Thinking About Community College? Read this First!

Thinking About Community College? Read this First!

Only 6 Credits Counted!

Marlene went to community college to study accounting.  After earning 40 credits, she was told only 6 credits counted toward her degree.  This is her story.

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On-Time Graduation

National articles report that most community college students require 36-48 months to graduate with a two-year Associate Degree.

Of CSB’s most recent 1,005 graduates, 796 (79%) graduated in 18 months or less.

Entrance Testing

An entrance test such as the ACCUPLACER test, created by the College Board and similar to its SAT test, is required of all new students enrolling in an Associate Degree program. One use of this test is to determine how many remedial classes a student must complete.

The purpose for CSB’s entrance test is to determine a student’s proficiency in math and reading.

Remedial Classes

National articles report that most new community college students are scheduled 1-3 remedial classes and are awarded credits that do not count toward their Associate Degree. At some community colleges, remedial class credits expire after five years, and a student may have to repeat these classes.

CSB believes that remedial classes are a waste of time and money; and for this reason, remedial classes are not offered.

Class Scheduling Procedures

A typical class schedule may include classes all through the day or evening at two or three different locations, which makes part- or full-time employment and child care concerns difficult if not impossible.

All classes are scheduled Monday-Friday from 8:40 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. at one location.

Curriculum Design and Grading Policy

Most community colleges offer a traditional curriculum that usually includes subjects that are not relevant to a student’s program of study. At most community colleges instructors award grades according to their personally preferred grading systems.

The CSB approach to learning is a competency/skill-based approach to learning. Only subjects that are relevant, measurable, and achievable are included in a student’s program of study. All faculty members are required to award grades based on CSB’s competency/skill-based grading system.

Internship Policy

Most programs at many community colleges do not offer an internship as part of an Associate Degree program.

All programs include an internship.  Many of our students (especially in the medical field) are offered jobs during or after completion of their internship.

Job Placement Accountability and Services

Community colleges are not held accountable by their accrediting agency for the job placement of their graduates. For this reason, most community colleges do not place a heavy emphasis on having their students developing job placement skills.

Career schools like CSB are held accountable by their accrediting agency for the job placement of their graduates into training-related positions. CSB’s curriculum includes subjects involving the development of job placement skills, and CSB employs a full-time Career Services Director to work with all graduates until job placement is acquired.

English Language Learners (ELL) Policy

At many community colleges, ELL students are required to complete up to 24 credits of ELL classes before they can begin their program of study. These credits do not count toward their Associate Degree.

All ELL students interested in enrolling at CSB are interviewed to determine if their English proficiency is at a high enough level to begin a program of study.  If CSB determines that a student’s English proficiency is not at a high enough level to begin classes, CSB will refer that student to an ELL center for ELL instructions. However, when CSB feels that a student is borderline in their English proficiency, CSB will provide that student with ELL instructions at no cost and/or recommend that the student take advantage of its 15-day trial enrollment.

Trial Enrollment Policy

Most community colleges have a 3-day withdrawal policy. CSB has not found a community college that offers a 15-day trial enrollment period at no cost to the student.

At no cost to the student, CSB offers each  new enrollee 15 class days to determine if CSB is meeting his or her academic needs.