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3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: For my major in particular, I do not see many opportunities or programs specific to the major. Nor do I see any internships or job opportunities as of right now.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: There are lots of great academic offerings at my school. For one, the professors I have had overall seem to enjoy their jobs and often work at other colleges as well. They balance family, friends, work, and personal life well in my opinion and always try to make it to class. If not, they let students know when they will be out. The only problem I have come across are professors that are not as thorough with certain subjects that may be needed. The curriculum seems solid overall, although I do not particularly like the grading process as to how the tests and finals are the highest grading points. The registration process is a little tedious the first times you do it. You have to go back and fourth from time to time to make sure you are applying for the right classes and priority registration is a bit difficult as well because its first come first serve for the most part. One thing I do enjoy though is that all the professors I have come across that I wanted to add onto their class, allowed me and tried to help me out in adding into their class as much as possible. The workload is bearable, but sometimes a little excessive, but I know there is a good reason for it. We also have study group options and tutoring accessible in the student learning center in the library, which comes in handy.

1 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: They don't have a program for it

2 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Financial aid isn't a big service and counseling is bad with helping students reach their academic goals.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: It is difficult to register for core classes because there are so many community college students. The curriculum is difficult, but I feel like it is a good preparation for university level classes. Biology courses offer paid summer internship opportunities in field research.

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Crafton Hills College employs a wide range of professors from different backgrounds. With a mix of trained educators and working professionals that are specialists in specific fields, the College generally has good professors. There is always a time when a particular student and professor will not work well together; however, the overall impression the student body holds of the professors is a good one. A related core piece of the overall experience at Crafton is academic freedom. Even if a student is going for a specific degree or program, he or she generally has the ability to pick from many classes given by many professors. This allows a person to avoid professors with which he or she does not connect well. It also makes meeting the requirement list for a degree or an articulation agreement easier.

Articulation, or a prearranged transfer with guaranteed credit transfer, is a very common academic goal at Crafton. Even USC, a famous state school, has an articulation agreement with Crafton. To uphold these agreements, Crafton is required to maintain a certain level of instruction quality. This helps ensure that the professors are of good quality and knowledgeable in their fields, that grading is reasonable, and that students will be able to continue at a different college or university. What is not guaranteed is a person's experience with other students. However, Crafton has a very diverse population. There is a very good chance that anyone will find like-minded people to be with, and it is assured that everyone will meet a range of people they would not encounter elsewhere. This makes for a very fulfilling classroom experience that adds to the overall educational experience.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
31:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
70
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
128
Full-Time Retention Rate
66%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
24%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
40
Most Popular Majors
  • Biological and Physical Sciences: Unknown
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic): Unknown
  • Social Science Research Methods: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Classes range from small and personal to large and impersonal, depending on the course. However, most are in the small to medium range where you have plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow students and the instructor. This can lead to a much more rewarding experience.
Student/Professor Relationships
Most of the professors are easy to talk to and can be very personable. The hourly professors who do not have their own office can be harder to arrange to see, but they are generally willing to spend time before or after class to answer questions and go over topics. All professors also have an email address through which they can be reached. They will not be a buddy, but they are very willing to help students reach their fullest academic potential. If you are unlucky, you will get one of the professors known for being harder to connect to or a poor educator. While not the majority, it would be a lie to say that there are not some of these in the mix.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Not all professors grade the same way. The English department has standardized grading that spreads the weight mostly over the papers written and partially over in-class work, quizzes, and tests. In contrast, some professors base almost everything on a few tests, like most math professors, and others divide things up into thirds or quarters based on some mix of in-class assignments, class participation, quizzes, tests, midterms, finals, homework, semester projects, and term papers. Individual grades for papers are not given. Instead, the points for each are accumulated, and the final grade is dependent on the number of points out of a total possible points. Most teachers also offer about half a percent worth of extra credit. While not much, this can cushion a bad grade on one item.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Expect a lecture that involves not only the professor talking, but also responses and classroom discussion. Many professors are very keen on interaction and have participation as 10 to 20 percent of the overall grade. Also, expect to take notes because what is in the lecture is usually on the test!
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Expect classes at Crafton to meet two or three times a week and have critical test information given in those meetings. Students need to spend at least a few hours outside of class per week doing reading, homework, projects, test preparation, research, and so on. There will be at least two tests per class, but some professors do a quiz every week, three or four tests, a midterm, and a final. This means exactly how much work and how it fits into the grading will depend on the professor.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • College classes are very different from other forms of education. There is no law forcing people to go to college, and this changes the entire system, attitude of the teachers, type of students, and so on.
  • Students need to research their class load before signing up for a ton of classes. A class that only meets once or twice a week can have several hours of out-of-class work tied with it. For every unit, expect one to three hours of out-of-class work. Most are closer to an hour per unit, so three or four hours a week of homework, but a few hard classes will be four hours in class and 12 hours out of class of homework and studying!
  • The school has tons of tutors, helpers, aids, and more. Most of these people are students who have "been there, done that" and are doing work-study to get ahead. They know what fellow students are going through as well as how to succeed. There are also trained professionals that tutor math, English, computer science, and a number of other topics. If you look for help, you will find it.
Tips to Succeed
  • Show up to all of your classes. The professors usually give key facts during class, so the more you miss, the harder it is to pass.
  • The excuses people used in high school do not work in college. This level of education is voluntary, so if a student is missing, turns in late work, or has a dog that ruins the semester project, it will not matter.
Full-Time Faculty
70
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,418
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The quality of what you learn is mostly dependent on the student. No matter what the professor is like or does, the real weight is placed on the student. If there is little effort to do well, it will be reflected in the grades.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 62 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 28% Will advance my career
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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