Academic and Student Success

Pavilion Building at Community College of Philadelphia.

Message from the Vice President for Academic and Student Success

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.  I look forward to a productive 2019.

In order to have important information available in one area, we have developed an easy access website. Information you will find at the division’s website addresses topics such as grades, exams and technology training; emergencies and fire drills; links to documents such as the Student Handbook; Enrollment Guide and service hours for various student services; as well as information regarding Starfish Connect, our academic early alert system. Please note that the website also contains information pertaining to the College’s continued work on Guided Pathways. Please review this site throughout the semester, as we will update regularly with additional information.

The contributions of all faculty, staff, and administrators are integral to the work we do at the College. I look forward to a productive semester ahead as we work collaboratively toward our commitment and focus on academic excellence and student success.

Thank you and best wishes for a rewarding spring semester!

Dr. Samuel Hirsch
Vice President for Academic and Student Success

Latest Updates

May 3, 2019
Review the Summer 2019 Service Center hours for Main Campus and Regional Centers.
April 4, 2019

In just a few weeks, we will be gathering to celebrate our students’ academic achievements during the College’s annual commencement ceremony.  With about 2,000 graduates, faculty play a significant role in this demonstration of student success, and I look forward to you joining in this celebration.  This year the College’s commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendance requirements are as follows: 

April 2, 2019

For the Spring 2019 semester, the Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) survey will be conducted from 7 A.M. Monday, April 8, 2019 through Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:00 P.M.  Individual packets with paper forms or PIN Cards (for computer-equipped classrooms) will be distributed to faculty members through the Division Offices and/or their respective Regional Centers from Wednesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 5th.

Please note the following:

February 22, 2019

In order to make up the time lost due to the snow emergency closing of the College on February 20, 2019, classes in the Spring 2019 15A and 10A terms that were canceled on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, will make up the instructional time on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, one of the designated Emergency Closing make-up days.  Make-up classes will meet at their regular class times and in their regular assigned classrooms.  Students taking classes in the 7A term should talk to their instructors.  

If you have any additional questions, please speak with your instructor.

Thank you.
Dr. Samuel Hirsch
Vice President for Academic and Student Success

May 31, 2017
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The Division of Academic and Student Success is pleased to announce the expansion of its website to include more information on Guided Pathways. As the College continues its progress with implementing Guided Pathways, it is important that information on the work being done is available to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the community. The link is available at the divisions website and also on the landing page for faculty and staff in MyCCP under All About Guided Pathways:

The Guided Pathways website encompasses all components of the Pathways reform: Academic Pathways and Programs (with links to program course sequence grids); the Intake Process; Academic Advising and Student Success; Developmental Education; and Leveraging Technology. There is also a link to information about the Guided Pathways Core Team and another to numerous resources. 

The support and hard work of the entire College community are necessary to these efforts. Please visit the Guided Pathways website often, as it will be updated with news and developments regarding the continued work of the College to increase student success via the Guided Pathways initiative.