Registration Priorities

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Changes to Registration Priorities

Effective Fall 2014 Semester

The California Community College Board of Governors unanimously approved changes that established system-wide enrollment priorities. These changes were implemented in fall 2014 and are designed to ensure classes are available for students seeking associate degrees, transfer, or job training, and to reward students who make steady and efficient progress toward their educational goals.

NEW STUDENTS: receive enrollment priority after completing orientation, assessment and a student educational plan. These may be accomplished in different ways including, but not limited to, completing the online orientation or attending an in-person session; taking the assessment tests, submitting transcripts of other college work completed and/or other test scores for evaluation; completing a one or two-semester “abbreviated” educational plan, or developing a comprehensive educational plan that is approved by an academic counselor.

New and Returning students that do not complete all the Student Success requirements (English and Math Assessment, Orientation, Education Plan) will not be eligible for priority registration until all requirements are completed.

  • What does this mean? Your registration appointment date will be adjusted to Open Registration. This can potentially prevent you from getting the classes that you need, times that you may want, or professors you prefer. It will not prevent you from registering classes but it will significantly delay your registration appointment date.
  • Exemption from a service:  New students have the right to request an exemption from orientation, assessment, and educational planning activities based on criteria identified below; students who claim exemption will not be eligible for enrollment priority.  The exemption criteria are as follows:
    • Student has earned an Associate or higher degree.
    • Student is a Special Admission student (concurrently enrolled minor).
    • Student is enrolling solely to take a course that is legally mandated for employment or necessary in response to a significant change in industry or licensure standards.

CONTINUING STUDENTS: a student who has been enrolled in one or more of the two previous primary semesters. Only continuing students are eligible to apply for a high-unit waiver.

Continuing students receive enrollment priority based on the number of completed and in-progress degree-applicable units taken at any of the colleges in this district providing they have not been placed on academic or progress probation or more serious academic sanction for two consecutive terms. Transfer units are not used to calculate enrollment priority.

Limitations

  • Continuing students who have earned more than 90 units will lose enrollment priority and will register during open registration unless they successfully petition for a waiver that reinstates them to the previous enrollment priority. The petition for reinstatement of enrollment priority is initiated through a counseling appointment.
  • Students may petition for reinstatement of registration priority if they are enrolled in a high-unit major or program of study, high-unit transfer major; or are registering for their last semester at the college.
  • Continuing students who are placed on academic or progress probation or more serious academic sanction for two consecutive terms will lose enrollment priority and will register during open registration. Students who lose their priority may appeal if they have verifiable extenuating circumstances as defined below; an approved appeal will result in the reinstatement of enrollment priority. The petition to appeal loss of enrollment priority is initiated through a counseling appointment.
  • Extenuating circumstances are defined as verifiable cases of accident, illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. Appeals must be supported by verifiable documentation of circumstances.

RETURNING STUDENT: a student who has been previously enrolled, but not enrolled for either of the previous two primary semesters.

Returning students who have not attended in at least one year, who have completed fewer than 90 units, are in good academic standing in the Ventura County Community College District, and have completed orientation assessment and an educational plan will have registration priority over returning students who do not meet these criteria.

DEFINITIONS

Abbreviated Educational Plan: A plan that identifies the courses a new student will take in their first one or two semesters. An abbreviated educational plan may be developed by a student with or without the help of an academic counselor, and is not approved by a counselor. Abbreviated educational plans are required for all new non-exempt students; however, a comprehensive educational plan will also satisfy this requirement.

Comprehensive (Active) Educational Plan: A plan that identifies the courses a student must take to complete their informed program of study and reach their educational goals. The comprehensive educational plan is generally at least two semesters long, and ideally will be long enough to identify everything a student must due to achieve their educational goal.

Good Academic Standing: Defined solely for purposes of assigning enrollment priority as a student who has not been placed on academic or progress probation or more serious academic sanction for two consecutive terms. Students who are on probation for two consecutive terms will lose enrollment priority for the next term.

Informed Program of Study: The degree, certificate or transfer program of study that a student declares upon completing 15 units of college coursework. The “informed program of study” is the basis for a student’s comprehensive educational plan.

Primary Semesters: fall and spring

Your success is important to us. We encourage you to take steps now so that you can continue your educational journey without interruption. Please contact the Counseling Office (if you are an EOPS, ACCESS/EAC, or CalWORKs student, contact your respective program) on your campus to make an appointment with an academic counselor to complete an educational plan: