Student Success & Support Program
Dean of Student Services,
Matriculation refers to the formal process of entering an educational institution, or of becoming eligible to enter by acquiring the required prior qualifications. It means a process that brings a college and a student who enrolls for credit into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student's educational objectives. The agreement involves the responsibilities of both parties to attain those objectives through the college's established programs, policies, and requirements.
The student's responsibilities under the agreement include the expression of at least a broad educational intent upon enrollment, the declaration of a specific educational objective within a reasonable period after enrollment, diligence in class attendance and completion of assigned coursework, and the completion of courses and maintenance of progress toward an educational goal according to standards established by the college, the district, and the state.
The goals of matriculation are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives through the assistance of five student-direct components of the matriculation process: Admissions, Orientation, Assessment, Counseling, and Follow-up.
Admissions and Records
Phone: (310) 233 - 4090
Fax: (310) 233 - 4662
The admissions component includes application procedures, initial collection of student information such as an applicant’s need for support services. The Admissions and Record staff process student admissions applications, issues Student Identification Numbers (ID), sets registration appointments and enrolls students. The Admissions and Records Office also processes transcript requests, enrollment verifications, requests, to add or drop classes, and petitions.
Phone: (310) 233 - 4072
For Matriculation purposes, students are assessed in English and English as a Second Language (ESL) and Mathematics. Students are placed using multiple measures and all assessment instruments used have been validated and approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Frequently Asked Questions
During this component, students are informed of academic, vocational programs, and services provided by the campus; students rights and responsibilities, the student grievance process, transfer and career opportunities. The purpose of the new student orientation is to inform students of the college’s programs and resources, services, facilities academic expectations, and institutional procedures. All new students attending Harbor College for the first time are advised to attend the student on-campus orientation by viewing a PowerPoint slideshow after completing their assessments, or to view the on-line orientation at http://www.lahc.edu/studentservices/matriculation/orientation.html. Viewing the Orientation and successfully completing the orientation Quiz exempts students from the L.A. Harbor on-campus orientation. In addition, students from the feeder high schools receive an in person orientation by a counselor immediately after they complete their assessments.
Phone: (310) 233-4032
This component provides academic and personal counseling throughout the student’s community college stay: interpreting and applying assessment findings: formulation of a student’s educational plan; discussion of personal concerns;
and monitoring their academic progress, and guidance toward the student’s educational goals.
The student’s academic progress is systematically monitored and, when necessary, appropriate intervention strategies are applied. Instructors are the main contributors to this component effort through their contacts with students. At L.A. Harbor College, the Early Alert system has been established to identify students who are beginning to experience difficulties in their courses before they encounter serious academic problems.
The remaining components assist the college & districts in developing their capabilities for evaluation, compliance, coordination, and analysis
Coordination and Training
Phone: (310) 233-4043
Coordination consists of the efforts to involve college staff and students in designing, implementing and evaluating matriculation services in all of the mentioned components as well as training faculty and staff in all areas of Matriculation.
The Matriculation unit is managed by the Matriculation Coordinator who is a faculty member and is also part of the Counseling staff. The Matriculation Coordinator chairs the Matriculation Advisory Committee on campus which is composed of faculty and staff, who represent the 8 components of Matriculation. This committee meets every second Wednesday of each month during the academic year. The Matriculation Coordinator attends district and state Matriculation and Assessment Advisory committee meetings.
Phone: (310) 233-4044
This matriculation component requires colleges to use and, in some cases, expand their data-collection and analysis capabilities to measure the effectiveness of the college’s efforts to positively affect student’s academic outcomes.
Phone: (310) 233-4043
Prerequisites are conditions of enrollment that students are required to meet prior to enrollment in particular courses or programs. The assignment of a prerequisite to a course signifies that the courses, skills, or body of knowledge described in the prerequisite are essential to the success of the student in that course and that it is highly unlikely that a student who has not met the prerequisite will receive a satisfactory grade in the course for which the prerequisite has been established.