Introducing ‘IDIS 099: Academic Foundations’

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This fall, Columbia Bible College is launching IDIS 099: Academic Foundations. We pulled together key info about this brand-new non-credit course to help you decide if it’s a good fit for you.

Why create ‘Academic Foundations’?

In recent years, the Columbia Academics team noticed that many high school students are finding the transition to college-level academic work to be challenging. Academic Foundations is designed to reduced stress and frustration for students and to help them navigate that transition well. Our goal is for all our students to have a positive experience of learning and discipleship.

What can students expect in this course?

Academic Support Coordinator Robin Lawrence plans to take a very practical approach as instructor of Academic Foundations. Each week she will provide coaching on a specific skill: time management, note-taking in class, academic writing, etc. Students will then apply these skills to complete the assignments they’ve been given in their other classes.  This way, the course adds almost no additional work while encouraging students to try out new academic strategies.

Who is required to take Academic Foundations? Who has the option to take it?

All students who enter Columbia with less than a B-average need to enroll in Academic Foundations. But all full-time and part-time students are welcome to enroll, with priority given to new students. The benefits are substantial for everyone: building confidence in your academic abilities, learning new strategies, and reducing stress.

What is the tuition fee for Academic Foundations?

Tuition for this course is zero. It’s free.

For real.

When is Academic Foundations offered?

In the Fall 2018 semester, Columbia is offering two blocks of this course: Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:15 PM and Fridays from 4:00 to 5:15 PM. Check the current timetable for more info.

How can students register for the new course?

New students should get in touch with their Admissions Advisor to ask to enroll. Continuing students should contact Diane Vint or Erv Klassen to see if space is available.

Questions not answered?

Contact Robin Lawrence with Academic Support.