|Erie Community College|
Wednesday, July 16, Advisement
Under existing State law (Education Law 224-a), campuses are required to excuse, without penalty, students absent from class because of religious beliefs and to provide equivalent opportunity to students to make up study or work requirements missed because of such absences.
Note: The college reserves the right, at any time, to make changes deemed advisable in the calendar, regulations, tuition and fees, and to add, modify, or cancel any course or program as necessary. Information in this edition of the Erie Community College catalog is accurate as of March 1, 2012. The work presented herein is pursuant to the policies of the Board of Trustees of Erie Community College. Erie Community College is under sponsorship of Erie County and supervision of the State University of New York. The College Catalog is published by Erie Community College and prepared by the Public Relations Department.
General Education Requirements
SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes
The SUNY Board of Trustees has established mandatory General Education Requirements consisting of designated knowledge and skill areas for all SUNY Institutions. Erie Community College is committed to ensuring that its graduates, with Associate in Arts and Associate in Sciences degrees, will have satisfied a minimum of seven categories of the General Education requirement. Of the seven, courses in Basic Communications and in Mathematics are required. The remaining five must consist of at least 3 credits in at least five of the remaining eight academic areas along with the overall competency in the areas of Critical Thinking and Information Management.
SUNY has committed itself to student transfer mobility by mandating a seamless education pipeline to degree attainment throughout the SUNY system. Graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY with an AA or AS degree when accepted in parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the university, shall be accorded with full junior status and be given the opportunity to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree within four additional semesters of full-time work. Furthermore, graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY, when accepted with junior status within parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the university, shall be granted full credit for General Education courses and not be required to repeat successfully completed courses with similar content.
Community college students who have not completed the General Education Requirements in two years are eligible to transfer to a four-year SUNY college or university. However, they are required to fulfill General Education Requirements while at the four-year school. Students are advised to complete this fulfillment at the community college level to make room for academic major requirements at the four-year level. In addition to fulfillment of seven out of the ten categories, full compliance with the SUNY General Education Requirement entails taking 30 credits in General Education.
Following is the listing of knowledge and skills areas and related ECC course offerings which have been approved by the State University of New York. The competencies include Critical Thinking and Information Management. This list of courses is edited on a semester basis and also appears in each semester’s publication of the course schedule.
Note: some programs require completion of the SUNY General Education Requirement as a condition for graduation. Check the program page for details or speak to a program advisor.
Quality Pts. Per
|B||Above Average Achievement||3.00|
|D||Below Average Achievement||1.00|
|F||Unsatisfactory Achievement/or Unsatisfactory Attendance, Cheating or Plagiarism *||0|
|CC||External Transfer: 2 year||—|
|CU||External Transfer: 4 year||—|
|LP||Life Experience Assessment Program||—|
|CL||College Level Examination Program||—|
* A final grade of F will be issued for cheating or plagiarism. No other grade will be given.
**Must be completed in one year or it will change to F.
P (Pass/Fail) - A student may take up to four courses (not in the major field of study) on a pass/fail basis through written agreement with the instructor within the first month of the semester. If passed, the course will be credited toward fulfillment of the degree requirements, if appropriate, but will not contribute to the quality point average. NOTE: Many four-year institutions will not transfer credit for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.
I (Incomplete) - Instructors may give an incomplete grade to a student who has completed at least three quarters of the required work for a course but, because of a personal emergency, finds it impossible to finish the coursework within the usual time frame. To receive an “I” grade, the student must sign a contract, prepared by the instructor, outlining the coursework to be undertaken and the time frame for completion. A copy of the contract must accompany the instructor’s grade report. Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, the faculty member will submit a change of grade form. In no case may the grade be changed to a “W.” If the student has not completed the contract within the one-year time limit, the grade automatically becomes an “F”.
CR (Credit) -When a student has been awarded credit by virtue of advanced placement courses, transfer courses, departmental examinations, life experiences or non-collegiate education, the credits will carry a CR notation on the official transcript and will not be computed in a student’s GPA.
Z (Audit) - A student may register to audit a course with the permission of the instructor, provided there is room in the class. The audit privilege permits the student to attend class and to do the assignments. However, the student may not take examinations or have work evaluated.
NOTE: Regular tuition is charged for audit privileges; performance courses are generally not available for audit; during the first month of classes, students must inform the instructor that they are auditing the class; and the course that is audited will not be calculated in the total number of hours considered for TAP purposes.
W (Withdrawal) - Students may officially withdraw from a course without academic penalty if they do so before the Last Day to Withdraw, as noted in the Academic Calendar of this catalog. A full-time student who withdraws from all registered courses will be considered withdrawn from the college. A student who withdraws from several courses and fails to satisfactorily complete a minimum of six credit hours in a given semester will be placed on academic probation. (For further information, see the Dismissal and Probation Policies section).
In general, one credit (one-semester hour) represents the equivalent of one hour of lecture or recitation or two hours of laboratory work each week for a fifteen-week semester.
Academic standing is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA), a mathematical calculation determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the number of semester (credit) hours attempted.
To arrive at the quality points earned in a particular semester, the letter grades earned for each course are translated into numerical equivalents (See Grading System explanation) which are then multiplied by the number of credit hours assigned a particular course. For example, if a student takes four, three-hour courses (12 credit hours for a particular semester) and receives one “A”, two “B’s” and a “C,” this translates into 36 quality points to be divided by the 12 credit hours. The resulting GPA would be 3.0, an above average achievement. The cumulative GPA is derived by dividing the total number of course semester hours taken while at the college into the total number of quality points earned for those courses.
The Dean’s List recognizes all matriculated students who have completed a full-time course of study (12 degree credit hours) for the semester and part-time students upon accumulation of credits in units of 15; for example 15, 30, 45 and 60, and who have achieved a GPA of at least 3.5. Students who received a grade of “F” or “I” in any course are not eligible for the Dean’s List.
Only students in good academic standing are eligible for financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should carefully review the financial aid section of this catalog for specific academic progress requirements of state and/or federal aid. NOTE: “F’’ and “W’’ grades are both indicators of questionable academic progress. All students, financial aid students in particular, should consult the Student Support Student Center or the Financial Aid Office before deciding whether to withdraw from a course they are in danger of failing.
The term “in good academic standing’’ means that a student, having met minimum academic standards, is eligible to remain matriculated and to pursue academic coursework toward a degree.
Erie Community College offers an Honors Program to students of high academic ability with a commitment to enriching their education.
The mission of Erie Community College’s Honors Program is to challenge academically talented students, providing them with an enriched Liberal Arts education in order to nurture learning, build character and promote leadership, ensuring that their undergraduate opportunity is an educationally rewarding experience.
To graduate with recognition from the Honors Program, students must complete at least three Honors courses and a capstone experience. Students will select three Honors-designated courses, with the option to take one Honors course in the student’s major area of study. The capstone experience may be an Honors Capstone Seminar course which focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, or an Honors capstone component added to an already existing class.
Some benefits of the program include: small Honors classes, working with peers who share an enthusiasm for learning, an opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and awards, publication and presentation opportunities, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Students may apply to the Erie Community College Honors Program at the time of their application to the college. Students may also apply to the program in subsequent semesters. Although the high school record is strongly considered in admitting students to the program, it is not the only consideration. Those students with the ability and a keen interest in education are also encouraged to apply. Final screening is done through the college placement test and a personal interview with the Honors Coordinator. Once accepted into the program, all Honors students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.
The Honors Program is open to both full and part-time students in any degree program. Additional information can be obtained from the Honors Coordinator, the offices of the campus Assistant Academic Deans or from the Admissions Office.
NOTE: Interdisciplinary and other unique courses may be offered as Special Topics courses through various departments. Other Honors courses will be offered as reserved sections of existing courses. These course offerings will vary each semester.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation will be awarded a degree “With High Distinction.” Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to 3.49 will be awarded a degree “With Distinction.”
If a student falls below a minimum cumulative quality point average/grade point average (QPA/GPA) for a specific number of credit hours, he/she will receive a letter of their probationary status or dismissal from a program. The standards for these categories are illustrated in the following chart.
|Total Credit Hours
|Dismissal Cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA)
||Probation Cumulative Quality Point
|0.00 - 12.00||Below 1.50||Below 1.75 (1.50 - 1.749)|
||Below 1.75||Below 1.79 (1.75 - 1.789)
|24.01 - 44.00
||Below 1.79||Below 2.00 (1.79 - 1.99)
|44.01 - 90.00
Probationary status must be removed by the end of the next regular semester or the student will be subject to the Dismissal Policy. Any student with more than one-half of the courses attempted showing a “W” in two sequential semesters will be subject to the Dismissal Policy. Students academically dismissed from a program of study may register in the college as a part-time non-matriculated student. The maximum number of credit hours will be less than 12.
During this period of reduced work, the student should seek advisement regarding the courses to be scheduled and counseling regarding study skills and financial aid. (Financial aid grants and loans will not be awarded to individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students. Therefore, it is important to contact the Financial Aid Office for advice.)
When the GPA has been brought up to acceptable standards, the student may re-apply for admission to matriculated status.
The student may appeal the dismissal by a designated date. An Academic Review Committee will review appeals for readmission. The committee will consist of an assistant academic dean, counselor and a student services representative. The committee will determine the status of the student to be one of the following:
Students who were dismissed and are eventually reinstated must meet any new curricula requirements in effect at the date of their reinstatement. Once students have been reinstated, they will receive a letter of this change of status.
Once a grade has been reported to the Registrar’s Office, it can be changed only if an error has been made in computation or in recording. In such cases, the instructor must submit a Change of Grade form, signed by the department coordinator and forwarded to the Registrar's Office within two years after the original grade had been submitted.
Final grades are available to students five days after the end of the semester on WebAdvisor. Final grades are not mailed to students.
To maintain satisfactory progress, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and part-time students must complete all courses for which they have registered. Further, students must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA), must fulfill department requirements and must not accumulate excessive course withdrawals or incompletes. Questions about satisfactory progress toward a degree may be directed to the student’s academic advisor or financial aid officer.
If a problem occurs, the burden of proof rests with the student, not the college. The student must be able to produce a written document to verify his/her version of the situation.
Here are some of the items that a student should save in a folder for future reference:
Erie Community College reserves the right to perform the following: cancel any course section in which the number of students is deemed insufficient or for which an instructor is not available; set limits on the number of students who will be allowed to enroll in any course or section; or cancel courses based on insufficient college budget funding. In the case of a course’s cancellation, all tuition and fees paid for such course will be refunded, or those students who have been affected by course cancellations will be allowed to register in another course or section without additional cost.
A prerequisite course is one that prepares a student for advanced courses in a chosen field. When a prerequisite is required, that information will be noted in the course listing in this catalog or on the schedule of courses. In some cases, a prerequisite may be waived by an instructor, so when there is a question regarding a requirement, the student should speak to the instructor who will be teaching the course.
Students who want to change curriculum should consult their faculty advisor and the department chair of the curriculum they wish to enter. The student must then file a program change form in the campus Admissions Office. Approval of the transfer will depend on several factors, including space availability and academic qualifications. Students’ applications for program change will be given the same consideration as all other applicants. Following a change in curriculum, those courses, grades and credit hours specific to the former curriculum, and applicable to the new curriculum as unrestricted electives, can be included in calculating the new cumulative grade point average. Please note that all courses for which a student registers will appear on the transcript. A student may have this rule applied to only one change of curriculum which occurs within the first 36 credit hours attempted at the college.
A degree candidate must meet the following requirements:
Consistent with the policy of the State Education Department, a student can earn a double degree upon completion of the following qualifications:
Students transferring to Erie Community College from other accredited institutions of higher education may receive whole or partial credit for courses taken at the other institutions. To arrange for the transfer of credits, the student must have an official transcript of his/her work as well as a catalog from the other institution sent to the campus Admissions Office. Once the official transcript is received, the coordinator in the appropriate academic department will evaluate the transcript and supporting documents and decide on the acceptability of the transfer material and the amount of credit that will be transferred. No transfer credits will be computed in the cumulative quality point average, and no grade below a “C-” will be transferred.
ECC matriculated students who enroll in courses at other institutions may have these credits transferred providing they obtain advance written approval from the department chair and/or head of their academic department at ECC. An official transcript must be sent to that academic department for processing once the course is completed.
Most financial aid programs require that students carry a full-time load (12 or more credit hours per semester). Students receiving financial aid should verify their full-time status.
Under special circumstances, when students can clearly demonstrate a compelling rationale, they may be allowed to receive individualized instruction for a course. The student first contacts his/her academic advisor who will review and determine the appropriateness of the request. If the request is warranted, the advisor will assist the student with the necessary procedures.
Students may repeat a course for which credit has been received with a grade of “F” through “B+.” Exceptions to this policy will be contained in individual departmental policies and procedures.
Only the higher of the two grades will be counted in the computation of a cumulative quality point average. While a student may repeat a course at another college, only the course taken at ECC can be used in computing the GPA.
A student withdrawing from the college must complete the official withdrawal forms available in the campus Student Support Services Center by the last date to withdraw as published in the academic calendar. This procedure, once completed, terminates current registration in all courses.
Students who fail to complete the withdrawal procedure will no longer be in good standing. To re-enter the college once the withdrawal procedure has been followed the student must apply for readmission through the college Admissions Office.
Students who intend to receive a degree from Erie Community College must successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at the college. Acceptance of transfer credits is the prerogative of the appropriate college academic department. Students who intend to receive a certificate from Erie Community College must successfully complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit at the college.
Erie Community College provides several alternatives to the typical on-campus, seated class. To make it easier for students to inquire about these alternatives, the Center for Alternative Course Delivery has been created. To inquire about the program, call (716) 851-1998.
Customize college to your busy schedule with Erie Community College’s Distance Learning Program. The following programs are registered at-a-distance:
Distance learning is a formal approach to learning in which the majority of the instruction occurs with the instructor and students separated by geographic distance and/or time. Distance learning courses offer students the flexibility of completing some or all of their coursework and assignments without having to regularly attend classes on an ECC campus.
Distance learning students have the ability to take courses at a place and time that is convenient for them. The distance learning program at ECC serves more than 5,000 students each semester. Distance learning covers a wide range of General Education requirements.
In an Internet-based course, students access some or all of the course material and participate in course activities over the Internet. Students can work from any Internet connected computer to complete assignments and interact with other students and the instructor. To participate in an online course, students should have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. Students should also have some familiarity with Internet use, e-mail use and file management (saving files, downloading files, attaching files to e-mail).
There are three forms of Internet-based courses:
Distance learners tend to be busy people who take advantage of flexible course schedules and delivery methods to fit college classes into their hectic lives. Many are employed full-time, many are parents and some are housebound due to special needs.
To find out if Distance Learning is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered “Yes” to all of these, then you are ready for a Distance Learning course. If you answered “No” to some, then please speak to an Erie Community College academic adviser.
Register for a distance learning course the same way you would any other course. Purchase supplies and educational materials (text, study guide, etc.) from any ECC bookstore or online at efollett.com. Each campus operates a college bookstore where books and supplies are available at competitive prices. Visit the Distance Learning Department Web site: http://dl.ecc.edu.
Many of the academic programs at ECC offer our students an internship course as part of the curriculum. Internships are valuable learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. It provides the student with practical experience in the student’s area of academic interest along with the opportunity to work side by side with a professional in the industry. Internships provide hands on instruction by introducing students to an employer’s corporate culture and professional practices. Another enriching experience is the co-op – which alternates classroom experiences with hands-on instruction at the work site.
An internship or co-op will serve as a bridge between the traditional academic setting and the professional world to which the student aspires. Either can be the beginning of lifelong learning for students and make the adjustment to the working world after graduation an easier process.
If you are interested in participating in an internship or co-op, please contact your department chair. Participation is available to currently registered students at ECC who meet the minimum qualification standards set by the respective academic departments.
Available curricula linked to the college's internship and co-op programs are:
Service-learning is a teaching method that combines service to the community with classroom curriculum. It is more than merely community service. It is a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility.
Service-learning builds strong academic skills. Students take an active role in determining how the projects are identified and accomplished, creating interest and engagement for learning. In addition, service-learning accommodates many different learning styles.
For more information on courses that include Service Learning opportunities please contact the Center for Alternative Course Delivery (716) 851-1998.
High school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses may receive college credit for a minimum score of three on the Advanced Placement exam. Individual academic units will establish the acceptability and the criteria for granting Advanced Placement credit for their particular academic disciplines. Scores of four or five may be required to grant credit in those areas. Please contact the academic program for which you wish to enroll for further information.
ECC will award college credit to those students who score at the recommended levels of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The Commission on Educational Credit of the American Council on Education sets the standards and a list may be obtained in the Assistant Academic Dean’s Office at any one of the three campuses. The State University of New York College at Buffalo is the closest test site.
The Life Experience Assessment Program (LEAP) allows students to utilize life learning to earn credit toward their degree. The student must prepare a portfolio documenting his/her knowledge which will be evaluated by two faculty members selected by the assistant academic dean in the appropriate area. After becoming familiar with the requirements for his/her degree program, the student should contact the appropriate assistant academic dean to obtain the instructions for preparation of the portfolio.
Students who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces should speak with a Veterans Affairs representative at their campus for information on the process for obtaining academic credit for learning experience while in the military.
ECC has a cross-registration, tuition-free arrangement with Canisius College for students enrolling in Military Science courses and begin earning an Army Officers’ Commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program. ECC students may enroll in the two-year Basic Course for which no military obligation is incurred.
The Basic Course refers to the first and second year of the MSL curriculum. It is designed as a classroom and lab course that stresses the fundamentals of leadership. Instructors develop their students’ physical, mental and critical thinking skills through team building and collective hands-on problem solving case studies. A number of popular and challenging extra-curricular activities are available to students who take these courses. Students may take up to twelve Basic Course credits without obligation. The basic course sequence is required for all students that want to qualify for entry into the Advanced Course. A student may also qualify for acceptance into the Advanced Course by completing the Leader Training Course (MLS 210) at Ft. Knox, KY. Students, with prior military service may also receive placement credit directly into the Advanced Course with approval from the Department Chair.
The following sequence of Military Science 100 and 200 level courses can each be counted as a 3.0 credit, free elective:
**Note: Students must present Medical Documentation signed by their doctor in order to participate in the lab portion. The required form is available at the Army ROTC department at Canisius College.
For more details, contact the Army ROTC at Canisius College at (716) 913-8098.
Certain academic departments offer exams to certify a student’s proficiency in a given area. Students who feel their skills and/or knowledge preclude the necessity for taking a course should speak to the department coordinator regarding the possibility of taking such an exam.
Students may receive credit for learning and/or training earned through a non-collegiate organization such as in an industrial or corporate program. Guidelines for the award of such credit can be found in “A Guide to Educational Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations,” prepared by the New York State Education Department or in “A Guide to the Evaluation of Service Educational Experiences,” distributed by the American Council on Education.
Regents College Examinations (RCEs) are proficiency examinations which measure college-level knowledge in the arts and sciences, business, nursing and education. They are administered several times a year throughout New York State.
In states other than New York, they are administered by the American College Testing Program and are known as ACT/ PEP (Proficiency Examination Program) tests. Regents College Examinations are also available worldwide to the military through the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) program.
Credit will be awarded for grades of 45 or better in areas comparable to those listed in the catalog when judged acceptable by the student’s academic program.
An academic department can award credit to students who have taken United States Armed Forces Institute courses which are deemed equivalent to one or more of the students’ required courses in their curricula.
The mission of Pathways to Success Program is to increase the successful movement of students from basic educational programs to college completions through linkages and shared information between Erie Community College, Buffalo Public Schools, Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES, Ken-Ton and Maryvale school districts, community agencies and local businesses. These partnerships will include a common design of student intake, seamless educational services and timely connections between the aforementioned institutions.
The Pathways to Success Program is for individuals at least 17 years of age who are not eligible to be enrolled in high school and wish to enroll in Erie Community College.
Services offered include the following:
Individualized workshops are available to help complete the following:
Call (716) 851-1109 to learn how to take advantage of these opportunities.
These workshops provide intense, short-term academic instruction to assist students, who score at least 8.0 on the TABE test (form A or D) in preparing for the GED exam. This option is designed for test preparation and to streamline the transition to ECC. This option is free and located at all three ECC campuses as well as all partnership locations throughout Erie County. Call (716) 851-1109 for more information.
The Pre-Collegiate Studies courses are non-credit and tuition free. They are designed to provide GED qualifiers and high school graduates with opportunities to raise their mathematics, writing, reading, computer and research skills. The courses are interactive and include the use of technology. Completion of these non-credit courses will provide students with skills to enable them to compete at a college level with students in college who have graduated with a traditional New York State Regents high school diploma. Course work includes studies in career exploration, planning, basic technology skills, basic writing skills, basic elementary algebra, research and study skills.
Courses offered include:
For more information about these opportunities, please call (716) 851-1109.
Middle Early College High Schools are secondary schools located on college campuses across the country. They educate under served students who have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum offered within a supportive and nurturing environment.
Shared Characteristics of Middle Early College High Schools include:
At the completion of the fifth year, students may be eligible to receive an associate degree in one of the following:
Middle Early College High School at ECC
290 Main Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Tel: (716) 851-3763
Fax: (716) 851-3766
In 1992, the Career and Success Training (CAST) program began offering programs to the welfare target population. Today, this program is offered at City Campus Room 130 in downtown Buffalo. Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients are referred to the program by the local Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS).
CAST offers a work experience program utilizing state-of-the-art equipment offered to Erie County TANF recipients. Participants have the opportunity to be placed at a relevant work experience site in order to gain experience and develop important job skills. Some participants attend G.E.D classes as well as classes at Erie Community College for an associate's degree.
Additionally, life skills training is offered for enhanced self-management. Topics include human communication and job readiness preparation. Programming has expanded to include:
For more information, please call the CAST program at (716) 851-1230.
The focus of the Independence Bound Program is to enhance the educational/vocational options and resources provided to the foster care population. We offer programming that addresses the social, academic, personal and job readiness needs of foster care youth in Erie County. Independence Bound provides assistance to 130 foster care youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with an alternative planned permanent living arrangement. For more information, contact the Independence Bound Program at (716) 851-1030.
YES focuses on 40 foster care youth between the ages of 14-18 (and pregnant and parenting between the ages of 14-20) identified as “at risk” of dropping out of school. Youth are eligible to receive Math and English tutorial and life skills instruction through activities and workshops. For more information, contact the Independence Bound Program at (716) 851-1030.
Erie Community College’s Advanced Studies Program is designed for selected high school students interested in beginning their college studies while still in high school.
An Advanced Studies course is taken during the high school day and is identical to the ECC course described in the college catalog. Textbooks, course materials and assessments of student work are the same as those used by ECC faculty in the course sections taught at one of the three ECC campuses.
Courses in the Advanced Studies Program are taught in the high school by high school teachers who are adjunct faculty members of ECC.
For the academic year, the student will pay a discounted tuition rate of one-third the cost of tuition. This tuition rate is provided under the guidelines of the State University of New York tuition discount. The student will be billed after they register for the course and payment in full will be due. Advanced Studies students are not eligible for financial aid.
In addition to being able to take a college course at a discounted tuition rate, a student completing and earning a grade in the course may transfer the course credit to SUNY colleges and most two- and four-year colleges and universities. An ECC transcript request form must be completed in order to forward grades to other colleges.
Students have access to the same facilities and services as other ECC students. Students are also eligible for transfer advisement and academic counseling services from ECC.
For more information, contact:
Advanced Studies Coordinator