ACA – Student Success Courses
As a new student working towards a diploma or associate degree, you will be required to take an ACA course designed to facilitate first semester of transition and adjustment to college. The course will increase your awareness of critical decisions you will need to make during your first semester and provide a road map for decisions you will make over the course of your academic career at Craven. You will also gain information to help you develop behaviors and skills critical for becoming an engaged learner and successful student.
ACA Courses are listed below:
ACA 111 – College Student Success
This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.
ACA 118 – College Study Skills
This course covers skills and strategies designed to improve study behaviors. Topics include time management, note taking, test taking, memory techniques, active reading strategies, critical thinking, communication skills, learning styles, and other strategies for effective learning. Upon completion, students should be able to apply appropriate study strategies and techniques to the development of an effective study plan. Library skills and research are introduced.
ACA 122 – College Transfer Success
This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre major and/or elective course requirement.
A College Student Success Course is required / must be completed within First Twelve Credit Hours
All new full time students working towards their diploma or associate’s degree must enroll in ACA 111 (College Student Success) or ACA 118 (College Study Skills) or ACA 122 (College Transfer Success) within their first twelve credit hours. Students who do not take the appropriate ACA class during their first semester must complete it by the time they have earned/attempted 12 credit hours or met the qualifications for exemption.
Students are required to successfully complete ACA 111 or ACA 118 or ACA 122 unless they have:
- Successfully completed a course equivalent to ACA 111 or ACA 118 or ACA 122 at another regionally accredited college or university. Course must be documented on a transcript.
- Previously earned an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. ACA course credit will automatically be posted on the student’s transcript.
NOTE: ACA 122 is specifically designed for students who plan to transfer to a four year institution. Students pursuing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, or Associate in Science Degree should take ACA 122, not ACA 111 or 118.
NOTE: Students working towards a Medical Assisting diploma take MED 110 instead of an ACA course. Students working towards an Associate in Science for Engineering have the option of taking EGR 150 instead of an ACA course.
NOTE: Students need to only take one ACA course. If students switch programs and the new program requires a different ACA course, their previous ACA course or EGR 150 can be substituted for the new requirement. MED 110 cannot be substituted for a required ACA course.