The College Success course is designed to enhance the student experience at City Colleges by providing critical information about academic and career planning, college resources, study and research skills, and opportunities to become engaged in college life outside of the classroom. This 3 credit course is offered to students during the first semester of their college career and covers the following topics:
- Self Assessment
- Successfully navigating college
- Academic advising
- Academic pathways and creating an education plan
- Career exploration
- Transfer planning and resources
Training and Requirements for Current and New Instructors
Instructors who teach this course are required to attend an annual training. The next district wide training will be held on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Kennedy King College.
RSVP for the training by contacting Molly Weisman at email@example.com no later than Thursday, April 30th. Please indicate in your RSVP whether you are a currently certified College Success instructor or will be a new instructor.
- CS instructor certification is valid for one calendar year and renewed annually.
- Current instructors who need to recertify are required to attend the first day of training. New instructors attend both days.
The training covers:
- Course topics and student learning outcomes
- Review the City Colleges customized textbook
- Best practices for improving retention, including utilization of Early Alert
- Demonstration of career exploration tools (Focus2) and Guided Student Pathways (GPS)
Application for Internal Candidates
Current CCC faculty and staff, who have not been previously certified to teach College Success, must complete the College Success Instructor Internal Application. Applicants must be recommended by a City Colleges of Chicago President, Vice President, or Dean. Applications must be submitted to the College Success Coordinator at your college no later than Friday, April 17th.
Application for External Candidates
External candidates interested in teaching the course must apply via City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources website. All external candidates will be notified by City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources department of application acceptance, and requirements to teach the course. Once external candidates have been selected they are required to attend both days of the College Success Spring training.
about becoming a College Success instructor, please contact the College Success Coordinator at your College:
College Success Coordinators
Michael Crawford / firstname.lastname@example.org, Daley College
Rosie Banks / email@example.com, Harold Washington College
Brandon Nichols / firstname.lastname@example.org / Eugene Robinson, Jr / email@example.com
Lewis Rule / firstname.lastname@example.org / Malcolm X College
Robin Hicks / email@example.com / Olive Harvey College
Suha Hattab /firstname.lastname@example.org / Truman College
Sara Schupack / email@example.com and Nancy Koll / firstname.lastname@example.org / Wright College
College Success Master Teachers
The College Success training is facilitated by the College Success Institute Master teachers, and Academic Affairs staff members. The College Success Institute offers opportunities for current instructors to become a College Success Master Teacher. The criteria for the Master Teacher distinction is that a candidates must teach the course for two consecutive semesters and facilitate one of the training modules during the Instructor training.
CSSI MASTER TEACHERS
Diego Baez, Truman College
Dr. Juandalyn Holland, Malcolm X College
Gregory James, District Office
Dr. Ileo Lott, District Office
Alyssa Turner Cairns, District Office
Arlethia Mayes, Harold Washington College
Maggie Rice-Ayala, Truman College
Lewis Rule, Malcolm X College
Kevin Smith, Harold Washington College
Regina Walton, Malcolm X College
Donyel Williams, Harold Washington College
Allison Zures, District Office