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The Open Door Policy

Randolph Community College is an open door admission institution. This means that any person, whether a high school graduate or nongraduate, who is 18 years old or older and who is able to profit from further formal education will be served by the institution. The exception to this rule is that Randolph Community College may refuse admission to any applicant who has been suspended or expelled from any other educational entity.

Counseling and advising services are available to help students decide which programs best serve their needs and objectives in life, as indicated by their background, abilities and expressed interests.

The open door policy does not mean that there are no restrictions on admission to specific programs.

It does mean that these restrictions are flexible enough to allow students opportunities to improve their educational status by eliminating deficiencies through remedial work. New students seeking admission to a specific program must provide appropriate transcripts and participate in placement testing to meet prerequisites/corequisites. When new students are able to meet the specific admission requirements for a given curriculum, they may then be enrolled in that curriculum and remain in the program as long as they make satisfactory progress and remain enrolled on a continuous basis as required by their curriculum. (For students transferring to RCC, see Transfer Student Admissions on page 23.)

Although the College follows an open door policy, there will be no compromise with academic standards set by the State Board of Community Colleges and the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees.

The College offers curriculum programs for current high school students within the parameters set by the State Board of Community Colleges.

The College reserves the right to limit enrollment in a curriculum to a number that can be accommodated by the resources of the College. The vice president for student services is designated as the admissions officer for the College.

Undocumented Student Admissions Policy

The State Board of Community Colleges’ rule 23 N.C.A.C. 02C .0301 “Admission to Colleges,” effective July 10, 2010, and guidance from North Carolina Community College System General Counsel, on July 12, 2010, amends and implements a consistent admissions policy for undocumented immigrants throughout public higher education in North Carolina. Under this rule, North Carolina community colleges will admit undocumented immigrants if three requirements are met: 1. Must be a graduate of a U.S. public high school, private high school, or home school that operates in compliance with state or local law (undocumented immigrants with a GED are not eligible to be admitted to a community college); 2. Must pay out-of-state tuition, meaning no cost to N.C. taxpayers; and 3. May not displace a North Carolina citizen or U.S. citizen.

College and Career Readiness Programs Referral Policy

RCC offers two levels of remedial instruction. In addition to Developmental Studies, the College offers College and Career Readiness classes. Following College placement testing, the RCC admissions counselors will advise students who would be better served in College and Career Readiness. College and Career Readiness staff will administer the TABE placement test, and students who show need below the twelfth grade level may work in Adult Basic Education. After working in ABE, these students will enter the Developmental Education Courses as needed and will take other curriculum courses as may be appropriate. There is no charge for instruction in College and Career Readiness programs.

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