FAQ's FOR PARENTS
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.
Q: Are faculty members easy to reach 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.
Q: What is the difference between a degrees and a certificate?
A: A bachelor's degree is awarded at the completion of a four-year program, and an associate’s degree is awarded at the completion of a two-year program. A certificate is awarded at the completion of a series of courses that prepare students for employment in a selected vocation. A certificate may be earned while preparing for an associate’s degree.
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. Mid-South Community College understands that students come with many strengths and skill sets. Developmental courses are designed to help build and strengthen the basic foundation skills so students can succeed in all of their classes.
Q: Do you have any tutoring programs?
A: Yes. Mid-South Community College provides academic coaching to any student who asks for help, and the service is FREE!
Q: How Do You Develop Your Curriculum?
A: Mid-South Community College offers market-driven education programs. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of the marketplace, and are competency-based and learner-centered. We develop curriculum by asking experts in the field and employers to define what skills, knowledge, and abilities employees need.
Q: What type of entrance exam is required?
A: All first-time college students at MSCC must complete a placement test to assess their readiness to succeed in college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics. The COMPASS test does not determine admissions eligibility; it measures reading, language, and math literacy. Students identified as needing additional English and/or math skills will be placed in developmental courses to improve their skills.
Q: Are emergency telephones liberally placed throughout the campus for students to call for help?
A: Yes. Red emergency phones are located in every building on campus, and they are clearly marked. The system is designed so that no dialing is needed; as soon as a person picks up the phone, he or she is connected with campus security.