General PAL Questions
I only need to take one class of the PAL cohort. Can PAL classes be taken separately?
No. A student must take both classes in the PAL cohort. The classes are linked and cannot be taken separately. Sorry, but there are no exceptions.
I was a PAL student in the past. Do I need to complete the PAL orientation again?
If you completed the PAL orientation and were flagged for PAL in a previous semester, you should still be flagged for PAL unless you skipped a fall or spring semester (you chose not to take any classes at COC for a fall or spring semester). When you skip a fall or spring semester, your flag is erased and you must complete the PAL orientation again.
Do PAL classes have a waitlist?
Only the first class in a PAL cohort has a waitlist because the classes are linked. So, if the PAL cohort you are trying to register for is full, you would need to get on the waitlist for the first class in that cohort.
Which PAL classes should I take?
Please talk to a program advisor or counselor in the Counseling Office about what classes you should take.
What have past PAL students said about the program?
Check out the student feedback (located on the "Why PAL?" section on the "About PAL" page).
Why don't you have PAL classes in other subjects?
We work with various academic departments to offer PAL in subjects that are a good fit for acceleration and that fit together nicely. Each academic department chooses how their classes are delivered (based on student success rates and instructor availability). In the future we may offer PAL in subjects other than math and English, currently this is not an option.
What are some tips for succeeding in Distance & Accelerated Learning?
PAL Orientation FAQ/Troubleshooting Tips
Does the online orientation work on all computers?
The orientation requires the Adobe flash player plugin
installed on your web browser. If you do not have this plugin installed, you will not be able to view the orientation. Also, the orientation is not yet available on tablets or smartphones (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.).
How long will the orientation take?
It should take about 10-20 minutes of your time.
Will I need to complete all sections of the orientation?
Absolutely. Your information will not be processed if you do not complete all sections. You'll know you're done when you hit the "flag me" button at the end.
What happens if I get questions wrong on the quiz in the orientation?
You must get 100% correct in order to pass the orientation and to get “flagged” as a PAL student. If you do not get 100% correct, hit the “Retake Quiz” button to restart at the first question in the orientation. If you do not hit that button, you will be forced to restart the orientation at the beginning.