Featured Programs

The above programs are just a sampling of some of the most popular offered through Glen Oaks. Not what you’re looking for? Then please visit our Degrees & Certificates page for a full listing of the different programs and degrees available.

Academic Success

At Glen Oaks Community College, our primary concern is your success!

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Academic success is the result of hard work, but it’s also a product of knowing where to go to get the right information, which regulations have to be met, which requirements will help you meet your goals, and what kind of help is available to you along the way.

Glen Oaks prides itself on the fact that thousands of its graduates have successfully transferred to 4-year colleges and universities and gone on to make significant contributions in their chosen career fields. Smooth transfer of credits from Glen Oaks is assured if you fulfill the requirements for the transfer associate degrees.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is administered by The College Board, a private educational agency. High schools wishing to participate in the program follow specific guidelines and offer students college-level coursework. At the completion of this coursework, an Advanced Placement Examination is administered. The results of this test are reported to the student, the secondary school, and the college. The program expects that participating colleges will normally grant advanced placement or degree credit, or both, to candidates who have grades of 4 or better.

The scale being used in defining this result is as follows:

5 = Extremely well qualified
4 = Well qualified
3 = Qualified
2 = Possibly qualified
1 = No recommendation

Glen Oaks cooperates with this program in that if the placement examination taken by the student is passed with a score of 3.0 or more, a review will be made of a student’s course of study. Advanced placement will be treated similarly to transfer credit and may count toward degree requirements. Students admitted to Glen Oaks will be notified of receipt of their score and encouraged to work with the college counselors to help set up a program of study.

A maximum of 47 semester hours of credit may be applied toward an associate degree through the Advanced Placement Program. Transfer of Advanced Placement credits to another post-secondary institution is dependent on the policy in effect at the transferring college or university.

Advanced Standing

Enrollment in a program of studies with advanced standing permits the student to select advanced courses only and does not grant college credit for those basic courses which may be bypassed. In all cases, the degree requirements regarding total credit hours remain as stated in the catalog. All requests for advanced standing should be made to the Dean of the College prior to enrollment in the advanced class.

Criteria for eligibility for advanced standing are:

  1. Extensive training or experience in industry or business in a particular field.
  2. A portfolio of work experience will be evaluated upon request.
  3. Completion of a specialized high school program in the specific area advanced standing is requested.
  4. Completion of an approved training course or program in a branch of the military service, which is the same or equivalent to a basic course offered at Glen Oaks.
The Dean of Academics & Extended Learning may require examples of work and/or a proficiency test in the subject matter area that advanced standing is requested. In all cases, the Dean of the College will advise the Registrar of his/her decision and copies of the request and decision will be placed in the student’s personal file.


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Students are expected to attend all sessions of each course they’re enrolled in. Failure to do so may result in academic penalty or withdrawal from the class.

Absence for any reason, including illness or late registration, in no way relieves the student of the responsibility of completing all work in the course to the satisfaction of the instructor.

When a student cannot attend class due to illness or other extenuating reasons, the instructor should be notified. This can be done by telephoning Glen Oaks and leaving a message for that instructor.

Regular attendance is encouraged in each course. The following procedure is suggested:

  • Faculty keep records of student’s class attendance.
  • When a student’s absence record equals that of the number of credit hours in a course, the faculty member should request that an attendance letter be sent from the Dean of the College.
  • If, after counseling, there is no change in the student’s attitude, and/or if the individual misses 15% of the class hours in a given course, the instructor may drop the student from the class and assign an appropriate grade.

Student Successes Assessment

“…institutional assessment efforts should not be concerned about valuing what can be measured but, instead, about measuring that which is valued.”

— Banta, Lund, Black, & Oblander (1996)

At Glen Oaks Community College, we believe that institutional success is measured in large part by student success. Therefore, the College is committed to improving student learning, and we believe that assessment provides one of the best tools for achieving that improvement by furnishing us with feedback about the effectiveness of teaching and the quality of learning. Such assessment must be both formative and summative, should take place using multiple methods at all levels, and should be ongoing and systematic.

Student Learning Outcomes

Glen Oaks Community College strives to help students develop the ability over their lifetime to do the following:

  • Acquire and apply the knowledge and skills appropriate for career and personal goals.
  • Communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and visual/nonverbal skills.
  • Embrace and apply lifelong learning.
  • Engage in healthy physical, intellectual, emotional, and social behaviors.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Accept the constancy of change at personal, local, and global levels; adapt effectively.
  • Maintain technological competencies.
  • Serve others and community.

These outcomes were developed collaboratively between the faculty, staff, and students of Glen Oaks Community College.

Glen Oaks Participation in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning (HLC)

In June, 2008, the Assessment Team attended the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning workshop offered through the Higher Learning Commission to its member institutions.

The Assessment Academy provides participants with a four-year sequence of events and activities designed to focus on assisting institutions in assessing and improving student learning and building an institution-wide commitment to assessment of student learning. Guided by work with the Academy and with input from a wide array of stakeholders, the College established a comprehensive student learning project.

Although formal participation in the Academy is complete, the Assessment Team continues to play an active role in assisting the College in quality improvement efforts.

What is Assessment?

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education (Thomas A. Angelo, AAHE Bulletin, November 1995, p.7).

There are three general types of assessment in which the college engages – course, program, and general education assessment.

Assessment at Glen Oaks

CourseProgramGeneral Education Assessment

Course assessment is the assessment of student learning at the individual course level. A course should be assessed for whether students are achieving the learning outcomes as stated in the syllabus for that course. Course assessment is often accomplished through tools such as exams, portfolios, or projects.

Program assessment or program review is the assessment of student learning within a particular academic program leading to a degree or certificate. A program should be assessed for whether students are achieving the learning outcomes developed by the appropriate department(s). Program assessment is often done through capstone experiences, portfolios, graduate or employer surveys, or licensure exams. Program assessment is not the evaluation of student achievement of learning objectives within courses that are part of the program, but rather of students’ overall achievement of the broad goals of the academic program (e.g. employment, mastery of certain skills, successful transfer, etc.)

General Education Assessment is the assessment of student learning within the curricular areas meeting the College’s general education requirements for a degree: writing, speech, mathematics, natural science, social and behavioral science, arts and humanities, critical thinking, and computer information literacy. Because the general education requirement is an institutional requirement that crosses disciplines, assessment occurs on a broader scale than course or program assessment. The general education areas are assessed for whether students are achieving the learning outcomes as stated in the College Catalog for each area. General education assessment is currently done through standardized testing (writing, mathematics, and natural science), surveys or prompts (social and behavioral science and arts and humanities), evaluated speeches (speech), and institutionally developed or administered exams (critical thinking and computer and information literacy). General education assessment may occur in any of the courses that meet the general education requirement, and certain institutional assessments may also take place in courses outside the general educational areas.

Graduation Recognition

At graduation each year, recognition is given to each student who has maintained a high cumulative grade point average.

Recognitions are:
Cum Laude
(3.00 – 3.49 GPA)
Magna Cum Laude
(3.50 – 3.74 GPA)
Summa Cum Laude
(3.75 – 4.00 GPA)

Academic Recognitions

President's List

The President’s List is compiled each semester for full and part-time students completing six or more credit hours and earning a minimum of 3.75 to 4.0 semester grade point average. Credits for courses with grades of W, I, IP, CR, NC or other grades not computed in the grade point average are not used to determine full or part-time status.

Dean's List

The Dean’s List is compiled each semester for full and part-time students carrying six or more credit hours and earning a minimum of 3.5 to 3.74 semester grade point average. Credits for courses with grades of W, I, IP, CR, NC or other grades not computed in the grade point average are not used to determine full or part-time status.

President's Award

Each year at graduation, recognition is given to a graduate receiving an associate degree who has maintained a 3.75 GPA or better, has earned a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit at Glen Oaks and who has been nominated for his/her outstanding contribution to class-work and to Glen Oaks.

Faculty Awards

Each faculty member may recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in departmental work and interest in the specific field of study, and who have maintained a 3.00 GPA over 30 semester hours of college work (12 hours if on certificate program).

John Oster Scholarship Award

This award is given to a full-time student who demonstrates leadership ability, a drive for achievement, and an expressed willingness to help others.

Marion Wakefield & F. Burr Joslin Memorial Art Award

This award is presented to one or more exceptional Glen Oaks art majors with plans to continue his or her education beyond the community college level, at the completion of his or her second year in the program.

The Wall Street Journal Award (Presented by Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

Business students, both full-time and part-time, who display high academic standards, excellence in the classroom, and who express a desire to work in the business world (or are presently working in business) are eligible to receive this award.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Students identified by the faculty as being among the country’s most outstanding campus leaders are recognized by membership in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.