College Policies at College of San Mateo - Matriculation
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Matriculation is the process which brings the College and a student who enrolls for credit into an agreement for the purpose of developing and realizing the student's educational objective. The agreement acknowledges responsibilities of both parties to enable students to attain their objectives efficiently through the College's established programs, policies and requirements.

Students who are "non-exempt" students and are expected to complete matriculation requirements are students who:

  1. Plan to complete a vocational certificate, and/or
  2. Plan to complete an associate degree, and/or
  3. Plan to transfer to a baccalaureate institution, or
  4. Are currently undecided but considering numbers 1-3
Students who already hold an associate degree or higher, or those students who are matriculated students at another educational institution and taking courses at the College of San Mateo to meet the requirements of that institution, or students currently employed and taking only classes related to their jobs, are “exempt” students and are not required to participate in matriculation. Exempt students, however, may choose to participate in matriculation components.

The College provides matriculation services organized in several interrelated components:

  1. Admissions: Collects and analyzes information on each applicant, identifies students needing special services, and assists students to enroll in a program of courses to attain their educational goals.
  2. Skills Assessment and Placement Testing: Measures students' abilities in English, reading, mathematics, learning and study skills, and assesses students' interests and values related to the world of work. In addition to helping students with course selection, assessment results are used to determine honors eligibility and for referral to specialized support services.
  3. Orientation: Acquaints students with College facilities, special programs and services, as well as academic expectations and procedures.
  4. Advisement/Counseling and Course Selection: A process in which students meet with a counselor to develop educational plans, choose specific courses, and update their plans periodically.
  5. Student Follow-up: Ensures that the academic progress of each student is regularly monitored, with special efforts made to assist students who have not determined an educational goal, who are enrolled in pre-collegiate basic skills courses, and/or who have been placed on academic probation.
Each Matriculated student is expected to:
  1. Express at least a broad educational intent at entrance and be willing to declare a specific educational goal following the completion of 15 semester units of degree applicable credit course work.
  2. Attend classes regularly and complete assigned course work.
  3. Work with a college counselor or advisor to develop a student educational plan within 90 days after declaring a specific educational goal, and subsequently abide by the terms of this plan or approved revision thereof, making continued progress toward the defined educational goal.
Note: The College may withhold matriculation services from students failing to cooperate in meeting the above expectations.

Each matriculated student is entitled to:
  1. Participate in the process of developing his/her student educational plan. A student who believes the College has not afforded him/her the opportunity to develop or implement this plan may file a complaint in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services in College Center Building 10, Room 482.
  2. Be given equal opportunity to engage in the educational process regardless of sex, marital status, disability, race, color, religion or national origin. A student who alleges he/she has been subject to unlawful discrimination may file a grievance in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services College Center Building 10, Room 482.
  3. Challenge any prerequisite, filing a petition in the Assessment Center in College Center Building 10, Room 370, on one or more of the following grounds:
    1. The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite.
    2. The prerequisite or corequisite was established in violation of distrcit policies or Title 5 regulations.
    3. The prerequisite or corequisite is unlawfully discriminatory or applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.
    4. The prerequisite or corequisite has not been made reasonably available and the student is subject to undue delay in goal attainment.
    Students who wish to challenge prerequisites or corequisites must, within the established time frame, complete the Prerequisite Challenge Petition and attached required documentation. For semester length courses, petitions with documentation must be submitted to the Assesment Center in College Center Building 10, Room 370 at least 5 working days prior to the last day of the published late registration period. For courses that are not semester length, the petition with documentation must be submitted prior to the first day of the class. It is the responsibility of students to provide compelling evidence to support the challenge.
  4. Request a waiver of any matriculation requirement on the basis of extraordinary circumstances by filing a petition with the Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation, Building 10, Room 320.
  5. Review the matriculation regulations of the California Community Colleges and exemption criteria developed by this District and file a complaint when he/she believes the College has engaged in any practice prohibited by these regulations. The regulations are available and complaints may be filed with the Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation.
Alternative matriculation services are available for students who require special accommodations in the educational setting:
  1. Students with physical, visual, communication or learning disabilities are advised to contact: Disability Resource Center, College Center Building 10, Room 120 or call (650) 574-6438.
  2. Students who speak English as their second language may contact the Multicultural Center in College Center Building 10, Room 112 or call (650) 574-6154.
Any student who wishes to challenge any requirement of Matriculation should contact the Office of the Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation in College Center Building 10, Room 320.