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08/27/10 With new slides about typical freshman schedules Welcome to the General Academic Programs Department’s College Meeting for the Blinn TEAM Program.

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1 08/27/10 With new slides about typical freshman schedules Welcome to the General Academic Programs Department’s College Meeting for the Blinn TEAM Program

2 2 Dr. Kriss BoydDr. Kriss Boyd Rudder TheaterRudder Theater Mr. Andy Gibson Rudder ForumRudder Forum Mrs. Katie MarekMrs. Katie Marek Heldenfels 100Heldenfels 100 Mrs. Debbie PerezMrs. Debbie Perez Heldenfels 200Heldenfels 200 Dr. Russ GravesDr. Russ Graves Koldus 110Koldus 110 Presenters

3 Announcements Freshmen with College Credit: Please have your Community College transcripts sent to both A&M and Blinn to facilitate accurate advising. Neither school can post college credit from high school transcripts.

4 4 Announcements Sunday, August 29 Reed Arena - 2:30 p.m. Convocation is the official beginning of new students' entry into the Texas A&M University Community of Learners and Scholars. Freshman (’14) Convocation

5 You were given a copy of the TEAM Contract The contract contains the TEAM Program’s terms and conditions reviewed this morning Submission of a signed contract is the only proof of your attendance at this conference Submission of the contract will be addressed at the end of this meeting 5 Announcements

6 TAMU – 1 st sem. Blinn – 1 st sem. Geog202 3 hrMath141 3 hr Stlc101/Mlsc2 hrGeol101 4 hr Psyc107 3 hr TAMU – 2 nd sem.Blinn – 2 nd sem. Mgmt1053 hr Musc/Arts 3 hr Kine198 1 hr Econ202 3 hr Hist or Pols 3 hr 6 Typical TEAM Schedule – Business (more info about course selection later in presentation)

7 TAMU 1 st sem. Blinn 1 st sem. Geog202 3 hr Math150 4 hr Stlc/Mlsc 2 hr Chem107 4 hr Hist/Pols 3 hr TAMU 2 nd sem. Blinn 2 nd sem. Psyc/Soci 3 hr Math151 4 hr Endg105 2 hr Phys218 8 hr 7 Typical TEAM Schedule - Engineering

8 TAMU 1 st sem. Blinn 1 st sem. Anth205 3 hr Biol 111 4 hr Stlc101 2 hr *Math141or147 3-4 hr Hist/Pols 3 hr TAMU 2 nd sem. Blinn 2 nd sem. Chem101/111 4 hr Biol112 4 hr *Kine198/Ag101 1 hr *Math142or148 3-4 hr *depends on major Psyc107 3 hr 8 Typical TEAM Schedule – Life Science

9 TAMU 1 st sem. Blinn 1 st sem. Anth205 3 hr Biol 111 4 hr Stlc101/Ugst181 1-2 hr Math141 3 hr Hist/Pols 3 hr TAMU 2 nd sem. Blinn 2 nd sem. *Geog203 4 hr Musc/Arts 3 hr Kine198 1 hr *Math142/Phil240 3 hr *depends on major Psyc107 3 hr 9 Typical TEAM Schedule – Liberal Arts/Educ/General

10 Purpose of the University Experience To better understand the world To learn to accomplish complicated tasks To develop the ability to function as self - sufficient adults To create lifelong learners 10 (Note: One purpose of TEAM is to provide more students the opportunity for a four-year university experience.)

11 11 University Structure Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics Genetics College of Agriculture & Life Science Texas A&M University UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT MAJOR

12 12 Colleges Agriculture & Life Sciences Architecture Business Education & Human Development Engineering Geosciences Liberal Arts Science Veterinary Medicine General Academics Texas A&M University

13 Our Goals for TEAM Students 13 Facilitate students’ transition to full admission at A&M Help you “prepare to declare” your major Maximize students’ career options through careful course selection Allow students to graduate without taking excessive hours – Excessive hours can lead to extra semesters Facilitate students’ transition to full admission at A&M Help you “prepare to declare” your major Maximize students’ career options through careful course selection Allow students to graduate without taking excessive hours – Excessive hours can lead to extra semesters

14 14 Cost of an Extra Semester Tuition & fees: $4, 207 Books & supplies: $ 675 Room & Board: $4,004 TOTAL: $8,886* Graduating on Time: PRICELESS! * Future value of $8,886 at 5% after 25 years = $30, 091

15 15 What is My Major? Major defined: A subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest, and upon which a large share of the student’s efforts are concentrated Your major while participating in TEAM is “TEAM” You will not declare a specific, degree-granting major until you are fully admitted at A&M, but you should be narrowing your choice and eventually follow the curriculum for your chosen future major At Blinn you will be asked to declare a major in the event you decide to pursue an Associate Degree along the way

16 If You’re Undecided, You’re Not Alone! 65-85% of all college students change their majors during their academic careers! Academic Advisors are available to assist 16

17 17 Advising = GPS G lobal knowledge of Texas A&M University (Student Counseling Service, Scholarships & Financial Aid) P ositioning students to declare a major (Change of Curriculum Requirements, Degree Plans) S ystems to help students succeed (Processes, Referrals)

18 18 When should I meet with an Academic Advisor?

19 A&M Advising:A&M Advising: –General Academic Programs Department Hotard Hall, 3 rd FloorHotard Hall, 3 rd Floor –Blinn Advising & Counseling Center Blinn Science Building, room S-157 (selected hours)Blinn Science Building, room S-157 (selected hours) Blinn Advising:Blinn Advising: –Blinn Advising & Counseling Center Science Building, room S-157Science Building, room S-157 19 TEAM Advising Locations

20 20 Come on in… Hotard Hall

21 General Studies (GEST) Website 21 http:// gest.tamu.edu Important Notice Area

22 Make an Appointment To make an appointment at A&M go to: http://gest.tamu.edu –If unsure of available times, call the office at 979.845.5916 To make an appointment at Blinn go to: Science Building room S-157 –Call 979.209.7588 22

23 Tips For Academic Success 23

24 24 Employment Less than 15 hours per week Look into work study & other on-campus work opportunities http://hireaggies.tamu.edu Work in Bryan/College Station area Work for necessary items only

25 25 Extracurricular Activities Over 800 recognized organizations Great way to meet new friends Develop leadership skills Limit your involvement to one activity during your first semester

26 26 Time Management 15 hrs class + 25 hrs study = 40 hr work week SUNMONTUESWEDTHURSFRISAT AM 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 GEOG 202STUDYGEOG 202STUDY GEOG 202 10:00Breakfast TRANSITION STUDY TRANSITION STUDY TRANSITION Breakfast 11:00 STUDY STLC 101STUDYSTLC 101STUDY PM 12:00 Lunch 1:00Lunch MATH 1324TRANSITIONMATH 1324TRANSITIONMATH 1324 Lunch 2:00 GEOL 1403 STUDY GEOL 1403 STUDY GEOL 1403 3:00 HIST 1301GEOL LAB HIST 1301 STUDY 4:00 STUDY GEOL LAB 5:00 STUDY GEOL LAB 6:00 Dinner TRANSITION Dinner 7:00STUDY DinnerSTUDY Dinner 8:00STUDY 9:00STUDY 10:00STUDY activity 11:00 activity

27 27 KEY TO SUCCESS IN TEAM:KEY TO SUCCESS IN TEAM: Remember that you are enrolled at two separate schools; there are two different sets of rules! Remember that you are enrolled at two separate schools; there are two different sets of rules! Check your A&M & Blinn email dailyCheck your A&M & Blinn email daily Read all TEAM listserv correspondenceRead all TEAM listserv correspondence Practice good time managementPractice good time management Join a student organizationJoin a student organization Succeed During Your Freshman Year

28 How to Calculate a GPA Grade Points Grade points are earned per credit hour A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0 GPA Hours Total hours attempted Don’t include classes taken S/U or pass/fail - unless you fail the class S/U classes received the grade of “S” for a “C” or better S/U classes receive a “U” for a “D” or worse 28

29 How to Calculate a GPA Formula: Grade Points ÷ GPA Credit Hours = GPA 13 ÷ 4 = 3.25 Successful Student Example: ClassGPA Credit HoursGradeGrade Points GEOG 2023B (3) 3 x (3) = 9 KINE 1981A (4) 1 x (4) = 4 TOTAL4 13 29

30 30 How to Calculate a GPA Grade Points ÷ GPA Credit Hours = GPA 7 ÷ 4 = 1.75 Scholastic Probation Example: ClassGPA Credit HoursGradeGrade Points GEOG 2023D (1) 3 x (1) = 3 KINE 1981A (4) 1 x (4) = 4 TOTAL4 7 Formula:

31 31 Importance of 1 st Semester Grades Semester Hours Grades Fall ’10 4 1.75 Spr ’11 4 2.50 Fall ’11 4 3.25 Spr ’12 4 4.00 TOTAL : 16 2.87 * * Student does not successfully complete TEAM Program

32 GEOG 202F#3 hours KINE 198 A1 hour Semester credit: 1 hour / A&M GPA: 4.00 Total Grade Exclusions: 3 The final grade is permanently recorded on the transcript with a Grade Exclusion symbol (#). GEOG 202F#3 hours KINE 198 A1 hour Semester credit: 1 hour / A&M GPA: 4.00 Total Grade Exclusions: 3 The final grade is permanently recorded on the transcript with a Grade Exclusion symbol (#). 32 First Year Grade Exclusion

33 33 Q-Drop GEOG 202Q3 hours KINE 198 A1 hour Semester credit: 1 hour / A&M GPA: 4.00 3 Q-drops allowed (1 hour classes do not count) Deadline to Q-drop is the 50 th class day Drops during the first 5 days are NOT Q-drops, they are schedule adjustments Dropping your only course at A&M is actually a withdrawal from the university! GEOG 202Q3 hours KINE 198 A1 hour Semester credit: 1 hour / A&M GPA: 4.00 3 Q-drops allowed (1 hour classes do not count) Deadline to Q-drop is the 50 th class day Drops during the first 5 days are NOT Q-drops, they are schedule adjustments Dropping your only course at A&M is actually a withdrawal from the university!

34 Grade Exclusions are only at A&M –Blinn allows students to replace a grade by repeating the course However, TEAM academic standing includes ALL Blinn grades earned, so repeating a course will not erase the grade Never repeat a course without consulting an academic advisor Q-Drops are only at A&M –Blinn’s drops are called “W’s” –The drop deadline at Blinn is Friday of the 12 th week (about 2 weeks later than at A&M) 34 Remember: 2 Separate Schools, 2 Different Sets of Rules

35 35 Most students were pre-registered for a Core Curriculum course: Without knowledge of your future major or college credits In anticipation of limited course selection in August Some of you changed your schedule at a Blinn Advising Day Many students were registered for US History or Global Geography US HIST is required of all majors, GEOG 202 or Anth 205 are usually a “safe” choice: No AP or Dual Credit for this course Counts toward most majors Usually covers 2 Core Curriculum requirements If you need to change your schedule, you are allowed to do so (tomorrow) Most students were pre-registered for a Core Curriculum course: Without knowledge of your future major or college credits In anticipation of limited course selection in August Some of you changed your schedule at a Blinn Advising Day Many students were registered for US History or Global Geography US HIST is required of all majors, GEOG 202 or Anth 205 are usually a “safe” choice: No AP or Dual Credit for this course Counts toward most majors Usually covers 2 Core Curriculum requirements If you need to change your schedule, you are allowed to do so (tomorrow) Your A&M Class Schedule

36 36 If you are only registered for a 3-hour course, consider adding a 1 or 2 hour course:If you are only registered for a 3-hour course, consider adding a 1 or 2 hour course: Corps of Cadets: ROTC course (2 hr) Corps of Cadets: ROTC course (2 hr) STLC 101: Application of Learning Theory (2 hrs) STLC 101: Application of Learning Theory (2 hrs) Teaches learning strategies for success in college Teaches learning strategies for success in college Counts as an elective in most majors Counts as an elective in most majors KINE 198 or 199 (1 hr) KINE 198 or 199 (1 hr) Core Curriculum requirement Core Curriculum requirement Freshman Seminar [UPAS] (1 hr) Freshman Seminar [UPAS] (1 hr) Introductory “101” course for a particular major (1 hr) Introductory “101” course for a particular major (1 hr) i.e., AGLS 101 for future Agriculture & Life Science majors i.e., AGLS 101 for future Agriculture & Life Science majors Your A&M Class Schedule

37 TEAM students are limited to 5 credit hours at A&M each semester –Exceptions: Corps may take 6 A&M hours if the required ROTC course is 3 hours Students who complete 15 total hours in a semester may ask permission to take 6 A&M hours the following semester Schedule must include a “solid academic course” –( 3 or 4 hour Core Curriculum or Degree-Applicable course) ROTC and 1 & 2 hours courses are NOT solid academic courses There is no need to take exactly 5 credit hours Always allow 1 hour between classes when you change campuses during the day 37 Your A&M Class Schedule

38 38 Your signed TEAM contract is the only proof of your attendance at this mandatory conference.Your signed TEAM contract is the only proof of your attendance at this mandatory conference. Failure to submit a signed contract will result in your schedules being dropped!Failure to submit a signed contract will result in your schedules being dropped! DO NOT LEAVE THE CONFERENCE WITHOUT TURNING IN YOUR CONTRACTDO NOT LEAVE THE CONFERENCE WITHOUT TURNING IN YOUR CONTRACT The Blinn TEAM Contract

39 39 If you need registration assistance, your signed contract is your ticket to meet with a Blinn or A&M advisor in the morning. Present your contract at the Student Computing Center (SCC) at the designated time: If you need registration assistance, your signed contract is your ticket to meet with a Blinn or A&M advisor in the morning. Present your contract at the Student Computing Center (SCC) at the designated time: Advisement & Registration Corps of Cadets = 8:00 Green = 8:00 Purple = 9:00 Pink = 10:00 Blue = 11:00

40 40 Instructions If: –You are satisfied with your class schedules, and –You do NOT need registration assistance, Then: –You have completed the New Student Conference TURN IN YOUR SIGNED CONTRACT BEFORE DEPARTING THIS ROOM

41 You may make your own schedule changes (online): –A&M: Tomorrow (8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) Aug 27- Sep 3. –Blinn Now - Sep 3. 41 Registration / Schedule Adjustments

42 42 Corps of Cadets: 8:00 Green: 8:00 Purple: 9:00 Pink: 10:00Blue: 11:00 Registration / Schedule Adjustments IF YOU WILL NOT BE HERE TOMORROW, TURN IN YOUR SIGNED CONTRACT NOW!

43 43 8:00Corps of Cadets 8:00 Green 9:00 Purple 10:00 Pink 11:00 Blue Registration / Schedule Adjustments

44 44 Please silence your phone Please remain seated for the entire presentation Announcements

45 Complete the Freshman Survey! 45 Announcements


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