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Butler's Learning PACT with our Students

Butler prepares students to be principled, productive individuals who are responsible, involved lifelong learners. To accomplish this goal Butler has established a Learning PACT for the skills learners acquire during their career. The Learning PACT Skills are vital for any adult to function successfully in the ever-changing world of the 21st century. The Butler Learning PACT consists of:  

                                P = Personal Development Skills

                                A = Analytical Thinking Skills

                                C = Communication Skills

                                T = Technological Skills  

A productive future in the global marketplace depends upon having developed these skills.

The Butler Learning PACT is integrated throughout all of the college's academic and vocational programs in course work, extra-curricular activities and all other learning opportunities.

 Butler students' work will demonstrate:  

Personal Development Skills

  • Self-Concept
    Self-evaluation in regard to self-image, values, attitudes, interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses
  • Health Management
    An awareness of the components of health (emotional, physical, social, and intellectual) through the development of a plan of health-enhancing behaviors
  • Time Management
    Behaviors that are effective in managing one's time 
  • Coping with Change
    The ability to accept and deal effectively with change
  • Effective Relationships
    An awareness of the skills and behaviors associated with the achievement of satisfactory relationships on an individual, community and societal level 
  • Teamwork
    Knowledge of the dynamics of group interaction, as well as the impact of individual behavior on groups 
  • Valuing Diversity
    An appreciation for the value in differences among people 
  • Effective Citizenship
    An understanding of the rights and responsibilities of participation in a democracy 
  • Ethical Conduct
    An understanding of the importance of accepting responsibility for one's actions and an ability to make ethical decisions related to personal, family, and community issues 
  • Leadership
    An understanding of the principles of skillful leadership 

Analytical Thinking Skills

  • Problem Solving
    The ability to identify and define problems, gather information and determine its relevancy, develop workable solutions, select and communicate the best solution
  • Critical Thinking
    The ability to identify and define a task, gather information, process the information according to established models, generate and communicate an appropriate response
  • Historical Interpretation
    The ability to interpret human behavior and events in the historical context of the past, present, and future
  • Aesthetic Response
    The ability to articulate an informed personal response to works of art 

Communication Skills

  • Reading
    The ability through reading to examine, question and interpret 
  • Writing
    Written communication appropriate to the situation which expresses ideas and convey needs 
  • Listening
    Accurate interpretation, evaluation and response to any aural communication 
  • Speaking
    Effective communication in interpersonal, small group, and public settings, both formally and informally 
  • Nonverbal Communication
    Knowledge of the dynamics and impact of nonverbal variables on communication 

Technological Skills

  • Computer Literacy
    Use of computers to create, file, retrieve and modify documents 
  • Internet Use
    The ability to navigate the internet to find and evaluate required information, download or copy fields and search databases effectively 
  • Field-Related Technology
    Use of specific technological skills related to specific fields and vocational tasks 

Learning Outcomes Assessment at Butler

The assessment of student learning begins with a commitment to our vision and mission statements and works through the Learning PACT. The Butler Learning PACT lists skills critical to the 21st century workplace used in the college's institution-wide assessment of student achievement of General Education learning outcomes. Learning is a complex, integrated and ongoing process. And, our faculty, staff and administration participate in an ongoing learning assessment program to continually improve teaching and learning.

The assessment of the general education components of a student's coursework is handled through the use of both direct and indirect indicators. Individual departments also conduct learning outcomes assessment on an annual basis. Learning assessment leads to improvement in
student learning in that it affects the decisions of the entire educational community.

Butler's Learning PACT Council is developing a program of individualized learning assessment based on the Learning PACT skills. The achievement of these learning outcomes will be documented as the student progresses through her/his college experiences. The Butler Learning
PACT Instructional Committee is currently piloting this type of individualized assessment in a variety of courses taken from across the college's curriculum.

The complete Butler learning assessment program is available for perusal in the Office of Assessment (pspeary@butlercc.edu) and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (lellis@butlercc.edu).

Class Load: Normal and Maximum  

Full-Time/Part-Time Status
Normal Load-16 hours of semester credit
Maximum Load-18 hours of semester credit

Band, chorus and physical education courses are included in the 18 hours. Sophomores with a
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and/or a previous semester grade point average of 3.5 may
request permission to take additional hours from the Director of Enrollment Management, or
Director of On-Site Advising, and the student’s advisor. Students not showing suitable proficiency
in previous enrollments may be required to decrease their number of hours the following
semester.

Full-Time Status - 12 hours of semester credit
Part-Time Status – less than 12 hours of semester credit

Summer Class Load (requirements are different for Financial Aid students)
Full-Time Status - 6 hours of semester credit
Part-Time Status – less than 6 hours of semester credit
Maximum Load - 12 hours of semester credit

Enrollment Periods

It is strongly recommended that students enroll early to help improve their chances of getting the schedule of classes desired.

Online enrollment for the summer and fall semester begins in March. Online enrollment for the spring semester begins in October. Traditional, in person, enrollment begins at a later date to be announced each semester.

Students wishing to take responsibility for their own educational plan, which includes students selecting appropriate courses to fit their educational plans, must contact an advisor each semester to enable their online pipeline registration.

Enrollment and Fee Payment
All students enroll and pay fees on dates directed and publicized by the Accounts Receivable Manager and Registrar. These directions and dates are issued prior to the enrollment periods for fall, spring, summer and special sessions. Each session’s schedule of enrollment encompasses a specific time frame and directions are developed and publicized accordingly on the Butler website, www.butlercc.edu.