To become eligible for an Associate Degree or Certificate from Spoon River College all students must fulfill the general requirements listed in the details below.
- Student must submit an application for graduation (for either Associate Degree or Certificate)and are available from the Registrar's Office, online or from an advisor.
- November 1st or the first Monday if November 1 falls on a weekend for Fall Semester graduation
- March 1st or the first Monday if March 1 falls on a weekend for Spring Semester graduation
- July 1st or the first Monday if July 1 falls on a weekend for Summer Session graduation
- Student is required to meet with an advisor to complete a degree audit. The degree audit must be attached to the graduation application and must have the advisor’s signature.
- Student must meet the residency requirements with a minimum of 15 credit hours completed at Spoon River College. One-third of the total credit hours completed must be “in residence” for all other programs and certificates.
- Student must complete at least 60 credit hours in a planned degree program of study or the specific requirements of a certificate program.
- Student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Student must fulfill all financial obligations to the college.
- Students are encouraged to participate in graduation exercises. Students completing work in December and July are invited to participate in the May graduation exercises. Students participating in commencement exercises in May will be assessed a fee for the purchase of their cap and gown.
- Students who are completing an Associate Degree must complete a degree portfolio. For those students completing an Associate in Arts & Science (AA&S), an Associate in General Studies (AGS), or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, a one credit Portfolio Capstone Class will also be required. For those students completing as Associate of Applied Science degree, development of the portfolio will be part of your program of study. For more information, see degree portfolio below.
Student must meet the graduation requirements as outlined in the instructional program of the Catalog Year in effect at the time of the student's initial enrollment in the college. The Dean of Student Services may waive Catalog Year requirement. Student must submit written requests for considerations in addition to the application for graduation.
What is a Degree Portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of student work that demonstrates the student's overall academic success — the efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas of the curriculum over a specified period of time. When a student completes his or her degree at SRC, it is the student’s responsibility, with the guidance of the instructor, to ensure that the General Education Core Competencies have been mastered. Many assignments, tasks, projects, and assessments in different courses can be used as artifacts (examples) to demonstrate the student’s mastery of these competencies. Ultimately, the portfolio enables a student to identify and reflect on his/her own accomplishments and strengths. The portfolio can serve as an example of academic achievement for university transfer or when applying for jobs after graduation.
What Will My Portfolio Contain?
Cover Sheet - The cover sheet will include your name and student ID and identify each class, artifact (example), competency being addressed, and reason for selecting each artifact.
Artifacts - Many assignments, tasks, projects, and assessments in different courses can be used as artifacts. The portfolio will contain four to eleven artifacts to document mastery of a minimum of eight competencies.
Reflection - Each artifact in your portfolio will include a reflection statement about how this learning has impacted your life, and why you believe it adequately demonstrates your mastery of the competency.
What is the process for portfolio completion?
Obtain a Degree Portfolio Checklist during your first semester at Spoon River College. This checklist can be obtained from either your advisor or specified faculty member.
Select artifacts(assignments) to include in your portfolio that demonstrate all required general education competencies. Save electronic and/or paper copies of all assignments as soon as you begin your first class at Spoon River College. Please note: Even if you are not sure whether or not you will complete a degree at SRC, you should save all of your course work. Each course syllabus lists suggested artifacts that meet the necessary guidelines for portfolio completion. Students may choose from any of these artifacts in courses they have completed.
Take the Portfolio Capstone Class. In the final semester before receipt of your degree, students graduating with an Associate of Arts & Science, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies will be required to take a one credit Degree Portfolio Development Course. Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree will meet this requirement during their program of study.
Turn in your degree portfolio. Your final portfolio will be turned in at the end of the Portfolio Development class and will not be returned to you. Keep your documents electronically to retain a copy of the portfolio for your records. This portfolio demonstrates your academic success at Spoon River College.