2.0 Student Services

2.0 Student Services

2.01 Nicolet College Faculty Quality Assurance Standards (FQAS)

2.01 Nicolet College Faculty Quality Assurance Standards (FQAS)

Title: Nicolet College Faculty Quality Assurance Standards (FQAS)
Number: AP 2.01
Adopted: August 2012
Reviewed: February 2020
Revised: March 2016

The President delegates oversight of the professional development plans for FQAS to the committee and the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives.

The District Certification Officer (DCO) will provide administrative support for the committee.

2.02 Privacy of Records – Release of Written Information

2.02 Privacy of Records – Release of Written Information

Title: Privacy of Records - Release of Information                                                                 
Number: AP 2.02
Adopted: March 1995
Reviewed: April 2020
Revised: April 2020

The Nicolet College policy on record privacy and releasing information follows the directives outlined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law governing the protection of educational records.  FERPA rights begin after the student is accepted at Nicolet College and starts classes.

Only the student may authorize the release of their personally identifiable information (PII) in an education record.  All such authorizations must be in writing.  A fee will be assessed for copying all or a portion of a student record, except those students governed by the provisions of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) in which no fee will be assessed.


Students and stakeholders can find this policy on the website, or may obtain a copy of the policy from the Welcome Center in the Red Oak Center.  Additionally, registered students will be notified of this policy annually via all-student email.

Student Rights Under FERPA

  1. Students have a right to inspect and review their own educational records.  The student must submit a signed, written request to the Registrar that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The Registrar will make arrangements for access within 45 days and notify the student when and where the records may be inspected, except those students governed by the provisions of the EU GDPR in which students will be given electronic access, if requested, within 30 days.  Before being allowed to view the record, the student must present official photo identification.
  2. Students have a right to request the amendment of educational records that they believe are inaccurate or misleading.  The student must present a written request to the Registrar, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the Registrar denies the request to amend the record, the Registrar will notify the student and advise them of their right to appeal the decision using the Complaint and Grievance Procedure for Nicolet College Students, in AP 1.06 Student Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedure.

  1. Students have a right to grant written consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their own education record; FERPA authorizes some disclosures without consent.
  2. A record of disclosures will be maintained within a student’s file indicating when information has been released from that file and to whom, except for disclosures for a legitimate educational interest.  Students will not be notified of legally restricted disclosures or disclosures for a legitimate educational interest.
  3. Currently active students have the right to restrict the disclosure of Directory Information.  To restrict the disclosure of Directory Information, a student must file a written request with the Registrar.  This request to restrict disclosure of Directory Information will be honored until the student notifies the Registrar, in writing, to the contrary (see section on Directory Information below).
  4. Students who suspect a FERPA violation has occurred should contact the Registrar. Students also have a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of the College to comply with requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

Phone: (202) 260-3887

Email: FERPA.Customer@ED.Gov



Under certain conditions, personally identifiable information can be released without student consent.  These exceptions include:

Directory Information 

The use of the term Directory Information does not mean that the College actually has a document containing Student Directory Information, or that the College has any obligation to produce such a document.  The term Directory Information is a legal term applying to information that the College can release, without student consent, to any third party.  Nicolet does not disclose any directory information for marketing or solicitation purposes, with the sole exception of the Nicolet College Foundation for foundation related activities.

The College has defined Directory Information as the following:

  • Name
  • Address*
  • Phone number*
  • Enrollment status
  • Date of Birth
  • Major field of study
  • Classification and year
  • Dates of enrollment
  • Expected graduation date
  • Types of degrees/diplomas/certificates and date granted
  • Academic honors/awards received and date granted
  • Photos/videos of students for use in College press releases, publications, and web sites
  • Nicolet College assigned student email addresses

*Indicates Limited Directory Information

Limited Directory Information

Nicolet designates address and phone numbers as limited directory information only. This information is only eligible for release to Nicolet Area Technical College Foundation for Foundation-related activities and to the National Student Clearinghouse for compliance and reporting purposes.

U.S. Military

According to the Solomon Amendment, the College must release the student’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, class level, degrees received, major, and the most previous educational institution in which the student was enrolled to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Authorized Federal, State, and Local Authorities

Student authorization is not required to disclose PII to an authorized representative of the following individuals or entities:

  • The Comptroller General of the United States
  • The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education
  • State educational authorities
  • Accrediting organizations
  • Agencies involving an audit or evaluation of compliance with education programs

Financial Aid

The College may disclose PII from a student’s education record without the student’s consent if the information disclosed is necessary to determine the eligibility for financial aid; determine the amount of the aid; determine the conditions for the aid; and/or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. The disclosure of PII to Employers, Native American Tribal Education Departments, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Veterans Administration is permissible as long as the disclosure of PII is in connection with the payment of financial aid funds for which the student has applied or has already received. 


The College may disclose PII from a student’s education record without the student’s consent to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, Nicolet College.

Other Educational Institutions 

PII can be released to other schools at which the student is dually enrolled, seeks enrollment, or intends to enroll.

Emergency Situations 

PII can be released to law enforcement personnel, emergency personnel, and College officials in an emergency to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.

Legitimate Educational Interest 

Officials of the College who have a legitimate educational interest may have access to student records without obtaining consent from the student.

Officials of the College are defined as:

  • persons employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position;
  • persons serving on College governing bodies; and
  • persons employed by or under contract to the College to perform a specific task, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent.

An official has a legitimate educational interest if they need to:

  • perform duties specified in their job description or under terms of contractual agreement;
  • provide campus services related to a student, such as advising, financial aid, or counseling;
  • conduct tasks related to a student’s education, campus discipline, and/or security.

Judicial Order

Personally identifiable information must be released to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.  Unless the court (or other issuing agency) has ordered that the existence or the contents of the subpoena or judicial order not be disclosed, the College will make a reasonable effort to notify the student before complying so the student may seek protective action.

Grievance Hearing 

Information about a student or students involved in a grievance investigation may be released to members of the grievance committee, including any students assigned to that committee, if such information applies to the investigation.

Disciplinary Hearing 

The results of a disciplinary hearing may be released to an alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense without the permission of the accused.

U.S. Patriot Act

The College must release, without consent or knowledge of the student, personally identifiable information from the student’s education record to the Attorney General of the United States or designee in connection with the investigation or prosecution of terrorism crimes specified in sections 2332b(g)(5)(B) and 2331 of Title 18, U.S. Code.

2.03 Admissions

2.03 Admissions

Title:Admissions Number:                                                                 
Number:AP 2.03
Adopted: March 1995
Reviewed: March 2020
Revised: January 2018

Nicolet College is committed to an open-door admissions policy for all prospective students who meet institutional requirements.  All admissions processes comply with BP 4.02 Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination and Wisconsin Technical College System policies and procedures.  For applicants meeting admissions requirements, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission to Nicolet College is open to individuals who feel they can benefit from the instruction offered.  Individuals who hold a high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma (HSED), or a General Education Development certificate (GED) are eligible to enroll in post-secondary programs consistent with their ability levels.  Students who do not have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or HSED can enroll in programs designed to help them earn those credentials while attending college classes. Note: Students who do not have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or HSED cannot receive Title IV financial aid.

Nicolet College is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to issue F-1 student visas for attendance by non-immigrant international students.  These students must follow the regular admission process and demonstrate English proficiency to pursue a program.  They must also provide the College with written proof of adequate financial resources available for their period of schooling and proof of a sponsorship before an I-20 form can be issued.

Because students have varied levels of educational preparation and College programs and courses vary widely in levels of difficulty, admissions services are designed to provide the best match for an individual’s abilities, interests, and academic aptitudes.  As part of the matching process, applicants may undergo assessment prior to being accepted into the College or a program.  Although admission to particular programs may require specific prerequisites, such as test score minimums, the College offers services to assist students in developing prerequisite skills.

For more information on the admissions process please refer to the Nicolet College website.

2.04 Credit for Prior Learning

2.04 Credit for Prior Learning

Title: Credit for Prior Learning
Number: AP 2.04
Adopted: January 2005
Reviewed: March 2020
Revised: March 2020

Nicolet College recognizes that prior to enrolling, a student may have acquired some of the skills, knowledge, and competencies included in programs offered by the College. The College will make every effort to ensure students receive appropriate credit for prior learning. At Nicolet, the Transfer of Credit process evaluates credits earned through formal education from an accredited post-secondary institution. The Advanced Standing process lets students seek credit for coursework completed in high school; completion of apprentice-related instruction and Youth Apprenticeships; demonstration of subject-area competency through national examinations or local challenge examinations; military education or experience; and experiential learning, including but not limited to previous work experience, business and industry training, community service, or other life experiences.

Students interested in exploring credit for prior learning should contact Academic Advising or refer to the Nicolet College website for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Nicolet College staff conduct a credit evaluation when students request to transfer credits from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education to a certificate, diploma, or degree program at Nicolet College. The following conditions and stipulations must be met:

  1. Students must apply for admission and have official transcripts sent directly to Admissions at Nicolet College.
  2. Nicolet will grant transfer credit only for courses that apply to the student’s certificate, diploma, or degree program at Nicolet College.
  3. Transfer credits are not used in determining the student’s grade point average at Nicolet College.
  4. Only postsecondary credits earned at a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education and awarded a minimum 2.0 grade point on a 4.0 scale qualify for transfer.
  5. Credits are accepted for transfer when course content is confirmed to be comparable.
  6. Time limits shall not restrict the awarding of credit for prior learning unless Nicolet College has documented a specific programmatic reason for time limits.
  7. For a student transferring from one Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution to Nicolet College, credit awarded for courses meeting a general education requirement at one WTCS institution will be honored as fulfilling the same general education requirement at Nicolet College.
  8. A student who has earned a postsecondary or professional degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education will be granted credits towards fulfilling WTCS associate degree general education core requirements.
  9. Students who meet the required general education credits may need to complete some additional general education core courses based on documented program- specific general education requirements.
  10. Military education credits will be accepted for transfer in conformity with the recommendations of the American Council on Education.
  11. International credits may qualify for credit for prior learning if the international credits are deemed comparable to credits offered by Nicolet College. Students seeking credit for international coursework must provide an official evaluation of academic credentials which has been completed by an approved organization/association.

The Registrar, in conjunction with the appropriate Academic Advisor/Success Coach and program faculty, will conduct the transfer credit evaluation.  Transfer credits do not count toward the minimum number of credits students must earn at Nicolet College (refer to the Maximum Amount of Credit for Prior Learning section of this policy).

Advanced Standing with Credit

Advanced Standing with credit may be granted when it is determined that an individual’s skills and knowledge are equivalent to the competencies in one or more courses in a certificate, diploma, or degree program. Recognition of Advanced Standing is an effort to minimize duplication of competencies attained from previous education, life, or work experience; lessen the cost of duplicative education; and accelerate the achievement of educational goals and credentialing.

A student must be admitted to a certificate, diploma, or degree program at Nicolet College before Advanced Standing will be awarded.  Advanced Standing can be awarded only for required program courses or elective courses that apply toward the student’s designated program of study.

Credits earned through this process do not count toward the minimum number of credits students must earn at Nicolet College (refer to the Maximum Amount of Credit for Prior Learning section of this policy).

Guidelines for the following Advanced Standing options can be obtained from an Academic Advisor or Success Coach or found on Nicolet’s website: military training and experience, national examinations, high school coursework, registered apprenticeships, local challenge examinations, and portfolio assessments.

Maximum Amount of Credit for Prior Learning

Each candidate for a certificate, diploma, or degree must earn a minimum of 25% of the required technical studies, occupational specific, or liberal arts credits through Nicolet College coursework.  These established minimums cannot be met through credit for prior learning.


There is no fee for evaluating and granting transfer credits, credit for high school articulated coursework, credit for apprenticeships, credit for military training and experience, and credit for national examinations.

Fees do apply for written challenge exams, skill demonstration or performance assessments, and portfolio assessments. Current fees are listed on the Nicolet College website.  Fees must be paid prior to the assessment, and are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the assessment.

If a student is already enrolled in a course, the Advanced Standing evaluation must be completed during the first 14 calendar days of a standard term, the first 7 calendar days of a standard summer term, or the first 15% of the course hours for courses shorter than a full term. Assessment fees must be paid prior to attempting the assessment.  If credit is granted, the student will be withdrawn from the course with a 100% refund of the course tuition and course fees. Students receiving financial aid should consult with financial aid personnel before beginning the Advanced Standing process, since reducing the number of enrolled credits may have financial aid implications

Communication with Students

Evaluation of credits earned from a post-secondary institution will be conducted for all students presenting official transcripts from a post-secondary institution when they meet with their Academic Advisor or Success Coach.

Specific information on the process for applying for Advanced Standing and applicable fees will be available on the Nicolet College website, at the Welcome Center, and from the students Academic Advisor/Success Coach or program faculty. Academic Advisors or Success Coaches will encourage students to request credit for prior learning when reviewing their educational goals and achievements, and will assist them with the process.

Communication with Faculty and Staff

Faculty will be aware of credit for prior learning procedures, and will assist students in applying for Advanced Standing, when appropriate.

Changes in Policy

Any changes in the existing policy will go into effect with the start of a future term. This will provide adequate time to communicate policy revisions and allow students to complete Advanced Standing processes initiated prior to the changes going into effect.

Equitable Treatment

Nicolet faculty and staff will take the following steps to ensure equitable treatment of students requesting credit for prior learning:

  1. All program students presenting an official transcript from another accredited post-secondary institution will receive a transfer of credit evaluation.
  2. There will be widespread availability of policies and procedures for obtaining credit for prior learning as described under the Communication with Students section of this policy.
  3. The procedure for initiating and completing the request for Advanced Standing will be streamlined and clear.
  4. Faculty, Academic Advisors/Success Coaches, and the Registrar will be readily available to assist students with the process, and to perform the evaluation of transfer and/or Advanced Standing.
  5. The appropriate Dean will validate the credit award for Advanced Standing.
  6. The Registrar will validate the level and number of credits being awarded.

Appeal Process

Students who believe this policy is improper or unfair, or who wish to contest the application of this policy, should follow the Complaint and Grievance Procedure for Nicolet Students, in AP 1.06 Student Standards of Conduct.


2.05 Active Military Duty

2.05 Active Military Duty

Title: Student Active Military Duty
Number: AP 2.05
Adopted: August 2012
Reviewed: March 2020
Revised: April 2020

Nicolet College recognizes the contribution of the U.S. Armed Forces and those who are requested to work during a national or state emergency.  The following procedures have been adopted for students who are called into active service:

  1. Upon being notified, students should contact the Nicolet College Registrar who will guide the student through the process.  Students will be asked to provide a copy of their active duty orders.  If the student is unable to provide a copy in person, a parent, spouse, or other individual may submit a copy on their behalf. This may be done either in person, via fax or email, or through the U.S. mail.
  2. If the student is activated well into the academic term, they are encouraged to work with instructors individually to decide what to do about the balance of the academic term work. 
  3. If the academic term cannot be completed, a formal withdrawal process must be initiated by the student or their representative.  Students must officially withdraw to receive refunds of tuition and fees and may receive failing grades if they do not withdraw. Additionally, students who are receiving GI Bill Education Benefits and do not officially withdraw may be required to reimburse the Veterans' Administration.
  4. The College will provide a refund of tuition and fees to the extent possible to students called into active service. Tuition and fee refunds will first be directed to repay Federal financial aid.  The student will then receive a refund check in the mail.
  5. The College will provide priority readmission to students who are ordered or inducted into active service. Admission back into the student's program will take place upon the student's request in the next possible academic term, depending upon program and course sequencing.    Furthermore, students who withdraw from all their courses as a result of being called to active military duty, and provide the appropriate documentation, will be readmitted with the same Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standing they had at the beginning of the term during which they withdrew. The withdrawal grades from the term in which the student’s active military duty occurred will not be included in any future SAP calculations.

2.06 Student References and External Employment Opportunities

2.06 Student References and External Employment Opportunities

Title: Student References and External
Employment Opportunities
Number: AP 2.06
Adopted: August 2001
Reviewed: April 2020
Revised: April 2020

When a Nicolet employee gives student references, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 restricts the release of educational record information about students or graduates.  The College and individual employees may be held liable for releasing unauthorized information about a student.  For further information on FERPA, see AP 2.02 Privacy of Records – Release of Information.

The College must abide by state and federal employment laws; therefore, all students must be offered an opportunity to apply for and compete for jobs announced through the College.

Employees should require students to provide a signed Authorization for Release of Reference Information form prior to releasing any non-directory information about them for a reference. The College has defined Directory Information as:

  • name;
  • address*;
  • phone number*;
  • enrollment status;
  • date of birth;
  • major field of study;
  • classification and year;
  • dates of enrollment;
  • Types of degrees/diplomas/certificates and date granted;
  • Academic honors/awards received and date granted;
  • photos and videos of students for use in College press releases, publications, and web sites; and
  • Nicolet College assigned student email accounts.

*indicates Limited Directory Information as outlined by AP 2.02 Privacy of Records.

The signed Authorization for Release of Reference Information must identify the name of the individual, agency, or employer to whom the disclosure may be made.  The signed document must also indicate that the student is authorizing the college employee to disclose general information about the student’s performance as a student at Nicolet College, and the student’s potential as a future employee.  The college employee should retain the form for a minimum of seven (7) years.

If the student wishes to authorize the release of confidential student information (GPA, transcript, academic progress, registration information, billing information, etc.) to a third party, the student must sign an Authorization for Release of Confidential Information form.  This release of information is to be handled through the Registrar’s Office. 

College employees should direct employers to place all job requests or announcements on Handshake.   This will ensure that job information will be distributed to all students and graduates who are registered with Handshake.  Sharing requests with only select students or graduates is in violation of the law.

College employees must not release information protected by the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA), even if the student provides written permission to release any and all information.  The WFEA prohibits releasing the following:

  • age;
  • ancestry;
  • arrest record (a person is considered innocent until convicted);
  • color (pigmentation of person’s skin);
  • conviction record (conviction record can be considered only when the conviction is substantially related to the specific duties of the job);
  • creed (religious affiliations or beliefs);
  • disability (includes having a physical or mental impairment, a record of having such an impairment, a perception of having an impairment, or being related to a person who has an impairment);
  • genetic testing;
  • honesty testing (polygraph);
  • marital status;
  • military membership (type of discharge or current member of Army Reserve, National Guard, or some other type of military service);
  • national origin (birthplace, culture, or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group, accent);
  • pregnancy or childbirth;
  • race;
  • sex;
  • sexual orientation;
  • use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours (off-hours use of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, etc.).

2.07 Program Approval, Development, Suspension and Discontinuance

2.07 Program Approval, Development, Suspension and Discontinuance

Title: Program Development, Approval, Suspension,
and Discontinuance
Number: AP 2.07
Adopted: August 2012
Reviewed: March 2020
Revised: March 2020

The Nicolet College program approval process will be based on demonstrated need, reasonable cost, and demonstrated outcomes to provide accountability and ensure collaboration among educational providers for the benefit of students and taxpayers.

New Program Development and Approval

New program development will follow the WTCS process outlined in the WTCS Educational Services Manual.  Local Technical Certificates will be developed using similar standards but will not require WTCS system approval.  The Nicolet College President, or delegate, will approve any new programs in accordance with BP 2.10.  The Nicolet College District Board of Trustees will be notified of any new programs developed.

Program Suspension and Discontinuance

Nicolet College continually monitors programs to ensure the programs meet student, transfer, and employer needs.  When a program is no longer effective, the College can either take steps to improve the program, suspend, or discontinue the program. 

Suspension means that the College no longer accepts students into the program, but makes a reasonable effort to assist program enrolled students to develop an alternate completion plan or to set appropriate educational goals.  Discontinuance means that the WTCS Board officially removes the program in accordance with the WTCS Educational Services Manual.

Nicolet College administration will notify the District Board of Trustees whenever a program suspension is proposed.  The notification will include an overview of student support for currently enrolled students and a recommendation on whether an attempt should be made to improve the program or discontinue it.  The College will follow the program suspension and discontinuance process outlined in the WTCS Educational Services Manual.

2.08 Advisory Committees

2.08 Advisory Committees

Title: Advisory Committees
Number: AP 2.08
Adopted: August 2012
Reviewed: July 2020
Revised: July 2020

General Guidelines

The Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will maintain a list of all advisory committee members, including their names and membership designations. Committees should have a minimum of six (6) members. This list will be updated annually and presented to the District Board of Trustees for informational purposes.

Advisory committee meetings are open meetings and subject to all provisions. Each advisory committee will develop an annual meeting schedule; each scheduled meeting will have an agenda and the minutes from the meeting will be maintained by the Dean, Director, or Associate Dean responsible for the committee.

All files pertaining to program advisory committees will be available for Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Office staff review.

Occupational Program Advisory Committees

Nicolet College will establish advisory committees for each occupational program. The committee’s purpose is to advise the College on how well the program meets workforce needs. The committee can oversee either a single program or multiple programs with a related occupational focus. The membership of multiple-program committees should include individuals who represent all of the targeted occupations.

Advisory committee memberships should include equal representation of employers and employees and be representative of geographic location and racial and gender diversity. Participation on advisory committees by students, representatives of secondary schools, general education instructors, and post-secondary schools is also highly recommended.

Apprenticeship Advisory Committees

State Apprenticeship Trade Advisory Committees appointed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) are officially recognized as advisory to both the BAS and to the WTCS on policy and program matters related to curriculum, related instruction, and delivery service requirements for their trade. For construction trades, local apprenticeship committees appointed by BAS will serve as WTCS District advisory committees. In the case of industrial or service sector programs, multi-trade or multi-program local committees may be established provided that at least one member of the committee is a member of the apprentice trade that is being reviewed. Equal representation of employers and employees, racial and gender diversity, and geographic location of apprentices should be considered in the appointment process.

Collegiate/Liberal Arts Transfer Advisory Committee

Nicolet College will establish an advisory committee to oversee the development and maintenance of the Collegiate/Liberal Arts Transfer program. Membership will include faculty and staff from private/public 2- and 4-year universities and colleges, PK-12 faculty and staff, employers and employees, community members, and students. Racial and gender diversity and geographic location should be considered in the appointment process.

Special Advisory Committees

Nicolet College will establish special advisory committees for adult and continuing education or non-program activities. These special committees have a primary responsibility of providing communications among the constituents. This includes the community, government agencies, educational institutions, and/or businesses and industries they serve.

2.09 Educational Services Below the Postsecondary Level

2.09 Educational Services Below the Postsecondary Level

Title: Educational Services Provided to Individuals with
Education Below the Postsecondary Level
Number: AP 2.09
Adopted: August 2012
Reviewed: March 2020
Revised: March 2020

Nicolet College provides services to individuals with education below the post-secondary level.  Services include dual credit opportunities through transcripted credit, advanced standing credit, Start College Now, and contracted courses; adult high school completion; basic skill instruction for employability and post-secondary transition; and pre-college experiences.  These services are offered to assist individuals to function effectively in society, in the workforce, and in post-secondary education.

High School Dual Credit

The College offers current high school students a range of opportunities to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school:

  1. Transcripted Credit: College credit is earned by taking a Nicolet College course at the high school taught by a high school instructor who meets applicable requirements established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  2. Advanced Standing: College credit is earned upon enrollment provided an advanced standing agreement was in place between the high school and Nicolet College while the student was enrolled in a particular course.
  3. Start College Now: College credit is earned by the student, who takes a Nicolet College course while currently enrolled in high school.  The high school grants high school credit for the course as well.
  4. Contracted Courses (38.14): A contract between the college and the school district that is tailored to meet district needs. The college provides instructor to teach at high school. Tuition is based on courses & services offered.

Pre-College Experiences

Nicolet College offers a variety of pre-college programs for middle and high school students focused on career exploration, skill building, and experiential learning.

Adult Basic Education

Nicolet College provides services to evaluate academic skill levels.  One-on-one and small-group instruction is provided to raise academic performance sufficiently to allow students to succeed in employment and college-level work.

High School Completion Alternatives

The College offers students alternatives for high school completion: High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) options, General Education Development (GED) certificate, and an alternative high school credit completion program per Ch. 118.15, Wis. Stats. All alternatives meet the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).


The College has written processes to improve communications with persons inquiring about educational services available for individuals with education below the post-secondary level.  The processes clearly explain the roles and responsibilities of the College, the student, the high school district, or the DPI.  Current copies of these materials will be submitted to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

Program Review

Nicolet College will identify factors used in allocating funding for all services provided to individuals with education below the post-secondary level.  Current copies of these materials will be submitted to the WTCS.