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  1. Academic Planning_Preparing for the First Day of Class

    Review this document to make sure you’re prepared to start classes.

    Syllabus

    Many instructors provide the syllabus for classes prior to the start of the semester. If this is the case for you, be sure to read over the course content and format, as well as the expectations outlined by the instructor. You may want to consider the following steps related to the syllabus:

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  2. Academic Planning_Rebounding From a Tough Semester

    Read this document to learn how to rebound from a challenging semester.

    Institutional Support

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  3. Academic Planning_Stackable Credits

    Use this document to learn about stackable credits.

    What are Stackable Credits?

    Stackable credits are sequences of credentials that students accumulate over time in order to demonstrate qualifications that will help them advance in their careers. Such credits and credentials are often developed based on technology and customer service needs of industries such as health care, information technology, and hospitality.

    Examples of Stackable Credits/Credentials

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  4. Academic Planning_Stem vs Non Stem

    The link to this worksheet is available for you to download. It is under List of Attachments in the box to your right.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  5. Academic Planning_Tips for Building A Schedule

    Consider these tips when building a schedule each semester.

    Course Combination

    When building a course schedule, you may want to think about combinations of courses you will take each semester. Consider the course content, time investment for each course, and your commitment level to the work required for the course. For example, if you know a particular course will take a great deal of your time during the semester, you might consider scheduling other courses that may be slightly less time-intensive.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  6. Academic Planning_Transferring During A Pandemic

    Read this document to gain tips for transferring during a pandemic.

    1. Check admission requirements at colleges you’re interested in. Due to the pandemic and its evolving impact, some colleges have temporarily changed admissions criteria. 

    2. Check the transfer policies at the college(s) you’re considering. In addition to checking the standard transfer policies, check for temporary and modified transfer policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  7. Academic Planning_Understanding Majors and Minors

    Review this document to learn about majors and minors in college

    Majors

    Your major will be the focus of your college studies. It will include key classes that will provide you with knowledge and experiences intended to propel you into your career or to enhance your current professional skills. When it comes to choosing your major, think about your skillset and what you like to do. Often, your hobbies and interests might suggest a major for you.

    PMP - September 28, 2021

  8. Enrollment/Admission Planning_Breaking the Swirl

    Review this document to learn about the swirling transfer student.

    What is the Swirler?

    The term “swirler” describes an undergraduate student who transfers to and from several different colleges without earning a degree or credential. Rarely do “swirlers” move neatly between institutions. Often, this results in increased tuition expenses, an extended graduation timeline, duplication of coursework, excess credits, and in some cases, no credential. 

    PMP - September 29, 2021

  9. Enrollment/Admission Planning_Building a Schedule

    Read this document to learn about tips for scheduling your courses.

    • Consider your time commitments, including work, family, recreational activities, and others.

      • How will your studies impact these other commitments?

    PMP - September 29, 2021

  10. Financial Planning_Federal Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Review this document to understand how Federal financial aid and academic progress are connected.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

    If you are receiving financial aid (loans, grants, other) through the U.S. Department of Education, you will want to understand the importance of maintaining your grades and progress throughout your college years. The Department of Education has established criteria for eligibility of financial aid based on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), as defined below:

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  11. Student Resources_Academic Accommodation

    Read this document to learn about tips to transfer academic accommodation for disabilities between institutions and/or establish accommodations at your new institution.

    • Ensure that all of your academic accessibility information is up-to-date.

    • To avoid delays, know your institutional deadlines and timelines for submitting documentation.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  12. Transfer Steps_Appealing Transfer Credits

    Use this document to learn how you can appeal the transfer credit evaluation completed at your college or university.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  13. Transfer Steps_Make Decisions_Compare Academic Programs

    The link to this worksheet is available for you to download. It is under List of Attachments in the box to your right.

    Determine which 4-year programs (majors) you are interested in and identify which associate degree best prepares for that program. Use this worksheet to compare programs.

    PMP - September 30, 2021

  14. Transfer Virginia Dual Enrollment Student Guide

    PMP - November 8, 2021

  15. Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS) Policy and Courses

    Approved Uniform Certificate of General Studies Course Roster

    (August 31, 2021)

    PMP - November 9, 2021

  16. Passport Policy and Courses

    Approved Passport Course Roster

    (August 31, 2021)

    PMP - November 9, 2021

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