The Advanced Technologies Student Manual is designed to supplement the Indian Hills Student Handbook. In no fashion is the Advanced Technologies 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 Advanced Technologies course.
Mission and Values
Advanced Technologies Programs
The Advanced Technologies Division of Indian Hills Community College is dedicated to serving the wide range of students who take classes in the division. We recognize that most of our students attend to complete a terminal degree and obtain employment after graduation, some will pursue further education and others will attend simply for increased knowledge in their areas of interest. This is fulfilled through a curriculum combining traditional (classroom and lab work) and nontraditional delivery (i.e. distance-learning, online-learning, service-learning) forms that enable students:
- To think critically and creatively;
- To communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- To use mathematics, science and technologies appropriate to the student’s field or interest;
- To recognize and appreciate historical, cultural, artistic, and/or personal concepts of society, native as well as global.
Indian Hills Community College Mission
Indian Hills Community College changes lives by inspiring learning, diversity, social enrichment, and regional economic advancement.
Indian Hills Community College Values
- Academic Excellence and Student Success
- Integrity, Relationships, and Teamwork
- Acceptance, Inclusion, and Accessibility
- Tradition and Culture
- Innovation and the Future
To view the full Non-Discrimination Statement, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.
Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations for special services should contact the IHCC Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.
Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)
All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.
Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2214 (Centerville) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indian Hills Community College is a public post-secondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, and (800)621-7440.
Indian Hills Community College is also accredited by the State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-8260.
Class attendance is mandatory for all Advanced Technology’s programs. Students should attend each class meeting. Advanced Technologies faculty members comply with three restrictions regarding the formulation of this policy: 1) attendance policies must be stated in the course syllabus; 2) they must be fair; and 3) they must apply equitably to all students.
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.
Students who have missed classes will receive up to three notices sent to their IHCC email address. The notices sent out for unexcused absences are determined by the number of days that each class meets, for example:
|Days Classes Meet
|Everyday (M, T, W, Th)
||At 3rd Absence
||At 4th Absence
||At 6th Absence
|Twice a week (M/W or T/Th)
||At 2nd Absence
||At 3rd Absence
||At 4th Absence
|Once a week
||At 1st Absence
||At 2nd Absence
||At 3rd Absence
Students failing to maintain acceptable attendance may be withdrawn from a class or classes anytime during the term. It will be the student’s responsibility to check regularly as there are time limits and instructions on communicating with their instructors.
Upon receipt of the third and Final Notice the student will have three school days to get with their instructor to determine if a plan can be developed for them to remain in class and to successfully complete it. If there is, then the student must put the plan in writing and submit it to the Associate Dean for review. If accepted, the student will be kept in the class. However, if the student has any further unexcused absences they will be removed from the class
Students withdrawn from a class will receive a “W” on their transcript for that class and are ineligible for a refund.
Communication with their instructor(s) before or immediately after an absence is critical and can prevent the student from being withdrawn from the class. The instructor has final authority on removing a student from their class.
Cell Phones and Pagers Policy
Students are not allowed to have cell phones or pagers turned on in class unless they are given instructors permission, part of the student’s job or in case of emergencies.
Students Attending School-Sanctioned Events Policy
To view the full Students Attending School-Sanctioned Events Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
Academic Misconduct Policy
To view the full Academic Misconduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
Appeal of Final Grade Policy
To view the full Appeal of Final Grade Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
To view the full Grievance Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
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.
The following colleges and universities have articulation and transfer agreements with Indian Hills to accept your AAS degree but does not show any program specific agreements:
- Buena Vista University – Bachelor of Applied Science – Management
- William Penn University – Bachelors of Arts in Technical Studies
- University of Northern Iowa – Bachelor of Arts in Technology Management
- University of Iowa – Bachelor of Applied Studies
- Bellevue University – Bachelor in Business Administration
Evaluation and Assessment Policy
Indian Hills is completely committed to ensuring the highest quality education possible for its students. Therefore, the college has instituted policies evaluating teaching and assessing learning. Student Perceptions are conducted twice a year. These anonymous forms address instructor performance and course content and require 15 minutes in a class period to complete. It is likely that all Advanced Technologies students will be involved in such an evaluation process at least once during their tenure at Indian Hills.
Assessment efforts in the Advanced Technologies exist on three levels:
- Course Level: Assessment at the individual course level should help individual instructors determine how well students as a whole are meeting specific course goals and objectives. The committee will provide examples of course level assessment tools, but the choice of assessment techniques is left to the professional discretion of the instructor. Ideally, individual course goals and objectives should reflect departmental goals as outlined in the Advanced Technologies Mission Statement. Course data will be reported to the Assessment Committee.
- Departmental Level: The purpose of the assessment process at this level is to determine how effectively the department as a whole meets the specific goals and objectives outlined in the departmental mission statement. The assessment committee must devise assessment tools that will provide usable data to determine how effectively the department is meeting the goals of the mission statement.
- Institutional Assessment: Indian Hills Community College also conducts assessment of student learning on an institutional level. The following General Education Goals are assessed college-wide:
- Goal: Communicate effectively to the intended audience
- Computer/Information Literacy
- Goal: Apply technology and information for academic, professional and/or personal purposes
- Goal: Understand people, cultures, diversity, aesthetics and/or historical purposes
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Goal: Apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Scientific Systems
- Goal: Demonstrate scientific understanding, including knowledge of systems, methodology and application
The college-wide Assessment Committee determines which goals will be assessed during a given year. For the past three years, institutional assessment has focused on the written component of the communication goal. Faculty members in each division of the college participate in this assessment by requiring their students to write on one of two prescribed topics. Your supervisor will notify you of the topics and procedures for the college-wide writing assessment. The writing samples collected from each division of the college are then evaluated annually by a voluntary group of scorers. Both full-time and adjunct faculty are invited to be part of this group. Assessment of the mathematical reasoning goal has been done by use of embedded questions. For more information on this technique, contact one of the full-time math faculty. Assessment strategies for the other goals are still in development.
All instructors in all divisions are required to participate in institutional assessments in order to improve student learning throughout the college.
Students should take assessment practices seriously. The results gleaned from them are used to maintain and improve the standards of education in Advanced Technologies.
Use of Tobacco Products Policy
To view the full Use of Tobacco Products Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.
Student Health and Wellness Services
Any student who is currently enrolled/registered at any of the Indian Hills Community College campuses has the privilege of using the Mental Health Counseling Services. Mental Health Counseling Services DOES NOT provide care for dependents of students or IHCC staff.
Mental Health Counseling Services are located on the ground floor of Trustee Hall on the Main Campus. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 7:15am to 4:45pm. The clinic is not open on weekends, during holidays, or when school is not in session. Students can access health and wellness services at Easy Care Walk-In Clinic at North Hy-Vee in Ottumwa.
Mental Health Counseling Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are preferred and recommended. However, walk-ins are welcome and facilitated when clinic flow permits. Emergencies or urgent problems will take first priority.
Mental Health Counseling Services can assist you with:
- Depressed mood and mood swings
- Anxiety related to school, work or test taking
- Grief and loss
- Family issues
- Anger management
- Dating and relationship issues
- Negative additive behaviors
- Sexuality issues
- Adjustment issues of international students
- Problems with eating and maintaining healthy body image
- Having a friend in distress
- Thoughts of self-harm or self-harming behavior
All medical records are strictly confidential and no individuals other than the Student Health and Wellness Services personnel will have access to them. Clinic services will be happy to supply any other physician with medical information about a student providing written consent has been obtained from that student.
The IHCC Health Services is staffed by an experienced, registered mental health counselor. The mental health counselor is available for appointments.
In certain circumstances, the Mental Health Counseling Services may find it necessary to refer a student to one of the local physicians or specialists. Responsibility for payment will belong to the student.
If at some point you decide that you would like to transfer to a university, one of your best transfer resources at IHCC is the academic advising available to assist you in planning your program. With this careful planning, your IHCC classes will meet your educational needs as the requirements of the school you plan to attend. IHCC Academic Advisors have years of experience working with students who want to continue their education and complete their bachelor’s degrees. Contact these Academic Advisors early and let them know of your plans.
Lynette Van Donselaar, Assistant Registrar
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Center
Noah Eklund, Director, Enrollment Services/Academic and Career Advising
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Center
Ashleigh Tierney, Academic and Career Advising
Ottumwa Campus, Bennett Student Services Center
Michelle Russelll-Graham, Pathway Navigator
Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center
Important Phone Numbers
|Security Cell Phone
|Police Phone Number (Non-Emergency)
|Advanced Technologies Main Office
|Advanced Technologies North Campus
|Indian Hills Child Development Center
|Hellyer Student Life Center
|Office of Student Development/Residence Life
|Payway Navigators - PACE/GAP
||641-683-5111 x. 1737
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.
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 forget80% 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.