Many Valley students walk the campus peacefully, unaware that they are in some stage of Academic Probation.
By: Jackie Carter, Staff Writer
There are approximately 3,000 students on some kind of probation at Valley College, and this high number is due to the simple fact that Monarchs did not respond to their emails or letters, according to Clive Gordon, Career/Transfer Center Counseling Department.
The Career and Transfer Center held a Probation 2 workshop for students on Progress or Academic Probation, on Wednesday at Valley, and no one showed up.
“Valley students are primarily contacted through their LACCD issued email accounts and 85% are not accessing those emails,” said Gordon. “We also try to notify students about workshops on Facebook, Twitter, flyers and the campus marquee, but students do not read the information. We’re doing our part but students need to own their own educational process.”
According to Florentino Mazano, Vice President of Student Services, students are officially notified by mail of their standing every spring and fall semesters.
Students on Progress Probation are Monarchs that have 50 percent of their grades as W’s, incompletes or no pass, and having twelve units or more and a GPA of less than 2.0 in the first semester.
If this occurs in the second semester students are placed on Probation 2. The third semester, students are dismissed from Valley and the other eight campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District for one year, but they could still enroll at other colleges outside of the district.
Students on Academic Probation are students with twelve units or more and the GPA is less than 2.0., and they go through the same process as those on Progress Probation.
The majorities of students interviewed, said they do check their emails occasionally and know what their academic standing is, others while others do not.
“I don’t check my emails, because the system is only available until midnight,” said Albert Sarian, sociology major. “I go to school and work and sometimes I don’t get home until 9 p.m. or 10 P.M, I just don’t have time.”
One of the ways the college is attempting to correct the problem is by manually mailing letters to the 3,000 students in an attempt to notify them that they are in jeopardy of losing their priority registration, any financial aid awards they may be entitled to, and dismissal from school
The second approach will be updating SIS (Student Information System) which is expected to happen in October 2014.
“Most students don’t use email anymore and we plan to update our current system to have all the information in one place,” said Monzano, “including options to chat and even possibly a texting feature. We are a little behind in technology, but were getting there.”
The most common reason that students find themselves on probation is because during the first semester they fail to drop classes and instead rely on the instructor to drop them from the roster.
It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes in the admissions office or online. There are many resources for students to assist them before reaching the point of probation, according to Gordon.
“We’re here to help, but we can’t if they [Valley Students] don’t come in,” Said Gordon
For more information contact the Career/Transfer Center Counseling Department in the Student Services Annex Building at (818) 947-4200.