COLL-101: College Success

Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
College Success
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Intended for students seeking to maximize their college experience; students will discover ways to achieve academic success by learning how to navigate a diverse campus environment. An emphasis will be given to using academic support systems, thinking critically with career decision-making, program planning, time management, and college financing, together with implementing success motivators, study habits, and testing strategies. Students will create action plans that will help them focus on achieving academic and career success.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The college process
  2. The career world
  3. Time management, values, academic success and stress
  4. Study habits, test taking strategies, and anxiety
  5. Academic support systems and rebounding from failing situations
  6. Money Management and Financing college
  7. Valuing Diversity
  8. Critical Thinking
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify resources and policies using the college website.
  • Discuss diversity and engage in at least one activity that exposes diversity.
  • Calculate a grade point average (GPA).
  • Complete career assessments and analyze the results.
  • Report on one career and defend its viability as a career option.
  • Prepare an academic plan that supports a career choice.
  • Complete values and time assessments.
  • Analyze value-time assessments to create a study plan for reducing stress and improving success.
  • Discuss distractions interfering with college and prepare an action plan to cope with distractions.
  • Identify a learning style and use it to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Taking notes and then describe the importance of note taking.
  • Identify at least one test taking strategy to alleviate test anxiety and construct an action plan using that strategy.
  • Identify personal motivators and explain how they can be used to promote academic success.
  • Use at least one academic support system and report on the experience.
  • Identify the different levels of academic degrees, their corresponding costs, and at least one college that might have transfer potential.
  • Describe and explain the differences between financial aid options.
  • Identify alternatives to reducing dependency on financial aid.
  • Prepare a financial plan to support academic and career goals.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of student learning may include, but not be limited to, writing assignments, special research reports, career inventories, interviews and oral reports.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

This is a hybrid course which requires the student to complete online assignments.


As determined by the Counseling Division.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date