College & Career Success 101: A Course for New Students

Hello Campus Community, 

As the Winter Quarter approaches, we want to make sure you are informed about COL 101, a course designed for new students at Shoreline. You are invited to use this information as an opportunity to encourage your students to take the class. 

COL 101: Introduction to College & Career Success is a key part of our Guided Pathways effort and of both our Title III grants.  The course helps students explore their academic and career options, learn about campus resources, and prepare for success in college. COL 101 is intended for new, degree-seeking students and will count as elective credits for most degrees. It went through a robust development process. 

We’re in good company: most of our peer institutions offer a comparable course.  In fact, 16 of the 34 community & technical colleges (CTCs) in Washington State have made their first-year success course a requirement, and several more are working toward establishing similar requirements.  

Data show that students who take this type, of course, are more likely to persist and complete their degree or credential, and the positive effects are amplified when combined with other Guided Pathways best practices.  

This year, all new students who are undecided or pursuing a general AA-DTA degree are expected to take the course.  This is currently a “soft” expectation; there are no consequences for students who do not take the course, but we are trying to proactively guide students toward enrolling so that as many as possible can benefit from the experience. 

We’re communicating about the course to students via email messaging, social media outreach, and calling campaigns to new students.  

If you have questions or would like to know more, please contact Brigid Nulty, Shoreline’s Director for Guided Pathways, at  


Phillip J. King 

Vice President for Student Learning, Equity, & Success 

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