Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

Academic Progress


All RRCC students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Recognizing the value of measuring academic progress for all students, RRCC has established the following practice and procedures for measuring academic standing. This procedure is intended to be informational and helpful, but also establishes clear standards of academic progress that must be met and maintained in order to be a successful student at RRCC. A student’s academic standing at one Colorado Community College System (CCCS) college will impact academic standing at another CCCS college.


For students who have attempted fewer than 9 credit hours, RRCC will monitor satisfactory progress through an Academic Alert process. These students are not subject to Academic Standing.

Academic Standing applies to all students who have attempted 9 or more credits at a CCCS college, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. Academic Standing is applied consistently and uniformly within each CCCS institution. RRCC will determine Academic Standing following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on probation or suspended will be notified of their status. Suspended students will not be allowed to attend any CCCS college in the subsequent semester/s unless an appeal is approved. Academic Standing status will be noted on the advising, official, and unofficial transcripts. The Academic Standing of a student is not specific or limited to RRCC as it will impact a student’s enrollment at other CCCS colleges.


  • Only college level classes will be used to calculate term and cumulative GPAs (grade point averages).
  • This includes summer term courses.
  • Only courses taken "in residence" will be used for this procedure; "In residence" means courses taken at RRCC. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The GPA calculations for this procedure may not match those used for financial aid purposes.


Initial Standing: Student has attempted fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours with a cumulative GPA that is greater than or equal to 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Academic Alert: Student has attempted fewer than cumulative 9 credits with a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Good Standing: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Probation: Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 for all classes attempted.

Returning to Good Standing: By the conclusion of the Academic Probation term, the student must raise his or her cumulative GPA to at least 2.0. If this condition is met, the student returns to Good Standing.

Probation (continuing): If a student on Academic Probation earns a term GPA of at least 2.00 for all classes attempted during the term, but fails to raise his or her cumulative GPA to at least 2.0 for all classes attempted, the student will be allowed to attend the next term, but will remain on Academic Probation.

Suspension: If a student on Academic Probation earns a term GPA of less than 2.0 for all classes attempted, the student will be suspended and will not be allowed to enroll at any CCCS college for the next term, excluding summer term (as summer term may not be used as a "suspension term").

Suspension Rules

  • Summer term may not be used as a "suspension term".
  • Summer term may be used to remediate (improve) the GPA if approved by RRCC. If a student wishes to enroll for summer term after being suspended, the student will need to follow RRCC’s Suspension Reinstatement Procedure.
  • Initial suspension is for one term, excluding summer term.
  • A second suspension is for two terms, excluding summer term.
  • If a student, who has served the suspension time for initial suspension or second suspension, wishes to return, the student will be allowed to re-enroll only after meeting with a RRCC academic or program advisor. The student will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • A third suspension is for two full years, or four academic terms, excluding summers.
  • If a student, who has served the third suspension time of two years, wishes to return, the student must meet with a RRCC Academic or program advisor.

Suspension Appeals

  • A student may appeal his or her suspension by following the RRCC Academic Suspension appeal process. If a student intends to transfer to another CCCS college, the student may appeal to the transferring CCCS college.
  • If the student’s suspension appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • Students put on Suspension will be dropped from all courses for any future terms. Students will not be able to register for courses until they meet the requirements outlined in the Academic Suspension appeal process. Students are ultimately responsible for their enrollment and need to check their enrollment schedule for accuracy.

Suspension Reinstatement

Students wishing to appeal their suspension need to meet with an academic advisor to complete their Plan for Academic Success and the Academic Performance Self-Assessment. The advisor will discuss the procedure for appeal which includes writing a personal statement and scheduling an appointment with the Executive Director of Advising. The Director will consider the student’s appeal and make a final determination. If approved, students will be eligible to register, but in a probationary status.

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Red Rocks Community College Catalog

Red Rocks Community College 2018-2019 Catalog

Academic Calendar

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Tuition Rates and Fees

Paying for College

RRCC Foundation

Academic Matters

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Success Services and Campus Services


Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS and AAS) and Smart Track Degrees

AA, AS, and AGS Degree Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)

AAS Degree Requirements

DWD Degrees (AA and AS Degrees With Designation)

Bachelor Degrees (BAS, BS)

Master Degrees

GT Courses (Guarantee Transfer)

Rocky Mountain Education Center/Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Academic Programs and Areas of Study


Accounting Certificates (Stackable)

Accounting Degrees (Stackable)

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration


Applied Technology


Auto Collision Repair

Automotive Customization

Automotive Parts Management

Automotive Service Technology






Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Computer Science Certificates

Computer Science Degrees


Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts


Dental Assisting

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Early Childhood Education


Electricity Commercial-Industrial-Residential

Elementary Education

Emergency Management and Planning

Emergency Medical Services

Engineering Graphics Technology

Engineering - Pre-Engineering


Fine Woodworking

Fire Science Technology

Foreign Languages




Health Sciences Programs


Holistic Health

Honors Program


Law Enforcement

Management and Marketing


Mechanical Trades

Medical Imaging

Medical Assisting Professional

Medical Office Technology

Multimedia Graphic Design

Nurse Assistance


Outdoor Education

Park Ranger Technology




Physician Assistant Studies



Political Science

Power Equipment and Sport Vehicle Technology

Precision Machining Technology


Radiologic Technology

Real Estate

Secondary Education

Social Work




Speech and Communication

Teacher Education

Theatre Arts and Dance

Water Quality Management Technology



Course Descriptions

AAA – Academic Achievement Courses

ACC – Accounting Courses

ACT – Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Courses

AGR – Agriculture Courses

ANT — Anthropology Courses

ARA – Arabic Courses

ARM – Military Science Courses (U.S. Army ROTC)

ART – Art Courses

ASE – Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL – American Sign Language Courses

AST – Astronomy Courses

AUT — Auto Motorsports Technology Courses

BIO – Biology Courses

BTE– Business Technology Courses

BUS – Business Courses

CAD – Computer-Aided Drafting Courses

CAR – Carpentry Courses

CCR - College Composition and Reading Courses

CHE – Chemistry Courses

CIS – Computer Information Systems Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

CON - Construction Technology Courses

COS – Cosmetology Courses

CRJ – Criminal Justice Courses

CSC – Computer Science Courses

CUA – Culinary Arts Courses

CWB – Computer Web Courses

DAN – Dance Courses

DEA - Dental Assisting Courses

DMS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education Courses

EGG - Engineering Courses

EGT – Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

EIC – Electricity Industrial/Commercial/Residential Courses

EMP – Emergency Management and Planning Courses

EMS – Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG – English Courses

ENT – Engineering Technology Courses

ENV – Environmental Science Courses

ESL – English as a Second Language Courses

EST – Esthetician Courses

ETH - Ethnic Studies Courses

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

FSW 100 S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

FSW 101 S-130 Firefighting Training

FVT - Film & Video Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HNR - Honors Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAP - Medical Assisting Professional Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT – Medical Office Technology Courses

MST - Massage Therapy Courses

MUS – Music Courses

NAT – Nail Technician Courses

NRE – Natural Resources Courses

NUA – Nurse Aide Courses

NUR – Nursing Courses

OSH – Occupational Safety Technician Courses

OUT - Outdoor Education Courses

PAS - Physician Assistant Studies Courses

PED – Physical Education Courses

PHI – Philosophy Courses

PHO – Photography Courses

PHY – Physics Courses

PLU – Plumbing Courses

POS – Political Science Courses

PRA – Park Ranger Courses

PSY – Psychology Courses

PVT – Power Equipment and Sports Vehicle Technology Courses

REC - Recreational Courses

REE – Real Estate Courses

RTE – Radiologic Technology Courses

RUS – Russian Courses

SBM – Small Business Management Courses

SCI – Science Courses

SOC – Sociology Courses

SPA – Spanish Courses

SWK – Social Work Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory