New International Student Orientation – Spring 2013 Counseling/ Academic Advising
International Student Program (ISP) Staff • Cindy Balero International Student Program Coordinator Building #1300, Room #1314 email@example.com • Sean Day International Admissions Specialist Building #1300, Room #1311 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chabot – Las Positas Community College District • Chabot College (CC) - Hayward • Las Positas College (LPC) • F-1 students may take units at Chabot College Chabot College without prior permission, but they must take at least 7 units at LPC and be enrolled in a total of at least 12 units. Las Positas College
Las Positas College (LPC) • Founded in 1975 as “Valley Campus” of Chabot College • Independent College in 1988 • Accreditation in 1991 • 8,500 students (full and part-time) • 130 International Students from 35 different countries (Fall 2012) • New Student Services and Administration Building (Spring 2013)
International Student Program (ISP) Staff • Gilberto Victoria International Student Counselor Building #700 Email: email@example.com Phone: 925.424.1477
Agenda • Orientation to LPC • College Academic Expectations • Role of Counseling • Important Dates • Program Offerings • ESL Program • Student Services • Important Policies • Registering for Classes • Payment • Assessment Test Results
LPC: Basic Information • Calendar • LPC uses the Semester system (Fall & Spring Semester) • Each semester is 18 weeks in length • Day, evening, week-end, late start, fast-track, online, and hybrid courses available (F-1 students: only 1 online class if taking only 12 units) • Summer sessions are condensed (6 or 8 weeks long)
LPC: Basic Information continued • Class Schedule (published each term, available online at: https://bw6.clpccd.cc.ca.us/pls/OWA_PROD/bzskflib.P_SelDefTerm ) • Contains: • List of classes offered for a specific term (i.e. Spring 2013) • Calendar of important deadlines: pay attention to these! • Registration information • Shading in listings indicates evening classes • Don’t worry about shadings in Red – Proposition 30 passed!
Important Dates for Spring 2013 term • January 21 – Holiday (Martin Luther King’s Birthday) • January 22- Full term classes begin • February 5 – Late Start classes begin (includes all ESL classes and PSCN 13) • February 10 – Add or Drop NGR deadline for full-term courses • February 21– Pass/ No Pass Deadline • March 25 – Fast Track 2nd session classes begin • April 14 – Drop with a “W” deadline • May 23 – Last day of instruction • May 24-31- Final Examination Period
LPC: Basic Information continued • Catalog(published once every 2 years, available online at: http://www.laspositascollege.edu/students/documents/CatalogLPC2012-14.pdf. $4.50 at Bookstore • Contains: • Course description for all LPC courses • Regulations, policies, and procedures • Certificate, degree, and transfer General Education requirements • Services available to students • Information on extracurricular activities • List of LPC faculty • College calendar
U.S. College Academic Expectations • You determine your own academic schedule and manage your own time. • You are responsible for finding out about deadlines, graduation and transfer requirements, and for tracking your own progress. • Plan on spending 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour you spend in class (e.g. if you take 12 units, you will be in class about 12 hours per week; add another 24 - 36 hours per week for study outside of class, for a total of 36 - 48 hours per week for school).
Role of Counseling • Assist students in planning and executing a plan of study that appropriately reflects the student’s interest and motivation. • Provide guidance regarding: • graduation requirements • transfer options • baccalaureate degrees • career planning • personal decision making • and testing • Assist you with personal concerns
Counseling • Building #700 • Priority appointments for International Students • You MUST meet with a Counselor in your first semester. • You SHOULD meet with a Counselor at least once per semester. • Develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) • Scheduled Appointments/ Drop In • Drop In – 10-15 minutes • Appointments – 30 minutes • No Show Policy – no more appointments for semester.
Terms to know • Unit • Lower/ Upper Division • Prerequisites/ Co-requisites • G.E. (General Education) • Articulation agreements • Class Web (online class registration etc.) • Blackboard (for online classes) • Zonemail (school e-mail account) • Assessment
LPC Program Offerings • Associate of Arts (A.A.)/ Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees • Transfer • Certificate • Basic Skills (ESL for example). • Course numbers “100” and above • Continuing Education
Associate Degrees • Major courses (minimum of 18 units) + • General Education (GE) Pattern of courses+ • Elective courses • Minimum of 60 units with grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. • 12 units must be completed at LPC • General Education Pattern for Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree 2012 -2013 • http://www.laspositascollege.edu/international/documents/AAGEPage12012-2013.pdf • General Education Pattern for Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree 2012-2013 - http://www.laspositascollege.edu/international/documents/ASGEPage12012-2013.pdf
Transfer to University • California Public Universities • California State Universities (CSU) • University of California (UC) • Out of State Public Universities • Private Universities
California State University (CSU) 23 campuses
CSU • General Education (GE) Breadth Requirements • http://www.laspositascollege.edu/international/documents/CSUGEFlyer2012-2013.pdf • 60 CSU transferable units (minimum) • 4 Subjects • Math • Speech Communication • Written Communication • Critical Thinking • 2.40 GPA minimum, higher GPA needed for some majors and colleges • Some majors (i.e. Nursing) have additional requirements • Many popular programs are impacted (there are more applicants than the department can accommodate)
University of California (UC) 10 campuses UC San Francisco = Medical School
UC • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) • http://www.laspositascollege.edu/international/documents/IGETCGEFlyer2012-2013.pdf • IGETC also used for private universities and public universities in other states. • 60 UC transferable units • GPA of 2.8, a higher GPA will be needed for certain universities and majors. • Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) – UC Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz
Private Universities • 77 Private Universities in California • LPC has limited articulations with some private universities in California, and noarticulation agreements with out-of-state universities. • Private campuses vary in size • Typically, private institutions have smaller class sizes than CSU and UC • Can be very expensive! $$$ • Scholarships may be available for International students at private universities.
ESL Program • Marilyn Marquis ESL Coordinator/ Instructor Office: Building #2400 Room: 2411P Phone: 925-424-1209 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ESL Program * Not offered in Spring 2013
(ESL)Program continued What is this called?
(ESL)Program continued • The key to success is having a a strong foundation!
ESL Advice • Work Hard • Be Patient • Get to know your class-mates – Speak English • Get to know your instructors • Have fun!
LPC English Language Proficiency Policy • Students can enroll in Academic Classes when they: • Provide English language proficiency by: • TOEFL (iBT) score of 45 • IELTS score of 4.5 • ITEP with Level 4 • STEP Eiken with Grade 2A OR • Reach ESL 2B (High Intermediate) level (strongly recommended to take ESL classes along with Academic classes) OR • Lower ESL level with Counselor approval
Where to get help? • International Student Program (Building 1300) • Support and Immigration Advising for F-1 students • Academic and Personal Concerns • Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm • Friday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm • Counseling (Building 700) • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
Student Services • Career and Employment Center (Building 900) • Volunteer Opportunities • Job seeking strategies • Transfer Center (Building 900) • Meet Admissions Representatives • Tutorial Center (Building 2400) • FREE Tutoring in variety of subjects including: English, Math, Science
Student Services • Disability Resource Center (Building 1300-B) • Students with disabilities, temporary or permanent • Learning skills classes • Accommodations • Campus Safety and Security (Building 1700) • Night escort service • Battery/ Lockouts • Student Health and Wellness Center (Building 1700) • Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Student Services • Writing Center (Building 2400) • 20 minute appointments with faculty • Integrated Learning Center (ILC) (Building 600) • Math and ESL faculty support • Lab assignments • Assessment Center – (Building 700) • English, ESL, Math, Chemistry • Can test once every 6 months
Strategies for Student Success • Take advantage of student services, especially Counseling • Use the Library and Tutorial Center • Know how to select courses and manage time • Get to know your instructors (office hours) • Be an active learner (Sit in one of the first three rows, take good notes, ask questions) • Be on time and stay for the entire class • Read and know the course syllabus • Bring textbooks and materials to every class • Get to know other students (join a club)
Important Policies - Attendance • Attendance Requirements • Instructors may drop students who miss: • the first meeting of a course, or • if the student is absent for a total of 4 consecutive or 6 cumulative instructional hours or • 2 consecutive weeks of instruction. • Excessive Absences, Tardiness and leaving class early may be into consideration by instructors in assigning grades. • Contact Teacher by phone or e-mail if you will be absent!
Important Policies - Grades P/NP (Pass/ No Pass) GR – Grade Only OP – Option for P/NP or GR
Important Policies • Grade Point Average (GPA) – Minimum 2.0 • Pass/ No Pass – all Beginner and Intermediate levels of ESL • Limitation on Unit Load – 18 units unless obtain approval from a Counselor.
Choosing Classes • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units each semester (Fall/ Spring) • Remember 1 unit = 2 hours or more of study time! • Summer session is optional. Not required to take classes. • May take 1 class, or up to 3 units of online courses as part of your 12 units. • Hybrid classes do NOT count as online courses.
Choosing Classes continued • Prerequisite • Co-requisite • Strongly recommended: English 1A eligibility including but not limited to: • Intro. To Business (BUSN 40) • all Economics courses • Intro. to Marketing (MKTG 50) • General Psychology (PSYC 1) • Fundamental of Speech Communications (SPCH 1) • all Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Italian) courses • many Theater Arts courses
PSCN 28 Orientation/ International Students • Required for all International Students during their 1st semester. • 1 unit class – Mondays 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm • The course is designed to assist you in: • Gaining a better understanding of the U.S. Education System • Transitioning to higher education • Becoming familiar with Las Positas College Student Services • Gaining an understanding of U.S. American Culture • Have opportunity to meet with a Counselor once a week – great opportunity!
Registering for Classes • Use Class Web or The ZONE • Username = Student ID (ie W10700712) • Password = Date of birth MMDDYY format (ie if Lady Gaga’s birthday is March 28, 1986, then her password is 032886)
Registering for Classes – Video Tutorial • Video Tutorial at: http://www.laspositascollege.edu/counseling/media/AddingClasses/adding_classes.html (click on “CC” box for “closed caption” spoken text)
How to Add classes • Attend the class on the first class session if you are still on the waitlist! Added by position on waitlist first, then “drop ins” by priority number. • Obtain an "Add Authorization Number" from the instructor (a four digit number i.e. “1234”. If seating is available, instructors will add students BY PRIORITY according to the last 4 digits of the student’s priority number, highest number first • Enter your four digit "Add Authorization Number" online via CLASS-Web or The ZONE in the registration menu at www.laspositascollege.edu
Waitlist • Put yourself on the waitlist if available • Check your spot on Class Web or The Zone • Students added as vacancies become available in order on the waitlist • You will be notified by Zonemail if your spot becomes available • 72 hours to register • Link your personal e-mail account to Zonemail! • Waitlist Video Tutorial at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F998Wg0bNvI&hd=1
Priority Number • Used to determine Registration dates for Continuing students, and adding into classes. • New students have NO priority number! • Based on number of units completed and whether a students has completed the following Matriculation components: • Assessment • Orientation • Counselor Contact • Can check Priority Number on Class Web
How to Drop Classes • Students are permitted to drop courses online via CLASS-Web or The ZONE in the registration menu. • The “No Grade of Record (NGR)" deadline is February 10, 2013 for full-term courses, later for Late- Start Classes (like ESL).
Zonemail • Linking your Zonemail account to your Personal E-mail account. • Instructions on page 12 of the Spring 2013 Class Schedule • http://myportal.clpccd.cc.ca.us/cp/home/displaylogin