Master Syllabus

College Success Strategies


  1. Course Title: College Success Strategies
  2. Course Number: ORI102
  3. Course Name: Orientation
  4. Credit Hours: 2
  5. Semesters Offered: All
  6. Prerequisite: N/A


The College Success Strategies course is designed to be a guide to higher education at Reading Area Community College. It affords students the opportunity to evaluate their goals and commitment to higher education early in their undergraduate experience. Emphasis is placed on the student's academic and personal development in the college environment.


Research and experience show that many incoming college students lack an understanding and/or experience in several basic areas required for smooth success in college during their first term. Those areas where students need assistance, awareness, support, and confirmation include: self confidence, familiarity with the campus and the college's demands on them, time management, study skills, personal responsibility for college progress, relationship building, and basic information literacy skills as well as information technology skills. This class offers students opportunities to sharpen skills and gain added awareness and experience in these areas. The class also provides a safe forum for asking questions and sharing experiences and ideas with peers.


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify vocabulary, values, issues, and trends in American higher education
    1. Describe the value of higher education.
    2. Explain the higher education process and the hierarchy of academic degrees.
    3. Describe the roles, rights, and responsibilities of instructors and students in higher education.
    4. Describe current issues regarding technology in the classroom and its implications for learning.
    5. Define diversity and its value on a college campus.
    6. Identify vocabulary commonly used in American higher education.
  2. Identify and apply vocabulary, policies, procedures, and services specific to Reading Area Community College
    1. Describe the roles of the Advising Center and the faculty in academic advising at RACC.
    2. Describe the registration process at RACC.
    3. Review his/her own placement tests recommendations.
    4. Develop an academic planning chart.
    5. Use Web Advisor to register and create a program evaluation.
    6. Calculate his/her G.P.A.
    7. Summarize the graduation requirements at RACC.
    8. Summarize the process of transferring RACC credits to a 4-year college.
    9. Identify RACC general education, program requirement, and elective courses.
    10. Create a RACC advising folder (personal class schedule, program evaluation, placement test results, college catalog, blank drop/add form, and blank registration form.
    11. Summarize campus resources and services at RACC that enhance academic success.
    12. Locate and summarize RACC's Student Responsibilities List.
    13. Locate and summarize RACC's Academic Honesty policy.
  3. Identify his/her personality and learning styles and explain the connections between them and academic performance.
    1. Summarize learning theory as it pertains to personality preferences and learning styles.
    2. Complete a personal style inventory and apply findings to determine his/her preferred learning style.
  4. Describe a variety of academic strategies and study techniques used for time and stress management
    1. Summarize strategies to become a more efficient college-level reader.
    2. Summarize strategies of time management including organizational skills and study habits.
    3. Demonstrate note-taking and test-taking techniques including active listening, mapping, memory skills, test preparation for objective and subjective test questions.
    4. Demonstrate skills for working on a group project.
    5. Summarize stress management strategies for college students.
    6. Summarize health and wellness issues for college students.
  5. Demonstrate information literacy skills necessary to succeed in college
    1. Describe services and resources provided by academic libraries and librarians.
    2. Tour the Yocum Library.
    3. Obtain a library card from the Yocum Library.
    4. Obtain database passwords from the Yocum Library.
    5. Select books, articles, and/or Internet web sites to complete course assignments.
  6. Demonstrate information technology skills necessary to succeed in college
    1. Demonstrate use of word processing and email to complete course assignments.
    2. Use Web Advisor at RACC to register and audit progress towards student's own academic goal.
    3. Demonstrate the use of course management software.
    4. Use the college's web site to identify college staff, resources, and services.