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New Student Success Courses

Smart Start: Student Success (STR:050) is a three credit hour course designed to enhance your successful transition to St. Louis Community College (STLCC) by building upon knowledge you acquire in the New Student Registration Workshop and New Student Orientation. You engage in actives designed to increase knowledge, strategies, and skills directly related to being a successful STLCC student. You also gain experience with technology used in many higher education settings. Any student is welcome to take this course!  All students who place into RDG:020 or RDG:030 or ENG:020 or ENG:030 are required to take STR:050.

In the STR:050 course, you focus on five themes related to success at STLCC:

  • Know yourself
  • Know your environment, then . . .
  • Plan
  • Monitor
  • Adjust

STR:050's learning activities help you explore a wide range of topics as you gain expertise with these five themes. Topics include professionalism, time management, career exploration, diversity, goal setting and attainment, problem solving, self-assessment, the academic process, financing an education, brain-based learning, and others. You advance through the novice, apprentice, and expert levels with these topics as you complete activities throughout the semester. As you complete STR050, you create a portfolio of exemplary activities to guide you toward success in your future courses.
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STR:100 - Smart Start College Success is a 1-credit hour 100-level course that provides you with opportunities to build your individualized college success manual from a menu of engaging and pertinent topics offered in an active learning environment.

Any student in 100-level courses can take STR:100. It is especially helpful for new students!

Prerequisite: reading requirement

In STR:100, you develop an individualized academic plan for completion of your degree/certificate requirements.

You also choose some of the following topics to explore:

  • goal setting and attainment
  • time management
  • decision making and problem solving
  • technology use in higher education and professional settings
  • interrelated disciplines and/or programs of study
  • campus services and resources
  • support network and participation in a scholarly community
  • standards of appropriate language, behavior and dress in professional settings and diverse populations
  • next steps after St. Louis Community College, and
  • adapting to change.

STR:100 classes are offered in the following formats:

  • Face-to-face (in a classroom)
  • Hybrid (some face-to-face, some online sessions)
  • Online