Oct 27, 2021  
Academic Program Manuals 2020-2021 
Academic Program Manuals 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts & Sciences Program Policies & Procedures

The Arts and Sciences/Criminal Justice/Culinary Arts Student Manual is designed to supplement the Indian Hills Student Handbook.   In no fashion is the Arts and Sciences/Criminal Justice/Culinary Arts Student Manual intended to substitute for or supersede procedures and policies stated in the Indian Hills Student Handbook.  It is the responsibility of students to read and familiarize themselves with the contents of both publications. Failure to do so will not relinquish them of obligations and expectations outlined within each document.

The policies and procedures addressed in this booklet apply to students from all programs enrolled in any Arts & Sciences, Criminal Justice, or Culinary Art course. 

Arts & Sciences Program Philosophy

The Arts and Sciences Division of Indian Hills Community College is dedicated to serving the wide range of students who take classes in the division. We recognize that some come for an associate degree, or course work in general, transferable to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree; for a terminal degree in Criminal Justice or Culinary Arts leading to the workforce; or for increased knowledge in their areas of interest. This is fulfilled through a curriculum combining traditional (classroom) and nontraditional delivery (i.e. distance-learning, online-learning, service-learning) forms that enable students:

  1. To think critically and creatively;
  2. To communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  3. To use mathematics, science and technologies appropriate to the student’s field or interest;
  4. To recognize and appreciate historical, cultural, artistic, and/or personal concepts of society, native as well as global.



Students wishing to enroll in Indian Hills Arts and Sciences classes must first fill out an application form, available on the IHCC Web page (www.indianhills.edu).  Students need to indicate specifically if they are applying for entry into the Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, or Culinary Arts programs.


The registration period begins four weeks before the Winter, Spring, and Summer term start.  Fall term registration begins in April.   It is very important that students review the scheduling dates.   Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registration. Students may register online through IHCC Web Advisor at www.indianhills.edu.

It is imperative that all students understand that the registration process legally commits them to paying the amount indicated during registration.  If students have any questions about payments of bills with Indian Hills, they should speak with a business office representative.


First-term students at Indian Hills must go through a new student orientation before they can register for classes.  There are two components of the orientation process: college-wide information and program specific information.  Orientation is designed to provide students with information vital to their success at Indian Hills.

Drop/Add Period

During the first five instructional days of a 12 week term, students may add classes; classes may be dropped the first eight days of the term with full refunds for dropped classes.  This may be done online. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with the course instructor prior to adding a class that has already begun.  No course additions are permitted after the 5th day of a 12 week term. Specific dates for each term are listed in the calendar section.  Drop dates for classes scheduled for less than 12 weeks will vary. Contact your department for information.


After the eighth day of the term until two weeks before the term ends, students may withdraw from classes without refund. During this period, students wishing to withdraw from class should speak with their instructor first.  Afterwards, they need to visit the Academic Advising office and complete an Intent to Withdraw slip.   This cannot be done online.  Failure to complete any part of this process by each term’s deadline will result in the student not being officially withdrawn from class and therefore subject to receive the grade earned.


Instructors issue midterm grades at the beginning of the sixth week of a term.  Instructors may give traditional letter grades or pass/fail grades for their students.

Instructors are not encouraged to post final grades for students, and they are prohibited from conveying grades over the telephone or via email. You can check your grades online at IHCC Web Advisor at www.indianhills.edu.

Directions for viewing grades online:

  1. Go to the IHCC web site: www.indianhills.edu
  2. Click on Web Advisor
  3. Click on Students
  4. Click on Log-in and enter User ID and Password


Students wishing to transfer credits earned at Indian Hills to other colleges will need to speak with an Academic Advisor as soon as they decide where they want to transfer.  The Academic Advisor can give those students beneficial, general advice about transferring credits; however, it is the responsibility of the students to contact the college to which they transfer and find out how their IHCC credit will be accepted by that institution.  Students may have copies of their transcripts sent to other colleges by contacting the Registrar located in the Bennett Student Service Center.  Many colleges and universities have course equivalency guides on their website indicating how individual IHCC courses transfer to their college.  If the student plans to attend one of the Regent institutions, they can visit www.transferiniowa.org as a comprehensive resource for transfer information.

University of Iowa 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan - Planning ahead can save transfer students valuable time and money.  Iowa’s 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan is designed to help.  Iowa community college students in select majors can use the 2 Plus 2 plan to supplement their AA degree with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa after just two additional years of study. www.uiowa.edu/2plus2

The Admissions Partnership Program is a partnership between participating community colleges and Iowa State University designed to provide an advantage to current and future students from those colleges who are planning to earn a bachelor’s degree at Iowa State.  Program participants plan for a successful transfer to Iowa State University through advising activities, social and cultural opportunities, and satisfying academic requirements. www.admissions.iastate.edu/partnership


Students intending to graduate with their Associate of Arts, Associate in Science Degree, or Associate of Applied Science Degree will need to fill out an Intent to Graduate form at the beginning of their final term.  Failure to submit this form in a timely manner may result in the student not graduating.  This form can be found online at www.indianhills.edu or in the Academic Advising office. Associate in Science and Associate in Arts students must complete all degree requirements, a minimum of 64 semester credit hours and attain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to graduate.   Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice must complete all degree requirements, 81 semester credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA.


New full time students are advised to take the Accuplacer test or submit ACT scores to the Testing Center prior to admission.  The Accuplacer is available at the Testing Centers located on the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses and at every IHCC County Service Center.  Students living outside the area may also register for an exam at an institution near them.  To schedule an appointment, contact the Testing Center at testing@indianhills.edu or at (800)726-2585, ext.5142.  ACT or SAT scores may be mailed to IHCC Testing Center.  The Testing Center offers a full menu of testing services including make-up tests for current students and professional licensure and certification tests. To view the complete menu of available tests visit www.indianhills.edu/students/docs/testing_center_tests.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may elect to take one or more College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.  Each CLEP Subject Examination covers material taught in an undergraduate course with a similar title at most colleges and universities.  Successful completion of a CLEP Subject Examination will substitute for credit earned in a similar, traditionally taught class.  Indian Hills complies with Iowa colleges’ agreement that only CLEP scores at the 50th percentile or higher (the most recent national norms of people who have taken the course) will receive any credit. If you do not meet the minimum requirements to receive credit for the examination, you must wait six months before you can take the same exam. Credit by examination will not be granted:

  1. If it duplicates courses previously passed or failed.
  2. For a course for which the student does not meet the stated prerequisite(s) listed in the granting community college’s catalog.
  3. For a course which is a prerequisite to one for which credit has previously been earned.

Students may use a maximum of 16 credits toward the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree.  CLEP Exams do not remove grades of “F” on courses taken, nor will credit be awarded for any course previously passed or failed.  CLEP credit will not affect your grade point average.   To sign up for CLEP Exams in Ottumwa, contact the Testing Center at (641)683-5142 or (800)726-2585, ext.5142.   For CLEP testing in Centerville, contact the SUCCESS Center at (641)856-2143 or (800)670-3641, ext.2214.

Computer Literacy

In order to graduate students are required to demonstrate proficiency in computer applications by completing a designated course.  The designated courses are CSC110 Introduction to Computers or CSC116 Information Computing.

How To Be Successful In College

All new Arts & Sciences students are required to take How To Be Successful In College course (SDV*101).  This course is designed to familiarize new students with college services and policies and to provide helpful strategies for succeeding in college.

Calculating Grade Point Average

To calculate your grade point average, you will convert your letter grades into points as follows:  A=4 points; B=3 points; C=2 points; D=1 point; F=0 points.   You then multiply your grade points by the number of credits in the course.   For example, Introduction to Psychology is a three credit course.  If you received a “B” in that class, you would take 3 credits times 3 grade points for a total of 9 grade points.

Your overall grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits taken.  (Do not include courses with a “W” grade).  Here is an example:  You took the following courses and received the following grades:  Composition I (3 credits): B; Painting (2 credits): B; Introduction to Literature (3 credits): B; Math for Liberal Arts (3 credits): B. To determine the GPA for these grades, you will first figure out the grade points for each class and then ad d up the total number of credits you took and the total number of grade points you received.  You will then divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credits taken.  You would do the following calculations for the example given above:  3X3 =9; 2X3=6; 3X2=6; 3X4=12. This gives you a total of 11 credits with 33 grade points. Divide 33 by 11, giving you a 3.0 grade point average.

Note:  It is important to know that if a class is taken on a pass/fail basis (such as developmental courses), a “P” does not impact your GPA, but an “F” does.

Graduation Requirements & Curriculum

Graduation will be certified by the issuance of a degree or diploma.  Satisfactory completion includes complying with all program requirements, as well as the following:

  1. the student must achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  2. a minimum of 16 semester hours in an associate degree program must be earned at Indian Hills (a minimum of 12 semester hours, or one term, in a diploma program must be taken at Indian Hills)
  3. the student must have made arrangements for meeting all financial obligations to the college

Ceremonies are held in the Winter and Spring terms at Ottumwa, with Spring term graduation ceremonies conducted at Centerville.

Check with an Academic Advisor when you near graduation.

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Degree Requirements

It is the goal of a liberal arts education to produce broadly educated persons who are able to think clearly and critically and who express themselves well.  The Associate Degree is designed to be a cross-disciplinary curriculum aimed at educating the whole person and providing transfer to a four-year college or university.

TOTAL REQUIRED: 64 Semester Credits

Arts & Sciences Transfer

The Arts and Sciences program is designed to prepare students for a variety of majors at the baccalaureate level.  During the first two years of undergraduate study, most of the course work consists of general education courses and courses common to any major.  Therefore, many students prefer to begin their educational path with a very general or ―undecided direction of course work. The Arts and Sciences program is designed around that premise.  However, in order to provide direction to those persons who have very definite career goals, as well as those who are experimenting with several major areas of study, Indian Hills has created transfers for many baccalaureate institutions where most Indian Hills students transfer.  If students know the exact program of study and the college or university where they will transfer, a more specific program can also be tailored to meet individual needs.  Suggested courses for students who do not wish to focus on any particular area (undecided) are included as well.  For information go to the IHCC website www.indianhills.edu select courses and programs, Arts & Sciences.

  • Accounting, Associate of Arts
  • Agriculture Education, Associate of Arts
  • Agronomy, Associate of Science
  • Animal Science, Associate of Science
  • Art, Associate of Arts
  • Athletic Coaching, Associate of Arts
  • Biology, Associate of Science
  • Business, Associate of Arts
  • Chemistry, Associate of Science
  • Communication, Associate of Arts
  • Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts 
  • Education, Associate of Arts  
    • Early Childhood Teacher Licensure
    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education​
  • English/Humanities, Associate of Arts
  • Entrepreneurship, Associate of Arts
  • Forestry, One year—No formal award
  • Graphic Design, Associate of Arts
  • Health, Associate of Arts/Associate of Science
  • History, Associate of Arts
  • Mass Media/Journalism, Associate of Arts
  • Mathematics, Associate of Science
  • Music, Associate of Arts
  • Natural Resources, Associate of Science
  • Photography, Associate of Arts
  • Physics, Associate of Science
  • Political Science, Associate of Arts
  • Pre-Professional, Associate of Arts/Associate of Science
    • Pre-Chiropractic
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Law
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Mortuary Science
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Osteopathic
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Veterinary
  • Psychology, Associate of Arts
  • Public Relations/Organizational Communications, Associate of Arts   
  • Social Work, Associate of Arts
  • Sociology, Associate of Arts
  • Spanish, Associate of Arts 
  • Sports Medicine, Associate of Arts
  • Theater, Associate of Arts 
  • Undecided, Associate of Arts

Specific classes and suggested course sequences are available in the Indian Hills College Catalog.  Students should consult with an advisor and the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer to determine specific requirements for the major they intend to pursue.  The recommended courses are based on a comparison of various programs and should not be considered a substitute for consulting with an Academic Advisor. 

Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science

It is the goal of the Criminal Justice program to provide the students with a general knowledge of t he criminal justice system so they might obtain employment in their chosen field within that system. The Criminal Justice program, as an integral part of Indian Hills Community College, believes its main purpose is to provide a program for men and women to prepare for entry-level positions or to continue their education in their chosen field.  All applicants to this 21 month program will undergo a criminal background check.  The program is closed to all applicants with a felony record or any other criminal record that would be a likely barrier to future employment. Because of the employment requirements, we believe it is not appropriate to allow a student to continue in a program where they have no chance to be employable.  It would not benefit the student to strive toward unrealistic expectations of employment. Therefore student behavior is assessed throughout the program.  The faculty believes the criminal justice system is in constant change which requires college programs to provide a broad education that is essential in criminal justice and that allows for technical courses that reflect those changes. We believe in focusing on major issues concerning criminal justice as a profession and on those people who are actors in a changing profession.  Because of the nature of some aspects of criminal justice, we believe we have the responsibility to the community and public to carefully screen and advise those persons choosing criminal justice as a profession.  We attempt to counsel students in identifying learning needs, choosing an area of concentration, and directing them to best meet these needs.

Students entering criminal justice have unique pre-employment qualifications because of the nature of public safety work. These qualifications may include passing extensive criminal/character background checks, physical examinations, polygraph testing, oral boards, drug screening, and psychological testing.   Each student should be aware of these requirements.   Those students who choose a seventh term internship must be aware that each agency may ask the student to meet the same hiring guidelines required of any employee of the agency. 

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, students will be able to:

  • understand the major subsystems in the criminal justice field and how each functions know the general concepts of the criminal law based on the Model Penal Code
  • understand the impact the United States Constitution has on various criminal justice components and its actors know the theories of crime causation
  • demonstrate sound ethical values when making decisions in the criminal justice field
  • know the general concepts of the criminal law
  • identify the major theories of crime causation

In each term of the student’s academic program, the student will be evaluated by the Program Director, full time, and adjunct staff.  Using a variety of assessment instruments (which may include, but not be limited to, academic assessment, interest inventory, and background assessment), the student will be counseled as to whether to continue the program.

The Criminal Justice program is student-centered concerning institutional approaches, and in being so we believe the student shares the responsibility for learning.   By combining general and technical education with assessment, counseling and internship experiences, we believe that the student should meet those hiring standards currently in practice.

Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science

Provide professional skills, knowledge, attitudes and work habits for each student. Support career preparation in the hospitality industry with a wide variety of occupational choices.

Program Goals

  • challenge students to be successful in all classes and labs
  • encourage students to have employment related to the culinary industry
  • be alert to changes in our industry and share that information with fellow culinarians
  • encourage students involvement in clubs, activities, and community events related to Culinary Arts
  • provide students opportunities for competitions
  • assist students with additional education funding
  • provide on-going support to our graduates


Reverse Credit Transfer

Reverse credit transfer is a partnership developed by the Board of Regents and Iowa’s public universities in close collaboration with Iowa’s community colleges to facilitate the transfer of credits back to one of Iowa’s community colleges for the purpose of providing an opportunity for students to attain a degree, diploma or certification.

The agreement builds on the many existing collaborative arrangements between the institutions that promote the success of community college students as they transition to Iowa’s public universities.

How does reverse credit transfer work?

Iowa community college transfer students have the opportunity to participate in the reverse credit transfer agreement. Community college students indicate their interest, at the time of application to the university, in applying future credits earned at the university toward the completion of their associate degree, diploma or certification.

By doing so, the student agrees to have his/her university transcript sent back to his/her community college while enrolled at the university. The community college will then evaluate this coursework to determine if degree, diploma or certification requirements are met. The community college makes the decision on whether a degree or other credential will be granted. Any credential will be awarded in the semester/year all final requirements are met.

The sending of the university transcript to the community college does not guarantee the granting of a degree or other credential. This is at the discretion of and subject to the degree and residency requirements of the community college, which is the degree granting institution.

Value of an Associate Degree

Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degree Requirements

Total Credits Required: 64

  Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) Credits Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) Credits
English/Speech 9 9
Humanities/Fine Arts 8 8
Mathematics/Science 8 20
Social Sciences 9 9
Distributed Electives 6
Computer Class 3 3
How To Be Successful In College 3 3
General Electives 18 12


Appropriate Communication

Communication with faculty, staff and fellow students should be respectful and appropriate. This includes face-to-face well as electronic communication. Students who express inappropriate or disrespectful comments to others may be disciplined. Disciplinary consequences may include removal from a course or from the college. This policy is in accordance with the Quality of Life Code stated in the Indian Hills Community College Student Handbook.


Class attendance is critical to student success.  Students should plan on attending each class meeting.  Arts and Sciences faculty members establish their own classroom attendance policies.  In general, instructors must comply with three restrictions regarding the formulation of these policies: 1) attendance policies must be stated in the course syllabus; 2) they must be fair; and 3) they must apply equitably to all students.

Students should check with their instructor and the course syllabus regarding attendance polices, as instructors’ policies differ. Making up work is at the discretion of the instructor, so students must know their instructor’s policies. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any information and/or assignments missed during an absence. Absences do not excuse a student from course assignments or deadlines.

Cell Phones

Students are not allowed to have cell phones turned on in class unless they are part of the student’s job or in case of emergencies.

Students Attending School-Sanctioned Events

To view the full Students Attending School-Sanctioned Events Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Academic Misconduct

To view the full Academic Misconduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Use of Tobacco Products

To view the full Use of Tobacco Products Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Appeal of Final Grade

To view the full Appeal of Final Grade Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Grievance and Appeals Procedures

To view the full Grievance Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Credit Exchange

The Credit Exchange Policy is intended to assist students who are in jeopardy of failing a course.  Credit Exchange is an opportunity to exchange courses in order to improve the skills that are necessary to successfully complete transfer or technical credit classes.

Credit Exchange Policy for Fall, Winter and Spring Terms:

From the 9th day class meeting up to and including the 28th day of class, students can withdraw from transfer or technical credit classes and enroll in developmental education classes with no additional tuition charges, if they are making an even exchange of credits. Students must enroll for the same number of developmental credits as the transfer/technical credits they are dropping in order to incur no additional tuition charges or adversely affect their financial aid. (Example: 3 credit transfer/technical class exchanged for developmental courses equaling 3 credits.)

A maximum of 6 credit hours per term may be exchanged at no additional charge. Developmental credits that are in addition to the six credits being exchanged will be charged at the regular tuition rate.  From the 28th day of the term through the end of the term, enrollments in developmental credit classes will be discouraged and students will be charged the regular tuition rate for enrollment in each DV credit course. Students may add developmental classes past this date only with the approval of SUCCESS Center faculty.

Procedures for Credit Exchange:

Student Responsibility:

  • Students who want to do Credit Exchange will go to the SUCCESS Center. Students must have the course titles and course numbers of the courses they wish to drop.
  • Students will work with SUCCESS Center Faculty to select appropriate developmental courses for Credit Exchange.
  • Students who add SUCCESS Center credits in excess of the six credits they are exchanging will be financially responsible for each additional credit at the regular credit hour rate and will need to make arrangements for payment with the Business Office and/or Financial Aid Office.
  • Students are responsible for buying texts for developmental courses.

SUCCESS Center Responsibility:

  • SUCCESS Center faculty will advise students and recommend the appropriate developmental courses to replace the courses the student is dropping.
  • SUCCESS Center faculty will complete an add/drop form for the Credit Exchange courses, listing the courses to be dropped and the developmental courses that are to be added. If students are adding developmental courses in addition to those that are being exchanged, the faculty member will complete a separate registration for the additional courses.
  • The SUCCESS Center will immediately send the add/drop form(s) to Enrollment Services.  Enrollment Services will process the add/drop form the same day it is received.
  • As soon as the add/drop form is processed (which may involve a 24 hour turn-around time), students will be able to access MyHILLS for their developmental course materials.

Personal Issues

Individuals wishing to contact students in class because of an emergency should phone IHCC Security at (641)683-5300. Students experiencing difficulties in dealing with personal problems are encouraged to seek out counseling for assistance. Any IHCC employee will help students locate the appropriate source necessary to resolve classroom and personal troubles. Individuals should be aware that, for the safety and privacy of students, IHCC employees will not give out a student’s schedule.

Indian Hills Information System Acceptable Use

Information Systems are provided for the use of the Indian Hills Community College students, faculty and staff in support of the programs of the college. Access to the Information Systems is a privilege that is granted by the college. This privilege comes with a responsibility to respect the rights of other users and the rights of the college.

This policy is designed to guide students, faculty, and staff in the acceptable use of computer and information systems and networks provided by IHCC. Ethical and legal standards that apply to information technology resources derive directly from standards of common sense and common courtesy that apply to the use of any shared resource.

The purpose of these guidelines is to specify user responsibilities and to promote the ethical, legal, and secure use of Information Systems resources for the protection of all members of the IHCC community. The college extends membership in this community to its students and employees with the stipulation that they be good citizens, and that they contribute to creating and maintaining an open community of responsible users.

Agreement to Comply with Policy

All users of IHCC’s Information Systems agree to comply with the policies stated in this document, as well as any additional guidelines established by the college for each individual information system. By use of the college Information Systems, users agree to comply with these and any other college policies.

Guiding Principles For The Use Of Indian Hills Information Systems

Purpose of College Information Systems Resources:

Indian Hills Community College Information Systems exist to provide a variety of services to the college community in support of instructional, research, and college business. The guidelines are intended to improve the information system services offered and provide these services in a cost-effective manner.

Academic Freedom:

Consistent with other college policies, this policy is intended to respect the rights and obligations of academic freedom.  As with all college resources, the IHCC community is encouraged to make innovative and creative use of information technologies in support of education and college services. Access to information representing a multitude of views on all issues should be allowed for the interest, information and enlightenment of the IHCC community.

Copyright and Non-Discrimination:

The college policy recognizes that the purpose of copyright is to protect the rights of creators of intellectual property and to prevent the unauthorized use or sale of works available in the private sector. Also consistent with other college policies, an individual’s right of access to computer materials should not be denied or abridged because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Cautionary Statement:

The college cannot protect individuals against the existence or receipt of material that may be offensive to them. Those who make use of electronic communications are warned that they may come across or be recipients of material they find offensive. Those who use email and/or make information about themselves available on the Internet should be forewarned that the college cannot protect them from invasions of privacy and other possible dangers that could result from the individual’s distribution personal information.

Consideration for Others:

The Information system, computing and network facilities of the college are limited and should be used wisely and carefully with consideration for the needs of others and the public nature of the college. Computers and network systems offer powerful tools for communications among members of the community and of communities outside the college.  When used appropriately, these tools can enhance dialogue and communication. When used inappropriately, however, these tools can infringe on the beliefs or rights of others, or the public purpose for which they were created.

Responsibilities Of Users Of Indian Hills Information Systems

The following examples, though not covering every situation, specify some of the responsibilities that accompany computer us at IHCC and/or on networks to which IHCC is connected. Use of IHCC’s Information Systems implies consent with these policies.

  1. Access to Information Systems resources shall be authorized at a level to perform the educational or job function required by an individual.
  2. IHCC computing and network resources are to be used for college-related communication, instruction, services, enrichment, dissemination of academic information, and administrative activities.
  3. Users are expected to respect the rights of other users; for example, users shall not engage in private or public behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other users. Users shall not intentionally develop or use programs that harass other users, infiltrate a computer or system and/or damage or alter the hardware or software components of a computer or system.
  4. Users may not encroach on others’ use of Information Systems resources. Such activities would include: tying up computer resources for game playing or other trivial applications; sending frivolous or excessive messages, including chain letters, junk mail or unsolicited advertising, or other types of broadcast messages, locally or over the Internet; intentionally introducing any computer viruses or other rogue programs to the IHCC system causing physical or functional damage to systems. To respect the shared nature of the computing resources, users shall not engage in deliberately wasteful practices such as printing large amounts of unnecessary documents.
  5. Users are responsible for using software and electronic materials in accordance with copyright and licensing restrictions and applicable college policies. IHCC equipment and software may not be used to violate copyright or the terms of any license agreement.
  6. Users may not attempt to modify or crash the college system or network facilities. Users may not attempt to break into the accounts of other users at IHCC or on the Internet.
  7. Students of IHCC and guests of IHCC may not install software on any college computer. Faculty and staff may not install software on the college network. Installations on the network are the responsibility of the IHCC Computer Information System department.
  8. College computing facilities are a public resource and may not be used for personal profit.
  9. Users must remember that information distributed through the college’s networking facilities is a form of publishing.

For example, anything generated at IHCC that is available on the Internet represents IHCC and not just an individual. Even with disclaimers, the college is represented by its students, faculty and staff, and appropriate language, behavior and style are warranted.

Administration and Implementation:

The Information Systems, facilities, equipment and accounts are owned and operated by IHCC. The college reserves all rights to the technology resources it owns and operates. IHCC may terminate any user’s access and service to the information systems without notice. Communication and projects carried on by IHCC staff through college resources are assumed to be business and professional matters.

The college reserves the right to examine all computer files, phone mail or email if it becomes necessary for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. To enforce its policies regarding harassment and the safety of individuals
  2. To prevent the posting of proprietary software or electronic copies of electronic texts or images in disregard of copyright restrictions or contractual obligations
  3. To safeguard the integrity of computers, networks, and data either at the college or elsewhere
  4. To protect the college against liability

The college may restrict the use of its computers and network systems for electronic communication when faced with evidence of violation of college policies, or federal or local laws. The college reserves the right to limit access to its networks through college-owned or other computers, and to remove/limit access to material posted on IHCC-owned computers.

All users are expected to conduct themselves consistent with these responsibilities and all other applicable college policies. Abuse of Information Systems privileges will subject the user to disciplinary action, as established by the applicable policies and procedures of the college, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the college. When appropriate, temporary restrictive actions will be taken by system or network administrators pending further disciplinary action and the loss of Information Systems privileges may result.

IHCC and users recognize that all members of the college community are bound by federal and local laws relating to civil rights, harassment, copyright, security and other statues relevant to electronic media. It should be understood that this policy does not preclude enforcement under the laws and regulations of the United States of America or the State of Iowa.

Childcare/Restriction of Children in Classrooms

Although necessities of childcare may occasionally conflict with a student’s attendance, children cannot be allowed to accompany a student to a class. The presence of children hinders the instructional process. Neither the comparative safety of any class nor the comparatively good behavior of any child should alter this policy. If a student brings a child to class, the student will not be permitted to attend the class.

Dean’s List/President’s List

Indian Hills Community College recognizes those students who have excelled in the classroom by compiling a list of Honor Roll students after each term. A student must be enrolled full-time to be included on the Honor Roll. It is made up of a President’s List and a Dean’s List. The Dean’s List is comprised of those students who have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.9 for a given term. The President’s List is made up of those students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the term.

Academic Support Services

Indian Hills Community College offers a variety of classes and services to assist students with reaching their academic and career goals.

College Transfer

Questions & Answers:

1) When should I begin planning my transfer to a four-year college?

It is never too early to begin your transfer planning.  If you know which college or colleges you are seriously considering, discuss your plans  with  an  academic advisor. The counselor will know if  the  schools you  are  considering have  any requirements you need to complete here at IHCC.  The choice of your college major also affects transfer requirements, so yo u should not only have early contact with the school, but also with your major’s department.  Two early admission programs are also available. Planning  ahead  can  save  transfer  students  valuable  time  and  money.    Iowa’s 2  Plus  2  Guaranteed Graduation Plan is designed to help.  Iowa community college students in select majors can use the 2 Plus 2 Plan to supplement their A.A. or A.S. degree with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa after just two additional years of study.  The Admissions Partnership Program is a partnership between participating community colleges and Iowa State University designed to provide an advantage to current and future students from those colleges who are planning to earn a bachelor’s degree at Iowa State.   Program participants plan for a successful transfer to Iowa State University through advising activities, social and cultural opportunities, and satisfying academic requirements.

2) Where can I find information about transferring?

www.transferiniowa.org - this web site provides transfer information for University of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa.

3) Don’t all colleges require the same thing?

No.  Some have specific requirements that you can meet here as you complete your A.A. or A.S. degree.  For example, some colleges require a foreign language to graduate with a four-year degree.  You may take Spanish or French here at IHCC, which would count toward your A.A. graduation requirements and also fulfill the requirement of the four-year college you plan to attend later. IHCC academic advisors will help you plan your courses here to your best educational and financial advantage.

4) Does IHCC have a transfer agreement with my transfer institution?

IHCC has transfer/articulation agreements (which outline how courses will be accepted) with several institutions.  The IHCC catalog gives an overview of the participating colleges under the subject heading “Articulation Agreements.”  Talk to an academic advisor for more detailed information.

5) If I change my mind later about which college I want to attend, won’t I have wasted a lot of time and taken classes I don’t need?

No.The academic advisor will always advise you to take classes that count toward meeting your IHCC graduation requirements.  Many people attend colleges different from their original choices.  If you begin looking at several colleges in your first year at IHCC and remain flexible, you’ll be less likely to have transfer problems.

6) Does it make a difference if I transfer without my Associate’s degree? Wouldn’t just having the 61 hours be the same?

Some colleges will honor your A.A. or A. S. degree as meeting their general education requirements.  In other words, you will have met their first two-year requirements.  If the college you will be attending has this policy, it will be to your advantage to finish your degree even if you must stay a little longer.  If you do not complete all the degree requirements, your transcript will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.  Some classes may not be accepted by the college as fulfilling its requirements. You may have to take first- or second-year classes at your new school.  This will be an additional expense and could delay the completion of your college program.  Other colleges will always evaluate each course separately even when you do have your degree. For these schools, early contact will help you select classes here at IHCC that will transfer to these institutions.

7) When should I apply to a four-year school?

Each school has its own admissions deadline. You need to contact an admissions counselor at the college you will transfer to for that specific information. In general, the earlier you make contact with the college, the better. It is a good idea to contact  the admissions office six to nine months BEFORE you expect to start classes.

8) Why contact them so early?

As stated above, each college has its own deadlines for admission.    In addition, there are individual deadlines for scholar ship applications, loans, grants and other areas of financial assistance, and even class registration. Contacting schools early also will aid in selecting electives that will be accepted by the transfer college as stated in question/answer four.

9) What records will my prospective college need to complete transfer of credits?

Institutions usually require official transcripts of all college, university, and high school course work.   Transcript requests should be made in writing and should include your signature.  Many institutions have transcript request forms to simplify the process. Call or visit the admissions office of your previous institution to find out what specific information is required.

10) How do I obtain an official IHCC transcript?

Go to the registrar’s office (in the Bennett Student Services Building on the Ottumwa Campus); complete a “Request for Transcript” form.  Your official transcripts will be mailed directly to your transfer institution after grades and/or degrees are posted (usually thirty days after the end of the term).

11) Will I still be eligible for a Pell Grant at my new college?

Yes.  The Federal Pell Grant is a student aid program that assists undergraduate students.  Just as you applied for a Pell Grant here, you will have to apply for a Pell Grant at your new college by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Contact the new school to obtain any other forms you might need.

12) Private colleges are so expensive. How does anyone afford to go to them?

Private colleges, such as William Penn and Buena Vista, often offer grants and scholarships that, along with the Iowa Tuition Grant, can sometimes reduce the costs to the same level as that of public colleges.   You should talk with a college representative to check on levels of financial assistance before you eliminate any school you want to attend.

13) What is the Iowa Tuition Grant? I must not be eligible for this grant because I didn’t get it here at IHCC.

The Iowa Tuition Grant is only available to students who attend private Iowa colleges.  It is funded by the State of Iowa and is available to students based on financial need just like the Pell Grant. In fact, you use the same financial assistance form for the ITG as you do for the Pell Grant.  The ITGs are awarded only ONCE a year.  The deadline is usually in the early spring.  If you miss the deadline, you must wait until the next year to apply for this grant.  If you are considering going to a private four- year school in Iowa, you will definitely want to apply for this grant.

Academic Advisors


Joni Kelley, Executive Dean, Enrollment Services & Registrar
Registrar’s Office, Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Lynette Van Donselaar, Assistant Registrar             
Registrar’s Office, Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Academic Advisors:

Peyton Crosser, Academic Career Advisor
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Noah Eklund, Director, Enrollment Services & Academic Career Advisor
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Alan McCleeary, Academic Career Advisor
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Ashleigh Tierney, Academic Career Advisor
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Building

Student Activities & Organizations

Indian Hills offers a variety of students clubs, activities and organizations to help you engage in the campus community and make the most of your on-campus experience.  Here are just a few opportunities that are available to you throughout your time at Indian Hills.

Important Phone Numbers

Arts & Sciences (641) 683-5144
Bookstore (641) 683-5168
Business Office (641) 683-5134
Centerville Campus (641) 856-2143
Criminal Justice (641) 683-5111 x1842
Child Development Center (641) 683-5192
Hellyer Student Life Center (641) 683-5288
Registrar’s Office (641) 683-5114
Security (641) 683-5300
Student Services (641) 683-5152
Testing Center (641) 683-5142
Vocational Rehabilitation (641) 682-7569


For a full listing of Faculty members please visit the faculty directory in the College Catalog & Student Handbook or search the Online Faculty/Staff Directory.


Arts & Sciences Staff

Jennifer Wilson, Dean, Arts & Sciences, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 108, (641)683-5174, jennifer.wilson@indianhills.edu
Ph.D., Iowa State University
MHA., University of Phoenix
B.A., Saint Olaf College
Ed.S., University of Iowa

Don Waltenberger, Department Chair, Arts & Sciences, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 107, (641)683-5154, don.waltenberger@indianhills.edu
B.S., Southeast Missouri State University
M.B.A., Lindenwood University
M.S., Capella University

Janet Poe, Department Secretary, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 108, (641)683-5144, janet.poe@indianhills.edu

Amanda Mitchell, Department Secretary, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 108, (641)683-5145, amanda.mitchell@indianhills.edu

Lori Faybik, Department Secretary, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 108, (641)683-5228, lori.faybik@indianhills.edu

Library Staff

Ryan Gatlin, Arts & Sciences Building, (641)683-1734, ryan.gatlin@indianhills.edu

Sue Kelly, Arts & Sciences Building, (641)683-5171, sue.kelly@indianhills.edu

Cheryl Talbert, Arts & Sciences Building, (641)683-5178, cheryl.talbert@indianhills.edu

Deb Worley, Centerville Campus, (641)856-2143, ext.2237,deb.worley@indianhills.edu

County Service Center Staff

Tonya Bunch, Albia County Center, (641)932-5297, tonya.bunch@indianhills.edu

Christine Howard, Sigourney County Center, (641)622-3385, christine.howard@indianhills.edu

Cherri James, Oskaloosa County Center, (641)673-0822, cherri.james@indianhills.edu

Madonna Smithburg, Fairfield County Center, (641)472-6366, madonna.smithburg@indianhills.edu

Deb Worley, Centerville Campus, (641)856-2143, ext.2237, deb.worley@indianhills.edu

Study Tips for Academic Success

Attend Every Class

  • You cannot learn if you are not there.

Know Each of Your Instructors

  • Contact your instructors when you have questions.
  • Let your instructors know that you are interested in doing your best in class and ask for their advice on how to improve.

Manage Your Time

  • Use a daily “To Do” list to accomplish tasks each day.
  • Establish and follow a weekly schedule to ensure time for class studying and recreation.
  • Develop a 12 week term calendar to track test dates, assignments, and work and family commitments.

Make a Friend in Each Class

  • This person can be your study partner and someone with whom to compare class notes.

Be an Active Participant in Class

  • Develop good listening skills.
  • Sit in the front of the classroom.
  • Maintain eye contact with the instructor.
  • Ask questions related to the topic of the class when appropriate.

Develop Note Taking Skills

  • Have a notebook or a section of a 3-ring binder for each class.
  • Take notes every class day.
  • Review and revise your notes within 24 hours of the class. Research indicates that you will forget 80% of a lecture within 24 hours.  To remember information you must take notes and review/complete them within 24 hours.  The more you review, the more you remember. To improve your memory over several weeks (to prepare for a test), you need to review your notes regularly.
  • Be aware of clues from your instructor about what is important include in your notes:
    • Information repeated by the instructor;
    • Information written on the overhead, the chalk board, class handouts, and/or PowerPoint presentations
    • Information followed by a pause (time to write it down);
    • Information delivered with emphasis.
  • Date and give a title or topic to each day’s set of notes.
  • Leave blanks in your notes when you miss information.  After class ask the instructor or your study partner about what you missed.
  • Develop a note taking system (such as the outline form) that allows you to use space as visual clues as to the importance of information and how information relates to other information.
  • Review your notes on a regular schedule (daily or twice each week).
  • Review your notes.
  • Review, review, review.

Develop Test Taking Skills

  • Have a regular study schedule.  Don’t wait until the last minute to study.  Research shows that most students tend to remember the information they study first or last in a study session. Therefore, several shorter study sessions of 45 to 60 minutes are more effective for learning than one long 3 to 4 hour session.
  • Begin preparing for your first test on the first day of class by taking and reviewing notes.
  • Write questions over your notes so you can quiz yourself about the information.
  • Be prepared for tests, build your confidence and reduce your test anxiety.
  • Ask your instructor what will be covered on the test so you will know what material to study.
  • Have a plan for test taking:
    • Read and understand all the directions;
    • Review the entire test to see if some items are worth more points than others;
    • Plan your test time so that you do not leave any item unanswered;
    • Answer all the easy questions first;
    • Go through the test a second time to answer more difficult questions;
    • If you just do not know the answer, guess if there is no penalty.
  • Focus on your test taking and do not be distracted by movement in the room, especially the movement of students leaving early.
  • Realize that tests in college may seem more difficult because they focus more on applying and synthesizing information and less on rote memory or recognition.
  • Take all the time allowed for a test. If your mind goes blank, sit quietly, use relaxation techniques to calm yourself and read through the test again.
  • Review your old tests to see which questions you missed and why you missed them.