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Transition To 60 Credits

In August 2018, Governor Murphy approved legislation providing that no more than 60 credits will be required to earn an associate degree, effective in the 2019-2020 academic year.   To ensure compliance, Academic Affairs has reduced all degree programs from 64 credits to 60 credits, excluding the A.A.S. degree in Nursing.

Students in the current Catalog or older will have the option to change to the 2019-2020 Catalog if the new requirements in their current major are determined to be in their best interest.

It is important to remember that although the total credits required in the new Catalog are less, other requirements might have changed; therefore, it will not be in the best interest of every student to update their catalog year.  All students are encouraged to view the new requirements for their degree program in Student Planning.

Ocean County College will automatically update the catalog year for students most likely to move to the new degree requirements seamlessly.  This update will affect the students meeting the below criteria.  All other students must request to update their catalog year by submitting a curriculum change form or emailing registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account.*  An automatic update of the catalog year will be completed for students currently in the 2018-2019 Catalog with fewer than 45 earned credits (excluding any developmental credits) in the below degree programs.

Students who elect to change their catalog year will be held to requirements of that catalog year.  Course substitutions will not be granted.

Any students who DO NOT wish to change their catalog year must email registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account.

The following degrees will not be automatically updated. Students enrolled in these degree programs can request to update their catalog year by submitting a curriculum change form or emailing registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account.

Questions?

The Campus Community is invited to attend one of the following Information Sessions for more information and to ask questions about this change.

Information Sessions will be held in the Larson Student Center Room 201 (second floor).

DateTime
Thursday, April 410:00-11:00 AM
Monday, April 86:00-7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 91:00-2:00 PM
Thursday, April 1112:00-1:00 PM

Students with questions about how they will be affected by this change are also encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor for assistance.

The Advising Office is open on a walk-in basis Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Wednesday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are encouraged to view the new requirements for their degree program (in the 2019-2020 Catalog) in order to make an informed decision. Students can also see their Academic Advisor, or visit the Advising Office, to discuss their options.

Students and advisors can utilize Student Planning to view degree requirements in the 2019-2020 Catalog.  Please note, this function provides a hypothetical “what-if” view of requirements in the new Catalog.  The catalog year cannot be officially updated through Student Planning.

 In order to view the 2019-2020 requirements, go to the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning.  Under “Alternate Catalog Year” select 2019 and view how your current completed, in progress and planned courses fit into the new degree requirements.  Students who decide to update their catalog year, or who have questions about the degree requirements, should see their Academic Advisor.  Students can also email registrar@ocean.edu from the Ocean email account to request an update the catalog year.

Maybe.  Some students, depending on their degree and total credits earned, will be automatically changed to the new Catalog requirements.  See above for a list of affected degree programs.  Students not enrolled in one of these degree programs, and/or students with 45+ earned credits, must complete a Curriculum Change form to update their catalog year. Students can also email a request to update their catalog year to registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account.

Students not affected by the automatic catalog year update must meet with the Academic Advisor to complete a Curriculum Change form. Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor for assistance.  Students requiring assistance can also come to the Advising Office.  Advising is open on a walk-in basis Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-6:00, Wednesday 8:00-8:00 and Friday 8:00-5:00. Students can also email a request to update their catalog year to registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account.

Students graduating in Spring or Summer 2019 will graduate under the 2018-2019 Catalog.  Students graduating in summer do have the option of delaying their graduation to Fall 2019 and graduating under the 2019-2020 Catalog.  These students would have to complete a Curriculum Change form to update their catalog year and apply for Fall 2019 graduation.  Students who elect this option should be aware that their degree would not be conferred until late January 2020, and there are possible implications for transfer if students transferring in Fall 2019 do not graduate in Spring or Summer 2019.  Students graduating in Fall 2019 are not eligible to walk in the May 2019 Commencement, but they would have an opportunity to walk in May 2020.

Students in a degree program scheduled for the automatic update must email registrar@ocean.edu from their Ocean email account to request to remain in their current catalog year.  Students can also make this request in person at the Advising Office or the Office of Records and Registration.

Students opting to update their catalog year must complete the requirements as written in that catalog year.  Students will not be able to request course substitutions or waivers for degree requirements.   Students in this situation might opt to stay in their current catalog year.

No.  Students must update their catalog year to the 2019-2020 Catalog in order to fall under the new degree requirements.  Students must also complete all degree requirements in addition to earning 60 credits.

Students are permitted to transfer credits for up to half the degree at OCC.  Students who have more than 30 credits transferred and elect to move to the new Catalog Year will have their transfer credits reevaluated and reduced to a maximum of 30 credits.

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