Block Policy Updates

Policy Updates for Non-Program Seeking Students becoming Program Seeking Students

Rio Salado College is implementing a modification to its administration of the semester Block Calendar. This administrative change is effective for Non-Program Seeking students declaring his/her intent to start an academic program at Rio Salado College on or after September 16, 2013.

Note:  Students continuing to enroll in classes as Non-Program Seeking students will not be affected by this policy.

The administrative change is as follows:

  • When a student is initially enrolled in one or more classes as a Non-Program Seeking Student,
    AND
  • The student changes his/her academic intent to become a Program Seeking Student in a subsequent semester while those initial class(es) are still in progress,
    THEN
  • The student must wait to enroll in any future classes to be taken as a Program Seeking Student until after the SCHEDULED END DATE of the class(es) the student is taking as a Non- Program Seeking student.

Prior to September 16, 2013, Non-Program Seeking Students did not have to wait until the scheduled end date of his/her classes taken as a Non-Program Seeker to begin his/her first semester block as a Program Seeker at Rio.

Student Scenarios

Thurston: a continuing Non-Program Seeking Student
Thurston is a Non-Program Seeker taking a Summer ENG101 class scheduled 6/17-9/21/13.  For the Fall term, he is continuing as a Non-Program Seeker, and has enrolled in a Fall PSY101 class 8/19-11/23/13.  As a Non-Program Seeker, he is permitted to enroll in any start date for the Fall semester; his enrollment is not bound by the rules of the semester block calendar.

Mortimer: a Non-Program Seeking Student becoming a Program-Seeking Student

  1. Mortimer is a also Non-Program Seeker taking a Summer ENG101 class scheduled 6/17-9/21/13.  For the Fall term, he has updated himself to a Program Seeker and has enrolled in a Fall PSY101 class 8/19-11/23/13.  As a Program Seeker, he is not permitted to begin Fall classes until after ENG101’s scheduled end date of 9/21/13 and will be dropped from PSY101.  He is permitted to begin his Fall semester block on or after 9/23/2013. 
  2. If Mortimer had decided to change his Summer ENG101 to class to an 8-week format, the class would have had a scheduled end date of 8/10/13.  If Mortimer had made this decision, then he would have been permitted to enroll in his Fall semester block on or after 8/19/13.
  3. If Mortimer never changed his Summer ENG101 class to 8-weeks, but opted to work with his instructor to finish the class by 7/13/13, then Mortimer would not be permitted to start his Fall semester block until after the scheduled end date of ENG101 on 9/21/2013.  He is permitted to begin his Fall semester block on or after 9/23/2013. 

TIP: Academic planning is critical to your success. Contact Academic Advisement to learn more about academic planning and to set up your program plan in RioCompass (formerly ESF).

FAQs

Why is Rio Salado updating its policy on declaring a program?
Based on informal feedback provided by our US Department of Education colleagues last fall, and based on student feedback that the process is not optimal, we need to modify the current block calendar process.  By adopting the new policy, the college will be better aligned with the informal guidance that it previously received and will be able to deliver a better service experience to students.  

When does this policy update go into effect?
September 16, 2013.

Will my.maricopa.edu prevent me from enrolling in classes that I'm not eligible to take?
No. At this time, the my.maricopa.edu portal cannot make a determination of eligibility based on semester block scheduling considerations.

What happens if I have already signed up for a class that I’m not eligible to take?
Summer 2013 students who have already registered for a Fall 2013 class that does not fit within his/her semester block will be contacted by phone and/or notified by email.

What happens if I sign up for a class that I’m not eligible to take?
Students who register for a class that does not fit within their semester block will be automatically dropped from the class. An email notification will be sent to alert the student that they are no longer enrolled in the class.

How can I avoid enrolling in classes that I'm not eligible to take?
Students are strongly encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor and use the RioCompass tool to plan their academic schedule. Creating a comprehensive academic plan is the best way to avoid scheduling conflicts.

How will this affect my financial aid?
The financial aid process is not changing; funds will continue to be disbursed in compliance with federal regulations. Students should continue to follow instructions and notifications found in their student center on my.maricopa.edu. Changes to the academic calendar will not have any impact on the amount of financial aid available to students. If you have a question about your financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website or call 855-622-2332.

Questions?

For questions on how this change may impact your future enrollment, please contact Registration at riosalado.edu/registration or call 480-384-9814.

For questions on how this change may impact your academic plan please contact Academic Advisement at riosalado.edu/advisement or call 480-517-8580.

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