Academic Flexibility

Location
Yucaipa, CA
Undergrads
1,984
Tuition (in-state)
$3,918 ($1,134)
Branch Campus Of
San Bernardino Community Colleges
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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Some professors I had difficulties with their lack of flexibility but others were very helpful and accommodating.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: It's almost impossible to speak to anyone in Financial Assistance if you have a disability issue. they do not answer the phone

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: There are many classes and awesome times and most importantly space.

3 College Student

Academic Flexibility: My teachers take late work,a lot of them.They want whats best for you as well as whats easier for themselves.Example they'll give us less homework so there can be less work for them to grade.I can't wait to go to a university.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Most of the teachers that have taught computer related classes have been pretty flexible. There have been one or two who are very strict but I don't know if I'd say they were unreasonable. In the end it really depends who the teacher is.

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  • 37th
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric McCormick
Hometown
Redlands
Major
Computer Information Systems
Grad Year
2014
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At Crafton, classes start any time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some not getting out until almost 10 p.m. This wide range of day and night classes makes it possible for students to work college into their schedules. An added concern for students that are parents is child care. However, Crafton runs its own Child Development Center for children ranging from about age three to six. This adds low cost and even free child care services to the students, making getting an education as a parent an easier task to perform. No matter what the individual situation, exactly what classes any student needs to take depends on his or her goals. The counselors are supposed to help with this, but it is good to keep in mind that they work for the College and are under pressure from the school administration. The information in the college catalog can help clarify what they state and is a great reference for a student to use when asking questions. By talking to the professors in the department, a student can usually get an even better idea of what classes are advisable for continuing a college career.

Once the list of classes is fleshed out, it is time to get them. New students usually have the hardest time getting registered. The College uses a priority system, and until a student has been going for at least one full term, he or she has no priority. This makes it a fight for classes, but it can be made far easier by contacting the professors directly and getting on their wait list. "Wait-listed adds" are generally done before students just show up on the first day of class. The initial choices are not set in stone, as changing majors or picking a few different classes is very easy to do. This keeps things flexible the whole time one is at Crafton.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
3
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
40 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
16 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
  • Get involved in class. There are participation points.
  • High school advanced placement (AP) classes can get college credit.
  • High school students do not pay for units, so take a couple of classes while still in high school!
  • Show up for class on time and every day. Some teachers mark off for poor attendance.
Academic/Testing Requirements
There is a placement exam, and if you have no special background or issues, it is about a three- to four-hour process to sign up and go through it. However, if you were an AP student in high school or have other reasons why the school may not see you as the average person coming in, you may make a few trips to get together and bring in the right information and forms. The tests themselves are math and English questions that determine where you can start and if you have to take remedial classes before going into standard college coursework.
Transferring Credits In & Out
If you are transferring in credits from Valley College, which is in the same district, it is reasonably easy because there is some intentional compatibility between the schools. Other transfers in will go through an evaluation process that will depend on the specific classes and school from which they are coming. Transfers out to several four-year state colleges are covered under articulation agreements, which makes it easy. Certain local, private schools are also familiar with Crafton and have well-laid-out lists of what they will take for what. Any other school will require a review procedure from a destination school, and it is sometimes not a good result.
Work & Life Experience Credits
There are two types of work experience credits at Crafton Hills. One is a generic work or volunteer experience that is evaluated and supervised as a method of getting up to six units of nontransferable college credit. The other is credit by examination, where you can take a test if you feel you have a mastery of a certain subject.
Typical Session Length
Standard fall and spring semester classes are 18 weeks. Late-start classes for these semesters are 12 weeks. The summer semester is six to eight weeks, depending on the class. Note: the summer classes are the same content, so just one class can be a heavy load.
Class Style & Structure
Classes are usually a form of lecture and/or lab. Many teachers encourage class participation during the lecture, which means discussing the topic at hand. Lab time is hands-on work in the topic. Tests usually take up one full session.
Course Registration Process
Class registration is done through the Internet. If you do not have a computer, you may use one at the school to do this. There is also assistance for people with special needs and counselors to help plan the classes needed. Once you know what classes you want, you wait for your priority date, which is based on the type of student you are and how many units you have had in the past, and then you use the computer to register. After registering, you have 24 hours to pay for the classes or you will be dropped, which is a mistake many have made.
Did You Know?
  • Classes for degrees and transfers do not always line up. Make sure to do some careful planning to get the classes you need for your particular goals. If you have a specific degree in mind, the professors in that field may be able to get you better contacts to assure a transfer than the regular counselors can! This can help you in crafting a class schedule that is assured to transfer and meet the needs to let you keep going!
  • With articulation agreements and transfer grantees, all credits at Crafton can transfer to a reserved spot at a four-year state school and cover all general education requirements!
  • Student can dual enroll at Crafton and a local university, getting their general education credits for less money at Crafton and the required degree-specific classes from the University.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 69 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How flexible are the school's administrators and faculty?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% They are not flexible at all.
  • 48% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 19% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 6% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 27% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 52 responses

  • 56% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 8% None of my credits transferred.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 12% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 23% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 52 responses

  • 58% Non-applicable
  • 10% No
  • 33% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 52 responses

  • 12% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 46% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 42% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.

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