Last Updated November 1, 2017
Enrollment Updates for Winter/Spring 2018
Incomplete Grades Notifications to Students & Retrieval of Incomplete Grade Petitions
Once instructors assign an Incomplete grade to a student, an automated email will be sent to their SMC email (bcc to instructor) specifying how to retrieve an auto-generated Incomplete Grade Petition to review the conditions leading to a grade change from "I" to another grade. The email will also caution students that failing to act by the prescribed deadline will result in issuance of the the deafult grade noted on the petition.
Students may access a copy of the petition at any time by login in to Corsair Connect; then clicking the “Enrollment Services” button; then clicking the “Student Records” option on the left side navigation bar; and finally, clicking the “Incomplete Grade Petitions” link.
Students will also be prevented from re-enrolling in the class where they currently have an Incomplete grade.
Unofficial Grades Report for a Term
Final grades issued to students are now available for viewing in an "Unofficial Grades" report accessed through Corsair Connect. Grades will be posted to this report as soon as instructors submit them via their own portal, mProfessor.
The Unofficial Transcript will be updated once final grades for all courses in which the student is enrolled have been submitted.
Students may access the Unofficial Grades report by login in to Corsair Connect; then clicking the “Enrollment Services” button; then clicking the “Student Records” option on the left side navigation bar; and finally, clicking the "Unofficial Grades” link.
Enrollment Updates for Summer/Fall 2017
Consecutive Enrollment in Prerequisite-Enforced Courses (New Feature Added to Corsair Connect)
The purpose of this new feature is to allow students to enroll in up to two consecutive courses in a prerequisite-enforced course sequence, such as English, ESL, or math, even if the student is currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at SMC. Please note that students who are currently taking the prerequisite course elsewhere must have the final grade posted on their transcript before being issued a prerequisite waiver.
Here are the basics of how the feature works:
Student is currently enrolled in the prerequisite course at SMC or has already taken the first course in the prerequisite sequence, call this Course "A".
A midterm placement report is available for the current term with a status of "Passed" or "Not Passed." The Midterm Placement status determines which next two courses in the prerequisite sequence (call them Course "B" and Course "C") the student may add for the upcoming two terms in the enrollment cycle.
Example 1: Passed Midterm Placement
Eddie is currently enrolled in Math 85 (Course "A" in the sequence) in Spring 2017. He has a "Passed" status on the Midterm Placement. Eddie enrolls in Math 31 (Course "B") in the prerequisite sequence for Summer 2017--as he normally would (because he passed by midterm placement). The good news for Eddie is that he can now immediately enroll in his next math class! In this case, Eddie has selected Math 18 (Course "C" in the prerequisite sequence). Eddie will get some warning mess ages in Corsair Connect alerting him that his enrollment in Math 31 and Math 18 are contingent upon successfully completing his prerequisites, not dropping the courses, or getting dropped by the instructor from the prerequisite courses. Eddie is subject to being automatically dropped from Math 31 and Math 18.
Policy Limitations on Consecutive Enrollment
Clarifications: all policies previously in place concerning enrollment, repetition, and prerequisites remain in effect.
Students may re-enroll in a course where they have a "Not Passed" on the Midterm Placement (as they have in the past). They may now immediately enroll in the next course in the sequence in the Fall, if the first course is being taken in the Summer.
Students will not be dropped from the initial course in the sequence because of a "Not Passed" status on the Midterm Placement. Students may remain in the class and should seek any assistance to ensure they pass the class.
Students may only enroll in one course in the prerequisite sequence per semester at this time, at the time of priority enrollment. Students who enroll in a course taught during the first 8 weeks of the term, for example, cannot also enroll in the next course in the sequence during the second 8 weeks of the same term using the Consecutive Enrollment feature. This may change at a later time. Students may still enroll in late start classes once a midterm placement is available.
Students who do not pass the initial class in sequence will be automatically dropped from the courses in prerequisite sequence they enrolled in ("B" and "C" courses) once final grades for the first class become available if the final grade is D, F, NP, I, or W. Students will be sent a notification by SMC email and will get 2 business days to show alternate proof of having met the prerequisite elsewhere. Otherwise, they will be dropped. There will be no financial penalty to the student and a W will not show on the student's transcript.
Immediate Access to Corsair Connect to High School Concurrent Enrollment Students
Revised April 2017
High School Concurrent Enrollment Students now have access to Corsair Connect once they submit their admission application, receive their SMC ID number, and activate their network account (SSO account). They no longer need to first be prescribed courses.
Mandatory Assessment Policy Change
Revised April 2017
Effective with the Summer/Fall 2017 enrollment cycle, the mandatory assessment policy applies only to students with these education goals as reported in their admission application: transfer, associate degree, certificate, basic skills improvement, and undecided. Students with any other goal are not required to complete assessment, but all prerequisites will remain in effect.
As a reminder: t The English/ESL and Mathematics placement tests are currently required of all first-time college students (freshmen) who (1) wish to enroll in 7 or more units on their first semester; (2) start their second semester who did not first complete the assessment process; or (3) are enrolling in a class with an enforced English/ESL/math prerequisite but did not previously assess and do not otherwise qualify for a placement/prerequisite waiver.
Online Orientation Policy Change
Revised April 2017
Online Orientation is now required of first-time college (freshmen) students and of students returning to SMC after a 3-year absence.
Reverse transfer students were previously required to complete the Online Orientation, too. They no longer are required to complete it.
Enrollment Updates for Winter/Spring 2017
"Swap A Class" Feature Added to Corsair Connect
Added January 20, 2017
The added "swap a class" function allows students to "swap" (switch) a class currently enrolled in for another class (does not have to be the same course number). Swapping allows you to add and drop the two classes at the same time.
All requirements for the new course will be enforced when the swap is attempted, including prerequisites, time conflicts, and maximum unit limitations.
Why is this useful? Because s you no longer have to drop yourself from the first class to try to add yourself to the second one, only to discover someone else took the seat moments before you, and then find out someone took your seat in the first class!
Re-Enrollment in Course with Failing Midterm Placement
Students may now re-enroll in the same prerequisite-enforced class (one that has a midterm placement roster) in a future term if they have earned a failing midterm placement “grade,” while still enrolled in the class. This enrollment is subject to all course repetition limitations.
Once final grades are available, students who were allowed to re-enroll in the same class based on a failing midterm placement, but who then passed the class, will be identified and automatically dropped from the re-enrolled class section.
Re-Enrollment in Course Based on a "W" Earned in the Current Term
Students may now re-enroll in a class from which they officially withdrew (or were dropped from the instructor) despite the term not having officially ended. This enrollment is subject to all course repetition limitations.
Example: Student is enrolled in Film 1 but drops on Week 8, thus “earning” a “W.” Student will be able to re-enroll in this class in Winter or Spring during the enrollment priority cycle (i.e., December).
Changes to Class Wait Pool/Wait List
The wait pool will be replaced with the OPEN SEAT NOTIFICATION LIST described below.
Students interested in adding themselves to a class “wait list” (the prioritized list instructors get at the beginning of the term) will be able to do so starting two (2) weeks before the start of a term. This wait list will continue to be capped as has been the practice for the past few years. The wait list will continue to be ordered in chronological order: the name of the student joining the list the earliest will be included at the top (#1).
Students will be able to join any wait list, subject to any course/section eligibility requirements (e.g., prerequisites, time conflicts).
Since there will not be a “wait pool” from now on, students do not need to confirm their spot on the “wait list.” The wait list will be updated as students enroll in the class or remove themselves from the wait list.
Students will be able to see their position in the wait list (“Wait List Rank”) in Corsair Connect.
Open Seat Notification List
Instead of adding themselves to a “wait pool,” students may now join the OPEN SEAT NOTIFICATION LIST for a class section as soon as the section closes. They will be able to do so from their Corsair Connect portal.
The notification list will have the same eligibility requirements/validations and “open seat alert” email notification functionality as the “old” Class Wait Pool.
The notification list will not be capped. All students in the notification list will receive an email alerting them of an open seat. Being in a notification list does not guarantee an actual seat to anyone. Enrollment for the open seat is on a “first come, first to enroll” basis.
The class open seat notification list will be made available to students until the “Wait List” option is activated (2 weeks before the start of the term).
Students interested in joining the “Wait list” must do so directly through Corsair Connect once it becomes available two weeks before the start of the term. Students will not be moved from the notification list to the wait list.
Students may remove themselves from the notification list at any time through their Corsair Connect account.
Request A New Class Section
Domestic students will now have the option to request that a new section for a given course be created. This option has been available to full-time F1 students.
Students will request the class by course name and preferred schedule (morning, afternoon, evening, no preference).
There will be no validations when requesting a class. But the student must be eligible to enroll for the term in order to see the Request a Class option.
Students will be allowed to request up to 4 courses per term.
Notification of New Section Created to Students In Notification List, Wait List, and Request a Class Section List
Academic Affairs will have the ability to email students in the Open Seat Notification List, Wait List, and Request a Class Section list whenever a new section for a given course is created. The email’s purpose is simply to alert them that the new section was created.
COMPASS Ceases to Operate / ACCUPLACER Math Replaces COMPASS
COMPASS will be available for testing through November 30.
Starting December 1, the College will switch to ACCUPLACER Math, which consists of Arithmetic, Algebra, and College-Level Math.
Every student will start with the Algebra test and will place there, or be routed down or up to the other tests to determine a final placement.
The Assessment website will be updated with this information as soon as final cut scores for Accuplacer are derived, (probably by November 15).
The expiration of COMPASS math test scores has been extended from 1 to 2 years.
Math waivers have been extended from 1 to 2 years for “Waiver Reason” = “Other College Assessment” and “Math Assessment Waiver.”
Other waivers are already set to expire after 2 years (e.g., Other College Coursework), or in the case of multiple measures, 3 years.
CCCAssess—aka, Common Assessment
Still no word from the Common Assessment Initiative leadership or from the Chancellor’s Office on when CCCAssess will be available for placement.