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Mass Bay Community College Catalog

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College Catalog 2008-2010

Welcome to MassBay Community College, where realizing your dream is indeed our mission.

letter from the president

The College is student-centered, affordable, and conveniently located in the metropolitan Boston and the MetroWest regions. We are a close-knit learning community committed to providing our students with the best faculty, the highest quality of support services as well as exposure to the elements of a liberal education that support transfer, career and life aspirations. More than 5,000 students attend classes on our campuses in Wellesley Hills and Framingham or at our Automotive Technology Center in Ashland. Our student body is diverse; 26 percent are people of color and over half are women. Twenty-five percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. In order for our students to be competitive and successful in an increasingly global economy, we must ensure that multicultural values permeate our College curricula. I value diversity in every sense of the word and believe that diversity promotes personal growth, strengthens our communities, and enriches the educational experiences of our students. I am committed to infusing our community and curricula with multicultural values so that you will be prepared to truly succeed. We are one of very few community colleges in the Commonwealth offering our students an opportunity to study abroad. Whether you seek a certificate, an associate degree or an opportunity to strengthen your skills, MassBay has the courses you need. We offer students a wide array of programs including 35 associate degree programs and 27 certificate programs. We are the only community college in Massachusetts to offer a state-of-the art, credit-bearing automotive technology degree program. For many students, MassBay Community Colleges degree and certificate programs in the allied health professions, criminal justice, and automotive technology offer pathways to enhanced employment opportunities. For others, MassBay is the first step to a four-year institution such as Framingham State, UMass-Boston, Northeastern, Wellesley College, and many other leading universities and colleges nationwide. Come meet some of our extraordinary faculty and staff, and learn more about the opportunities that await you at MassBay. Enroll today and take advantage of the educational excellence that is MassBay. Join the more than 18,000 alumni who have already benefited from MassBay in their personal and professional lives. We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Carole M. Berotte Joseph, Ph.D. President

table of contentsGeneral InformatIon Massachusetts Community Colleges Mission Statement MassBay Mission Statement Accreditation MassBay Core Values admIssIons General College Admission Requirements Admissions Application Instructions Student Immunization International Students Admission into Specialized & Restricted Programs Automotive Techonology Health Sciences Programs Readmission to Restricted Programs Placement Testing academIc advIsInG fast facts: How to Sign-up for Classes Acceptance of Transfer Credit from Other Colleges fast facts: The Registration Process Transfer Services Commonweath Transfer Compact Joint Admissions Program Tuition Advantage Program (TAP) reGIstrars offIce Student Status Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA) Grading System and Grade Point Average Attendance Policy Graduation Requirements student accounts Tuition and Fees College Refund Policy 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 14 16 16 17 17 18 19 20 20 20 20 21 23 25 26 28 29 30

table of contentsfInancIal aId Financial Aid Eligibility Guidelines Financial Aid Application Process Sources of Financial Aid learnInG opportunItIes academIc support servIces other student servIces learnInG resources, classrooms & labs student lIfe corporate & communIty educatIon evenInG and weekend proGrammInG proGrams of study currIculum sheets course descrIptIons polIcIes admInIstratIon, faculty & staff Index 32 33 33 34 35 36 38 39 42 44 45 46 47 120 165 171 185

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general informationmassachusetts public higher education Massachusetts Public Higher Education is a system comprised of community colleges, state colleges, and the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The System exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant, and rigorous academic programs that adapt to meet changing individual and societal needs for education and employment. All campuses are committed to operating effectively and efficiently in order to maintain tuition and fees at a level as low as possible, while providing a high-quality education to every student who qualifies for admission. The System is committed to continuous improvement and accountability in all aspects of teaching and learning. The Department of Higher Education and institutional Boards of Trustees recognize their responsibilities to the taxpayers and residents of Massachusetts in the performance of their roles and responsibilities. Massachusetts Public Higher Education is a system with a distinguished past, increasing pride, and unlimited potential. massachusetts community colleges mission statement Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) is one of 15 community colleges within the Commonwealths Public Higher Education System, a system which offers open access to high quality, affordable academic programs, including associate degree and certificate programs. Massachusetts community colleges are committed to excellence in teaching and learning and provide academic preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, career preparation for entry into high-demand occupational fields, developmental coursework and lifelong learning opportunities. Community colleges have a special responsibility for workforce development and through partnerships with business and industry, provide job training, retraining, certification, and skills improvement. In addition, they assume primary responsibility, in the public system, for offering developmental courses, programs and other educational services for individuals who seek to develop the skills needed to pursue college-level study or enter the workforce. Rooted in their communities, the colleges serve as community leaders, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems and contributing to the regions intellectual, cultural and economic development. They collaborate with elementary and secondary education and work to ensure a smooth transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions, they help to promote an efficient system of public higher education.

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The community colleges offer an environment where the ideas and contributions of all students are respected. Academic and personal support services are provided to ensure that all students have an opportunity to achieve academic and career success. No eligible student shall be deprived of the opportunity for a community college education in Massachusetts because of an inability to pay tuition and fees. massbay overview MassBay has served the educational needs of our communities since its founding in 1961. At that time, the College was located in Back Bay and served 419 students in five programs. Today, more than 5000 students pursue degrees and certificates in over 60 career and transfer programs in more than 30 fields at our campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and our Automotive Technology Center in Ashland. In addition, MassBay provides personal and professional enrichment through non-credit courses. Through five academic divisions and a center for corporate and community education, MassBay 781-239-3000 5

General Information offers quality education, affordable tuition, convenient locations, and flexible scheduling. Find a course of study in our divisions of humanities, social sciences and professional studies, health sciences, transportation and energy, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or take a few classes from our listing of non-credit enrichment programs. MassBay offers a rewarding and successful educational experience that includes full-time or part-time enrollment, credit or non-credit classes. The Wellesley Hills Campus is located one mile west of the intersection of Routes 128 and 9, approximately 10 miles west of Boston. The Framingham Campus is off of Routes 126 and 9, near downtown Framingham. The Automotive Technology Center in Ashland is approximately 4 miles south of the Framingham Campus off Route 126. The student body at MassBay is a diverse group of individuals, all with different goals and complex educational needs. Some may be working towards an associate degree or certificate program by taking day or evening classes. Others may have plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their education. Still others may have some college experience, but want to enhance or broaden their professional skills. Finally, many students take non-credit courses to pursue their lifelong learning goals. Our programs are geared to meet the needs of this diverse population by offering a variety of instructional delivery systems, including day, evening, and weekend courses as well as online and hybrid courses. Whatever a students goals or schedule, we are committed to supporting the academic, career, and life success of everyone. massbay in the community MassBay cares about the community, and we show this commitment by instilling in students, staff, and faculty the importance of the arts and culture, civic pride and volunteerism. Through alliances with various organizations, MassBay supports the diversity of the community and offers stud