College Catalog: General Information
People of all ages, economic backgrounds and abilities with a variety of goals have discovered Coffeyville Community College is an important and valuable resource. CCC cares about the individual needs of each student and is committed to helping students realize their goals and potential.
Classes are scheduled on a semester basis and include two summer sessions at CCC. The fall semester begins in mid-August and concludes in mid-December. The spring semester begins in early January and continues through mid-May. The first summer session meets during the month of June followed by an online session.
HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE
Coffeyville Community College was established in 1923 and was among the first such institutions to be chartered by the State of Kansas. It was founded at the request of the voters of the Coffeyville school district to provide two years of college for students who, at that time, had graduated from Coffeyville High School.
From the beginning, the College has been advised by the University of Kansas. Together, they developed the various courses and departments at the College. Since that time, the College has maintained a close relationship with the University to provide for effective operation and the transfer of credits.
In 1965, the College became a member of the State System of Public Junior Colleges. The name officially became Coffeyville Community Junior College. Soon after, the voters of the southern one-half of Montgomery County voted to expand the college district to include the entire southern half of the county instead of just Coffeyville. The first Board of College Trustees was elected in 1967 to replace the interim board. In 1980, the College name was officially changed to Coffeyville Community College by an act of the State Legislature.
In July 2001, the Southeast Kansas Area Technical School, with campuses in Coffeyville and Columbus, officially merged with Coffeyville Community College. The former Southeast Kansas Area Technical School was established in 1941 as the McFarland Trade School, a part of the USD 445 school system. The McFarland Trade School provided training for the war industries around the clock from 1941 to 1944. In 1963, the McFarland Trade School was officially renamed the Southeast Kansas Area Vocational Technical School and by an act of the Kansas Legislature was separated from the local school district.
Coffeyville Community College is dedicated to identifying and addressing community and area needs, providing accessible, affordable quality education and training, and promoting opportunities for lifelong learning.
To fulfill the mission, Coffeyville Community College will:
- Strive for continuous improvement through instruction and assessment of knowledge and skills for students' career and personal development;
- Create an educational environment for academic, civic, cultural and social opportunities;
- Offer comprehensive student support services, including academic and career advising, financial aid counseling, college preparation studies, and access to educational resources;
- Serve the needs of the service area and educational partners by offering academic and technical programs, customized education, and lifelong learning opportunities; and
- Maintain quality comprehensive education at a reasonable cost.
INSTITUTIONAL LEARNER OUTCOMES
To prepare students to be successful, productive citizens in today's society it is essential that they are able to:
- Communicate effectively
- Think critically
- Apply mathematical skills in problem solving
- Apply the scientific method to the concepts of the natural sciences
- Develop insights into personal and group behavior
- Understand human values within historical, geographical, social and economic context
- Engage creatively in the performing arts
- Understand creative works as expressions of individual and human values within historical and social contexts
- Search, process, present, and distribute information using various modes of current technology
- Develop an understanding and commitment to lifelong learning and fitness
- Prepare students to enter the workforce
Student learning assessment is an important part of the mission at Coffeyville Community College. The College conducts placement testing for math and English courses, individual program and course assessments, and exit testing through the Capstone Experience taken prior to a student graduating from the institution.
Placement testing is used to determine the appropriate math and English courses a student will take based on their skill level. This process is designed to improve student success and retention. All first-time students or transfer students are required to submit ACT, SAT, or COMPASS placement scores or take an assessment test prior to enrollment at the institution. Placement is mandatory for math and English courses.
Individual program and course assessments include but are not limited to: pre-post testing, rubrics, portfolios, and/or student satisfaction surveys. Overall results of student learning assessment are compiled by instructors and become a part of a comprehensive assessment reporting system. In addition, the College conducts individual program reviews to assess the success, effectiveness, need, and efficiency of programs or services to ensure quality educational opportunities for students.
The College conducts general education exit testing for students completing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and/or Associate in General Studies degree. The exit testing is conducted through the College Orientation II (Capstone Experience) course, which is an institutional graduation requirement. The purpose of the Capstone Experience is to review basic skills and measure student gains by means of an exit exam.
Assessment activities are coordinated by the Vice President for Learning, the Learning Assessment Coordinator, and the College Counselor/Academic Advisor. Assessment of student learning is key to the College's continuous improvement process by providing the institution with an accurate measurement of the success and effectiveness of the College's programs and services.
Coffeyville Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahigherlearning commission.org, 312-263-0456). The College provides the first two years of college training leading to the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in General Studies degree and Certificates of Completion.
The College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council of North Central Community Colleges, and the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees.
The Coffeyville Community College Board of Trustees meets the third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the College Board Room. Any deviations from this schedule are announced in the local media. The meetings are open to the public.