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DEV-0280-VU02 - Introduction to College Studies

Synonym: 154250
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 304
Credits: 0
Day/Times: Monday & Thursday, 04:00P - 06:10P
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: Michael Hill | View Faculty Credentials

This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
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.


- Small group & Whole Class Discussion -Active class activities -Video showing and viewing -In-class reaction writing and writing assignments -Vocabulary quizzes -Research projects -Real life processing activities -Mini-lectures

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria

Introduction to College Studies is a Proficient/Not Yet Proficient course at the pre-college level. Proficiency for ICS means satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or above). To achieve a Proficient (P) grade, you must acquire a minimum of 390 points out of a total of 500 and demonstrate sufficient skills in all course objectives as listed above, including completion of the final project. Failure to hand in at least one component of your final project will result in a 150 point loss off your final grade! 

Total Points Available = 500 points all together

Attendance and Participation: 180 points (12 classes x 15 points)

Attending class (5 points)

Participation (10 points possible - 10 points for active participation, 5 points for adequate participation, 0 points for no participation or any disruption)

Reflections: 100 points (2 small reflections (pick from 3)= 25 points each/1 big reflection is for Choosing a Path for Cheap project! = 50 points)

The 2 small reflections are short (one to two pages) responses to readings or class activity based on provided prompts. The big reflection is a component of one the 2 major projects you have for class (it should be 2 to 3 pages!)

        Activities: 30 points (3 activities x 10 points/activity)

Activities are non-reading homework assignments of varying types. Specific information will be provided when assigned. Your Pre-Survey & CCV portal activation is two of the activities you will have to do. (If you do not activate your CCV Portal or complete your Pre-Survey after the first class you will lose 10 pts off your final grade for each class it is not activated!)

The other one is your Dream Job Activity Sheet. 

Vocabulary Quizzes:  50 points (3 quizzes x 10 points each and 1 vocabulary essay for 20 points (2 pages minimum, has to include 15 vocabulary words.)

        Budgeting Assignment: 20 points

Use and complete Budgeting Activity Sheet

College (Next Step) Essay: 20 points (10 points for 1st draft & 10 points for 2nd draft)

Essay based on one prompt from the Common Application Assignment.

        Final Project: 100 points

1.       Final Project Ideas (20 points) - Research and defense of plan of action for which colleges, alternative education and careers options you choose for yourself. (2 to 3 paragraphs) *Due on 7/24/17

2.       Final Project Outline (20 points) - Creation of an outline for the final presentation. [Use SMART Goal Worksheet in deeper detail] *Due on 7/27/17 

3.       Final Project Presentation (60 points) – 10 minute presentation due on the last week of class. *After your individual project presentation please complete Post-Survey it is attached to your presentation grade*

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


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, participation and punctuality are essential for successful learning in this class; especially since this course will symbolize a college course. If an absence is unavoidable, you must contact me ahead of time. No more than two absences are allowed to pass this course. Being tardy more than 10 minutes three times will count as one absence, accommodations for this must be asked for within the first week of class. If you are planning on Dropping ICS or can’t continue the course for whatever reason please tell the instructor or fill out paperwork in-person with the on-call advisor or by calling and speaking to an advisor on-call because you need to “officially” drop. If you don’t you will get an automatic (NP) and this grade will be on your future college transcripts.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Michael Hill
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Joanna Albright


'''Community College of Vermont Introduction to College Studies (ICS) – Summer 2017 DEV-0280-VU02 '''

Instructor: Michael Hill Jr.


Class Day/Times: Monday & Thursday, 04:00PM - 06:10PM

Semester Dates: 06-26-2017 to 08-03-2017  

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.

Academic Integrity policy

Although ICS is a pre-college course and you will receive a Proficient (P) or a Not Yet Proficient (NP). This course is still a college course that will stay on your transcript. So please practice academic honesty and integrity at all times. Plagiarism is a serious offence in Higher Education, so please be sure to provide credit for all your research and sources of research. This class will have Annotated Bibliographies for both the 2 big research projects to insist that this is not an issue for any student. If a student is identified for plagiarism the instructor will talk to them and a plan will be put into place to settle the situation respectfully and fairly

Class Policies & Expectation

 Cultivating a Safe Environment

One of the most important components of ICS is that it allows for the creation of a Safe Space.  Within a safe space, everyone should feel comfortable and respected while also helping to create a safe environment. We ask that all students and the instructor accept and respect everyone equally and most importantly accept that everyone is different; and this is completely okay. If there is an incident that veers away from this practice we ask that the matter be brought to the attention of the instructor so that they can provide the opportunity for the repair of a relationship and of the space. Anyone who can’t adhere to this expectation will be addressed accordingly in a one on one meeting in order to remediate the issue.

Cultural Considerations & Responsive Aspects

Intro to College Studies (ICS) is unique and different in many ways from other college prep courses. This is because there are many different backgrounds and starting points in this one course. Meaning you might be a “First-Generation” student, or an ELL learner or even a legacy student who just wants extra knowledge under their belt. In any case, this course will take all these different backgrounds into account and try to meet you where you are and also challenge you to grow more. At the end of the day the experience you have in ICS and the experience you have from your instructor should be one of, “I was comfortably challenged and I feel more prepared with my post-secondary plans”.


Each student brings a unique and diverse outlook to this class. Hence, participation is an important component to the depth and growth that occurs in ICS. If everyone participates, different perspectives and experiences will be explored, broadened and embraced. Furthermore, this class is collaborative by nature we encourage students to add to the pool of knowledge so that the most learning can be had. In other words, your participation will decide a significant level of what you are able to take from this course. However, verbal participation is completely voluntary; we recognize that active listening and attending class are also valuable ways of participating. Please be aware that class disruptions will not be tolerated or appreciated.

Policy on Late Assignments

Turning in assignments on time is also essential for successful learning in this class. Points will be deducted for late assignments as follows: 10 points off for Reflections and Activities; 5 points off every day it is late for the College Essay (This pertains to both drafts!). Assignments will not be accepted more than one week late. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to turn in your assignment due that class on time (you may email the document to me as an attachment); it is also your responsibility to learn what you need to complete assignments that are due for the following class. The final project and presentation will NOT be accepted after the final class and must be complete to pass the course.


Intro to College Studies & Career Planning


Classes & Dates

Assignment Descriptions (brief, please refer to Moodle for full descriptions & instructions)

Week 1

Class 1- 6/26/17

1.       Read & become familiar w/your syllabus

2.       Activate your portal; send a “professional” email to your instructor.

3.       Complete Pre-Survey and submit last page (screen shot or print out)

4.       Readings- Letter to a New Student and  Learning the Terrain of Your Course

5.       FERPA form signed by parents/guardians if under 18

Class 2- 6/29/17

1.       Study vocabulary words: Eligibility, Disability Services, First-generation, Social/Cultural Identity, Gender Dynamic, Culture Shock, Multiculturalism, Biases, Diversity, Student Organization/Group


2.       Readings-  “Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces”, “Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day”, “The First to Go”, “Note Taking Self-Assessment” (Complete Assessment- Due 7/3/17 and read) and “Avoiding the Big “P” and Practicing Effective Time-Management”

Week 2


Class 1- 7/3/17






1.      Study vocabulary words: Vocational/Technical, Alternative Educational Path, Accreditation, Resources, Undergraduate, Traditional Educational Path, Service Learning/Volunteering, Work-Trade, Networking, Entrepreneur

2.       Write a reflection about today’s class (Due 7/10 class)- Answer these 3 questions:

What was something that surprised you about class today?

Did you know what a social/cultural identity was before this class?

If yes, who taught you or where did you learn about it? If no, how does this new knowledge make you feel about your post-secondary path/plans? [Less Nervous; More Nervous, “I don’t Know”- *which is fine*; Excited; Curious to Learn More: You can pick all, a Few or 1 feeling to talk about]

How do you think you will you use this new knowledge in planning out your post-secondary path/plan?

3.       Readings- “Living in Two Worlds”, “You Are College Material”, “Indian Education” and “Appreciating Diversity”

Class 2-  7/6/17

1.       Readings- “A contribution to Statistics, from College Rules! How to study, survive, and Succeed in College” and “How I picked my Major”

2.      Watch First Generation Documentary video on YouTube

3.      Study vocabulary words: Financial Aid Package, Scholarships, Grants, Capitalism, Standardized Test, Work-Study, Referral/Reference, Networking, Stipend, Low-Economic Status

4.      Do Attendance & Class participation self-evaluation & 1st page of Note Taking Self-Assessment

Week 3

Class 1-  7/10/17

1.       Assignment- Write  1st draft of your College Essay or Next Step Essay (Due 7/13 class)

2.       Vocabulary Essay (Due 7/13 class)

3.       Readings- “Education still pays and What Good is a College Education Anyway?” & “The Value of a College Education”

4.      Watch: ‘What is the FAFSA and how does it Work?’ video on YouTube

Class 2- 7/13/17

1.       Assignment: Write a reflection about today’s class (Due 7/17)- Answer these  questions:

A.      How do you feel about the financial aid process you have to go through to get into college?

B.      Do you feel more confident about navigating the FAFSA process and application?

C.      Do you feel as if money is still a potential problem for your post-secondary plans/path? If yes, why and how do you think you will work on solving this problem? If no, why and was it because of what you learned this week; explain?

2.       Budget Activity is assigned-(But NOT due until next Thursday for 7/20/17)


Week 4:

Class 1- 7/17/17

1.       Write a reflection about today’s class: (Due 7/20)- Answer these questions

A.      If you could learn more about one career or profession what would it be (Think big!)?

B.      Would this learning experience be paid or would you just do it for free because you were that interested?

C.      How would you try to make this opportunity happen for you, how would you get help and from where?

2.       Finish creating account for Focus2Career Exploration & Redo or add to (if things changed for you) Dream Job Activity w/your new knowledge

3.       Readings- “Building your own future career”, “The importance of Career Exploration, Decision Making, & Goal Setting”, “Working your network: Finding and Making the most of your connections” and “interdependence at Work”

Class 2- 7/20/17

1.       Readings- “Quotes” and “Career facts and Myths”

2.       Write  2nd draft of your College Essay or Next Step Essay (Due 7/24)


Week 5:

Class 1- 7/24/17



Final Due Date for:

1.      Big Reflection Paper: My plan for going to college for free!

2.      1st part of Final Project: I choose this path/plan because…

Class 2- 7/27/17

Final Due Date for:

1.      2nd part of Final Project: Outline (Detailed SMART Goal sheet)

Week 6:

Class 1- 7/31/17

Final Project Presentations:

1.      ______________________

2.      ______________________

3.      ______________________

4.      ______________________

Class 2- 8/3/17

Final Project Presentations:

1.      ______________________

2.      ______________________

3.      ______________________

4.      ______________________

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6.      ______________________

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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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