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3.05.001.003 - College Success Strategies and First Year Seminar Requirement

Approved: 3/22/2012
Approved By: President's Staff
Category: 3 - ACADEMIC SERVICES
Section: 05 - STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Policy: 001 - Academic Progress Standards

The Community College of Beaver County is committed to the success of all students and continuously strives to put mechanisms in place to promote the students successful transition to College.  In order to establish the College’s position relating to the academic progress of its students, the Board of Trustees has directed the College to develop procedures that include provisions for both intervention strategies and academic support mechanisms.  The institutional procedure for implementing a college success course requirement is one such mechanism that supports the Colleges commitment to the success of its students.  This procedure shall take effect during the new student registration period for the Fall 2012 semester.

Requirements

Every FT or PT student entering CCBC who enrolls in a credit-bearing program and who places into two or more developmental courses, shall be required to enroll in the three-credit College Success Strategies course in his or her first semester.  Students, who choose to fall below or exceed the flat-rate tuition charge due to this course requirement, will be responsible for the additional tuition expense.  Additionally, the successful completion of this course shall be a requirement for graduation.

Every FT or PT student entering CCBC who enrolls in a credit-bearing program and who places into one developmental course and/or college-level coursework, shall be required to enroll in the one-credit First Year Seminar course in his or her first semester.  The one-credit course will be free of charge. Additionally, the successful completion of this course shall be a requirement for graduation.

Exemptions

Students who shall be exempt from enrolling in the one-credit course include: (1) transfer students who successfully complete a minimum of 9 credits at another institution, and (2) Non-degree seeking students who plan to take less than 9 credits at CCBC, which includes dual enrollment, early admission and transient students.

Topics

The one-credit, first year seminar course, will address topics including, but not limited to, the transition to College, the technology, resources and support services at CCBC, and the study and time management skills necessary for success.  The three-credit, College Success Strategies course, will address the above topics in depth with emphasis on reading, study, note-taking and test-taking skills.