Student Success

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are available to assist students by providing information about college policies and procedures, programs of study, and course requirements. For students planning to transfer, an advisor can help clarify transfer requirements and suggest appropriate coursework; however, the responsibility for course selection and meeting degree and transfer requirements rests with each student.

Access Office, Disability Support Services

The college offers support services for students who have documented disabilities of a temporary or permanent nature. The Access Office provides the following services:

  • Coordination of classroom and testing accommodations and support services.
  • Individual advising and academic counseling.
  • Consultation with faculty and staff members regarding student accommodation needs.
  • Liaison with community professionals and agencies.

To qualify for services, students must contact the Access Office at the campus of enrollment in order to complete the Access Office Application for Services and schedule an initial meeting. Accommodations are generally not provided retroactively, so it is important for students to apply for accommodations and provide documentation that supports their requested accommodations early. 

This allows the college the necessary time for accommodations to be in place as soon as possible. Students may submit this application and documentation any time during their tenure at the college. However, the college recommends submitting the application at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester of attendance so that reasonable accommodations can be made available. For more information, visit stlcc.edu/Access or call the Access Office at the campus of your choice.

Assessment

St. Louis Community College collects and uses assessment data to improve student learning, academic achievement, and overall institutional effectiveness. When combined with thoughtful interpretation by faculty and staff, assessment supports the overall decision-making needs of the college and the specific decision-making needs of individual units and programs.

Students often are asked to participate in assessment to provide information they may use in making decisions about their education or careers. Such assessments are “formative“—intended only to provide helpful information—and have nothing to do with students‘ grades or other “summative“ evaluations. Faculty, staff and administrators regularly assess performance of classes, courses or departments to ensure that their desired outcomes are being achieved. Ultimately, assessment is the means by which St. Louis Community College can guarantee that it is fulfilling its mission: advancing student learning. A mission-based approach to assessment helps the college focus its efforts and keep its promise to the St. Louis community. 

Placement Tests

Assessment is required prior to advisement and registration. St. Louis Community College uses a computerized placement test. The placement test gives essential information about prospective students' academic skills and needs. Test results indicate whether students are college ready or will be required to complete one or more preparatory courses in reading, writing or mathematics.

The test is required of all students unless academic credentials are submitted that qualify students to take such courses without testing.

The college may waive all or part of the entry assessment if students provide written documentation of one of the following:

  • A college transcript or grade report documenting successful completion (with a C grade or higher) of reading, writing or mathematics course prerequisites.
  • A college degree from an accredited institution.
  • An ACT score earned within the last three years:
    • A reading score of 18 or above to waive the reading test.
    • An English score of 18 or above to waive the writing test.
    • A math score of 22 or above to waive the math test.
  • An appropriate SAT score earned within the last three years:
    • A critical reading score of 500 or above to waive the reading and writing tests
    • A math score of 580 or above to waive the math test.

If documentation cannot be provided, students will be required to take the appropriate placement tests. Scores will remain valid up to three years from the semester in which the test was taken; thereafter, students will be required to retake the test. Call the Assessment Center for testing schedule, or visit stlcc.edu/assessment-test.

If you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for your entry assessment, call the Access office for an appointment prior to testing. You must provide current written documentation of a disability that is based on adult norms from a qualified professional or agency. For more information, contact the campus Access office. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may call via Relay Missouri by dialing 711.

Assessment at St. Louis Community College occurs at a number of other points and for a number of different reasons:

Exit Assessment

Students completing their associate degrees are required to participate in an exit assessment, typically a nationally-normed standardized test. Such assessments are used to gauge students‘ levels of competence in general education. In addition, special assessments may be required depending upon students‘ chosen academic or career areas.

Course Assessment

In course assessment, academic faculty and administrators decide which courses to assess and which assessment measures to use. The goal is to gather information which will allow departments to make collegewide changes in courses to increase student learning. These ongoing assessments are necessary to sustain the credibility and transferability of courses and the programs which require them.

Program Assessment

The college offers a number of programs, both academic and career, which are assessed to ensure that they are meeting the standards set both by professionals in the field and various accrediting agencies. Doing so assures students that they are participating in programs whose standards are recognized and accepted by other programs and institutions.

Institutional Assessment

The college assesses its various services and operations on an annual basis. College and student support services are assessed to determine how well they are accomplishing their institutional mission. Various external agencies expect colleges to assess and improve student learning and institutional effectiveness. These agencies include regional accrediting bodies like the Higher Learning Commission, professional accrediting bodies for career programs like nursing as well as government agencies.

Athletics

Districtwide varsity sports offered by the college are baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer. Students attending any STLCC location can participate in districtwide varsity sports.

The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference.

Banner Self-Service

Students have access to enrollment, financial aid and personal information in Banner Self-Service. Students can also view and print their schedules, pay for classes, and set up e-cashier payment plans. Students can login to Banner Self-Service at stlcc.edu/SelfService/.

Blackboard

Most college courses use the Blackboard learning management system for important course documents and assignments. Blackboard can also be used as a portal for groups, organizations and clubs. Students can login to Blackboard at stlcc.edu/blackboard. Students are encouraged to become familiar with Blackboard because even traditional face-to-face classes use Blackboard for some activities. Resources to help students learn Blackboard are available on the college’s website at stlcc.edu/blackboard/Student-Resources.html.

Career and Employment Services

Each campus provides services to assist students and alumni with finding full-time, part-time or temporary employment. An online database of employers and job listings is used to provide information about employment opportunities as well as internship and cooperative education programs. Professionals are available to help with producing resumés, improving interviewing skills and developing job search strategies.

Information about hundreds of careers is available at each campus. Decision making, life and career planning, and job search strategies are stressed as a part of career development.

Child Care

The Florissant Valley campus offers child care services for children of students when classes are in session. For more information, go to: stlcc.edu/fv/child_care_center.

Counseling Services

Professional counselors are available to assist students with educational, career and personal concerns. They help students gain a clear understanding of their strengths, identify options and make choices. A variety of interest and personality tests are available to students using counseling services.

CTE Retention Specialists

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Retention Specialists are available to assist district-wide students who are enrolled in a CTE program with transitioning from application to graduation.  

Distance Learning

Distance Learning is defined as a formal educational process in which all or some of the instruction occurs when student and instructor utilize technology to achieve the same  utilize technology to achieve the same learning outcomes as classroom courses (Face-to-Face Learning).  Instruction may be asynchronous (learning is student-centered that uses technology outside of the constraints of time) or synchronous (learning is student-centered that uses technology in unison or at the same time).  Student learning outcomes are consistent regardless of course delivery method.  Students must have reliable access to technology required for the course.

Face-to-Face Courses

A course consisting of instruction and assessment delivered primarily in the classroom setting.  

Online Courses

 A course consisting of instruction delivered 100% online.  Some courses may require students to take assessments in person at a mutually agreed upon proctored site reasonably accessible to the student, and/or participate online at designated times. 

Hybrid (Blended) Courses

A course consisting of both online and face-to-face instruction and assessment.  Some campus attendance will be required for the successful completion of these courses.  

Flexibility Requires Responsibility

Online and hybrid courses offer students flexibility because there are very few or no scheduled class meetings. Students who participate in online and hybrid courses must be self-motivated, independent learners with good to very good computer and internet skills. These courses have deadlines just like traditional classes, and students will need excellent time management skills to succeed.

Students taking online or hybrid courses should have access to a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Online and hybrid courses rely on email for most communication, so students should activate their my.stlcc.edu email account and check it daily. More information about student email activation is available at stlcc.edu/studentemail. STLCC uses the Blackboard learning management system for online coursework. For Blackboard assistance and tutorials, go to stlcc.edu/blackboard.

To determine if online classes will be a good fit for you, complete the SmarterMeasure online learning readiness assessment. Log in at http://stlcc.readi.info; type in online as the Username and learner as the Password. SmarterMeasure will provide you with information and tools to help you succeed in online courses. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Online Education Department at 314-539-5037 or online@stlcc.edu.

Learning Labs

Each campus has mathematics, reading, English and other specialized laboratories that offer personal assistance to students to supplement classroom instruction.

These labs provide individual tutorial and remedial help for students enrolled at the college. Students may use the labs on both a walk-in and appointment basis. The labs are designed primarily to help students enrolled in specific courses. They are open to any student on campus needing additional assistance.

Libraries

Instructional Resources (IR) is a service division on each campus dedicated to the support of instruction, facilitation of learning and enhancement of the educational environment. Registered students of the college may use and check out materials from any campus library. Student ID cards serve as library cards and are valid at all campus libraries. Students are encouraged to check with the Reference and Circulation departments for information regarding library services and procedures.

Higher Education Opportunity Act

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that St. Louis Community College take action to address the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including music, video and programs. If a student uses college technology resources to perform unauthorized distribution or sharing of such materials, the student will be in violation of college policy as well as subject to criminal and/or civil prosecution for violation of copyright and other federal and state laws.

The college monitors its computer systems to protect against such activity. Outside organizations are also able to trace activity involving copyrighted materials. If a violation is detected by either the college or an outside organization, student access to college technological resources will be immediately disabled. Students will need to communicate with the appropriate administrator before privileges will be reinstated. The student will also be subject to disciplinary action by the college.

The information will also be turned over to the appropriate authorities for possible criminal and/or civil prosecution.

For more information, go to stlcc.edu/need2know.

Honors Program

Admission to the college honors program is based on any of the following criteria: a 3.5 or better GPA in either high school or college based on a 4.0 scale, a score of 1100 or better on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or a score of 25 or better on the American College Testing Program Assessment (ACT).

Both transfer and career programs offer a variety of ways to earn honors credit, including honors courses and projects and honors contracts within regular courses. Graduates who earn 15 credit hours of honors credit will receive the designation of Honors Program Scholar on their diplomas and transcripts.

For more information, contact the campus honors coordinator.

International Education

St. Louis Community College offers opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to study and experience the world through international and intercultural programs, exchanges and activities, and globalized curriculum. The goal is to prepare students and the community for success in a global economy and a world in which the U.S. plays a key role. Detailed information about the international programs, study abroad, student and faculty exchanges, and international collaborations and partnerships can be obtained by calling 314-539-5350.

Parking on Campus

Parking tags are required on all vehicles using campus parking facilities. Parking tags are available in the Campus Life office at Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec, or the Information Desk at Wildwood, South County Education and University Center, and Harrison Education Center. Parking tags are permanent and are to be kept from one semester to another.

Accessible parking is available for students with physical disabilities who have state parking authorization.

Student Activities

Student activities help individuals develop and expand interests and find ways to contribute talents and skills to the college. Opportunities for leadership development are available through student government, clubs and organizations, honorary societies, student publications, and special interest groups. In addition, the campuses sponsor film series, concerts, plays, discussion groups, lectures, exhibits, performances, social functions and special presentations.

For informal gatherings, the campuses provide facilities such as game rooms, meeting rooms, music and television lounges, study areas and cafeterias.

Student Assistance Program

Crisis assistance and support services are available to all students experiencing a need that may hinder their successful enrollment and continued success in school. Students receiving public assistance, or other benefits, in need of attendance or program progress verification will also receive services from the Student Assistance Program. Services will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each students. Services include helping students locate and access programs and services for child care, domestic violence, energy assistance, healthcare, homelessness, and hunger. Other services include individual advising and academic counseling as well as support services designed to help students problem solve barriers to their education and learn self-advocacy. More information can be found at stlcc.edu/SAP. 

Study Help

The college is committed to helping students succeed. Students who are encountering difficulties with academic work should consult their instructor or a counselor. A tutorial program offered through Counseling is available for some courses.

If a problem should arise which can be traced to ineffective study habits, the student should contact the Study Skills Center which exists to provide helpful solutions to study problems. The college also offers students an opportunity to bolster their grasp of fundamental skills, such as reading and math, through learning labs.

Textbooks

Look at the STLCC websites for information about your textbooks.

You can purchase your textbooks in person or online at the STLCC Bookstores two weeks before classes start.

To view and/or purchase your textbooks:

  1. Visit stlouisccbookstore.com
  2. Select the bookstore based on the location of your class (including online sections) as listed on your class schedule.
  3. Enter department, course and section for specific textbook information.

Note: If you are taking classes at more than one campus, textbooks may need to be ordered separately for each campus.

TRIO

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to improve the retention and graduation rate of first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and/or students with limited income.  TRIO SSS students benefit from the use of a variety of program resources and services including:  academic advising and workshops, transfer planning, education to improve financial and economic literacy, information in applying for Federal Student Aid, assistance with completing the FAFSA, academic tutoring, mentoring, and more.