College Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    Nov 20, 2019  
College Catalog 2019-2020

Admissions and Enrollment



General Information

Richard Bland College of William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity Institution and as such, application for admission to the College is open to all qualified persons. Richard Bland College, an equal educational opportunity institution, makes no distinction in admission of students or in any other official activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political affiliation, handicap, veteran’s status, or any other non-merit factor. All standards and policies of the College, including those governing student employment, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and support programs are applied accordingly. The Office of Enrollment Services, acting under policies established by the Academic Standards Committee and approved by the Board of Visitors, considers each applicant individually using principles of selection, evidence of good character, and evidence of academic achievement and promise.

The applicant must be a graduate (or the equivalent) of an accredited high school or preparatory school with graduation based on no fewer than twenty-one (21) entrance units. The preferred high school grade point average for all applicants is at least 2.5; competitive applicants will have at least a 3.0. Transfer applicants are encouraged to have at least a 2.0 GPA from the institution last attended. Along with these considerations, the College desires to incorporate into its community a wide variety of backgrounds, attitudes, and interests to enrich the educational experience of its students. The College has a commitment to recognize and meet the educational needs of all its students.

Application for Admission

All applicants for admission must submit the application for Admission.  Applications and other supporting documentation are available by accessing the admissions link on the college website (www.rbc.edu).  Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, the Priority Application Deadline for Fall Semester is April 1, and November 1 for the Spring Semester.  A non-refundable application fee of $35, or a signed fee-waiver, is required.

First-Year Students

Graduation from an accredited secondary school or the equivalent as shown by examination of the General Education Diploma (GED) is required for admission to Richard Bland College.

Each candidate is considered on the basis of:

  • High school achievement (academic work in grades eight through twelve)
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and/or work experience and
  • A letter of recommendation

Although the College does not specifically prescribe the high school units to be presented, the College prefers that the candidate presents a minimum of 16 college-preparatory units, to include the following:

  • Four units in English
  • Two units in history
  • Three units in mathematics
  • Two units in science

Transfer Students

Richard Bland College welcomes students who are transferring from another post-secondary institution as degree-seeking students. Transfer students are invited to begin their matriculation during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. A transfer student must:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a GED
  • Provide an official final high school transcript
  • Provide an official copy of all college or university transcripts
  • Complete the RBC Dean’s Certification Form

Transfer students are encouraged to have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the last college/university attended. Special circumstances may require additional documentation. If a student leaves an institution while on academic probation, the student may enroll in a maximum of twelve semester credit hours at RBC and will be subject to the same guidelines as students placed on academic probation at Richard Bland College. A list of guidelines will accompany the letter of admission. An applicant under suspension from another college or university will not be eligible for admission until the student has been separated from their prior institution for one semester. Summer sessions do not count in this calculation.

Transfer credits will be awarded for courses completed with grade of C or better for which a matching Richard Bland College course is currently offered. A maximum of 30 transfer credit hours will be accepted toward an Associate Degree at Richard Bland College.

In addition, transfer students accepted to Richard Bland College while on probation at another institution, or with a GPA that would have resulted in being placed on probation had it been earned at RBC, may only be accepted on academic probation. If the transfer student admitted on probation cannot achieve good standing after their first semester at RBC, they will have accrued two semesters on academic probation resulting in academic suspension.

Provisionally Admitted Students

Richard Bland College may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular freshman admissions but who demonstrate academic potential. In order to be considered for provisional admission, applicants must:

  • Graduate high school with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a Standard or Advanced Diploma,
  • Show continual yearly improvement on high school transcripts or demonstrate special circumstances
  • Submit at least one recommendation from a counselor, coach, or mentor (non- family), and
  • Complete a 15-minute interview with RBC admissions counselors.

RBC may also consider eligibility for provisional admission based on other criteria, including:

  • GPA improvement on transcripts as a result of changes in personal/living situation,
  • Strong academic performance in core classes as opposed to electives,
  • GPA relative to the performance/rating of the applicant’s high school, and
  • Above average SAT or ACT scores.

Requirements of Provisionally Admitted Students

 Students who are provisionally admitted to Richard Bland College will be required to sign the RBC Provisional Admission Contract, stipulations of which include that in their first semester at RBC they must:

  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses,
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA ("C" or better) in developmental courses,
  • Enroll in at least twelve (12) but no more than thirteen (13) credit hours taught in a traditional classroom format (i.e., no online courses),
  • Enroll in a specialized English 101/100 Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) course paired with an Exceptional Student Experience (ESE) Course: a total of six (6) credit hours that form a Learning Community for provisionally admitted students,
  • Complete an individualized learning plan with their Learner Mentor,
  • Meet with their Learner Mentor at least once every other week to discuss progress,
  • Earn a minimum of 50 Engage RBC Points each semester, and
  • Attend programming flagged as mandatory for provisionally admitted students, including time logged in the Writing Center and/or with tutors and special events.

Provisionally admitted students are required to attend onboarding activities and provisional admission programming prior to the start of classes and to enroll only in introductory-level courses outside of the lab sciences in the first semester. In addition, provisionally admitted students are strongly encouraged to reside on campus so they can take advantage of specific programming and resources made available by residential life.

The provisional admissions contract will be valid for the first year of study. Upon successful fulfillment of the conditions of the Provisional Admission Contract in the first year of study as certified by the manager of the Provisional Program and RBC Records and Registration, students will move to unconditional admission status and register for future courses.Students who fail to fulfill any of the conditions of the Provisional Admission Contract will not move on to unconditional admission status, will no longer be enrolled in the college at the end of the first semester, and an administrative hold barring registration for future courses will be placed on their academic record.

Appealing Admission Status

If students who fail to fulfill the conditions of the Provisional Admission Contract believe for whatever reason that circumstances warrant reconsideration of the determination to bar them from registering for future courses, students may appeal their admission status by submitting a Provisional Admission Status Appeal form.

International Students

Richard Bland College welcomes international students to its community of learners. In addition to the regular application for admission, all international applicants must also complete an International Student Application and provide all required Immigration and Naturalization Services documentation. For those students whose native language is not English–or if your schooling during the past five years or more has been in a language other than English–the College urges you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination must have earned a score of 61 on the internet version in order to be considered for admission. International students should note that currently there are no special services available on campus to remediate language deficiencies in the English language.

Home-Schooled Students

Richard Bland College welcomes students who have been home-schooled. Home-schooled students must provide a transcript of all coursework completed. A home-schooled student who desires to pursue a degree at Richard Bland College should be at least sixteen years of age prior to registration.

Programs for High School Students

On-Campus High School College Program (HSCP)

High school students who have completed a sophomore year with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 may apply for admission to the High School College Program for High School Students. If admitted, the student is admitted to the program, not to Richard Bland College which admission requires proof of high school or GED completion. In this program, high school students enroll in college courses on the Richard Bland College campus while earning high school and college credit. Students may elect to attend on a part-time or a full-time basis. They may enroll for the fall or spring semester or during any summer session. The purposes of this program are to:

  • Allow exceptional students accelerated entry into the college curriculum
  • Encourage academically capable students to strive for challenges and the maximum use of their abilities
  • Bridge the gap between high school and college and to permit the college-bound student the experience of functioning in the college setting prior to graduating from high school
  • Provide courses not normally available in the curriculum of area high schools and
  • Provide opportunities for qualified high school students to earn dual-credit in certain approved subject areas

Students who are interested in this program should contact their high school Guidance Counselor. If the student has a grade point average of 3.0 and is recommended by the Guidance Counselor, the student is welcome to apply. The student next completes the Dual Enrollment Application (select HSCP option within the application), and requests that an official high school transcript be forwarded to the Office of Admissions where eligibility to enroll in the program is determined. If the student is eligible the RBC Enrollment Services representative works with the high school Guidance Counselor to select appropriate course work that will meet high-school graduation requirements and further the student's interests through advanced course work. The High School College Course Approval Form is completed and signed by the high school Guidance Counselor and the student's legal guardian. Questions about the High School College Program should be directed to Enrollment Services.

Off-Campus Dual Enrollment Program

Richard Bland College offers a number of dual-enrollment classes for qualified high school juniors and seniors at several area high schools. Interested students should contact their guidance counselors to determine if courses are available at their respective schools.

Credits for courses successfully completed may be used toward a degree at Richard Bland College or may be transferred to another college or university. Credits earned under this program will be officially recorded upon receipt of the certification of high school graduation. Students who plan to enter another institution after graduating from high school are advised to check with that institution concerning transfer of credits earned through the dual-enrollment program. Questions about this program should be directed to Enrollment Services.

Middle College Program

The Middle College Program is a partnership between Richard Bland College and area high schools (Petersburg City Public Schools and Sussex County Public Schools), and is located on the RBC campus. The Program enrolls qualified juniors who are selected by designated administrators at the area high schools. Middle College students who successfully complete their first year at Richard Bland College advance to their senior year at PHS and move into their second year at RBC simultaneously. This program allows students an opportunity to complete requirements for high school graduation while earning college credits concurrently, also known as Dual Enrollment credits. Students will complete their high school diploma requirements at the campus of Richard Bland College. For more information, please contact the appropriate high school Guidance Office and/or RBC Enrollment Services (804) 862-6100 ext 6249.

Student Veterans and Active-Duty Students

Richard Bland College proudly supports military veterans and those who actively serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping military students succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. The Office of the Veterans Affairs within Financial Aid at RBC serves as the liaison for all military- related matters at the College.  This institution is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.

The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. This office investigates complaints of GI Bill beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact the office via email saa@dvs.virginia.gov."

Military-Related Priority Registration

Students who are actively serving the United States of America in any capacity may seek priority registration from the Office of Records & Registration. Active duty and other military personnel may find scheduling courses difficult given the nature of their individual military commitments and schedule. Priority Registration enables military-related students to plan and schedule courses in a way that will work best for their goal of seeking a degree. Priority Registration allows students on active military duty to schedule their classes in advance if they have documentation to support the necessity of priority registration. Priority Registration can occur any time prior to classes beginning in the regular terms. It may consist of early registration as well as course and capacity overrides with proper permissions. Military-related students who may need Priority Registration should take the following steps:

  • Make an appointment with the Registrar or appropriate staff member
  • Bring appropriate documentation (military ID card, activation or related military orders) to establish military-related status

Once established, the Registrar or appropriate personnel will work in conjunction with the assigned Learner Mentor to prepare a schedule that will most effectively serve to meet the needs of the student in progress toward a degree. If students have a major Academic Hold, we will seek to resolve the holds prior to priority registration, but holds related to honor court, behavior infractions, outstanding financial debt, or academic suspension must be cleared by the student prior to registration.

RBC Priority Registration occurs for sophomores and first-year students each term. Those dates are set and approved by senior staff each year. Military-related students may seek priority registration prior to, during, and leading up to the last day to add a course in the regular term. If extenuating circumstances exist, the student may seek approval from the faculty member and the Provost to enroll after the last day to add a course.

These registration and other military-related policies will be made available to students via the RBC website and paper brochures. Faculty and staff will have access to this information via orientations, workshops, and College email.

Military-Related Transfer Evaluation

RBC exercises due diligence in evaluating and determining its acceptance or rejection of transfers. RBC awards credit granted by regionally accredited Virginia institutions awarded through regular study at the awarding institutions when that credit is either an equivalent course or when that credit can be used as a special topics credit.

RBC shall exercise care in evaluating and determining its acceptance or rejection of each of the following methods as elements of these processes:

Awarding credit for appropriate learning acquired in military service at levels consistent with the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and/or those transcripted by the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

Awarding credit for successful performance on national for-credit examination programs such as The College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Awarding credit based upon individualized portfolio evaluation, which may be conducted by the Registrar and, when necessary, by coordinating with the department chairs, and granting transfer credit only if the grade of "C-" or better was obtained or a "CR" (credit) was obtained in a course taken with "credit-no credit" grading.

Military-Related Tuition and Benefits

The following individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:

 

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person so described must have enrolled in the institution prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30, chapter 33, or chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311{b)(9)) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia  {regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1,2019.

 

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

The President signed into law the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018. It contains a provision (Section 103) that takes effect on August 1, 2019.

Beginning that date, for any student that's using Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill or Ch. 31 VocRehab benefits, even though VA has not yet paid tuition and fees, no institution (public, private, for profit, not for profit), can have a policy in effect that:

  • prevents enrolling,
  • assesses a late penalty fee,
  • requires securing alternative or additional funding, or
  • denies access to any school resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) that are available to other students that have paid.

 

Readmission

A student who does not register for three or more semesters but is eligible to return to Richard Bland College must submit an updated Application for Admission to be readmitted to the College.

Students who are under suspension from this or any other college are not permitted to enroll in any program of the College for one full semester following suspension. (Summer sessions do not count as a full semester). Credits earned at another institution while under suspension from RBC are not transferable. A student under suspension must reapply to the College, using the Application for Admission. A student who has been suspended for a second time from Richard Bland College or from any other institution of higher education, will not be considered for readmission/admission.

Placement Tests

Students may choose to complete an optional placement test to enroll in a higher-level couse.  Transfer students who have not completed a college-level English or math course will be required to take a placement test to be placed in their RBC English or math courses.

Placement Testing is not required if you meet the following exclusions:

  • English SAT/ACT scores of  Eng >560 (EBRW),  ACT Eng >18
  • Dual Enrollment English/Math credits (transcripts required)
  • Transfer English/Math credits (transcripts required)
  • AP/IB/CLEP English/Math applicable scores (transcripts required) 
  • Advanced Studies High School Diploma 

Students who are placed in developmental English and/or mathematics are required to enroll in such course(s) during the first semester of enrollment. They must continue to enroll in the course(s) until a grade of "C" or better is received. Students who place into any remedial courses are strongly encouraged to embark on summer remedial work, to help ensure the timeline for their degree progress is not delayed.

English (ENGL) Placement Guidance 

English 100 is a 3 hour course which may be a prerequisite for English 101, based on a student's placement test scores. This refresher course reviews the basic skills necessary for college writing to poise our students for successful completion of their degree.  A student who places into this course will take it in their first semester and then proceed to English 101 their second semester. 

Some students will be eligible to participate in our English ALP program, based on placement test scores. ALP stands for Accelerated Learning Program. It is an innovative program which enables students who need a brush-up on writing skills to enroll in an intensive 5 hours of English in their first semester. These students will complete ALP and English 101 simultaneously, which positions them to enter English 102 the following semester. This program has proven to increase college success rates and retention. 

Mathematics (MATH) Placement Guidance 

Mathematics courses at Richard Bland College are designed to promote critical thinking and analytical reasoning as they develop basic mathematical skills for beginning students in the liberal arts and sciences. There are five entry points into the mathematics curriculum for first year students.

The course in which each student enrolls is determined by the placement test score, high school mathematics courses completed, and desired major of the student.

Level 1 = MATH 100  

Level 2 = MATH 110   or MATH 121  

Level 3 = MATH 151   , MATH 200  , or MATH 217  

Level 4 = MATH 224  , MATH 251  , or MATH 252  

Level 5 = MATH 261  , MATH 271  

Students required to take the math placement test under the current RBC Admissions Department Placement Test Policy will continue to be required to take the placement test.  Courses may be taken at a lower than recommended level, but none may be taken at a higher level without the written permission of the Chair of the Department of Natural Science & Mathematics or the Provost's Office. All mathematics courses are graded using a 10-point scale (100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, etc.).

The Level 1 course is a developmental algebra course for students who, based on high school transcripts and/or placement testing results, are not ready for the rigors of STEM-based mathematics.

Both Level 2 courses, either MATH 110   or MATH 121  , are college-level, credit-bearing mathematics courses used to fulfill the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirements for either the A.A. and the A.S. degrees. To receive an A.A. degree, students must take at least one Math course at Level 2 (MATH 110   or MATH 121  or above). To receive an A.S. degree, students must take one Level 2 course (MATH 110   or MATH 121 ) and one at Level 3 course (MATH 151   , MATH 200  , or MATH 217 )  or above.

Well-prepared students whose prospective majors require the traditional calculus sequence should take MATH 251  , or MATH 252   as soon as possible.

Students should be aware of the appropriate mathematics courses required for their planned majors and the four-year institutions to which they will transfer. If you have questions, ask your Learner Mentor, any Math faculty member or the Chair of the Department of Natural Science & Mathematics.

ADVISING NOTES:

MATH 100   is a review course in basic and intermediate algebra. It is a non-degree credit, non-transfer developmental course designed for the student who has a weak mathematical background and is not prepared for college-level mathematics. MATH 100   is a course designed to identify and eliminate the individual weaknesses of each student, especially those students interested in STEM-related majors and fields.

MATH 110  is a mathematics course for the non-science student. MATH 110  can be used to fulfill the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning requirements for an A.S. degree.

MATH 121  is a college algebra course designed to prepare the student for more advanced courses in mathematics such as business calculus, and pre-calculus. Students must earn an appropriate score on the math placement test or complete MATH 100  0 with a grade of C or higher before taking MATH 121 .

MATH 251  - MATH 252  is a two-semester calculus sequence for students who have successfully completed 3.5 or 4 units of high school mathematics (including trigonometry) and have received the appropriate score on the placement test, or students who have completed MATH 151  with a grade of C or higher.

Language (FREN and SPAN) Placement Guidance 

A student who has completed three or more years of a foreign language in high school must take a placement test before continuing in the same language. Students who have completed one or two years of a foreign language will begin with the 101 course, unless they opt to take the placement test and place at a higher level. This policy does not apply to students with AP credit in foreign language. Please contact Dr. Rachel Finney for placement testing information. (rfinney@rbc.edu)

Students enrolling in the 201 level should be prepared to display mastery of:

  1. Verb Tenses: Do you feel confident in basic tenses: present, past tenses (preterite and imperfect for Spanish, passé composé and imparfait for French), and subjunctive? (If these do not sound familiar, 201 is not right for you)
  2. Basic Conversation.  For example, the student should be able to conduct the following conversation in French or Spanish:
  • Recite your name, where you are from, and where you live now.
  • Tell a little about yourself (hobbies, interests, sports, work, anything you know how to say in Spanish/French).
  • Explain briefly (in 1-2 sentences) what you did yesterday. 

 

Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB)*

Richard Bland College recognizes the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board as legitimate means of acquiring college credit for qualified students who have completed college level courses while enrolled in an accredited secondary school. It is the responsibility of the student to see that official transcripts from the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board are furnished to the Registrar to be evaluated by the appropriate academic officer. Credit will be awarded on the basis of recommendations suggested by the American Council on Education (ACE) and approved by the faculty of Richard Bland College. These hours are not used, however, in the computation of the student's Richard Bland College grade point average. Richard Bland College will allow credit for scores on the AP Subject Examinations as follows:

EXAMINATION TITLE SCORE RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE
EQUIVALENT
HOURS
AWARDED
Art History  3 ART 201 3
  4 or 5 ART 201/ART 202 6
Biology 3 BIO 101/BIO 101L 4
  5 BIO 101/BIO 102 & BIO 101L/BIO 102L 8
Calculus AB 3 MATH 251 4
Calculus BC 3 MATH 251 4
  4 or 5 MATH 251/MATH 252 8
Chemistry 3 CHEM 101/CHEM 101L 4
  5 CHEM 101/CHEM 102 & CHEM 101L/CHEM 102L 8
Computer Science A 3 CSCI 202 3
  5 CSCI 202/CSCI 203 6
Computer Science AB 3 CSCI 202 3
  5 CSCI 202/CSCI 203 6
Economics: Macro 3 ECON 201 (Macro) 3
Economics: Micro 3 ECON 202 (Micro) 3
English Language & Composition 3 ENGL 101 3
English Literature & Composition 3 ENGL 102 3
European History 3 HIST 101 3
  5 HIST 101/HIST 102 6
U.S. History 3 HIST 201 3
  5 HIST 201/HIST 202 6
French Language 3 FREN 201 3
  5 FREN 201/FREN 202 6
Human Geography 3 GEO 103 3
Government & Politics: Comparative 3 GOVT 203 3
Government & Politics: United States 3 GOVT 201 3
Physics B 3 PHYS 101/PHYS 102 8
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 201 4
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 202 4
Psychology 3 PSY 201 3
  5 PSY 202 6
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 201 3
  5 SPAN 201/SPAN 202 6
Statistics 3 MATH 217 3
*Currently under review      

International Baccalaureate IB Subject Examinations

Richard Bland College will allow credit for scores on the IB subject examinations as follows:

EXAMINATION
TITLE
SCORE RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE
EQUIVALENT
HOURS
AWARDED
Biology 5, 6 or 7 BIO 101/BIO 101L BIO 101/BIO 102 & 4
    BIO 101L/BIO 102L 8
Chemistry 5, 6 or 7 CHEM 101/CHEM 101L 4
    CHEM 101/CHEM 102 & CHEM 101L/CHEM 102L 8
Computing Studies 5, 6 or 7 CSCI 221 3
    CSCI 221/CSCI 222 6
Economics 5, 6 or 7 ECON 201/202 6
English 6 or 7 ENGL 101 3
World History 6 or 7 HIST 101/102 6
History Americas  6 or 7 HIST 201/202 6
History Europe 6 or 7 HIST 101/102 6
Mathematics 5, 6 or 7 MATH 251 4
    MATH 251/252 8
French 5, 6 or 7 FREN 201/202 6
Spanish 5, 6 or 7 SPAN 201/202 6
Human Geography 4, 5, 6 or 7 GEO 103 3
Philosophy 5, 6 or 7 PHIL 101 3
Physics 6 or 7 PHYS 101/102 8
Psychology 6 or 7 PSYCH 201/202 6

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Richard Bland College awards college credit to students who score satisfactorily on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The maximum number of semester credits awarded to a student for CLEP General Examinations and/or Subject Examinations is 30. These hours are not used in the computation of the student's Richard Bland College grade point average. Generally a student may not attempt credit by examination for a course in which a failing grade was received, or for a basic course in an area in which acceptable college credits have been earned at a more advanced level. Credits awarded will not exceed those awarded by CLEP; for example, French Language Level 1 will be awarded six credits for FREN 101 -FREN 102 , instead of the eight credits that would be earned if the student completed the courses at Richard Bland College.

Students seeking to register for a CLEP exam should go to: clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam.

It is the responsibility of the student to request that official transcripts from the College Level Examination Program be sent directly to the Registrar's Office at Richard Bland College in order to be evaluated by the appropriate academic officer.

Richard Bland College will allow credit for scores on the CLEP Subject Examinations as follows:

EXAMINATION TITLE MIN
SCORE
RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE
EQUIVALENT
HOURS
AWARDED
Biology 50 BIO 101-102 (Lecture only) 6
Accounting, Principles of 50 BUS 201-202 6
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECON 202 3
Freshman College Composition w/essay 60 ENGL 101-102 6
English Literature 50 ENGL 203 3
American Literature 50 ENGL 205 3
French Language, Level 1 50 FREN 101-102 6
French Language, Level 2 62 FREN 201-202 12
German Language, Level 1 50 GERM 101-102 6
German Language, Level 2 63 GERM 201-202 12
American Government 50 GOVT 201 3
History of the U. S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HIST 201 3
History of the U. S II: 1865 to Present 50 HIST 202 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST 101 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to present 50 HIST 102 3
College Algebra 50 MATH 121 3
Pre-calculus 50 MATH 151 3
Psychology, Introductory3 50 PSY 201 or PSY 210 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 250 3
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 201 3
Spanish Language, Level 1 50 SPAN 101-102 6
Spanish Language, Level 2 66 SPAN 201-202 12

Alternative Educational Opportunities

To serve better the citizens of the Commonwealth, Richard Bland College offers a number of alternative educational opportunities as outlined in the following paragraphs. Students may work with a faculty member through Independent Study or Directed Study. Evening and online courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer for those who are unable to participate in the traditional academic schedule. Teacher recertification courses are offered on a regular basis. In addition, special on-campus programs are available to advanced high school students, members of the armed forces, and senior citizens. Richard Bland College awards college credit to students who score satisfactorily on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and also recognizes the Advanced Placement (AP) Tests for college-level courses completed while enrolled in an accredited secondary school.

Directed Study

This opportunity for non-classroom teaching and learning follows the syllabus in all respects except for class attendance. Offered only under exceptional circumstances, this option requires approval by and participation of a Richard Bland College faculty member as well as approval of the Provost. Grading follows the traditional system.

Independent Study

This opportunity for non-classroom teaching and learning is initiated by a student who desires an in-depth study of a topic not found in the curriculum. The content and learning objectives are suggested by the student and approved by a faculty mentor and by the Provost. No more than three credit hours may be earned through this option. Grading may be either pass/fail or traditional.

Evening and Online College

Evening and online courses have the same credit status as day courses. A schedule of offerings is available from the Office of Records & Registration by calling (804) 862-6238, or by going to the College website.

Summer Sessions

The purpose of the summer session is to provide the opportunity for college students and other adults to further their educational programs during the summer and to enable high school graduates to begin college work prior to the fall semester. Richard Bland College offers a variety of courses during the months between the end of the Spring semester and the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Students who have completed their junior year in high school and meet specific criteria, high school graduates, and students from other colleges and universities who are eligible to return to the institution they last attended may be considered for enrollment in the Richard Bland College summer session as nondegree-seeking students.

There are numerous course offerings available during the day and evening for students who desire to accelerate their program or to make up academic deficiencies. A student may enroll in up to fifteen credit hours during the summer. A schedule of summer offerings is available from the Office of the Records & Registration or by going to the College website.

Teacher Recertification

Specialized courses designed for teacher recertification are offered. Teachers may enroll in these courses and earn up to three credits for each course. These courses are restricted to public or private school teachers. A schedule of teacher recertification offerings is available from the Office of the Registrar.

Pre-teacher Education

Students considering a career in teaching at the elementary, middle, or high-school level are urged to meet with their Learner Mentor upon admission. Students are also encouraged to visit the Virginia Department of Education's site for general information at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/index.shtml. Information regarding teacher licensure in the Commonwealth can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/index.shtml 

The guaranteed program articulation in Education with The College of William & Mary creates opportunities for students to enroll in Richard Bland College courses which may be applied to the nonprofessional subject majors required of each William & Mary candidate for teacher recertification at either the elementary or secondary level. Richard Bland College students are able to transfer with junior status. All professional education courses will be taken at William & Mary.

Through Longwood University, students can enroll in EDUC - 200 Introduction to the Teaching Profession , to learn more about what is involved in preparing for and becoming a classroom teacher. RBC and Longwood have developed a recommended program of study so that students pursuing an Associate Degree at Richard Bland will be able to transfer with junior standing when they transfer to Longwood. Volunteer opportunities for tutoring and classroom assistance are also available.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps – ROTC Cross Enrollment Agreement with Virginia State University

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program consists of the basic course and the advanced course. The basic course is normally pursued during the first and sophomore years. The advanced course is pursued during the junior and senior years. Each advanced course student is entitled to a monthly allowance for up to 10 months per year. Each advanced course student is required to attend a six-week ROTC summer camp at the completion of his/her junior year. Successful completion of the ROTC program qualifies the student for appointment as a second lieutenant in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. For more information call (804) 524-5537.

Students with previous military experience may be given credit for certain military science prerequisites. No more than four (4) military science credits may be applied toward an Associate Degree.

Opportunities for Senior Citizens

A senior citizen who is age 60 or older and a resident of Virginia is offered special opportunities at Richard Bland College. In accordance with guidelines outlined in the Code of Virginia, §23- 38.56, a senior citizen may be permitted to:

  • Register for and enroll in courses as a full-time or part-time student for academic credit and pay no tuition if such senior citizen either had a taxable individual income not exceeding $15,000 for Virginia income tax purposes or qualified for property tax relief pursuant to the code of Virginia § 58.1-3210, for the year preceding the year in which enrollment is sought
  • Register for and enroll in courses for audit and pay no tuition, regardless of income

Such senior citizens shall pay no tuition or fees except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees. They will be subject to the admission requirements of the College. Tuition-paying students are accommodated in courses before senior citizens participating in this program are enrolled; however, the College may make individual exceptions to these procedures when the senior citizen has completed 75 percent of the requirements for a degree. Senior citizens whose annual income exceeds $15,000 for Virginia income tax purposes and who wish to register and enroll in courses for academic credit will be required to pay the prevailing tuition and fees.