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Associate of Individualized Studies

Associate of Individualized Studies Program Description

The Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) is an individually planned program designed to serve an educational objective that cannot be served through another Hocking College degree program.

The typical AIS student plans to attend a four-year college or university, has unusual career goals, may be an entrepreneur, and may want to complete 30 credits from two or more technical programs.


Individualized Study is awarded for the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours with a concentration of thirty or more credit hours in one of the following:

  • A coherent combination of courses from a minimum of two and a maximum of four Hocking College associate degree programs;
  • Up to 30 credit hours for documented educational experiences or courses completed at other institutions of higher learning or educational enterprises judged acceptable by Hocking College; or,
  • An unusual but academically coherent combination of technical and general studies courses.
The individualized study process involves the following steps:
  • Enroll in GS 1135, Associate of Individualized Study Degree Development Seminar;
  • Contact the 4-year college or university to learn their requirements for a bachelor’s degree in order to incorporate those requirements into your AIS plan at Hocking College;
  • Select academic advisors from each area of concentration to sit on your degree approval committee; and,
  • You may also choose to incorporate Hocking’s Transfer Module, which requires 36-40 credits, into your Associate of Individualized Study degree program.

An individual study program is a worthwhile option for many students, and its flexibility that allows one to transfer to another college in Ohio or out-of-state is particularly attractive. For the freedom to develop your own degree program, choose the Associate of Individualized Study program at Hocking College.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes.

All-inclusive pricing includes course fees, in addition to the following:

$300......Learning Fee
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services

$275....Smart Start*
*Recommended for all first-year college students
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found online here.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Individualized Studies

  • The Associate of Individualized Studies is a customized program designed to meet the career goals of the individual student.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 42%
2015 - 2016 38%
2014 - 2015 16%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 30.77%
2015 - 2016 10.53%
2014 - 2015 4.17%

What is the difference between the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science?

All classes in both curriculums are transferable, but there is a slight difference in the curriculum. Associate of Arts students take more humanities and art courses while Associate of Science students take more physical science and social science classes.

What is an Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) and what are the requirements?

Some AA and AS students want more curriculum flexibility and can design their own curriculum by splitting required technical credits between two different fields of study.

For example, a student might want to take 15 credits from the Business curriculum and 15 credits from the Accounting curriculum along with the 30+ required general credits to create an Associate of Technical Studies. Business and Music Management is another example of an ATS degree that combines the curriculum of two majors to create a degree unique to student needs.

Can AA/AS advisors help students figure out how to begin the process of transferring to another institution?

Yes, academic advisors can help students figure out how to access information about transferring to other colleges in state or out of state, and assist students with the Application process.

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