Pathways = College 2017

Pathways = College 2017

October 18, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome to the High School Pathways program at McLennan Community College. But here’s what I should really say: “Welcome to college!” I know what many of you are thinking. “I’m still in high school. I haven’t gone to prom yet, and I know I haven’t graduated. How can I be in college?” You’ve enrolled in a dual credit, early college high school, or early admission course—which means you’re taking a college class. The grade you earn will be on your college transcript. If you are a dual credit or early college high school student, your high school has also agreed to record that grade on its transcript as well. However, it is important to remember that you have officially enrolled in college early. Your college courses should be very different from your high school classes. You should expect a heavier homework load, 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class. This means more work done at home since class time will not be used for homework. A good portion of your homework time will be spent on required readings in your textbook. You can also expect fewer grades in college classes, which means each assignment counts more toward your semester grade. Finally, you should expect a tougher absence policy, one that typically does not allow for excused absences, and a privacy policy that does not allow the college to release information to your parents. In general, you should expect a greater level of personal responsibility in college. Basically, be ready for change—even if that change shakes you up a bit. Many students discover they won’t be successful in college submitting the same type of work and continuing the same behavior as in high school. Successful students adapt. Be open to learning new skills, be willing to improve old skills, and be prepared to ask for help if needed. We’ll continue to address college expectations and behavior as we progress through this orientation. Before moving on, please note that you can contact the High School Pathways office with questions at any time.