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  1. Planning for Life After High School: Key Resources FAQ

    If you’re wondering how you might navigate attaining your 4-year degree, you aren’t alone! The good news is that there are many organizations in Virginia that can help you before, during and after your academic work. The Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN) serves as a “hub” for many programs in the state.

    What is the Virginia College Network?

    PMP - September 21, 2021

  2. Transfer Steps_Credit for Prior Learning

    Use this document to learn about credit for prior learning (also known as prior learning assessment ).

    What is Credit for Prior Learning?

    PMP - September 22, 2021

  3. Transfer Steps_How Transfer Credits are Evaluated

    Use this document to learn how your previous academic work transfers to your new college or university.

    Colleges and universities generally accept transfer credit from your previous studies and apply the credit to general education courses, electives and courses required in your major. Criteria institutions typically include:

    Grades

    PMP - September 22, 2021

  4. Academic Planning_Advising Conversation Topics

    Read this document to learn about important conversation topics to discuss during your advising appointments.

    Transcripts. If you have transfer credits, bring copies of your transcripts and test scores. Carefully review with your advisor for applicability to your program.

    Degree requirements. Confirm the graduation requirements of your major, minor, and concentration area, if applicable. 

    PMP - September 22, 2021

  5. Academic Planning_Advising Meetings for Adult/Non-Traditional Learners

    Review this document to plan your advising appointments as an adult/non-traditional learner. 

    Transcripts. If you have transfer credits, bring copies of your transcripts and test scores. Carefully review them with your advisor for applicability to your program. Check with your advisor about credit for prior learning.

    Degree requirements. Confirm the graduation requirements of your major, minor, and concentration area, if applicable. 

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  6. Academic Planning_Alternative College Credit _DANTES_DSST

    Use this document to learn about alternative ways of earning post-secondary credit.

    DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

    DSST exams are available to both military service members/veterans and civilians who are interested in earning college credit for experience, knowledge and skills they have gained. DSST, owned by Prometric, offers examinations in subject areas such as:

    • Sciences

    • Technology

    • Humanities

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  7. Academic Planning_Alternative College Credit AP

    Read this document to learn about Advanced Placement (AP).

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program, created by the College Board, is a college-level curriculum offering courses, exams and placement to high school students. After completion of coursework, a comprehensive examination is administered by high school instructors at the local high school. 

    The extra effort you put into an AP course is definitely worth it. Consider these benefits:

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  8. Academic Planning_Alternative College Credit

    Use this document to learn about alternative ways of earning college credit.

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program, created by the College Board, is a college-level curriculum offering courses, exams and placement to high school students. After completion of coursework, a comprehensive examination is administered by high school instructors at the local high school. Based on completion of the exam and qualifying scores, you can earn college credit while enrolled in high school.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  9. Academic Planning_Associate Degree Lingo

    Use this document to learn about associate degrees.

    What is an Associate Degree?

    An associate degree is an undergraduate degree normally awarded after at least two years of full-time study. It is the first degree level available to high school graduates. The associate degree provides basic academic knowledge and is the foundation to further undergraduate study. The following associate degree programs are generally available in Virginia.

    Associate of Arts Degree (AA)

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  10. Academic Planning_BA or BS Degree

    Use this document to learn about Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs

    What is a Bachelor of Arts (BA)?

    A Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate degree generally awarded after at least four years of full-time study. It is available to those interested in social sciences, liberal arts, humanities, history, languages, English, fine arts, and similar areas. Typically, mathematics and science requirements are fewer than for a Bachelor of Science program. 

    What is a Bachelor of Science (BS)?

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  11. Academic Planning_Benefits of Reverse Transfer

    Use this document to learn about the benefits of reverse transfer.

    Earn a Degree While You Learn!

    If you transferred from a community college to a four-year college before completing an associate degree, you may be eligible for a reverse transfer option. While working toward a bachelor’s degree, you may be able to transfer credits back to your community college to be assessed for an associate degree.

    Complement Your Resume and Increase Income Potential

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  12. Academic Planning_Choosing a Private College

    Use this document to learn about attending a private college.

    What are Private Colleges?

    Private colleges--and universities--provide students with many of the same educational and recreational programs as public colleges. Many private colleges are known for their signature programs, highly esteemed faculty, and strong academic offerings. In addition, private colleges offer many advantages, including scholarship opportunities, significant personal attention, and potential lifelong benefits.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  13. Academic Planning_CLEP

    Read this document to learn about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), created by the College Board, includes standardized tests that measure how much you know about certain academic subjects. Students can earn college credits by earning a qualifying score on their CLEPs in topics including:

    •  Composition and Literature

    • World Languages

    • History and Social Sciences

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  14. Academic Planning_Student Support Services

    Read this document to learn about common student support services.

    Career Services

    Career Services personnel offer you assistance with writing resumes, finding a job, accessing career fairs, and applying to internships or graduate school.

    Counseling Services

    Professional counselors offer confidential counseling and referral services at little or no cost to you.

    Educational Accessibility Support (Disability) Services

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  15. Academic Planning_Core Competencies Needed for College Work

    Read this document to learn about core competencies you will need for success in your academic and professional work. 

    When you enter college, you are expected to have--and build on--several core competencies prior to graduation. These competencies will help you launch your career and gain opportunities throughout your professional life. Key competencies include:

    • Oral/written communication

    • Information technology knowledge and abilities

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  16. Academic Planning_Credit for Prior Learning

    Use this document to learn about credit for prior learning (also known as prior learning assessment ).

    What is Credit for Prior Learning?

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  17. Academic Planning_Diverse Populations: Selecting a College

    Review this document to learn about the diverse populations and how they might influence your college selection

    As you begin to explore college and university options, you may want to consider diverse populations at those you’re considering. 

    What Populations are Considered Within the Area of Diversity?

    Diversity often means race and ethnicity, but many colleges and universities also include sexual identity and orientation, income level, first generation status, cultural background, and gender. 

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  18. Academic Planning_IB

    Read this document to learn about International Baccalaureate credit.

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a curriculum that is recognized worldwide in offering courses, exams, and placement to high school students through authorized IB World Schools. Based on completion of the exam and qualifying scores, college credit is awarded. Earn college credit and placement while enrolled in high school; save money and time while challenging yourself!

    International Baccalaureate Subject Areas Include:

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  19. Academic Planning_Mid-Career Transfer Student Resources

    Read this document to learn about transferring to college when you’re mid-career.

    You may be one of many career-focused individuals who decide to re-enter college after your career has begun. A number of colleges and universities welcome adult students who are mid-career, and you will find many that can accommodate your needs.

    Resources for Mid-Career (Adult) Students

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  20. Academic Planning_Online Learning

    Use this document to determine if online learning is right for you.

    What is Online Learning?

    Online learning is a type of learning offered via computer. You can attend classes during times established by the instructor (synchronously) or at times that work with your schedule during the semester (asynchronously). Course assignments, instructor communication and peer communication are generally available online. 

    Is Online Learning For You?

    PMP - September 28, 2021

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