Advisement Tips

 

An Academic and/or Faculty advisor can assist with developing a plan to stay on track toward graduation and achieving your personal and career goals.

Academic advisors assist students with:

  • Individualized academic advising
  • Choosing appropriate classes to enroll
  • Changing a major 
  • Developing an academic plan
  • Roadmap of courses needed to take in sequence to progress toward graduation
  • Evaluation of degree program
  • Career Assessment and Planning
  • Academic problems/referrals for assistance
  • Assisting health majors through the application process
  • Requesting faculty advisors for applicable majors
  • Preliminary transcript evaluation
  • Enrollment approval(if needed)

Faculty advisors assist students with:

  • Approval of courses required for certain majors
  • Provide working knowledge and expertise in the field of study they teach and advise
  • Assist with class offerings
  • Help in preparation to transfer to a college/university or finding a career and networking

Career advising:

Enrollment tips:

  • Planning is crucial to your success
  • Enrollment begins approximately the 8th week of the semester Fall(October) and Spring/Summer(March)
  • Call Academic Advising at 405-682-7535 to make an appointment with an advisor
  • Enroll early to get the courses you need (all courses are not offered every semester)
  • Don’t settle for courses that are not convenient for your schedule
  • Use Student Planning and Registration to review your degree progress and enroll (if eligible)

Academic Support:

  • Get help early when your are having academic and/or personal issues
  • Make an appointment with a Learning Support Specialist or Licensed Counselor in Student Support Services at 405-682-7520
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for help
  • Visit an academic advisor for referrals

Academic Standards:

Academic Notice

Students will be placed on academic notice if their cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 while remaining above retention standards for academic probation or academic suspension.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if they fail to meet the following requirements:

0-30 hours 1.7 cumulative GPA
Greater than 30 semester hours 2.0 cumulative GPA

Students not maintaining satisfactory progress toward objectives as indicated above will be placed on probation for at least 1 semester. At the end of that semester, the student must have achieved a semester GPA of 2.0 in regularly-graded coursework, not to include activity or performance courses, or meet the minimum institutional retention standards in order to continue as a student

Academic Suspension:

Students on academic probation not meeting the requirements of that probation will be suspended for the next regular (16-week) semester. After one semester of suspension, a student may petition to the Registrar for readmission. If upon readmission, academic standards are once again not met, the student will not be allowed to continue until the retention GPA has been raised to institutional standards through coursework completed at another institution. Students wishing to appeal their suspension due to “extraordinary circumstances” should submit a written petition along with support documentation to the Registrar. 

The Importance of GPA

GPA Calculator

A 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average is required to:

  • Maintain good Academic Standing
  • Maintain eligibility for financial aid (could result in losing financial aid and/or scholarships)
  • To apply for selective programs (RN, OTA, PTA, SLPA)
  • To Transfer to 4 year institutions
  • To apply or maintain requirements for scholarships

Academic Forgiveness:

Oklahoma City Community College offers students and an opportunity to recover from previous academic problems which have resulted in a poor academic record. Some situations arise in students’ lives, which have hindered success in completion of classes for a semester or more. If you have found yourself in this situation, the following options are available to help improve your Academic Standing.

The three provisions for academic forgiveness are:

  1. 1) repeated courses,
  2. 2) academic reprieve*, and
  3. 3) academic renewal*

Although these options may result in an improved retention and graduation grade point average (GPA), the cumulative GPA will continue to include all coursework attempted, including “forgiven” coursework.

*Committee Approval Required- See more at: http://www.occc.edu/records/acadforg.html

 

Placement Testing

Have you recently taken the ACT or SAT? Not sure? If you have never taken a placement test, you may need to do so before we can advise you for classes. At OCCC we offer placement testing for Reading, Writing and Math.