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2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

SLCC at a Glance


Salt Lake Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558-4224


SLCC offers more than 100 degree programs, as well as continuing education, apprenticeships, non-credit and other options to help students achieve their educational objectives.


Associate of Arts Degree (AA)
Associate of Science Degree (AS)
Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE)
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Achievement

Student Body Profile

Based on Fall Semester 2015, third week figures:

23,831 Headcount
13,724 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

93% Utah Residents
7% Non-Residents

35% Freshmen
65% Sophomores

49.9% Male
50.1% Female

2% Veterans

70.0% Caucasian
16.1% Hispanic
2.0% African American
3.7% Asian

1.2% Pacific Islander

0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Unknown/Unreported
2.5% More than one race
1.3% Non-Resident Alien

Median Student Age: 23 years old
Average Student Age: 24.87 years old

Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Number of degrees awarded was 3,749 during the 2014-2015 school year

College Overview

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, multi-campus college serving the diverse needs of the Salt Lake County community. With an open-door enrollment policy, the College serves more than 60,000 students through credit and non-credit courses and workshops each year. It is the eighth most prolific producer of Associate’s degrees in the country.

To accommodate student needs, SLCC has multiple site, plus SLCC Online, that allows students to take classes virtually anywhere. Courses are offered in both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the day, at night, and on weekends. Students receive personal attention from faculty as the College maintains an average student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The College has established active partnerships with more than 500 local businesses and school districts to provide skills training, professional development, and academic programs to current and future employees. SLCC plays a key role in building Utah’s economy by anticipating future needs and preparing a skilled workforce able to manage ever-changing technologies.

Students also benefit from distance learning. SLCC offers a broad range of courses via distance learning formats, with almost half of these distance-delivered sections being taught completely online. More than 15 percent of SLCC course sections are online classes and more than 7,000 SLCC students take at least one online course each semester.

Salt Lake Community College has initiated and developed an education/business partnership that provides a two-year scholarship to students and work opportunities for students. Called the “PACE,” (Partnerships for Accessing College Education) program, this unique partnership between local secondary school systems, local businesses, and the College is an incentive program that provides high school students with opportunities for employment during summer recesses and potential internships during their academic years. High school students involved in the program who complete the PACE criteria and graduate in eight consecutive academic terms will receive full two-year academic scholarships to attend Salt Lake Community College.

The Center for New Media will soon open its doors at the South City Campus. In partnership with Salt Lake School District’s Career and Technical Education, this innovative building will accommodate more than 7,000 students-including nearly 2,000 Applied Technology students.

The Instructional and Administration Building is also currently under construction at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The majority of the space in this building-75,000 of its 136,000 total square feet-will be devoted to instruction. The flexible and dynamic student spaces in this facility will foster interdisciplinary learning. Once completed, the Instructional and Administrative Building will replace the current Administration Building and allow the College to adhere to the seismic and safety standards that are part of the College’s overall facilities master plan.

Salt Lake Community College is one of this state’s most important engines for driving the economy. Higher earnings of SLCC students and associated increases in state income expand Utah’s tax base by $153.7 million dollars annually. Higher tax receipts and avoided governmental costs result in a cumulative value of $171.2 million in benefits over the course of students’ working careers. Skills acquired by SLCC students translate to higher earnings for students and increased output of businesses; added income attributable to the accumulation of SLCC credits in the workforce amounts to $840 million annually.

SLCC Vision Statement

Salt Lake Community College will be a model for inclusive and transformative education, strengthening the communities we serve through the success of our students.

SLCC Mission Statement

Salt Lake Community College is your community college.  We engage and support students in educational pathways leading to successful transfer and meaningful employment.

SLCC Values

We don’t just state our values; we live them through dedicated, collective effort. Our values ground our future endeavors and help us realize our mission of being an open-access, comprehensive community college committed to the transfer education and workforce needs of our students.

We believe we’re better when we work together.

We partner with our community in the transformative, public good of educating students.

We seek to cultivate an environment of respect and empathy, advanced by diverse cultures and perspectives.

We learn as a college by building outstanding educational experiences for students and by supporting faculty and staff in their professional development.

We value fresh thinking and encourage the energy of new ideas and initiatives.

We do the right things for the right reasons.

College-Wide Unified Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge in their intended major and throughout General Education
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies necessary for their chosen field of study
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop the knowledge and skills to be a community engaged learner and scholar
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  8. Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness

Strategic Priorities

  1. Enhance Quality Higher Education
  2. Improve Student Access and Success
  3. Advance a Culture of Evidence and Accountability
  4. Strengthen Institutional Support
  5. Advance Partnerships/Relationships with the Community and Business

SLCC Core Themes

Access and Success

  • Provide accessible instructional programs and student services
  • Provide access to students underrepresented in higher education
  • Provide access to students under-prepared for higher education
  • Support students to become successful and engaged learners

Transfer Education

  • Prepare students with a foundation for success in continued studies
  • Provide the first two years of articulated major courses (AA, APE, and AS degrees)
  • Provide students a comprehensive and integrated General Education experience

Workforce Education

  • Prepare students with knowledge and skills meeting current industry needs
  • Provide specialized training for business and industry
  • Provide integrated pathways for academic and career mobility/advancement

Community Engagement

  • Contribute to economic and community development
  • Champion diversity and cultural enrichment in the community and the College
  • Provide community service and involvement opportunities


This catalog applies to new students entering Salt Lake Community College in the 2016-2017 academic year and returning Salt Lake Community College students whose governing catalog has expired. Individuals with specific questions about this policy should see the admissions officer or the appropriate academic administrator for their program of study.

The catalog contains information concerning academic programs, course descriptions, tuition and fees, policies, and general information about Salt Lake Community College in existence at the time of this publication’s deadline, January 31, 2016.

Information in this catalog is subject to change and Salt Lake Community College reserves the right to make any necessary revisions in the information contained here without notice. The College further reserves the right to add, amend, or repeal any rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as provided by law.

This catalog is for information purposes only and does not constitute a contract between the student and the College.