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NCN Faculty Handbook

October, 2016

Welcome to North Central Now!, an opportunity for high school students in northern Michigan to earn North Central Michigan College credits through dual and concurrent enrollment. This handbook provides basic information for NCN! Faculty to assist you in the teaching of North Central Now! courses.



Table of Contents

North Central Philosophy 

North Central Mission 

North Central Now! Program Overview 

Terms Employment

Academic Rigor 


High School Instructors Qualifications 

North Central Faculty Liaison 

Classroom Visits 

Schedule for NCN! Concurrent Enrollment Courses 

Snow Days 

Illness/Medical Leave/Substitution 


Copyright and Fair Use Policy 



Student and Community Portal 


Progress Alert 

Learning Support Services

Disability Services


Writing Center 

Library Services 


Classroom Environment and Discipline 

Student Attendance 


Classroom Records

Student Evaluation of Faculty 

Procedure for Student Academic Complaints 

Final Grades 

Grading and Status Systems 


Withdrawal from Classes 

“No Grade” and Auditing Status 

Grade Change Form 

North Central Now! Program Contacts 

Appendix A - Model Syllabus 



North Central Now! Faculty Handbook

North Central Philosophy

We improve the quality of life for our students and the communities we serve.


North Central Mission

The mission of North Central Michigan College is to provide educational, economic, and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth, and community improvement.


North Central Now! Program Overview

North Central Michigan College began concurrent enrollment in the Fall of 2013. Concurrent enrollment (CE) is defined at North Central as courses that are offered in area high schools in specially designated sections that cover the same college course content while eliminating travel barriers. CE offers students the opportunity to earn semester based college credits that will appear on a North Central transcript and that may be transferred to any public or private university in the state. CE courses are taught by a high school teacher who has been qualified as an adjunct instructor by North Central or by an adjunct instructor hired by North Central. CE courses follow the same course syllabus and semester guidelines as other North Central courses.

Concurrent enrollment courses are offered in the high school with a minimum of 10 students. Once minimum enrollment has been met, it is possible to allow 50% of total enrollment to be non-registered students.

Students participating in CE courses, who are choosing not to enroll in the course for college credit, shall still meet all applicable course prerequisites and placement requirements and shall adhere to the same textbook and curriculum.

Concurrent enrollment courses taught by a North Central approved high school instructor will be offered for $33 per contact hour for in-district (Emmet County) and $38 per contact hour for out-of-district schools. North Central will bill each high school for the number of enrolled students after the official add/drop date for the course.

The policies and procedures contained herein have been established and adopted to ensure consistent quality and academic integrity throughout the program.


Terms of Employment

Concurrent enrollment classes are offered in the high school with a minimum enrollment of 10 students. These courses are taught by a high school teacher who has been qualified as an adjunct instructor by North Central or an adjunct instructor hired by North Central at the request of the high school. Concurrent enrollment classes follow the same course syllabus and guidelines as other North Central courses. North Central Michigan college faculty members and associate deans will work collaboratively with adjunct instructors in the high schools to ensure that course content and assessment are aligned and comparable for the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).

The College does not employ any permanent adjunct instructors. In the scheduling of both fulltime and part-time/adjunct faculty for North Central courses, the College reviews a variety of factors including, but not limited to, full-time faculty load requirements, matching skills with course openings, location of courses, etc. The administration reserves the right to select and schedule both full-time and part-time faculty as course needs dictate. Adjunct faculty is hired to teach on a semester by semester basis as the College’s needs dictate. Being hired to teach in a single semester does not obligate the College or the Adjunct faculty member to future teaching assignments.


Academic Rigor

High School students participating as either a dual enrolled student taking a class on campus or as a concurrent student taking a class in the high school will be held to the same standards as any student taking a class on campus. Academic rigor is essential for student success.

Students should arrange their schedules so that they may attend class and have time to properly prepare for the next class. Normally a college student will study two hours outside of class for every one hour the class meets. For example if the class is 3 credits, the student should plan on spending 6 hours per week outside of class, in addition to class time, for a total of 9 hours a week, to be successful with the college course.

This may mean that some students who are involved in extracurricular activities may not be able to participate in favorite sports or activities and be successful in the college classroom at the same time.



All concurrent classes must use the textbook selected by the college. When selecting textbooks for North Central Now! classes taught in area high schools, we agree to commit to selecting and using a textbook for at least three years, allowing the College bookstore and area high schools to maximize the financial and intellectual return on their investment. However, if there is a significant revision impacting the curriculum, an instructor with the approval of the associate dean may replace the textbook.

When a textbook is not being used for a North Central class, the instructor from the high school would have access to the supplemental materials that are being used on campus. Also, the high school instructor could use an AP textbook, if one is already used at the high school.

High School Instructors


North Central Michigan College relies on its instructors at all locations to provide the highest possible academic experience for students through engaged and effective teaching.  The diverse backgrounds of North Central faculty members enable students to have a range of perspectives throughout their educational careers. 

North Central’s institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), has been very active in the past several years in promoting guidelines for determining faculty qualifications in all disciplines.  College faculty members at all locations meet the same qualifications and high expectations as described below, except insofar as specific extensions have been approved by the Higher Learning Commission after application from North Central.


Specifically, the HLC notes: 

“Qualified faculty members are identified primarily by credentials, but other factors, including but not limited to equivalent experience, may be considered by the institution in determining whether a faculty member is qualified. … When faculty members are employed based on equivalent experience, the institution defines a minimum threshold of experience and an evaluation process that is used in the appointment process.  Faculty teaching in general education courses, or other non-occupational courses, hold a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield.  If a faculty member holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in which he or she is teaching, that faculty member should have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which they teach”  (Higher Learning Commission 2016, p. 3).

“Faculty teaching in career and technical education college-level certificate and occupational associate’s degree programs should hold a bachelor’s degree in the field and/or a combination of education, training, and tested experience.  (Note:  See the Tested Experience section below.)  Such qualifications are allowable even in instances where technical/occupational courses transfer, which HLC recognizes is an increasing practice (Higher Learning Commission 2016, p. 4).


“Tested experience may substitute for an earned credential or portions thereof. … This experience should be tested experience in that it includes a breadth and depth of experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member would be teaching.  (Note:  Tested experience, as is explained in the following section on dual credit, is typically not based exclusively on years of teaching experience, although other experiential factors as noted below may be considered on a case-by-case basis) (Higher Learning Commission 2016, p. 4).


“…HLC determined that accredited institutions awarding college credit by means of dual credit arrangements must assure the quality and integrity of such offerings and their compatibility to the same college credit offered on the institution’s main campus or at the institution’s other locations.  As such, the faculty members teaching dual credit courses should hold the same minimal qualifications as required by the institution of its own faculty. … This requirement is not intended to discount or in any way diminish the experience that the high school teacher brings into a dual credit classroom.  Such classroom experience alone, however lengthy or respected, is not a substitute for the content knowledge needed for college credit” (Higher Learning Commission 2016, p. 5).


At North Central, all prospective faculty are divided into two broad categories that reflect their primary teaching role:  general education / transfer courses or occupational courses.  The requirements for faculty qualifications differ depending on the type of North Central course the faculty member will teach.

Broadly speaking, whenever a prospective faculty member wishes to offer a North Central course, s/he should convey that interest first to their high school administration.

The high school administration will in turn contact the Director of Student Outreach and Engagement at North Central with the request and the prospective faculty member’s credentials; North Central administration will review the request and the credentials and communicate back to the high school administration either the approval or denial of the request or the need for further documentation. 

If North Central asks for further documentation regarding a candidate’s request, it may be more expeditious if the faculty member works directly with the North Central Dean who is examining the documentation; once the Dean has made a decision regarding the faculty’s qualifications, s/he will convey that information back to North Central’s Director of Student Outreach and Engagement, who will in turn communicate back to the high school administration and the prospective faculty member.


For general education and transfer courses (English, Communications, Humanities, Languages other than English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences):

Route 1:  the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should present a combination of graduate credits in the relevant discipline according to this schedule (candidate must present a minimum of nine (9) credits in the discipline or subfield):


Graduate Credits in Relevant Discipline Minimum Relevant Professional Experience (Full-Time)
9 2 years
12 1.5 years
15 1 year



--Tested experience of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) consistent with the federal Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule (GS) classification system at the GS 7 level for that discipline.  Per HLC guidelines, time in service alone is not sufficient to receive credit toward this category of “tested” experience.

Candidates for teaching general education / transfer courses using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated and complete credentials and experience, and to review the GS classification series for that area, where such series exist, and specifically the requirements expected at the GS-7 level.

For general education and transfer areas that do not have a corresponding GS-7 level position through OPM, or whose professional experiences may not entirely align with the GS position description (e.g., language specialist series) the general process for vetting on the basis of tested experience is the same, with an initial meeting between the candidate and Associate Dean to review credentials, and to consider any request by the candidate for consideration of tested experience.


However, where no GS-07 level position in the academic discipline exists (e.g., language instruction or translation in American Sign Language or Anishinaaabemowin; chaplaincy or other professional work in Religion; journalistic or other work consonant with Communications), demonstration of appropriate experience at the corresponding conversion rate, with clearly defined means of tested experience shall be recognized.

The candidate shall furnish documentation to the Dean that substantiates both time in service and KSA equivalency. At that time, the Dean will complete a written confirmation of the applicable academic credits, appropriate conversion rate and documentation of professional experience, as well as evidence of the test(s) used to account for the substitution of experience.

While the above forms of tested experience may be considered for areas that do not have equivalent GS-7 positions, they also are subject to the condition that academic credentials remain the primary means of vetting; as such, candidates are still expected to furnish evidence of nine graduate credits in the relevant discipline, interdisciplinary field, or sub-field, as appropriate.

The Dean shall determine if the documentation meets the standards expected under the GS equivalency system.  Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.


For Occupational Courses (Accounting, Business, Computer Information Systems, Computer-Numeric-Controlled Operator, Criminal Justice, Economics, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Office Administrative Services):

Route 1:  the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3:  if the candidate does not hold a master’s degree, he or she will be expected to present documentation of the following combination of academic credentials and tested experience and state or industry licensure, certifications, or badges as applicable to the specific discipline being requested.


Minimum Academic Credential And Equivalent Tested Experience And State or Industry Licensure, Certifications, Badges as applicable
BA/BS with concentration in teaching field 2 years (4000 hours) work experience in field  
BA/BS with minor in teaching field 4 years (8000 hours) work experience in field  
AA/AS/AAS in teaching field 8 years (16000 hours) work experience in field  


As with candidates for teaching general education / transfer courses, candidates in occupational areas using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated and complete credentials and experience. 

Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

In conclusion, North Central welcomes the opportunity to bring a college-level experience to area high school students through our dual credit programs and is deeply committed to working closely with high school administration and faculty to ensure proper faculty qualification and a process of working toward such qualification that will benefit students, high schools, and North Central alike.

*At its November 2015 meeting, the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees resolved to provide an opportunity for member institutions with dual credit programs to apply for extensions related to compliance of faculty qualifications in these programs.  North Central will certainly apply for such an extension, but the maximum length of time possible for such an extension will be five years.  It is expected that all North Central faculty, including those in dual credit programs, will ultimately be qualified identically.


Documentation for general education / transfer faculty qualification may include, but is not limited to:

  • Supervisory evaluations specifying nature of work completed consonant with specific knowledge, skills, attributes (KSAs) required
  • Contracts and client evaluations specifying specific duties and scope of work completed, for self-employed candidates
  • Letter certifying qualification from the appropriate tribal executive body
  • Letter from a recognized body or organization certifying qualification in a language for which graduate academic study is not readily available (e.g., American Sign Language)
  • Recognized, independent systems of testing, including the American Council of Teaching Foreign Language/Language Testing International (ACTFL/LTI)
    • For those desiring experience equivalency in languages that are tested by ACTFL/LTI:
      • All four dimensions of communication must be tested: reading, writing, speaking (interview), and listening
      • The candidate must receive Superior ratings or higher in each of the areas for them to count toward tested experience equivalency.
  • Other external certifications or credentials from recognized bodies, as applicable.
  • Juried or otherwise competitively ranked and awarded pieces of work appropriate to the field
  • Peer-reviewed publication(s) in appropriate venues relevant to the field
  • Academic transcript data indicating performance in the relevant discipline to be taught
  • Other documents or experience, as deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean, and, if necessary, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.


Documentation for occupational faculty qualifications may include, but is not limited to:

Program Industry Recognized Certifications



CFP (Certified Financial Planner)

Legal Assistant

NALA - National Association of Legal Assistants (Paralegals)

NALS - The Association for Legal Professionals

Hospitality American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)
Criminal Justice Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES): requirements are (1)  minimum selection standards include satisfactory completion of a basic police academy or recognition of prior training and experience, and (2) employment with a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer. 

MCSA SQL Server Certification

MCSE (list)

MCSD (list)

Certiport Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams:


Project Mgmt certs, PMP;

LPI, Linux Essentials;

(ISC2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Cyber Security/Computer Forensics Certifications; PCI, CPC, PSP

CNA NCLEX, Train the Trainer, Clinical Skills Observer (Prometric)
CNC/Manufacturing National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
EMS Michigan Instructor Coordinator (I/C) License appropriate to level of instruction

MCSA Windows 8 and MCSA Windows Server

Certiport Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams:

Certiport 98-366 MTA Networking Fundamentals (IT101);

Certiport 98-349 MTA Windows OS Fundamentals (IT112);

Certiport 98-365 MTA Windows Server Admin Fundamentals (IT122);

Certiport 98-367 MTA Security Fundamentals (IT222);


Human Resources certs, SHRM-SCP/CP; SPHR/PHR;

Supply Chain Mgmt certs, CLA/CLT (Cert Logistics Assoc/Technican);

Project Mgmt certs, PMP

Medical Office Assistant CMA (AAMA), NRCMA &  CPT, Current Procedural Technology
Nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), RN-BC
Office Administration MOS Expert or Master certifications
Phlebotomy CPT, NCCT (Phlebotomy tech in surgery) & ASCP
Surgical Technologist CST, TS-C, CORST & NCCT


  • As with general education / transfer, other documents or experience, as deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean, and, if necessary, the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


North Central Faculty Liaison

A North Central Faculty that teaches within the discipline of the CE class will be assigned to all new high school NCN! Instructors. The Liaison will assist the high school instructor with syllabus, course content, outcomes and assessment to ensure that the rigor for NCN! classes meets the requirements of a class on a North Central site. The faculty liaison is expected to be in contact with the NCN! high school instructor at least three times (beginning, middle and end of the semester) with at least one classroom visit mid-semester. The high school instructor should direct all curriculum content questions to their faculty liaison.


Classroom Visits

The North Central Now! Program Coordinator will visit all CE classrooms within the first two weeks of the semester to welcome students to North Central, address academic rigor and college expectations of the students, and instruct students on access and usage to the Student and Community Portal.

North Central Michigan College reserves the right to visit any classroom for the purposes of observing classroom management, teaching strategies or academic rigor. Visits will be prearranged with the local high school. The Faculty Liaison will visit the class mid-semester to give feedback to the high school instructor.


Schedule for NCN! CE Courses

NCN! CE courses will follow the high school calendar for trimester or semester dates. The minutes required for each class will be communicated from the NCN! Program Coordinator to the high schools to ensure that requirements are met for contact hours for course.


Snow Days

When a high school experiences a snow day, all concurrent classes scheduled for that day will also be cancelled. However, due to the number of snow days experienced by high schools it is advised that concurrent instructors plan accordingly and create on-line assignments, tasks and other related on-line activities to keep students engaged and on track.

This takes pre-planning on the part of the instructor and should be reflected in the course syllabus.

If the local area high school is closed due to weather but the college is open, Dual enrolled students should plan on attending classes held on campus.


Illness/Medical Leave/Substitution

For high school instructors, if you are ill or miss a class for one or two days, contact your principal and proceed as you normally would for other classes. For North Central adjuncts, contact the Adjunct Faculty Coordinator for a substitution and contact with the high school.

If faculty, either high school or adjunct, is gone longer for a conference or medical leave, they should contact the Adjunct Faculty Coordinator at North Central to make arrangements for a qualified sub to take the place in the CE class and to work with the high school principals.



A successful syllabus should communicate to students what the course is about, how it fits into the curriculum or major, and what will be required of the students for them to complete the course with a passing grade.

A thorough syllabus contains two parts:

1. General information about the course, the instructor, the work required, and the policies;

2. A schedule of readings, assignments, examinations, and due dates of projects or papers.

Because the syllabus gives students an overview of the course and the work required of them, it may be viewed as a sort of "contract" between students and teachers. Accordingly, you should plan carefully when preparing your syllabus and strive for precision and specificity when writing it. You should be very clear about the consequences involved with whatever policies you adopt for your class. For example, can students miss an exam with or without prior notification? What happens if they do miss an exam or submit assignments late? Think through the possible scenarios and elaborate on them, so that it is as unambiguous as possible. If you have any questions about this, please see your Faculty Liaison. There is an example of a model syllabus in appendix A of this guide.


The Syllabus

Part I: General Course Information (optional information in italics):

The Course

• Course title

• Course Description

• Course number, course section and credit hours

• Classroom location, days and hours the class meets

• Prerequisites, (if any)

The Instructor

• Full name and title

• ncmich email address

• ncmich phone number and ext. number

Required Materials

• Textbooks

• Other required materials, such as notebooks, lap-top computers, or calculators

Course Description

• Objectives: describe the subject matter of the course as well as what new information, understanding, or skills students should acquire by the time they have completed the course

• Course Goals: briefly describe the purpose of the course and why it is important

• Course Structure: briefly describe the organization of the course

• Instructional Method: describe briefly any major instructional approaches to the material (e.g. case method, practical, or simulation)

Policies (be precise and specific so that both you and your students have a guide of policies and consequences should difficulties arise)

• Attendance: define precisely what role attendance will play for students.

• Lateness: define precisely how you will handle tardiness.

• Class Participation: Explain what is expected of students in terms of participation and how it will affect students' grades.

• Academic Dishonesty: Explain what constitutes cheating and plagiarism as well as the possible sanctions that can result from academic dishonesty.

• Copy and Paste the College’s statement on academic dishonesty into your syllabus. See text on checklist.

• Policy on accepting late papers or assignments.

• Policy on make-up tests.

• Policy on use of electronic equipment in the classroom.

• Policy on the use of PDA’s, cell phones, I-pods or similar electronic devises in class.

• Technology Disclaimer.


• Components of the Final Grade: list all aspects of the course that contribute to the student's grade (e.g. deliverables, participation, exams)

• Weighting: indicate the percentage of the final grade each component of the course will contribute

• Criteria: describe as specifically as possible what criteria will be used to determine course grades including grading scale

• Calculation: explain the means by which grades are to be determined (numerical scale, what points means, total points possible)


Part II:

Schedule of Events, Readings, Assignments, Examinations, and Due Dates of Papers and/or Projects

This part of the syllabus should indicate what work is expected of students by a particular date. Although providing students with an accurate plan of how the semester will progress is important. Course schedules should be indicated as tentative. An overly detailed syllabus can very easily lead to frustration for both you and your students. Organize the schedule of events and tasks to best meet your goals, the preparation level of your students, the subject matter, and the class structure: by week; class section; or day.

Checklist for Writing a Successful Syllabus

The following checklist can help you develop your syllabus. Most North Central courses have a master course syllabus. Please contact your Associate Dean if you do not have a copy of the master course syllabus for your course.

_______Course number, section, title, meeting days and time, room, and building.

_______Your name, title, ncmich telephone number and ext, ncmich email.

_______Your office hours or a time when students can meet with you.

_______Course Description (as listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Required purchases texts and supplies.

_______Prerequisites (As listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Course goals or objectives (As listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Schedule of assignments; readings, exams, papers, and other required learning assessment activities.

_______Grading standards and criteria (Students should know what elements of the class will determine their final grade and what grading scale you will use in assigning the final grades.)

_______Course policies regarding, attendance, make-ups, late assignments, tests or exams, extra credit, extensions, illnesses, cheating, and plagiarism, Grades including P/F, I, and W grades. Also your policy on the use of PDAs, cell phones, iPods or similar electronic devises in class.

_______Course Calendar (indicate tentative, subject to change)

_______Supplementary material to help students succeed in the course, studying, note taking, additional readings or resources.

_______ Technology disclaimer. Let’s face it: technology breaks, servers go down, transfers’ time out, files become corrupt. The list goes on and on. These are not considered emergencies. They are part of the normal production process. An issue you may have with technology is no excuse for late work. You need to protect yourself by managing your time and backing up your work.

______Accommodations Statement: Disability Information Reasonable accommodations can be provided for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Learning Support Services to arrange these: SCRC 533, (231)-348-6817 or (231)-348- 6687, or

______ Include the college’s statement on Academic Dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty, misconduct, cheating or plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty including acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials. Included are those students who aid and abet, as well as those who attempt such behavior. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear attribution. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Incidents of academic dishonesty shall be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Academic Dishonesty as found in the student handbook. Any act of academic dishonesty in this course will result in an E or 0 points for the assignment and possible failure of the course.

_______ Electronic copy of syllabus sent to Dean or the Director of Adjunct Faculty.

_______ Post a copy of the syllabus on Brightspace.


Copyright and Fair Use Policy

North Central Michigan College acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use. Given both the importance of complying with federal copyright law and the difficulty of determining fair use, this policy provides guidance for the use of others' work as well as links to copyright and fair use resources.

For purposes of this policy, copyrighted works and materials include all audio visual, electronic, and printed works and materials under copyright protection. Some materials are not subject to copyright protection, including: works that lack originality (e.g., the phone book); freeware; US Government works; facts; ideas, procedures, concepts, principles or discoveries as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration thereof; and works in the public domain, including works with copyrights that have expired (generally older than 95 years). Since a copyright notice is no longer required, the absence of the ©, especially for works published after 1978, does not necessarily mean the work is in the public domain.

The concept of fair use is embodied in section 107 of the copyright law. This law provides that certain limited use of copyrighted materials for such purposes as teaching, criticism, commentary, reporting, scholarship and research is not infringement of copyright. The law sets forth four factors to be considered when making a determination of fair use:

• The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

• The nature of the copyrighted work;

• The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;

• The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work. 



North Central Michigan College maintains its own email servers, which allows us to more effectively communicate with students and staff without the fear of being seen as a spammer. You must use and check your email on a regular basis. The email system is used to communicate with you about courses we would like you to teach, about textbook orders and any issues with a student. Other information about happenings at North Central are sent out via email such as professional development opportunities, meeting requests, and special events on campus or at one of our off-campus sites. You need to list your email in your course syllabus, no personal emails allowed.



North Central Michigan College students are expected to be able to access the internet and to use Blackboard during each class period, just as students do on the main campus. Many instructors depend on these resources in the administration of their classes.


Student and Community Portal

It is essential that all CE student become familiar and use the college’s Student and Community Portal. This portal is the central access point for CE for all of the college’s electronic resources including but not limited to:

  • Gaining access to the learning management system (Brightspace)
  • Gaining access to the College’s help desk
  • Gaining access to MyMail web mail
  • Gaining access to MyNorthCentral where grades, semester schedules, and unofficial transcripts are found.


Brightspace (Learning Management System)

North Central uses Brightspace as our Learning Management System (LMS). Adjunct faculty members are required to use Brightspace for the posting of the course syllabus and for posting semester grades. Specific Brightspace training from North Central is available either as a group or one-on-one, whichever best meets the school’s or instructor’s needs. North Central students expect their instructors to use Brightspace and will go there often for assignments, course announcements and for checking their grades throughout the semester.


Progress Alert Notifications (PAN)

Progress Alert Notification is aimed to increase the success of at-risk and struggling students by connecting them with services or interventions early in the semester when they could have some positive effect on the student’s course success. The Progress Alert Notification electronic form is on the My North Central Portal under quick links.

Between weeks 3 and 5 in the semester (2 and 3 in summer), you, the instructor, identify students in your courses who you believe are struggling or who exhibit signs of at-risk behaviors. These include:

  • Poor attendance
  • Missing/incomplete assignments
  • Poor grades
  • Classroom behavior/attitude
  • Poor Preparation/participation
  • Lack of Study skills

The instructor fills out a PAN form for each student whom they think could benefit from a success intervention. The form can be found on the Portal. This is received by Learning Support Services, and then the student is contacted to create a success plan with an advisor. This plan could include visiting the instructor, counseling/advising, tutoring, workshops, course referral, skill building, and will hopefully lead to the conquering of personal barriers for each student.

PAN programs were developed as retention tools to improve student persistence and success rates. Faculty awareness of potential problems constitutes the backbone of this program and is the key to its success. This system has been a proven method at many colleges, and one we hope will increase the success rates for our students as well.


Learning Support Services (LSS) Disability Services

LSS provides Disability Services for students with documented disabilities. These accommodations may range from longer test-taking times, to more conducive physical facilities in the classroom. Students need to initiate this process by contacting the director of LSS (231) 348-6817. As an adjunct faculty member, you will receive a notification from LSS describing reasonable accommodations that the student may require. You will then work with the director to provide the necessary accommodations. It is important that you direct any students requesting accommodations to LSS; you are not to make arrangements for accommodations without the express written approval from the Director of LSS.

Concurrent enrolled students will need to contact LSS. Learning Support Services will process requests and coordinate any services with local schools.


Learning Support Services (LSS) Tutoring

Learning Support Services’ goal is to help students become independent learners and achieve their own personal and academic goals. They offer free tutoring to North Central students in any course offered at the college. The lab staffs at the Petoskey campus has two part-time professional tutors in math and English. In addition, peer tutors are available who have been recommended by instructors and/or have successfully completed the course that they tutor. For CE students, LSS can provide tutoring at our Gaylord, Cheboygan or Petoskey Campus. Tutoring sessions are also available by Skype upon request. Tutoring information packets will be made available at the high schools.


Learning Support Services (LSS) Writing Center

The Writing Center is open on a walk-in basis from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday and Thursday, or 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday or by appointment on Fridays. The Writing Center is located in the NCMC Library on the Petoskey Campus. Writing assignments are also accepted by email.


Library Services

North Central Michigan College’s attractive, and comfortable library houses over 35,000 volumes to support a wide range of academic disciplines. In addition, the library subscribes to over 300 print periodicals, and provides students and staff 24 hour access to tens of thousands of full-text online periodical databases and electronic books. Instructors are encouraged to use the large videotape and DVD library in their classrooms; materials may also be placed on reserve. Forty computers are available for student and faculty use over the campus high speed network.

Off-campus access to the Library is available 24 hours a day via the Internet by going to the website. Auethentication is required by entering NCMC username and password. Almost all services available in the Library can be accessed wherever there is access to the internet.

Personalized library instruction for your class is available by appointment for day and evening classes, and students may also make individual research appointments with the librarian. Fulltime faculty and Adjunct instructors are eligible for library cards and are encouraged to request library materials to support students’ research needs. Find more information under “Resources for Faculty” on the library home page at Please contact us with any questions you may have by email (, or by calling (231) 348-6617.



For CE students, the same FERPA policies and procedures apply as they do for all other college students. According to the AACRAO 2013 FERPA Policy Guide: 

“A FERPA-related college education record begins for a student when he or she enrolls in a higher education institution. At a postsecondary institution, rights belong to the student in attendance, regardless of the student’s age.”

North Central strongly encourages parents of concurrent enrolled courses to respect the student’s ownership of his or her education record at the college level and seek ways to gain that information while safeguarding the student’s rights and responsibilities. Faculty teaching concurrent enrollment courses will communicate with and through the student, as an important maturation point for the college student. We ask that parent communication is made first with the student, then, only as necessary, with the Registrar or Director of Student Outreach and Engagement at the college. The information being requested will be given to the high school principal or counselor and they may distribute as they see fit. The student may also give written authorization to North Central to release his or her student records/information to a parent or guardian by submitting the “Student Release of Records Authorization Form” available from the Registrar’s Office at the college.


Classroom Environment and Discipline

Students are responsible for obeying municipal, state and federal laws which govern the community, as well as the rules and regulations of the College. If a student participates individually or as a member of a group in any violation of Conduct Standards (listed below), he or she can be subject to disciplinary action. Further, sanctions may be imposed upon student groups or organizations, including the sanction of deactivation which entails the loss of all the privileges and/or College recognition for a specified period of time. The Student Conduct Standards also apply to off-campus activities, such as field trips, off-campus classes and Collegesponsored events. On a case-by-case basis, the Vice President of Student Affairs or other appropriate Deans will determine if a hearing is necessary.

The Instructor will fill out a behavior incident report, found in their My North Central portal page under the more forms tab.

Enrollment carries with it obligations relative to conduct both within and outside the classroom. If a student is accused of less than acceptable behavior, College procedures provide for due process to insure that the student receives fair and equitable treatment. If you are seeking a degree at North Central and fail to disclose that you have attended other academic institutions prior to your enrollment at North Central, you are violating the Student Conduct Standards and are jeopardizing your continued enrollment at North Central.

Occasionally an instructor may find a student’s behavior so disruptive that they will ask the student to leave the class. Any student who is asked to leave the class may not be allowed back in class until the circumstances surrounding the incidence have been reviewed and corrective action is taken. This review should be completed as quickly as possible so that the student may re-join the class as soon as possible. Students who are asked to leave class will be sent to the high school principal.


Student Attendance

Attendance is critical to the student’s success. Each instructor determines the attendance policy for the class and the amount of class time a student may miss. Excessive absences will not be tolerated for any reason including but not limited to sickness, extracurricular activities, or any other reason. Students are expected to attend class and complete the work as assigned.

A student who may be involved in extracurricular activities that requires multiple absences from class should reconsider taking a college class.



Student add/drop/withdraw – Use Dual Enrollment Change of Schedule Form for All.

Adds: Concurrent enrolled students may add concurrent classes within the first week of high school semester date.

Drops: Concurrent enrolled students may drop a concurrent class by the day before the start date of the high school semester date. The high school will receive a 100% refund. Concurrent enrolled students may drop a concurrent class within the first two weeks of the high school semester date. The high school will receive a 90% refund.

Withdraw: Concurrent enrolled students may withdraw, to receive a “W” on their transcript, with two weeks left in the semester. After withdrawing, the concurrent enrolled student is allowed to remain in the classroom to complete course to receive high schools credit.


Classroom Records

You must distribute the course syllabus to your students, your Dean, and the Director of Adjunct Faculty the first week of class. A model syllabus can be seen in Appendix A of this handbook. (See your Dean for other examples.) To assure continuity of course material and transferability of credit to other institutions, your syllabus must follow the master syllabus for that course.

Be sure to follow the provisions set forth in your course syllabus. This allows your Dean to support you in the event of a student complaint.

A copy of your class roster is available online on the portal by clicking on My North Central. Click on faculty tools tab and your courses should be listed. Click on the down arrow next to the class and select class roster. 

The last day students may open enroll in classes is the end of the first week of each semester. After these dates you should review your class roster to note any discrepancies (e.g., a student attending class who is not on the roster or a student on the roster who is not attending class). Report any discrepancies to the Registrar. Submit final grades per instructions from the Registrar.


Student Evaluation of Faculty

All faculty are evaluated by students once each semester. Evaluations will be available for students to fill out on the Learning Management System during the 12th week. At the end of the semester, faculty will be given access to the survey information. Student feedback can be useful in identifying strengths and weaknesses of the course and of teaching. Student evaluations may be found on the North Central Portal, under quick links.


Procedure for Student Academic Complaints

Before students take academic complaints to an advisor, counselor or administrator, they should try to resolve their concerns with the teacher in question.

If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, he/she may then take the complaint to the appropriate Dean.

If the student is still not satisfied he/she may then take the complaint to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

For a complete description of the procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook available at


Final Grades

Final grades instructions will be sent out by the Registrar to your North Central email account. North Central classes held on Petoskey, Cheboygan or Gaylord sites will follow the North Central academic calendar. North Central concurrent classes held on high school campuses will follow the high school’s academic calendar as per agreed upon when setting up classes. All final grades are to be submitted online to the student information system (SIS) following the Registrar’s emailed instructions by the first Tuesday following the end of the semester. Final grades must be submitted by noon on that Tuesday.


Grading and Status Systems

The course work of each student is rated as follows:

Grades                                   Honor Points Per Credit

A                                             4.00

A-                                            3.67

B+                                           3.33

B                                             3.00

B-                                            2.67

C+                                           2.33

C                                             2.00

C-                                            1.67

D+                                           1.33

D                                             1.00

D-                                            0.67

E                                             0.00

P*    Passing                        (Credit Only)


Status Marks   (No Honor Points):

I                          Incomplete

W                        Withdraw

AU                      Audit

NG                     No Grade Submitted by Instructor


*Certain designated programs have courses taken on a pass-fail basis up to a total of 16 semester credits in a given program.

Each grade assigned for an hour of credit (exclusive of physical education and pass/fail courses) creates an honor point value. Total values are arrived at by multiplying the number of honor points for a grade by the number of credits in the course.



A student who fails to complete all the requirements of a course because of extenuating circumstances may receive an incomplete (“I”). An incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor, and is intended to be granted only in situations where the majority of the coursework has been successfully completed and the student is doing passing work. The remainder of the course requirements, as determined by the instructor, must be fully satisfied by the end of the next semester, or the “I” grade will automatically be recorded as an “E.” 


Withdrawal from Classes

A student will receive a "W" (Withdraw) if he/she from class two weeks prior to the end of the fall and winter semesters and thru the 6th week of summer semester. A “W” grade will appear on the official transcript without penalty. All course withdrawals and additions must be processed through the Student Services Office.


“No Grade” and Auditing Status

The "NG" (No Grade) is a temporary status used only until the faculty member officially submits a grade to the Registrar.

A student who wishes to attend the class sessions of a course but who does not wish to receive credit for it may register as an audit (“AU”). Deadline for declaring audit for Fall or Winter semester is the end of the second week; for summer semester the deadline is end of first week for eight week semester and end of second week for 16 week semester. Courses audited cannot be counted toward graduation requirements.

Note: Your grading policy must be included in your course syllabus.


Grade Change Form

Instructors may change a student’s final grade by submitting a grade change form to the registrar. The form may be found on the portal under Faculty Tools.


North Central Now! Program Contacts

Program Coordinator

Program Staff

Academic Dean

Vice Presidents 

  • Renee DeYoung, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Peter Olson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success



Introduction to Biology—Fall Semester 2010
Course Information
Course number.............................................BIO 101 A
Credit hours ..................................................4
Lecture..........................................................Tues & Thurs, 6 -7:25 p.m.
Lab................................................................Tues or Thurs, 7:30-9:25 p.m.
Location ........................................................Lecture & lab in room 262, Science Building
Instructor Information
Instructor.......................................................Anna Walker
Home phone/email........................................(231) -838-6842/
Course Description
This is a biology course designed especially for non-science majors and for those students wishing to improve their skills before attempting more advanced studies. During lecture, class discussion and lab activities, students are introduced to biological concepts and the importance of these concepts to life on earth. Dissection is not required.
Course Outcomes
After successfully completing this course students will:
• understand the methods by which scientists gain knowledge.
• understand basic biological concepts and their application to the real world.
• know how to use proper and safe scientific methods in the laboratory.
• be able to share scientific knowledge with others.
• know how to use scientific methods to solve biological problems.
Materials Needed
Biology 101 A, Lecture Outlines
Binder (2’’ suggested to organize notes and outlines)
Lab Handouts (furnished by instructor)
Calculator (not required, but helpful for some labs)
Textbook: Concepts in Biology; Eldon Enger, Frederick Ross, David Bailey; McGraw-Hill Science
****textbook is not required for class assignments but recommended as a study tool and for further reading
Evaluation Criteria
Labs ...................................... 12 @ 25 .................300 points
Exams................................... 3 @ 100 ..................300 points
Hot Topics in Biology Paper……………….………25 points
Endangered Species Brochure…………..………..45 points
Phylogenic Tree Project…………………..………..30 points
Participation .......................... ...............................100 points
Total Points Possible ............ ...............................800 points
***point values and assignments are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion
Grading Scale:
A = 94 - 100%
A- = 90 - 93%
B+ = 87 - 89%
B = 84 - 86%
B- = 80 - 83%
C+ = 77 - 79%
C = 74 - 76%
C- = 70 - 73%
D+ = 67 - 69%
D = 64 - 66%
D- = 60 - 63%
E = BELOW 60%
Grades will be posted and updated weekly after the first exam. You will be given a confidential ID number so you can keep track of your progress. Students are encouraged to email or see the instructor before or after class to discuss any concerns relating to grades, labs or exams.

Student Responsibilities

Class Attendance
Students who do not attend class regularly do poorly on exams and lose participation points. Students who do not attend labs lose lab points. Tardiness to lecture or lab is inappropriate because it is disruptive to other students who have arrived on time. Students who arrive late will lose participation points.
Lab reports are due at the end of the lab period during which they are accomplished. If you are unable to attend your regular lab session for a good reason you may be able to come to a different section (see page 1) or schedule a lab makeup if you make arrangements with me ahead of time. If it is impossible to make up the lab during the same week, an alternate assignment may be available in the case of extreme circumstances but not for avoidable absences. You may be eligible to be excused from one lab only if you put your reason for missing in writing and turn it in to me either before the session or within one week of the missed lab. Arrive at lab on time to avoid missing important instructions.
There are three exams each worth 75 points. The questions will be fill-ins, matching, essay and short answer. Exams are not given early. Make-ups may be available for a good reason (this is my decision). Call ahead if you are going to miss. If it was possible for you to contact the instructor on the day of the missed exam and you did not, a make-up is unlikely. There will be an automatic 5 point deduction in participation points for taking an exam as a make-up.
*****The most effective way to prepare for an exam is to practice and make sure that you are able to perform all of the assigned objectives.

Biology Mini-Projects

During the semester, each student will complete three small assignments that relate to the topics that we are covering in class. A rubric will be supplied for each assignment. Each deadline will be posted at least two weeks before the project is due. Late projects will loose 10% points per day. The projects will be evaluated on their organization, neatness and completeness. 

Participation Points

Students can expect all of these points if they attend class regularly, arrive on time for lecture and lab, actively take part in all of the class activities, come to class prepared, take all exams on time, follow directions, maintain a positive attitude, keep cell phones and other electronic devices turned off during lecture and lab, 35 and behave in a helpful, responsible and appropriate manner. 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty, misconduct, cheating or plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty including acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials. Included are those students who aid and abet, as well as those who attempt such behavior. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear attribution. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Incidents of academic dishonesty shall be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Academic Dishonesty as found in the student handbook. Any act of academic dishonesty in this course will result in an E or 0 points for the assignment and possible failure of the course.

Technology Disclaimer

Let’s face it: technology breaks, servers go down, transfers time out, files become corrupt. The list goes on and on. These are not considered emergencies. They are part of the normal production process. An issue you may have with technology is no excuse for late work. You need to protect yourself by managing your time and backing up your work.

Disability Statement

Reasonable accommodations can be provided for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Learning Support Services for assistance: (231) 348-6817 or

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