Spring brings a new crop of daffodils and a new crop of students from other colleges who want to take a course this summer at TCC. A 2014 innovation, proposed at a meeting of Public Affairs and Communications and Student Affairs was an online form to help them demonstrate they had met a course pre-requisite without having to fill out a paper form and stand in line at a campus.
Which is not easy if, say, you’re at Virginia Tech or JMU.
The online form went live for the summer of 2014, and immediately became popular. Students fill out information about the course they want to take and are able to attach their unofficial transcripts. Jennifer Perkinson, an advisor in the Info Center, evaluates and approves the requests, in collaboration with the College Registrar and academic division offices.
Recently, Jennifer and Sarah Swager, Info Center manager, presented the online pre-requisite waiver form to the academic deans as an alternative option for transient students. The deans were pleased with the efficiency of the process and saw the benefits both for students and the college as a whole, Jennifer reports.
The form remained popular during the fall, and traffic has ramped up even more as students consider their summer options. Jennifer reports that 85 forms were processed in November and 64 in December, mostly from students who attend other colleges locally and need to take a TCC course to meet a requirement.
Overall, nearly 900 forms have been processed, and more are coming in every day.
Jason Dyer started TCC while a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. He was featured in the most recent issue of CareerFocus.
What began as a SEM process map last spring has resulted in a manual that provides standardized information on TCC’s dual-enrollment program. Executive Staff approved the manual at its Feb. 5 meeting.
Many different people – dual-enrollment counselors, admissions staff, career coaches – may interact with high school students and parents interested in dual enrollment. With dual enrollment, college-ready high school juniors and seniors may take courses at TCC or at their own schools that will count toward college credit. Continue reading →
If Strategic Enrollment Management has taught us anything, it’s the importance of removing – or at least lowering – barriers to student enrollment. One of those barriers has been the $4 fee charged for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).
Phase 2 process mapping pointed out confusion around the fee among testing centers and military base representatives. For example, students were advised they couldn’t pay with credit cards because the fee fell below the $5 minimum. VP for Finance Phyllis Milloy said, however, that minimum hasn’t been in place for many years. Continue reading →
Group 1 is mapping admissions, orientation and placement testing. Back row, from left: Terry Eusebio, Khristy Horne, Ray Zatt, Sarah Swager, Nina Elopre, Joyce Flowers, Lauren Rappold, Tuenika Wynn. Seated: Kevin McCarthy, Meshea Vann, Carolyn Cheek, Holly Estrada, Apple Tarves. (Photo courtesy of Dan Cawley)
Sticky notes and markers in hand, five teams have launched Phase 2 of TCC’s Strategic Enrollment Management initiative: Applicant to Student. They are working on an aggressive timeline with finalized “future state” maps to be completed by Dec. 5 and action registries by Dec. 12.
“As everyone knows, enrollment is already trending downward for the spring semester,” said Chuck Lepper, vice president for Student Affairs and one of the college’s three SEM champions. “It is critical that we move more students through the enrollment funnel in order to reverse that trend as soon as possible.” Continue reading →