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4.2 - Program Curriculum

The institution’s curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the mission and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.

Judgment of Compliance

The College certifies compliance.


Cleveland Community College (CCC) offers 184 academic programs, including 37 associate degrees (AA, AS, AFA, and AAS programs), 42 diplomas, and 105 certificates. All curriculum programs leading to degrees, diplomas, or certificates are approved by the North Carolina Community College System and adhere to state-mandated curriculum standards appropriate to the credentials awarded by the institution (e.g. AAS in Mission Critical Operations).

These programs support the College's mission and strategic plan, which include institutional and unit-level goals and objectives.

All degree requirements for Cleveland Community College’s educational programs are defined and published annually in the Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook, which specifies the credit hours required for graduation, any general education and major course requirements, and a suggested sequence of courses. These requirements vary by program. The College requires 25% of the total hours required for the degree, diploma, or certificate be earned through course work taken at the College.

CCC believes that students should be adequately prepared for successful employment upon graduation; therefore, advisory committees are used to help ensure appropriate course content and specific skills necessary for success in the field. The Associate in Applied Science in Mission Critical Operations curriculum is an example of how input from advisory committees and local employers affect course offerings and ultimately, the program of study. In the 2016-2017 Advisory Committee meeting for Mission Critical Operations (MCO), the members voted to remove Security Systems Fundamentals (BAT-141) and replace it with Critical Power (ELC 250). As evidenced in the Advisory Committee minutes, the committee decided to implement this change, because at most critical facilities, Security Systems are handled by an in-house contractor.

Programs of study are developed locally by faculty, discipline coordinators, department chairs, and divisional deans. Once an instructional area finalizes a new or revised program of study, it is presented to the Curriculum Committee, which is composed of faculty and staff representing all areas of the College. The Curriculum Committee reviews all curriculum proposals for adherence to state and local requirements. Once the College's Curriculum Committee approves the new or revised program of study, it is presented to Administrative Council for approval. All new programs must then be approved by the College’s Board of Trustees. Once the Board of Trustees has approved a new program of study, a prospectus is sent to the NCCCS and to SACSCOC for approval prior to implementation.

Articulation and Transfer Programs

Programs leading to an Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS) and Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) are designed to prepare students for transfer to four year colleges and universities. Through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, students who graduate with an AA, AS or AFA can transfer to one of the 16 North Carolina public universities with junior status.

Articulated programs are established in cooperation with the receiving college. Agreements are formed between CCC and the four-year College or university that create a pathway for the student to successfully complete and transfer courses.

Distance Education and Off-Campus Sites

CCC is committed to providing quality courses on-campus, off-campus and through distance education. Through the Career and College Promise (CCP) program, CCC offers courses on each of the five county high school campuses (this includes the Cleveland Early College High School located on the Cleveland CC campus). While it is possible to complete all coursework for 39 programs online, it is also possible to complete the majority of courses for most programs either online or through hybrid courses. CCC utilizes a syllabus template and Quality Matters certified master courses to ensure course content and learning outcomes are the same regardless of the delivery method.

In summary, CCC’s educational programs follow state-mandated guidelines and are reviewed by local faculty and experts in the field to ensure appropriateness to the degree, diploma, or certificate awarded. CCC is committed to providing quality courses on-campus, off-campus and through distance education.