SECTION EGC.1


INSTRUCTION
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
GRADUATION

Procedure


COMMENCEMENT


A formal commencement exercise is held annually at the end of the spring semester at Navarro College. This exercise is for students who are completing requirements during that spring semester, who have completed requirements during the preceding summer or fall semesters, or who will complete the course(s) required for graduation during the next summer term with no more than six (6) credit hours to fulfill all degree requirements.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 


To participate in the commencement exercise, the student must submit an application for graduation to the Office of Admissions and Records no later than the date published in the college calendar. The application is located on the Navarro College webpage at www.navarrocollege.edu/apply/commencement /graduation.

Students may graduate under the catalog and programs in effect at the time of their initial enrollment as long as they have had continuous enrollment. Missing one fall or spring semester constitutes a break in enrollment and students will be required to adhere to the catalog and programs in effect at the time of their re-enrollment. Students also have the choice of graduating under the catalog and programs in effect at the time of graduation. Students must choose one or the other and may not combine rules or programs from two or more catalogs.


GUARANTEE 


Under certain conditions, Navarro College guarantees that its associate degrees transfer to other colleges and universities and that occupational degrees and/or certificates help prepare students for employment in business, industry, and service occupations.


FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO TRANSFER TO A SENIOR COLLEGE FOR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE 


Navarro College guarantees that the courses taken as requirements toward a degree in a transfer plan will be accepted by all state-supported colleges and universities in Texas provided the following conditions are met:

A. To be eligible for the guarantee, the student must file with the Registrar’s Office a written degree plan, signed by the Executive Dean of Academic Studies, prior to or commensurate with the first semester of enrollment at Navarro College which includes the following:

  1. The name of the institution to which the student plans to transfer.
  2. The Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and major the student plans to pursue.
  3. The date of the catalog of the receiving institution used to prepare the plan.
  4. The date the plan was prepared and the advisor’s signature.
  5. The date transfer is anticipated, assuming continuous enrollment, within five years.
  6. The courses that will be taken at Navarro College.

B. The transfer degree plan will be prepared for the student in accordance with the Navarro College advising system, using the catalog of the institution to which the student intends to transfer. The courses in the degree plan for the proposed major must be identified by the receiving institution as transferable and applicable toward a specific major as of the 1992 fall semester or later. Only college-level courses with Community College Academic Course Guide Manual approved numbers are included in this guarantee.

C. NOTE: Students may be required to take prerequisite courses which may or may not transfer in certain major areas. These courses will be noted for the student on the transfer degree plan. Such courses are not eligible for this guarantee. For a course to be guaranteed, the student must have earned a grade acceptable to the receiving institution.

D. The receiving institution determines the following:

  1. Total number of credits accepted for transfer.
  2. Grades required.
  3. Relevant grade point average.
  4. Duration of transferability of grades.

The above information can be found in the catalog of the receiving institution. To obtain a copy, students should contact the college or university to which he/she will be transferring. Copies of most four-year college catalogs are available for the student to review in the Navarro College Counseling Center.

If all of the above conditions are met and a course or courses are not accepted by the receiving institution in transfer, the student must notify the Executive Dean of Academic Studies at Navarro College within ten (10) days of notice of transfer credit denial so the “Transfer Dispute Resolution” process can be initiated. If the course denial is not resolved, Navarro College will allow the student to take up to 12 credit hours of alternate courses tuition-free that are acceptable to the receiving institution within one year from the granting of the Associate Degree from Navarro College. Even though the tuition is free, the graduate is responsible for payment of any fees, books, or other course-related expenses associated with the alternate course or courses.


FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO DIRECTLY TO WORK


Navarro College guarantees the graduate will have the job skills for entry-level employment in the occupational field for which he/she has been trained. If the employer decides these skills are lacking after completing the program, Navarro College will provide additional skill training, tuition-free. To receive this guarantee, the following conditions must be met:

A. The student must have earned the Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate beginning fall 1992 or thereafter in a technical, vocational, or occupational program identified in the College’s General Catalog.
B. The student must have completed the Applied Science Degree or Certificate program, with a minimum of 75 percent of credit earned at Navarro College within a five-year time span.
C. The student must have filed a degree plan, signed by the Executive Dean of Business, Professional, and Technical Education, with the Registrar’s Office prior to or commensurate with the end of the first semester of enrollment at Navarro College.
D. The student must be employed full-time within 12 months after graduation in an occupation directly related to the specific program completed at Navarro College as certified by the Executive Dean of Business, Professional and Technical Education.
E. The employer must certify in writing that the student lacks the entry-level job skills identified as such by Navarro College as program exit competencies and must specify the areas of deficiency within 90 days of initial employment. For a course to be guaranteed, the student must have earned a grade of C or better.
F. The employer, graduate, Executive Dean of Business, Professional and Technical Education, and appropriate faculty will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
G. Retraining will be limited to 12 credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
H. All retraining must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon.
I. The graduate and/or employer are responsible for the cost of books, fees, insurance, uniforms, and other course-related expenses.
J. This guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.


REVERSE TRANSFER


After receiving a student transcript from a general academic teaching institution under Education Code 61.833(c), Navarro College shall review the transcript and, if determined the student has earned the credits required to receive an associate degree, the college may award the student the degree.

To be eligible, the student must:

A. be enrolled in a general academic teaching institution;
B. have transferred to the institution or previously attended Navarro College;
C. have earned at least 25% of credit hours of coursework successfully completed at Navarro College; and
D. have earned a cumulative total of at least 66 credit hours for coursework successfully completed.


Date Issued: January 22, 2015
Revised: February 28, 2017