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Counseling

We want you to succeed at Chaffey College and that means providing you with plenty of support to meet your academic and career goals. We are also here to help you address any personal issues that affect your success. Chaffey’s counselors can help you with course placement, orientation, educational plans, prerequisite verification, prerequisite challenge, academic renewal, unit overload and preliminary graduation checks. Currently enrolled students who would like to meet with a counselor should call a week before they’d like to meet to schedule an appointment.

 

Contact

Rancho Cucamonga campus, SSA building: 909-652-6200
Fontana campus: 909-652-7400
Chino campus: 909-652-8120
Email: counseling@chaffey.edu

 

Hours

Monday and Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Counseling Administration

Amy Nevarez
Dean, Counseling and Student Support Programs
Shelli Martinez
Educational Program Assistant (EPA)
909-652-6197
shelli.martinez@chaffey.edu
Margaret Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant II
909-652-6479
margaret.gonzalez@chaffey.edu

 

Counselors

Maria Beck M.S.
Counselor, Associate Professor
Jackie Boboye
Counselor, International Students, Guidance Instructor
Donna Colondres
Counselor, UMOJA, Guidance Instructor
Ricardo Diaz
Coordinator of Counseling
Opening Doors/Counselor
Fabiola Espitia
Counselor
Fontana GPS
Lizzete Garcia
Counselor, Puente Program
Fontana Campus
Joan of Arc Godinez
Counselor
Fontana Campus
Karina Jabalera
Counselor, Guidance Instructor
Julie Law
Opening Doors/Counselor
Lindsy Lavalle
Counselor, Foster Youth
Helen Leung
Counselor
Michelle Martinez
Counselor
Chino GPS Center
Brent McLaren
Counselor
Monica Molina
Counselor
Celeste Mor
Counselor
Jeff Moser
Athletics Counselor
Cherlou Opulencia
Counselor
Charles Prattella
GPS Counseling Coordinator/Counselor/
Melissa Sakoonphong
Counselor
Lucy Serrano
Counselor, Guidance Instructor
Chino Campus

 

Placement and Testing Center

Jackie Contreras
Program Assistant
909-652-6224
jackie.contreras@chaffey.edu
Valeen Gonzales
Program Assistant
909-652-6198
valeen.gonzales@chaffey.edu

 

Support Staff

Karen Medrano
Counseling Office Coordinator
909-652-6202
karen.medrano@chaffey.edu

 

Counseling Front Desk

Monique Alston
Program Assistant
909-652-6223
monique.alston@chaffey.edu

 

Graduation and Certificate Applications
Prerequisite/Corequisite Validations
CSUGE/IGETC Certifications
Health Science Transcript Evaluations

Note: For counseling appointments, call 909-652-6200

Valery Gibbs
Transcript Evaluator
909-652-6206
valery.gibbs@chaffey.edu
Rudy Jimenez
Transcript Evaluator
909-652-6256
rudy.jimenez@chaffey.edu
Vivinee Martinez
Transcript Evaluator
909-652-6205
vivinee.martinez@chaffey.edu
Carri Reyes
Transcript Evaluator
909-652-6255
carri.reyes@chaffey.edu

 

Unofficial Degree Audit
Matriculation Information
Senior Early Transition (SET) and Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenges

Damien Esquibel
Matriculation Specialist
909-652-6216
damien.esquibel@chaffey.edu
Rachel Van Veldhuizen
Matriculation Specialist
909-652-6214
rachel.vanveldhuizen@chaffey.edu

 

GPS Rancho Front Desk-VSS-111

Elizabeth Villasano
Program Assistant
909/ 652-6467
elizabeth.villasano@chaffey.edu

 

Opening Doors-VSS-111

 
Holly Russell
Program Assistant
909-652-6201
openingdoors.staff@chaffey.edu

 

Placement

New guidelines have gone into effect through Assembly Bill 705 that have given nearly all students access to college-level English and math without the need for remedial coursework. The bill has also changed placement procedures for English as a Second Language courses. Learn more about these changes on our placement process web page.

 

Guiding Panthers to Success (GPS) Centers

Are you looking for help with registration, education plans, using MyChaffeyView and other issues? Check out our GPS web page.

 

Super Saturdays

It’s your opportunity to complete all the steps to registering in one day. These events are open to new and returning students. Following are upcoming Super Saturday events:

Spring 2020

  • January 11 and 18
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2

  

Other Student Support

Are you looking for other types of support for issues relating to culture, employment, disabilities, veterans or financial aid? Are you looking to join the honors program, get help transferring to a 4-year college or university or get help from a faculty advisor? Chaffey College provides a wide variety of support programs for students.

 

Opening Doors to Excellence

When challenges and obstacles have affected your academic standing at Chaffey College, we’re here to help you get back on track with various programs and services.

Contact

Phone: 909-652-6201
Email: openingdoors.staff@chaffey.edu

Hours:

Monday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Tuesday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Thursday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

What is Opening Doors to Excellence?

Opening Doors to Excellence provides you with a carefully planned pathway to help you improve your academic performance and regain good standing with the college. This pathway includes the following steps:

  1. Information Session - Learn about academic and progress probation and how the Opening Doors program can help you regain good standing. Also, be informed about your options and select the best path for improving your academic status. Commit to a plan of action that will help get you back on track with progress towards completing your educational goals.
  2. Educational Plan - Meet with a counselor that has special knowledge and expertise to help you overcome your challenges and obstacles and design a semester by semester educational plan that will provide you with a clear vision of how to complete your educational goal.
  3. Guidance 507 - Take a course on how to become a more effective student. Learn about how to better manage your time, use more effective study techniques and strategies, set meaningful and achievable goals, and overcome personal challenges and obstacles to your success.
  4. Immunity from Dismissal for 1 year - Your participation in the program and your renewed commitment to getting back on track will require additional time to improve your academic performance. A key benefit of this program is two additional semesters to improve your grade point average and complete courses without being dismissed from the college.

Why am I being asked to participate in Opening Doors?

Since almost 95 percent of the funding for your instruction comes from the State of California, the college keeps track of your academic performance to meet requirements that assure the state you are making progress on your goal. The college has probation and dismissal policies and procedures that assist in achieving that objective.

Your current academic standing is second-level academic and/or progress probation. That is to say, you have two consecutive semesters where your cumulative grade point average fell below 2.0 and/or the number of units earned with a W, I, NP and NC has exceeded 50 percent of the total number of units you have completed. This is a critical point of progress because a third consecutive semester on probation would result in being dismissed from the college. If you are dismissed, you are not permitted to enroll in the next consecutive semester and sign a re-admission contract to be allowed to return to the college after your dismissal in order to return to Chaffey.

What is my next step?

Your next step is to make an appointment to attend an information session. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I being blocked from registering and how do I remove that block?

Chaffey College requires you to make an informed decision about how to proceed with your educational pathway. Second level probation is the last opportunity the college has to make sure you are aware of the programs and services available to help you improve your standing. The information sessions will go over the options and services to help you make an informed choice. After you attend an information session and have decided the path that is best for you, your registration block will be removed.

Will I earn credit for the Guidance 507 class?

One of the options available to you is to participate in the Opening Doors program. Participating students enroll in Guidance 507 a 3 unit grade earning course. The grade and units earned from this course can help you improve your academic standing. Since the course is for credit, tuition and fees do apply.

How long will I be on probation?

Your probation standing is based on your cumulative academic performance. The semester in which you earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for work completed a Chaffey College and/or have less than 50 percent of your units attempted in grades of W, I, NC and/or NP, you will be off probation. Your third consecutive semester on probation will result in your dismissal from the college.

What happens if I get dismissed?

If you are dismissed, you will not be allowed to register for the next consecutive semester after the dismissal action. To be readmitted after being dismissed, you must sit out the dismissal period, reapply online to the college, attend a Readmissions Contract Workshop, meet with a counselor to complete and educational plan and be cleared to register for classes.

What if I decide to go to another college?

Each college has their own rules that apply to previously dismissed students or students on probation from other colleges. Consult the catalog or contact the admissions office at the college you plan to attend to see if there are any restrictions or if there is a special admissions process for academically disqualified students.

If I do really well in my classes this semester, I am confident that I can get off probation. Do I still need to participate in the program?

As mentioned earlier, several options are presented at the information session. One of them addresses this possibility. Please attend the information session for more information.

What if I can't make any of the scheduled information sessions?

Unfortunately, the only way your registration block can be cleared is if you attend the information session. Please make the necessary adjustments to your schedule and secure transportation to attend a session that is most convenient for you.

With grades I earned this past summer my cumulative GPA is over 2.0, why am I still on probation?

Grades earned in summer are applied to the following fall semester to determine probation standing. By itself summer is not a semester, so grades earned in that session are not immediately used to regain good standing.

 I just came back to college after being away for some time, why are my past grades being counted against me especially now that I am doing better?

Your academic record is permanent and time does not relieve your previous performance. Your probation standing is based on consecutive semesters on probation without regard for the time between those semesters. That means if you enrolled in courses 10 years ago then re-enrolled in the current semester your next consecutive semester would be the current one even though ten years have passed between terms.

I took classes at another college and my grade point average shows above a 2.0. Why am I still on probation?

 There are two answers to this question.

  1. Grades earned at another college may be used to replace previous substandard grades if the course taken is equivalent to a course taken previously at Chaffey. An official transcript must be submitted to Chaffey and a request made for an official evaluation of the transcript with the Admissions and Records office. After the official evaluation is completed by the Admissions and Records office, make an appointment to meet with a counselor for a course to course evaluation of the transcript. Grades earned in equivalent courses at another college may be used to renew substandard grades in courses taken previously at Chaffey. Also, courses and units completed at another college may be used for academic renewal. See a counselor for assistance with both of these procedures.
  2. Your probation standing is based on courses completed and grades earned at Chaffey College only. Coursework completed at other colleges may be used to improve your GPA through academic renewal or grade renewal by course repetition (as described in item 1 above). Only the cumulative grade point average and courses completed at Chaffey are used to determine academic and progress probation standing.

 

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Here are our policies and procedures regarding academic probation and dismissal to help you understand these processes.

 LEVEL 1 PROBATION

  • Academic Probation: A student who has completed 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record and has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 in all units.
  • Progress Probation: A student who has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record and the percentage of W, I, NP and/or NC grades reaches or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of all units in which the student has enrolled .

Legislation affecting students on probation - Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456)

California passed legislation in 2012 requiring Chaffey to remove students from prioritized registration if they are on two or more consecutive semesters of probation. Prioritized registration is the process by which the college assigns appointments for students to register. Continuing students are given appointments based on the number of units completed in prior semesters. The more units earned the earlier the registration date. If you are on probation you risk losing your prioritized registration.

What do I need to do to avoid the loss of prioritized registration?

You will not lose your registration priority if you get off probation by earning a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or have less than 50 percent of your grades earned in W, I, NC, and NP grades by the end of the semester you were notified of being on first-level probation.

If you continue on probation to the second level, you will lose your prioritized registration. You may petition to appeal the loss of prioritized registration if one of the following applies to your circumstances:

  1. Earning a 2.0 GPA in courses completed the immediate semester prior to advancing to second level or dismissed standing.
  2. Have extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, death in the family and/or military deployment. These circumstances must be verifiable with official documentation.

Make every effort to earn a minimum term GPA or 2.0 in the semester you receive notification of your first-level probation standing. At a minimum, you can use this to appeal the loss of your prioritized registration if you advance to second-level probation.

What happens when I get on Level 1 Probation?

Once you improve your cumulative grade point average to above 2.0 and/or complete and have over 50% of the units you have attempted in earned grades that are not W's, I, NP and/or NC, you will be in good standing.

Can I do this in one semester?
Yes, you can get off probation with the grades you earn at the end of the semester that you receive your letter. If not, you will advance to the next level of probation.

How do I make an appointment for an academic success workshop?

Please click on a location below to book your academic success workshop. Students can make online appointments 3 weeks in advance.

Rancho Cucamonga CampusChino Campus | Fontana Campus |

If there are no online appointments available, please call:

  • 909-652-6200 (Rancho Cucamonga)
  • 909-652-8120 (Chino)
  • 909-652-7460 (Fontana).


How do I get off Level 1 Probation?

Once you improve your cumulative grade point average to above 2.0 and/or complete and have over 50% of the units you have attempted in earned grades that are not W's, I, NP, and/or NC, you will be in good standing.

Will I be blocked from registering?

You must attend an Academic Success Workshop and/or make an appointment to see a counselor. You will not be blocked from registering, but if you advance to the next level of probation you may lose access to prioritized registration.

Will this affect my financial aid?

Your academic performance is an essential component of eligibility for financial aid. The financial aid office uses its own probation and termination policies and procedures for students receiving financial aid. Consult the financial aid office about how your academic performance affects your eligibility for financial aid.

What happens if I don't get off probation by the end of the semester?

If you don't get off probation you will advance to second level probation. Another letter will be sent to you regarding this standing with information on what you must to do to regain good standing. In addition, you may lose access to prioritized registration.


LEVEL 2 PROBATION

  • Academic Probation: A student who has completed 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record and has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 in all units for two consecutive semesters.
  • Progress Probation: A student who has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record when the percentage of W, I, and/or NC grades reaches or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of all units in which the student has enrolled for two consecutive semesters.

 

"Warning"
Loss of Prioritized Registration

 

Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456)

You may no longer participate in prioritized registration if you advance to second-level probation. The State of California passed legislation requiring Chaffey to remove students from prioritized registration if they are on two or more consecutive semesters of probation. Prioritized registration is the process by which the college assigns appointments for students to register. Continuing students are given appointments based on the number of units completed in prior semesters. The more units earned the earlier the registration date. Students on second-level probation will be given a registration appointment during the new and returning student registration period after continuing students register.

 

Petition to appeal the loss of California College Promise Grant (formerly the BOG Fee Waiver) and Enrollment Priority

Students may appeal the loss of prioritized registration under one or both of the following circumstances:

  1. Earning a 2.0 GPA in courses completed the immediate semester prior to advancing to 2nd level or dismissed standing.
  2. Have extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, death in the family, and/or military deployments.
    These circumstances must be verifiable with official documentation.

Download: Petition to appeal the loss of California College Promise Grant (formerly the BOG Fee Waiver) and Enrollment Priority.

Complete and submit the petition with the appropriate requested documentation to the Admissions and Records Office at any of the college locations. Please note the deadline for submitting the petition stated on the form.

You will be notified of the results of your petition by mail and email. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks after the deadline for submitting your petition before you receive a communication from the college. Students are granted only one approved petition.

What happens when you are on second-level probation?

You receive a letter from Chaffey informing you of your second-level probation standing. You will be directed to attend an information session with the Opening Doors to Excellence program. The appropriate letter will be sent to you based on your cumulative GPA with instructions on how to access your academic information via MyChaffeyVIEW.

How do I get off Level 2 Probation?

Like level 1 probation, once you improve your cumulative grade point average to above 2.0 and/or complete and have over 50 percent of the units you've attempted in earned grades that are not W, I, NP and/or NC, you will be in good standing.

What happens if I don't get off probation by the end of the semester?

If you do not get off probation, you will advance to dismissed standing. Another letter will be sent to you regarding this standing with information on the action being taken by the college to dismiss you. You will have the opportunity to appeal this action and possibly be allowed to continue your enrollment by signing a Readmissions Contract. If not, you will not be allowed to enroll for the subsequent term and possibly summer session. The letter will specify what steps you need to take to appeal the dismissal action and the terms of your dismissal.

Can I get off second-level probation in one semester?

Yes, you can get off second-level probation with the grades you earn at the end of the semester that you receive the letter. If not, you will advance to dismissed standing. The lower your cumulative GPA and/or the more units you have in W, I, NP, and/or NC grades the more difficult it will be for you to get off probation in one semester.

Will I be blocked from registering?

You are required to attend an information session about the Opening Doors to Excellence Program. If you do not attend an information session by the specified deadline you will be blocked from registering until you attend a session. The letter sent to you will specify how to make an appointment for an information session.

Will this affect my financial aid?

Your academic performance is an essential component of eligibility for financial aid. The financial aid office uses its own probation and termination policies and procedures for students receiving financial aid. Consult the financial aid office about how your academic performance affects your eligibility for financial aid.

 

DISMISSED STANDING

  • Academic Dismissal: A student who has completed 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record and has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 in all units for three consecutive semesters.
  • Progress Dismissal: A student who has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units as shown by the official academic record when the percentage of W, I, NP, and/or NC grades reaches or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of all units in which the student has enrolled for three consecutive semesters.

 

What happens when you are dismissed from Chaffey?

You will receive a letter from Chaffey informing you that you are being dismissed from the college. The letter will include instructions on how to access your academic information via MyChaffeyView. Also included in the letter is information on how you can appeal the dismissal action and a petition with instructions and deadline information for you to respond. The letter will also specify the period of time that you are dismissed and when you can reapply to college if you choose not to appeal the dismissal.

How do I appeal my dismissal?

You must submit a petition and a narrative explaining the circumstances associated with your previous academic performance. The dismissal letter sent to you specifies the deadline to submit these documents to the counseling office. After the deadline, the Scholastic Standards committee, a group of Chaffey College faculty and staff, meet to review the petitions. Students whose appeals are approved are allowed to continue in the subsequent semester by meeting with a specifically assigned counselor to sign a Readmissions contract and complete an educational plan. Those whose petitions are not approved are blocked from registering for the subsequent semester and possibly the summer session. These students will be eligible to reapply the semester following the dismissed period. To be readmitted they also must reapply to Chaffey online at www.chaffey.edu, sign a readmission contract and complete an educational plan with a designated counselor.

How will I know if my appeal has been approved?

If your appeal is approved, you will notified by email, phone, and/or mail. If you appeal is not approved than you will be notified by mail. Please allow at least three weeks after the deadline for submission of your appeal to receive notification from the committee.

If I am readmitted to Chaffey and am still in dismissed standing, will I lose my prioritized registration?

You may no longer participate in prioritized registration if you advance to 2nd level probation and/or dismissed standing. The State of California recently passed legislation requiring Chaffey to remove students from prioritized registration if they are on two or more consecutive semesters of probation. Prioritized registration is the process by which the college assigns appointments for students to register. Continuing students are given appointments to register based on the number of units completed in prior semesters. The more units completed the earlier the registration date. Students on second level probation and dismissed standing will be given a registration appointment during the new and returning student registration period after continuing students register.

Review the petition to appeal the loss of prioritized registration process in the probation level two section for more information on steps you can take to regain your prioritized registration.

I just started my education again after several years of being away, why is my registration blocked for something that happened in the past?

The college is obligated by education code to establish and enforce probation and dismissal policies and procedures for students not making successful academic progress. Your previous academic record is permanent. When you leave Chaffey and come back you resume your previous academic record and standing. That is why, even though you may be doing better since returning, you are still being dismissed. Dismissal is based on consecutive semesters without regard for the time between those semesters. The fact that you are doing better now than previously will help you in the appeals process. The Scholastic Standards Committee looks favorably upon returning students who show an improvement in academic performance in their more recent courses. When submitting your petition make sure to offer some insight into how things have changed (improved) for you since your previous enrollment.

I have good reason for not doing well in my classes can I use this to avoid being dismissed from Chaffey?

Your dismissal from Chaffey offers you the opportunity to appeal this action. If you have documentation for a health related problem or hospitalization, please submit it with your appeal. In the narrative that you submit with your petition, make sure you carefully explain how this set of circumstances prevented you from successfully passing your courses.

Will the fact that I am on probation or have been dismissed from college show up on my transcript?

The college does not post your academic standing on your transcript nor does it provide that information to other colleges or organizations that you authorize to access your records.

How will I get off dismissed standing?

As mentioned earlier, you will sign a Readmissions contract to remove your registration block. This contract requires you to make successful progress. You must earn a grade of C or better in your classes, not earn a grade of W, I, NC and/or NP. Also, you will meet with a specifically assigned counselor who will help you develop an educational plan that includes what you need to do to regain good standing. Once your cumulative GPA is above 2.0 and/or you have less than 50 percent of your units in W, I, NC, NP grades you will get off probation and your Readmission contract will no longer be in effect.

What happens if I violate my Readmissions Contract?

If you violate your contract by not making satisfactory progress, you are subject to dismissal again for the period of time designated on your contract. Since you are allowed to register for the next term while you are still enrolled in the current term, you will be deregistered from your next semester's classes before the term begins and refunded your money.

I never received letters prior to my dismissal letter, why am I still being dismissed?

For some students that were enrolled prior to spring 2007, the college may not have provided you with notification regarding your probation standing due to a limited enforcement of probation and dismissal. The college now fully enforces its probation and dismissal policy and procedures. If you are returning to Chaffey after a period of not being enrolled, you are reactivating your probation standing. The college will send you notifications based on your current probation standing from grades earned through the last most current semester completed.

I was in the Opening Doors to Excellence Program before I was dismissed, can I re-enroll in that program instead of getting dismissed?

Opening Doors to Excellence serves eligible students on second level probation. Dismissed students are not eligible to enroll in this program even if they previously participated in the program.

I sat out after being dismissed and now want to return to Chaffey, what is my next step?

Any student that has been previously dismissed is required to complete a Chaffey College application and attend a Readmission Contract Workshop in order to get the registration block removed.

Email Opening Doors for more information about your dismissed standing. Please include your name, student id number and a brief question. Allow three business days for a response.

 

Chaffey College Orientation

 New student orientation helps new and returning students integrate into campus and college life. By providing information on student services and resources for success, Chaffey College welcomes and supports you as you begin your educational journey. New student orientation can be completed online or in person.

Online Orientation

  • Log onto MyChaffey Portal, click on the “New Student Registration Steps” tab and the orientation is listed under Step 3. 
  •  If you need further instructions, please call counseling at:
    • (909) 652-6200 (Rancho Cucamonga),
    • (909) 652-7400 (Fontana)
    • (909) 652-8001 (Chino)

      If you have technical problems, please contact the IT Help Desk at (909) 652-6789.

 

In-Person Chaffey College Orientation

You can schedule your Chaffey College orientation online by choosing one of the following locations:
Rancho Cucamonga Campus | Chino Campus | Fontana Campus or call Counseling at (909) 652-6200 (Rancho Cucamonga), (909) 652-7400 (Fontana), or (909) 652-8001 (Chino)


Chaffey College Orientation for Student Veterans

Chaffey College offers new student orientations for veterans. The Chaffey College New Student Orientation for Veterans are held on the Rancho Campus only and provide general college information about the college along with information regarding your GI Bill. If you’re a military veteran, please visit our Chaffey College orientation for veterans page.

 

Guidance Classes

GUIDANCE 2

Essentials for Student Success
(2 units)
Transfer Credit: CSU

Designed to increase student proficiency and retention in college. Topics include: learning styles, study and time management techniques, motivation, library research methods, critical thinking, memory and reading strategies, and others.

GUIDANCE 3

Career Exploration and Planning
(3 units)
Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

Designed for students seeking a career and/or major. Topics include: life problem-solving, evaluation of values, interests, skills, and personality, career investigation, employment trends, job research and self-marketing.

GUIDANCE 507

Opening Doors to Student Effectiveness
Non-Degree Applicable

Targeted to students in the Opening Doors to Excellence program designed to address the academic and personal challenges of student effectiveness. Five hours of supplemental learning in a success center that supports this course is required. Instructor signature required.

 

Graduation Requirements

Chaffey College awards associate of arts and associate of science degrees. Students must complete general education requirements in addition to their major requirements. A minimum of 12 units must be earned at Chaffey College.

An associate degree from Chaffey College symbolizes the successful efforts of the student to complete a series of learning experiences designed to enhance insights, develop competencies, increase knowledge and encourage lifelong learning. Although the degree requirements include a wide variety of choices for all students, the framework of curricula has been established by the faculty in compliance with state law to meet both student needs and community expectations.

In addition to these accomplishments, the student shall possess sufficient depth in a selected field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interests.

Learn more about: 

  • Graduation requirements
  • General education requirements

 

Graduation Requirements

Associate Degree 

  1. General Education
  2. Major Requirements
  3. Electives

 

Graduation

  1. Writing
  2. Mathematics


Other Requirements for Graduation

I. Scholarship Requirements for Graduation

II. Residence Requirements for Graduation

III. Continuous Attendance

 

Unit and Subject Requirements

Associate Degree

The associate degree will be granted upon the completion of 60 semester units of work and the fulfillment of the following specific requirements:

  1. General Education (minimum 18 units)
    Complete the requirements stated under "General Education."

    Note: Students who are qualified to be certified for the CSU General Education pattern of classes or the IGETC pattern of classes also fulfill the General Education requirements for an associate’s degree for Chaffey College.
  2. Major Requirements (minimum 18 units)
    Complete an associate degree program as described under "Programs of Study" in the Chaffey College catalog.
  3. Electives
    (any additional units necessary to meet minimum degree unit requirement)
    Minimum Total Units Required For Degree --- 60 Units

 

Basic Skills Competency Requirements

  1. Writing
    The student must pass with a minimum grade of C:
    English 1A
  2. Mathematics
    Placement into Mathematics 25 or higher as determined by the Chaffey assessment process, or successful completion of one of the intermediate algebra or higher level math or statistics courses listed below:

    • Mathematics 425, 430, 4, 25 or higher level
    • Social Science 10
    • Statistics 10

 

OTHER Requirements for Graduation

Scholarship Requirements for Graduation

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) in degree applicable units attempted.

Residence Requirements for Graduation

A minimum of 12 units must be earned at Chaffey College.

Application for Graduation

Students must file a formal application for graduation application online via MyChaffeyView for an associate degree or certificate. Students may graduate at the end of any semester or summer session. Refer to the college calendar for application deadlines.

Continuous Attendance

These graduation requirements apply to students during the 2019-2020 school year. Students who enroll prior to fall 2019 and who have maintained continuous attendance (attendance in at least one semester or two quarters, excluding summer sessions, each calendar year -- January 1 through December 31 -- as indicated on a permanent record) at any accredited college have the option of meeting the current requirements or those in effect at the time continuous attendance began. In the event that required courses have been discontinued, students may petition for substitution/waiver by making an appointment with a counselor in the counseling cepartment.

 

Prerequisite/Corequisite Courses

A transcripts submitted to Chaffey College will be evaluated for units completed and will be posted to your Chaffey transcript. An official request for unit evaluation is no longer required. If you are sending your transcripts electronically and your school is requesting an email address, please use transcripts@chaffey.edu

Official transcripts will also be required for prerequisite/corequisite validations and challenge forms. (transcripts must be on file; allow 5-7 business days for processing.)

Please submit all transcripts directly to the admissions and records office

Any student who has completed prerequisite courses at another college or in high school (check the schedule of classes to see if high school coursework can be used for the course you want to get into. (Example: Biology 22 prerequisite is CHEM 10 or one year of high school chemistry) must bring an OFFICIAL copy of their transcript from that institution to the admissions and records office before a Request For prerequisite / corequisite validation form can be submitted prior to registration. If it does not state that you can use high school coursework to fulfill your prerequisite, a prerequisite/corequisite challenge form must be filled out. Please see information below regarding the challenge process. You will be blocked from registration if you do not meet the specified prerequisites.

Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Advisories

When a course has a prerequisite, it means that a student must possess a certain body of knowledge to be successful in the course. The preexisting knowledge may be a skill, an ability, a placement preparation score, or successful completion of a course. Completion of a prerequisite course requires a grade of C or better or a grade of CR (credit). A C minus grade does not count as passing.

When a course has a corequisite, it means that a student is required to take a course at the same time as another course. Knowing the information presented in the corequisite course is considered necessary for a student to be successful in the course.

When a course has an advisory, it means that it is recommended that you take that course before you take the course you would like. It will not block you in the system if you do not take the advisory first. No steps are needed to clear an advisory.

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites/Corequisites as stated in the class schedule and college catalog. See a counselor for assistance in determining eligibility for a specific class. Students who do not meet stated prerequisites/corequisites may be unable to register for or may be dropped from the class.

The college’s registration process allows for prerequisite/corequisite checking by computer. Students attempting to enroll in the computer-checked courses will be blocked from registration if they do not meet the specified prerequisites/corequisite. Prerequisites/corequisites are listed in the course descriptions within the schedule of classes and the college catalog.

Assessment results from other colleges may not be used to meet prerequisites/corequisites, so new students must arrange to take Chaffey's assessment testing prior to registration. Students who have completed prerequisite/corequisite courses at another college or in high school (check the schedule of classes to see if high school coursework can be used for the course you want to get into. Example: CHEM-10 prereq. is MATH-410 or one year of high school algebra) must bring an OFFICIAL copy of their transcript from that institution to the Admissions and Records Office before a Request For Prerequisite / Corequisite Validation Form can be submitted prior to registration. Please allow up to 7 business days for processing the Prerequisite/Corequisite Validation Form. If it does not state that you can use high school coursework to fulfill your prerequisite/corequisite, a Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenge Form must be filled out. Please see information below regarding the challenge process. Students who are enrolled in the prerequisite course at Chaffey College at the time of their registration will be permitted to enroll in the subsequent course. Students who do not pass the prerequisite course with at least a grade of C or do not complete the prerequisite course will be dropped prior to the start of classes.

Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenge

Prerequisites/corequisites for courses will be enforced according to college policy. Students have the right to challenge prerequisites/corequisites on the following grounds:

  1. Knowledge or ability to succeed. Based on having the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite.
  2. The prerequisite has not been validated.
  3. The prerequisite is discriminatory or being applied in a discriminatory manner.
  4. Prerequisite course not available.
  5. Not required due to external regulations.

The student must provide appropriate documentation when filing a challenge form. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, OFFICIAL high school or college transcripts, additional test results, work experience, or writing sample. Prior enrollment in the course does not exempt a student from the current prerequisite of that course. You must meet the current prerequisite even if you were able to register for the course in previous semesters. Prerequisites do not have catalog rights.

You may not use in-progress coursework from a high school or college to clear a prerequisite. The courses must be completed with a passing grade for the department coordinator to consider approval of your challenge form.

Students challenging a prerequisite must submit a prerequisite/corequisite challenge form. The form must be filed in the counseling department up to one week prior to the beginning of each term.

More information including the appropriate form for challenging a prerequisite is available through the counseling department. Questions regarding the challenge process should be directed to the counseling department.

Attention modern language students: If you would like to get into a higher level language course (Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish) without previously taking a high school or college modern language course (usually native speakers), you must complete a diagnostic test through the placement center (VSS-105). Please email the center at assessment.staff@chaffey.edu or call the placement center at 909-652-6224 or 909-652-6239 to make an appointment. Once you complete the diagnostic, the challenge form and diagnostic will be given to an instructor for that course in the language arts department to grade it. The matriculation specialist will receive the approved or denied challenge form. The student will be contacted via email regarding their processed challenge form.

For students who would like to get into SPAN-3SS, you do not need to visit the placement center to complete a diagnostic. Please visit the language arts website to complete theSPAN-3SS survey.  You will be emailed whether you are approved to start with SPAN-3SS.

 

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