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  • posted on: Jul 31, 2014

    Rumor:

    There is only one evening PE class and it's only one day a week. Will there be any other classes offered for those working all day and who may have class on Monday nights? Role: student

    Response:

    Thanks for your inquiry.  We will be offering a second night class of PHED 1164 on Tuesday nights, 6:00pm – 8:50pm.

    Please note also that PHED 1164 is offered online, and at present, there is space available in several sections.

    Good luck to you!  I hope that your schedule works out for you.

    Pam Millsap, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Instruction

  • posted on: Jul 23, 2014

    Rumor:

    Advising is moving to the Student Center Building - right in the middle, or rather the heaviest part of Fall Registration? Why would you redirect people to register? Wouldn't it be more logical to hold off on the renovations for a few weeks? Say, after the 25th or even after Labor Day! Then it wouldn't seem like we are trying to make things more difficult. As if the Advising departments reputation wasn't bad enough, with making students feel bad; now you're going to make it more difficult for them to see students. Stop and think about how this is student centered? The contractor works for the college, not the other way around, they want the job, they'll do it on our time. What's more important? Role: administration_staff

    Response:

    Thank you for your suggestion and concern for students as we continue to improve COM’s Student Services’ facilities.  In any renovation project on a college campus, scheduling can be a challenge.  At registration time, particularly, students and staff are the administration’s first concern.  The final phase of renovation to the Enrollment Center building will be postponed until after fall 2014 classes begin to minimize disruption during a very busy time for the Testing Center and Student Success Center.  We are certain that the new facilities will provide added convenience to the community. 

    Vicki Stanfield, Ed.D.

    Vice President for Student Services

  • posted on: Apr 24, 2014

    Rumor:

    I was told to register online for TSI testing, I cannot figure out where and how to do this. I am a High school student intending to take dual credit classes. Role: other

    Response:

    Students can only register for the TSI Assessment in person in the Testing Center, located in the Enrollment Center, RM 158. The TSI Pre-Assessment is online and must be taken before students are eligible to take the TSI Assessment. The TSI Pre-Assessment can be found at www.com.edu/testing-center/tsi-assessment.php.

  • posted on: Mar 20, 2014

    Rumor:

    When are summer classes supposed to be posted and able to register for them?

    Response:

    Summer 2014 campus and online registration begins April 8th at 8 a.m. The schedule will be posted online by this Friday, March 21st.

  • posted on: Feb 05, 2014

    Rumor:

    north campus hasn't released a schedule still, will there be classes this spring?

    Response:

    The Continuing Education catalog can be viewed at this link:  http://www.com.edu/admissions/schedule-catalog.php

    Should you require additional information, please contact the Continuing Education Department.  They can be reached at (409)933-8586.

    Thank you for your inquiry.

  • posted on: Feb 04, 2014

    Rumor:

    I wan to know why does the college hold some of my financial aid money and do not give a full refund. example if I had 3000.and my tuition was 900. they only give me some of what left and they keep some of the pell grant. Is that done on all pell grant? or is it on certain students? I thought that the college is suppose to give the students whats left after all the fees are paid. Role: student

    Response:

    No, the college does not hold your financial aid money. Your amount of refund may vary depending on the number of credit hours you are taking.  The Pell amount of $3000 is based on attendance at full-time status (12 credits hours). If you are enrolled in less than full-status, your Pell amount is adjusted to the number of hours you are taking.

    The college does refund to you the remaining amount of the Pell grant after tuition, fees, books and supplies have been paid. Keep in mind that your award amount depends on the number of credit hours you are taking.  The amount of money returned to you depends on your enrollment status at the time of the refund, which is the census date of the semester.  The census date is the official enrollment date for the semester and each semester has its own date.

    The Financial Aid office staff will be happy to answer your questions.  Please stop by when convenient.  The office is located in room A-149 in the Administration building.

    Vicki Stanfield, Ed.D.

    Vice President for Student Services

  • posted on: Jan 23, 2014

    Rumor:

    Rumor: Classes would be canceled Friday because of weather Role: other

    Response:

    The following e-mail was sent to the campus on Thursday, January 23rd: Due to severe weather predicted by the National Weather Service, College of theMainland will delay opening until 10 a.m. An announcement will be made at 7 a.m. if there is a need for any further delay. Please check the webpage at www.com.edu for any updates. It is best to avoid driving in potentially icy conditions. If you must drive, please use caution, reduce speeds and stick to surface roads whenever possible. ********************************* Dr. Beth Lewis President College of the Mainland 1200 Amburn Rd. Texas City, TX 77591

  • posted on: Jan 22, 2014

    Rumor:

    Rumor: When is spring break for com students? Role: student

    Response:

    College of the Mainland will be closed March 10-16 for spring break.

    Thank you.

  • posted on: Jan 15, 2014

    Rumor:

    I got a call on Friday before registration ends and my class was cancelled due to low enrollment less than ten people. I had to SCRAMBLE to find another class that fit my schedule and course requirements. Meanwhile, I go to my ceramics class and there are only six enrolled?? Was I lied to? A mistake made? It was a LOT of trouble FOR NOTHING!?! Role: student

    Response:

    The decision to cancel a class is based on multiple factors and is not undertaken lightly. While we prefer for classes to have at least ten students enrolled, this is not a hard and fast rule because there are other things to consider before a class is canceled, including the following: Are there alternative options available to the student (for example, multiple other sections of the same course still available at various times)? Are there students who have to have that particular class to graduate (and there are no other alternative scheduling options available)? Is the class part of a program that is working to build enrollment? If there are multiple low enrollment sections of the same class, might we build up enrollment in some sections by canceling others? Is it the only night section of a course? Is it part of an eight-week sequence such that canceling one part of the sequence will make it difficult for students to develop a workable schedule? Is it part of a full-time faculty member’s regular workload? Is it the only available section of a prerequisite course such that canceling the class will make it difficult for students to advance through their degree plans? What does overall enrollment look like? As you can see, there are many factors considered when a class is canceled. We are sorry for the frustration you experienced as a result of a class cancellation, but we do work hard to reach students when these decisions are made so that they can rearrange their schedules.

    Pam Millsap, Ph.D. Dean of General Education Programs

  • posted on: Sep 04, 2013

    Rumor:

    there are some colleges that offer Blackboard Mobile Learn, an app for iOS and Android devices, to their students for free. While the app itself is free, when you select College of the Mainland, it requires for the student to pay a yearly or one time subscription fee. Are there plans to make this free to students of College of the Mainland? role: student

    Response:

    We appreciate your efforts to use technology to support your study at COM! We do have the mobile app enabled on our Blackboard server, and students can purchase it at a low cost of $1.99 for one year or $5.99 for a perpetual license. Unfortunately, to provide this service for free would require the College to purchase additional services from Blackboard, the costs of which are prohibitive at this time. We will continue to look for cost-effective ways to make online courses more accessible and user-friendly. Thanks for taking the time to let us know your thoughts.  

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