Undergraduate Student Success and Orientation Courses

Statement of Policy

To provide newly enrolled undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge, and understandings that they need to succeed at Excelsior College and to take full advantage of the resources that are available to them, Excelsior College recommends that all newly enrolled undergraduate students receive an orientation to the College. All new undergraduate students will be required to complete CCS 100 EC Student Experience. All students will have access to CCS 100 EC Student Experience throughout their admission period and enrollment. All undergraduate students are encouraged to complete CCS 100 EC Student Experience by the end of the first trimester of academic activity at Excelsior College.

In addition, students who are admitted with 30 credits or less in an associate degree or 60 credits or less in a bachelor’s degree will be directed to take a more extensive credit-bearing orientation course, i.e., CCS 120 EC Student Success Seminar, CCS 112 Success Strategies for Military And Veterans or ENG 101N: Composition for the Nursing Professional. Students will be informed which student success course they should take by their advisor with course approval.

Procedure

CCS 100 EC Student Experience. All Excelsior College students (undergraduate, graduate and certificates) will be given access to CCS 100 upon being admitted as a student at Excelsior. The course will be available to them throughout their admission and enrollment periods. All new undergraduate students are required to take CCS 100 EC Student Experience, although there is no registration block and completion of the orientation should not be presented as a barrier to credit registration and completion. No tuition is charged for this self-paced, non-credit, online orientation. The course has a strong emphasis on the main factors supporting a successful start at Excelsior College.

CCS 112 Success Strategies for Military and Veterans

Prerequisite:

The admitted or enrolled student must be a veteran, active duty servicemember, military transitioner, or service member in reserve or guard components.

Success Strategies for Military and Veterans is designed for active duty service members, transitioning military members, service members in reserve or guard components, and veterans. The course provides an exploration of Excelsior College’s online student resources. Topics include opportunities for making the most of military experience and training by building perspectives on educational and career planning. Additional topics covered are non-traditional educational supports, financial aid options, understanding college degrees and terminology, self-assessments for personal growth and career development, exploration of occupational fields, and tools and strategies for preparing for your job search.

As part of this course, there are five assignments providing a broad overview of information literacy concepts which focus on the research preparation process. The assignments introduce skills for locating, using and evaluating various information resources, as well as discuss the legal and ethical uses for information on the web. Research and writing are very important skills to master and are useful for both educational and career pursuits.

Please note: All five assignments and the M8A3 Final Research Preparation Project must be successfully completed with a C grade or better as well as successful completion of the entire course, to count as the information literacy requirement for your degree.

CCS 120 EC Success Seminar. This course will provide students with the skills and resources they need to be successful in college and beyond. Students will learn how to take full advantage of the resources that Excelsior College offers to help them achieve their aspirations of obtaining a college degree. Using a webtext built right into the course, students will enhance their analytical, reading and thinking skills while learning about current social science topics. Emphasis is placed on self-reflection, effective study skills, career planning, online technology, writing exercises building to a final 3-5 page research paper, self-management and planning strategies for success at Excelsior College. Students will identify their own barriers to success in college and devise strategies for overcoming those barriers. As part of this course, there are five information literacy assignments providing a broad overview of information literacy concepts. The assignments introduce skills for locating, using and evaluating various information resources, as well as the legal and ethical uses of information on the web, and the avoidance of plagiarism. All five of these specific assignments must be successfully completed with a C grade or better, as well as successful completion of the entire course, to count as the information literacy requirement for your degree.

ENG 101N Composition for the Nursing Professional.

This course explores the writing process with a special focus on the writing needs of the nursing professional seeking a college degree. Students gain greater confidence in their writing skills and learn to apply improved critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies, self-assessment tools, and career planning skills.

NOTE: This course is for associate and bachelor’s degree nursing students. This course satisfies the entire written English requirement for associate degrees; it satisfies the first 3.0 credits of the written English requirement for bachelor’s degrees.

 

Student Status at time of Admission or Enrollment Orientation Requirement Other Options
Nursing students who are admitted or enroll with 9 or fewer credit hours and have not completed the written English requirement (WER). ENG101N Note: If the student has already satisfied the written English requirement (WER), the student will be strongly encouraged to take CCS 100.
Non-nursing students who are admitted or enroll with 30 credits or less in an associate degree or 60 credits or less in a bachelor’s degree will be directed to take CCS 120. CCS 120 A 3-credit, First-Year Experience course from an accredited college or university can be transferred in with approval of the Student Success Program Director. All students are still strongly encouraged to take CCS 100.
Military students who have room for lower level elective credit and are admitted or enroll with 30 credits or less in the associate degree or 60 credits or less in a bachelor’s degree will be directed to take CCS 112. CCS 112

Registration Steps 

  • All undergraduate students will be automatically “registered” for the CCS 100 course upon accepting admission or enrollment and will be informed by email. All students will have access to CCS 100 for the length of their admission and enrollment periods.
  • If a student is directed to take a credit-bearing student success course, the student will be informed of which student success course is appropriate on their MAP (My Academic Plan), generated by their academic advisors.
  • The academic advisor will have the ability to waive either the non-credit or credit bearing student success course when appropriate. In these cases the academic advisor will create an activity log (ROW) entry that will indicate the course is waived.
  • Student information system records grades for credit and non-credit orientation and student success courses.
  • Passing grades for CCS 100 will be extracted from the learning management system and posted as zero credit coursework on MAP. CCS 100 will not appear on the Excelsior College transcript.
  • Students will be informed on their MAP of the status of their orientation or  student success course completion.