Jun 14, 2024  
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

About Gaston College



Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan

For over 50 years, Gaston College has maintained a tradition of excellence through its commitment and dedication to student success. This tradition begins with a strong Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan, and is further supported by the College’s Values, Educational Philosophy, and Ethical Principles.

Vision

To provide innovative student learning opportunities to create momentum for economic and social success.

Mission

To educate and care for people.

Activities in Support of the Mission

  • Provides comprehensive Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs designed primarily to prepare students to enter the workforce.
  • Provides diploma and certificate programs consisting of a sequence of courses that frequently can be completed in one year or less by full-time students. These programs are intended for individuals seeking employment in a specific occupation.
  • Provides Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation Degree (A.A.T.P), Associate in Science Degree (A.S.), Associate in Science Teacher Preparation Degree (A.S.T.P), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A.F.A.V.A.) Associate in Engineering (A.E.), or Associate in General Education-Nursing (AGE-Nursing) degree programs primarily designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Provides developmental education to prepare students for entry into a degree, diploma, or certificate program.
  • Provides adult literacy, English as a Second Language, and high school diploma or equivalency for students seeking to improve basic skills, complete high school requirements, prepare for the workforce, or enter post-secondary education.
  • Provides continuing education programs for individual, personal, and professional development and for employee education and training to satisfy the skill development needs of business, industry, and public agencies.
  • Assures quality in all educational programs by measuring performance on a set of well-established criteria and by identifying and analyzing program needs.
  • Assures quality instruction by establishing effective, innovative, and professional teaching practices; by frequent evaluation of instructor effectiveness; and by updating methods, materials, technology, equipment, and facilities.
  • Provides support services for all students, including services for students with disabilities and other special needs to support student success and completion of academic goals.
  • Promotes collaborative relationships with school systems, colleges and universities, and with business and industry.
  • Promotes positive relationships with the community and provides services that support economic, educational, and cultural efforts.
  • Promotes access to educational programs through off-campus offerings and through distance-learning opportunities.

Values

Integrity / Accountability:
We place public trust and honesty at the center of all interactions with accountability for our actions and decisions.

Student Success:
We are committed to the success of every student, as evidenced by a faculty and staff who invest themselves in the lives of our students and our communities.

Excellence:
We believe in setting high standards and expectations that empower faculty and staff to help students achieve their goals.

Learning:
We believe in conveying knowledge and skills through exemplary teaching that expands minds and changes lives.

Innovation:
We strive to create dynamic and innovative solutions in all facets of our work.

Equity / Diversity:
We believe in the principles of respect, equity, and access, and that our similarities and differences are opportunities for establishing a common bond that strengthens the College.

Collaboration / Partnerships:
We strive to be a leader and partner in building strong and vibrant relationships with businesses, industries, stakeholders, school districts, transfer institutions, and community organizations.

Ethical Principles

  • Integrity
  • Competence
  • Equality and Acceptance
  • Honor and Trust
  • Privacy

Institutional Philosophy

Gaston College students, faculty and staff share a committed responsibility to nurture a mentoring, collaborative, caring, and diverse culture of skilled lifelong learners who are empowered to succeed in an ever-changing world. Self-growth and empowerment are realized through many innovative processes, including an effective balance of assessment and evaluation, challenging ourselves and others to support a caring learner-centered environment.

Strategic Priorities & Goals (2023- 2026)

Strategic Priority #1 | Student Recruitment and Enrollment
Strategic Goal #1: Gaston College is committed to enhancing its marketing efforts, improving recruitment strategies, and supporting students through the enrollment process, ultimately attracting and enrolling a diverse and engaged student body.

Strategic Priority #2 | Student Access and Success
Strategic Goal #2: Gaston College is committed to enhancing student access, success, and inclusivity in high-quality educational programs, ultimately empowering students to achieve their educational goals.

Strategic Priority #3 | Partnerships and Community Engagement
Strategic Goal #3: Gaston College is committed to establishing strong partnerships, actively engaging with the community, and creating meaningful opportunities for students, alumni, and the public to contribute to the college’s mission and success.

Strategic Priority #4 | Organizational Development
Strategic Goal #4: Gaston College is committed to continuous improvement through organizational and employee development.

Strategic Priority #5 | Finance and Operations
Strategic Goal #5: Gaston College is committed to optimizing fiduciary and operational strategies to ensure long-term success and stability.

Strategic Priority #6 | Organizational Infrastructure
Strategic Goal #6: Gaston College is committed to investing in its operational infrastructure to enhance the working and learning environment.

Governance

The official governing body of Gaston College is the Board of Trustees of Gaston College, which consists of 15 members appointed by various agencies and government positions including the Gaston County Board of Education; the Gaston County Board of Commissioners; the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners; and the Governor of the State of North Carolina. The president of the College’s Student Government Association is also a member. Regular board members serve a team of four years commencing on July 1. Standing Committee include the Finance and Facilities Committees and the Campus Affairs Committee. The Board of Trustees generally meets monthly, but not less than quarterly. Meetings are typically held in the Myers Center Multipurpose Auditorium located on the Dallas Campus.

For more information about the Board of Trustees of Gaston College, please visit Governance.

History of the College

Celebrating over 50 years of service, Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. Gaston College has a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1963. From its humble beginnings, the College has grown into one of the largest community colleges in North Carolina, boasting three campuses - Dallas, Lincoln, and Kimbrell - that serve Gaston and Lincoln Counties. In January 1963, the College was granted a charter by the State of North Carolina, and began its first classes in temporary headquarters in September 1964. The College moved to its permanent campus on Highway 321 between Dallas and Gastonia two months later. Gaston College enrolls over 6,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 students annually in its Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education programs.

Key Historical Dates

February 8, 1963
The State of North Carolina grants the College its charter under the provisions of the 1957 Community College Act at the direction of the North Carolina Board of Higher Education.

September 23, 1964
The first classes begin at a First United Methodist Church on a temporary basis. A total of 19 faculty members were hired and 445 students had been accepted.

November 27, 1964
The College moves to the new Dallas Campus although the buildings were not completely finished.

May 31, 1965
The first graduating class holds its commencement ceremony.

July 1, 1965
The newly founded College merges with Gaston Technical Institute and the Gastonia Industrial Education Center and was chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education and the State Board of Higher Education.

November 1967
The College receives accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

January 1, 1981
The College begins to operate its Dallas (main) campus as a two-year community college under the newly formed North Carolina Board of Community Colleges.

2014
The College celebrates its 50th year.

Performance Measures

In response to a mandate from the NC General Assembly (S.L. 1989; C. 752; S. 80), the State Board of Community Colleges adopted twelve (12) performance measures to ensure the effectiveness of community college programs and to provide public accountability. Modifications to the North Carolina Performance Measures and Standards were made in 2007 and 2012, reducing the number to eight (8) measures. In 2016, the measures were modified, reduced to seven (7) and were adopted by the General Assembly through section 10.1 of S.L.2016-94. Recommendations from the most recent review were approved in 2018. The results are published annually by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) on the NCCCS Web page.

Measure

Baseline

2023 Gaston College
Performance Measures Results

NCCCS
Average

Met
Baseline

1. Basic Skills Student Progress

A 0.527 weighted index score of participation (POP) with a measurable skill gain (MSG)

0.672 weighted index score. 

1.003

Yes

2. Student success rate in college level English

A 0.723 weighted index score of first-time fall associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students will successfully complete a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within three years.

0.920 weighted index score. 

1.004

Yes

3. Student success rate in college level Math

A 0.626 weighted index score of first-time fall associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students will successfully complete a credit-bearing math course with a “C” or better within three years.

0.892 weighted index score.

1.005

Yes

4. First year progression

A 0.874 weighted index score of first-time full credential-seeking curriculum students will graduate prior to or enroll in postsecondary education the subsequent fall semester.

1.087 weighted index score.

1.003

Yes

5. Curriculum completion

A 0.850 weighted index score of first-time fall credential-seeking curriculum students will graduate, transfer, or be still enrolled during the fourth academic year with 42 successfully completed non-developmental hours.

1.024 weighted index score.

1.007

Yes

6. Licensure and certification passing rate

A 0.806 weighted index score of first-time test-taker results on licensure and certification exams. 

0.979 weighted index score.

0.982

Yes

7. College Transfer Performance

A 0.871 weighted index score of Associate Degree completers and those who have completed 30 or more articulated transfer credits who subsequently transfer to a 4-year college or university during the fall semester will have graduated or remain enrolled at any 4-year college or university in the subsequent fall.

0.994 weighted index score.

0.981

Yes

Consumer Information

Gaston College is committed to providing prospective and current students, parents, and employees with information on a variety of topics as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Please visit our Consumer Information webpage for links to information about financial aid, price of attendance, refund policy, student diversity, disability services, Title IX, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP), Annual Security Report (ASR), and much more. The Consumer Information webpage is a one-stop shop of important information about Gaston College.

A paper copy of the required disclosure information is available upon request by contacting Student Affairs at 704.922.6217 or the Office of Financial Aid at 704.922.6227.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment was rescinded by Gaston College in 2019.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Gaston College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, age, or veteran status.

Inquiries regarding equal opportunity should be directed to: Chief of Staff (Employees) or Vice President for Student Affairs (Students), 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034 or call 704.922.6200.

Right to Change

The Gaston College Board of Trustees and/or Administration of Gaston College reserves the right to change at any time, and without notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculums, course structure and content, and other such matters as may be within its control, notwithstanding any information set forth in this catalog. Gaston College reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. Course offerings approved after publication of this catalog are described in class schedules, which are issued each semester. 2023-2024 tuition rates subject to change pending legislative action and approval.

Student Right to Know

The Student Right to Know Act requires an institution that participates in any student financial assistance program under Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students. The average rate of persistence toward degree completion by students at Gaston College is available in the Student Records Office and is also available on the Consumer Information webpage. The College also complies with the other reporting requirements of the Federal Right to Know and Campus Security Act.

Accreditations and Memberships

Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gaston College.

The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only on matters related to the accreditation status of Gaston College and not for general College information.

The College’s diploma, certificate, Associate, and Applied Science Degree Programs are accredited by national accreditation boards, commissions, or service agencies. Additionally, the College is in good standing with over 20 institutional memberships. Students with institution or program accreditation questions should contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Hours of Operation

Please email or call the office you need assistance from before visiting campus (see the Frequently Contacted Offices section in the Catalog and Student Handbook).

Dallas Campus

Admissions
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Advising Services
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Bookstore
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Business Office & Sponsorship Office
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Learning Center
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am-8pm
Wednesday: 8am-5:30pm
Friday: Closed

Mailroom
Monday-Thursday: 10am-12pm and 1:30pm-3pm      
Friday: Closed

Morris Library
Monday-Thursday: 7am-9pm
Friday: 7am-12 noon
Saturday: 9am-1pm

Records & Registration
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Student Life
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Student Success and Retention
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Technology Services
Monday-Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Lincoln Campus

Bookstore
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
8am-12 noon

Business Office
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Harvey Jonas Library
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Learning Center
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday: Closed

Student Affairs Office
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

 

Kimbrell Campus

Learning Center
Hours vary. Appointment only.

Student Affairs Office
Hours vary. KCC 116
Please call 704.825.6269

Switchboard Hours
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday: 8am-12 noon

Technology Services
Hours vary.
Please call 704.825.6258

FREQUENTLY CONTACTED OFFICES

Dallas Campus - Main Number 704.922.6200   Public Relations 704.922.8438/6485
ACT Testing 704.922.6210   Radio Station WSGE 91.7 704.922.6552/2251
Academic Affairs 704.922.6240   Registration & Records 704.922.6232
Accessibility Services 704.922.6224   SGA 704.922.6472/6312
Accounts Payable 704.922.6417   Student Development 704.922.6540
Accounts Receivable 704.922.6410/6435   Student Life 704.922.6312
Admissions 704.922.2383/2451/6216   Student Affairs 704.922.6217
Adult High School 704.922.6319/6545   Student Employment 704.922.6212/6360
Advising Services 704.922.6220   Student Success and Retention 704.922.2242
Art Department 704.922.6343/6245/6344   Teacher Renewal 704.922.2241
Arts & Sciences 704.922.6311/6310/6342   Technology Services 704.922.6420
Bell Tower 704.922.3361   Testing Center (Katherine Harper) - RISE, TEAS, GED® 704.922.2433/2375/2230
BLET/Criminal Justice Academy 704.922.6531/6270   Transcripts 704.922.6232
Bookstore (The Rhino Shop) 704.922.6428/2265/6517   Transfer Advising Center 704.922.6576
Business & Industry Services 704.922.6251/5259   Veterans Affairs 704.922.6229/2453
Business & Information Technology 704.922.6263/6262/2256   Veterinary Technology Program 704.922.6469/6393
Business Office 704.922.6435/6410   Work-Based Learning & Placement 704.922.6212/6360
Campus Police 704.922.6480   Lincoln Campus - Main Number 704.748.5200
Career Readiness Certification (CRC) 704.922.2267/6546   Admissions/Financial Aid 704.748.5214
Certified Medical Assistant 704.922.6377/2274   Adult High School/GED 704.748.5205
Certified Nurse Aide 704.922.6469/6372   Bookstore 704.748.5251
Continuing Education 704.922.6251/6347   Business Office 704.748.5211
Continuing Education & Public Safety 704.922.6251/6315   Certified Nurse Aide 704.748.5221
Continuing Education Registration 704.922.6496/6252   Cosmetology 704.748.5252
Developmental Education 704.922.6569   Counseling 704.748.5209
Distance Education 704.922.6515/2307   Dean’s Office 704.748.5212/5213
Early Childhood Education 704.922.2275/6293/6533   English 704.748.5216
Economic & Workforce Development 704.922.6476/6448/6266   Learning Center 704.748.5236
Educational Partnerships 704.922.6297/6482   Library 704.748.5208
EMS Education 704.922.6241/6249   Life Skills 704.748.5226
Engineering Technology 704.922.6296/6295   Math 704.748.5228
Financial Aid 704.922.6227   Office Systems Technology 704.748.5240
Fire/Rescue Training (RESTC) 704.922.6257/6256/6258   Science 704.748.5258
GED/HSE Learning Lab 704.922.6322   Security/Campus Police 704.922.6480
GED/HSE Transcripts 704.922.6321/6316   Student Affairs 704.748.5214/5217
Health & Human Services 704.922.6379/6488/6486   Technology Services 704.748.5204
Human Resources Development (HRD) 704.922.6546   Kimbrell Campus - Main Number 704.825.3737
Identification (ID) Badges 704.922.2299   Business Office 704.825.6255
Industrial Technologies 704.922.6381/6380   Campus Police 704.825.6283
Katherine Harper Testing Center 704.922.2433/2375/2230   Dean’s Office 704.825.6307
Library 704.922.6359/6358/6356/2402   Enrollment Services/Student Affairs 704.825.6269
Life Skills 704.922.6545/6461/6320   Receptionist 704.825.3737
Mailroom 704.922.6431   Technology Services 704.825.6258
Nursing 704.922.6469/6366   Textile Technology Center 704.825.6260
Phlebotomy 704.922.6377/2274      
Practical Nursing 704.922.6469/6366      
Pre-Nursing Advisors 704.922.6220      
President’s Office 704.922.6475/6207      
Printing 704.922.6431