Oct 15, 2018  
2014-15 Catalog 
    
2014-15 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Registration


Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) follows an “open door” policy which welcomes you without regard to color, creed, race, age, national origin, sex, or disability. However, admission does not mean you will be enrolled immediately in a program with specified admission requirements.

The Admissions/Records/Advisement Office is located in Baldwin Hall, Room 1450. Financial Aid and the Bursar’s Office are located in Baldwin Hall, Room 2450. Students can contact these services by calling 618-468-LCCC, 1-800-YES-LCCC or enroll@lc.edu (e-mail address).

Steps in admissions vary, depending on what you plan to accomplish. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT US EARLY AS MANY OF THESE STEPS ARE TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE REGISTRATION. Questions should be directed to the Enrollment Center. (Electronic submission of Admission Forms is subject to review and acceptance by the College.) Instructions are provided below if you:

NOTE:  If you are an Illinois Sex Offender, the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act requires you to complete a Registration Form before enrolling in classes. Bring completed forms to Student Development and Counseling or complete a form in that office before enrolling in classes.

If You Plan to Enter a Degree or Certificate Program

You need to complete the following steps:

Complete an Admission Information Form - These are available in the Enrollment Center, in the Assessment Center, at your local Community Education Center, by mail, or at the College website (www.lc.edu). Indicate the program you plan to enter from the back of the application. If you are applying to a Selective Admissions program (Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Paramedicine), complete a Selective Admission’s application form. For additional information, refer to the specific program section in this catalog. NOTE: If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university after one or two years at L&C, you should choose one of the transfer degree programs.

Send Official Transcripts - Provide the Enrollment Center with all high school and college transcripts from each academic institution previously attended. Your date of birth or Social Security Number and the name that you are currently using must appear on each transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Enrollment Center from each previously attended institution and/or hand delivered by the student only if the transcript is in a sealed official envelope. Most degree and certificate programs require high school graduation or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. After a transcript has been received, it will be evaluated and your unofficial transcript will be mailed to you. Credit will not be accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions. Once received by Lewis and Clark, your transcripts will not be released to third parties or returned to you either in original or copy form.  The L&C Records Evaluator, in determining that a transfer course is not equivalent to any L&C program course, may transcribe such course as elective credit.

Send Official ACT Scores - If you have taken the ACT within 2 years of enrolling at L&C please send your official scores to the L&C Enrollment Center.

Take College Placement Tests - Make an appointment to take placement tests by calling the Assessment Center at 618-468-5220 or your local Community Education Center. All students pursuing a degree or certificate are required to take the College Placement Test, or have an appropriate ACT score in Reading, English, and/or Math.  Course takers (less than 12 credit hours) who wish to take English, Math, or other college-level courses will need to take the College Placement Test or have appropriate ACT scores in Reading, English, and/or Math.  If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will be required to enroll in these courses.

Enroll in MYL&C, New Student Orientation - Orientation is mandatory for all new students.  My L&C includes an orientation presentation, campus tour, meeting with your advisor and registration. Enroll in My L&C when you make your placement test appointment. If you are exempt from taking the placement test please call the Assessment Center to make your orientation appointment.

The following admission requirements apply to all new students seeking to enroll in a transfer degree program (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering Science, or Associate in Fine Arts). To meet the admission requirements, students may fulfill any one of the requirements in each category. Students who lack any of the requirements may develop an individualized plan with an academic advisor to fulfill these requirements.

  • Four years of high school English and one of the following sequences:
a.   L&C English placement test into English 131;
b.   ACT score of 18 or higher on the English and Reading subscore;
c.   ENGL 125 and READ 125 - all with grades of “C” or higher;
d.   ENGL 120 and READ 120 plus ENGL 125 and READ 125 - all with grades of “C” or higher.
  • Three years of high school mathematics (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra) and complete one of the following sequences:
a.   L&C algebra math placement test into college-level Math, plus MATH 113 with a grade of “C” or higher;
b.   ACT score of 22 or higher on the Math subscore
c.   Completion of necessary remedial Math courses based on placement scores - all with grades of “C” or higher.
  •  Three years of high school laboratory science and successful completion of one laboratory science course at L&C.
  • Two years of high school foreign language, music, vocational education, or art and successful completion of two L&C courses in humanities, foreign language, or vocational education.

If You Are a Course Taker (Credit) and Do Not Plan to Enter a Degree, Diploma or Certificate Program and Want to Register for Courses of Special Interest

(Students in this category are not eligible for financial aid.)

Complete an Admission Information Form - These are available in the Enrollment Center, at your local Community Education Center, or at the College website (www.lc.edu). This should be done early and before the registration period.

Send Official ACT Scores - If you have taken the ACT within 2 years of enrolling at L&C please send your official scores to the L&C Enrollment Center.

Take College Placement Tests - If you are registering for a math or English course, you will need to complete the placement tests, or have an appropriate ACT score in Reading, English, and/or Math.  If you have previously taken college level English and Math at a regionally accredited institution, you do not need to take the placement test. To make an appointment for the placement test contact the Assessment Center at 618-468-5220 or your local Community Education Center. If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will be required to enroll in these courses.  All test scores, including ACT scores, will be valid for 3 years from the test date. Any student with scores older than 3 years will need to retest. A student may retest one time within a one-year period for free. If a student wishes to retest more than once within that one-year period he/she will be charged the following: $5.00 for Reading, $5.00 for Math and $10.00 for Writing.

Register for Classes - You are not required to meet with an advisor, however, it is encouraged and advisors are available if you need assistance.  You can register online through the My L&C Portal at www.lc.edu or by going to the Enrollment Center or any of the Community Education Centers.  Refer to The Schedule of Classes at www.lc.edu for registration dates and availability of classes.

If You Are Undecided or Need Assistance Before Selecting a Program

Complete an Admission Information Form - These are available in the Enrollment Center, at your local Community Education Center, or at the College website (www.lc.edu). This should be done early and before the registration period.

Send Official Transcripts - Provide the Enrollment Center with all high school and college transcripts from each academic institution previously attended. Your date of birth or Social Security Number and the name that you are currently using must appear on each transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Enrollment Center from each previously attended institution and/or hand delivered by the student only if the transcript is in a sealed official envelope. Most degree and certificate programs require high school graduation or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.  Credit will not be accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions. Once received by Lewis and Clark, your transcripts will not be released to third parties or returned to you either in original or copy form.  Your transcripts will be evaluated upon receipt to determine transferability of each course.  The L&C Records Evaluator will determine whether or not a transfer course is equivalent to any L&C course.  Credit may be transcribed as elective credit.  The results of the credit evaluation will be mailed to you.   

Send Official ACT Scores - If you have taken the ACT within 2 years of enrolling at L&C please send your official scores to the L&C Enrollment Center.

Take College Placement Tests - Make an appointment to take placement tests by calling the Assessment Center at 618-468-5220, the N. O. Nelson Campus or your local Community Education Center. All students pursuing a degree or certificate are required to take the College Placement Test, or have an appropriate ACT score in Reading, English, and/or Math.  Course takers who wish to take English, Math, or other college-level courses will need to take the College Placement Test or have appropriate ACT scores in Reading, English, and/or Math.  If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will be required to enroll in these courses.

Enroll in MYL&C, New Student Orientation – Orientation is mandatory for all new degree-seeking students. My L&C includes an orientation presentation, campus tour, meeting with your advisor and registration. Enroll in My L&C when you make your placement test appointment. If you are exempt from taking the placement test please call the Assessment Center to make your orientation appointment.

If You Are a High School Student in a L&C District High School Planning to Enroll in Lewis and Clark Class(es)

L&C district high school students are eligible to enroll at L&C under certain conditions. Please follow the instructions that apply to each category below.

High School Students Who Wish to Enroll in Regular College Credit Courses:

  • Complete an Admission Information Form.
  • Provide a signed L&C Concurrent Enrollment Form from www.lc.edu or your high school administrator.
  • Provide a signed L&C Parent/Guardian Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Send an Official High School Transcript to the L&C Enrollment Center.
  • Send an Official ACT Test Score Report to the L&C Enrollment Center.
  • Take College Placement Tests – Students who are co-enrolled in high school and college must take the Placement Test prior to registering, or have an appropriate ACT score in Reading, English, and/or Math. Exceptions can only be made by the Director of Enrollment and Advising. If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will need approval of the Director of Enrollment and Advising to enroll.
  • Call the Assessment Center at 618-468-5220 to schedule an appointment. (Please indicate when making your appointment that you are currently an enrolled high school student.)
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor - Talk with one of L&C’s academic advisors to determine cooperatively the most appropriate course(s) for you.
     

High School Students in College/High School Partnership Programs

  • If you are a qualified student at an area high school which has entered into an agreement with L&C to offer credit partnership courses, you may enroll in these courses.
  • If the partnership course is English or mathematics, you will first complete the L&C college placement tests or have an appropriate ACT score in English, reading, and/or mathematics. Placement test scores must document readiness for English or mathematics courses. If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will not be able to receive college credit for the dual credit course.
  • All students who seek enrollment in partnership courses will need to complete the reading subtest of the College Placement Test (CPT) or have an appropriate ACT score in reading to be eligible for enrollment.  The only exception involves students in good academic standing with L&C who seek enrollment in the following courses only: CDEV 130, JOBS 132, JOBS 133, OTEC 119.
  • Students enrolling and completing CDEV 130, JOBS 132, JOBS 133, and OTEC 119 without completing the CPT must take the CPT and obtain a score which will qualify them for additional partnership courses.
  • High school freshman and sophomore students enrolling in the following Office Technology Courses: OTEC 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 026, and 027–Must MEET or EXCEED status on the ISAT reading test prior to enrolling. Freshman and sophomore students who successfully complete any of the above OTEC classes do not qualify to enroll in subsequent College/High School Partnership courses without scoring appropriately on the CPT where minimum test scores are required.
  • Credit partnership courses are taught at the high schools or the College during the regular school day (traditional) or by L&C’s on-line courses.
  • L&C provides high school seniors the opportunity to take a partnership course over the Internet (on-line course) and earn college credit while completing requirements for their high school diploma.
  • Prospective on-line students must take the CPT and score appropriately in the English and reading areas of the test and meet all other prerequisites prior to meeting eligibility requirements for any online courses.
  • For further information about these high school partnership courses, call the office of the Director of High School Partnership and Community Education at 618-468-5050.
     

High School Seniors in the Early Start Program (Each participating school district creates its own selection criteria for selecting students into the program)

  • Take College Placement Test – Arrangements will be made at each individual participating school district for selected students to complete the College Placement Tests, or have an appropriate ACT score in Reading, English, and/or Math.  All Early Start students must first complete and achieve College-level scores on the reading and sentence skills subtests. Students enrolling in a math course must achieve appropriate placement scores on the mathematics subtest. If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will be required to enroll in these courses.
  • Meet with a Lewis and Clark representative – Early Start Registration will be arranged for each participating school district.
  • Course Options – Students have the option of selecting courses that best meet their post-secondary academic needs. Lewis and Clark does not place restrictions on the types of courses selected by Early Start students. Early Start students may enroll in a maximum of six credit hours.
  • Textbooks – It is the student’s responsibility to purchase necessary textbooks and materials for the courses.
  • Transportation – Students are responsible for their own transportation.

For more information about the Early Start Program, contact your high school counselor, or call the Director of High School Partnership and Community Education at 618-468-5050.

If You are a High School Age Student Participating in a Home School Program

  • Complete an Admission Information Form.
  • Provide a signed L&C Concurrent Enrollment Form from the high school district where you reside.
  • Provide a signed L&C Parent/Guardian Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Send an Official High School Transcript to the L&C Enrollment Center.
  • Send an Official ACT Score Report to the L&C Enrollment Center.
  • Take Placement Tests - Home Schooled students must take the Placement Test prior to registering.  Call the Assessment Center at 618-468-5220 to schedule an appointment.  If your placement test scores indicate the need for developmental courses, you will be required to enroll in these courses.
  • Meet with the Assistant Director of Admissions and Registration - The college reserves the right to limit or structure your course schedule as appropriate for you. Call 618-468-5120 to schedule an appointment.
  • Please note that only courses taken through an institution recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education will meet prerequisite requirements.

If You Are High School Age but are Not Enrolled in a District High School and Want to Register for L&C Courses

High school age students who are not currently enrolled in a district high school must provide the College with documentation of non-enrollment. This documentation is the L&C Concurrent Enrollment Form from the resident’s school district signed by a district official. Also, the signed L&C Parent/Guardian Memorandum of Understanding is required.

  • You are encouraged to complete some form of secondary education or General Educational Development (GED) program prior to becoming an L&C regular student.
  • You must take the College Placement Test, submit any transcript of high school level course work, and meet with an advisor to discuss your goals.
  • The College reserves the right to limit or structure your course schedule as appropriate for you. In general, you may be limited to courses appropriate to the completion of Home Study programs, for re-entry into a district high school, or to upgrade certain skills.

International Students

(Legal residents with permanent Visas (Alien Registration Card holders) are admitted to L&C in the same manner as native citizens of the United States of America. Legal residents who need “English As A Second Language” should contact the Adult Education office at 618-468-4141.)

International students requesting F-1 or M-1 visas (I-20 forms) must complete the following requirements:

Complete an Admission Information Form.

Send Official Transcripts - Provide the Enrollment Center with all high school and college transcripts from each academic institution previously attended. Your date of birth and the name that you are currently using must appear on each transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Enrollment Center from each previously attended institution and/or hand delivered by the student only if the transcript is in a sealed official envelope. Most degree and certificate programs require high school graduation or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. Credit will not be accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions. Once received by Lewis and Clark, your transcripts will not be released to third parties or returned to you either in original or copy form. Your transcripts will be evaluated upon receipt to determine transferability of each course. The L&C Records Evaluator will determine whether or not a transfer course is equivalent to any L&C course. Credit may be transcribed as elective credit. The results of the credit evaluation will be mailed to you.

Send TOEFL Score - Supply the L&C Enrollment Center with the official results of your performance on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A minimum score of 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based), 61 (internet-based) is required for admission to Lewis and Clark Community College.

Send Proof of Ability to Pay - Supply a statement of ability to pay the College’s foreign student tuition rate and living expenses. The estimated cost for both tuition and living expenses is $20,000 per year. This statement should come from a family member or sponsor with documentation from a financial institution.

Submit the International Student Data Sheet.

All information must be received by the Enrollment Center at least 90 days before the beginning of the requested semester.

Upon admission, international students are required to follow an Education Plan and maintain a fulltime enrollment status (at least 12 semester hours) each semester. I-20 forms will only be issued when all above requirements are met.

Students with an I-20 are limited to pursuing an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree only. Students must take classes on the Godfrey campus only.

NOTES: Like all students, international students must have cultural and social support while attending college. We strongly recommend that international students have a sponsor or mentor within the college district to provide cultural and social support while living in the area.

International students transferring to L&C from another American institution must have a proper visa and an I-20 that is in good status. The transferring student must also be in good academic standing at the transferring school. The applicant must also be compliant with U.S. immigration regulations.

If You Plan To Complete High School Through the Test of General Education Development (GED)

General Education Development (GED) testing offers you an option if you have not completed high school. L&C offers GED preparation classes. The classes provide instruction in language arts - reading, language arts – writing, mathematics, social studies and science to help prepare you to take and pass the GED test. In class, you will also prepare for and take the U.S. and Illinois Constitution test that is required before signing up for the GED test.

L&C offers GED classes on campus and in off-campus education centers. These classes combine group and individualized instruction to best meet your learning needs. There is no fee for the classes. However, a fee is charged at the time you register to take the GED test. For more information about GED preparation classes, call the Adult Education office at 618-468-4141.

Project READ offers confidential services to adults 16 years and over seeking help with their reading and/or math skills. In addition to attending GED classes, you may qualify for one-on-one tutoring. Combining tutoring from Project READ with attendance in GED classes could result in making progress towards your goal more quickly. There is no fee for these services. For more information about Project READ, call the Adult Education office at 618-468-4144.