Welcome to Fall 2006 Refresher Training



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Welcome to Fall 2006 Refresher Training

  • Middlesex County College
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Chambers Hall 109
  • Fall 2006
  • advising@middlesexcc.edu

“What’s New” Personnel Changes

  • Terri Orosz—Assistant Director
  • Evelyn Kelton—Administrative Assistant
  • Ashley Burke—Advising Coordinator
  • Dr. Don Groninger—NJ STARS Coordinator
  • John Kruszewski— his reaction

“What’s New”

  • Au pair residency requirements
  • Curriculum changes from College Assembly
  • Respiratory Care—MAT 014 is no longer an admissions requirement and now includes other important guidelines.
  • The Radiography Education curriculum has changed one of its requirements to a GE SS course, not necessarily PSY 123.
  • New Partnership with Raritan Bay Medical Center
  • Changes within the Math grid.

“What’s New” (Pending I-New Learning Community and New CAs)

  • A new learning community is under construction (RDG 009, BIO 010, SSD 101)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Event Planning Management (includes certain new courses)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting

“What’s New” (Pending II—New Courses)

  • FIN 113-Personal Finance (prerequisite of BUS 115 or higher)
  • SCI 258-Climatology (prerequisite of MAT 014)
  • CSC 130-Computers, Society, and Ethics (corequisite of ENG 121)
  • CSC 236-Data Structures in Java (prerequisite of CSC 162 and MAT 131)
  • CSC 258-Computer Forensics (prerequisite of CSC 110 and CSC 245)

“What’s New” (Pending III- Changes to Existing Programs)

  • Proposed Change to the Computer Science Transfer Degree
  • Proposed Change to the Certificate of Achievement in Computer Programming
  • Proposed Change to the Certificate of Achievement in Network Administration

Reading XTRI for RDG Placement

  • RDG 011—the student needs no developmental reading
  • RDG 009—the student earned the equivalent of RDG 009 and needs RDG 011
  • RDG 001—the student placed into RDG 009
  • Guidelines for recommending challenges

Reading XTRI for ENG Placement

  • ENG 010—the student needs no developmental writing
  • ENG 009—the student earned the equivalent of ENG 009 and needs ENG 010
  • ENG 001—the student placed into ENG 009
  • Guidelines for recommending challenges

Advising Students Reading and English Courses

  • Learning communities
  • Five approaches to English courses
  • ENG 122/125
  • ENG 122 and Special Topics
  • (HD) Hybrid
  • ENG 121 and ENG 122/125 require grades of “C” or better for graduation.

Reading XTRI for Math Placement

  • Whenever MAT 013 and MAT 014 are seen together, the student has an SAT score. Find the SAT score in Colleague (Field 6 of SASM)
  • and review the grid in the Manual for placement.
  • Even if a student performs brilliantly on the CPT, Colleague will only show MAT 013. Check the raw math scores (Field 6 of SASM) and the Manual grid for proper placement.
  • Whenever MAT 001 and MAT 002 are seen together—find the raw math scores in Colleague (Field 6 of SASM) and check the grid in the Manual for possible placement in a combination math class.
  • Whenever MAT 010 and MAT 002 are seen together, this indicates that the student needs MAT 013.

Math Advising Part I

  • It is imperative to know the correct CPT or SAT math scores for a student. Find the scores in Colleague (Field 6 of SASM) and use the grid in the Advisors’ Manual .
  • Be aware of the “combination” math classes—MAT 009/013A or MAT 009/013.
  • Note that MAT 080-50/014-50 returns in Fall 2006 as a combination of MAT 013 and MAT 014.
  • Remember that some majors have MAT 014 as a prerequisite.
  • Recognize that MAT 010, 013, 014, 129 and 131 have two semester variations.
  • Keep in mind that students may change to the “A” version of these math classes during the first three weeks of a semester.

Math Advising Part II

  • Students requesting MAT 129 (Precalculus) without the sufficient SAT score of 550 must take the diagnostic test offered in the Testing Center.
  • Students receiving a “C” or “C+” in MAT 014 must take the two semester variation of MAT 129.
  • Students in curricula requiring a three-credit math such as BUS 115 or MAT 101 and who want to take a higher level math may do so with the proper prerequisites.
  • CJ majors are required to take a sequence of two math classes OR two four-credit science classes.

XTRI and Science Courses

  • BIO 010—student had at least a “C” in high school biology with a lab
  • CHM 010—student had at least a “C” in high school chemistry with a lab
  • PHY 010—student had at least a “C” in high school physics with a lab
  • SCI 010—student had at least a “C” in a different high school science with a lab

How to use the NCWS Screen to find the exact science grade

  • For a review of how to find the exact high school lab science grades in Colleague, please click here to go to the Advisors’ Manual.

Exemptions from Accuplacer (CPT)

  • Students with a score of 500 or higher in the Verbal portion of the SAT within the last five years are exempt from the Reading portion.
  • Students with a score of 500 or higher in the Math portion of the SAT within the last five years are exempt from the Math portion. 
  • All students must provide a writing sample unless their academic work elsewhere provides the basis for an exemption from the essay portion.
  • College graduates from certain countries are exempt from the CPT. The countries are listed in the Advisors’ Manual.

Developmental Classes and SSD 101

  • New students who have placed in any two of the following classes—RDG 011, ENG 009 or ENG 010, MAT 010 or MAT 013—are required to enroll in SSD 101.
  • Part time students must include the SSD 101 course. If a student in this situation wants only one course, the student should register for the appropriate RDG or ENG or MAT.
  • All other new students may enroll in SSD 101.

EVAL and PSPR in Colleague

  • EVAL SCREEN
  • Allows the advisor to determine which courses have been completed by his/her advisee and which courses are still needed for graduation.
  • PSPR SCREEN
  • Allows the advisor to view a different major for his/her advisee and then determine which courses are still needed for graduation.

Changing a Major

  • Matriculated students (including Open College) visit the Dean or Chairperson of the new major for a signature on an Add/Drop Form. The student pays a $10 fee in the Bursar’s Office and submits the receipt and the signed form to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Non-matriculated students fill out an application form in the Admissions Office. No fee is required.
  • Students need to be aware of the differences between BUS.AS and LABUS.AA.
  • Students need to realize that changing a major may lead to a possible loss of credits.

NJ STARS Requirements

  • Graduate in the top 20% of your high school class (the first class was in 2004).
  • Apply to MCC and for Financial Aid.
  • Enroll in a degree program and register for at least 12 college level credits.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at end of each academic year.
  • STARS pays for up to 15 credits/credit equivalents—students pay for any additional credit(s).
  • As an NJ STARS student, if you graduate from an MCC degree program with a 3.0 GPA, you are eligible for STARS II (no tuition or fees) at a public four-year NJ college.
  • A situation may arise where a student needs to go beyond 15 credits/credit equivalents with a developmental course. Please call the student’s Dean for pro forma permission.

NJ STARS (continued)

  • The NJ STARS Ad Hoc Committee, with the cooperation of the Department of Information Technology, created a STARS identifier in Field 1 of the SASM screen.
  • STARS students CANNOT drop below 12 college credits AT ANY TIME—this may require the student to keep a questionable class at the deadline to drop a class in order to maintain STARS benefits. As standard operating procedure, please ask a student if s/he is an NJ STARS student when a student wants to drop a class.
  • For a complete review of NJ STARS, please click here.

Points of Emphasis

  • Students contemplating dropping a course or courses should obtain a Certification of Enrollment through CampusCruiser prior to dropping the class.
  • Please mark “based on completion of courses during the Fall semester…” when you sign for students for the winter session and/or spring semester.

Health Technology Admissions

  • Students interested in DH, NUR, RAD, and RST must complete all necessary developmental courses by the end of Wintersession.
  • The above students must apply by 1/15 for fall.
  • The above students must take the preadmission exam by its deadline.
  • Student interested in Med Lab must apply by 5/1 and complete all necessary developmental courses by the close of the summer session. There is no preadmission exam.
  • Students interested in PSR must apply by 5/1 and complete all necessary developmental courses by the close of the summer session. There is no preadmission exam.
  • For a review of the entire health technology admissions process, please click here.
  • Students should be aware that the competitive nature of the selective admission process may necessitate the repetition of a high school lab science with a grade of “C.”

Academic Status

  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Probation—no more than 4 classes or 14 credits/credit equivalents, whichever is fewer
  • Academic Restriction—no more than 2 classes or 8 credits/credit equivalents, whichever is fewer
  • A student on Academic Restriction who voluntarily does not enroll for the next semester returns on Academic Probation.
  • Academic Suspension—student cannot register for one “short” and one “long” session and returns on Probation
  • Academic Dismissal—two years; a student must submit a reinstatement appeal for ruling by the Deans’ Council.

Points of Emphasis

  • Deferring a developmental course or SSD 101 with the proper form (Request for Registration Waiver)
  • Foreign students and credit evaluation services
  • Enrolling for Internet Sections (PSY, ENG, MAT, and courses within the BAM Department)
  • Rutgers University’s New Brunswick area campuses’ view of the length of some of our classes can be found as a pdf document on the “What’s New?” page of the Advisors’ Manual.
  • Remember that for Liberal Arts Majors, the Diversity requirement can also fulfill another graduation requirement in selected areas (“Two checks for the price of one”).

General Observations Developmental Classes—Part I

  • “D’s don’t do it.” Any developmental class with that grade must be retaken.
  • Students must include developmental classes as part of their registration until they are completed.
  • If a student’s schedule cannot accommodate a developmental course, please remember to complete a Request for Registration Waiver Form in order to defer the course.
  • Students needing developmental classes may carry no more than 15 credit/credit equivalents in a semester. Students who wish to take more than 15 may do so only by submitting an appeal to their Dean.

General Observations Developmental Classes—Part II

  • Students may be placed in as many as 7 developmental classes—RDG 009, RDG 011, ENG 009, ENG 010, MAT 010, MAT 013, MAT 014. Not all majors require MAT 014.
  • Students placed into RDG 009 are not permitted to take any credit classes that semester except for the proper math. RDG 009 students desiring full time status need to select the appropriate seminar class depending on their choice of curriculum.
  • Students in developmental math should be made aware of the two semester variations, especially if their score is low.

Curricula that Require MAT 014

  • Biology Pre-Professional
  • Biology Transfer
  • Business Administration Transfer
  • Chemistry Transfer
  • Civil/Construction Engineering Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting Certificate
  • Computer Science—CSI, CSNN, and Transfer
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics Transfer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mecomtronics Engineering Technology
  • Physics Transfer

Curricula that Require Two H.S. Lab Sciences (“C” or better) as Admission Requirements

  • Biology Transfer
  • Biology Pre-Professional
  • Chemistry Transfer
  • Computer Science Transfer
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Engineering Science
  • Health Science
  • Mathematics Transfer
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Physics Transfer
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Care
  • Please note that the required lab sciences may differ depending on the curriculum.

Curricula that Require One H.S. Lab Science (“C” or better) as an Admission Requirement

  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration Transfer
  • Chemical Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetic Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment
  • Please note that the required lab science may differ depending on the curriculum.

Full Time vs. Part Time

  • Full time—12 or more credits/credit equivalents
  • Part time—11 or fewer credits/credit equivalents
  • Four reasons why a student must be full time
  • Number of hours a week a student should devote to college work
  • Students can change their minds from semester to semester as long as they remain in good academic standing.

Dropping/Repeating Classes Part I

  • This semester’s last day to withdraw is November 16.
  • A student dropping a developmental class no longer needs to secure the secondary signature of the Director of Testing.
  • EOF students dropping a class need EOF approval prior to securing an advisor’s signature.
  • Students with an F-1 visa should consult with Lafayette Smith in the Office of Counseling and Career Services (Rita Burton will be on sabbatical for the Fall 2006 semester).
  • Be mindful of the 12 credits of college courses needed at all times for NJ STARS students.

Dropping/Repeating Classes Part II

  • No student can register for a class more than three times.
  • Review the XDSG screen in Colleague to determine a student’s mid-term grade for the purpose of advising. Remember that you can only use the student’s number for this screen.
  • While both grades remain visible on the transcript, only the higher grade is used in the computation of the GPA.
  • Provisions of Academic Amnesty

Recapping the Advisors’ Manual

  • How Do I Read XTRI for RDG and ENG Placement?
  • How Do I Read XTRI for CPT Math Placement?
  • How Do I Find SAT Math Scores?
  • Where is the Grid to Read the CPT and SAT Math Scores?
  • Where can I find a student’s EW or Mid-Term Grades?


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