Thanks for the clarifications. They help.
Every college must publish and stand by their own requirements and rules for earning a degree. At least one course in math is a standard requirement for any accredited college degree HOWEVER when we look at Ashland's catalog and policies here is what they say they can and will do in such a case as the one you present where a student has in good faith tried and failed to meet a core requirement .... (SEE: http://www.lcc.edu/catalog/policiesprocedures/graduation.aspx#core
Below is the official catalog policy that would apply to your son --- in a nutshell they will not waive a core course BUT they will allow a petition for a course substitution -- in that case your son would be allowed to substitute OTHER courses for those algebra courses. Because your son has a disability -- see the clause below -- his case is VERY STRONG for a math substitution.
If I were you I'd meet with an advisor and go over the official catalog policies and ask what documentation is needed to petition. An advisor can help you prepare the petition.
This approach SHOULD result in your son being allowed to complete his degree without taking algebra I and II BUT he would, if approved, need to complete substitute courses for these core requirements.
Let me know what Lansing says .....
LANSING CATALOG POLICY =
Process for Granting Exceptions to the Institutional Core Requirements for Associate Degrees
Core exceptions will be granted only as a result of verifiable college error, e.g. inappropriate advising, inaccurate printed materials. A student who wishes to formally appeal a determination that the Core requirement for an Associate degree has not been met, should appeal initially to the Department Chair of the Department offering the curriculum. The Chair should apply the following parameters in making a determination that an exception to current policy is warranted:
Even if a college error has been documented, if the student has the time and ability to take the course(s) necessary to satisfy the requirement, the course(s) should be completed.
The College does not waive a core requirement. In cases described in #1 above, substitutions are allowed only after consultation with the Chair of the department offering the Core course for which a substitution will be made.
If the Chair determines that an exception is warranted, a recommendation should be sent to the Dean of the Division. The recommendation should include the student's name and student number, a brief summary of the situation and the reason(s) for the recommendation, and any other relevant documentation. If the Dean concurs with the Chair's recommendation, a recommendation should be sent to the Academic Affairs Office. The recommendation will be reviewed, and if any concerns arise, the matter will be further discussed with the Dean. If the recommendation is accepted, the Academic Affairs Office will inform the Registrar of the exception in writing with a copy to the Dean, and will also send written notification to the student with a copy to the Registrar.
The Chair notifies the student if the Chair believes an exception is not warranted. The student may appeal the Chair's decision to the Dean. If the Dean agrees with the Chair's decision, the Dean notifies the student. If the Dean does not agree with the Chair's decision, the Dean will forward a recommendation to the Academic Affairs Office.
The final decision for granting exceptions to the institutional Core requirements rests with the Academic Affairs Office.
Accomodations for Students with Documented Disabilities
In January 1999, the following policy for completing the General Education Core Curriculum for Students with Documented Disabilities was approved.
The expectation for students with documented disabilities is that they will complete all requirements for a Lansing Community College associate degree. This includes the General Education Core Curriculum requirements. In cases where a student cannot successfully complete the Core because of a disability (as confirmed by the Office of Disability Services in consultation with the faculty teaching the course), the procedures outlined below will be followed.
It is assumed that the student has attempted the Core course in question with appropriate support from the Office of Disability Services which may include reasonable accommodations being made by the institution. If the student is not successful, a reasonable substitution for the course (one that enables the student to achieve the outcomes of the course unsuccessfully attempted) may be proposed by a group consisting of the following representatives: a faculty member who is responsible for teaching the course attempted; a member of the Curriculum and Instruction Council; the Leader of the Office of Disability Services; the Divisional Instructional Leader from the Division the offers the student's program. The proposal will be developed in consultation with the student.
The proposal will be approved by the Provost who will inform the Registrar's Office of the approved substitution in writing.
How to Apply for the Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or Certificate of Completion
Prior to submitting an application for a degree or certificate, students should consult with an advisor to review progress toward completing requirements. Substitutions or waivers for program requirements must be approved on an authorized form signed by the department offering the program. (Substitutions and waivers are not allowed for institutional degree or certificate requirements. See Institutional Requirements for Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion and Institutional Requirements for Associate Degrees in this section.) Students apply by the deadline the semester they complete the program requirements. Information and the applications are located online at http://www.lcc.edu/enrollment/graduation/.
Procedures are as follows:
Complete an Application for Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion. This application is available in the Enrollment Services Office. If substitutions and/or waivers have been approved, a Course Substitution and Waiver Authorization form must be attached to the application when submitted or the application will be considered denied.
Attach a copy of the curricular guide (program of study) for the degree or certificate being sought. Note: Students may not follow a curricular guide that predates their first semester of enrollment. The requirements must be met by the semester the curricular guide expires.
Submit the application and the curricular guide to the Enrollment Services Office. If applicable, attach a Course Substitution and Waiver Authorization form.
If the Enrollment Services Office determines that there are requirements NOT met, the student will receive notification indicating the application has been denied.
If all the requirements are met, the student will receive notification indicating that the degree or certificate has been approved.
The LCC transcript will show the degree or certificate awarded.
Diplomas and certificates are mailed to students during the semester after degrees or certificates have been awarded.
Thanks for your help with this.
In response to your last post, no, we have not petitioned the dean. In reviewing our files, our documentation is too old, the last IEP records we have dated back to well before 9th grade which seems to be the cutoff for a diagnosis. However, we have contacted the high school's special education office to see if they have any old records that we might possibly use.
Regarding your first post, here are the answers:
1. I am assuming from your posting that your son has earned ALL his other requirements for an associate’s degree except his math requirement. Is that so? Is he required to complete 1 course or 3 semester credits in math for his associates at your community college?
Yes, according to the last advisor he met with, he had done everything except take and pass: Introductory Algebra (4 credits) and Intermediate Algebra (4 credits). He did pass the prealgebra class (0 credits) after three attempts and he failed both attempts at Introductory Algebra.
He also passed 3 science courses: Environmental Science (4 credits), Physical Geology (4 credits) and World Regional Geography (4 credits).
Can you tell me the name of the community college? Lansing Community College
Can you tell me the the total number of credits he has earned? 130 (111 in academic subjects and 19 in welding)
What degree was he working toward? The last degree he was working toward was an Associate in Arts Degree in International Studies
We really appreciate your assistance with this. Our son is 31 years old and wants to get on with his education, but - as he just said to me - he is unwilling to take any more math.[/quote]