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Associate of Science

Associate of Science Program Description

Hocking College’s associate degree & transfer program is an affordable option for students studying social or natural sciences who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school after graduation.

While attending Hocking College students can fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements they need to enter a variety of traditional bachelor’s degree programs at another post-secondary school.  

Hocking College’s Associate of Science program is also an option for students who have not yet decided the field they will enter or the four-year institution they will attend.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:

PER SEMESTER

$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL

$53......Parking

$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

Most students who go on to complete their Associate of Arts degree end up transferring to a 4-year college or university.

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. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

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

  • The Associate of Science 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 28%
2015 - 2016 37%
2014 - 2015 48%

 

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 4.76%
2015 - 2016 7.02%
2014 - 2015 13.33%

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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