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New Enrollment Priority, Effective Fall 2014

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Recent updates to legislation governing the California Community Colleges have resulted in a new enrollment priority system. These changes are designed to reward students for behavior that will help them succeed in their studies and complete their certificate, degree, or transfer program in a timely manner. Students will be assigned registration appointments in the following priority scheme:


Group 1. Disability Resource Center (DRC), EOP&S, foster youth, CalWORKS, eligible veterans, and active duty military personnel who submit an application and complete assessment, orientation and development of an education plan prior to the deadline date (Foster youth and DRC students are encouraged to complete assessment, orientation, and development of an education plan). Appointments are assigned by descending unit order starting at 90 earned units completed at Palomar College.


Group 2. Students in their last term of attendance prior to graduation or transfer. Appointments are assigned by descending order for all earned units completed at Palomar College. Students may petition for this priority group by filing an early application for graduation with the Records and Evaluations office. This priority benefit may only be used once in a studentís academic career at Palomar College.


Group 3. New, returning, transfer, and continuing students who complete orientation, assessment and development of an education plan in the immediate period of time prior to the deadline date, usually the first day of class for the preceding full academic term. Appointments are assigned by descending unit order starting a 90 earned units completed at Palomar College. (Students who would otherwise qualify for Group 3, but have 90 or more earned units completed at Palomar College or who have been on Academic or Progress Probation for two or more consecutive terms are moved to Group 7. Exemptions can be made for high unit majors or extenuating circumstances. Students may petition for an exception from loss of priority through the Admissions Office.


Group 4. Student participating in approved special programs. Appointments are assigned by descending unit order starting at 90 earned units1 completed at Palomar College. (Students who would otherwise qualify for Group 4, but have 90 or more earned units completed at Palomar College or who have been on Academic or Progress Probation for two or more consecutive terms are moved to Group 7. Exemptions can be made for high unit majors or extenuating circumstances. Students may petition for an exception from loss of priority through the Admissions Office.) Note: No registration procedures shall be used that result in restricting enrollment to a specialized clientele.


Group 5. Continuing students who are actively registered at census the prior semester or actively registered in a course as of the deadline date. Appointments are assigned by descending unit order starting at 90 earned units1 completed at Palomar College. (Students who would otherwise qualify for Group 5, but have 90 or more earned units completed at Palomar College or who have been on Academic or Progress Probation for two or more consecutive terms are moved to Group 7. Exemptions can be made for high unit majors or extenuating circumstances. Students may petition for an exception from loss of priority through the Admissions Office.)


Group 6. New, returning, or transfer students who are not in Group 3. Appointments are assigned by descending unit order starting at 90 earned units1 completed at Palomar College. (Students who would otherwise qualify for Group 6, but have 90 or more earned units completed at Palomar College or who have been on Academic or Progress Probation for two or more consecutive terms are moved to Group 7. Exemptions can be made for high unit majors or extenuating circumstances. Students may petition for an exception from loss of priority through the Admissions Office.)


Group 7. Returning or continuing students with 90 or more earned units completed at Palomar College and/or students who have been on Academic or Progress Probation for two or more consecutive terms. Appointments are assigned by ascending unit order for all earned units1 completed at Palomar College.


Group 8. Non-high school graduates age 16 to 18. Students less than 16 years of age require permission of the instructor to enroll in classes.


Footnotes/Definitions
1
. Earned units are defined as courses with grades of A, B, C, D or P. Grades of W, I, F, and NP are excluded. Also excluded are all basic skills (courses numbered 1-49) and non-credit ESL.

2. High unit majors are academic programs that require more than 40 units in the major.

3. Extenuating circumstances are verifiable cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. A student with a disability who applied for, but did not receive reasonable accommodation(s) in a timely manner may also petition for a higher level of priority.

***Loss of Priority Registration Appeal deadline is two weeks prior to your appointment time.