Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a college catalog and
where can I get one?
catalog contains all the following information about the
financial aid information;
and much more. You can get a FREE copy on CD or hard copy
(available in limited supply) at
the Admissions Office
or Student Success Center or access the catalog online at
Q. When can I get my books?
The college bookstore
will usually have books available 2-3 weeks before the quarter
starts. However, if you wish to charge your books to your
financial aid, you need to get your books beginning the
Wednesday before the quarter begins. Visit the
check with the bookstore at 419-747-5401 for their hours.
Q. Where is
Career Exploration and
can they help me select a major?
is located in
the Student Success Center
Yes, they can help you select a major or determine your
career path. FYE (College Orientation) classes also involve
research that will connect you to career resources.
Q. Where can I get job search, resume,
or interviewing skills assistance?
Career Resource Center,
located in room 102 of Kee Hall, provides textbooks and computer
software to help you create an impressive resume and cover
letter. You can also work with our Job Search Advisor to get
tips on interviewing techniques and ways to make a good first
Click here for more information.
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New Student Placement
Q. How long will the COMPASS take,
how much does it cost, and why do I have to take it?
The COMPASS test
is required for most new students coming into the college. It
is free and not timed. You may take as long as you wish. Most
students finish in 1 ½ to 3 hours. The test will tell us what
level of classes to start you in for English, math and other
Q. If I took the ACT, do I still have
to take the COMPASS test?
Depending on your ACT scores, you may not need to take the
COMPASS at all or you may only need to take 1 or 2 sections of
it. Based on your ACT scores, follow these guidelines to
determine if you will be required to take any or all portions of
NO COMPASS needed if ACT
If ACT score was:
22 or higher on
21 or lower, take COMPASS
18 or higher on
17 or lower, take COMPASS
21 or higher on
20 or lower, take COMPASS
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Q. What does an advisor do?
Student Success Center advisor can help students learn how to
navigate the college system, plan your academic path, and assist
with any academic planning needs. Also, an advisor helps you
plan your courses each quarter, resolve class problems, help you
with career goals, and is just there whenever you need a
Success Center’s goal is
Q. When should I see an
need to see an advisor whenever you are planning your courses
for the next quarter, when you have questions, and any time you
have a problem. All new or returning students must meet with an
advisor before registering for classes. Directions students
(those required to take a Reading or Writing class) and
Probationary students must meet quarterly with an advisor prior
Q. I got a notice in the
telling me of my faculty advisor. What is this for?
faculty advisor is your “long-term” advisor or expert in your
chosen field. All students are encouraged to meet regularly
with their assigned faculty advisor to plan appropriate
classes. Faculty advisors are an excellent resource for
questions or information about their program or the job market.
How do I know what classes I’m supposed
to the curriculum worksheet for your major. You can get one in
the Admissions Office
or the Student Success Center. You can also access a copy online
by choosing the appropriate major from the
What is a curriculum worksheet?
curriculum worksheet is a list of all the courses you will take
in order to get an associate degree in a particular major.
Q. How do I change my
fill out a
“Change of Major” form
in the Student Success Center, the Welcome desk in Kee Hall, or
Student Records Office.
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Registering for Classes
Q. When do I
you are a new student, check with the Welcome Desk in Kee Hall
or check the
you are already attending, you will register mid quarter during
special days called “Priority Registration or after.”
Why can’t I register for my classes for the entire
year at one time?
The college registers for
certain quarters at certain times of the year.
usually can only register for the upcoming quarter, however, in
the spring you can usually register for both summer and fall
quarters at the same time. Check the
for registration dates.
Q. How many classes do I have to take to be considered
time means you attend classes at least 12 hours per week. Your
schedule will show 12 “credits”.
Will I graduate with an associate degree in
If you take 12 hours a
quarter, you will probably need to go more than 6 quarters or 2
You may have to
attend longer or take 17-18 credit hours a quarter.
How many classes should I take if I work 40
hours per week?
Since the majority of
college work is done outside of class, you need to plan 2 hours
of study for each hour you’re in class.
That means if you take 12
hours, which is full time, and plan for 24 hours of
study/homework, (2 X 12 = 24) you will be devoting 36 hrs to
That’s the equivalent of a
you’re already working 40 hours, we recommend you take only 1 or
2 classes in order to be successful.
Q. What is a
A flex class is a class
that does not follow the traditional academic calendar.
Students will still cover the same amount of material as a class
that runs the entire quarter, but usually in a fewer number of
weeks. Dates for adding, dropping, and receiving refunds from
these classes may be different from dates established for
Q. Can I take classes with my
depends on what courses you and your friend are required to take
and your outside commitments.
Q What is an
A. If you
are pursuing an associate degree, you will probably be required
to choose 2 or 3 electives from a list of courses. These are
usually courses in the social sciences or humanities and
the Ohio Board of Regents
(our governing board) for anyone in our college who is pursuing
a degree. Some programs also offer a choice of technical
electives geared toward that major. Since they are elective,
you can choose the ones that interest you from the list.
What is a GAP plan? When I try to register online, it says I
have a GAP plan and must see an SSC Advisor.
What does this mean?
GAP stands for Goal Attainment Plan. This plan lists the
classes that you are required to take such as RDG or WRT classes
which are determined from your placement test scores (or
possibly lack of placement test scores). This probably means
you are part of the Directions Advising program meaning you are
being required to take a RDG or WRT class. You must have your
GAP plan updated each quarter; therefore, you must meet with an
advisor each quarter to approve your class schedule
before you can register online. You will do this quarterly
until you pass ENG101 and have a GPA of 2.0 or
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General Course and
Q. How will I know if I’m doing
well or not in class?
A. Your homework and test grades are a good
indicator. If you’ve not yet received any grades, another good
indicator is if you understand the class content, the text
lectures, and are studying every week; you are probably doing
O.K. If all else fails, ask the instructor. Also, on the fifth
week the college will send a Midterm Deficiency out to each
student who is currently doing D or F work or on the C/D
borderline in a class. If you receive one, you need to talk to
your instructor immediately to see what you need to do to pass
Q. What do I do when I get a
A. First, talk to your instructor to see what
your grade is and to discuss possible ways to improve your
grades. Then go to the SSC to get free help with the class work
from a tutor.
Q. How do I get in touch with my
the Faculty Directory
of the website to find the contact information for your
instructor. Alternately, you may
the Welcome Desk in
for the office number and office hours of your instructor. You
might also find this information in your class syllabus.
Can I bring my kids with me to class?
A. Generally, the answer is “no”, although it
depends on your instructor. Classrooms are designed for adults,
and children can be very disruptive to the other students.
Q. Then what do I do if my children
ahead! Part of being a successful college student is planning
for emergencies because they will happen, Children will get
sick, no doubt about it. So instead of just staying home and
missing your classes, at the beginning of the quarter, arrange
for 1 or 2 backup babysitters who might sit with your children
so you can go to class. If you absolutely have to miss, see
your instructor as soon as possible to get class notes and
assignments. YOU’RE STILL
RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSIGNMENTS IF YOU MISS THE CLASS.
If you have an extended absence, call your instructor or at
least the assistant in the appropriate academic office, and
leave a message and your phone number for the instructor to call
Q. How can I be reached in case of an
Student Records Office can deliver a message to you in your
classroom in the case of an emergency.
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RDG/WRT and FYE classes
Q. What is
A. This is an advising program for anyone
required to take WRT115, 116, or RDG 115,116. Directions
advisors will help you register for classes, answer questions,
and direct you to campus resources. Your Directions
advisor, located in the
Student Success Center,
works with you and your faculty advisor.
Q. How long am I in the
Directions advising program?
Students are part of the Directions advising program for
2-3 quarters until they successfully pass their required
pre-college level classes and English 101
have a GPA of 2.0 or more.
Q. What is an
FYE 161 / 101 Class &
why should I take it?
A. FYE (First
Experience) classes deal with
a variety of topics that familiarize you with college, its
workings, and its expectations. You will also tour the campus
and learn how to take better notes and tests.
Q. Why do I have to take FYE 161 or a
A. Students will be required to take these
classes based on their performance on the COMPASS test. The
classes are designed to help students succeed in their other
Q. What will the
FYE 161 class do for
The FYE 161, College
Survival Skills class will help you in many areas.
It will teach you the
academic skills you need to be successful in college such as
note-taking, test-taking and time management.
It will also orient you
to the college terminology, do’s and don’ts of classroom
etiquette, college expectations, and college requirements.
You will explore your
career choice and the buildings and services offered on campus.
Overall, it will provide
you with the opportunity to learn how to “survive” in college.
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Credit By Exam
Q. What is a
A. This means Credit-by-Exam. It is a $20-$50
exam that you can take to test out of a class. When you do so
successfully, you receive college credit for the class without
having to actually take the class. For more information,
contact the appropriate academic division office or check the
website for the
Business Division Credit by Exam
list is available online; however, you
will need to contact the other divisions directly for a list of
their credit by exam courses.
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Q What is the Office of
Specialized Supportive Services?
Office of Specialized Supportive Services encompasses Disability
Services, Peer Tutoring and Mentoring, and Personal Counseling.
Q What is the purpose of the Office of
A By law,
students who have a documented disability(s) are entitled to
accommodations such as a scribe, quiet room for testing, or
extended testing time as prescribed in their documentation, that
would allow them an equal chance to succeed in their college
coursework. The Office of Disability Services is the Office
where those students who wish to receive these accommodations,
should be registered.
Q Are all students with a disability
registered with the Office of
Only those who choose to.
Q Does a student with a disability who wants
accommodations have to be registered with the Office of
Disability Services in order to be
Legally, yes. Technically, no. Some students are excellent
self-advocates and will take the initiative to speak with
instructors about their disability(s) and their needs and the
instructor may try to accommodate them. However, without
registering with the Office of Disability Services, instructors
have no proof that the student actually does have a disability
and therefore does not have to make the requested
accommodation(s). Therefore the student may have some
instructors who accommodate and some who do not. Or they may
have none that will. Also, if a grievance with the college
should occur that involves the student’s disability and the
student has not registered with the Office of Disability
Services the college has no recorded proof that the disability
exists and may not be held accountable for taking it into
consideration in regards to the grievance.
Q Do students have to
pay for the
personal counseling services they receive through the college?
Short-term personal counseling is free to all currently enrolled
students. If long-term counseling is required the student will
be referred to an appropriate agency and would have to assume
the responsibility of payment for those services.
Q Who does the personal
Currently, students may be referred to receive personal
counseling from an off-campus agency.
Q Are tutoring services
Tutoring services are free to currently enrolled students.
Q Can students receive as many
hours of tutoring they want?
the peer-tutoring program, students are limited to 12 hours of
tutoring for the quarter. Therefore they generally meet with
their tutor about an hour a week.
Q. What is
It is tutoring provided by a student who has successfully
completed a particular class and can now tutor other students in
Q. Do I have to have an
to be tutored?
always, free faculty tutoring (provided by instructors of the
college) is available on a walk-in basis in the Student Success
Center for math, reading, writing, FYE, and English courses.