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FAQ's For Parents of Minor Students


Q : Why should my child choose MSCC?

A: Mid-South Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which means our transfer courses are accepted by many colleges and universities across the country.  Our technical programs are market-driven and competency-based, with most offering students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications or licensures.  Our classes are small, offering individualized attention by appropriately credentialed faculty.  Free tutoring and mentoring are available in our Learning Success Center.  MSCC also offers a broad range of student activities, designed to foster leadership, wellness, citizenship, career readiness, and social development.

 Q: Does MSCC offer a safe environment?

A: Yes.   Security officers are on-duty whenever students are present, and the buildings and parking lots are monitored by security cameras.  Red emergency phones are located in each building for immediate connection to MSCC Security in case of an accident or other emergency.  The college also support an electronic emergency alert system that emails and/or texts all students in case of a hazardous or emergency situation.

Q: What is the difference between a certificate and a degree?

A:  A certificate is a short-term technical program (one semester to one year) designed primarily to prepare students for employment.  However, most of MSCC’s certificates apply directly toward associate degrees.   An associate’s degree is a two-year program that can either prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution (bachelor's degrees) or for employment or, in some case, both. If students require developmental coursework or attend part-time, award completion will take longer than the normal time

Q.   Does my child have to take an entrance exam?

A.    MSCC requires ACT, SAT, ASSET or COMPASS test scores for all new students.  Placement tests do not determine admissions eligibility; they measure reading, language, and math literacy to help ensure students enroll in classes that promote their academic success.  For students without ACT or SAT scores, or who may want to try to improve those scores, MSCC offers the COMPASS test on campus.  

Q: What are developmental courses and who has to take them?

A: Developmental courses provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their skills in math, English, and reading when their placement scores indicate such a need.  College-level placement scores in reading and English or completion of associated developmental course are required prior to enrollment in most college-level courses.  Some courses also require specific math placement scores or completion of designated developmental math classes.

Q.   How will my child know what program or courses to take?

A.   All new students meet with a qualified academic advisor to assist them in making the right choices.  New students are also encouraged to take College Survival Skills, a one credit course that provides key information needed to develop an academic plan and for succeeding in college.

Q: Can my child easily reach a faculty member outside of class?

A: Yes. MSCC’s full-time faculty members have offices in the classroom buildings, and they are available at least 10 hours a week for student interaction.  They also provide their office phone numbers and email addresses on their course syllabi.

Q. Can I discuss my child’s performance, grades, or attendance with his/her instructors?

A.  The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents faculty or other college personnel from discussing academic records with a 3rd party, even a family member, unless the student signs a “Release of Information” form and submits it to the Registrar’s Office.

Q: Do you have any tutoring programs in case my child has problems with a course?

A: Yes. Mid-South Community College provides academic coaching to any student who asks for help, and the service is FREE!

Q: My insurance company says my son/daughter must be a full-time student for me to maintain coverage. What constitutes full time?

A: A student must take at least 12 hours to be considered full time. Most classes meet for three hours a week, but some meet for one, two, four, or five hours. Any combination that totals 12 or more semester hours is considered full time.










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