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At the Center for Learning and Leadership, you can access academic support, leadership development and financial literacy coaching. These essential services will help ensure academic success and independence throughout your college experience.
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The Center for Learning and Leadership offers some essential services that can provide important guidance and help you succeed in your academic career and beyond.
All accepted first year and transfer students who have committed to SFC are invited to take a skills assessment. See below for more information about why we offer the test and how to prepare for it.
Throughout the year, Project Access Students participate in several events meant to enrich their college experience and foster connections between their professors and each other. See below for more information
Academic Recovery Program
Academic Probation is a status that indicates a student’s academic work is below the expected standard. Our Academic Recovery Program is designed to help students achieve their academic goals and rebuild their CUMGPA to a 2.0 or higher. For more information, see the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
Who is invited to take the Skills Assessment?
All accepted students (first year and transfer students) who have committed to SFC are invited to take the skills assessment. Once you commit to St. Francis College you will receive communication about taking the skills assessment. It is important that you review the prep questions and that you start the exam at a time when you are ready. You must complete the exam in 1 sitting and the Math section is timed.
What is on the Skills Assessment?
The exam starts with a Welcome Section and a Code of Conduct section followed by a Writing and a Math section. You will be asked to upload an essay to complete the Writing section. The Writing section is a persuasive essay where you are expected to state and explain your position. Your essay should include a clear introduction, a thesis statement, at least 3 supporting arguments, organized paragraphs with a clearly identifiable topic sentence, examples and supporting evidence and a strong conclusion. Make sure that the essay reflects your best attempt at grammar usage, vocabulary, and critical thinking and be at least 300 words.
and the Math section is composed of 30 math questions, mostly algebra questions. You will have 30 minutes to answer the questions.
It is important that you start the assessment when you have time to complete everything since the assessment should be completed in one sitting
What is the purpose of taking the Skills Assessment?
The scores from the Skills Assessment will provide your Center for Student Success advisor an indication of your abilities so that they can guide and register you appropriately. The exam is not pass/fail but your scores will help your academic advisor determine the appropriate placement in your college courses and whether you are eligible for the First Year Project Access program or other support programs offered by the College.
How do I prepare for the placement exam?
After committing to SFC, you will be provided practice exam questions with the Canvas Group Course- Skills assessment. You will also be invited to attend Skills Assessment Saturday and Math Prep sessions.
How is the Skills Assessment scored?
The exam is not pass/fail. The Writing section is scored out of 28 and the Math section is scored out of 30. When you meet with your Center for Student Success advisor you will learn your score and where you placed for Writing and Math.
Can you retake the Skills Assessment if you are unhappy with your score?
Unfortunately, no. So, prepare and take the assessment when you feel confident, ready and have the time to concentrate.
What should I do if I need testing accommodations?
The placement exam is a timed exam. If in high school or at another institution you received extended time or other accommodations on exams, it is important that you contact Ms. Caitlin McGuire, Assistant Director of the Office of Accessibility & Accommodations (OAA) at [email protected] prior to starting and taking the exam. OAA and AEC will work together to assist you with the requested accommodation(s). For more information please visit OAA’s web page
Does a Transfer student need to take the Skills Assessment?
If you are transferring in a Math and/or Writing class you should speak with your Admissions Counselor to see if you qualify for an exemption.
If you do not have the appropriate transfer credit for a Math and/or Writing course equivalent to our required curriculum here at St. Francis College, then you must complete the Skills Assessment and the exam will be used for course placement into a Math and/or Writing course.
TIPS FOR DOING YOUR BEST WHEN YOU TAKE THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT:
- Start the assessment in an environment that is conducive to test taking (quiet room, no distractions, good lighting). You know the setting that works best for you.
- Take the assessment on a computer or laptop. Working off your phone will be very difficult. Make sure your internet connection is dependable too!
- Have a calculator, pencil, and scrap paper already for the Math section. You never know if it is needed and you do not want to waste time getting the items.
Any questions or concerns about the exam or connected to taking the exam online please email the Center for Learning and Leadership, [email protected]
Experiential Community Building Program focusing on:
- College transition skill building
How to think, read and write critically for college courses
How to approach their studies
How to understand the expectations of being part of a college community
- Introduction to Peer Mentors, Peer Access Skills Tutors (PAST), Center for Student Success (CSS) Advisors and Access Skills Instructors (ASIs)
Access Class (SFC 040):
- Familiarity with Basic Writing and Research Methods (APA/MLA)
- Developmental Writing Prompts in Conjunction with CCIs
- Establishing Learning Outcomes
- Class Texts
They Say/I Say
Throughout the year, Project Access Students participate in several events meant to enrich their college experience and foster connections between their professors and each other. Experiential learning opportunities include:
- Local museum and historical site visits
- Community service opportunities
- Cultural experiences
Monthly program meet-ups during the semester:
- Start of the semester reception
- Support Office mixers
- Mid-semester “check-in”
- End of Semester Ceremony
- Access Skills Instructor (ASI) Monthly Check ins
- Monthly Support & Student Engagement Meetups
- End of Year Reception
- Announcement and Presentation of Access Scholars Scholarship
- Honoring of Access Graduates
Access students are strongly encouraged to attend weekly tutoring sessions in the college’s Center for Learning and Leadership during their first semester. By establishing this vital link between students and resources outside the classroom students are able to raise their confidence level as well as results.
Student Leadership and Professional Development
Frequently Asked Questions
St. Francis College’s federal school code is 002820. This code allows our financial aid office to receive your FAFSA application.
St. Francis College’s state school federal code is 0715. The state code allows our financial aid office to receive your TAP application.
Yes! Check out these websites that provide step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and other important information for applying to TAP.
Yes! Check out these StudentAid.gov resource links that detail everything that you need to know about applying for loans, what that may look like and how the financial aid office helps support you through this process.
Budgeting is the process of creating a plan for how to spend your money. This spending plan is called a budget. Creating this spending plan allows you to determine in advance whether you will have enough money to do the things you need to do or would like to do. Check out these links to learn more about budgeting, tracking your expenses and creating smart goals for spending money. Email Melanie Canastra at [email protected] to create a personalized budget plan.
Finding external resources can definitely be exhausting. Check out this list of government programs via 311.nyc.gov to find different resources for transportation, food security, housing security and other essential life benefits.
The basics to maximizing your finances when you are starting college comes down to effective budgeting and having a college prep list. This ultimately starts with applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check out the studentaid.gov website for more tips on prepping for college. For effective budgeting, check out the budgeting FAQ.
External scholarships can be found online, at churches, non-profit organizations, hospitals and more. They are usually highly competitive and have short deadlines. When doing your research, be mindful of websites and organizations that ask for personal information like your Social Security Number and Bank Information. DO NOT APPLY TO THESE SCAM SITES.
Check out these scholarship websites to see if scholarships are available:
Check out FairFares through Access HRA for more information on receiving discounted MetroCard fares.
As you search for books, be mindful of scam sites. Be wary of using sites that seem to be phishing for more money even after signing up, or individual sellers who lead to external sites. Instead, consider using the resources below:
- SFC Online Textbook Store — SFC uses an online textbook store, Akademos, where students can find textbooks according to their course requirements.