ACA – Student Success Courses


Orientation for new students is conducted during the summer prior to the start of the new academic year. A series of “One Stop” registrations are conducted from May through July. During the “One Stop” sessions, new students attend an orientation session, complete placement testing, register for classes, and if needed, may meet with the financial aid staff. 

In addition to the orientation sessions, new students working towards a diploma or associate degree will be required to take an ACA course designed to help students function effectively within the College’s environment to meet their educational objectives. The course will increase awareness of critical decisions students need to make during their first semester and provide a road map for decisions students will make over the course of their academic career at R-CCC. Students will also gain information to help them develop behaviors and skills critical for becoming an engaged learner and successful student.

Note: Only certain programs accept this one-credit hour as part of the number of credit hours completed for graduation, but it is always counted as part of a student’s course load.


ACA-111 – College Student Success

This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success.  Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication.  Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.


ACA-122 – College Transfer Success

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience.  Topics include the CAA, college culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.