E.3 Academic Planning

E.3.1 Curriculum Design and Revisions

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



Faculty shall have a central role in designing and revising the curriculum of HCC. To encourage faculty innovation and to expedite curriculum decisions, the Vice Chancellor of Instruction shall work with the HCC curriculum committee to draft procedures to develop and maintain the HCC curriculum.

E.3.2 Academic Calendar

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



HCC shall set its academic year and calendar in conjunction with guidelines published by the Coordinating Board. A semester shall include at least 15 weeks for instruction and one week for final examinations. Every fall semester will end before December 23.

The summer session shall be considered an integral part of the college year. Each of the two summer terms shall include no less than five calendar weeks including registration, instruction, and final examinations. No terms of instruction during the year may be offered for less than three weeks. 

E.3.3 Advising Program

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



HCC shall provide an effective program of academic advising for all students. The program shall include orientation to the College, assistance in selecting courses, time management, study skills and habits, career information and planning, placement assistance, and testing services.

E.3.4 Texas Success Initiative

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



HCC shall assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework prior to enrollment of the student. HCC will not use the assessment or its results as a condition of admission to the College.

The process for determination of a student’s readiness will be published as the HCC Texas Success Initiative Plan in the HCC Catalog.

Under exceptional circumstances, the System may permit a student to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework without assessment but shall require the student to be assessed not later than the end of the first semester of enrollment in freshman-level academic coursework.

E.3.5 Student Course Load and Schedules

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011



To ensure quality of student learning, HCC will not allow students to carry more than one semester credit hour per week over the course of the term. (For example, in a 12-week term, the maximum course load would be 12 hours; in a six-week term, the maximum course load would be 6 hours.) An instructional dean may grant exceptions to this rule if the dean determines that the student has demonstrated significant prior academic success.