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Why Guided Self-Placement?

One of the factors that influenced our decision to move toward guided self-placement was our steadfast belief that our faculty and advising staff are competent, well-meaning professionals.  We know our advisors will work with students to advise them through this process and encourage students to take advantage of the outstanding academic and student support services we already have in place. We know effective placement goes beyond a student’s skill set and includes motivation, extra support when needed, and an environment that is right for learning.  We are confident the faculty and staff at OTC provide that environment.

Guided Self Placement Resources for Advisors and Faculty

In the tabs below you will find the resources you have requested, organized by the time in the semester you would need them.  If you would like to have any additional or different resources added, please contact us at

Are online classes right for your advisee?

If your advisee has questions on whether or not online courses are a good fit… please feel free to direct them to OTC Online’s Student Success Program.

Late Registration (Day 1-2)

On the Monday and Tuesday of the first week of a semester, any student can register for any open section of a course for which he or she is eligible.  During this period, online registration is open for all students.

How do students register?

Please direct students to Student Planning, found in, or the student services area at your campus/location.

Add/Drop Period (Day 3-5)

On the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the first week of a semester, currently enrolled students can add and drop courses, with no financial penalty, with permission of designated academic personnel*. During this period, online registration is closed.

The purpose of this period is to allow students who have misplaced themselves to move into a more appropriate course without incurring any financial penalties.

Who are designated academic personnel?  

Department Chairs, Program Directors, Deans, and some academic support staff are all designated academic personnel.  Please check this document for specific contact information for designated academic personnel: authorized academic personnel list updated 8-12-2016

I have a student in my class who mis-placed herself/himself - what resources are available now that the first week is over?

Staff around campus are ready to help your and your students in our new era of self-placement.  Access their resources here:

Don’t forget the TLC also offers support courses that are offered in 14 week and B block options:

Students can drop a 16 week or A block course and add a Flex course (formerly known as 14 week) or B block course.  However, please be aware this can have negative implications for students receiving financial aid.  Please be sure to direct your advisee to financial aid for information specific to his or her situation.

OTC’s AEL program offers free specialized instruction for students to help students build or refresh basic academic skills:

New for SP 16!  ENG 295 – Learning Across the Disciplines.  This course is designed for students who feel overwhelmed by their current academic situation.  In ENG 295 students will develop strategies specific to success in the courses in which they are enrolled.  For more information please check out this flyer: ENG-295 Learning Accross the Disciplines Flyer

What happened to the Bridge program?

With the discontinuation of COMPASS, it was no longer possible to identify students as being eligible for the Bridge to Success program.  So, as of SP 16 the Bridge program no longer exists.

Please check out the “After Week 1” Resources tab for resources you can provide to an advisee who needs academic support.

Do test scores outweigh/override placement with questions?

No.  Placement guidance is given to students using a combination of factors – no single factor outweighs any other.

Is Reading still a prerequisite for ENG 101? Where did all the development prerequisites go?

No, as of SP 16, there are no prerequisites for ENG 101.

With the discontinuation of the COMPASS, Department Chairs / Program Directors and Deans carefully reviewed the continued need for any developmental prerequisites. As of the curriculum committee meeting in FA 15, most developmental prerequisites were removed from courses.  Not sure if your course prerequisites changed?  Please check out (NOTE: valid OTC login required)

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