Rend Lake College offers programs that include courses in general education; adult education courses; courses in career and technical fields leading directly to employment; community service and continuing education programs, and college preparatory programs that meet the needs of students deficient in fundamental skills.
General Education Statement
General Education is one way in which students prepare to function in a diverse and changing world. Our students are expected to demonstrate the competencies outlined in the institutional outcomes and by the student’s respective program outcomes as well as the following:
- Knowledge - It is important for students to have a knowledge base from a variety of disciplines. In addition to demonstrating an understanding of the fundamental concepts and vocabulary of their specific programs, students should be able to demonstrate basic and broad knowledge of science, social science, math and the arts.
- Skills - With a broad-based knowledge, students should have specific skills. In addition to the institutional outcomes of effective oral and written communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the modes of discovery, cooperate as a member of a team to complete assignments and use applicable technology proficiently.
- Values - In an evolving global society, students will benefit from the ability to formulate their own values while remaining open-minded to the views of others. Students should be able to demonstrate an awareness of a wide range of perspectives as well as have opportunities to appreciate and understand the fine arts and to explore individual values in a multi-cultural world.
A full-time student (12 credit hours or more) whose grade-point average is 3.5 or better is considered an honor student. Full-time students who compile a perfect 4.0-point average during a semester will be named to the President’s List, while those students compiling GPAs between 3.5 and 3.9 will be named to the Vice-President's List. A student must have successfully completed all courses during a semester to be included on the President’s List or the Vice-President's List. Academic honors are announced shortly after the end of fall and spring semesters.
Students are expected to attend all sessions of each class in which they are enrolled. When a student is absent for reasons of illness or emergency, he or she is responsible for course work missed and should consult with the instructor prior to the next class meeting following the absence. Each instructor sets his/her own attendance policy. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the attendance policy for each class.
Parking lots on campus are available to faculty, staff, students and visitors. The college reserves the right to ticket illegally parked vehicles and/or tow them at the owner’s expense.
There is a speed limit on all the entrance drives and roads around the campus. Penalties for parking violations are fines that may be paid by mail or in person to the cashier in the Business Office, located in the Administration building.
Students needing a handicap parking sticker should contact Security.
College Prep / Placement
Students shall be placed into appropriate college preparatory classes based upon their placement test scores. Students may not re-take placement tests after classes begin and may test a maximum of two times. Students may be placed into English ALP or Integrated Reading and Writing.
English ALP Option
Students with Reading and Writing scores below the established qualifying ENGL 1101 cut scores may be placed into ENGL 1101 with an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) class. Students should be enrolled in ENGL 1101 / ALP within the first 12 credit hours attempted. The ALP class will meet three hours per week. In order to be considered successfully completed, a grade of “C” or higher is required in both ENGL 1101 and ALP. Students earning a “D” or “E” should repeat the classes the following semester. A student may not withdraw from ALP unless the student is enrolled in a certificate program, or unless the student is withdrawing from all credit courses.
Integrated Reading & Writing Policy
Students with Reading and Writing scores below the established qualifying ENGL 1101 cut scores may be placed into PREP 1404, Integrated Reading and Writing. If a student chooses the PREP 1404 option they must register for, attend, and complete the course with an “A,” “B,” or “C” within the first 12 credit hours attempted; this course will fulfill reading and English Review requirements. Students completing with a “D” or “E” should repeat the course the next semester they are enrolled in classes. A student may not withdraw from PREP 1404 unless the student is enrolled in a certificate program, or unless the student is withdrawing from all credit courses.
All courses offered by Rend Lake College are identified by a prefix followed by a four-digit number (excluding Community Education classes).
Prefix - This indicates the broad subject area of the course; i.e., mathematics.
First Digit - This indicates the level of the course
Second Digit - This refers to the general curricular division
Last Two Digits - These indicate the sequential order of that course within the program
Freshman-level courses, for the most part, begin with the digit "1" followed by three more digits. Courses generally recommended for second-year studies begin with the digit "2" followed by three digits.
The second digit may be interpreted thusly:
1 - Academic (Pre-Baccalaureate and Occupational)
Traditional academic courses equivalent to the first two years (lower-division) of baccalaureate study and the academic courses in occupational curricula.
2 - Technical and Applied (Pre-Baccalaureate and Occupational)
Courses are postsecondary technical or applied in nature. Although most courses were designed primarily for AAS degrees and occupational certificate programs, technical courses in certain fields (e.g., graphic arts, drafting, surveying and child care) are acceptable in specific AA/AS degrees.
3 - Community Education
4 - Remedial Education
Courses are designed to remedy basic skill (i.e., reading, writing and arithmetic) deficiencies of high school graduates. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
5 - General Studies
Courses are very broad in nature and are designed to meet individual student goals for personal improvement and self-understanding. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
6 - Vocational Skills
Courses provide vocational skills training that is not part of occupational certificate or AAS degree programs. Credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
7 - Adult Basic Education
Courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of eighth-grade equivalency. Credit is non-transferable and does not count toward any degree or certificate.
8 - Adult Secondary Education
Courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of 12th-grade equivalency. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward any degree or certificate.
9 - English as a Second Language
Courses are designed to assist non-native English speakers to speak, read, write and understand the English language.
The third digit in the four-digit sequence indicates prerequisites or degree of difficulty in an ascending order. In general, the fourth number will indicate first-semester work if it is an odd number and second-semester work if it is an even number. The purpose of such a numbering system is to facilitate record keeping and to provide an easy means of identifying various courses as to their degree of difficulty, general curriculum, etc.
Background ChecksRend Lake College reserves the right to perform criminal background checks on students participating in certain programs that may place such students into contact with vulnerable populations or as otherwise mandated by external agencies in accordance with state and federal law. Examples of such course offerings are, but are not limited to, cooperative education, internships, practicums, volunteerism, community service, clinicals and observations. Students with relevant criminal histories are hereby notified that their ability to participate and/or complete certain classes, degree programs and post-training employment may be affected by this policy. Degree programs affected by this policy include:
• Associate Degree in Nursing
• Certified Nurse Assisting
• Child Development
• Criminal Justice
• Practical Nursing
• Other programs as necessary
Other courses that may be affected by this policy include:
• COOP 1101 ~ Cooperative Education
• SOCI 2101 ~ Social Problems
• COOP 2101 ~ Cooperative Education
• EDUC 1101 ~ The Teacher’s Role in Education
• VOL 1100 ~ Volunteerism
• Other courses as necessary
Written procedures shall be provided to students which explain the criminal background check requirements and processes for each particular program.
Students not majoring in an Allied Health Department field and attending courses for which background checks are required shall have until the end of the second week of classes in Fall and Spring, first week of classes in Summer, to provide written verification the background checking process has been initiated. Failure to do so will result in the removal of the student from the course or courses involved in the program requiring the background check. The Division Chair shall advise Allied Health students of verification deadlines. Written evidence of the results of a non-disqualifying criminal history is required prior to participation in any practicum, observation or clinical experiences. Records maintained as a result of criminal background checks shall be available for student inspection upon request. Any student experiencing delays in the background check process will be granted a withdrawal with a refund of tuition and fees paid for the term up to the last advertised date of the class or classes being taken for the program requiring the background check.
Documents pertaining to criminal background checks for applicable students (except Allied Health students) shall be maintained in confidential files in the Vice President of Instruction’s office. Allied Health student files will be maintained in the Allied Health Division office.
OverloadStudents wishing to register for 20 or more credits during the Fall or Spring Semester or 10 or more credits during the Summer Term must have the Registration form signed by a Vice-President or Dean.
Academic ProbationA degree or certificate-seeking student who is enrolled in three or more credit hours during the Fall or Spring Semester and whose cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation.
While on Academic Probation, students may continue to enroll at Rend Lake College. However, they:
• Must register with an Academic Counselor in the Academic Counseling Center.
• Must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average per semester for courses taken while on Academic Probation.
• May be required to seek tutoring assistance through the Learning Enhancement Center upon the recommendation of a counselor/academic advisor.
• May only enroll in a maximum of fifteen credit hours during the following Fall or Spring Semester, and one course in the Summer term.
A student will remain on Academic Probation until a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher is attained.
Academic SuspensionA degree or certificate-seeking student who was on Academic Probation during the previous Fall or Spring Semester of enrollment and has a current semester and cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Suspension:
• Must register with an Acedemic Counselor in the Academic counseling Center.
• Will not be allowed to attend during the following Fall or spring semester and will be withdrawn from classes,. However, a suspended student may enroll in one course during the Summer Term to attempt to raise his/her cuulative grade point averae. If the suspended student sucessfully raises hes/her cumulative GPA to 2.0 after the summer Term, he/she may enroll in fall classes and the academic standing will be chnaged to Academic Probation.
• May enroll in Adult education, community education and non-credit courses during the Academic suspension period.
• When the student enrolls after the suspension period of one Fall or Spring Semester, he/she will again be placed on Academic probation.
• if a student is placed on Academic Suspension more than two times, he/she will be placed on a one year suspension period each time he/she is suspended.
Student ClassificationFreshman – Student having less than 30 semester hours of earned credit.
Sophomore – Student having 30 or more semester hours of earned credit.
Full-Time – Student registered for 12 or more semester credit hours.
Part-Time – Student registered for less than 12 semester credit hours.
TRANSFER CREDIT PROCEDURE
TRANSFER FROM REND LAKE COLLEGE
Types of Credit
Credit toward a degree, certificate or program area can be earned in several ways acceptable to the college.
University parallel credit – Credit earned in courses designed for transfer to another college or four year university and which count toward degrees and certificates at Rend Lake College.
Occupational credit – Credit which is specifically designed for entry into an occupation and may or may not be acceptable as transfer credit toward a four-year baccalaureate degree.
General studies credit – Credit in general studies courses which are not transferable and are unrelated to the pursuit of a degree; this is credit given in self-improvement courses designed to meet the needs of district residents.
Transfer credit – Credit earned at another institution. Students must request that official transcripts from other colleges previously attended be sent to the Director of Student Records for transfer evaluation at least two weeks prior to registering for classes.
Military service credit – Credit awarded for learning experiences during military service. Members and former members of the Armed Services, upon presenting separation papers (DD-214) or Application for the Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service (DD-295), may be granted the following credits:
Military Service College Credit
Basic Training (Minimum 90 days)
2 credit hours – HEA 1101
Active Duty (Minimum 180 days)
2 undistributed credit hours Physical Education in addition to 2 credit hours of Health
Students should contact the Director of Student Records to have the credit evaluated and posted.
Rend Lake College also grants credit for certain experience and training in the military service. Students must request official transcripts be sent to the Director of Student Records for transfer evaluation at least two weeks prior to registering for classes.
Illinois State Police Academy CreditBased upon a recommendation by the Illinois Community College Board, Rend Lake College awards credit for training by the Illinois State Police. A student must present certification that he/she has successfully completed training to the Director of Student Records. A student may receive the following credits:
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE
CRJS 2203 – Police Traffic Functions (3)
CRJS 2205 – Police Weapons and Defensive Tactics (3)
PYED 1160 – Aerobic Super-Circuit Fitness Center (1)
Credit by ExaminationStudents at Rend Lake College are able to earn college credit by examination through one of the following:
- CLEP – College-Level Examination Program (see the Registrar)
- AP – Advanced Placement (see the Registrar)
- IB — International Baccalaureate Program (see the Registrar)
- Proficiency — Rend Lake College proficiency exams are available for specific Rend Lake College courses (see the Division Dean)
No more than 25 % of the credit hours needed for a degree or certificate can be earned by examination, including CLEP, AP, IB or Rend Lake College proficiency exams, or any combination of credit by means other than classroom attendance.