The Department of College Readiness at Triton College helps students achieve academic success by developing or enhancing basic skill proficiencies in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Placement into the courses in this department are determined by placement test or other test scores (such as ACT, SAT, etc.). Scores determine a student's level of college readiness and indicates if additional preparation is needed in order to be successful in college-level courses.
It's important that students enroll in the appropriate course(s) before beginning college-level coursework.
Check the Testing Center page to get the most current scores for admittance into college-level or college readiness coursework.
COL 102 - Embracing the College Experience
COL 102 is the Embracing the College Experience course. It is geared towards first semester college students to assist them with adjusting to college and is designed to enhance some of their soft skills - otherwise known as non-cognitive skills (such as time management, motivation, goal setting, and teamwork). These are the skills that are not typically measured by standardized tests nor typically taught in a traditional setting. COL 102 can help you build up your skills and confidence in these areas, while supporting and increasing your success in your other courses (understanding the syllabus, test taking, note taking, study skills).
COL 102 - FAQs
What are the benefits to COL102?
COL102 helps to prepare students for a successful transition into college by orienting them to Triton College and enhance their knowledge in financial literacy, note and test taking skills, goal setting and other non-cognitive skills.
- Research has shown that students who complete COL102 or a similar course are more successful
- Higher GPA and success in the first semester than peers who did not take the course
- Higher persistence semester to semester than peers who did not take the course
- Successfully complete more credit hours than peers who did not take the course
- This course provides an overview of many different areas that will help you be more successful in college and in life
- Financial literacy and money management
- Test taking skills
- Time management
- Motivation and goal setting
- Introduce you and help you learn your way around Triton College to gain a better understanding of the resources available to you
Do I have to take COL102?
All new students are highly encouraged to enroll in COL102. If you are identified through the SuccessNavigator® assessment as needing some support in non-cognitive skills, you may be required to take COL102 to best support you and your success
Can I take this class even if I am not identified?
Absolutely! We believe that all new to college students will benefit from this course. It has been created just for you to help you be successful
What is Triton’s policy on mandatory enrollment in COL 102?
All first-time, college students pursuing an AA, AS, AGS or AFA degree who need enhancement in non-cognitive skills as determined by an assessment tool will be required to enroll in COL 102. Furthermore, students who have completed 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA below 2.0 shall be required to enroll in COL 102, Learning Framework for College Success, in the next semester. Waivers to the policy will be determined on a case by case basis.
When did the new policy become effective?
The new policy became effective in fall 2017.
How do I know if I need to enroll in COL 102?
All first-time in college students pursuing an AA, AS, AGS or AFA degrees who are identified as needing enhancement in non-cognitive skills, as determined by an assessment tool, will be required to enroll in COL 102. A counselor can provide guidance and recommend proper course placement.
Can I register for COL102 even if I am not required to?
Yes, anyone can enroll in COL 102.
How does the placement in COL 102 impact my success at Triton?
National research as well as data from Triton students show that students who take this class are more successful in their courses and persist at a higher rate than those who opt out of it. Additionally, feedback from students in the past has demonstrated that this course is valuable in getting students ready for college.
Does this class count toward my degree?
Yes, this class count toward your degree if you are seeking an AA, AS or AGS degree.
Does this course transfer?
Yes, this course has been articulated with multiple institutions. Confirm with your transfer institution how this course transfers.
Will I need to retake COL102 if I have passed it but put on academic probation again?
No, you will not need to retake COL 102 if you have passed it once.
Placement Review Resources
The ACCUPLACER Placement Test review materials listed below includes information about key concepts contained in the ACCUPLACER Reading, Writing and Math tests. After you complete a review of the concepts you can take a practice test and get feedback about your testing knowledge.
Remember, the ACCUPLACER placement test is designed to determine your skill level for college-level reading, writing and math. Taking the test doesn't mean that you've 'passed' reading, writing, or math, but your score indicates you can enroll in certain Triton courses. The score you receive will help determine which courses you should take so it's important for you to take the test seriously.
After you've completed the test your counselor can help you make appropriate course selections.
Need more information about the placement test? Find out more at Placement Testing or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3252.
Resources for Students
The College Readiness Courses:
A college readiness course is a college class that prepares you for college-level study but does not award credit toward your degree. Courses include:
MAT 065: FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA
Develop an understanding of rational numbers: unit conversion, unit rate, percent, radicals; linear, quadratic and system of equations; linear inequalities; formulas; problem solving; the Cartesian coordinate system; operations and factoring of polynomials; relations and functions; basic geometry; basic statistics; probability.
MAT 085: ALGEBRA II
Examines concepts in functions, relations, graphing, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic equations, right triangles, circles, areas of plane figures and related geometry concepts.
RHT 090: COLLEGE READING AND WRITING
Prepares students for the reading, writing, and critical thinking skill required for college level English and across the curriculum that focuses on composing and critiquing essays in multiple rhetorical modes, with an emphasis on unity, support, organization, flow, audience awareness, and grammar.
Dr. Michael Flaherty, Ph.D.
English Department Chair
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3250
Math Department Chair
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3823