A new academic year begins every summer term and ends with the following spring term. Every academic year Lane publishes a new catalog describing the policies, academic programs and requirements in effect during that academic year. The requirements for a program can change and it is the student's responsibility to know and adhere to the policies and requirements in their governing catalog.
For degree purposes, a governing catalog is a set of academic programs and their requirements. Lane publishes a new catalog each academic year, which begins in the Summer and runs through the end of Spring term the following year. To earn an associate's degree or a certificate, students must meet the requirements in the catalog that is current when they declare their Program of Study at LCC, unless they choose to meet the requirements of a later catalog for which they qualify. For associate degrees and two-year certificate of completion programs, a catalog's requirements are valid for five years. For certificate programs shorter than two-years in length, such as Career Pathway Certificates, a catalog's requirements are valid for three years. If a course of study extends beyond the validity of the catalog program, graduation requirements may have changed and students will have to meet the requirements of a valid catalog for which they qualify. To qualify for a catalog, a student must earn at least one credit in that academic year. Students who do not earn at least one LCC credit each academic year lose the right to meet the requirements of their original catalog. They must then meet requirements of the current catalog at the time they resume work on their degree or certificate at LCC, or a later catalog. Reverse transfer students may graduate using their original catalog, if no more than five years old, or any valid catalog for which they qualify using Lane or Transfer coursework If a degree program has a substantive change as defined by the Curriculum Office, then a student not in attendance during the year the change is effected, but who qualifies for the immediately previous catalog, may petition to graduate under the new requirements.
Revisions to Catalog
While Lane makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this catalog, changes may be necessary. Therefore, this catalog is not a contract between Lane and current or prospective students. If the College approves changes that affect this catalog, the revised requirements will be available online in myGradPlan, in academic departments, as well as in program advisors' offices. In the event that a specific AAS program degree, AAS program option, or certificate of completion is suspended or deleted, the requirements for that program must be fulfilled within timeframe in the written teach-out agreement. Students affected by changes should contact the appropriate program advisor, program coordinator, or academic dean.
Degrees and Certificates
Lane may confer degrees and certificates upon satisfactory completion of these prescribed credit programs:Degrees and certificates with an* are career technical programs. The title of the career technical program will appear on the degree or certificate when awarded. Degrees are awarded with a graduation date commensurate with the completion of the last required course. If a degree program has a substantive change as defined by the Curriculum Office, then a student not in attendance during the year the change is effected, but who qualifies for the immediately previous catalog, may petition to graduate under the new requirements and will be awarded in the first term of the new catalog year.
Petitions are available on the Enrollment Services website.
Candidates for an associate degree or certificate must meet the following general graduation requirements. Some degrees and certificates may have additional limitations or requirements. Please see individual programs for requirement information.
- Total Credits Complete the number of credits as required for the individual degree, including foundational skills and discipline studies requirements.
- Minimum Credits at Lane Complete at least 24 credits. Career Pathways Certificates can be earned with fewer than 24 credits.
- Cooperative Education Students may use up to 18 credits of Cooperative Education toward a degree/certificate.
- Grade Point Average Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at Lane.
- Pass/No Pass Students may select P/NP option for up to 16 credits toward a degree/certificate, unless limited by specific program requirements. This does not include courses only offered P/NP.
- Credit-by-Exam and Credit-by-Assessment Credits used toward a degree/certificate may not exceed 25% of total degree credits.
- Apply for graduation during the first week of your final term.
Exceptions for Program Requirements
Lane does not authorize individual departments to waive degree requirements of Foundational Skills and Discipline Studies requirements. An instructional dean, or designee, may use any course on a student's transcript to substitute for any required major course limited up to 10 percent of the program for Career Technical programs only. The Academic Requirements Review Committee will consider petitions to substitute a college General Education requirement.
In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, colleges must be willing to modify academic requirements to prevent discrimination against eligible students with disabilities. Therefore, qualified students with disabilities may request that appropriate course substitutions be considered as a programmatic accommodation.
Lane awards degrees and certificates to students at the end of summer, fall, winter, and spring terms. Students apply for their degrees or certificates the term they intend to complete. Application forms are submitted online through myLane.
Commencement is the annual ceremony Lane has for all graduates who complete their degrees during the year. The commencement ceremony is held in June. There is no separate application to participate in commencement. Students who have applied for graduation and who have not completed their studies can still participate in the ceremony.
Transfer Guidelines for Degrees and Certificates
Lane uses course work from U.S. colleges and universities that are regionally accredited by:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
- The Higher Learning Commission (formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Transfer Credit Process
Students transferring to Lane and seeking a Lane degree or certificate should submit official transcripts to Lane from postsecondary institutions previously attended. An official evaluation will be performed by a Lane degree evaluator and may only be started after Lane has received your official transcript(s). The results of an evaluation can be viewed in myGradPlan. All documents submitted to Lane become the property of Lane and are subject to federal law, as well as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Courses may transfer even if Lane does not offer an identical course. Not all transfer course work is eligible to meet defined degree or certificate requirements. Under some circumstances, counselors and academic advisors for the program and/or major can offer an unofficial or non-Lane degree/certificate transcript evaluation. However, the official evaluation will occur upon receipt of your official transcripts.
U.S. Transfer Credits
- Grades of Pass are only transferable when the issuing institution defines the grade as C- or better.
- Coursework at 300 levels or above is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- The college or university must have been regionally accredited or be a candidate for regional accreditation when the coursework was taken.
International Transfer Credits
Coursework listed on non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an agency on the NACES website. A course-by-course evaluation is required.
Non-Traditional Transfer Credits
Credit-by Assessment and Credit-by-Exam may be granted for some courses. Students can use these methods to earn credits when institutions are not regionally accredited for a maximum of 25 percent of the degree or certificate. More information is available at lanecc.edu.
Lane will evaluate any of the following learning experiences for credit depending on test and score: Advanced Placement (AP), College-level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB). DANTES (DSST) is accepted on a highly limited, case-by-case basis through faculty assessment. Military Service Credit, (AARTS, CCAF, CGI, and SMART) is considered for transfer evaluation based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendation. Lane does not accept non-military ACE recommendations.
A military Veteran may be granted three credits of PE applicable to all PE/Health degree requirements upon the submission of a DD214 with basic training completion.