Student Success & Support Program
Student Success & Support Program, formerly known as Matriculation is a state-mandated program designed to assist students in accomplishing their educational goals. It is an agreement between the college and the student.
SJCC agrees to provide organized processes for admission, orientation, assessment, counseling, and student progress follow-up. The students agree to declare a specific educational objective, attend class regularly, complete assigned course work and maintain satisfactory progress toward the achievement of their educational plans.
The primary goal of matriculation is to increase student success through institutional effectiveness. Success is measured by the attainment of student educational objectives. Matriculation is a coordinated process:
- Assisting students to make wise educational choices concerning the programs and courses to pursue based upon clear and sensitive appraisals of their skills, interest and aptitudes in relation to the programs and courses offered
- Enabling students to complete with satisfactory grades the units they attempt and to persist from semester to semester
- Identifying the support services that students need to succeed and referring students to college and community resources to meet those needs
- Strengthening student motivation to succeed through the above, providing frequent feedback and encouragement.
Students utilize online or walk-in registration to expedite the entry process.
Students obtain current materials on SJCC’s programs, policies, procedures, locations and facilities through information sessions, orientations, schedules, career and transfer planning guides, catalogs, mailings, brochures, web sites, and newsletters. Students have the option of attending an in-person orientation or viewing the online orientation. (PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Fall 2014 Orientation will be mandatory for all new students and returning students who have not taken an assessment.)
Students are evaluated for skill levels in reading, writing and math. ESL Assessment is available for non-native English Speakers. District-approved, no-cost assessment instruments are used, and feedback is provided. Various assessment times and locations are available for accessibility. Career interest inventories and other specialized testing tools are available in the Career/Transfer Center. (PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Fall 2014 Assessment will be mandatory for all new students and returning students who have not taken an assessment in three or more years.) See section on Student Success & Support Exemption requirements.)
Students meet with educational counselors through walk-in, online interactions, and personalized appointments. Students learn about educational options including associate degrees, certificate programs, enrichment courses and weekend offerings. Counselors assist students in identifying their educational goals and in developing individualized plans to achieve them. (PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Fall 2014 it will be mandatory for all students to have an educational plan on file in the Counseling Center.)
Student Progress Follow-Up
Students excelling in their course work are notified of honor lists and scholarships. Students encountering academic difficulties are referred to appropriate college services by counselors, instructors and staff members. Students having special needs are directed to additional follow- up resources within the college and community.
Students who participate in matriculation have an increased potential for success. They are more motivated, knowledgeable and prepared to achieve their educational goals. For further information on matriculation, please call the Counseling Office at (408) 288-3750.
All students entering SJCC are expected to participate fully in matriculation services. They are also expected to meet course skill level requirements and prerequisites. Students may be exempted from assessment, orientation and/or counseling on the basis of the following criteria:
- Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution
- New students transferring from a community college or a four-year institution
- Students who, in the opinion of the Dean, or designee, would not directly benefit from participating in orientation, assessment and/or counseling.
- If a student is determined to be exempt, a Matriculation Waiver form needs to be completed so that the student’s registration date will be noted correctly.
Students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution or are transferring from another community college or a four-year institution will need to provide A&R with written documentation.
Students who believe that they would not directly benefit from participating in orientation, assessment and/or counseling and have never attended a previous accredited institution must file a Matriculation Waiver form available in Counseling.
Assessment for Entry Placement
Assessment for entry placement in reading, writing and mathematics is expected of all first-time matriculating students, except for those students who have completed required English and mathematics skill courses. New matriculating students who have earned an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution are not required to take the assessment.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the no-cost assessment as the scores are used for advisory purposes during counseling sessions. Scheduled dates and times are available through the Assessment Center office (SC-203). The results are available immediately or shortly after completing the assessment. Assessed students are directed to speak with a counselor to determine course placements which are based upon multiple measures. Multiple assessment measures for entry placement decisions may include, but are not limited to, the following factors: assessment results, prior coursework or experience, goal definition, motivation, academic status, self- assessment and study skills. See section on Student Success & Support Exemption requirements.
Prerequisites, Co-Requisites and Other Limitations on Enrollment
All prerequisites or co-requisites identified in SJCC’s catalog and class schedule were established according to state laws as outlined in the District’s Model Plan. The following information is provided in compliance with those laws.
Except for district priority registration procedures for continuing students and courses or programs with prerequisites or co-requisites, all SJCC classes are open to enrollment on a “first come first served” basis until they are filled to maximum capacity.
- “Prerequisite” is a condition of enrollment that a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program.
- “Co-requisite” is a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.
- “Advisory” is a condition of enrollment that is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Advisories on Recommended Preparation Challenge
SJECCD adopts the following in order to provide for the establishing, reviewing, and challenging of prerequisites, co-requisites, advisories on recommended preparation and certain limitations on enrollment in a manner consistent with law and good practice.
Students may challenge any prerequisite or co-requisite on one or more of the grounds listed below. The student shall bear the initial burden of showing that grounds exist for the challenge. Challenges shall be resolved in a timely manner and, if the challenge is upheld, the student shall be permitted to enroll in the course or program in question. Grounds for challenge are:
- The prerequisite or co-requisite has not been established in accordance with the district’s process for establishing prerequisites and co-requisites;
- The prerequisite or co-requisite is in violation of Title 5;
- The prerequisite or co-requisite is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner;
- The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or co-requisite;
- The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal of his or her educational plan because the prerequisite or co-requisite course has not been made reasonably available.
Students who believe that they have completed the prerequisite(s) or co-requisite(s) for a course listed in the schedule of classes or catalog for any of the reasons should do the following:
- Complete a Prerequisite Challenge form available at the Counseling Office;
- Make an appointment to see a counselor to help you review your experience and guide you in the challenge process. If the counselor cannot make a determination about your experience, he or she will refer you to the instructional dean who supervises the area in which you wish to take the course;
- If there are any unresolved issues after you meet with the instructional dean, you may present your case to the Vice President of Academic Affairs;
- When space is available in a course when a student files a challenge to the prerequisite or co-requisite, the college shall reserve a seat for the student and allow the student to enroll in the course if the challenge is successful.