700 South Charleston campus or 304.734.6604 Montgomery campus.

General Admissions Information

Regular (degree-seeking) admission is available for all persons who have obtained a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED/TASC) diploma. Applicants who have neither a high school diploma nor a General Education Development (GED/TASC) diploma may be admitted on a conditional basis, but will be evaluated at the end of each semester for academic progress. Students admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible for financial aid. (See section “Conditional Admission”) Individuals may also enroll as a non-degree seeking student to take courses for personal or professional enrichment. Students who are enrolled with a “non-degree” status are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission to BridgeValley Community and Technical College does not guarantee acceptance into “selective admission” associate or certificate programs. Selective admission programs have additional admission requirements. (See section “Conditional Admission Requirements” for additional information.)

Scores from standardized tests such as the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACCUPLACER or COMPASS are not required for admission. However, scores from one of these tests are required for placement and counseling purposes, and must be taken prior to registering for classes.

*PLEASE NOTE: West Virginia residents are highly encouraged to take the ACT or SAT test as scores from these tests are required for certain West Virginia scholarships and grant programs including the Promise Scholarship, as well as campus-based scholarships from the institution.

Placement Guidelines

Placement Guidelines for English Courses

Note: Any placement score (ACT, COMPASS, etc.) older than five years is not valid for placement; students with scores older than five years must take current Accuplacer exams for initial placement.

COURSE ACCUPLACER ACT  COMPASS SAT COURSE
PREREQUISITES
ENGL 095 Integrated Reading and Writing   Reading Comp. 0-59 *
and
Sentence Skills 0-65 *
Reading 0-14 *
and
English 0-15 *
Reading Skills 0-69 *
and
Writing Skills 0-59 *
Critical Reading 200-430 *
and
Writing 200-420 *
 

ENGL 101 English Composition I 

and ENGL 096 Accelerated Writing Skills 

[Technical program alternates: ENGL 109 Writing for the Professions 

and ENGL 097 Professional Writing Skills Seminar ]

Reading Comp. 60-78 *
and
Sentence Skills 66-87 *
Reading 15-16 *
and
English 16-17 *
Reading Skills 70-74 *
and
Writing Skills 60-70 *
Critical Reading 440-450 *
and
Writing 430-440 *
 

ENGL 101 English Composition I 

[Technical program alternate: ENGL 109 Writing for the Professions ]

Reading Comp 79+ *
and
Sentence Skills 88+ *
Reading 17+ *
and
English 18+ *
Reading Skills 75+ *
and
Writing Skills 71+ *
Critical Reading 460+ *
and
Writing 450+ *

ENGL 095  if required

or some combination of scores/former developmental courses (grade of C) in both writing & reading.

All other English courses 100-level or greater         Grade of C in ENGL 101  

* If Reading and English scores fall in different course categories, placement will be made by the lowest score.

Placement Guidelines for Math Courses

Note: Any placement score (ACT, COMPASS, etc.) older than five years is not valid for placement; students with scores older than five years must take current Accuplacer exams for initial placement.

ALL MAJORS

COURSE ACCUPLACER ACT COMPASS SAT COURSE PREREQUISITES
Bridge to College
or MATH 020 or MATH 022
Arithmetic 0-39
Elem. Alg. 0-42
Math 0-13 Pre-Algebra 0-20
Algebra 0-18
Math 200-320 An ABEM or ABEA test score of 70+ in MyBridge denotes MATH 020/022 passage.

 NON-ALGEBRA TRACK

MATH 111  with MATH 011 
BUSN 112  with MATH 012 
MATH 113  with MATH 013 
MATH 115  with MATH 010 
(Students must take the corequisite seminar with the course.)
Arithmetic 40-84 Math 14-18 Pre-Algebra 21-58
Math 330-450

MATH 020

or grade of C in former developmental
course.

MATH 111  (Healthcare)
BUSN 112  (Business)
MATH 113  (Reasoning)
MATH 115  (Applied Technology)
(Students are eligible to take the course without a corequisite.)

Arithmetic 85+

MATH 113 
only:
Arithmetic 85+
and Elem. Algebra 57+

 
Math 19+

Pre-Algebra
59+

MATH 113  only: Pre-Algebra 59+
and Algebra 26+

Math 460+  

Note: If students change from the Non-Algebra track into the Algebra track, they must be placed into the algebra sequence according to their placement scores (Accuplacer, ACT, etc.). Non-Algebra track courses are NOT prerequisites to any Algebra track course.

Note: Please see the Gen. Ed. Dean, the Math Dept. Chair, or the Dev. Ed. Dept. Chair if score interpretation assistance is needed.

ALGEBRA TRACK

MATH 060 Bridge to Algebra            
MATH 118 Intro to Trigonometry   Elem. Algebra        
43-75 Math 14-18 Algebra 19-35 Math 330-450 MATH 022 passage is indicated by an ABEA score of 70+ in Test Scores on MyBridge.  
MATH 125 College Algebra Expanded            
(Course is equivalent to MATH 130 —designed for students who need/prefer additional review.) Elem. Algebra 76+ Math 19+ Algebra 36+ Math 460+ Grade of C in MATH 060  

Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements

Persons interested in applying for Certificate (one-year) or Associate (two-year) Degree programs must submit the following documents to the Division of Student Affairs:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application for Admission.
  2. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC scores report.
  3. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. Note: Official transcripts must be mailed directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from the issuing institution.
  4. ACT/SAT or other placement test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS) scores. (Required for placement in math and English courses.)

Provisional admission may be granted to degree-seeking students whose admission, readmission, or transfer admission documentation is incomplete at the time classes begin.

(NOTE: Financial aid will not be processed until all records are received.)

If student records indicate a student does not meet regular degree-seeking admissions requirements, either the registration will be voided or the student will be conditionally admitted.

If records are not received by the Division of Students Affairs by the designated time, the student’s registration will be voided. If the registration is voided, there will be no refund of tuition and fees.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional admission maybe granted to students that have neither a high school diploma nor a GED/TASC; where institutional officials have determined the student has the potential to successfully complete college work. Conditionally admitted students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Will be evaluated at the end of each semester of enrollment for academic progress.
  3. Must successfully complete all developmental courses.
  4. Must pass the GED/TASC and be in good standing before being admitted as a regular degree-seeking student.

Conditionally admitted students may be allowed to complete a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Conditionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission Requirements

Individuals that wish to enroll at BridgeValley Community and Technical College to take credit classes for personal enrichment, job improvement, or for reasons other than seeking a degree may enroll as a non-degree student. Non-degree applicants must submit the following documents to the Division of Student Affairs.

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College application for admission. Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Non-Degree students who wish to change to the degree-seeking status must complete the necessary forms in the Division of Student Affairs and also submit the following documents.

  1. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC scores report.
  2. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. (Note: Official transcripts must be mailed directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical from the issuing institution.)
  3. ACT/SAT or other placement test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS) scores. (Required for placement in math and English courses.)

Transfer Student Requirements

Individuals may transfer to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from other accredited postsecondary institutions. Transfer students must meet BridgeValley’s admission requirements. The transferring applicant must submit the following documents to the Division of Students Affairs:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application for Admission.
  2. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. (Note: Official transcripts must be sent directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from the issuing institution.)
  3. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC score report for transfer applicants with less than 15 credit hours of college work.
  4. ACT, SAT scores, or other state-approved placement test scores are required for transfer applicants with less than 15 semester hours of college credit and for those who have not successfully completed the first level of college math and English courses in their program.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College reserves the right to suspend or expel any student who does not reveal previous college records and/or who misrepresents the truth on any admission document.

The institution abides by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education Series 17: Rules and Policies for Transferability of Credits and Grades at West Virginia Pubic Colleges and Universities. Credits and grades for college-level courses completed at previous accredited institutions will be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office and recorded on the BridgeValley Community and Technical College transcript with equivalents noted when applicable.

Readmission Requirements

Readmission Due To Non-Attendance

Individuals seeking readmission because of discontinued studies by not enrolling for one or more academic semesters must complete a readmission application in the Division of Student Affairs. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 will be required to meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to registering for any courses offered by BridgeValley Community and Technical College. Students who have attended another institution(s) during their absence from BridgeValley Community and Technical College will be considered transfer students. Please follow the instructions listed under “Transfer Students”. Readmitted students may be required to meet academic standards which have changed during their absence.

Readmission Due To Academic Reasons

Persons who were required to discontinue their studies due to academic reasons and are now seeking readmission must submit a readmission application to the Academic Affairs Office with complete academic records and a narrative as indicated on the application. The student must schedule a meeting with the Vice President for Academic Affairs after submitting this information where a decision on readmission will be made and the conditions of readmission will be applied, if appropriate.

Transient Students Requirements

Students enrolled at another postsecondary institution wishing to enroll in courses at BridgeValley may be admitted as transient students. The transient student must submit the following:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application.
  2. A completed Transient Approval Form from their home institution.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College students who wish to enroll at another institution as a transient student must complete a BridgeValley Transient Approval Form with appropriate signature approvals.

Early Entrance High School Students Requirements

  1. The student must complete a consent form signed by his/her parent and the high school principal or counselor.
  2. The student must submit a completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College application for admission.
  3. The student must have a 2.5 average or be recommended by a counselor or a principal.
  4. Early entry students must meet prerequisites for courses, which may include ACT/SAT scores, or other state-approved placement test scores.
  5. Early entry students are not eligible for financial aid.

International Student Requirements

International students must have their completed application on file at least four (4) months prior to their intended date of enrollment. International students must complete the equivalent of a secondary education with higher than average grades. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students with a native language other than English. International students must submit the following documentation to the Division of Students Affairs.

  1. An international student application at least four (4) months prior to their intended date of enrollment.
  2. Official records equivalent of a secondary education with higher than average grades. Official transcripts (from all institutions) of previous college work completed. All documents must be translated to the English language. For consideration, international college transcripts must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an approved third-party. Our preferred translation and evaluation servicer is the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). For more information regarding transcript translation and evaluation and to apply for an individual course-by-course evaluation, please visit http://ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/app.php
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 500 on the paper-based test, or 173 on the computer-based version, or 61 or above on the internet-based version, or a score of 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Only official score reports for the TOEFL are acceptable. Under no circumstances will photocopies serve as an official score report.
  4. A certification of “Financial Support Statement” from a financial institution.

Additional standardized tests are required for placement and counseling purposes, and must be taken prior to registration. Acceptable placement tests include ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or COMPASS.

Admission to Specific Academic Programs

Selective Admission Programs

BridgeValley offers several academic programs with limited enrollment and specific requirements for consideration of admission into those programs. The programs with selective admission are extremely competitive and the number of students admitted to these programs is limited to assure appropriate educational services and academic excellence. The admission decisions of the respective selective admission committees are final.