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    Blue Mountain Community College
   
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Academic Catalog

Academic Services and Enrollment Policies



Drug and Alcohol Policy Statement

Blue Mountain Community College is committed to the health and well-being of its students and employees. As part of this commitment, the college complies with and upholds all Federal, State, and local laws that regulate or prohibit the manufacture, possession, use or distribution of alcohol, illicit drugs, or controlled substances. Being under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or controlled substances to any degree by any employee or student in or about the college buildings, on the college premises, while performing college duties, or participating in any college activities is prohibited.

As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, Blue Mountain Community College adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Violations of such laws that come to the attention of College officials will be addressed within the College or through prosecution in the courts, or both.

Special Needs Contact Statement

Persons having questions about or requests for special needs or accommodation should contact the Coordinator of the Health & Wellness Resource Center at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 NW Carden, Pendleton, OR 97801

Phone 541-278-5965 for Disability Services or use Oregon Relay (7-1-1) for hearing impaired assistance.  Contact should be made 72 hours in advance of the event.

Services for Students with Disabilities

BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all qualified students with disabilities.  Providing academic adjustments and auxiliary aides and services to students with disabilities in order to remove barriers to physical spaces and provide program access is an important goal at BMCC.  Faculty and staff members are informed, understanding, and supportive.  

Students may qualify for services by providing appropriate documentation of their disability (-ies) at the time of the initial request.  Accommodations will be arranged upon verification of provided documentation.  Those requiring assistance with this process may work with the Student Health & Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) Coordinator, located at the Pendleton campus but available to all students at any BMCC location.  Once the student is qualified for services, the HWRC Coordinator and the student will work together to determine which services will most benefit the student in a particular situation.  All accommodations are arranged on an individual basis.

Computers featuring assistive technology are available to support students.  Other available support services include peer mentors, life coaching, brief counseling, tutors, and resource referral.

Some accommodations take time to prepare and require advanced notice.  For further information, contact the HWRC Coordinator at 541-278-5965 or disabilityservices@bluecc.edu

Admission, Registration, and Procedures

Admission Standards

Entrance Requirements: Blue Mountain Community College has an open-door admission policy. To be accepted for general admission, students must be 18 years of age or older, be legally emancipated, have graduated from high school, or have completed a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

Students will be considered accepted for general admission or conditionally admitted based on the following criteria:

General Admission: In general, students that are seeking a certificate or degree and meet at least one of the following criteria, will be considered admitted to the college and eligible to enroll.

  • Are eighteen years of age or older, or
  • Are legally emancipated (with documentation), or
  • Have graduated from an accredited high school or
  • Have completed a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or an adult high school diploma and
  • Have the ability to benefit from instruction; and
  • Have attended during one or more terms during the 2015/16 or 2016/17academic year

Students that have completed high school requirements in a home-schooled setting will be required to provide the following documents to the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar in order to register in credit courses:

  • A letter from their local Education Service District (ESD) or equivalent from states with differing educational agencies, stating their release from compulsory school attendance under the provisions outlined in ORS 339.030, and
  • Complete placement assessments in writing and math.  Students may be exempt from one or both of the assessments. Alternative placement options are available on BMCC’s website.
  • If under the age of 16, parent’s signature on any enrollment or registration document

Conditional Admission: Students that meet one or more of the following criteria will be considered conditionally admitted. Students in this category are not eligible for Federal Title IV aid:

  • Non-degree seeking students
  • Students that have not completed high school or a GED
  • Students under the age of 18 (unless they have completed high school)
  • Students that did not attend during the 2015/16 or 2016/17 academic year

Students under eighteen years of age who have not completed a high school diploma or the equivalent: In order to take credit courses these students will be required to provide the following documents to the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar:

  • A letter from a high school administrator or local Education Service District (ESD) stating that you have been released from compulsory school attendance under the provisions outlined in ORS 339.030, and
  • Complete placement assessments in writing and math.  Students may be exempt from one or both of the assessments. Alternative placement options are available on BMCC’s website, and
  • Students under the age of 16, at least one parent’s signature on any enrollment or registration document, and
  • Prior to enrollment, the student and at least one parent will be required to meet with the Dean of Student Development and Success to discuss the students ability to benefit from the instruction desired and acknowledge that the student will be in a classroom situation with other adults without the same protections and rules of the K-12 system.

Students under the age of eighteen and still attending high school: In order to take credit courses these students will be required to provide the following documents to the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar:

  • Written acknowledgement from a high school administrator or counselor of the students attendance and or participation in credit-courses offered by the college; and
  • Complete placement assessments in writing and math.  Students may be exempt from one or both of the assessments. Alternative placement options are available on BMCC’s website, and
  • Students under the age of 16, at least one parent’s signature on any enrollment or registration document, and
  • An acknowledgement that the student will be in a classroom situation with other adults and without the same protections and rules of the K-12 system.
  • Students that are taking courses to complete their high school credit requirements should check with their high school administration to ensure that the credits taken will transfer back to their high school in the way intended.

Transfer students: Students transferring from another college or university must complete the admission process and may have one or more placement requirements waived based upon receipt of their other college transcripts or upon confirmation that they have met placement according to BMCC’s multiple measures placement matrix.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED): These programs are open to non-high school graduates who are at least sixteen years of age and not enrolled in high school. Students who are sixteen and seventeen years of age must provide the college with a release from the high school district in which they reside according to ORS 339.030. For more information, contact the Department of College Preparatory Programs at 541-278-5803. 

Students not seeking a certificate or degree: Many students take college credit courses at BMCC, yet are not planning to earn a certificate or degree. Such students apply through the regular application process and complete placement assessments in writing and math.  Students may be exempt from one or both of the assessments. Alternative placement options are available on BMCC’s website. Non-certificate/non-degree-seeking students are not required to participate in advising but are welcome to do so.

International Students: (Students in the United States on a F-1 or M-1 VISA planning to complete a one-year certificate or two year degree). Students must complete an International Admission Application and all supporting documents at the time of application.  

Blue Mountain Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students, and welcomes international students. We provide an affordable education in a safe, comfortable environment. To be considered for admission as an international student, you must:

  1. Complete BMCC’s 2017-18 International Application for Admission packet.  Packet can be found on the College’s website.
  2. Submit an official TOEFL score:  Scores must be sent directly to BMCC from ETS.  BMCC’s Institution Code is: 4025.  Scores are valid for two years from date of test. Students whose native language is English will not be required to submit TOEFL scores; however, they must have the ability to benefit from instruction based on scores from the COMPASS placement assessments.  Minimum acceptable scores are:  97 (Internet Based Test-IBT).
  3. Additional requirements for admission, and for obtaining an I-20 visa, include:

         a. Proof of adequate funds for the student’s studies

         b. A complete set of documents for all of the student’s previous and current studies

         c. Proof of immunization

         d. Proof of health insurance

International students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) and successfully complete 12 or more credits each term to remain in good standing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

For more information, or to receive an international student application packet, please contact the Admissions at admissions@bluecc.edu; or visit the International Student Admissions page on BMCC’s Website. Applicants will be notified by mail after all of the application materials are received and verified.

The deadline to apply for admission to the 2017-18 academic year is July 31, 2017.

TOEFL scores must be sent directly to BMCC from ETS.  BMCC’s institution code is 4025.  BMCC will not accept scores received by other colleges.  Tests must have been taken within the last two years.

For more information about international admissions please contact admissions at getinfo@bluecc.edu.  

Getting Started: Planning Ahead

The following dates and deadlines are for full term courses. Courses that meet less than a full term in length are determined based on the length of the course.

TERM ADMISSION DEADLINE REGISTRATION DATES DROP & 100% REFUND LAST DAY TO ADD LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW CLASSES BEGIN CLASSES END
Summer 2017 June 9 May 22 - June 29 June 29 June 29 August 6 June 26 August 31
Fall 2017 September 8 June 5 - September 29 September 29 September 29 November 19 September 25 December 8
Winter 2018 December 15 November 13 - January 12 January 12 January 12 March 4 January 8 March 23
Spring 2018 March 16 February 26 - April 6 April 6 April 6 May 27 April 2 June 15

Admission

BMCC accepts applications on a continuing basis.  New, returning, and transfer students must complete the online application process. To request a paper application please contact Admissions at admissions@bluecc.edu or by calling (541) 278-5749. BMCC reserves the right to close admission prior to the application deadline or extend the deadline based on special circumstances.  Requests for late admission should be sent to the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar.

Immunizations

The Oregon Department of Health requires community college students born on or after January 1, 1957, to have two doses of measles vaccine before participating in clinical experiences in allied health, nursing, and human services programs; practicum experiences in education and child care programs; and intercollegiate sports.  If you are enrolling in the nursing program and in some health programs, you may also be required to comply with Chapter 409,Oregon Health Authority, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, Division 30: Administrative Requirements for Health Profession Student Clinical Training (OAR 409-030-0100 to 409-030-0250) prior to clinical placement.  For details about these requirements, contact the department that oversees the program in which you plan to participate.
Students will be required to submit verification of two doses of measles on or prior to attendance in a clinical or practicum experience or participation in an intercollegiate sport.

Course Placement

All BMCC degree-seeking students must take BMCC’s placement assessments for math and writing or meet placement in these subject areas by one or more of the following options.

  • Attendance at Another Regionally Accredited College: If the student has completed reading, writing, or math courses with a “C” or better at another regionally accredited college can submit a copy of their transcript.
  • Placement Assessments Taken at Another College: If the student has taken one or both of the placement assessments within the last two years can have had a copy of their scores sent from their prior college to BMCC.
  • AP Test Scores: Students that have taken an AP math or writing test can have their scores sent to BMCC from the College Board.  Test scores are accepted for up to three years after the exam date.
  • High School Transcripts: If you have completed a high school math course within the last 18 months prior to the start of the 2015-16 academic year, have your high school transcript sent to the Pendleton Testing Center for review. Your transcript would be used in conjunction with your math placement score to determine your math placement at BMCC.
  • Smarter Balanced Scores:  High School students graduating in 2016 will be exempt from placement testing in the academic year immediately following the test if they have earned an Achievement Level 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced grade 11 assessment in Math and/or English and have successfully completed relevant accelerated college credit options in Math and/or English, respectively, during their senior year.
  • ACT/SAT Scores:  Scores must be sent directly to the college from ACT and/ or the College Board
  • High School Transcripts:  If you have completed a high school math course within the last 18 months prior to the start of the 2017-18 academic year, have your high school transcript sent to the Pendleton Testing Center for review. Your transcript would be used in conjunction with your math placement score to determine your math placement at BMCC.
  • Cumulative High School GPA:  Students that have graduated from high school within the last five years and have a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 GPA  or higher should have a copy of your high school transcript sent to BMCC/Admissions.  Your transcript must include the date you completed your high school diploma.

All BMCC locations administer placement assessments. Dates and times for testing are posted on the college website, or students can call 541-278-5931. Students wishing to re-take the assessment in a subject area will be charged $5 for each retest. Students that need to request testing accommodations due to a documented disability, should contact the Student Health and Wellness Center Coordinator at 541-278-5965.  

Special Categories of Admission

Admission to the Limited Entry Programs

BMCC offers a number of limited-entry programs. Each program has special admission requirements that must be met before you can be admitted. General admission to BMCC does not guarantee acceptance into these programs. The admission requirements may change annually depending upon Oregon state regulations and BMCC policies. For the most current admissions policy information and deadlines, please contact Enrollment Services or the academic department, or consult BMCC’s website.

Academic Fresh Start (Grade Renewal)

Students who have previously attended BMCC and have earned poor grades have the option to apply for “Grade Renewal” once they meet the following criteria:

  • Have had an absence of at least two years; and
  • Have passed two subsequent academic quarters of work completing least 12 credit hours each quarter with a 2.00 GPA or better; and
  • Be enrolled in at least one credit hour with BMCC at the time the policy is requested and implemented

The “Grade Renewal Petition” form is available online.  If the petition is accepted, grades for the term chosen, and for all prior terms, will be changed to no credit (NC). All courses previously taken will remain on the transcript and the student’s grade point average will be adjusted. A notation will appear on the official transcript indicating that the GPA renewal policy was implemented. All courses included in the GPA renewal policy will continue to be counted as attempted for the purposes of federal financial aid eligibility.  We encourage students to check with the financial aid office prior to submitting their request. Once the grade renewal process has taken place the student may not request to have the process reversed. Any courses taken at another college and transferred to BMCC are not subject to the provisions of this policy and are not included in this policy.

Enrollment Policies and Procedures

Registration

Certificate- or degree-seeking student must be cleared to register by their academic advisor in order to register. Students needing assistance with the online registration system may visit any BMCC location to register.

Students are required to register online unless otherwise directed. Students may not register if a debt is owed to the College. Students must be registered in order to attend class.

BMCC does not permit or encourage late registration. In circumstances beyond the students control, they may submit a Late Add request and must include documentation to support their request. Students will be allowed to register for courses through midnight of the fifth day of each term. The only exception to this policy is for late start courses or courses that start after the first week of the term. For more information on registration dates and timelines, see the Academic Calendar  found in this catalog or visit our Website.

For special registration assistance due to a disability, please contact the Coordinator of the Health and Wellness Center at 541-278-5965.

Priority Registration

BMCC uses a priority registration schedule that is based on the number of credits earned at BMCC.  Transfer credits are not counted toward “earned credits” for priority registration purposes. Students may view the priority registration schedule posted on our website.  

Adding and Dropping Courses

In general, students may add courses up through the end of the fifth day of the term and may drop a course up through 11:59 am of the 5th day of the term for a full refund.  Please see the Academic Calendar  for specific term deadline dates to add and or drop a course. Dates for courses less than a full term in length vary. Please check with the Service Center for specific deadline dates for these courses.

General Information - Student Withdrawal Guideline

In general, students may withdraw from a course up through the end of the 8th week of the term. Please see the Academic Calendar  for specific term deadline dates to withdraw from a course. Dates for courses less than a full term in length vary. Please check with the Service Center for specific deadline dates for these courses.

Enrollment Level Defined

Enrollment levels per term are defined as follows:

  • Full-time: 12 + credits
  • Three-quarter time: 9 - 11 credits
  • Half-time: 6 - 8 credits
  • Less-than half-time: 1 - 5 credits
  • Non-credit only: 0 credit courses only
  • Not enrolled: not taking credit or non-credit courses in a term

Auditing a Course

Students that register online and wish to audit a course must complete a paper registration or schedule Change form requesting the audit option. This status cannot be changed after the 100% refund period. Courses taken as an audit are not financial aid eligible and are not part of the GPA calculation.

The audit indicator “AU” is a registration status and not a grade or an evaluation.  Students electing this option are not required to meet pre-requisite requirements for the course.

Required Courses and Prerequisites

Many of BMCC’s courses require students to meet one or more prerequisite requirements.  Prerequisites must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Limit on Number of Credits Attempted

Students may not take more than 21 credits per term without permission from the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar. To qualify to take more than 21 credits in a term the student must have completed the last two terms at BMCC as a full time student (12 or more credits) with a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. To request approval to enroll for more than 21 credits, students must complete a Petition to Register for Over 21 Credits.  The form is located on our website under Enrollment Services/Forms and Information.

Students 16 or 17 Years of Age

Students that are 16 or 17 years of age and no longer attending high school, are home-schooled, or who have not graduated from high school or completed a GED, and wish to register for courses may do so by providing the following:

  • A letter from a high school administrator stating that the student has been released from compulsory attendance under the provisions outlined in ORS 339.030; and
  • An assessment by a BMCC advisor regarding the student’s ability to benefit from the instruction desired, and
  • An acknowledgement that the student will be in a classroom situation with other adults and without the same protections and rules of the k-12 system; and
  • Instructor approval

Students Under the Age of 16

Students under 16 years of age that no longer attend high school, are home-schooled, or who have not graduated from high school or completed a GED, and wish to register for courses may do so by providing the following:

  • A letter from a high school administrator stating that the student has been released from compulsory attendance under the provisions outlined in ORS 339.030; and
  • An assessment by a BMCC advisor regarding the student’s ability to benefit from the instruction desired, and
  • A parental signature for students on any enrollment or registration form that obligates the student financially, and
  • An acknowledgement that the student will be in a classroom situation with other adults and without the same protections and rules of the k-12 system; and
  • Instructor approval

High School Students (Early College Credit)

Students who are still attending high school or who are home-schooled, and wish to take credit courses at BMCC, have these options:

Early College Credit Enrollment

High school students 16 and older are eligible to register at BMCC.  High school students who register at BMCC are fully responsible for complying with all the policies and procedures of the College as outlined in BMCC’s Admission policies.  It is important to note that parents cannot access student records (grades, class schedule, attendance, etc.) without written permission from the student. Although members of the College staff can provide academic advising, they cannot interpret high school requirements or act in a supervisory role.  The student is responsible for all tuition, fees books and related expenses.

BMCC works with area high schools to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit for certain career and technical education and general education transfer courses they complete at their high school.  Course offerings vary by high school and are designed for students 16 years of age or older.  General education transfer courses can be used to meet BMCC certificate or degree requirements as well as for transfer to most Oregon community colleges and universities.  Students should check with all colleges about their policies for transferring college credits earned in high school.  

Students at a public high school that have an articulation agreement with BMCC may meet the educational requirements of both the high school and a college-level BMCC course if they are enrolled for Early College credit in a class taught at the high school. This challenging course work offers students the opportunity to begin building a college transcript while still enrolled in high school. Early College courses and credits appear on a BMCC transcript as though they were taken at BMCC. Early College courses normally transfer to four-year institutions in the same way as any other BMCC course work. Not all courses are available at every high school. High school students may check with their high school counselors and teachers for course availability, costs, and other requirements, or they may check with the ESD for further information. Students should also check with the college to which they wish to transfer if they want to ensure that Early College course work will transfer.

Expanded Options

High school students have the opportunity to take credit courses at BMCC.  Charges for tuition, fees, books and supplies are paid for by the student’s high school.  Students interested in the Expanded Options program should work with their high school counselor or Aspire coordinator for more information on eligibility requirements.

BMCC offers a dual-enrollment program in conformance with Oregon’s Expanded Options legislation (also known as SB300 and SB23). This program offers high school students the ability to take BMCC classes to earn college credit and to earn credit toward high school graduation at the same time. Each high school sets its own criteria for entry into the program and monitors student progress. College-level credits earned are transcribed through BMCC and are, in most cases, transferable to other colleges.

Though similar, Early College and expanded options programs have distinct differences:

  • Students participating in the Early College program take classes at their high school from high school instructors and earn college credit at the same time
  • Students participating in the expanded options program take a college course from college instructors with other college students and earn high school credit at the same time; the high school pays all of the cost of the college course.

 Students interested in the Expanded Options program should work with their high school counselor or Aspire coordinator for more information on eligibility requirements.

Testing

Testing and proctoring services are available at all BMCC locations. Services will vary by site.  Students should contact the BMCC center nearest to them for schedules, appointments, and details.  

The testing centers provide placement testing services to help a diverse student population successfully achieve a variety of educational and professional goals. The Testing Center on the Pendleton campus also provides test proctoring services for a variety of tests for professional licenses and certifications.

BMCC administers the ACCUPLACER assessments in writing and math  Students may be exempt from one or both of the assessments. Alternative placement options are available on BMCC’s website. Student’s may take placement assessments at any BMCC location.  Transfer students that have taken a math or writing course may submit their unofficial transcripts to the Enrollment Services office in order to waive one or more of these assessments.

Financial Information

Tuition and fees are subject to BMCC Board of Education policy and may be changed at any time. Please refer to our Website, www.bluecc.edu, or call the college at 541-278-5759 to obtain current rates.

Students are considered to be full-time when they are enrolled for 12 credit hours or more.

2017-18 Tuition and Fees

Generally Applicable Fees:

  • ABE, GED, and/or ELA Program Fee: $34 for the first class per term, which includes the $9 Technology Fee; $9 for each additional class per term
  • ABE, GED, and/or ELA Orientation Fee:  $10 per occurrence
  • Audit Course Fee: One hundred percent of regular tuition and associated fees
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Fee: A transcription fee of $10 per course
  • Credit-by-Exam Fee: Fifty percent of regular tuition
  • Credit for Prior Certification Fee: A transcription fee of $10 per course
  • Deferred Payment Plan Fee: $20 (required $100 down payment) Must complete and sign payment plan
  • Deferred Payment Plan Late Fee/Interest Penalty: $15 for each late payment
  • Dental Student Fee: $500 each term
  • Distance Education Course Fee: $75 for each distance education course that does not contain a My Lab component
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Credit for Prior Learning Fee: A transcription fee of $10 per course
  • Enrollment Fee: One-time $35 fee for credit seeking students.  (This fee is not charged to students still in high school)
  • TV Course Fee: $25 per course for courses at the receiving locations
  • Late Payment Fee: 3% of the unpaid balance with a minimum charge of $10 and a maximum charge of $75 per term. Fees are assessed monthly until balance is paid in full
  • My Lab Course Fee: $100 for the first My Lab Course in a course sequence
  • Nursing Student Application Fee: $50 application fee (Non-refundable)
  • Nursing Student Fee: $660 each term
  • Official Transcript Fee: $5 per transcript
  • Official Transcript Fee (Outside the US): Fee contingent upon destination location
  • Placement Test Fee: $25 for non BMCC degree seeking students.  If a retest is required, an additional $5 will be charged
  • Returned-Check Fee: $35 for each occurrence
  • Stop Payment Fee: $35 per check
  • Technology Fee: $9 per credit for credit classes; $9 per course for non-credit classes
  • Testing Fees (Agency): $25 per exam (Non-refundable)
  • Testing Fees (Colleges Outside of Oregon): $25 per exam (Non-refundable)
  • Testing Fees (GED): Fee is set and charged by Pearson VUE
  • Testing Fees (GED No-Show): Fee is set and charged by Pearson VUE
  • Testing Fees (GED Re-Test): Fee is set and charged by Pearson VUE
  • Testing Fees (GED Single Test): Fee is set and charged by Pearson VUE
  • Testing Fees - Other: Varies (charges are based on the nature of the examination). Contact the BMCC Testing Center at (541) 278-5931 for specific amounts
  • Universal Fee: $18 each term for students taking 1 or more credit hours

Early College Credit Costs:

  • Advanced Placement Fee: A transcription fee of $10 per course
  • Credit by Proficiency Course Fee: A transcription fee of $20 per credit
  • Credit by Exam: A transcription fee of $20 per credit
  • Dual Credit Fee: A transcription fee of $20 per credit
  • Expanded Options: 100% of tuition and applicable fees

Other Applicable Fees:

  • Associated Student Government (ASG) Student Activity Fee: $3.00 for each credit hour (This fee is approved by ASG & College Board)
  • Course Fees: Certain courses may require a fee(s) in addition to tuition. Course-specific fees are listed in the quarterly Schedule of Classes on the BMCC website.

Course-Specific Fees:

  • Agriculture Course Fee: $15 for each course
  • Applied Music Fee: $80 for each course
  • Art Class Fee: Certain courses are assigned a fee of up to $30
  • Diesel Tech Laboratory Fee: $60 each course
  • EMT Fee - Basic A & B: $160 each term
  • EMT Fee - Intermediate Part A & B: $130 each term
  • Fire Science 110A and 110B: $160 each term
  • Fire Science 112: $160 each term
  • Mechatronics Lab Course Fee: $50 for each lab course.
  • Music Class Fee: $15 piano and/or voice
  • Nursing Clinical Fee: $300 for each course with a clinical component
  • Physical Education Fee: $10 for each course
  • Science Laboratory Fee: $10 for each hour of laboratory per week
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Lab Course Fee: $50 for each lab course.
  • Welding Fee: $150 lab fee

 

Note: The College periodically introduces new courses, programs, and/or fees on a pilot basis to meet the needs of the community.  These fees may be administratively implemented as needed during the year.
Payment of the stipulated fees by full-time and part-time students registered for academic credit entitles them to all services maintained by the college for the benefit of students. These services include use of the college student union, computer laboratories, library, laboratory and course equipment, materials in connection with courses for which the students are registered, and admission to some events sponsored by the college. By college policy, there is no reduction in fees for students who do not intend to avail themselves of these services.

Tuition

In-State Residents: For tuition purposes, Oregon residents and residents of California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington are charged at the in-state resident rate of $103.00 for each credit hour, beginning with the summer term of the 2017-18 academic year.

Out-of-State Residents:  The tuition rate for out-of-state students (other than the states listed above) is $309.00 for each credit hour, beginning with the summer term of the 2016-17 academic year.

International Students: The tuition rate for international students is $309.00 for each credit hour, beginning with the summer term of the 2017-18 academic year.

Senior Citizens: The tuition rate for a resident who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older is fifty percent of the regular tuition rate for credit classes. Fees for credit classes are at the full rates listed in the quarterly Schedule of Classes on the BMCC website. Seniors who elect to audit credit classes will not be charged tuition; only applicable fees will be charged.

Tuition is not charged for non-credit classes. Fees for non-credit classes are $34 per class (fees for some courses where materials are especially costly may be higher; these exceptions are noted in the quarterly Schedule of Classes on the BMCC website).

 

The tuition shown in this section are accurate as of the date of publication of this catalog, however, they are subject to change by action of the Board of Education at any time.

# of Credits In-State (Tuition only)* Out-Of-State & International (Tuition only)**
1 $ 103.00 $ 309.00
2 $ 206.00 $ 618.00
3 $ 309.00 $ 927.00
4 $ 412.00 $ 1,236.00
5 $ 515.00 $ 1,545.00
6 $ 618.00 $ 1,854.00
7 $ 721.00 $ 2,163.00
8 $ 824.00 $ 2,472.00
9 $ 927.00 $ 2,781.00
10 $ 1,030.00 $ 3,090.00
11 $ 1,133.00 $ 3,399.00
12 $ 1,236.00 $ 3,708.00
13 $ 1,339.00 $ 4,017.00
14 $ 1,442.00 $ 4,326.00
15 $ 1,545.00 $ 4,635.00
16 $ 1,648.00 $ 4,944.00
17 $ 1,751.00 $ 5,253.00
18 $ 1,854.00 $ 5,562.00
19 $ 1,957.00 $ 5,871.00
20 $ 2,060.00 $ 6,180.00
21 $ 2,163.00 $ 6,489.00

Paying Tuition

Tuition and fees are payable in full by cash, check, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) by the end of the fifth class day of each term, or the equivalent percentage of days of terms or classes of varying length. Students may also use financial aid funds or third party agency funds to pay their tuition and fees if they are eligible for these funds. Payments can be made at any location, by mail, or through the WolfWeb.

Deferred (Tuition) Installment Plan: BMCC’s tuition installment payment plan is designed to assist students in paying their tuition and fees by setting a reasonable timetable and structure for payment. Students may sign up for this installment plan at any BMCC location or through the BMCC Website. An agreement is not binding for the college until a representative of the Business Office has signed the completed form. Upon signature, BMCC will return a copy of the official signed installment plan to the student. The installment plan will consist of a down payment of $100 plus a $20 processing fee. The balance of tuition and fees will be paid in two installments due at the fourth and seventh week of the term (or equivalent for terms of varying length). Late fee penalties of $15 will be charged for each late payment..

Late Fee/Interest Penalties: Students who have not paid or made payment arrangements by the end of the fifth class day or the equivalent day of terms or classes of varying length will be assessed late fees. The fee is 3% of the balance due assessed monthly until the balance is paid. The minimum charge is $10, and the maximum charge is $75 per term.

Stop-Payment Fees for Financial Aid Refund Checks: If you are eligible for a financial aid refund check and it does not arrive at the address indicated on your student account after ten days from the date of issuance by the college, BMCC will re-issue the check without charge to you. If you wish the college to re-issue the check before the 10-day period is over, BMCC will charge you a $35 stop-payment fee.

Financial Holds:  If your student account is not paid in-full by the beginning of pre-registration for the upcoming academic term, a financial hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for the upcoming term. Other financial holds may be placed on your account if items are not returned to departments at the College (such as the Library or the MAC Center). Please contact the Service Center on how to resolve the financial hold on your account.

Tuition Refund Policy: Students who drop a course(s) or withdraw from the College and who have complied with regulations governing drops and withdrawals are entitled to certain tuition refunds depending on the time of drop or withdrawal. Tuition refunds are calculated as follows:

  • First five (5) days of the term for an 11-week course or the equivalent day of the term for courses of varying length. = 100%
  • After the first five (5) days of the term for an 11-week course or the equivalent day of the term for courses of varying length. = 0%

Oregon Residency Requirements

A student’s residency status determines their tuition rate for credit courses. The college has two tuition schedules: in-state and out-of-state/international.  For purposes of determining tuition rates and receiving state reimbursement, BMCC is required by law to establish a residency policy.

Students may petition for in-state residency if at least one of the in-state criteria is met and the student provides at least two of the documents listed on this page.  Documents must be valid (not expired). Petitions must be completed online and must be submitted, along with at least two of the documents listed below to the Service Center located on the Pendleton campus for approval.

Basic Residency Requirements

To establish Oregon residency the student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have maintained a permanent address in Oregon for at least 90 continuous days prior to the first day of the term.
  • Student is a resident of Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, or California. Must have been a permanent resident of the state.
  • Student or a member of student’s immediate family holds title to or is otherwise purchasing property that is claimed as a permanent Oregon residence.
  • Student or their parents (if student is a dependent student) filed an income tax statement with the Oregon Department of Revenue for the most recent reporting year.
  • Student is a veteran who established residency in Oregon within one year of separation or discharge from the service.
  • Student is a dependent of parents or legal guardians who have established permanent residency within Oregon.

Eligible Documents

(Student must provide at least TWO):

  • An Oregon hunting or fishing license that was issued at least ninety days before the beginning of the term.
  • A copy of deed of title, mortgage agreement, or recent county property tax statement indicating ownership or purchase by the student or the immediate family. If ownership is by anyone other than the student, a document verifying the relationship between the student and an owner must be presented.
  • A current Oregon voter precinct card.
  • A copy of a signed Oregon income tax statement filed during the latest reporting year or payroll records from an Oregon firm indicating ninety continuous days of residency in Oregon.
  • A copy of an official Oregon high school transcript or GED scores earned in the state of Oregon.
  • A copy of a valid Oregon driver’s license (front and back of license).  Card may not be expired or may not be card used for identification purposes only.

Out-of-State Residency

With the exceptions listed above, students must pay out-of-state tuition if:

  • They have listed their permanent address as being outside of Oregon; or
  • If they listed their parents’ address as outside Oregon; and
  • They are claimed as a dependent by your parents on their income tax report; or
  • If their state of legal residence is other than Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, or California.

Alaska residents that wish to receive the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend while attending BMCC must maintain their out-of-state residency status.

Change of Residency

Students that wish to establish Oregon residency must complete the Proof of Oregon Residency petition form and provide supporting documentation. The Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar or their designee will review the petition and supporting documents and notify the student of the status of their petition.

F-1 and M-1 Visa Students

Citizens of other countries attending BMCC with an F-1 or M-1 visa, must apply for international student admission and provide supporting documentation as outlined in the International Student Admission Application.  These students will pay the out-of-state/international tuition rate.

Financial Aid

(Federal School Code: 003186)

The Student Financial Aid office is located in Morrow Hall on the Pendleton campus. Please check the BMCC Website for hours of operation.   The staff can be contacted through the Service Center by phone at 541-278-5759 or by email at FinancialAid@bluecc.edu. The Student Financial Aid and Service Center staff are available to students for assistance in applying for and receiving the following sources of financial aid:

  • Federal and state aid
  • Certification of Veterans’ education benefits
  • Student employment
  • BMCC Foundation Scholarships and other scholarships

Federal and State Aid

BMCC participates in the following types of federal and state aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant            
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans    
  • Federal PLUS loans (Parent loans for undergraduate student)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)
  • Oregon Promise Grant (OPG)

Applying for Federal and State Aid:  Starting October 1st each year, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive aid. Students may choose any of the three methods: 1) applying online at www.fafsa.gov, 2) completing and mailing a PDF FAFSA, or 3) requesting a paper FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243.  The Federal School Code (003186) must be included so that BMCC can receive the FAFSA information. Applying online can reduce the amount of time for processing financial aid by approximately eight weeks. Refer to the Dates & Deadlines link at www.bluecc.edu/enrollment-services/registration-/academic-calendars/financial-aid-dates-and-deadlines

Cost Of Attendance Budget: The BMCC Financial Aid Office establishes yearly standard student budgets as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. The following budgets are based on full-time enrollment for fall, winter, and spring term. The budget is prorated for less than full-time attendance. Review the Cost of Attendance Budget at http://www.bluecc.edu/home/showdocument?id=2496.

Disbursement of Aid: Aid is generally posted to students’ account one week prior to the start of the term. Remaining credit balances will be disbursed to students’ account the last business day prior to the start of the term. BMCC offers direct deposit; please visit our website for sign-up information.

Taking Courses at BMCC and Another Institution: Students planning to take courses from BMCC and another college during the same term must complete a consortium agreement form and provide proof of registration for each class taken at another college during the time the consortium agreement is in place. Processed consortium agreements are valid for one academic year and proof of registration is required each term. Refer to our website for forms and additional information.

 

Maintaining Eligibility

Academic Progress (AP): The Financial Aid office is responsible for ensuring that all students who receive federal and state aid are demonstrating satisfactory progress toward the completion of their educational programs.  Students’ Academic Progress will be reviewed before making awards each academic year and again at the end of each term. The standards of Academic Progress apply for all federal, state, and most private financial assistance programs.

Students are evaluated on all of the following standards:

  • Cumulative Credit Completion Rate (Pace), must be 67% or higher
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA), must be 2.0 or higher
  • Maximum time frame (150% Rule), students are allowed 150% of the credits required to complete the declared degree/certificate. All attempted and accepted transfered credits count towards this limit even if financial aid was not received.

Students must meet all three progress requirements (Pace, cGPA, and be within the maximum time frame) to remain in good standing.  Students not meeting the requirements will be placed on financial aid warning or suspension status during their next term of enrollment and will receive, in writing from the Financial Aid and/or Registrar’s office, a notice of such standing. For additional information regarding this policy and for more detailed information about financial aid, please visit BMCC’s website or contact the Financial Aid office.

Second Degree: If a student has received an associate, bachelor, or masters degree and wishes to receive financial aid from BMCC, a Credit Extension Appeal (CEA) must be submitted to the Financial Aid office along with appropriate documentation.  This process does not guarantee an award. Depending upon the type of degree already held, the aid, if awarded, may be limited to loans.

Total (official or unofficial) Withdrawal and Return of Federal Aid:  Federal regulations require the college to have a fair and equitable refund policy for students receiving financial assistance who withdraw from all classes. When a federal aid recipient totally withdraws or ceases to attend classes, BMCC must determine the amount of federal aid and/or state aid that the student earned as of the student’s withdrawal date in accordance with federal regulations. If the student does not complete more than 60% of the term, then a calculation is completed by the Financial Aid office to determine the percentage of assistance the student has earned. Any unearned aid must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education or state entity. The student may be required to repay BMCC any amount that is returned on the student’s behalf.  

For additional information regarding this policy and for more detailed information about financial aid, please visit BMCC’s website.

Other Financial Assistance

Scholarships

Check out www.bluecc.edu/enrollment-services/financial-aid/paying-for-college/scholarships for available scholarship opportunities from the BMCC foundation and outside sources.

Foundation Scholarships

The Blue Mountain Community College Foundation offers scholarships to both full- and part-time students. Scholarship information and scholarship applications are posted on the college website. Most full-time scholarships are awarded during spring term for the next academic year. Scholarships for part-time students may be available each term. An applicant must be enrolled before a scholarship can be awarded. Stipulations concerning financial need, credit hours, grade point average, and area of study may apply.

The BMCC Foundation posts information on its scholarships as well as information that it receives from local civic groups; fraternal organizations; and state, regional, and national agencies. For further information visit our scholarships web page or contact 541-278-5775.

Veterans Benefits

Military Educational Benefits

www.bluecc.edu/service-members-dependents

BMCC assists veterans and family members of veterans with three primary types of benefits:

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits
  • Oregon Veteran Educational Aid Program (Tuition Assistance)
  • BMCC tuition waivers for military and qualifying family members

VA Educational Benefits:

In order to receive VA educational benefits, all veterans must:

  • Take the BMCC placement assessment to determine proper course placement before enrollment
  • Obtain and submit to BMCC official transcripts from all previously attended schools along with a Transcript Evaluation Request for review of prior credit.
  • Be assigned an academic advisor
  • Be pursuing a BMCC degree or certificate
  • Apply for VA Education Benefits online
  • Complete BMCC’s Veterans Education Benefits Request Packet

Certification Periods: The veterans certifying official will certify based on BMCC’s official academic calendar. Some courses vary in length. The veterans certifying official will certify enrollment according to each course’s beginning and ending dates, which may affect the rate of pay.

Prior Credit: Any student receiving VA education benefits while attending BMCC is required to obtain transcripts form all previously attended schools and military service and submit them to the VA School Certifying Official for review of prior credit and shortening of the program proportionately. See the BMCC Veterans Education Benefits Request Packet for more information and details.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (AP) The financial aid office is responsible for ensuring that all students who receive VA benefits maintain Good Academic Standing per BMCC’s Academic Progress Policy. The students’ Academic Progress will be reviewed before making awards each academic year and at the end of each term. The standards of academic progress can be found at www.bluecc.edu/enrollment-services/students/institutional-academic-progress

Enrollment Level Defined: Enrollment levels per term are defined as follows:

  • Full-time (100%): 12+ credits
  • Three-quarter time (75%): 9-11 credits
  • Half-time (50%): 6-8 credits
  • Less-than half-time (25%): 1-5 credits

BMCC Military Tuition Waivers:

BMCC, with the purpose of enhancing student support while providing a premier learning environment, provides military tuition waivers to honor returning veterans and the dependents of deployed, disabled, and fallen military service members. For more information on guidelines and how to apply, visit www.bluecc.edu/service-members-depedents

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014- Tuition Rate

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill- Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill). Of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semester, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge, release, or death described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311 (b) (9)) who lives in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who live in Oregon while attending a school located in Oregon (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.

Important links:
GI Bill Information - www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
GI Bill WAVE - Web Automated Verification of Enrollment - www.gibill.va.gov/wave/
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs ODVA - www.oregon.gov/ODVA/
ODVA Educational Aid for Veterans - www.oregon.gov/ODVA/BENEFITS/pages/OregonEducationBenefit.aspx
DD 214 Requests Online - www.archives.gov/veterans/

Class Attendance and Administrative Withdrawal

Blue Mountain Community College reserves the right to withdraw a student from classes if, in the judgment of college officials, this action is in the best interest of the student or the college.

Attendance

Blue Mountain Community College believes that it is the student’s obligation to attend and participate in classes and that there is a direct correlation between participative attendance in a course and successful completion. Individual courses may have their own attendance policies. The college has an administrative drop process for the first five days of class each term. The administrative drop process is not guaranteed. Students that do not intend to continue in classes, must not assume that they will be automatically dropped for non-attendance. To drop or withdraw from a course or courses, students must do so online by logging on to the WolfWeb. Students will be responsible for payment for all courses that they are enrolled in after the end of the 100% refund period.

See the Glossary  for the definition of drop and withdraw.

Note: Some courses that are not a full term in length will have different refund periods. Please print your schedule to determine what the refund/drop period is for that course.

Grading System and Policies

Grading System

The quality of a students work is measured by a system of grades and by computed grade-point averages. All assigned courses, regardless of curriculum, are included when determining a cumulative grade-point average while attending BMCC.

Only grades of A, B, C, D, F, and FA are considered in the computation of grade point averages. All other grades will be disregarded in the calculation of GPA; however, other grade marks and enrollment status will affect financial aid and athletic eligibility.

The grading system consists of the following:

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A students grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows: take the number of points from the Grade Point table for each grade that you received and multiply it by the number of credits for that course; then repeat the process for each course in which you received a grade of A, B, C, D,  F, or FA. Add all of the results together and then divide by the total credit hours in which grades A, B, C, D, F, or FA were received. Note: If a course is repeated, only the most recent grade is used in computing the GPA unless the course is designated as repeatable in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Grade Point Table

GRADE POINTS
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0
FA 0

Example of GPA Calculation: (Total GPA Points/Total Credits) = GPA or 22/9= 2.44 Courses/Grades Received

Course Credits Grade Grade Points GPA Points
WR121 4 B 3 12.0
MTH095 5 C 2 10.0
TOTAL 9     22.0

Grade Definitions:

A/4: Superior: An indication that the student has met the state outcomes and course criteria at the highest level, demonstrating mastery of required knowledge and skills.

B/3: Above Average: An indication that the student has met the stated outcomes and course criteria at a high level, demonstrating mastery of most required knowledge and skills.

C/2: Average: An indication that the student has met the stated outcomes and course criteria with sufficient mastery of enough of the required knowledge and skills to be capable of success in other courses that require this course as a prerequisite

D/1: Below Average: An indication that the student has only minimally met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course but may not have sufficient mastery of enough of the required knowledge and skills to be capable of success in other courses that require this course as a prerequisite.

F/0: Failure: An indication that the student has participated in the course but has not adequately met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course.

FA/0: Failure-Attendance: An indication that the student did not participate (either by attendance or by online participation) in a significant amount of the course and, as a result, has not adequately met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course. Instructors assigning this grade must provide a Last Date of Attendance (LDA) to satisfy Federal Title IV aid requirements.

INC (Incomplete): Instructors may assign an incomplete grade when the quality of the students completed work is satisfactory but the course has not been completed for reasons acceptable to the instructor. At least sixty percent (60%) of the course work must be completed for an incomplete grade to be given. An incomplete grade must be made up within a maximum of one calendar year from the date that the incomplete appears on the grade report; however, the student and their instructor may choose a shorter time in which to complete the course work.

Incomplete Grade Contracts are submitted by the instructor of the course at the time grades are submitted and do not require the student’s signature. The Registrar’s Office will maintain and monitor INC contracts for the college. If the instructor does not return a completed INC contact to the Registrar’s Office providing a final grade earned by the contract deadline date, the alternative grade indicated on the contract will automatically be entered into the student’s permanent record. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work agreed upon and the instructor’s responsibility to submit the final grade earned in a timely manner to the Registrar’s Office. Grade changes after the end of the contract will not be processed without prior approval from the Vice President of Instruction.

P/NP (Pass/No Pass): If you wish to use the P/NP option you must elect to do so by the end of the fourth week of the term by submitting your application for the P/NP grading option to the Registrar’s Office. Once you declare the P/NP grading option, no changes in grading can be made.

You may apply a maximum of 12 program or elective credits with a grade of P toward a degree at BMCC. This number would include pass grades earned in regular BMCC classes and those earned from another college or university. This number does not include pass grades earned in course work with obligatory pass grades or advanced placement credits transcribed as pass.

The P/NP option is not available in courses being repeated by the student, in courses required for a degree, or in courses in the core area required for an AAOT/AS degree (pass grades would be accepted in advanced placement test credit.).

The P grade denotes a level of accomplishment of C or better.

Pass grades from other institutions will be examined on an individual basis. If the registrar determines that the course meets or exceeds BMCC requirements, then credit may be granted.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, you should determine the policy of that school before electing the P/NP option at BMCC.

When computing credits earned and GPA, the Registrar’s Office treats the P/NP credits as follows:

  • The pass credits will be transcribed as credits earned and will not be computed in the grade point average.
  • The no pass credits will show on the transcript as credits attempted and will not be computed in the grade point average.

Examinations

Auditing a Course (AU)

The audit indicator, “AU”, is a registration status and not a grade or an evaluation.  Students electing this option are not required to meet pre-requisite requirements for the course.

Students that register online and wish to audit a course must complete a paper Schedule Change form requesting the audit option. This status cannot be changed after the 100% refund period. Courses taken as an audit status do not count as credits attempted in financial aid award calculations, and the AU (audit) status does not count in calculating GPAs. The audit indicator AU indicates a registration status, not an evaluation.  Students electing this option are not required to meet pre-requisite requirements for the course.

Policy: Students that do not wish to earn college credit may audit a course, however, must elect this option within the first week of the term.   Students who audit are not required to meet any specific academic requirements, but they may participate fully in the activities of the class. If an audit is desired, you must elect this option at the time of registration. Students that wish to take the course for a grade, must drop the course within the defined drop period and then add the class back as a graded course. Students may not change to audit status after the end of the drop period.
Enrollment Status: In addition to the above grades, other enrollment-status indicators may be entered on the official grade report or transcript. These include AU (audit), CIP (course in progress), MSG (missing grade), and W (withdrawal).

AU (Audit)

This is NOT a grade. It is an enrollment status and must be declared at the time of registration for the course. See the Audit Policy section below for more information.

CIP (Course in Progress)

CIP is an enrollment status used when a course is scheduled to continue from one academic term into the next. The CIP is not a terminal grade but is, rather, a state of progress used until the ending date of the class. At the time a course is scheduled to conclude, the CIP status will be replaced by a grade.

H (High School Diploma)

The designation of H indicates that the variable-hour course was taken as part of a student’s adult high school diploma program and that was not completed in a particular term.

W (Withdrawal)

A “W” is an enrollment status and indicates that you followed the formal withdrawal procedure and withdrew from the course during the term after the 100% refund period for the term or course. This designation is not used in computing GPA. A “W” is not punitive.

(R) Repeating a Course

Assigned when a student has repeated a course that is not repeatable for credit.  When a student repeats a course, the college will count the grade received for your most recent attempt. All other attempts at the course where a grade of A, B, C, D, F, FA, or INC was given will be changed to a grade of R or will show the R indicator on your transcript.

Dropping/Withdrawing From a Course/s

Definitions:

Drop: When a student removes a course from their schedule before the end of the 100% refund period for that course. Courses that are dropped will not show up on the grade transcript.  Note:  Courses that are less than a full term in length have different refund periods. These dates are indicated on the students schedule as “last date to drop and pay.” 

Withdraw: When a student removes a course from their schedule after the 100% refund period for that course.  These courses will appear upon the student’s grade transcript with a status of W to indicate that the student withdrew from that course. In addition, students are responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the course or courses from which they withdraw. Note: Courses that are less than a full term in length have different withdraw deadline dates.  

To drop or withdraw from a course, students must do so online through the WolfWeb. The last day to withdraw from a full-term course without a grade is listed on the annual Academic Calendar.

Students enrolled in courses after the dates listed in the academic calendar are responsible for the final grades received and associated tuition and fees for those course or courses. 

Withdrawal from College

Students that find they can no longer attend classes should officially withdraw from school. Before doing so, they should work with their advisor to determine if other options are available to them. The last day to withdraw from classes without receiving a grade is listed on the academic calendar. Note: Courses that are less than a full term in length have different withdrawal deadline dates.

Students receiving financial aid should be aware that withdrawing from all course/s during a given term prior to completing more than 60.01% of the term can result in the student owing money back to the U.S. Department of Education or to BMCC. Please refer to the Financial Assistance section of the catalog for further information.

NOTE: A student who is registered is considered to be in attendance. Non-attendance or non-payment does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does it release you from the obligation to pay for your course or courses.

Withdrawal for Military Duty

The following guidelines apply when a veteran, Reserve, or National Guard student is called to active duty for military purposes during the term (does not include being called to active duty for basic training:

Students may drop courses and receive a full tuition and fee refund.  Students may, at their discretion, elect to complete one or more of their courses after making special arrangements with their instructor(s) to create an incomplete contract allowing reasonable time to complete the academic work required.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further information at 541-278-5758, or send an email to: studentrecords@bluecc.edu. Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits should refer to the Financial Assistance section of the catalog for further information regarding withdrawals.

Grade Changes

College procedures allow for grade changes up to one year after the end of the term in which the course was taken.  Once a grade has been assigned other than an INC, the only acceptable reason for a grade change is instructor or college error.  The instructor/student relationship in a given class concludes at the end of the term with the assignment of a grade unless the student receives a grade of INC to allow for the submission of late course work. If you cannot complete all of the course work before the end of the term, you should work with the instructor before the term ends to request a grade of INC. Otherwise, the only way that an instructor can agree to change your grade is for you to submit a grade appeal (see the section on grade appeals).  All grade appeals are reviewed by the vice president of instruction and, if approved, sent to the registrar’s office for final processing.

Grade Appeal Process

The responsibility for assigning grades rests with the individual instructor. If you believe that you have been awarded an inappropriate grade by an instructor, you may fill out a grade appeal form and submit it to the Office of Instruction. This will initiate the grade appeal process as outlined in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities of the Student Handbook. The Vice President of Instruction will forward appeals to the Registrar’s Office once a decision has been made.  If the appeal results in a grade change, the Registrar’s Office will process the change and notify the student by email once the change has been made.

Term Grades

Term grades are posted to students official transcripts on the Monday following the end of the term. Students can access their grades online via the Wolfweb.

Waitlisted Courses

Students that have been placed on a waitlist, will be notified by email (sent to your assigned BMCC email account) from the Office of Instruction if a space becomes available and they are moved from the waitlist into the class.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their status in any waitlisted courses.  Students may not attend the course unless they have been officially registerd in the course.  To check the status of a waitlisted course the student should check their term schedule on the Wolfweb. Students should also check their BMCC student email.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are given at the close of each term. Students are required to take final examinations at the regularly scheduled time. Final examination schedules are available online or on the academic calendar found in this catalog. If circumstances warrant taking final examinations at another time, the student must make prior arrangements with their instructor.

Standards of Academic Progress

Academic Warning and Suspension

Academic Progress (AP) is the institution’s policy regarding a student’s academic progress.  AP is not the same as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which is the status that students using financial assistance must maintain in order to receive funding from financial aid.  A student is considered in good academic standing when they are making academic progress. Academic progress is defined as having a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 2.0 (C) and a minimum cumulative completion rate (Pace) of 67%.  AP requires a student to maintain academic progress at the end of each term of attendance.  If a student does not maintain academic progress he/she will be placed on Academic Warning or Academic Suspension status.   More information about AP can be obtained by viewing the AP policy on BMCC’s website or by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 541-278-5758.

Pace includes all courses student remained registered in after the drop period. This includes courses with grades of A, B, C, D, F, FA, INC and those courses with W to indicate a withdrawal.

Academic Warning:  Students are considered on academic Warning if their cumulative GPA is below 2.0 or their cumulative credit completion rate (Pace) is below 67%.  Students will be reinstated to good academic standing as soon as their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher and have a cumulative credit completion rate of at least 67%.  

Academic Suspension: Students are placed on academic suspension when their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0, or their credit completion rate is below 67% for a second consecutive term.  

Students will have the right to appeal their academic suspension by submitting an appeal within the website published deadline date. The appeal will be reviewed by the Academic Progress Review Committee (AP Review Committee). The AP Review Committee consisting of the Registrar, Dean of Student Development and Success, Director of Instructional Operations, and Director Student Financial Assistance. If the student is pre-registered for the upcoming term and fails to submit a complete appeal by the published deadline, the student will be administratively dropped from all courses.

Academic Probation: Students are placed on Academic Probation when an appeal is approved by the AP Review Committee after a student is placed on Academic Suspension. If while on Academic Probation, a student fails to make academic progress as a result of extraordinary circumstances, the student will be placed on an Academic One-Year Suspension. Students placed on this status will have the option to submit a second appeal to be able to take classes but not to have their financial aid re-instated.  In the event the AP Review Committee rules the suspension valid, the student will have the right to appeal the decision to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Academic One Year Suspension: A student academically suspended more than once will not be allowed to register for credit classes for one full calendar year. Students may ask to return for the term following the end of the one-year break period by submitting an appeal. This option does not apply to federal and state aid recipients.

Pace Chart

# of Credits Attempted Min # of credits needed to meet the 67% Completion Level
1 1
2 2
3 2
4 3
5 4
6 4
7 5
8 6
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12 8
13 9
14 10
15 10
16 11
17 12
18 12
19 13
20 14
21 14

 

Break of Enrollment

Students that have had a break of enrollment of two (2) or more academic years will return on the following status:

 

BREAK OF ENROLLMENT

PRIOR ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDING

ACADEMIC STANDING AFTER BREAK OF ENROLLMENT

FEDERAL AND STATE AID RECIPIENT

2-4 years

Academic Warning

Good Academic Standing

No change for break of enrollment

(Warning or Suspension)

Academic Suspension

Academic Warning

 

5 years or more

Academic Warning or Suspension

Good Academic Standing

Transcripts

Official transcripts may be ordered online or by completing a paper Transcript Request Form found on BMCC’s website at www.bluecc.edu. 

See the “College Costs” section of the catalog for costs associated with transcript requests. No other person may receive a copy of the student’s transcript or undertake to pick it up for the student unless the student authorizes release of records in writing. The College reserves the right to withhold official transcripts from students who owe monies to Blue Mountain Community College. If an official transcript is requested by a student who owes monies, the student is notified that there is a balance owing and given information on how to resolve the issue.

Transferring Credits to BMCC

Students that wish to have credits from other regionally accredited colleges evaluated towards their certificate/degree intent at BMCC, will need to request an official transcript be sent to BMCC’s Enrollment Services Office.  Official transcripts must include a signature from the issuing institution and its authorized seal, if applicable, and be delivered to BMCC in a sealed envelope.

In general, BMCC accepts college-level credits earned at regionally-accredited colleges or universities.

Accepted credits will become a part of the student’s permanent academic record at BMCC and will be noted on their official grade transcript at the time a certificate or degree is awarded.  All grades earned from BMCC will be used to compute the student’s grade point average on their BMCC transcript. This is the GPA that will be considered for honor and high honors distinction at commencement and upon degree conferral.

Students that have taken the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the Advanced Placement (AP) test, should have their scores sent to Enrollment Services for review.  Exams must have been taken within 3 years of the date the student requests credit.  Credits received for AP, CLEP, or military experience at other colleges and universities will not be accepted.  Students must have their exam scores and or official military transcripts sent directly to BMCC. 

Transferring Credits from BMCC

Up to 120 lower division transfer credit hours earned at a community college may transfer and be accepted toward graduation requirements by colleges and universities of the Oregon University System (OUS): University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition from BMCC students should discuss transferability of courses with their academic advisor and the school to which they plan to transfer to.

Credit for Prior Learning/Certification

The purpose of awarding credit for prior learning is to acknowledge and validate knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired by students through experience. With the exception of cooperative work experience (CWE) credits, students receiving alternate credits are not eligible for state or federal aid for those credits.

The maximum credits that may be earned through a combination of credit by examination, advanced placement (AP) and military credit are no more than 25 percent of the credits needed for a certificate or degree.  See degree checklists for more information.

Credit by Examination (CBE): To obtain credit for certain courses, a student must be enrolled as a BMCC student taking at least one course for credit and satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination or series of examinations. The student may not obtain credit by examination (CBE) for a course at a lower level than one in which they have already demonstrated competency. Some courses are not eligible for this program. Students that wish to obtain credit in this manner must pay a fee in addition to any other tuition and fees that they may have paid in that term. Contact the Office of Instruction, at 541-278-5969, for more information.  CBE credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with the exam identifier of (CH) next to the course title. Example: ART 204  (CH)

Credit for Prior Certification/Learning (CPL): Documentation is required. If awarded, these credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of “P” and with the identifier of (CPL) next to the course title.  Example:  ECE226 (CPL).    

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students may earn credit for certain courses by taking tests administered by the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by the College Board. Below is a list of approved AP courses, AP minimum scores, and advanced placement action. AP credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of P and with the exam identifier of (AP) next to the course title. Example: ART 204  (AP.)

To receive AP credit the student must:

  • Request that your AP scores be sent from the College Board to BMCC. Scores are accepted for up to three years after the exam date.
  • Be enrolled at BMCC in at least one credit course.
  • Pay the fee in effect of the time of application

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-278-5757 or email getinfo@bluecc.edu for additional information.

AP CREDIT CHART

AP Exam Taken AP Score BMCC Course BMCC Credit
Art - History 4 or higher ART 204 , ART 205   8
Art - Studio 4 or higher ART 101   4
Biology 4 or higher BI 101 , BI 102 , BI 103   12
Calculus AB 3 or higher MTH 251   4
Calculus AB 4 or higher MTH 251 , MTH 252   8
Calculus BC 3 or higher MTH 251 , MTH 252   8
Calculus BC 4 or higher MTH 251 , MTH 252 , MTH 253   12
Chemistry 3 or higher CH 104 , CH 105 , CH 106   15
Computer Science A 4 or higher CS 161   4
English Language - Composition 3 or higher WR 121   4
English Language - Literature 3 or higher ENG 104   4
Government - U.S. 4 or higher PS 201   4
History - U.S. 3 or higher HST 201 , HST 202   8
History - World 3 or higher HST104, HST105 6
Human Geography 3or higher GEOG 103   4
Macro Economics 3 or higher EC 202   4
Micro Economics 3 or higher EC 201   4
Music Theory 4 or higher MUS 111 , MUS 112   8
Physics B 4 or higher PHY 201 , PHY 202 , PHY 203   15
Physics C- Electricity & Magnetism 4 or higher PHY 201   5
Physics C - Mechanics 4 or higher PHY 201   5
Psychology 3 or higher PSY 201   4
Spanish Language  3 or higher SPAN 101 , SPAN 102 , SPAN 103   12
Statistics 4 or higher MTH 243   4

 

College-Level Examination Program - CLEP

Students may earn College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for certain courses by taking the CLEP exams sponsored by the College Board.  Below is a list of BMCC’s approved CLEP exams, minimum scores, number of possible credits granted, and corresponding BMCC course equivalencies. CLEP credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of “P” and with the course identifier of (CL) next to the course title.   

To receive CLEP credit the student must:

  • Request your CLEP scores be sent from the College Board to BMCC. Scores are accepted for up to three years after the exam date.
  • Be enrolled at BMCC in at least one credit course.
  • Pay the fee in effect of the time of application

Please contact the registrar’s office at 541-278-5757 or email getinfo@bluecc.edu for additional information.

CLEP CREDIT CHART

Exam Subject Minimum Score Credit BMCC Course Equivalency
BUSINESS
Information System & Computer Applications - - No credit awarded
Principles of Management 50 4 BA 206  
Principles of Accounting 50 12 BA 211 , BA 212  
Introductory Business Law 50 4 BA 226  
Principles of Marketing 50 4 BA 223  
COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE
Composition and Literature 50 12 ENG 253 , ENG 254 , ENG 255  
English Literature (with essay) 50 12 ENG 204 , ENG 205 , ENG 206  
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
American Government 50 4 PS 201  
History of the U.S. I 50 4 HST 201  
American History II 50 4
OR
12
HST 203 
OR
w/Part I test HST 201 , HST 202 , HST 203  
General Psychology 50 8 PSY 201 , PSY 202  
Human Growth and Development 50 4 PSY 237  
Principles of Microeconomics 50 4 EC 201  
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 4 EC 202  
Introductory to Sociology 50 4 SOC 204  
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
Calculus 50 4 MTH 251  
College Algebra 50 5 MTH 111  
Trigonometry 50 4 MTH 112  
College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 5 MTH 111  
College Mathematics 50 4 MTH 105  
General Chemistry 50 15 CH 221  , CH 222  , CH 223  
General Biology 50 15 BI 211  , BI 212  , BI 213  

Military Credit (MIL): Military credit will be evaluated according to American Council of Education guidelines. In most cases, credit will only be considered when it is equivalent to a course offered by BMCC.  Military credits are not reflected on BMCC’s transcripts and are considered transfer courses similar to coursework taken at other regionally accredited colleges.  A pre-transcript notation is placed on the student’s transcript noting the number of military credits accepted.

Recognition of Outstanding Student Performance

Academic Achievement: Blue Mountain Community College recognizes exceptional academic achievement of students at the end of each term and at graduation.

Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List

Students may attain honor status each term by qualifying for the Honor Roll, the Dean’s List, or the President’s List. In all cases, the student must have completed 12 or more BMCC credits during the term with grades of A, B, C, or D.

Only courses taken at BMCC will count towards academic achievement recognition. Only term GPAs, not cumulative GPAs, are counted for these recognitions.

Levels of achievement are:

  • Honor Roll: term GPA of 3.00 to 3.39
  • Dean’s List: term GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • President’s List: term GPA of 3.85 or higher

Grades of P, NP, and INC do not count toward recognition of academic achievement.

Graduation Requirements

Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements for graduation and should work with their advisor to ensure that they have or will complete the degree and/or certificate requirements.

As a candidate for graduation, students are required to submit a Application for Graduation.  Students are encouraged to submit their application at least two terms prior to the term in which they expect to complete their program requirements (refer to the academic calendar in the catalog for specific deadline dates). This allows the academic advisor to assist the student in selecting coursework necessary to meet graduation requirements. Completed applications may be submitted to any BMCC location.

Upon the college’s receipt and processing of the application, the Registrar’s Office will notify the student and their advisor by email of the course/s needed to satisfy certificate/degree requirements. Should there be any discrepancy, the student and their advisor will be asked to notify the registrar as soon as possible. A graduation file will be established at that time and the degree audit will become the official degree check-off for degree completion purposes.

Auto-Award of Certificate/Degrees: If the Registrar or their designee finds that a student has completed all coursework necessary to complete their indicated program of study, the college will award the degrees and/or certificates upon completion of those requirements. Opting out of an institutional award requires completing the appropriate request through the registrar’s office. Multiple credentials may be institutionally awarded within your program of study.

Degrees and certificates become official when recorded on your transcript. Certificates and diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your application within two months after final grades have been posted and reviewed.

Students that do not complete their degree requirements in the term and year identified on their application will be notified by the Registrar’s office about final requirements needed to complete their certificate/degree requirements. Applications will be considered active for a period of one (1) year from the students intended date of graduation.

Students that have not graduated after one year, will have their applications considered inactive and will be required to reapply for graduation and pay any fees in effect at the time of reapplication.

Residency Requirement

Students must have completed at specific number of credits at BMCC in order to meet the requirements for their degree as follows:

  • Two-Year Degree: Must complete 24 credits at BMCC, 18 credits must apply towards the degree
  • One-Year Certificate: Must complete 12 credits at BMCC, 9 credits must apply towards the certificate
  • Less-than One-Year Certificate (LTOY): Must complete 50% of credits required for certificate at BMCC, 50% of credits must apply towards the LTOY
  • Career Pathway Certificates of Completion (CPCC): Must complete 50% of credits required for certificate at BMCC, 50% of credits must apply towards the CPCC

Graduation under a Particular Catalog

Catalog requirements are effective for five academic years.  Students may graduate under the catalog requirements existing at the time of initial enrollment as long as they successfully complete at least one BMCC credit applicable to degree requirements per academic year unless they choose to meet the requirements of a later catalog.  A new academic year begins each summer and ends the following spring.  No catalog is valid for longer than the spring following the fifth academic year of issuance.

Some programs may impose shorter time limits on accepting credits for degree or certificate requirements. Students enrolled in programs that are accredited or licensed must meet the requirements most recently approved by the accrediting agency or licensing authority. All returning students who have not been enrolled in a college credit course for one academic year must meet new degree requirements. Occasionally, the college may change courses and course numbers within a program. Students should regularly consult an advisor in their major department about their course of study.

Example:  Student starts Fall 2015-16 and takes at least one BMCC credit applicable to their degree requirements during the 2015-16 to Fall 2020-21.  In this case the student would need to complete their requirements under the 2020-21 academic catalog as they would have crossed the five (5) year time limit.  If the student had completed by spring 2020, they would be able to complete under the 2015-16 or later catalog year.

BMCC reviews and updates degree requirements annually. Please note that some of the requirements for graduation may change if your studies are interrupted by one or more years and/or if a course of study extends beyond five years. Depending upon the college certificate or degree, you may be asked to complete updated requirements.

Computer Literacy Requirement

All students completing a one-year certificate or two-year degree program are required to meet our computer literacy requirement prior to graduating.  Students must take and pass one of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:  AGR111, BA131, CS120, CS160 or ED235.

Honors for Commencement Ceremony

Students with exceptional academic qualifications that participate Students with exceptional academic qualifications that participate in our commencement ceremony with honors or high honors designation will have this designation noted in the commencement program.  This designation applies to all of BMCC’s degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs. To qualify, students must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:

  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher

This status is reflective of courses that apply to your BMCC certificate or degree requirements only and may include courses accepted for transfer from other colleges. Your cumulative GPA as of the end of winter term is used to determine honors or high honors status for our ceremony.  If you completed your certificate or degree requirements prior to the end of winter term, your cumulative GPA as of the term you completed will be used.

Commencement Ceremony:

BMCC’s commencement ceremony is held each year in June on the last day of spring term. Students who have completed or will complete all of their certificate and/or degree requirements during or prior to summer 2018 are eligible to participate in our 2018 ceremony.  Those completing requirements as of fall 2018 or later are invited to participate in the following year’s ceremony.

Final Honors Distinction on Official Transcript

Students with exceptional academic qualifications may qualify to complete their designated program of study with honors or high honors designation. This designation will appear on your official grade transcript and may apply to all earned degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs. To qualify, you must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:

  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher

This status is reflective of courses that apply to your BMCC certificate or degree requirements only and may include courses accepted for transfer from other colleges. The calculation is performed on all courses completed through your final term of program completion and may be different than what was listed in our commencement program.

Suspended Programs of Study

If BMCC suspends a program of study and the student is eligible for “teach-out” assistance as determined by the college, BMCC will work with the student to help them complete the program within three years. Methods and types of assistance will vary by individual circumstance and will be available only to eligible students. Following the three-year period, if the student has not satisfied their degree requirements for that certificate/degree but still wishes to obtain a certificate/degree, the student must either apply their earned credits to a different BMCC program or transfer them to another institution. Contact the Registrar at studentrecords@bluecc.edu to determine eligibility.

Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements

Associate of Arts Degree (AAOT)

Students earning an AAOT degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with course requirements of the degree:

  1. Credits Required: 90  Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 or those consider below collegiate level will not  be used to fulfill the 90 credit minimum requirement.
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. .  Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Grade: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See Programs and Courses Section for courses that meet these requirements.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Writing: Students taking writing classes of three credits each must take WR 121, 122, and either WR 123 or 227. Students taking writing classes of 4 credits each must take WR 121 and either WR 122 or 227. A student must have eight credits of Writing. Information Literacy will be included in the Writing Requirement.
  • Oral Communication:  COM 111  
  • Mathematics: One course in college-level mathematics designated by the college as meeting the statewide criteria for mathematics.
  • Health/Wellness/Fitness: One or more courses totaling at least three credits.

Discipline Studies

  • Cultural Literacy: Students must select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy.
  • Arts and Letters: Three courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Social Sciences: Four courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Science/Math/Computer Science: Four courses from at least two disciplines including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science.

Electives

  • Any college-level course 100 level or higher that would bring total credits to 90 credits.  See notes below.

Note:

  • Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  • Maximum Number of Career and Technical Education Courses: 12 credits may be applied to the elective area of this degree.
  • Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement.

Associate of General Studies Degree (AGS)

Students earning an AGS degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with additional requirements of the degree:

  1. Credits Required: 90  Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree. 
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Grade: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See Programs and Courses Section for courses that meet these requirements.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Writing: WR 121   or higher
  • Information Literacy will be included in the Writing Requirement.
  • Oral Communication: COM 100   or COM 111  
  • Mathematics: One of the following courses:  MTH 042  , MTH 070  , MTH 095  or higher, BA 104  , or ED 157  .

Discipline Studies

  • Arts and Letters: Two courses 
  • Social Sciences: Two courses
  • Lab Science: One course

Electives

  • Any college-level course 100 level or higher that would bring total credits to 90 credits.  See notes below.

Note:

  1. Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  2. Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement.

Associate of Science Degree (AS)

Students earning an AS degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with additional requirements of the AS degree:

  1. Credits Required: 90  Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 or those consider below collegiate level will not  be used to fulfill the 90 credit minimum requirement.
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Cumulative Grade Average (CGPA): 2.0  The CGPA is calculated using only those courses that apply to this degree.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See Programs and Courses Section for courses that meet these requirements.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Writing: WR 121   and WR 122  
  • Oral Communication: COM 111  
  • Mathematics: MTH105 or higher
  • Health/Wellness/Fitness: One or more courses totaling at least three credits
  • Computer Science: CS 120  

Discipline Studies

  • Arts and Letters: Three courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Social Sciences: Three courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Lab Science: One course in biological or physical science
  • Science/Math/Computer Science: One course  

Electives

  • Any college-level course 100 level or higher that would bring total credits to 90 credits.  See notes below.

Note:

  1. Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  2. Maximum Number of Career and Technical Education Courses: 12 credits may be applied to the elective area of this degree.
  3. Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement. 

Associate of Science Oregon Transfer - Business (ASOT-BUS)

Students earning an ASOT-BUS degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with additional requirements of the ASOT/BUs degree:

  1. Credits Required: 90  Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree.
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Grade: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See Programs and Courses Section for courses that meet these requirements.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Writing: Students taking writing classes of three credits each must take WR 121, 122, and either WR 123 or 227. Students taking writing classes of 4 credits each must take WR 121 and either WR 122 or 227. A student must have eight credits of Writing. Information Literacy will be included in the Writing Requirement.
  • Oral Communication:  COM 111  
  • Mathematics: Three courses for which MTH095 is a prerequisite.  Must take MTH 243  
  • Computer Applications: BA 131  or CS 120  

Discipline Studies

  • Arts and Letters: Three courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Social Sciences: Four courses chosen from two or more disciplines.  Must include EC 201  and EC 202  
  • Science: Four courses from at least two disciplines including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science.
  • Cultural Literacy: Students must select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy.

Business Courses

Students must complete the following courses: 

Electives

  • Any college-level course 100 level or higher that would bring total credits to 90 credits.  See notes below.  

Note:

  1. Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  2. Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement. 

Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Computer Science (ASOT-CS)

Students earning an ASOT-CS degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with additional requirements of the ASOT/CS degree:

  1. Credits Required: 90  Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 or those consider below collegiate level will not  be used to fulfill the 90 credit minimum requirement.
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. .  Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Grade: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See Programs and Courses Section for courses that meet these requirements.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Writing: Students taking writing classes of three credits each must take WR 121, 122, and either WR 123 or 227. Students taking writing classes of 4 credits each must take WR 121 and either WR 122 or 227. A student must have eight credits of Writing. Information Literacy will be included in the Writing Requirement.
  • Oral Communication:  COM 111  
  • Mathematics: MTH 251  and MTH 252  
  • Health/Wellness/Fitness: One or more courses totaling at least three credits.

Discipline Studies

  • Arts and Letters: Three courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Social Sciences: Four courses chosen from two or more disciplines.
  • Science/Math/Computer Science: Four courses from at least two disciplines including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science.

1. See program specific requirements as some programs require physics 

2. Note that the CS and Math core required courses will meet the requirement for 1 of the 4 required courses, so normally only 3 science courses outside of CS/Math are needed

  • Cultural Literacy: Students must select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy.

Computer Science Courses

Students must complete the following courses: 

Electives

  • Any college-level course 100 level or higher that would bring total credits to 90 credits.  See notes below.

Note:

  • Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  • Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Students earning an AAS degree from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) must successfully complete the following requirements along with additional requirements of the degree:

  1. Credits Required: See AAS program for specific number of credits required for degree. Credits include only those that meet the requirements of this degree.
  2. Residency Requirement: Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours at BMCC. Eighteen (18) of these credits must apply to this degree. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or challenge credit cannot be used to meet the 24 quarter credit hour or 18 quarter credit hour requirement.  
  3. Minimum Cumulative Grade Average (CGPA): 2.0  The CGPA is calculated using only those courses that apply to this degree.

Note:

  • Maximum Number of Credits for Prior Learning (CPL): In general, 22 credits of CPL may be applied to the degree.
  • Computer Literacy: Must successfully complete computer literacy requirement.

Course Substitutions

If a student is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree and would like to request a course substitution to meet program requirements, the student must discuss their request with their academic advisor. If the advisor considers the request appropriate, they will complete the necessary paperwork, and then obtain the approval and signature of the Vice President of Instruction. The Registrar’s Office will process the information, once approved, and it will become a part of the student’s permanent record.

Transcript Notations

Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) will be noted on a student’s transcript upon completion of all module course requirements.  Since the OTM is not a degree or certificate, BMCC’s regular residency requirement do not apply.  The student must have completed at least one credit at BMCC that applies to the OTM in order to have the module notation made on the student’s official transcript.

WICHE LDGE will be noted on a student’s transcript upon completion of all LDGE course requirements.  Since the LDGE is not a degree or certificate, BMCC’s residency requirements do not apply.  The student must have completed all coursework at BMCC or another WICHE Passport Institution that is considered equivalent to BMCC’s approved coursework, in order to have the notation made on the student’s official transcript.

Student Records

Access to Student Records

The Registrar’s Office maintains and processes academic records for the college. Student records are maintained in accordance with the college’s official student record retention schedule.  These records include, but are not limited to, admission applications, transfer institution transcripts, transfer credit evaluations, correspondence, grade change forms, curriculum deviation forms, certificate/degree completion applications, and degree evaluations.

Education Record

Education records are those records that are maintained by BMCC or an agent of the College which is directly related to a student, except the following:

  1. Records of instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel and educational personnel that are kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record, and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the maker of the record.
  2. Records relating to an individual who is employed by the college, that are made and maintained in the normal course of business, that relate exclusively to the individual in that individual’s capacity as an employee and that are not available for use for any other purpose.  Records relating to an individual in attendance at the college who is employed as a result of his or her status as a student are education records and are not exempt under this subsection.
  3. Faculty records, relating to personal matters of faculty members such as conduct, personal and academic evaluations, and disciplinary actions.
  4. Records on a student that are:
    • Made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in his or her professional capacity or assisting in a paraprofessional capacity;
    • Made, maintained, or used only in connection with treatment of the student; and
    • Disclosed only to individuals providing the treatment.  For the purpose of this definition, “treatment” does not include remedial educational activities or activities that are part of the program of instruction at the college.
  5. Records that only contain information relating to activities in which an individual engaged after he or she was no longer a student at the college.
  6. Medical or nursing records which are made or maintained separately and solely by a licensed health care professional and which are not used for education purposes or planning.
  7. “Personally identifiable information” includes, but is not limited to:
    • Student’s name;
    • The name of the student’s parents, children, spouse or other family members;
    • Address of the student or the student’s family;
    • Telephone number of the student or the student’s family;
    • Photograph of the student;
    • A personal identifier, such as the student’s social security number or student number; and
    • A list of personal characteristics that would make the student’s identity easily traceable, or other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable.

Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS) describes an informal consortium of community colleges, the Office of Community College Services and the Oregon Community College Association, acting together to provide standard data and reporting formats necessary to improve community college programs, evaluate program effectiveness, and report to various governing bodies and agencies.  OCCURS staff and committees acting in support of OCCURS are agents of the consortium members for the purposes of this policy and State law.

Student - any person who attends or has attended Blue Mountain Community College.

Records Restrictions (Holds)

Students that owe a financial obligation to the college will not be able to access their official college transcripts until their debt has been paid in full.

Social Security Number

Pursuant to OAR 589-004-0400, and ORS 341.290(17), BMCC is required to ask you to provide your Social Security Number. Your Social Security number may be used in developing, validating, or administering predictive tests and assessments; administering student aid programs; improving instruction; internal identification of students; collection of student debts; or comparing student educational experiences with subsequent workforce experiences. The SSN will not be used as the student ID number but will be provided to entities requiring SSNs, including, but not limited to, the federal government for financial aid and the Tax Relief Act (1997) reporting, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS) to meet state and federal reporting requirements. When conducting studies, BMCC will disclose a student’s SSN only in a manner that does not permit personal identification of the student by individuals other than representatives of BMCC. Providing your social security is voluntary. If you choose to provide it, it means you consent to allow us to use the number in the manner described. If you chose not to do so, you will not be denied any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law.  Students who choose not to provide their SSN will be ineligible for financial aid, and deferred payment and other financial arrangements. You may revoke your consent for the use of the Social Security number at any time by writing to the BMCC Student Records Office, PO Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Student Success Center

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation is required for all new, degree/certificate-seeking students attending BMCC. A new student is defined as any student who has not previously attended BMCC or any previous BMCC student who has had a break in attendance of greater than 2 years. Early College credits earned by high school students are not considered when defining a new student. New Student Orientation is delivered online and contains knowledge that will provide a degree/certificate-seeking student with the basics needed to be prepared for the advising appointment, register for classes, and attend class when the term begins.

Tutoring Services

It is BMCC›s goal to provide as many resources as possible to facilitate students’ academic success. Part of being a successful student is taking advantage of the help available before you get to the point of feeling overwhelmed and/or are in danger of failing your course. BMCC offers both peer and professional tutoring to help support students in their academic pursuit. The Student Success Center strives to provide a wide range of tutor availability, meeting the needs of all of our students, whether they are on-site at one of our locations or at a distance via online learning. We have drop-in tutoring available at most of our locations as well as providing tutors remotely, utilizing at a distance technology such as Zoom. Zoom is an online program that can be accessed from the comfort of a student’s home and is equipped with chat, audio, video, and whiteboard to work with a BMCC tutor during office hours.

BMCC subscribes to Smarthinking, an online program that provides students 24/7 access to live tutors. Smarthinking provides assistance in writing, math, accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, anatomy & physiology, physics, chemistry, office applications, and Spanish. Students who have used Smarthinking have favorable reports regarding help with homework and have stated that they would recommend this service to friends.

All tutoring is provided at no cost to all BMCC students. Students interested in receiving tutoring can access the tutor schedule online at www.bluecc.edu/tutor, and click the “schedule” link. The Pendleton campus also posts tutor schedules on a monitor board in the Student Success Center in Morrow Hall. Each BMCC location posts the hours that tutors are available at their site.

TRiO - Student Support Services

TRiO/Student Support Services works with eligible, admitted students to provide comprehensive academic support. Nationwide, students who are part of a TRiO program tend to have higher GPAs and earn more credits than those who are not involved with TRiO. The TRiO program at BMCC offers a student computer lab, professional tutoring, peer mentoring, comprehensive advising, student success coaching, four-year transfer assistance, campus visits, workshops on study strategies and time management, and book and calculator loans.

TRiO/Student Support Services also offers cultural and student engagement opportunities.  Students are provided opportunities to attend yearly theatre, museum, art, and community events.  Additionally, students are encouraged to join the TRiO Club, an ASG club focused on community service and leadership opportunities while providing fun and exciting college experiences.

To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled in a degree program at any of the Blue Mountain Community College campuses.  In addition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria: be a first-generation student (neither parent graduated with a bachelor’s degree), qualify as low income, or have a documented disability.  For more information or to learn if you qualify, drop by the TRiO/Student Support Services offices on the Pendleton campus in Morrow Hall, Room M-141, or call 541-278-5853.  TRiO/Student Support Services information is available on-line at www.bluecc.edu.