Information for Guidance Counselors
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
is committed to educating, inspiring and enriching the lives of our students. We provide one of the best values in higher education by offering a nationally recognized University of Cincinnati education, affordable tuition, exceptional teaching, small class sizes, personal attention, and convenient schedule options.
Learn the ABC's of UC Blue Ash
Looking for the quick facts about UC Blue Ash College? Trying to better understand the requirements and deadlines? The ABC guide is a great resource for guidance counselors to assist students.
What you'll find in the ABC Guide:
- Application Steps
- How to Apply
- Academic Calendar
- Campus Visit Details
- Housing Information
- Placement Testing
- Tuition Rates
- Student Life informaiton
- Web Resources
Guidance Counselor Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of placement tests will my students have to take? Expand
All new first-year students will be required to complete the math and English placement tests or provide qualifying ACT or SAT scores from the testing issuing agency before they are eligible to attend orientation and register for classes. Test information and exemption qualifications are available at www.ucblueash.edu/placement.
Students admitted to the College Program for Academic Success (CPAS) will also be required to complete the Reading placement test, or provide ACT/SAT exemptions.
Foreign language placement tests are available on request if a student is entering with previous formal education.
What are some key dates we need to know to help our students apply to UCBA at the right times? Expand
Because of the timing of FAFSA deadlines, staying aware of some basic calendar dates for various steps of the admission process will go a long way to helping your students get "paperwork" completed to maximize their ability to get financial aid, scheduled placement tests, and the best class schedule for their first year of college.
There are multiple steps to beginning your college career, and many of them are sequential (i.e., you have to do A, before you can do B). Our recommendation is that you get started AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. We find that our most successful students have completed all of the pre-enrollment steps listed below by July 1.
This list includes the 2015 deadlines - or last possible dates - for each component:
APPLY - July 1
CONFIRM - August 1
TEST - August 10
ORIENTATION - August 13
FINANCIAL AID - although there is not a deadline, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA in January each year.
*Again, we recommend completing these steps much earlier than the deadlines to assure you are best prepared to begin your college career.
Who can we contact for more direct conversations and ideas on how to help our students transition to college? Expand
We are happy that you want to learn more about getting your students ready for the college experience! You can contact Chris Powers and the rest of his staff in the Admissions Office at 513-745-5700 or email@example.com.
What kind of English and math courses offered in our high school will best prepare students for college-level English and math? Expand
English courses that emphasize a variety of writing styles will best prepare your students for college-level English. Most of our programs require two composition courses (ENGL1001 and ENGL2089), but only some of them have slots available for literature-based courses. The composition courses require students to not only write in a variety of styles, but also to do scholarly literature searches that go beyond Wikipedia. Thus, if students are able to get experience doing extensive literature searches for valid information (and, no - Wikipedia does not count in most of our courses), this will benefit your students greatly when they take their composition courses at UCBA.
As for math courses, we highly recommend that your students get through Algebra II before taking our math placement test. Even better would be taking Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus. The higher the math level attained in high school, the greater the likelihood the student will test into college-level math when he or she takes the math placement test. By not completing these courses, students run the risk of testing into any level of preparatory math, which could add on up to 3 additional math courses before being eligible for college-level math.
What are the academic expectations you have for your students? Expand
Students are expected to review any material that is required before coming to class. Depending on the course, this can include reading the textbook, reviewing PowerPoint slides or other lecture material on Blackboard, and preparing lab procedures. They are also expected to do any homework assignments or online quizzes that are to be done at home by the deadline specified by the professor. Students are expected to study for all exams (preferably over the course of several days instead of "cramming" the night before an exam - this invariably does NOT work at the college level) and come to class on time for all exam days. Students should also plan the work for any papers or reports they have to complete so that they can turn in their final draft by the deadline set by the professor. Students need to know that it is up to each professor to determine whether he or she will offer extensions on papers or make-ups for exams; some professors give extensions or make-ups depending on reasons for missing deadlines, but some professors do not give make-up exams or take late papers for any reason. It is best to make sure work is done ahead of time and exam days are attended to maximize academic performance.
We recognize that as an open-access college, our students will enter our doors with a wide variety of academic preparation. It is up to the student to work with his or her professors to figure out what the student needs to do to catch up and do well in his or her courses. Fortunately we have a number of tutoring labs available to help students get caught up to the level of more academically prepared students.
What are the "soft skills" you expect of your students? Expand
There are many "soft skills" we expect of students when they come through the door, as well as some that we expect them to develop while they are here.
When students start at UCBA, we expect them to know how to handle themselves in an adult classroom setting. This means arriving on time, if not early, to class. This means paying attention to the professor and asking questions when necessary. Using appropriate and considerate language is very important - no cursing, and referring to the professor as "Professor Smith" or "Dr. Jones" instead of "Mr.", "Ms.", or "Mrs." The smartphones should only be out when the professor requires the students to access an app for classroom work; it is rude to text in class and take phone calls during class time. Using appropriate etiquette in e-mail and discussion board posts is important, too; this includes using an appropriate salutation, putting detail into the message so that the professor has a clear idea of what the issue is, and ending the message with the student's full name. Coming to class prepared with a pen or pencil, a basic notebook, and other materials important for that particular class day (e.g. laptop or tablet, textbook) is also expected.
As students, they will continue to learn how to interact with a diverse population inside and outside of class. They will also learn how to juggle more responsibilities while adjusting to a less structured schedule (i.e. usually students do not have the same daily schedule as they did in high school). Students will learn time management skills, research skills (depending on their major), and knowledge of basic computer programs consistent across multiple career paths. If students take advantage of our Career Center workshops and mentoring/internship opportunities, they will also learn about interviewing, resume writing, and navigating the business world.
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What types of teaching techniques are typical for your courses? Expand
All of our professors are scholarly teachers and make use of a wide variety of the most effective teaching techniques to meet the needs of our students. You can expect to experience project-based learning, discovery-based learning, and active learning techniques, in addition to the more traditional instructional methodologies. Our instructors are constantly seeking the best evidenced-based teaching methodologies to meet the needs of our students.
What kind of assessments do your professors typically use? Expand
The assessments used by professors can have a variety of formats. Assessments may take the form of multiple choice, short answer, and essay tests. They may also take the form of projects or portfolios. You can expect to experience any or all of assessment types.
Assessments are often times individual, but many professors also require group work. Some of these are done on-line using the latest software technology, while some are good, old-fashioned paper-and-pencil types. There is no one-size-fits-all form of assessments in college, especially at UCBA.