Concurrent Student Guide

Welcome to College Bound Now, Northark’s Concurrent Enrollment Partnership. The course you are taking for concurrent credit whether online, at Northark or on your high school campus will provide both high school and college credit, but because it is a college course, you will need to know the following information.

Concurrent Enrollment Admissions Policy
ACT 1097 of the General Assembly provides for students who are enrolled in a high school and meet the admission standards of North Arkansas College to concurrently enroll for academic courses. Northark considers those students who have successfully completed the eighth grade and who have not graduated from high school as falling under the provisions of this policy. Students in grades nine through twelve may enroll for credit courses by meeting the following criteria:

  • Student must have completed the eighth grade and be enrolled in a secondary school or home school.
  • Student must complete an application for admission, this may be completed at www.northark.edu, choose Admissions and Apply.
  • Student must provide test scores (ACT or Accuplacer). Home-schooled students must also provide a copy of the Notification of Intent to Home School Form, which is on file with the local school district.
  • Student must complete the Concurrent Enrollment Form located on the Northark Website under Admissions and Concurrent Credit, this form may also be obtained from the high school counselor. This form must be turned into Northark’s Outreach Department in order for the student to be enrolled. To be eligible to enroll in college credit classes, a concurrent student must achieve the following minimum ACT scores based on the 12th grade norms (or comparable Placement Test scores):
    ENGL 1013 English Composition                     ACT English 19 or Accuplacer Sentence Skills 83
    &
    ACT Reading 19 or Accuplacer Reading 79
    MAT 1223 College AlgebraACT Math 21 or Accuplacer College Level Math 42
    &
    ACT Reading 19 or Accuplacer Reading 79
    MAT 1223 College Algebra (5 days a week)ACT Math 19 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 77 or higher
    &
    ACT Reading 19 or Accuplcer Reading 79
    All other courses in the State Minimum CoreACT Reading 19 or Accuplcer Reading 79

Only students who are qualified and enrolled in the college course may attend the course; high school students cannot attend the course to receive only high school credit. North Arkansas College may stipulate additional qualifications for admission to concurrent student status. Northark Concurrent Enrollment Program staff will determine concurrent student placement score attainment and eligibility at the time of registration.

  • A concurrently enrolled student will be classified as non-degree seeking.
  • A concurrently enrolled student may not enroll for more than nine semester hours during any semester this includes courses taken at the high school campus or on the college campus during regular school hours. Exceptions must be approved by a Concurrent Enrollment Program staff in consultation with the Academic Leadership and Student Success Team.
  • Students enrolled concurrently must achieve a 2.00 GPA each semester of Northark enrollment. Students failing to achieve a 2.00 semester GPA will be placed on academic probation for the following semester if the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. Students will remain on academic probation as long as their semester GPA is 2.00 or higher and their cumulative GPA is less than 2.00. Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on academic probation, they fail to achieve a 2.00 semester GPA and the cumulative GPA continues to be less than 2.00. Students may not re-enroll at Northark until they are classified as degree-seeking, typically following high school graduation or completion of a GED credential. Exceptions will require the approval of the Academic Leadership and Student Success Team.
  • All arrangements of third party payment of tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • Northark academic programs have oversight for transcripting concurrent college credit that follows HLC standards for student learning outcomes, faculty credentialing, etc.

Being a Northark Student
As a Northark concurrent student, you have all the privileges associated with student status at Northark including full access to Northark’s library, academic and career advising, and tutoring opportunities. Your rights and responsibilities are defined in the Northark Student Handbook.

Please use the contact list below for more information about Northark’s student services.

North Arkansas College Library
Located on the South Campus at 1515 Pioneer Drive, serves students as well as the Harrison community. The library has a wide range of materials and services available to meet the needs of its visitors. The library has a large selection of research material, DVDs, fiction books and periodicals. If you are looking for a place to study or a quiet spot to relax, the library has comfortable lounge seating and individual and group study rooms for your convenience.

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. –7:00 p.m. Monday –Thursday
7:30 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Friday

Tutoring –North Arkansas College’s Student Resource Center
Students can find tutoring in a wide variety of subjects at the drop-in center, which is open from 8 a.m. –5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. No appointment is required.

Academic Advising
While a student is still enrolled in high school, all academic advising should be handled through their high school counselor or the head of their respective program at Northark (i.e. Outreach Division or Northark Tech Center staff). However, all Northark students have access to the Academic Advising Office. Academic Advising involves more than just schedule building. Advising empowers you to create and achieve your educational plans all while receiving accurate information and guidance. New and non-continuously enrolled students are required to visit with an advisor before enrolling in classes. Students with less than 30 college credits also are required to visit with an advisor before enrolling in future semester courses. Advising is optional for currently enrolled students with 30 or more credits. The Advising Center is open from 8 a.m. –5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in room M184 on the South Campus. Call 870-391-3115 to schedule an appointment.

Northark Student Conduct: Academic Integrity
North Arkansas College’s commitment to academic achievement is supported by a strict but fair policy to protect academic integrity. This policy regards academic fraud and dishonesty as offenses requiring disciplinary action. Academic fraud and dishonesty are defined as follows:

  • Cheating
    Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty
    Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism
    Intentionally or knowingly representing the words and ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.
  • Test Tampering
    Intentionally gaining access to restricted test materials including booklets, test banks, questions or answers before a test is given; or tampering with questions or answers after a test is completed.

Cases of cheating and plagiarism at Northark are considered to be serious offenses and are subject to one or more of the following alternatives:

  • No credit for the assignment or opportunity for make-up.
  • Loss of credit and student will be immediately dropped form the course.
  • Permanent suspension from Northark.

Students may resolve disciplinary action by following this chain of command in the order given: Instructor, Department Chair or Program Director, Dean, Vice President of Learning.

Changing Your Schedule: Adding/Dropping a Course After Classes Have Begun
If for any reason you have to change your schedule and withdraw from the Northark Concurrent Enrollment Partnership course in which you are enrolled before your classes have begun, you will need to contact the Outreach Division. Please call the number listed in the contacts below for help with that process.

Contacts
Academic Advising — 870-391-3115
Career Planning/Service — 870-391-3546
Dean of Outreach — 870-391-3181
Outreach Division — 870-391-3217
Admissions — 870-391-3505
Registrar’s Office — 870-391-3241
Vice President of Learning 870-391-3316
Library (South Campus) 870-391-3358

Course Transferability
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has implemented the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) with a general education curriculum that will transfer to any public institution of higher education in the state. The Northark course that you are taking is listed in ACTS on its website at http://acts.adhe.edu as a “Guaranteed Transfer.” The Northark Catalog states: The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed transfer of applicable credits and equitable treatment in the application of credits for admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No

Comparable Course.” Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. Although the course that you are taking is one that is required of virtually all college freshman, if you plan to attend a private or out-of-state school, you should consult with transfer advisers there about transferability of this course.

If you have questions about the degree requirements of Northark or its sister public colleges in Arkansas, please contact the Northark academic Advising Office at the number listed in Contacts above.

  • Read the college catalog and all materials you receive during registration. These materials tell you what the college expects of you.
  • Read the syllabus for your class carefully. The syllabus tells you what the instructor expects from you.
  • Remember that even though you are taking this course for high school credit, it is a college course and its requirements will match the requirements of college courses; this may include departmental exams given at Northark's campus and graded by Northark faculty.
  • Attend all class meetings. Something important to learning happens during every class period. If you must miss a class meeting, talk to the instructor in advance about what you should do.
  • Be on time. If you come in after class has started, you disrupt the entire class.
  • Never interrupt another class to talk to the instructor or a student in that class.
  • Be prepared for class. Complete reading assignments and other homework before class so that you can understand the lecture and participate in discussion. Always have pen/pencil, paper, and other specific tools for class.
  • Learn to take good notes. Write down ideas rather than word-for-word statements by the instructor.
  • Allow time to use all the resources available to you at the college. Ask your instructor for help with materials or assignments you do not understand; use the library; use the free tutors, computers, and other resources in the Learning Assistance Center.
  • Treat others with respect. Part of the college experience is being exposed to people with ideas, values, and backgrounds different from yours. Listen to others and evaluate ideas on their own merit.

Credit and Payment Policy
Students who register for classes at North Arkansas College are required to pay all related tuition and fees or have made allowable payment arrangements by the posted deadline. Any tentative enrollment will be voided if payment arrangements are not made by this deadline. Payment arrangements include awarded financial aid, written, non-revocable payment commitments from approved third-party entities, or certain timed installment payment agreements via e-Cashier. Students electing any qualified payment arrangement agree to the stipulation that upon any arrangement default or delinquent account status, North Arkansas College may deny future enrollment and/or refuse to release any transcripts and records until the debt is satisfied.

Questions regarding account information and/or payments may be directed to Student Accounts 870-391-3292. 

Concurrent Tuition
Students who are enrolled concurrently at Northark may be eligible for a Concurrent Tuition Waiver that will reduce total tuition and frees to $50 per credit hour. To qualify to receive the waiver a student must complete a Concurrent Enrollment form with their high school counselor and guardian. A student is eligible to apply the waiver toward a maximum of six credit hours each semester. If a student decides to take more than six hours per semester, he or she will be responsible for the full tuition and fees for any hours above six. Students enrolled in the Northark Tech Center (NTC) are not responsible for payment of NTC sponsored courses.

Payment Information
Online account payment capabilities and certain payment arrangement options are available using the E-Cashier/ Campus Connect link from the web page of North Arkansas College. Use of this service requires a valid Discover, Mastercard, or Visa credit card, or a checking or savings account; and certain application and transaction fees may apply.

Payment arrangements with e-Cashier will be available through the last day of registration. Regular cash, check, or credit card payments may be transacted in person at:

South Campus
Student Accounts
1515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, AR 72601

Additionally, valid credit card payments may be made via phone at 870-391-3292 or 870-381-3219.

Regular payments may be mailed to:

North Arkansas College
Attn: Student Accounts
1515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, AR 72601

Delinquent Accounts and Collection Policy
North Arkansas College may deny future enrollment and/or refuse to release any transcripts and records until any delinquent account balance or debt to the college is satisfied. Delinquent accounts may also be subject to additional charges, including late fees, processing fees, collections costs, and attorney fees. Additionally, North Arkansas College may pursue delinquent account collection through in-house efforts, public collection agencies, and/or garnishment of an individual’s Arkansas State Income Tax Refund, as allowed by Arkansas Statute 26-36-301.