Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Advising is the interactive process of guiding students through course selection based on assessment outcomes, intended academic/career goals and future transfer colleges and universities.
Counseling is the provision of assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, and psychology problems and difficulties by a professional.
Yes. It is recommended that students be advised early each semester to determine course planning and transfer eligibility.
The Texas State Initiative (TSI) Hold is placed on a student’s record when the student does not meet college readiness standards in Math, Reading, and/or Writing on the Texas State Initiative Assessment (TSIA). These students are required to be advised each semester until they complete their developmental sequence(s).
A TSI Initial Hold is placed on all new student records, some of which may be TSI complete or TSI incomplete.
A Q drop is a notation on a student’s transcript when a class is dropped without academic penalty. A student is only allowed 6 Q drops during the entire undergraduate academic career. This means the number of Q drops a student uses will follow him/her to other colleges.
A W (withdrawal) noted on a transcript is a complete removal from coursework due to unforeseen circumstances. Withdrawals must be documented and approved by the college. No penalty is assessed on the student’s academic transcript.
There are several types of Distance Education courses.
i. Online courses- course is taken online with no face to face instruction
ii. Blended courses- These courses are half online and half face to face instruction. Typically you meet once a week and the rest of the course completed is online.
iii. IVC- interactive video conference courses