Harford Community College

2017 - 2018 Credit Catalog


Institutional Profile and Board Policies


INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE

ABOUT

Harford Community College was founded in 1957 as a public community college and occupies 350 acres on Thomas Run Road, three miles east of Bel Air, Maryland. As a comprehensive community college, Harford Community College addresses the diverse educational needs of Harford County. An open admissions institution that views learning as a lifelong activity, the College provides high quality transfer and career programs, developmental education courses, and continuing education programs to challenge and support students regardless of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Address, Telephone and Web Information:

Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698

443-412-2000
Maryland Relay Services, 711
www.harford.edu

Questions, suggestions, or comments regarding the Harford Community College credit catalog should be addressed to catalog@harford.edu.

THE HCC MISSION, VISION, VALUES AND STRATEGIES FOR 2013-2017

MISSION, VISION, VALUES

Mission

Harford Community College provides accessible, innovative learner-centered educational opportunities. As an open-access institution, the College promotes graduation, transfer, individual goal attainment, and career and workforce development. The College fosters lifelong learning, global awareness, and social and cultural enrichment.

Vision

To be a national higher education leader by transforming lives through imagination, compassion, and rigor.

Values

Excellence
We are creative and passionate in our work. Our highly qualified faculty and staff, learner-centered programs and services, and beautiful campus reflect our commitment to intentional improvement.

Lifelong Learning
We prepare our students and ourselves to contribute to our community as critical thinkers, knowledgeable citizens, and creative problem solvers. We believe that learning should be engaging and enjoyable.

Diversity
We embrace differences, respect intellectual and academic freedom, promote critical discourse, and encourage socio-cultural and global awareness.

Service
We are accessible and responsive to our students, our community, and each other. Helping people achieve their goals is central to our mission.

Innovation
We cultivate bold vision, creative exploration, and responsible risk taking.

Sustainability
We are responsible stewards of our resources. We work together to protect our natural resources, renew our human resources, and expand our financial and physical resources.

Integrity
We adhere to high ethical standards. Honesty, sincerity, fairness, respect, transparency, and trust serve as our foundation.

Collaboration
We foster teamwork and partnerships. Working together enhances results and builds community.

Communication
We share information and ideas, listen with open minds, and strive for clarity.

STRATEGIC PLAN

The Harford Community College Strategic Plan FY 2013-2017 guides the College and aligns it with future challenges facing the community. The Plan clearly defines where the College plans to head, defines strategies to get there, and sets specific goals to implement the strategies. The strategies for FY 2013-2017 are:

  • Harford Community College will pursue excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Harford Community College will expand programming, events, and facilities that engage and enhance the community.
  • Harford Community College will develop resources and infrastructure required to meet future challenges.

Please visit the College's website for information on Harford Community College's Strategic Plan.

ACCREDITATION

Harford Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). The Histotechnology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Associate of Sciences Degree Nursing program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org
The College holds memberships in numerous national, regional, state and local professional associations.

CULTURAL PLURALISM

Harford Community College expects to sustain an atmosphere of cultural pluralism where individuals and groups can maintain a sense of cultural identity while supporting a strong, integrated campus community. The College considers multiculturalism as a process rather than an event. The campus community accepts, appreciates and actively unifies diversity into the cultural quilt that makes up world society.

CAMPUS CLIMATE

The College is committed to a work and learning environment that is respectful, courteous and free of discrimination and unlawful harassment. Equal employment and advancement opportunities at the College are based on merit qualifications and abilities. The College is committed to maintaining an environment in which the free exchange of ideas is encouraged, equal opportunity to speak is protected, academic freedom is ensured, and the individual is accorded respect. While the College is committed to upholding each individual's freedom of speech, it is also committed to protecting the individual from speech which causes harm to any member of the College community and which has no value as an expression of ideas.

To ensure a work and study place free of discrimination and harassment, periodic workshops and meetings are scheduled with employees and students. These gatherings provide opportunities to engage in study sessions and collegial dialogue regarding human relations, public laws and College policy, and to address concerns appropriate to the campus environment. Additionally, students are expected to be familiar with the College's Code for Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct that is available online.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Harford Community College's governing board is comprised of nine trustees who are appointed by the Governor for a term of five years; members may serve up to two consecutive five-year terms. Six members represent the Councilmanic Districts and three are appointed from the county at large.

The Board's primary function is to provide general oversight and establish policies that govern the College to ensure the institution fulfills its mission as outlined in State law.

Board Members

Members of the Board include:

Joyce Jackson
Councilmanic District A Representative
Richard D. Norling, Chair
Councilmanic District D Representative
John F. Haggerty
Councilmanic District C Representative
Jan P. Stinchcomb
Councilmanic District B Representative
Laura L. Henninger
At-Large Representative
Richard P. Streett, III, D.V.M.
At-Large Representative
Cordell E. Hunter, Sr., Vice Chair
At-Large Representative
James J. Valdes, Ph.D., Chair
Councilmanic District E Representative
James W. McCauley, Ph.D.
Councilmanic District F Representative
 

Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees of Harford Community College usually meets the second Tuesday each month (August through June). Meetings normally begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the Chesapeake Center Board Room on Harford's campus at 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, Maryland.

Please visit the College website for the meeting schedule.

Contact Information

Board of Trustees By-Laws provide that individuals or groups wishing to present any matter of concern pertaining to the College at a Board Meeting are to submit written request to the president of the College at least ten (10) working days prior to the regularly scheduled public meeting. Upon recommendation by the president and approval of the Board chair, the matter may be included on the agenda for the meeting.

In addition, a public comment period is offered at each public Board Meeting. Anyone wishing to speak at this time must complete a request form before the meeting begins (forms are available immediately prior to the meeting). Guidelines adopted by the Board for public comment specify a 3-minute limit for each citizen or group. Topics for discussion must relate to college concerns. Comments which involve personal attacks, employment or employee-related matters, real estate acquisitions, or which contain unprofessional or inappropriate language or content are not allowed. For more information on the Board of Trustees' public comment guidelines, contact the Director for Marketing and Public Relations at 443.412.2408.

Email may be directed to the Board at trustees@harford.edu.

For more information, visit the Board of Trustees webpage.

COLLEGIAL GOVERNANCE

The purpose of the Collegial Governance system at Harford Community College is to provide structures and processes that allow employees and students who will be affected by decisions to have input into those decisions. Though any issue of concern to a constituency group may be discussed, some issues will be appropriate for formal consideration and recommendation through Collegial Governance and some will not be appropriate for such consideration. For many issues, the role and involvement of Collegial Governance may not be clear. In such instances, the first task of Collegial Governance will be to clarify the scope of involvement and the limits and parameters of that involvement.

Overview

Constituency Councils: There will be four constituency councils representing staff, faculty, administrators, and students. Collegial governance at Harford Community College will operate primarily through these councils. The councils will serve as the voices for employees and students to the president and the president's staff for input on issues and decisions that will affect them.

Coordinating Group: A Coordinating Group comprised of the chairs and vice chairs of the four constituency councils will define parameters when an issue or decision will affect more than one constituency. The Coordinating Group will be responsible for communication among constituency councils and to all employees on issues considered through the governance process.

INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT

Harford Community College continually strives to engage in a measurable, sustained process that evaluates effectiveness of our campus to include teaching and learning, student success, and administrative services. Departments and units develop specific definitions of effectiveness such as key indicators using internal and external benchmarking. Such initiatives are reported and shared with the campus community. The institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are continuously assessed and improved, ensuring effectiveness of its programs and services and allowing the College to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges. The College employs a variety of strategies to measure, assess, and improve the utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals. As a component of its institutional assessment efforts, Harford Community College is committed to excellent educational experiences and high-quality programs for its students.

STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Harford Community College is committed to excellent educational experiences and high-quality programs for its students. In order to ensure that students are gaining the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be successful, the College routinely engages in evaluation and assessment of course-level, program-level, and institution-level learning outcomes. Students may be asked to directly participate in assessment activities such as focus groups, surveys, questionnaires, and interviews. In addition, student coursework, including but not limited to, exams, papers, written assignments, and presentations, may be retained for the purpose of assessment and improvement.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Towson University, Northeastern Maryland (TUNE)

The Towson University and Harford Community College partnership provides seamless transfer for students who wish to pursue an associate degree at Harford and a bachelor's degree at Towson. This new location makes Towson's programs easy to access and provide regional opportunities for study and workforce development. County residents can enjoy the short commute and ample parking.

Programs of study include:

  • Business Administration (Management)
  • Family and Human Services - Services to Children and Youth
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Early Childhood Education/Special Education
  • Integrated Elementary Education/Special Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology (Criminal Justice)
See the Towson University, Northeastern Maryland webpage for more information on programs, transfer agreements, and admissions.

Harford Community College at APG (Aberdeen Proving Ground)

The Harford Community College office at Aberdeen Proving Ground is a full-service satellite center.  Students can complete the enrollment steps from start to finish and obtain information about a variety of credit and noncredit programs and courses.  A variety of credit courses are also offered on Post.  Although the office serves mainly a military and civilian government employee population, staff at APG are happy to assist any student.

Visit the HCC at APG webpage for more information.

W.A.G.E. Connection

In partnership with the Harford County Department of Social Services (HCDSS), Harford Community College manages the facilities and provides job readiness training and clerical support at the W.A.G.E. Connection, a one-stop employment center located in Aberdeen, MD.

Call (410) 297-9243 for more information on W.A.G.E. Connection.

Harford County Public Schools

HCC works in partnership with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) to encourage high school students to enroll in college classes early. Taking college classes while in high school enables students to receive a quality education and reduce the amount of time it takes to earn a college degree.  Students have the opportunity to simultaneously earn high school credit and/or up to 30 college credits through articulated course selections.

Visit the HCPS College Resources for Parents webpage for more information and resources (see section for Academics). Information on how to get started and can be found on the HCC website.

University Center, Northeastern Maryland

University Center, Northeastern Maryland Higher located in Aberdeen, Maryland, provides expanded higher education access to the citizens of northeastern Maryland. Baccalaureate and graduate programs are offered by colleges and universities in support of the educational needs of the region.

Harford Community College coordinates the academic programs and maintains the facility. Partnering institutions provide the faculty and establish the requirements of their individual programs. Each institution sets its own tuition rate. Students enroll directly with the partnering institutions that collect all tuition and fees and confer all degrees.

Training is offered at the University Center for businesses, industries, and local governments through the Continuing Education and Training Division at Harford Community College.

Visit the University Center, Northeastern Maryland Higher Education Center website for more information.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

To meet the diverse needs of our students and community, Harford Community College offers a variety of educational programs leading to degree and certificate completion, as well as career training, workforce development, personal enrichment, and student support services:

  • HCC students can choose from more than 80 unique programs of study (majors) leading to the completion of an academic degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., and A.A.T.) or certificate.
  • The general education program provides students with the writing, speaking, reading, thinking and computing skills and knowledge to function as educated citizens in a complex world.
  • College and university transfer programs (also called articulation agreements) provide students who complete a degree seamless transfer to a four-year college. Transfer programs align courses in specific disciplines and general education to the first two years at a four-year college. Visit the College Articulation and Transfer Information web page for more information on transfer options. 
  • Career education programs prepare students for immediate employment or career mobility in a variety of fields and allow students some opportunities to continue studies at four-year institutions.
  • Continuing education/workforce training/community education provide noncredit courses and activities, which allow individuals to upgrade their abilities, prepare for state licensure, retrain for new occupations, enrich cultural backgrounds and develop specialized interests. The department also provides contract training for government, business and industry.
  • The Transitional Studies program helps students to overcome identified weaknesses in basic skills, which provide a necessary foundation for success in college.
  • Global Education and Engagement prepares students and the community to actively participate in and help shape the future of the interconnected global society by offering travel and study abroad credit, noncredit, and service-learning opportunities; campus and community events; and student clubs.
  • The HCC Honors Program promotes a learning experience enriched with great depth, analysis, and synthesis for eligible students. See the Honors Programs & Societies webpage for more information on the program and admission criteria.
  • Student development services include a variety of resources and services to support and enhance the college experience including academic advising, academic skills assessment, financial aid, career development, mentoring, individual and group learning assistance, disability services, service-learning, student activities, recreation, intercollegiate athletics, university transfer, and job search services.
  • Curriculum Advisory Committees are utilized to assist in the growth of academic programs, as well as the development of new programs.

BOARD POLICIES*

*The selected Board Policies below have been included because the content of each policy is applicable to both students and employees of the College. These policies do not represent all Board Policies found in the Board Manual. College employees should see the Board Manual on OwlNet for more information.

ACCESS/TRESPASS POLICY

It is the policy of Harford Community College, in accordance with the Education Article of the Maryland Code, Section 26-102, that the president or her/his written designee may deny access to the buildings or grounds of the college to any person who: (a) is not a bona fide currently registered studetn or is not a current employee at the college and/or who does not have lawful busiess to pursue at the college, or (b) is suspended or expelled, or (c) acts in a disruptive manner.

ANIMALS ON CAMPUS

It is the policy of Harford Community College to prohibit all pets from all campus buildings, offices, laboratories and athletic fields with the exception of service animals, animals used as bona-fide instructional aids or animals used for contracted entertainment purposes.  Dogs that are properly controlled (leashed) and licensed will be permitted in open campus areas.  Owners will be responsible for all pet clean-up.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL STATEMENT

It is the policy of Harford Community College that the College is committed to wellness and personal responsibility in the use of alcoholic beverages and limits the consumption of alcoholic beverages to receptions and events associated with cultural and corporate sponsorship primarily intended for faculty, community or business patronage. Further, use, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at student events on-or-off campus that are organized or sponsored by College personnel or its agents.

It is also the policy of Harford Community College to be drug and alcohol-free in order to ensure a safe, healthy and productive work and learning environment. This policy applies to all students, employees, applicants for employment, and others under the control of the College.

Students, faculty, and staff who are convicted of violating the law by selling, distributing, using or possessing illegal drugs on College property, or while on College business, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and/or termination and/or mandatory participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

 Employees on physician-prescribed medication should notify the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at 443-412-2129 if there is a likelihood that such medication could affect job performance or safety.

TOBACCO POLICY

Harford Community College is a SMOKE AND TOBACCO FREE campus. The use of any type of tobacco product (i.e. chew, cigarettes, and smokeless, vapor or electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of the campus, including parking lots and personal vehicles. A $75 fine may be imposed for non-compliance. This policy was approved by Harford Community College's Board of Trustees on April 10, 2007.

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES

The College complies with all guidelines and procedures established by Harford County and the State of Maryland Health Departments with regard to public health issues affecting the College community. The College offers tobacco, drug and alcohol awareness programming at various times at no cost to students. Visit the Student Activities webpage or contact (443) 412-2140 for more information. Employees seeking tobacco cessation assistance can access free Quit Tobacco Programs through the Harford County Health Department or contact (410) 612-1781.

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Harford Community College is committed to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This commitment is based not only upon the legal requirements of federal, state, and local law, but also upon the College's firm conviction that the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunity, as well as courteous and respectful behavior, are imperative to the success of all.

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.

As part of its commitment to equal employment opportunity, the College prohibits harassment of any kind. The College will not tolerate harassment by anyone - supervisors, other employees, students, contractors, or other persons under control of the College.

While every student, employee and visitor retains the right to file an external complaint when he or she believes unfair practices have occurred, Harford Community College provides an internal procedure for addressing such grievances.

Students who have been subjected to discriminatory actions as part of the educational process may discuss it with (1) the appropriate faculty division dean; (2) the Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at 443-412-2233, or (3) the Chief Human Resources Officers (CHRO) at 443-412-2129.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND MISCONDUCT POLICY

Harford Community College does not tolerate sexual misconduct by anyone - supervisors, other employees, students, contractors, or any person over whom the College has control.  Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence or abuse, and sexual harassment of any person, including employees and students.  Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct that becomes a term of employment or condition for an advantage, or which has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or intimidating atmosphere.  Harford Community College has developed a comprehensive Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Procedure statement with guidance about the handling of these matters.  Any person who feels or believes that they have been subjected to any such behavior is urged to consult that procedure.  Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment or misconduct may discuss the matter with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness and Title IX Coordinator at 443-412-2233 or the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Title IX Deputy Coordinator at 443-412-2129

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND INQUIRY

The College bears responsibility for creating, nurturing, and maintaining an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas. The College will strive to foster an environment for critical dialogue in which varying intellectual and cultural perspectives can interact while maintaining an open relationship to the different cultural, intellectual, and religious values characteristic of our pluralistic society. The College also has a duty to assure that free exchange of ideas and acts of free expression do not violate the rights of others or impinge upon the responsibility of the College to provide an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning. The way in which a college deals with controversy in art, theater, speech, and/or with exhibits, presentations, lectures and/or performances reveals the relative status of the fine and performing arts, the sciences, humanities and related fields of academic inquiry within the college, and the attitude of the neighboring community toward the role of the college as a forum for public discourse (Lyons, 1991). Therefore, when appropriate and necessary, HCC will provide a forum for public dialogue when controversy erupts over an exhibition, performance or presentation of material intrinsic to higher education learning.

The public should be encouraged to think of the College as a laboratory in which varying intellectual and cultural perspectives can interact. The College will strive to foster an environment for critical dialogue concerning the above while maintaining an open relationship to the different cultural, intellectual, and religious values characteristic of our pluralistic society. When learning is permitted to function in this way, it can best serve the mission of the College and the community at large (Lyons, 1991); further, campus leaders can best protect the freedom of expression for all constituencies by siding with none.

If an exhibition (or other activity) becomes the focus of public controversy, the most appropriate response an academic institution can take is not to censor or attach disclaimers, but to confer with involved parties to seek a resolution, and when appropriate, provide a forum for public dialogue about the exhibition/activity. When the argument is asserted regarding public funding for artistic or related presentations and performances, it does not diminish (and indeed may heighten) the responsibility of the college community to ensure academic freedom and of the public to respect the integrity of academic institutions (Fanton, 1990).

VIOLENCE POLICY

It is the policy of Harford Community College that any and all forms of violence, threatening behavior, and/or verbal/non-verbal harassment that involve or affect Harford Community College or which occur on the college campus (or irs sarellites, off-site facilities or in any off-campus location that could be considered an extension of the college are prohibited. This includes threatening behavior, violent actions, and harassment by/against or between/among students employees, supervisors, and visitors.

CAMPUS WEAPONS POLICY

It is the policy of Harford Community College that persons who enter any college property are prohibited from carrying a handgun, firearm, or phrohibited weapon* of any kind onto the college property. Only authorized HCC employees or persons affiliated with law enforcement agencies who are licensed to carry weapons and have notified college officials are exempt from this prohibition.

This policy applies to all college employees and students, visitors, contractors, guests, and vendors on college property regardless of whether or not they are licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

All college employees and students are also prohibited from carrying weapons while in the course and scope of performing their job or representing the college whether they are on college property at the time or not and whether they are licensed to carry a weapon or not. Employees may not carry a weapon while performing any taskon behalf of the college; the only exceptions to this policy will be persons with written permission by the college administration t carry a wearpon while performing specifice tasks on the college's behalf. This policy also prohibits weapons at any college-sponsored function except by persons affiliated with law enforcement agencies as stated in this policy.

*As defined and enumerated in the Maryland Criminal Law Article §4-101.


It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.

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