Academic Information

Cape Cod Community College provides a variety of resources to assist students in successfully completing their educational objectives. Upon admission to the College, students take skills assessments in English, reading, and mathematics to determine their level of proficiency. Developmental courses are available for students who need to improve their basic skills. Academic advisors assist students in choosing appropriate courses and meeting program requirements based on assessment results and individual circumstances.

Developmental Education

The College recognizes that students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, thus making each student's educational plan different. To assure student success in college-level courses, a variety of developmental courses are available for students to help build skills necessary for college-level work. Developmental education credits cannot be counted in the 60 credits (minimum) required for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. For more information on developmental education, refer to the Developmental Education course listings.

Honors Courses and Options

The Cape Cod Community College Honors Program is designed to meet the needs of highly motivated and capable students who wish to pursue the highest level of academic achievement possible at the College. The program provides challenging and exciting educational opportunities designed to foster high levels of independent inquiry and creativity, written and oral communication skills, interdisciplinary approaches to education, and the ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. As a result, honors students will be better prepared to continue advanced studies at colleges and universities throughout the country and to bring their academic talents to the attention of future employers.

Qualified students may enroll in honors options, honors courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and learning communities. Honors options comprise the majority of honors work completed at the College. Honors options require a contract between the student and faculty member for additional activities such as independent research, tutorials, service learning, and/or special projects. All contracts need approval from the Honors Program Director. Successful completion of honors courses and contracts will be noted on students' transcripts with a special notation of distinguished academic work.

Students engaged in honors work have access to specialized advising and support services from the chair of the Honors Program Committee as well as access to the available resources in the honors program office and study center. Students will also receive assistance and encouragement to participate in student research conferences and student honors organizations.

For further information: (508) 362-2131 x4658

Independent Study

A student may pursue an independent study project for credit. The project must be approved by the student's faculty advisor, as well as by the faculty member who will present the project to the appropriate department. An interdisciplinary project may be planned requiring approval from more than one academic department. Projects will be planned and approved in advance. Detailed information is available at www.capecod.edu/web/academics/policies.

Learning Communities

In an effort to provide the best learning environment for college students, several learning communities have been developed. Learning communities differ from traditional course offerings in that students enroll in two or three complementary courses during a single semester. This team-teaching, interdisciplinary approach enables students to transfer and apply the skills learned in one course to the other(s). In addition, learning communities help strengthen the connection of students to the College and one another.

See also: Available Learning CommunitiesPDF document

Online Learning

The Office of Online and Learning Technologies offers a variety of e-courses which allow flexible schedules. Class lectures are viewed via the web, assignments are submitted by fax, mail or over the Internet, and testing is scheduled on a flexible basis. Some materials for online courses or courses with online components may be available from the web via Cape Cod Community College's Learning Management System.

It is the responsibility of the student to pick up materials from the Online and Learning Technologies Office at the beginning of the semester. The Online and Learning Technologies Office is located in the Wilkens Library Building, ground floor Room LCG-13.

Any student taking online courses or courses with online components will be responsible to have access to both the Internet and a computer running Internet Explorer v5.5 or higher. Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in e-courses are advised to contact the O'Neill Center for Disability Services in MM Wilkens Hall (South) 222 as soon as possible, or call (508) 362-2131 x4337.