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Revision Date: 30-Mar-17

DEV-0280-VU01 - Introduction to College Studies

Synonym: 154249
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 305
Credits: 0
Day/Times: Monday & Thursday, 10:00A - 12:10P
Semester Dates: 06-26-2017 to 08-03-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-03-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-18-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Danielle L'esperance | View Faculty Credentials

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Grades: Students in this course will receive a numerical or letter grade in the narrative section of the final evaluation.

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Course Description:

Introduction to College Studies is a non-credit course that provides career exploration opportunities and an orientation to the college experience for high school and new students. This course helps students transition successfully to college and careers through information gathering and by exploring educational and employment options based on their strengths, interests, values, and goals. Students will learn the skills and expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. Students will develop time management, test-taking, and communication skills, as well as strategies for managing stress, paying for college, and budgeting.

Essential Objectives:

1. Engage in self-discovery activities including short versus long-term goal-setting, educational and career planning, personal learning styles, and personal values.
2. Discuss how to make informed educational and employment decisions including how to research different careers along with educational requirements, interests, skills, abilities, personality, and values.
3. Develop personal success strategies such as practicing self-advocacy, managing stress, negotiating social aspects of college, making moral and ethical decisions-, and identifying sources of support.
4. Demonstrate the ability to meet college and employer expectations through appropriate quality of work, strong work ethic, communication techniques, and professional conduct.
5. Practice college success skills such as time management and prioritization, and develop strategies for reading textbooks or complex materials, note-taking, test-taking, and using informational resources for research.
6. Discuss techniques for managing personal finances including: budgeting, evaluating the ability to pay down debt given projected salaries, and relating career choice with potential income.
7. Understand financial aid sources and processes with a focus on paying for college.


A variety of teaching methods will be utilized in this course. Students will engage with multiple types of media and scholarship, including books, videos, social media, and news stories. Students will participate in small group and individual learning activities, including but not limited to written, spoken, and creative work.

Evaluation Criteria:

Introduction to College Studies is a Proficient/Not Yet Proficient course at a pre-college level:

Proficient (P): Indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).  To achieve a grade of P, a student must acquire 300 (minimum) of the total available points and demonstrate suffiicient skills in all course objectives.

Not Yet Proficient (NP):  Indicates failure to meet course objectives and /or failure to meet grading criteria set for the course.  Students who receive less than 300 total points or do not demonstrate sufficient skills in all course objectives will earn a grade of NP.

Although there is no official college credit assigned for completion of Introduction to College Studies, the course will reflect the time commitment and work load of a typical 2-credit college course.  In addition, students often receive credit at their high school for completing ICS.


Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

, ISBN: No Textbook Required,   

Attendance Policy:

Attendance counts for 20% of your overall grade. Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Danielle L'esperance
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Joanna Albright

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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