Counseling
Campus Center: A-1155
Phone: (815) 280-2673
Fax: (815) 280-2647

Fall and Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-7:30pm

Romeoville Campus: NC-03
Phone: (815) 886-3000 or (815) 280-7754
Fax: (815) 886-4331

Fall and Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm 

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-7:30pm

Counseling
Campus Center: A-1155
Phone: (815) 280-2673
Fax: (815) 280-2647

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Romeoville Campus: NC-03
Phone: (815) 886-3000 or (815) 280-7754
Fax: (815) 886-4331

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm 

 

Understanding College "Lingo" 

 

As a new student, one is introduced to a lot of new terminology including credit hours, semesters, IAI, prerequisites, etc.  To assist students with their transition to college, these words will be defined throughout this webpage:

Academic Standards of Progress

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Co-requisites and Labs

  • Courses that must be taken at the same time.
  • For example, in order to enroll in CA 102, you must also be enrolled in CA 112 and CA 113.
  • When you register online, if you fail to sign up for a co-requisite or lab, the computer will not allow you to progress.

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Credit Hours

  • Measurements of class time; for example, if you enroll in a three-credit hour course, you will be attending that class or lab for three hours each week during an entire 16-week semester.
  • Your number of enrolled credit hours determines whether you are a full-time or part-time student. This may affect your health insurance and will ultimately determine how many hours each week you should be studying.
  • For every one credit hour you are enrolled in, you must spend at least two hours outside of the classroom studying or receiving tutoring.
    • For example, if you are enrolled in 12 credit hours (which makes you a full-time student), you need to spend 24 hours each week studying.
    • 12 credit hours + 24 hours of study time = 36 hours each week dedicated to school
    • Being a full-time student is equivalent to having a full-time job!

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Developmental Coursework

  • A series of classes that begin with the number "0" and include MATH 090, ENG 020, and GSD 085 to name a few.
  • If you placed into one or more of these courses, this means that you need a little more preparation in a given subject area before you are ready for college-level coursework.
  • Developmental Coursework will provide you with the foundation to be successful once you reach college-level courses.
  • Please be aware that developmental classes
    • DO count as credits towards full-time student status
    • DO affect your grade-point-average
    • DO NOT transfer to four-year institutions
    • DO NOT count toward AA, AS or AAT degrees

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Electives

  • Courses required for degree completion that offer you a little flexibility; often you can choose a certain number of courses from an "Electives" list.
  • When selecting electives, it is important to verify that these particular classes will indeed count toward your degree.
  • By paying attention to your degree requirements and successfully completing these classes, you will efficiently complete your degree.

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Grade-Point-Average

  • A number ranging from 0.000-4.000 that indicates how well you are doing in college.
    • A 4.000 GPA means you have received straight A's because an A=4 points.
    • B=3 points
    • C=2 points
    • D=1 point
    • F=0 points
  • To calculate your GPA, visit the GPA Calculator website.
  • Your GPA is calculated at the end of each semester and then entered into your permanent record.
  • Your GPA will affect your ability to
    • Receive financial aid and scholarships
    • Continue attending JJC
    • Live at Centennial Commons
    • Participate in honors programs
    • Transfer to other institutions
    • Be eligible for certain internships and other employment

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Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)

  • A statewide transfer agreement, which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges or universities in Illinois. 
  • IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer but are undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree.
  • Knowing where and if you are going to transfer will determine which of the four degrees you should consider pursuing at JJC.

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Instructor Office Hours

  • Times that your instructors are available for you to meet and discuss class-related issues including homework assignments, papers, and other questions you may have.
  • All instructors have office hours.  This information is usually located in the class syllabus.  It is your responsibility to know when and where office hours occur so that you can easily speak with your instructor if you have questions or concerns about your class. 
  • College differs from high school in many ways; one such way includes your ever-expanding list of responsibilities.  Unlike high school, at college if you are doing poorly in a class, it becomes your job to find out what you can do to remedy the situation.
  • Visiting instructors during their office hours is highly recommended.

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Prerequisites

  • Courses or test scores required before you can enroll in a particular course.
  • For example, in order to enroll in English 101, Rhetoric, you must meet one of the following prerequisites:
    • With regard to your ACT COMPASS placement scores, you received at least an 81 in Reading AND at least a 75 in Writing
    • You received a "C" or higher in your developmental English classes preceding English 101
  • Many courses have prerequisites so you should work with your Counselor or Advisor to create your Educational Plan.  An Educational Plan is the semester-by-semester guide for your classes at JJC.

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Support Services

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Syllabus

  • A detailed explanation of how to succeed in the class.  It includes assignment deadlines, test dates, a course calendar, and often times project explanations.
  • Every class has a syllabus; this document also provides your instructor's office hours and contact information.
  • If you do NOT read and keep your syllabus,
    • You will probably fall behind in your readings and assignments
    • Every test and quiz will feel like a pop quiz
    • You will not know how to contact your instructor with questions or in cases of emergency

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