Frequently Asked Questions

Students will LOSE ENROLLMENT PRIORITY
a. If you are on academic probation and/or progress probation for 2 consecutive semesters
b. If you have 100+ degree applicable units at Cerritos College.

Frequently Asked Questions:
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  1. What are the changes to Enrollment Priority? How will this affect me?

    Changes to enrollment priority are the result of new state laws and regulations affecting all California community college students. These laws are part of a whole series of regulations that make up the Student Success Act and are known by the acronym 3SP (Student Success and Support Program).The new regulations are designed to assist students to complete their goals. Priority enrollment policy encourages students to work with a counselor to develop an educational plan and stay on track. Students will lose their enrollment priority if you have 100+ degree applicable units at Cerritos College or are on probation for two consecutive semesters. For more information about enrollment priority, contact Admissions and Records or refer to Administrative Procedure 5055.

  2. When will the new changes take effect?

    New state laws and regulations go into effect in the assignment of enrollment appointments to be used in July for the fall 2014 semester.

  3. Is this a new rule from Cerritos College?

    This is a new law which ALL community colleges in California must follow.

  4. How can I lose my enrollment priority?

    Enrollment Priority is lost when you:

    • Are on academic probation or progress probation, or any combination thereof, for two consecutive terms.
    • Have 100+ degree applicable units at Cerritos College.
  5. What does this mean for me?

    The new law states that students will lose their enrollment priority when they have been on academic probation or progress probation or a combination of the two for two consecutive semesters. When this occurs, your enrollment appointment will be placed on hold and you will not be able to enroll at your appointed day and time. More detailed information regarding probation is described in the Probation section.

    The second instance in which students may lose their enrollment priority is when they have accumulated at least 100 or more degree-applicable units. More detailed information about loss of enrollment priority due to 100+ units is described in a separate section below

  6. What is probation?

    There are two types of probation: Academic and Progress Probation.

    • Academic Probation-Students who have completed at least twelve (12) semester units as shown by the official academic record shall be placed on academic probation if the students have earned a grade point average below 2.0 in all units undertaken at Cerritos College.
    • Progress Probation-Students who have enrolled in a total of at least (12) semester units as shown by the official academic record shall be placed on progress probation when the percentage of all units at Cerritos College in which the students have enrolled and for which entries of "W", "I", and "NC", "NP" are recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent.

    Probation is entered on the student's permanent records and transcripts of record. Students placed on academic or progress probation will be notified at either the address or email address listed on the official college record. Enrollment appointment dates and times will be affected if a student is on probation for two consecutive terms. The number of units which a student may enroll will be limited.

  7. What if I am on academic or progress probation?

    Students who are on academic or progress probation are notified through mail or E mail at the end of each primary semester. Students who have, in any combination, a GPA below 2.0 or have not completed at least 50% of their courses for two semesters in a row are in danger of being dismissed and also in danger of losing enrollment priority.

  8. What can I do if I am dismissed?

    If you are dismissed due to your academic or progress status and you believe you have extenuating circumstances that led to your dismissal you may complete a petition for re-admission indicating your circumstances. Attach documentation if applicable. The petition will be reviewed by the Academic Records & Standards Committee who will then decide whether or not to overturn your dismissal. The petition must be filed prior to the deadline indicated on the readmission petition. Students will also, lose their enrollment priority and will not be able to use their enrollment appointment. If your situation meets the criteria to appeal your loss of enrollment priority, you may submit an "ENROLLMENT PRIORITY APPEALS PETITION". Read the criteria on the petition carefully as these are the only reasons that will be considered. Documentation supporting your appeal must be attached. You may submit this petition at the same time as your "Petition for Re-admission".

    If you choose not to petition for reinstatement you must sit out for one fall semester and re-apply for the semester in which you plan to return as a re-admit student. You also have the option of attending another community college during this time.

  9. Does this 100 unit limit and second semester probation rule apply to all continuing students, including veterans, foster youth, DSPS, CalWORKs and EOPS?

    Yes, the rule includes all continuing students except for Foster Youth.

  10. What is the new rule regarding the 100 unit limit?

    Students who accumulate more than 100 units of degree applicable units at Cerritos College will lose enrollment priority. Degree-applicable means units that count towards the Associate in Arts degree.

    The 100-unit limit applies only to units earned at Cerritos College. Any units earned at other colleges are not counted toward that total. Also, any units earned in basic skills classes (eg. Math 60 or below, ENGL 52/72 or below, or any Reading courses below the level of Read 54) do not count. In addition any non-degree applicable English as a Second Language courses are not included. Finally, if you have any in progress units, those units will also not count toward your total.

  11. What are the reasons I may appeal my loss of enrollment priority?

    You may be able to appeal your loss of enrollment priority for the following reasons:

    • To complete one or two final courses in order to graduate, transfer or complete a program.
    • To complete a high-unit major.
    • Have extenuating circumstances-such as accident, illness, or other circumstances beyond your control.
    • Applied for and did not receive timely accommodation for a verified disability.
    • Institutional error
  12. How can I appeal my loss of Enrollment priority?

    The Enrollment Priority Appeal petition must be turned into the Office of Admissions & Records and is reviewed through the Academic Records and Standards Committee.
    The petition requires at least 10 working days (Monday through Thursday) to process.

    • If the appeals petition is approved after your posted enrollment appointment, the hold will be removed and you will be able to access the enrollment screen at the time of the removal or any time after.
    • If the petition is denied or you choose not to petition, you will still be able to enroll during Open Enrollment.
  13. Can I lose enrollment priority after one semester at Cerritos College?

    No, you must be on probation for two consecutive semesters.

  14. Do all units get counted in the 100 unit limit?

    No. The 100-unit limit applies only to units earned at Cerritos College.

    Any units earned in basic skills classes (eg. Math 60 or below, ENGL 52/72 or below, or any Reading courses below the level of Read 54) do not count. In addition any non-degree applicable English as a Second Language courses are not included.

  15. Will my transfer units count from another college or university?

    No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted within the 100 unit limit for enrollment priority purposes. only units earned at Cerritos College are counted as part of the 100 units. In addition, units earned through credit by exam, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, are not included in the 100 units earned.

  16. Are 'W's counted in the 100 unit limit?

    No. The 100 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned. Withdrawals (W's) and incompletes (I's) will not count toward the 100 units.

  17. Do units in progress count toward the 100 units?

    No, the classes you are currently taking, are not counted because they not been 'earned' or completed at the time of enrollment for the next semester.

  18. How do I know what my degree-applicable unit total is or how can I find out?

    If you have received a notification letter, you have earned 100+units. If you want to verify, you can see a counselor on stand-by or an appointment.