Aug 17, 2019  
2015-2016 Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information



Official College Catalog

This catalog is the official governing catalog for new students entering Casper College in the 2015-16 academic year and for any student returning in the 2015-16 academic year whose governing catalog has expired. The term “student” refers to any person for whom the college maintains educational records or who has accepted an offer of admission into a Casper College academic program and who has not been awarded his or her current degree or certificate from the college. Casper College reserves the right to make changes without notice in the regulations and offerings announced in this catalog at any time. This catalog does not constitute a contract between Casper College and prospective or enrolled students.

Casper College students are responsible for reading the information and policies in this catalog. Failure to read the regulations does not exempt a student from responsibility. The college will provide this publication in an alternative format to accommodate disabilities. Printed copies may be purchased from our publishing vendor. Contact enrollment services for details.

Official Communication Method

Electronic mail or email using a college assigned student email account is Casper College’s official method of communication. Students can expect to receive notices about academics, enrollment, social events, safety, and other relevant information. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their Casper College email account.

Wyoming Community College Commission

The Wyoming Legislature established the Wyoming Community College Commission to serve as the coordinating agency for the state’s seven community colleges. More information on the Wyoming Community College Commission is available at commission.wcc.edu/.

District Board and President

A locally elected, seven-member district board, or board of trustees, governs Casper College. Members are elected to four-year terms. The Board meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center, Room 312, at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Board meeting minutes are available at caspercollege.edu/administration/board_minutes.                 

The college president is the chief administrative officer. The president is appointed by and responsible to the board of trustees and has responsibility for the operation of the college.

Casper College Foundation

The Casper College Foundation was established in 1962 to advance and assist in the development, growth, and operation of Casper College. The foundation provides outstanding support to Casper College in the form of facilities, scholarships, and equipment.

The foundation welcomes donations of funds and properties and is a qualified tax-exempt corporation for federal income tax purposes. The foundation office is located in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center, Room 306 at Casper College.

Casper College Alumni Association

The Casper College Alumni Association was chartered in 1989 to promote community awareness and appreciation for Casper College. The association, an affiliate of the Casper College Foundation, joins together a network of former students and friends who share a love of learning and a deep affection for Casper College. The alumni association offers scholarships to outstanding incoming and continuing students. The association sponsors and promotes outstanding alumni recognition with its Distinguished Alumni Award. This award was created to honor alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields or communities.

The alumni office is located in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center, Room 306D, serves as the alumni information center, and provides support to the Casper College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Call 268-2218 for more information about the alumni association.

Transfer of Credits

Each college or university prescribes its own standards. Generally, a student in good standing at an accredited college or university can transfer to another accredited school without difficulty if the student has satisfactory grades (C or better) and proper course selection. Casper College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, the highest academic accreditation in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions and by other special accrediting bodies. (See Accreditations  for more information.)

Students who plan to transfer to another college or university after they graduate, should select Casper College courses in accordance with the specific requirements of the schools to which they plan to transfer, consult with their transfer institution, and work closely with their academic advisors on course selection. Student success center professionals, who are located in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center, third floor, are good resources for transfer information. For optimum transfer, students should pursue an associate degree designed for transfer.

Enrollment

In the fall semester 2014, the college enrollment was 3997, including 1706 full-time and 2291 part-time students. Students came from all Wyoming counties, 36 other states, and 14 foreign countries.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, caspercollege.edu, or the “Gainful Employment Disclosure List ” in our online catalog and click on the desired program for specific information.

Course Numbering System

General Transfer Course Numbers

1000- 1499 Freshman
2000- 2499 Sophomore
If second digit starts with 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 the course is academic/transfer.

Vocational Course Numbers

1500- 1999 Freshman
2500- 2999 Sophomore
If second digit starts with 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 the course is vocational/technical.

Course Numbers for Undergraduate Variable Courses:

Course Type General Occupational
Capstone Courses 1395, 2395 1895, 2895
Field Studies 1460, 2460 1960, 2960
Directed Studies/Research Problems 1465, 2465 1965, 2965
Internship/Practicum 1470, 2470 1970, 2970
Independent Studies 1475, 2475 1975, 2975
Cooperative Work Experience 1480, 2480 1980, 2980
Seminar 1485, 2485 1985, 2985
Topics 1490, 2490 1990, 2990
Workshop 1495, 2495 1995, 2995

Disclosure Statement on Institutional Graduation/Completion Rate

Casper College provides the following information regarding institutional completion in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965. These rates reflect the completion status of students who enrolled during the fall 2011 semester and for whom 150 percent of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

During the fall 2011 semester, 577 first-time, full-time, certificate, or degree-seeking undergraduate students entered Casper College. After three years, as of August 31, 2014, 28 percent of these students had completed their programs of study at Casper College. An additional 18 percent of this cohort group transferred to other institutions prior to completing their respective programs of study. Questions related to this report should be sent to the institutional researcher, 307-268-2211.