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    Harrison College
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

About Harrison College



Mission Statement

Building on a legacy of service since 1902, we are advocates of education dedicated to excellence in higher learning. We collaborate with students, staff, faculty, alumni and our community to deliver student-centered education and prepare students for careers that positively impact society, both locally and globally.

Value Statements

  • Excellence:
    We are committed to a climate of high-quality, relevant classroom content delivered by creative faculty equipped with strong credentials and demonstrated industry expertise. This commitment is enhanced by our dedication to hiring exemplary administrative staff and providing support systems that advance the educational process. As a result of this educational experience, we expect our graduates to enhance their careers and embrace lifelong learning.
  • Service:
    We value a personal, responsive and attentive learning environment that exceeds student expectations. Our convenient, adaptable delivery methods enable students to balance life and college. We continually improve services to all members of the College community through assessment and feedback mechanisms.
  • Compliance:
    We accept our responsibility to be held accountable to all our constituents. Accordingly, we operate with integrity and fairness to ensure full compliance with accrediting standards and regulatory bodies.

Diversity Statement

Harrison College aspires to create an environment of cultural serenity. We understand the educational significance of embracing the similarities and differences among all people and ideas. We furthermore recognize the ever-changing societal, economic and cultural needs of the public we serve. We believe by acknowledging diversity and ideas, we forge a platform to compel, empower and encourage the college community to cultural awareness and action.

Statement of History

Harrison College, formerly known as Indiana Business College, is a 115 year-old institution of higher learning. Harrison College is distinctive in that it provides a relevant and quality contemporary career-focused education. Students receive individualized support, care, and respect.

Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Marion Business College, Marion, Indiana, by Charles Cring, a former educator who saw that a diversifying economy needed trained workers. Shorthand, typing and penmanship were some of the skills taught. By 1913, the College had established multiple campuses throughout the state and changed its name to Indiana Business College.

From the beginning, Cring focused on fundamental principles that still are practiced at the College today. Those fundamental principles are: offer students value for their investment, prepare students to compete for good-paying careers, offer employment assistance to alumni, reward employees, and hire talented teachers and administrators.

The College provides a student-centered education that will prepare students for a life of learning. Students receive one-on-one support from enrollment representatives, financial aid analysts, faculty and staff. In addition, a robust career services staff helps students identify their skills and interests, and assists with resume writing and interviewing skills. Those services are available for the students’ lifetimes, not just upon graduation.

Over the years, the College strategically added academic programs to fulfill needs in the workplace. For example, in 1990 Harrison College started a medical assisting program to help meet the increased need for healthcare workers. In response to the ever-increasing demand for convenient and flexible quality education, online programs were added in 2004. Enrollment in online studies has grown exponentially from 30 students in 2005 to over 1300 students in 2015.

In 2007 the College began offering bachelor of science degrees in a 2 + 2 (associate degree plus two years) format in accounting, business management, and criminal justice. In 2008, the College developed its first four-year bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Hospitality Management. In 2009, the 2 + 2 programs were converted into four-year bachelor degrees. A bachelor’s degree in information technology and health care management were also added. The College now offers a bachelor’s degree in health care management and nursing.

Students learn in classrooms, online courses and in a blended environment to earn bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, diplomas and certificates in the School of Business, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Nursing, and Veterinary Technology. In addition to the five schools of study, there is The Chef’s Academy. The Chef’s Academy offers programs in culinary and pastry arts.

Harrison College has 11 campuses, including The Chef’s Academy in North Carolina and the Ohio campus in Columbus, which opened in September 2009.

Accreditation and Approvals

Harrison College campuses are institutionally accredited by:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North
    Falls Church, VA 22043
    Phone: (703) 917-9503
    Fax: (703) 917-4109

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Harrison College Locations and the Location of its Culinary Division,
The Chef’s Academy, Are Regulated and Authorized By:

Indiana locations

  • The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (BPE)
    101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206
    (317) 232-1033

North Carolina location

  • The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina
    (UNC Board of Governors)

    910 Raleigh Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
    (919) 962-4558
     
  • South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE)
    1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 737-2260
    www.che.sc.gov

    “Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE), 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201 and Telephone (803) 737-2260. Licensure indicates that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality.”

Ohio location

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education
    25 South Front Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (877) 275-4219
    (614) 466-6000
    www.ohiohighered.org
     
  • Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
    Certificate of Registration Number (08-11-1883B)
    30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481
    Columbus, OH 43215-3414
    (614) 466-2752
    Toll Free (877) 275-4219
    http://scr.ohio.gov

Harrison College’s Distance Education
Programs Authorization:

Harrison College has been approved by the State Portal Entity for the State of Indiana in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Under the compact, member states, districts and territories have established comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs of approved institutions. Colleges or universities in a SARA state therefore only need their home state authorization to offer distance education to any other SARA member state.

Contact Information:

NC-SARA
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 848-3275
http://nc-sara.org

State Portal Entity
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 550
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
(317) 232-1090
academics@che.in.gov

Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation represents an independent third-party review of a program of study within an institution that has already earned institutional accreditation. The following programs of study offered at the indicated Harrison College campuses hold programmatic accreditation.

Associate Degree in Nursing

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing (PLA)
    402 West Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 234-2043
    www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

    The Harrison College Associate Degree in Nursing program, which is offered at the campus listed below, is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (PLA). 

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239
 

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326
    (404) 975-5000
    www.acenursing.org

    The Harrison College Associate Degree in Nursing program, which is offered at the campus listed below, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (Formerly known as NLNAC).

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Medical Assisting Diploma

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    (727) 210-2350; Fax (727) 210-2354
    http://www.caahep.org

    The Harrison College Medical Assisting Diploma program, which is offered at the campuses listed below, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). 

Anderson
140 East 53rd Street
Anderson, IN 46013

Columbus, IN
2222 Poshard Drive
Columbus, IN 47203

Columbus, OH
3880 Jackpot Road
Grove City, OH 43123

Evansville
4601 Theater Drive
Evansville, IN 47715

Fort Wayne
6413 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Indianapolis Downtown
550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Lafayette
323 Columbia Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Terre Haute
1378 South State Road 46
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS

  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
    5600 North River Road, Suite 720
    Rosemont, IL 60018 - 5119
    (773) 714-8880
    http://www.naacls.org

    The Harrison College Medical Laboratory Technology program, which is offered at the campus listed below, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), upon the recommendation of the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Practical Nursing AAS

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing (PLA)
    402 West Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 234-2043
    www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm

    The Harrison College Practical Nursing AAS program, which is offered at the campuses listed below, is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (PLA). 

Fort Wayne
6413 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

RN TO BSN

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
    Washington, DC 20036-1120
    (202) 887-6791
    http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

    The RN to BSN program, which is offered at the campuses listed below, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Online
550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Surgical Technology AAS

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    (727) 210-2350; Fax (727) 210-2354
    http://www.caahep.org
     
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North
    Falls Church, VA 22043
    (703) 917-9503; Fax (703) 917-4109
    www.abhes.org

    The Harrison College Surgical Technology AAS program, which is offered at the campuses listed below, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). It is also programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Fort Wayne
6413 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Indianapolis East
8150 Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239

Veterinary Assistant Non-Credit

  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
    1666 K Street, St. 260
    Washington, DC 20006
    (703) 740-8737
    www.navta.net

    The Harrison College Veterinary Assistant program, which is offered at the campus listed below, is accredited by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Review Committee.

    Indianapolis Northwest
    6300 Technology Center Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46278

Veterinary Technology AAS

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
    Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
    1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg IL 60173-4360
    (800) 925-8070
    www.avma.org

    The Harrison College Veterinary Technology program, which is offered at the campuses listed below, is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, www.avma.org. Effective April 23, 2017, the program is placed on probationary accreditation. This status does not affect eligibility to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and State exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT.) Additionally, graduates of a program with probationary accreditation are considered graduates of an accredited program.

    AVMA placed the program on probationary accreditation because of the Secretary of the United States Department of Education’s decision to withdraw recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Harrison College’s former institutional accrediting agency. The AVMA does not consider the College’s approved status by the USDE as equivalent to the recognition of an institutional accrediting agency.

Indianapolis Northwest
6300 Technology Center Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Evansville
4601 Theater Drive
Evansville, IN 47715

Harrison College Is Also A Member Of:

  • Adult Education Council
  • Association of Administrative Professionals International
  • Chamber of Commerce (all locations in their respective communities)
  • Council on Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Higher Education Transfer Alliance
  • Indiana Certified Public Accountants Society
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • National Business Education Association
  • National Center for Women in Information Technology
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Philosophy of Education

Harrison College promotes an atmosphere of encouragement in a culture committed to quality and diversity. We empower students to become knowledgeable, confident professionals. Taking ownership of their education, students establish and achieve personal career goals by thinking critically, communicating effectively and applying specialized skills.

Harrison College’s academic programs are designed around three curricular areas: professional, foundation and general education. Professional courses are career-specific core courses that help prepare students for career positions related to their chosen program of study.

Foundation courses include general study courses applicable to all majors. Foundation courses help provide students with the ability to efficiently set goals, as well as use technology and information resources to effectively pursue and secure a career position related to the student’s chosen program of study.

General Education courses are designed to provide students with an understanding of the breadth of knowledge, fundamental principles and questions and methods of inquiry and problem solving in the basic categories of communication, the natural sciences, the humanities, mathematics and the social and behavioral sciences.

Additional Majors

Students may decide to pursue an additional major at the same or lower degree level as the student’s primary major. Although many courses may be applicable to more than one program of study, additional time and cost may be required to complete the required courses for additional majors. Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity must meet with the Student Affairs Specialist or Registrar to complete the appropriate forms.

Students who choose to pursue additional majors may use courses successfully completed in one major to fulfill the elective requirements in another. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements of a second major while enrolled in a student’s primary major will be included in the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) calculation for the primary major.

Students may not declare an additional major if the student is not currently making SAP in the students primary program of study or if the student has previously been unsuccessful at courses required for completion of the additional major that exceed 50 percent of the total credit hours required for completion of the additional major. Neither may a student declare an additional major in a program from which the student has previously transferred unless the student was making SAP in that program of study at the time of transfer.

Core Courses †

The intent of the Core Course policy is to ensure that each students achieve appropriate mastery of essential course and program objectives. Unless otherwise indicated on the program outline, students must earn a grade of a ‘C’ or higher in the core courses of his/her program in order to successfully complete the course.

Students must earn a grade of ‘B-’ or higher in courses designated as core courses in the Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs. Selected Surgical Technology and Medical Laboratory Technology core courses also require a grade of ‘B-’ for successful completion.

Students who do not successfully complete a core course will be required to retake the course. Students who do not earn the required grade in a core course may not attempt any course for which that core course is a prerequisite until he/she has earned the required grade in the course.

Additional courses that require a grade of ‘C’ or higher for all students include Composition I and Presentation Skills. Students who earn a grade lower than a ‘C’ in either Composition I or Presentation Skills will be required to repeat the course and may not attempt any other course for which either of these courses is a prerequisite.

Change of Program

Students desiring to change his/her program of study must meet with the program chair, registrar or student affairs specialist to complete the appropriate documentation. The student’s academic progress and course requirements will be discussed during this meeting.

A maximum of three program changes may be made during a student’s attendance at Harrison College. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)  section to review program transfer limits for students who are failing to make SAP.

Program completion time may be extended due to scheduling conflicts or to complete the additional credit-hours required for the new program. Students wishing to change programs who are not making SAP must complete a written appeal and, upon approval, will be placed on financial aid probation and will be required to follow an academic plan during at least his/her first term in a new program of study.

Program Completion

Harrison College awards Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, Diplomas and Certificates to students who meet graduation requirements for the designated program. Certificates of achievement may be awarded upon request to students who complete individual subjects and desire evidence of completion for an employer or a sponsoring organization.

Students enrolled full-time in certificate programs may be able to complete the program requirements in approximately 9-18 months depending on the program of study. Students enrolled full-time in diploma programs may be able to complete the program requirements in approximately 18 months. Transfer credits, required foundation courses, course availability and course performance impact the length of time it takes a students to complete a program.

For a complete list of program offerings, please refer to the Program Availability by Campus Location  section of the Catalog.

Technology-Enhanced Instruction; Technology Requirements

Many Harrison College courses include instructional resources and learning objects available only via the Internet. These digital resources support student’s mastery of course objectives in traditional on-ground, blended or fully online courses. Students may be required to complete and submit assignments based upon these digital resources. Completion of final exams through the online learning management system (LMS) may be required in selected courses.

Students must have access to a computer that meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  1. 1 GHz Processor
  2. 2 GB RAM
  3. CD-ROM; DVD Drive recommended
  4. Operating System Choices: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or 8.1, MAC OS/X 10.6 or Chrome OS
  5. 50 GB of available hard-disk space
  6. Java Runtime (http://www.java.com)
  7. Broadband Internet access
  8. Webcam that is supported by your operating system
  9. Telephone

Minimum Hardware Requirements for School of Information Technology Students

  1. Intel© or AMD Equivalent Processor running at 1.6 GHz or faster.
  2. 4 GB of RAM.
  3. Hard Drive: 500GB minimum.
  4. Graphics Card with 256 MB graphics memory capable of handling the current version of DirectX and Open GL.
  5. Monitor capable of a minimum 1024x768 display.
  6. Operating System Choices: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or 8.1 or higher for Windows based PCs; MAC OSX 10.8 or higher for Macintosh based machines. Chrome OS not supported.
  7. Broadband Internet access.
  8. Webcam that is supported by your operating system.
  9. Students must check the course syllabus for the potential use of virtual machines and for the minimum software requirements for that specific course.

Minimum Software Requirements

  1. Microsoft® Office® 2010 or higher. (Office 365 (Office 2013) is available for all Harrison College and The Chef’s Academy students.)
    Please note:
    • Microsoft® Word® 2010 or higher should be used for all written assignments sent as attachments to instructors within the course private email.
    • Also some courses that heavily rely upon Microsoft® Office® software such as Excel may require version 2013. See syllabus for requirements.
  2. Some courses may require loading software that accompanies the textbook and some may require use of additional supplemental software as outlined in the syllabus. All associated costs for these potential requirements are included in the program fees for each course.

Canvas

Harrison College offers Canvas, where learners are able to experience a personal, responsive and attentive learning environment that includes:

  1. Full access to instruction and learning objects for their courses;
  2. Access to phone, chat and online support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year;
  3. Access to course grades, and their course and campus calendar;
  4. A virtual campus community where they can receive announcements, and connect with fellow campus students and Harrison support personnel (My Campus course).

Canvas Phone Number: 855-999-7751
Canvas Chat: https://cases.canvaslms.com/apex/liveagentchat

Web Browser Requirements

Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. It is highly recommended to update to the newest version of the browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. Some course content may use plug-ins, such as Flash, which may not be supported on all mobile devices.

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
  • Chrome 50 and 44-51 (New versions of Chrome are periodically released throughout the year. Canvas supports the last two versions released.)
  • Safari 8 and 9
  • Firefox 45 and 46 (Extended Releases are not supported. New versions of Firefox are periodically released throughout the year. Canvas supports the last two versions released.)
  • Flash 20 and 21 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

Canvas on Mobile Devices

The Canvas interface was optimized for desktop displays, so using small form factors such as phones may not be a pleasant experience in using Canvas. Canvas is not officially supported on mobile browsers. Harrison College recommends using Canvas mobile applications for an improved user experience.

Some course content may use plug-ins, such as Flash, which may not be supported on all mobile devices.

All students are also required to access their Harrison or TCA email account to receive important information such as:

  • Bookstore messages related to textbooks.
  • Support Center ticket replies.
  • Registration information.
  • Financial Aid information.

Computers are available for student use on campuses. Please consult your Dean, Student Affairs Specialist or Librarian for information regarding campus computer availability.

Harrison College Ownership

Educational Management Corporation, Inc.
550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-447-6000
Email: studentcomplaints@harrison.edu
Website: http://harrison.edu/about

Officers of the Corporation

Craig F. Pfannenstiehl - Chairman

Charles L. Restivo - President

Gregory C. Wallis - Treasurer

Michael T. Crowley - Secretary