Why take a reading a course?
Reading is much more than simply understanding the words. Our reading classes are designed to develop effective comprehension and vocabulary skills as well as higher level reading and thinking skills that are essential for both college and career success.
READ 93 – Foundations of College Reading – 0 credits
This course is designed to help students improve the reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and study strategies needed to achieve a college-level reading proficiency and to succeed in college work. Students learn efficient textbook reading strategies and develop a college-level vocabulary. Literal comprehension is emphasized. Students are required to complete fifteen hours of work in the Academic Support Center over the course of the semester. Students are assigned to Foundations of College Reading based on appropriate placement criteria. Class Hours: 3. Offered every semester.
READ 105 – Analytical Reading – 3 credits
This course is designed to improve students’ reading efficiency and analytical reading ability as needed to successfully read advanced college-level material and to become lifelong readers. Critical comprehension skills, such as making inferences, distinguishing between facts and opinions, and making critical judgments, are emphasized. This course focuses on helping students to improve reading rate and reading flexibility. These skills are designed to be applicable to texts in other college courses. Class Hours: 3. Prerequisite: READ 93 Foundations of College Reading or appropriate placement criteria. Class hours: 3. Offered every semester.
Division: Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Division Dean: Dr. Karen Taylor
Division Secretary: Jan Phair
Office Assistant: Jeff Marmol
Division Office: HAAB 509
Department Chair: Meralee Silverman
Office: AAB 523
Why take College Success?
Success in college is largely a result of motivation, planning, and application of various skills, such as test-taking, time management, and critical thinking. This valuable course helps students plan for success and sharpen the skills that are essential for success in college and beyond the college experience.
COLSC 101 – College Success – 3 credits
This is an elective course designed to help students develop skills that are essential for academic and personal success. The course applies theory and practice from many academic disciplines. Students have the opportunity to apply these techniques to the tasks they face as college freshmen. Emphasis is on critical thinking, success strategies, goal setting, learning and memory theory, and study skills, with an emphasis on appreciation for cultural diversity. Specialized sections are offered for health science students and veterans. Class hours: 3. Offered every semester.
COLSC 100 – First Year Seminar– 1 credit
This course is designed to help students acquire the skills and behaviors needed to have a successful college experience. Students will use these skills and behaviors to develop attitudes and strategies that promote academic and personal success. Students are encouraged to learn through participation in class and small group discussions, presentations, and reading assignments.
College Success Awards Program
What are the College Success Awards?
Two students are selected from each College Success class for a book award. From this group of students, two are selected to receive the Distinguished Master Student Award. These students receive a $200 gift certificate from the Westchester Community College Foundation for the Westchester Community College Bookstore.
What is the student entry responsibility?
Write an essay on the topic: “How do you define success?” The essay should not exceed 750 words. This essay should be submitted to your College Success professor.
What are the criteria for evaluation?
The following criteria is used to evaluate students: the submitted essay, class performance, regular attendance, arriving to class on time, homework, class participation, and grades on exams and papers. In addition, students must clearly demonstrate many of the “master student” qualities listed in the textbook.
When are the awards presented?
The third Wednesday in April
11:00 – 1:00 (Common Hour)
A light lunch is served