Enrollment Priorities Starting Fall 2014

Beginning for the Fall Quarter 2014 registration period, Foothill College will implement a new method for determining the day and time when students are first allowed to register for courses. The change is required by new state regulations. The new method includes state mandated requirements as well as new requirements specific to Foothill College.

The new requirements are informed by research on factors that lead to student success. The FHDA Enrollment Priorities Committee began meeting in the summer of 2012 and were guided by the following principles:

  1. Adhere to State of California Title 5 regulations
  2. The same rules should apply to students at both colleges
  3. The focus should be on behaviors rather than group status
  4. Use Student Success Task Force recommendations as a guide, including:
    • An emphasis on students selecting an education goal of transfer, degree, or certificate
    • And emphasis on students selecting a major
  5. Encourage enrolling full time
  6. Use Enrollment Priorities to encourage student behaviors important for success by providing them their own data

State of California regulations require that new students starting in fall 2014 complete orientation, assessment, and an educational plan before than can receive the highest enrollment priority allowed by the district in any future terms of enrollment. The regulations also state that students need to be in good academic standing and not on academic probation for 2 consecutive terms.

The Foothill requirements include, in addition to the state rules, the selection of an education goal of transfer, degree, or certificate and selection of a major field of study (rather than undecided). A higher priority is given to continuing and returning students enrolling full time (12 units or more).

The date and time of initial registration for students not meeting the enrollment priority criteria will be after students who have met the criteria and will be determined by the number of units earned.

Priority Enrollment Order

In accordance with new state and local regulations, students will be assigned registration dates in the following order.

  1. Veterans, Foster Youth, DSPS, EOPS and CalWorks students who have completed orientation, assessment and an educational plan.
  2. Continuing students who have
    • Enrolled in 12 units in most recent term (excluding summer)
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major
  3. New college students (beginning in fall 2014) who have
    • Completed assessment, orientation and an educational plan
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major
  4. Continuing students who have
    • Enrolled in fewer than 12 units in most recent term of enrollment
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major
  5. New college students (starting in fall 2014) who have
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major BUT have not completed assessment, orientation or an educational plan
  6. Returning students who have
    • Enrolled in 12 or more units in last completed term
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major
  7. New transfer students from any other college who have
    • Selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
    • Declared a major
  8. All other college students, including continuing students who have not declared a major or who have not selected an educational goal of transfer, degree or certificate
  9. Concurrently-enrolled high school students

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