Academic Expectations & Information
This section of the Student Handbook content is designed help students understand what it takes to be successful in our academically rigorous environment.
Attendance and Participation
Regular class attendance and participation is expected. Some programs may have specific requirements and requirements may vary from instructor to instructor. Students who do not attend classes and participate regularly will not be successful and may have their Financial Aid impacted.
Cancellations and Closures
We know how important your education is, and we will make every effort to ensure classes are held as scheduled, but please remember:
- Some programs/course may require a minimum number of students enrolled to ensure the learning activities in the class can be accomplished.
- The college may change the day, time or location of classes.
- If an instructor originally scheduled to teach a class becomes unavailable and the college is unable to find another instructor for that class, the college reserves the right to cancel that class.
- Classes cancelled on a one-time basis during the semester due to instructor illness can be found on the Cancellations and Closings web page.
- College cancellations due to weather or other emergency will be announced via SC alerts and shared on media/social media. Weather conditions can vary, even over a small geographic area. Students must exercise their own judgment concerning safety, whether the college is open or closed.
Classification of Students
Not sure if you are a freshman, sophomore, full time or part time student?
How many credit hours do students need to take to be considered full time?
Schoolcraft College has five types of credit bearing credentials. Credentials are the degrees and certificates that we award to students when they complete all requirements and apply to graduate.
For the five types of credit bearing credentials, Schoolcraft College has a standard range of credits shown below:
- Skills Certificate Program (CRT): 16-20 credits
- Certificate Program (1YC): 21-48 credits*
- Associate Degree (AA, AAS, etc.): 60-78 credits
- Post Associate Certificate (PAC): 9-20 credits
- Bachelor Degree (BS, BA, BAS): Minimum 120 credits
Credit and Contact Hours
Credit hours are units used for each course that, when combined, indicate a students’ progress toward graduation. Contact hours for each course more fully represent the amount of time students need to commit in order to learn the content for a course, not including time for homework and study. Contact hours can occur in many settings such as during a lecture, a lab, a clinical setting or an offsite learning experience like those found in internships.
How does Schoolcraft College determine the amount of contact hours needed to optimize learning?
Students can earn a spot on the Dean’s List if they exhibit exceptional academic success.
Email for Students
Schoolcraft College requires email for all credit students. Students are expected to access their SCmail account regularly and will be held accountable for information shared by the college via the email account.
Extensions and Incomplete Grades
Your class syllabus will tell you if your instructor will accept any late works or assignments, make up exams, or grant any extensions on due dates for short term illness or emergency situations. Each instructor may have a different policy so read your syllabus for each course. If you experience a longer absence from class you might be a candidate for incomplete grades.
Grades and Grade-Point Average
Your course syllabus will provide the grading scale for each course. The college maintains a transcript of your final course grade and your grade point average.
Apply to graduate so your degree/certificate can be added to your academic record/transcript. You can also attend our annual graduation ceremony.
Honors Program – Schoolcraft Scholars
High achieving students who desire an enriching, enhanced educational experience. Scholars receive a tuition scholarship, attend leadership conferences, include honors designation on transcripts, along with many other additional benefits.
Students should carry a Schoolcraft College student ID card or a valid driver’s license/state ID card on campus at all times.
Learning Style and Course Formats
Ever wonder what an online course is like? Looking for something that has some flexibility? Prefer to be in a traditional classroom? It’s important for students to recognize the various learning occurs and to choose course formats that best fit with your learning style.
Non-Attendance and NS Grades
It is important that students do not simply stop attending classes. Learn more about attendance expectations and what will happen if you walk away from your classes without dropping or withdrawing.
Prior Learning Credits
The college offers several options for evaluating if your prior learning experience are worth college credits.
Report an Incident or Concern
The college uses an online reporting tool for tracking and responding to complaints and incidents of concern on campus such as or threatening behavior or wellbeing concerns. Student appeals are also handled in this system.
Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures
We expect all students to abide by all classroom rules and the college’s Student Coe of Conduct.
How much homework or study time will students do outside of ‘class’ time?
Our Testing Center handles a variety of exams for the college and external agencies. New students can take placement tests, and current students may make up tests or exams for their courses at the discretion of their instructor. Testing also administers tests for those served by the Disability Support Services office and proctors exams for certain online courses. Bring a photo ID to take your test.
Schoolcraft College has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide the service of secure online ordering and delivery of Schoolcraft transcripts. Safe, fast, secure, and easy, it is the most efficient way to order your official transcripts.
If you are a new student or are transferring into Schoolcraft College from another college or university, find out how to send your transcripts to us.
Tutoring and Study Skills
The Learning Center staff stands ready to assist students with study skills, tutoring and much more. Check out our Peer Assisted Learning and Writing Support Studio programs. Get help with exam prep sessions at the end of the semester.