2018-2019 Catalog

General Disclosures

Student Right-To-Know

Each student entering Berkshire Community College has distinct educational, career, and personal goals. Although the majority of full and part-time students enroll in either a certificate or associate degree program, students may take a specific class or group of classes to acquire additional skills, or for personal enrichment. BCC remains flexible enough in both its programming and scheduling to address the needs of each student.

This section contains the primary policies and regulations that apply to all members of the college community. However, this information is not intended to be a statement of the College’s contractual undertakings. A complete list of detailed policies and procedures is contained in the BCC Student Policy Guide that is made available annually to all students. Copies of the Guide may be obtained from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs or online at www.berkshirecc.edu/studentpolicyguide.

Disclosure of Institutional Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

Berkshire Community College is pleased to provide the following information regarding the institution’s graduation/completion and transfer-out rates. This information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the graduation and transfer-out status of students who enrolled during the Fall 2015 semester and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

During the fall semester 2015, 269 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students entered BCC. After three years (as of August 31, 2018), 19% of these students had graduated from the institution or completed their programs and 23% had transferred to other higher education institutions prior to formal graduation from BCC.

Questions related to this information should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Definition of BCC Credit Hour Policy

BCC policy is consistent with the federal definition of the credit hour. That is, one credit hour represents one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out- of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester. An equivalent amount of work is required for one credit of laboratory work, internships, studio work, and the like.

Audited Financial Statement

A copy of the College’s most recent audited financial statement may be obtained for review from the office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, or the College Business Office.

Licensure Exam Pass Rates

For the class of 2018

Eighty-four percent (84%) of BCC’s associate degree students in nursing who were first-time takers of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) achieved a passing mark and eligibility for RN licensure.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of BCC’s certificate students in Practical Nursing (LPN) who were first-time takers of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) achieved a passing mark and eligibility for LPN licensure.

For the class of 2017

One hundred percent (100%) of BCC’s associate degree students in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program who completed the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination achieved a passing mark and eligibility for PTA licensure.

For the class of 2014

One hundred percent (100%) of BCC’s associate degree students in Respiratory Care who completed the National Board for Respiratory Care Licensure Examination achieved a passing mark and eligibility for licensure as Registered Respiratory Therapists.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR is a regulation on data protection and privacy for individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside these areas. The GDPR aims to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data. Berkshire Community College processes personal information pro- vided within information requests and admission applications. For more information on the policy, the process, and what types of personal information are covered by the policy, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/about-bcc/disclosures.