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    Louisiana Delta Community College
   
 
  Aug 22, 2017
 
 
    
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2016-2017 College Catalog

Admissions Information


 

Admissions Policy      Assessment & Placement
Admission Requirements   Academic Advising
Admission Status   Transfer Credit Policy and Procedure
Louisiana Resident Status / Residency Policies   Prior Learning Assessment (Credit by Examination)
Dual Enrollment / High School Concurrent Enrollment   International Students
Cross/Dual Enrollment Agreements   Academic Renewal

 


 

Admissions Policy Top

Louisiana Delta Community College is an open admissions institution, as established by the Louisiana Legislature and approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.  As such, anyone who meets admissions requirements may enroll and register for eligible coursework, and will be classified as to student type upon admission to the College.  Delta ensures equal opportunity for all eligible and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, political belief, sexual orientation, or disability in the admission to, participation in, or employment of any of its programs or activities. 

The College reserves the right to deny admission in cases which would be detrimental to the student or would interfere with the capacity of other students to benefit from the educational experience. 

Louisiana Delta Community College is not able to admit non-immigrating, foreign nationals, and cannot issue the Immigration and Naturalization Service Form I-20. 

 

Admission Requirements Top

All applicants, including returning students, must complete an Application for Admission, which is available online at www.ladelta.edu, and may be completed anywhere the website is accessible.  All students are also responsible for the non-refundable application fee, for each application submitted.  For students who need assistance with the application process, Enrollment Services staff at all campuses are available for assistance. 

Listed below are the definitions for most Student types at Delta, followed by a table listing the documents needed for each type of applicant.    Following the Table of Admissions Requirements is a discussion of the non-traditional Student types at Delta and admissions requirements for those Student types. 

  • First-time Freshman – A High School Graduate or recipient of a High School Equivalency (such as HiSET or GED) who has never attended a prior institution of higher education, except as a dual-enrolled or collegiate student. 
  • Returning Student –A student who previously attended Delta, but whose enrollment was interrupted for a minimum of one non-summer semester.  These students must apply for readmission, and once readmitted will be governed by the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
  • Transfer Student – A student who has been enrolled previously at another postsecondary institution.  Students who were enrolled at Delta at some point in their academic history, transferred to another institution, and then returned to Delta will be classified as Returning for administrative purposes; however, these students are required to submit all prior transcripts just as first-time Transfer students must do.
  • Visiting Student – A student who is enrolled at one post-secondary institution who wishes to enroll concurrently at Delta, or who intends to enroll at Delta for only one semester before attending another post-secondary institution.  As long as a Visiting student is concurrently enrolled at another post-secondary institution, s/he can remain a Visiting student at Delta and will not be eligible for student financial assistance through the College.  Once Delta becomes this student’s primary or sole institution, the Visiting student must reapply to the College as a Transfer student and meet those Admission requirements; at this point, the readmitted student may apply for financial assistance through the College. 
  • Non-Matriculating –A student who is not seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate from the (Non-Degree)                College.  Non-Matriculating students are not subject to the same admissions requirements as First-time Freshmen or Transfer students, but they must still meet all prerequisite requirements for all courses they wish to take, as well as Residency Status, Selective Service, and Immunization requirements.  A Non-Matriculating student may enroll for courses in a Technical Competency Area (TCA), provided that s/he meets the prerequisites for any coursework within the TCA.  Please note that Non-Matriculating students are not eligible for financial assistance through the College until they are admitted under a different student classification, such as Transfer student.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO THE COLLEGE

(Explanations of notations are underneath the table)

 

Applicant Type

Copy of Legal Photo ID*

Proof of Immunization or Waiver (if age 19 or above)****

Selective Service Registration** (Males 18-25)

Official*** High School Transcript or High School Equivalency

Standardized Test Scores (ACT, SAT or COMPASS)

Official*** College Transcripts

First-Time Freshmen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (please refer to section on “High School Graduation Criteria for Admissions” for further information)

Yes

Only if student has prior dual enrollment credit

Returning Student

Yes

Yes, if not already on file

Yes, if not already on file

Already on file

Already on file

Yes, if student has attended another institution(s) after last attending Delta

Transfer Student

Yes

Yes

Yes

Only if student has not completed 12 or more non-developmental credit hours at previous institutions

Only if student has outstanding developmental requirements and prior transcripts do not indicate current placement

 

Yes, for all prior institutions

Visiting Student

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not applicable

Only if student’s transcript is not sufficient for placement purposes

Yes, for most recent prior or current institution

Non-Matriculating/Non-Degree Seeking

Yes

Yes, if not already on file

Yes, if not already on file

Not required for this student type

Not applicable for this student type, unless test scores need to be used for placement purposes

Not applicable for this student type, unless coursework needs to be used for placement purposes

*For the purposes of Admission to Louisiana Delta Community College, a Legal ID is a Department of Motor Vehicles-issued Drivers’ License or State ID, US Passport, Permanent Residence Card (aka Green Card), or US Military ID card.  

** Written proof of registration with Selective Service, if applicable. Acceptable documents include a copy of the applicant’s Selective Service registration card or a printout from the Selective Service website, https://www.sss.gov/regver/wfverification.aspx.

***An Official Transcript (High School or College) is either

  • An electronic transcript sent through a secure and trusted source (not faxed)

-Or-

  • An original transcript delivered in a sealed, unopened envelope to Enrollment Services.

**** As required by Louisiana R.S. 17:110, Schools of Higher Learning, students born after January 1, 1957, must provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria as a condition of enrollment at Louisiana Delta Community College.

Additionally, all first time freshmen must provide proof of having received the Meningococcal Vaccine.

 

High School Transcripts –

For graduates of accredited Louisiana High Schools after January 1, 2003, most transcripts will be retrieved electronically from the Louisiana Board of Regents.  Enrollment Services will need Official hard-copy transcripts for all applicants for whom we cannot retrieve electronic transcripts – and this may include some students who graduated from Louisiana High School graduates after January 1, 2003.  Please refer to the following section on High School Graduation Criteria for Admission for further discussion on what constitutes admissible high school credentials.

College Transcripts –

Delta may admit provisionally and allow one semester of enrollment on unofficial transcripts; however, the College must receive Official Transcripts for complete admission of all Transfer students and Returning students with transfer credit.  Transcript requests must be filed with those institutions by the students themselves.  Most postsecondary institutions will be able to send transcripts to Delta electronically through the eScrip-Safe system; however, those schools that do not participate in the eScrip-Safe network will have to mail Official transcripts to the College. 

 

 

High School Dual Enrolled Students

A currently-enrolled high school student who meets specific requirements may enroll in college-level courses prior to high school graduation as a Dual Enrolled student.    (Please refer to the section of the Catalog on Dual Enrolled requirements).  Please note that Dual Enrolled requirements are not listed in the table of Admissions requirements above, but rather in the section of the Catalog on Dual Enrolled requirements. 

Adult Education for Credit/DeltaLINC Students (Dual Enrolled)

DeltaLINC, the organization within Louisiana Delta Community College which administers the College’s High School Equivalency program, may offer certain programs where students are concurrently enrolled in both the DeltaLINC High School Equivalency program and post-secondary courses within the College.  These students must be admitted to DeltaLINC and meet DeltaLINC’s Admissions requirements, which are available from DeltaLINC.  These students must also be authorized by DeltaLINC to attend post-secondary classes.  Once an Adult Ed for Credit student has completed his or her High School Equivalency, then s/he can apply to the College as a First-Time Freshmen, according to those Admissions requirements.   Again, please consult DeltaLINC personnel with questions about this type of enrollment in the College. 

High School Graduation Criteria for Admissions

The College can accept the following high school credentials for general admission:

  • An Official electronic transcript from the Louisiana Board of Regents
  • An Official transcript from a high school approved by the Board of Education of the state in which the high school’s administrative offices reside – this can also apply to online high schools
  • An Official transcript from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting body
  • An Official transcript or score results of a recognized high school equivalency, such as GED or HiSET
  • A Home School transcript recognized by the Board of Education of the state in which the student received Home Schooling, and such that the transcript demonstrates fulfillment of Board of Regents core curriculum requirements. 
  • The high school credentials listed above meet the criteria for admission into all of the College’s programs for which the highest degree level is the Associate’s degree, and these high school credentials meet guidelines of eligibility for Federal Financial Aid. 

Students whose high school credentials do not meet the criteria above may still be admissible into the College’s programs which culminate in the Associate degree.  Any applicant may be admissible to Associate-level credentials and Financial Aid eligible by meeting the following requirements as outlined by the Louisiana Board of Regents:

  1. Submission of an original high school transcript signed by the supervisor of the curriculum
  2. Successful completion of at least 17 of the 19 courses in the Board of Regents Core 4 curriculum with a 2.0 core GPA or better
  3. Cumulative high school GPA of 2.35 or better. 
  4. Minimum ACT scores of 18 for English, 19 for Math, and 21 for Composite

The requirements listed above would apply to graduates of

  • Home schooling programs not recognized by the Board of Education of the state in which the student was domiciled at the time of graduation
  • Traditional high schools which are neither regionally-accredited nor approved by the Board of Education of the state in which those schools are established
  • Online high schools which are neither regionally accredited nor approved by the Board of Education of the state in which those schools are incorporated

High school credentials which do not meet any of the criteria above may still be determined to be acceptable for certain types of admission; such high school credentials, though, will not allow for admission into programs of study for which the highest level is Associate degree, and do not meet the criteria for Federal Financial Aid.  Students whose high school credentials do not meet the guidelines listed above are strongly encouraged to discuss High School Equivalency options with DeltaLINC. 

Admissions without High School Diploma or Equivalency

Students who have not earned a High School Diploma or equivalent as defined within the section High School Graduation Criteria for Admission may still be admitted to the College.  First, if the applicant can demonstrate admissibility by Transfer student requirements, then the high school credentials are not required.  However, applicants who do not meet Transfer or Freshman requirements may be admitted as Non-Matriculating, provided that prerequisites for each course which these students wish to take are met.  Students must meet the minimum high school requirements or Transfer admissions requirements to be admissible into the following academic programs of study:

  • Business and Technology
  • Business Office Administration/Technology
  • Care & Development of Young Children
  • Drafting & Design Technology
  • Forensic Science & Technology
  • General Studies
  • ICT: Computer Networking Support
  • Industrial Electronics Technology
  • Industrial Instrumentation Technology
  • Louisiana Transfer/Arts
  • Louisiana Transfer/Science
  • Nursing – Practical
  • Nursing – Registered
  • Process Technology
  • Teaching

A student who doesn’t meet minimum High School/Transfer requirements may be admitted as a Non-Degree seeking student.  A Non-Degree student may take courses for credit and even earn the Technical Competency Area in a program of study for which the highest credential is a certificate or technical diploma (except for Practical Nursing), provided that prerequisites for each course are met.  We strongly encourage all students who do not have their high school diploma or equivalency from an approved authority to work toward this goal through DeltaLINC; however, in the event that the student is not able to obtain the High School Equivalency, s/he may still earn up a Certificate or Technical Diploma in one of the areas where this is the highest level of credential.   Even if the student declares a major within such a program of study, s/he is still not eligible for Federal Financial Aid without meeting the high school credential requirement.  These students may, however, be eligible for some kind of third-party aid, which would be determined by the granting agency (such as PHOCAS, NOVA, the VA, or others).  If these students at any given time earn a High School Equivalency credential (such as GED or HiSET), they will be eligible for admission into any program with the College, and they will be able to apply for Federal Financial Aid. 

 

Admission Status Top

Full Admission: the applicant who meets the admissions requirements and has submitted all required documents is fully admitted to Delta.

Provisional Admission: the applicant who meets the admissions requirements based on unofficial transcripts, or who is currently enrolled at another institution, may be admitted provisionally. Complete official transcripts must be received within 30 days of the first day of class. Failure to provide all required documents may result in dismissal.

Financial aid will not be disbursed to students who are not fully admitted.

Admission on Probation

The following applicants may be admitted on probation:

  • The re-entry student who was last enrolled at Delta on probation or was suspended
  • The transfer applicant who is eligible to return to the previous institution on probation
  • The transfer applicant whose GPA from the previous institution would place them on probation had the GPA been earned at Delta
  • The transfer student who was suspended but is now eligible to re-enter college
  • The transfer student who is suspended from another college/university

Transfer Student on Suspension

A student who has been suspended from another college/university may attend Delta with permission from both institutions. If allowed to enroll, the student will be placed on academic probation and required to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester of enrollment at Delta. Failure to meet this requirement will result in suspension from Delta. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the degree awarding institution to determine transferability of credit.

Readmission from Suspension

Students who have been suspended may make an appeal to the Admissions and Academic Appeal Committee. Appeals must be submitted to the Admissions and Academic Appeal Committee prior to the end of the regular registration of the semester for which the student wants to enroll. Students readmitted after a suspension will be admitted on probation.

Admissions Appeals Procedures

The Admissions Appeals committee will review applications/appeals and make recommendations that are in the best interest of the student and Delta and adhere to the policies and procedures established by the College. The committee will meet on an as needed basis during peak periods. Committee members will include the Registrar, Assistant Director of Admissions, and Dean of Student Success Services.

The procedure for an admission appeal is as follows:

  • An applicant is identified as a potential special admit or a student petitions for special admission consideration.
  • The Committee reviews the application and makes the appropriate recommendation with regards to admissions status.
  • The student is informed in writing of the final decision by the appropriate college official.
  • Students who are not satisfied with the decision of the Committee have the option of appealing the decision to the Dean of Enrollment Services.

 

Louisiana Resident Status/Residency Policies Top

Residency Requirement

All new students must provide proof of their residency status with their application for admission. Acceptable documentation includes a valid driver’s license or state I.D. card, current rent or mortgage receipts, most recent state and/or federal tax returns, or other documents that indicate where the student’s official domicile is located. Multiple documents may be required to determine residency for tuition and billing purposes.

Definition of a Resident Student

Pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution No. 226 of 1986, the following is the definition of a resident student for tuition purposes.

A resident student for tuition purposes is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and has been domiciled in the State of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the semester/term of enrollment for which resident classification is sought. Generally, the first document to present is full-time employment certification for one year prior to reclassification. A non-resident student for tuition purposes is a student not eligible for classification as a resident student under these regulations.

The individual’s physical presence within this state for one year must be associated with substantial evidence that such presence was with the intent to establish and maintain a Louisiana domicile. Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes without substantial evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for resident classification regardless of the length of time within the state. Domicile, as the term is used in the context of residence regulations, is defined as an individual’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation at which the individual remains when not called elsewhere for labor, studies or other special or temporary purposes, and the place to which the individual returns after an absence. Simply owning property in Louisiana, paying Louisiana state taxes, and establishing voter privileges in Louisiana do not, in themselves, qualify the applicant for Louisiana residency.

Discreet categories of individuals may be defined as special or Temporary Residents and are exempt from payment of non-resident fees if such action is deemed to be in the best interest of Louisiana and approved by the LCTCS Board, or as mandated from time to time by federal or state government. Non-resident students enrolled in only six hours or less are not assessed the non-resident fee. (See LCTCS Finance Section. #5.025)

Also, undergraduate students who are non-residents but are enrolled in only web-based or other distance learning/electronic delivery courses are not assessed the non-resident fee; this does not apply to contractual programs (e.g. Young Memorial Campus and others who enter into contractual agreements) whereby a certain fee is negotiated for a training service or specialized course offerings where non-resident students are enrolled. Once the applicant has earned the first associate degree at the institution, the applicant may be classified as resident for tuition purposes to pursue subsequent degrees. The dependents of former graduates of the institution may enroll as residents for tuition purposes, even if the parent is no longer a resident of Louisiana.

Establishing the Requisite Intent to Become a Louisiana Resident for Tuition Purposes

The following facts and circumstances, although not necessarily conclusive, may support one’s claim for resident classification for tuition purposes:

  1. financial independence from parents residing in another state or country;
  2. reliance on Louisiana resources for financial support;
  3. possession of a valid Louisiana voter registration card for at least one year;
  4. designating Louisiana as his or her permanent address on all school and employment records, including military records if one is in the military service;
  5. possession of a valid Louisiana driver’s license for at least one year;
  6. possession of a valid Louisiana vehicle registration;
  7. continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student;
  8. commitments indicating an intent to stay in Louisiana permanently;
  9. paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident during the past tax year, including income earned outside Louisiana from the date Louisiana domicile was claimed;
  10. establishing an abode where one’s permanent belongings are kept within Louisiana;
  11. licensing for professional practice in Louisiana;
  12. the absence of the indicia in other states during any period for which domicile in Louisiana is asserted;
  13. marriage to a Louisiana resident. (verified by documents such as marriage license, spouse’s birth certificate, high school diploma, tax forms, Louisiana employment verification)
  14. full-time employment for one year prior to classification of residency.

In order to establish financial independence, a student seeking classification as a resident for tuition purposes should meet the following criteria for the current and immediately preceding calendar year:

  1. that the student has not been claimed as an exemption for state of federal income tax purposes by his or her non-resident parents;
  2. that the student has not lived in the home of his or her parents for more than a maximum of six weeks for the year after the time at which a Louisiana domicile is claimed;
  3. that the student’s primary source of financial support not be derived from Federal or state financial aid programs, scholarships that provide full waiver of tuition/fees, and campus employment.

Documentary evidence shall be required; all relevant indicia will be considered in the classification determination. The facts suggested above are neither conclusive nor exclusive; each claim shall be determined on its own merits.

Non-U.S. Citizens

A student who is a non-U.S. citizen is entitled to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes if the student can demonstrate that he or she has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (refugees, persons who are married to a U.S. Citizen, Temporary or Amnesty Aliens, etc.) in accordance with all applicable laws of the U.S. and can demonstrate having met these residence regulations of establishing a Louisiana domicile prior to the first day of classes of the semester/term of enrollment for which resident classification is sought.

A student who is a non-U.S. citizen and holds the VISA Category A (Government Official), will be immediately eligible for classification as a Temporary Resident for tuition purposes while holding such a VISA.

A student who is a non-U.S. citizen may be entitled to be classified as a Temporary Resident while holding the following VISA and if he or she can demonstrate having met these aforementioned residence regulations of establishing a Louisiana domicile prior to the first day of classes of the semester/term of enrollment for which resident classification is sought:

VISA Category:
E: treaty trader or investor: G: representative of International Organization: I: foreign Information Media Representative; H: temporary worker in a “specialty” occupation (H-1 and H-4 may also apply to qualify); K: fiancée, children of U.S. citizen (with proof of marriage to a US citizen); L: intracompany transferee/foreign employer

Students holding a VISA category A, E, G, I, K, or L, once classified as a Temporary Resident, must show proof of VISA status at each registration period while enrolled and classified as a Temporary Resident.

A student who is a non-U.S. citizen and holds one of the following VISA categories is not eligible to establish a Louisiana domicile nor are they eligible for an exemption of nonresident fees, unless otherwise permitted by law or other regulations:

VISA Category:
B: business or visitation purposes; C: in transit; D: crewman; F: academic student; H: temporary worker (only general); J: exchange visitor; M: vocational/non-academic student

General Rules Applying to Minors, Dependents, and Residents

The domicile of an unmarried minor (under age of 18) or dependent (see Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 152) is regarded to be that of the parent with whom such a minor or dependent maintains his or her place of abode. The domicile of an unmarried minor or dependent who has a parent living cannot be changed by his or her own act or by the relinquishment of a parent’s rights of control. When the minor or dependent lives with neither parent, domicile is that of the parent with whom the student maintained the last place of abode. The minor or dependent student may establish domicile when both parents are deceased and a legal guardian has not been appointed. When both parents are deceased and a legal guardian has been appointed, the domicile of the minor or dependent student is that of the guardian with whom the student maintains his or her place of abode. When residence of a minor or dependent is derived from the Louisiana residence of the parent, that parent must meet the requirements described elsewhere in this document.

When the parent with whom a minor child or dependent student is domiciled can demonstrate that he or she has abandoned out of state domiciles and has moved to Louisiana to work and/or establish a domicile in accordance with these residence regulations, the parent, the minor child and the dependent student is eligible for immediate resident classification. Similarly, when an independent student enrolls who is more than twenty-two years of age, can demonstrate that he or she has abandoned out of state domiciles and moved to Louisiana to work and/or establish a domicile in accordance with these residence regulations, he or she and/or his or her spouse is eligible for immediate resident classification.

Military Personnel

An individual on active duty in the Armed Forces currently stationed in Louisiana may be classified as a Temporary Resident upon submission of documentation signed by the unit commander verifying his or her being on active duty and stationed in Louisiana. This classification of Temporary Resident is valid as long as the student remains enrolled and on active duty in Louisiana.

A member of the Armed Forces (including Louisiana National Guard and Reserves) currently stationed in Louisiana on active duty may enroll as a Temporary Resident, including his or her spouse, minor child, or dependent student. A member of the Armed Forces who was eligible for classification as a resident of Louisiana under these regulations immediately prior to entering the Armed Forces retains the right to enroll himself or herself, spouse, and minor child or dependent student as a resident as long as he or she is in the Forces, but the right shall expire upon the person’s being separated from the Armed Forces and residing continuously for a period of at least two years in another state or foreign country.

When a member of the military, who has a spouse, minor child, or dependent student enrolled as a Temporary Resident, is transferred out of the state, the student may continue to attend under this classification as long as the enrollment is continuous, excluding summers.

Students classified as Temporary Resident must show proof of his/her parent’s or spouse’s military status at each registration period while enrolled and classified as a Temporary Resident.

Classification Procedures

The resident status for tuition purposes of an applicant for admission is determined by the appropriate office of the College to which the applicant is seeking admission. The residence status is determined in accordance with these regulations and is based upon evidence provided on the Application for Admission and related documents.

Once classified as a non-resident, a student may reapply for admission as a resident, and supply evidence supporting the change of residency to Enrollment Services.  The residency change shall be filed with Enrollment Services on the respective campus no later than 10 working days following the first day of classes of the semester/term for which such reclassification is sought. If the student has demonstrated that s/he can be reclassified as a resident, the classification shall be effective with the current term and a refund of non-resident fees shall be made (if applicable). If the decision is to not reclassify the student to a resident, the student has the right to appeal the decision.

Failure of a student to comply with the reclassification procedure in a timely manner shall constitute a waiver of all claims for reclassification for the applicable term.

Residency Appeals Procedures

Any student may appeal the decision pursuant to the above classification procedures. The written appeal must be filed no later than 10 working days after the beginning of the term whose tuition charges are being challenged.  The residency appeal is to be submitted in writing to Enrollment Services, to be reviewed by the Tuition and Residency Appeals Committee, no later than 21 calendar days after the appeal has been submitted.  Tuition and Appeals Committee comprises the Comptroller, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid, the Bursar, the Finance staff member responsible for Third-Party Billing, and the Registrar.  The Committee shall recommend to the Chancellor or designee the reclassification of any student who has appealed his or her classification as a non-resident if the Committee finds from the evidence submitted that the student is entitled to reclassification under these regulations. The Committee shall review the appeal and notify the student and the campus office in writing within 21 days of the receipt of the appeal of the decision. If the decision is to reclassify the student to a resident, the classification shall be effective with the current term and a refund of non-resident fees shall be made (if applicable).

Failure of a student to comply in a timely manner with the appeals procedure shall constitute a waiver of all claims for reclassification for the applicable term.

Exceptions to this procdure may be made to the Chancellor by the Residency Appeals Committee in special cases.

Incorrect Classification

All students classified as residents are subject to reclassification to non-resident and payment of all nonresident fees not paid. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts by the student, the student is also subject to college disciplines.

 

Cross/Dual Enrollment Agreements Top

Louisiana Delta Community College recognizes and supports the LCTCS recommendation for community and technical colleges to enter into enrollment agreements which are of greatest benefit to the student. This includes entry into cross-enrollment and/or dual-enrollment agreements. In such cases the “home institution” shall be defined as the postsecondary institution through which the student is pursuing an approved degree or related credential for the purpose of processing academic records, data collection/reporting, and financial aid.

 

Dual Enrollment/High School Concurrent Enrollment Top

A currently-enrolled high school student who meets certain requirements may enroll in college -level courses prior to high school graduation by participating in the Dual Enrollment/High School Concurrent Enrollment Program.   Students must be at least 16 years of age and must be classified as a Junior or Senior; exceptions to this may be reviewed College staff.  In addition, certain programs, in particular health care professions and industrial technology areas, may be subject to stricter age requirements due to safety and/or regulatory considerations.  For all students under 18 years of age, parental consent is required. 

Students who earn ACT scores of at least 18 in English, 19 in Math, and 18 Composite (or PLAN or SAT equivalent) are eligible for enrollment in all General Education courses transferrable to a four-year institution.  Students with an overall high school GPA of 2.5 or greater, Math ACT of 16 or greater, and English ACT of 14 or greater are also eligible for General Education courses.  However, the student will be placed in MATH 099 if the Math ACT score is between 16 and 18; similarly, the student will be placed in ENGL 099 if the English ACT score is between 14 and 17.  The ACT/GPA requirements just listed apply to courses offered within the following programs of study:

  • Business and Technology
  • Business Office Administration/Technology
  • Care & Development of Young Children
  • Drafting & Design Technology
  • Forensic Science & Technology
  • General Studies (includes traditional academic coursework in Mathematics, English Composition, Literature and Humanities, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc)
  • ICT: Computer Networking Support
  • Industrial Electronics Technology
  • Industrial Instrumentation Technology
  • Louisiana Transfer/Arts
  • Louisiana Transfer/Science
  • Nursing – Practical
  • Nursing – Registered
  • Process Technology

 

High School Dual Enrollment

To be eligible for all other coursework, students must be currently enrolled in High School Math and English, have an overall high school GPA of 1.75 or higher, and have scores of 13 or greater in ACT Math, English, and Reading.  Coursework in the following programs of study falls under these eligibility requirements. 

  • A/C Refrigeration
  • Automotive Technology
  • Barber-Styling
  • Business Office Administration/Technology
  • Carpentry
  • CNC Operator
  • Customer Service
  • Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
  • Electrician
  • EMT-Basic/Paramedic
  • ICT: Computer Networking Support
  • Industrial Electronics Technology
  • Industrial Instrumentation Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Welding

 

Assessment & Placement Top

Delta is committed to student success in collegiate-level coursework and occupational programs. ACT scores will be used for initial placement in English, reading and math. Applicants who do not have ACT scores, or whose scores are more than three years old, may be asked to sit for the Placement Survey. Students should contact the Admissions Office to schedule the Placement Survey. Students who are non-matriculating or are auditing classes may not be required to provide placement information if they are not taking English or math courses or have already successfully completed prerequisite course work. If the student decides at a later date to seek a degree from Delta, he/she may be required to provide ACT scores or take the Placement Survey.

Minimum Exam Requirements for Placement

Math (Algebra)

AccuPlacer College-level Math Test AccuPlacer Elementary Algebra Test Compass Score (Algebra)

ACT Range

Course Placement

N/A

20 - 64 0 - 25

0 – 15

MATH 095

20 - 44

65 - 120 26 - 39

16 – 18

MATH 099

45 - 98

N/A >40

>19

MATH 110

99 - 120*

N/A N/A

N/A

MATH 111

*Placement at this level would allow credit-by-exam for MATH 110

 

English

AccuPlacer English Test

Compass Score

ACT

Course Placement

20 - 59

0 – 37

0 – 13

ENGL 095

60 - 85

38 - 67

14 - 17

ENGL 099

86 - 117

>68

>18

ENGL 101

118 - 120*

N/A

N/A

ENGL 102

*Would allow credit-by-exam for ENGL 101

 

Reading

AccuPlacer Reading Test

Compass Score

ACT

Course Placement

20 - 84

0 – 84

0 – 19

Reading 095

>85

>51

>20

Score Meets or Exceeds Requirements

 

095, and/or 099 May Be Required for

Associate Degree Seekers (includes TCA, CTS, or TD as a component of Associate Degrees)

Only 095 is Required for

Terminal TCA, CTS, or Technical Diploma programs where no Associated Degree is available

Business and Technology

A/C Refrigeration

Business Office Administration/Technology

Automotive Technology

Care & Development of Young Children

Barber-Styling

Drafting & Design Technology

Carpentry

Forensic Science & Technology

Customer Service

General Studies

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology

ICT: Computer Networking Support

Electrician

Industrial Electronics Technology

EMT - Basic

Industrial Instrumentation Technology

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Louisiana Transfer/Arts

Nurse Assistant

Louisiana Transfer/Science

Paramedic

Nursing – Registered

Patient Care Technician

Process Technology

Welding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Nursing TD

Required Scores for Fall 2016 PN Entry (AccuPlacer Not yet Approved by Nursing Board)

 

Math (Algebra)

Compass Score (Algebra)

ACT Range

Course Placement

16 - 25

13 - 15

MATH 095

26 - 32

16 - 17

MATH 099

33> 

18>

Score Meets or Exceeds Requirements

 

 

 

 

English

Compass Score

ACT Range

Course Placement

0 – 37

0 – 13

ENGL 095

38 - 69

14 - 16

ENGL 099

70>

17>

Score Meets or Exceeds Requirements

 

 

 

Reading

Compass Score

ACT Range

Course Placement

0 – 84

0 – 19

READ 095

85>

20>

Score Meets or Exceeds Requirements

 

 

 

 

First-Time Freshman Matriculation Policy and Procedure

Students applying for admission as First-Time Freshmen will be matriculated according to their standardized test scores and the program of study in which they are interested.  Students whose intended program of study has as its highest credential the Associate’s degree, but whose standardized test scores place them into one or more developmental courses, will be matriculated into the credential just before the Associate’s degree. 

Students may declare themselves Associate degree-seeking after one of the following occur:

  1. All developmental requirements are completed
  2. 30 or more credit hours are successfully completed
  3. The student completes the certificate or technical diploma into which s/he is currently enrolled.

Once students meet one of these conditions, they may submit a Change of Major form to Enrollment Services. 

Academic Advising Top

Academic advising is an important activity for every student. It is the time for the student to discuss with his/her advisor academic, career and life goals. Students are assigned an advisor who will review the student’s academic record, assist in designing a plan of study and initiate the registration process. Students should communicate regularly with their advisor throughout their enrollment at Delta. All faculty members are available for academic advising during their posted office hours. The goal of academic advisement is to help students progress through their degree plan to the completion of requirements to graduate.

Transfer Credit Policy and Procedure Top

Transfer Credit

Delta accepts transfer credit from traditional sources, and non- traditional sources if the course meets the established requirements for course description, syllabus and instructor credentials. Transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions by students enrolled in a degree or certificate program will be accepted at the discretion of the Dean/Division Chair.  

  • Acceptance of courses taken more than ten years ago is determined by the Division Chair in conjunction with the academic advisor.
  • Acceptance of courses that do not have an equivalent at Delta will be determined by the Division Chair in conjunction with the academic advisor.

Grades for transferred courses will be interpreted according to the Delta grading scale and will be recorded as follows:

  • Plus (+) or minus (-) symbols will be disregarded.
  • Grades of Pass, Credit and Satisfactory will be treated alike and count in hours attempted and earned only.
  • Failing grades including WF will count as hours attempted, quality hours, quality points and will impact GPA
  • A grade of “N” will count in attempted hours only.
  • Incomplete (“I”) grades will be calculated as “F”.
  • Quarter hours will be converted to semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by two-thirds.

Only those courses in which the grade of “C” or higher has been earned will be used to fulfill degree requirements. The Board of Regents Master Course Articulation Matrix (regents. la.gov/Reports/datapub.aspx) will be used to determine course equivalencies. Transfer credits from non-regionally accredited institutions are not generally accepted at Delta. A request for the review of this type of credit may be made to the appropriate Academic Dean.

Once admitted to a degree program at the College, students must receive approval from their academic advisor before enrolling in courses at another institution for transfer credit. Transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. Delta will compute the grade point average in the same manner as is done for a Delta student.

Lifespan of Course Work

Delta is interested in moving its students toward the successful completion of their associate degree (s) regardless of when or where they began their college program, or what courses they have taken to support their degree progress. Previous college course work will be transferred to Delta for purposes of establishing grade point average and admission status. Any questions of institutional accreditation or faculty credentialing or, if the course is over ten years old, will automatically be referred to the appropriate Academic Dean for review and approval.

Correspondence Courses

Delta does not offer correspondence courses. Students who wish to use credit from correspondence courses taken through other accredited institutions to meet degree or certificate requirements must receive permission from the Academic Dean prior to registering for the correspondence course. A maximum of six hours correspondence credit may be applied toward the degree. If a transfer student has already received correspondence credit prior to enrolling at Delta, the student must receive approval from the appropriate Academic Dean for such credit to fulfill graduation requirements at Delta.

Prior Learning Assessment (Credit by Examination) Top

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a process that enables learners to demonstrate what they have learned and translate that learning into college credit.  Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) awards credit for non-traditional learning based on results of national tests such as CLEP,  AP, DSST, and other extra-institutional examination programs; the institution’s faculty-developed credit by examinations; military training and industry-based certifications, and others as approved by the College’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

LDCC follows the LCTCS policy 1.023 LCTCS Policy on Non-Traditional Credit - This policy allows non-traditional credit for, but not limited to, CLEP, AP, DANTES, and other extra-institutional examination programs; the institution’s faculty-developed credit by examinations; credit for past learning and/or life experiences; military and industry-based training; and others as approved by the institution’s chief academic officer. 

Credit for Prior Learning Procedure

  • No more than 25% of the total hours applicable toward the attainment of a degree or certificate may be awarded through CPL.  Graduates from LDCC curricula must complete a minimum of 25% of the semester hours required for the degree through instruction at LDCC.
  • CPL credits satisfy prerequisite requirements in the same manner that their course equivalencies do at the institution.
  • All CPL must be awarded before the semester prior to graduation
  • A student may not apply for CPL for a course that he/she is currently enrolled in, for a course that they have previously taken with a failing grade, or for a course in which he/she has audited.
  • For credit for prior learning in which a grade is not awarded, a “CR” for credit is recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • LDCC accepts credit for prior learning credits that have been awarded by other regionally accredited institutions as per the college’s Transfer Credit Policy and Procedure.  These credits have the same limitations in their use in meeting graduation requirements as do prior learning credits earned at LDCC and will be used in computing the total hours of credit for prior learning for which a student is eligible.
  • A student who intends to use credit for prior learning in a course in which a grade has not been awarded to meet degree requirements at another institution should check the requirements of the receiving institution.
  • Students who have taken a College Board Advanced Placement Credit Examination must have scored at least a 3 or 4 (dependent upon the credit they are seeking) to receive appropriate course credit.  The student must request that an official transcript from the College Board be sent to the College Registrar. Advanced Placement scores are valid for 3 years from original test date.  When advanced Placement Credit is considered for placement purposes, the placement decision is made by the Dean.
  • Requisite criteria for evaluation for Professional Certification Credit are determined by the Dean in partnership with department faculty.
  • A student who has not earned college-level credit in a subject area may take a Placement Examination (CLEP,DSST, or AP) for courses offered by LDCC.
  • To apply for Placement Credit or Military Training and Experience Credit, the student must be eligible for admission to LDCC as a student.
  • Course credit hours earned by Advanced Placement, Military Training and Experience Credit, Professional Certification, or Credit by Exam are awarded and recorded by the College Registrar.  Credit hours earned are assigned a “CR” grade for credit.  No quality points are earned and such credit does not enter into grade point average determination.
  • Enrolled students in good academic standing must be pursuing an LDCC credential to apply for Credit by Examination, or Professional Certification Credit.
  • Students may only apply for Credit by Examination or Professional Certification Credit for courses directly applicable to curriculum requirements in the student’s declared certificate or degree program.
  • A student may apply for Credit by Examination only one time for the same course.
  • To award a grade for Credit by Examination, the appropriate faculty in coordination with their Division Chairs will develop a matrix or rubric that clearly identifies the published course learning outcomes and techniques for assessing mastery at the 100, 90, 80, and 70% levels.  This rubric or matrix will be affirmed by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Dean.
  • All work assessed by Credit by Examination must meet a minimum of “C” level proficiency for all the course learning outcomes and/or technical competencies.  This “C” level must be determined by the faculty to maintain academic integrity and rigor.

Definitions of Types of Credit for Prior Learning Awarded by Louisiana Delta Community College

Advanced Placement Credit – Advanced Placement Credit refers to college-level examinations delivered by a third-party vendor that allow students to receive college credits in certain courses.  Types of Advanced Placement Examinations accepted by the college are:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - CLEP assesses proficiency in general education through 33 tests in five subject areas including mathematics, writing, communications, and science.  Most CLEP examinations cover lower level and introductory knowledge in these subject areas.
  • DSST - DSST examinations test knowledge in both lower- and upper-level college material through 38 tests in six subject areas.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - Advanced Placement (AP) exams are a series of examinations developed by the College Board for Advanced Placement High School classes in 19 subject areas.  Students who have taken a College Board AP Credit Examination must have scored at least a 3 or 4 (dependent upon the credit they are seeking) to receive appropriate course credit.

Military Training and Experience Credit - Students who have achieved military education and training credit may apply for acceptance of these credits toward the appropriate degree.  Students must be able to provide a DD Form 295 and DD Form 214 (where applicable) to apply for Military Training and Experience Credit.

Professional Certification Credit (Industry Based Certification – IBC) - For courses in which professional certifications are utilized as an assessment tool, students may receive college credit for a course based on possessing such professional certifications.  To receive credit, the student must provide the college with the appropriate documentation to validate the IBC.  The IBC must have been received within the past 3 years.

Students desiring credit for course work in any of the above manners must request a Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) form from the Registrar’s office or print a CPL form from the ladelta.edu website. 

Credit by Examination (CBE) - Students who believe he/she is qualified for college credit through experience, previous training, or noncredit coursework may request a credit by examination.  This examination will be thorough and in keeping with the established goals and objectives of the course(s) and the overall program.  Theoretical knowledge will be tested by faculty recommendation through common acceptable measures (i.e., paper and pencil, computerized, etc.) with the addition of a skills component where applicable.  Both written and skills testing may be required to insure “course rigor” is maintained and achieved.

 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit is honored by Delta. Credit will be awarded as indicated on the chart below.

CLEP SUBJECT

MIN. SCORE

DELTA COURSE EQUIVALENT

CREDIT HOURS

Business

Financial Accounting

50

ACCT 201

3

Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

CINS 101

3

Introductory Business Law

50

BUSN 231

3

Principals of Management

50

BUSN 210

3

Principals of Marketing

50

BUSN 201

3

 

Composition and Literature

American Literature

50

ENGL 203/ENGL 204

6

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

ENGL 205/ENGL 206

6

English Literature

50

ENGL 201/ENGL 202

6

Freshman College Composition

50

ENGL 101/ENGL 102

6

Humanities

50

HUMN 201/HUMN 202

6

 

Foreign Language

French Language, Level 1

50

Foreign Language Substitution

6

Spanish Language, Level 2

50

SPAN 101/SPAN 102

6

 

History and Social Science

American Government

50

POLI 110

3

History of the united States, Early Colonization to 1877

50

HIST 201

3

History of the United States, 1855 to the Present

50

HIST 201

3

Human Growth and Development

50

PSYC 236

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

PSYC 201

3

Introduction to Sociology

50

SOCL 201

3

Principals of Macroeconomics

50

ECON 302

3

Principals of Microeconomics

50

ECON 302

3

Western Civilization I, Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HIST 101

3

Western Civilization II, 1648 to Present

50

HIST 102

3

 

Science and Mathematics

Biology

50

BIOL 101/BIOL 102

4

Chemistry

50

CHEM 110/CHEM 120

6

College Algebra

50

MATH 110

3

 

Credit Based on ACT/SAT Scores

College credit will be awarded to students who earn appropriate scores on the ACT/SAT in English and Math. Credit will be awarded for ENGL 101 to students who meet the following minimum criteria for ACT or SAT scores earned in a single test: an ACT English score of 28 or above and an ACT Composite score of 25, or an SAT Verbal score of 630 plus a combined SAT Verbal and SAT Math total score of 1130.

Credit will be awarded for MATH 110 to students who achieve an ACT Math score of 26 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 600 or higher.

Credit is awarded only for official scores sent directly to Delta from the testing company.

Advanced Placement Exam Credit

College credit will be awarded to students who earn appropriate scores on the College Board Advanced Placement Test.

AP Exam

Minimum Score

Delta Equivalent

Semester Hours

Biology

3

BIOL 101-BIOL 102-BIOL 103-BIOL 104

8

Chemistry

3

CHEM 110-CHEM 120

6

Economics: Macro

3

ECON 201

3

Economics: Micro

3

ECON 202

3

English Lit. & Composition or English Language & Composition

3

ENGL 101

3

French Language

3

Foreign Language Substitution

6

Government & Politics, U.S.

3

POLI 110

3

History, U.S.

3

HIST 201 or HIST 202

3

History, U.S.

4

HIST 201-HIST 202

6

Physics B or Physics C

3

PHYS 210

3

Physics B or Physics C

4

PHYS 210 & PHYS 220

6

Psychology

3

PSYC 201

3

Spanish Language

3

SPAN 101-SPAN 102

6

Statistics

3

MATH 210

3

World History

3

HIST 101 

3

World History

4

HIST 101-HIST 102

6

Credit is awarded only for official scores sent directly to Delta from the testing company.

 

International Students Top

Louisiana Delta Community College has not yet petitioned the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for approval of the school for attendance by non-immigrant students, and cannot issue the immigration form 1-20.

 

Academic Renewal Top

Delta provides students who have not been enrolled in college due to academic deficiencies the opportunity to renew their academic record. The student must not have been enrolled in college level course work for three years, demonstrate that the conditions that led to the academic deficiencies have changed, and complete the necessary steps to be considered for academic renewal. Academic renewal can only be awarded once in an academic lifetime.

The following standards apply to academic renewal:

  • The student must submit an application for academic renewal to the Enrollment Services Office before or during the first semester of enrollment and include evidence that there is reasonable expectation of satisfactory performance.
  • Enrollment Services shall evaluate each application and recommend the student for approval by the Admission and Academic Appeal Committee.
  • No prior academic credit or grade point average will be carried forward; however, the prior record remains a part of the student’s overall academic record. No previously earned credit will be used to meet graduation requirements or computed in the GPA leading to undergraduate degrees.
  • Upon approval for academic renewal the student has the status of an entering freshman and a new academic record will begin with no record of attempted hours, quality points or probation/suspension.
  • A student who demonstrates competency in a given area may receive credit by exam (CLEP or departmental challenge exam) for courses in which the grade of “C” or higher was earned.
  • Delta recognizes academic renewal granted at another institution.
  • A student who receives academic renewal may not be eligible for financial aid at Delta.
  • A student who receives academic renewal will have the total cumulative grade point average (including courses waived by academic renewal) considered for academic honors awarded at graduation.
  • Applying for academic renewal does not ensure approval.

Students are cautioned that many undergraduate curricula and graduate professional schools compute the undergraduate grade point average on all hours attempted when considering applications for admission.

Students must sign the application for academic renewal certifying that they understand the ramifications of academic renewal.