Faculty and professional staff members are committed to assisting individual students to help them assess their learning styles, to develop goals for their academic programs, and to assist them in implementing strategies that will maximize their academic performance.
In addition to study skills and time management strategies, staff members work with students to problem-solve specific academic issues and help students identify services that will aid them in achieving their goals.
Academic advising at Cabarrus College is a partnership between faculty and students to ensure that every student has a successful experience. The advisor's job is to provide accurate information and advice to students so they can make good decisions throughout their college career.
Students first meet with their advisors during orientation to review program guidelines. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors at least once per month for the first year of enrollment and as needed thereafter during posted office hours to discuss:
- Academic progress
- Curriculum changes such as adding or dropping a class
- Change of major decisions
- Mid-term grades of less than a "C"
- Curriculum leaves of absence
- Holds on registration
- Intent and clearance to graduate
- Withdrawal from the college
All teaching faculty post available office hours each week for consultation with students. Students who are identified by faculty and/or advisors as having potential barriers to learning will be referred to Student Affairs for personal counseling and/or Testing & Student Development Services.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Disability Services assists students with physical, psychological and learning disabilities in fulfilling the fundamental requirements of the curriculum by accessing reasonable accommodations to ensure that they have equal access to educational opportunities at the College. Students wishing to request accommodations must self-identify and must meet with the Coordinator, Advising and Student Success at the beginning of each semester to request services, review their documentation and discuss their courses. The College requires that a copy of a recent assessment, completed by an appropriate service provider, be on file with the Coordinator, Advising and Student Success. The appropriate forms can be found on the website. The assessment should include recommendations made by the service provider. All information related to disabilities will remain confidential.
Students with physical, psychological and learning disabilities may, as a result of the pandemic, have changing, new or additional needs for reasonable accommodations. By way of example and without limitation, a student may need alternative or delayed clinical/fieldwork assignments, alternative laboratory assignments, or remote learning arrangements.
Regardless of circumstances, students wishing to request accommodations must self-identify and must meet with the Coordinator, Student Retention and Student Success at the beginning of each semester, or as soon as the student wishes to request services, review their documentation and discuss their courses. The College requires that a copy of a recent assessment, completed by an appropriate service provider, be on file with the Coordinator, Student Retention and Success. The assessment should include recommendations made by the service provider. All information related to disabilities will remain confidential.
The College is not required to fundamentally alter its course/degree requirements in order to grant accommodations.
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The Office of Advising and Student Success offers the following services and programs to help students be successful:
- Guided Study Sessions (GSS). Guided study sessions are designed to improve student knowledge, comprehension and critical thinking skills, which often results in improved student retention. Sessions are led by trained peer tutors and held regularly as review sessions for specific courses. To participate in a guided study session, contact your instructors regarding availability, times and locations.
- One-on-One (1:1) tutoring sessions. Trained peer tutors are available in some courses to work with students individually. For information on availability, contact the Coordinator for Advising and Student Success.
- Smarthinking Online Tutoring Services. This service provides the ability to connect with on demand expert tutors for drop-in sessions 24/7, schedule an appointment in advance, submit writing for detailed review, or ask questions offline. This service can assist students in Nursing, Allied Health, and many general education courses. These tutoring services are offered at no charge to the students. Access to SmartThinking is available through Canvas.
The College has devised two formal grade warning systems to help students attain a successful educational experience. The early alert warning system allows faculty and staff to identify students with academic concerns after the fourth week of the semester. Students are contacted by the Coordinator of Student Retention and Success to schedule an appointment to discuss resources available and to develop a plan for improvement. After official midterm grades have been reported, any undergraduate student with a failing grade D+ or below in a non-major course or C+ or below in a major course receives notification from the Dean, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. These students are required to meet with the Coordinator, Student Retention and Success to develop an Academic Improvement Student Success Plan. Early warnings allow the students ample opportunity to correct academic behaviors either before midterm or final grades are assigned.
Steps to success may include but are not limited to: conferences with academic advisor and/or instructor for individualized guidance or counseling; referral to group or individual peer tutoring; attendance at Student Success group sessions such as time management, stress management, memory, reading and note taking skills, and effective test taking strategies; and/or advisement regarding restructuring of curriculum plan.
The Office of Advising and Student Success also coordinates the ASPIRE (All Students, Prepared, Informed, Ready and, Educated) program, a student success and leadership program. The ASPIRE program begins with ASPIRE Camp, held in the summer. ASPIRE II meetings are held monthly throughout the academic year and address topics such as Student Success, Career Success, Community Service and Leadership Development.
Computer Labs and Copiers
Students have access to computers located in the student computer lab and the Information Resource Center (IRC). The student computer lab is accessible via badge card access any time the building is open. The IRC is accessible via badge card access 24/7.
Students can make copies in the student computer lab located on the first floor in the Hayes Pavilion and in the College Information Resource Center (IRC) located south of campus in the lower level of the Mariam Cannon Hayes Family Center.
WiFi access is available throughout the College and the Information Resource Center (IRC).
Your Cabarrus College Email Account (Microsoft Office 365) is the official means of communication while enrolled at the College. A benefit of Microsoft Office 365 includes 5 free licenses of Microsoft Office applications.
Canvas is the Learning Management System that connects you to faculty and fellow students to enhance your learning at Cabarrus College. Canvas is the main hub for completing online assignments (e.g., posting responses to a discussion board, collaborating with a team, and taking quizzes) and building relationships within a secure social network.
Support is available 24/7 by calling the Canvas Help Hotline at 866-862-3131.