2013-2014 catalog 
    Sep 27, 2022  
2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Important Note

The statements, provisions, policies and fees listed in this catalog are not to be regarded as binding between the student and Brookdale Community College. The College has the right to change at any time any of the provisions or programs, which could include the possible elimination of programs, courses, schedules, tuition, fees procedure or statements, as may be warranted. Each student is held responsible for knowing the information contained in this catalog. Failure to read and comply with College guidelines, requirements and regulations will not exempt the student from responsibility.

About Brookdale

The College was founded in 1967 and is sponsored by the citizens of Monmouth County through the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Equal opportunity for all is a College mandate; the College does not discriminate against anyone on any basis, either in education or in employment practices. An appointed Board of Trustees sets policy, fixes tuition and fees and continually monitors education programs.

Brookdale is an open admission college, available to anyone 18 years of age or older, has been home-schooled and can document age-appropriate learning skills, anyone who is a high school graduate or holder of an equivalency diploma. (A limited number of programs have specific admission criteria.) If a student does not have a high school diploma, he or she may still enroll at Brookdale as long as the student is 18 or older. Students wishing to gain a New Jersey issued high school diploma will be referred to Brookdale’s 30-credit high school equivalency program or may take and successful pass a GED test. An adult basic education program is offered at Brookdale Freehold campus as well as at the regional locations in Hazlet, Long Branch and Neptune as well as Mt. Carmel Hall in Asbury Park.  To obtain more information on other Brookdale sites, see Regional Locations .

Brookdale is open all year and operates on a term-based system. There are two traditional 15-week terms that begin in September and January. In addition, 6-week and 10-week terms run during summer, an 11-week term is offered during each traditional term and a 2-week Winterim term is offered during winter break. Additional terms may be added based on community need. Classes tend to meet once or twice a week, depending on the length of the academic term and the course content. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, evening, online and on weekends, to meet the demands of working people as well as traditional full-time students. Courses are offered not only on the Lincroft campus, but also at various regional locations throughout the county. The regional locations and Campus at Freehold offer a wide range of courses. They all are accessible from most areas by public transportation.

There is no typical Brookdale student. People of all ages come to the College to meet education goals as varied as the people themselves.

Many are enrolled full time (12 credits or more), or part time, in programs designed for transfer to four-year colleges. Others are pursuing programs designed to prepare them for employment upon graduation. Persons already working attend Brookdale to upgrade skills and enhance chances for promotion or to explore new areas to facilitate a career change. Many students are here because they love to learn. The courses they select enrich their personal lives.

In keeping with the College’s dedication to open and innovative education, learning at Brookdale is oriented toward success. Each course syllabus has learning outcomes, course requirements, grading standards, course content, notification for students with disabilities and references to additional support and labs. Teaching and counseling faculty members schedule office hours to answer student questions. Learning assistants are available for tutoring, to go over tests, and assist students in completing class work. In the laboratories, lab assistants perform similar functions for students needing help in completing projects or performing experiments.

Notice of Right to Access Government Records of Brookdale Community College

The New Jersey Public Access to Government Records Act N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et. seq. (the “Act”) requires that the College grant members of the public access to government records as defined in the Act. The Act safeguards from disclosure proprietary and private records and information.

Requests for records should be made to the Administrative Assistant to the Board of Trustees and President’s Cabinet, located in the President’s Office, second floor of the Brookdale Administrative Center (BAC), parking lot #3. Requesters must fill out a form specific to their request, which is available in the President’s office. Requests for government records may be made anonymously. Upon payment of the applicable fees, the College is required to make government records available within the following time periods:

Immediate access will be provided to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts, including collective negotiations agreements, individual employment contracts, and public employee salary and overtime information. Immediate access will be provided as soon as reasonably possible following receipt of the request if the record is not being used and is not in archive storage.

Not later than seven (7) business days after receiving the records request, access will be granted or denied to all other government records provided the record is currently available, not in use and not in storage or archived. Failure of the Custodian of Government Records to respond within seven business days after receiving a request is deemed a denial, unless the requester has elected not to provide a name, address or telephone number, or other means of contacting the requester, in which case the Custodian of Government Records shall not be required to respond until the requester reappears before the Custodian seeking a response to the original request.

The requester is entitled to be advised in advance of the estimated amount of fees and charges to be imposed by the College for the reproduction costs and other special services requested.

Right of Appeal

A person who is denied access to government records by the Custodian, at the option of the requester, may institute a proceeding challenging the Custodian’s decision by (1) filing a complaint with the Government Records Council, NJ Division of Local Government Services by telephone, 609-292-4584; fax 609-292-9073 or by e-mail: Mpfeiffer@dca.state.nj.us, or (2) by filing an action in the Superior Court, Monmouth County Courthouse, Freehold, NJ.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires the College to disclose and report on numerous items. Many of these are included throughout this catalog. Information pertaining to Student Consumer Information is available from the Brookdale home page.

Degrees And Certificates

The Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree programs are designed for transfer to four-year colleges. These degrees give students grounding in their major fields of study, along with the general studies required of freshmen and sophomores in four-year schools. Students who graduate with an A.A. or A.S. Degree and transfer to a New Jersey Public Institution receive the benefits of transfer registration. See Transfer Opportunities  for the rules and requirements.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs are career-related. Students receive education and training in the skills needed for employment, plus the general studies designed to turn out well-rounded employees. While some credits may transfer to four-year institutions, the A.A.S. programs are not designed for transfer. In some study areas, certificate programs are available. These contain fewer credits than the degree programs, and certify students as competent in a particular employment area. See Programs of Study  for more information on Certificates. 

Company On-site Credit Course Offerings (COCCO)

The Center for Business Services through Business and Community Development works with employers who request college courses to be presented to their employees at their place of business. The courses are identical to those presented on campus and are taught by Brookdale faculty. Students receive full college credit for course completion. Instructional emphasis to include case studies can be customized to reflect corporate objectives and learning experiences with on-the-job tasks. Every effort is made to meet the needs of employers. Starting dates and class times are flexible.

College Life

The Office of Student Life and Activities administers many clubs and organizations geared to student interests. The Stall (student newspaper) and Collage (student literary magazine) are two publications produced by the student body.

Students can become involved in planning and shaping programs and services at Brookdale through the Student Life Board (Brookdale’s version of student government, programming board and finance board, all in one). Students may also serve as members of College Governance. This is a body comprised of faculty, administrators, staff and students which discusses issues affecting College life and academic policies and regulations. Recommendations are forwarded to the President for consideration.

Outreach, Business and Community Development

At Brookdale Community College, “community” is at the core of our mission. Continually searching for innovative and creative ways to meet the constantly changing needs of Monmouth County residents, we help people savor life, build bridges, open doors, find hope and educate themselves for the future.

Looking for a career change or job training? Explore new possibilities! Brookdale’s short-term career training programs include healthcare, green jobs and construction management, business/industry career training certificate programs, computer training and the alternate route to teacher certification. Continuing education programs in health care and teaching can help improve on-the-job performance and promotion potential.

Learning is lifelong! From art and photography to youth programs, there is something for everyone. Explore issues, nurture an interest and meet new people. Brookdale’s Center for Creative Retirement offers exciting learning experiences with offerings in art, literature, history and current events, as well as entertaining trips to regional destinations.

During the summer, Brookdale’s Camps-On-Campus program offers summer camps for children and teen workshops.

The Center for Business Services offers workforce development training programs designed to boost productivity and profitability. Some training is free of charge, funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

For more information, visit the Business and Community Development website or call 732-224-2315.


Brookdale, Monmouth County’s official county college, is certified by the State of New Jersey and the United States Department of Education to grant associate degrees to students who complete formal programs of study, and is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium. In addition, Brookdale programs have accreditation or recognition from specific organizations and agencies where applicable.

Brookdale Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for all colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000. Brookdale adheres to the Principles of Good Practice in Institutional Advertising, Student Recruitment and Representation of Accredited Status as defined by the Commission on Higher Education. A copy of the Principles is available in the office of the Executive Vice President for Educational Services.

The Health Information Technology associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The Medical Laboratory Technology associate degree program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018-5119.

The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission), and by the State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Nursing.

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Concerns regarding any Health Science Program may be forwarded to the appropriate agency listed above.

The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistants.

The GM-ASEP option of the Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Foundation (NATEF).

Institution Wide Assessment

Information on institution wide assessment results such as graduation, retention, certification and licensing pass rates, and student learning outcomes are available through the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs or the Office of Planning, Assessment and Research.

Outcomes assessment principles and practices are in compliance with accreditation requirements as articulated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s assessment guiding principles are:

  • Faculty are the content experts.
  • The responsibility for learning is shared by the faculty and the student.
  • Assessment processes involve all faculty and responsibility is shared by all faculty teaching in the department/discipline.
  • The College Student Learning Outcomes Plan makes wise use of faculty and staff time.
  • Assessment is directly and inseparably linked to teaching and learning.
  • Assessment focuses on learning outcomes that are clearly articulated and linked institutionally, programmatically and to courses.
  • Results are used to improve student learning.
  • Sufficient resources are devoted to meaningful assessment activities.
  • Assessment results will be communicated to the campus community.
  • Assessment of student learning is a means to faculty growth and development.

Information on Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and individual program accreditation is available on the Accreditation’s page of the Brookdale website.

Honors at Brookdale

Brookdale’s Honors program offers challenging, seminar-style classes for high-achieving students.  Through a curriculum that emphasizes global awareness and local engagement, Brookdale Honors students are encouraged to connect their studies to the world beyond the campus.  By fostering collaborative learning and intellectual inquiry, Honors at Brookdale prepares students for transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities, as well as for citizenship in our 21st century world.  There are two options within the Honors program:

  1. To graduate “With Honors” students must maintain a 3.5 GPA, complete 18 credits of Honors coursework, and present a project or paper at the annual Honors Symposium.
  2. To earn an “Honors Certificate of Recognition,” students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and complete 9 credits of Honors coursework.  Presentation of a project or paper at the annual Honors Symposium is optional.

Brookdale has transfer agreements which enable graduates of the Honors program to enter the third year of Honors programs at Monmouth University and Georgian Court University.  A transfer agreement with Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick enables Honors graduates who are business majors and have completed the required prerequisite, to transfer as juniors. 

For a complete description of Honors at Brookdale, including the application process and course offerings, refer to the Honors page on the Brookdale website.


Student Grievance Process

Students who have questions or concerns about any issue at Brookdale Community College are encouraged to resolve those issues through appropriate channels.

General concerns about a wide range of issues should be directed to the Director of Student Development Services. Concerns should be identified in writing, with any appropriate supporting documentation. If necessary, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss the issues in more detail and the Director will render a decision. Students wishing to appeal the decision must do so in writing to the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs. The Dean’s decision is final.

Specific concerns related to faculty members must first be discussed with the faculty member involved to try and reach an amicable solution. If unsatisfied, students must then meet with a department chairperson followed by the Academic Division Dean, if necessary. The Dean of Academic Affairs will serve as an arbiter; however the decision of the Academic Division Dean is final.

Students appealing a grade in a course must follow a prescribed process. While the initial steps are informal, students have the right to file a formal appeal with the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. The final step in this process is a hearing before a representative committee including faculty, staff and students. The paperwork for this process is available in the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs and on the Academic Affairs website.