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NC.COUN015 - Upgrade to Good Academic Standing - Aivee Ortega

Course:Upgrade to Good Academic Standing
Professor:Aivee Ortega
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello and welcome to Upgrade to Good Academic Standing. This is a one-week long course to help give you the tools and resources to return to good standing at COC. I want support and encourage you as you work toward getting out of probation. I look forward to getting to know for the week and welcome any questions you may have.

Course Description

Designed for students who are on Academic and/or Progress Probation, this course is intended to help students understand the different levels and types of academic standings at College of the Canyons. Students will be empowered to make the choices and changes needed to return to good standing by examining how the adoption of a self-efficacy mindset, growth mindset, and resilient mindset can positively influence their thoughts, behaviors, and thus academic outcomes.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the two types of standings (academic and progress) and the three levels of academic and progress standing (probation, subject to dismissal, dismissal).
  2. Identify the interventions and enrollment/financial aid consequences at each level of academic standing.
  3. Examine how to read COC academic standing transcripts and calculate GPA to identify the student’s current standing.
  4. Analyze personal challenges to academic success.
  5. Identify self-defeating cognitions and behaviors that sabotage one’s efforts.
  6. Describe the three mindsets: growth, self-efficacy and resilient.
  7. Develop a plan of action which includes potential solutions and strategies to be implemented to facilitate a return to good standing.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is an 8-hour one week course that begins on Monday and ends on Saturday. To take this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and e-mail. We will be using a learning management system called Canvas in the delivery of this online course.

Please log into Canvas on the first day of class. You can do so by clicking on the Canvas icon located on the COC website. If you haven’t used Canvas or want a refresher on Canvas, please visit the Canvas Student Guides. All course work and communication will be completed online using Canvas.

Types of Assessments

The types of assessments students can expect from this course are written assignments, discussion boards, and quizzes.

Textbook Information

There is no textbook for this course. All course materials will be available in Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information

The goal of this course is to help you return to good academic standing by reviewing academic standing information and providing you with the tools and resources to successfully succeed in your COC courses.

Our Canvas classroom will be available on the first day of class. When you log in on the first day, you should change your Canvas password to something unique that you will remember (if you have not already done so). Your password does not reset to “student” each semester so be sure to make the password your own.

USERNAME: MyCanyons Username (Example: jdsmith)
PASSWORD: students

If you have any questions that need to be answered in advance, feel free to send me an e-mail. I will respond to you within 48 business hours. Please write NC.COUN 015 along with the five digit section number in the subject line of the email so that I know which of my courses you are referring to.

I am looking forward to having you in my class and meeting you online!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/16/2021 Sub#: 284