Student Development

Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Student Development
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: NVC

Thank you for visiting the Northwest Vista College Student Development Webpage. 

We are currently working on-site and are available by e-mail at nvc-sdev@alamo.edu.

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Mission

It is the mission of student development to provide a community environment that is holistic to growth and development of students in all areas of their college experience. We strive to provide programs and services that optimizes transformative student learning and leadership; builds a safe and supportive campus; fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students for a lifelong commitment to personal and social responsibility, and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience.

About Student Development:

Student Development courses assist students in their transition to college. These courses provide essential information about Northwest Vista College's policies and procedures, as well as strategies for academic and lifelong success.

Student Development courses can help you:

  • Raise your Grade Point Average
  • Be an effective decision maker
  • Improve performance on exams with better test-taking skills
  • Make reading a meaningful experience
  • Handle note taking challenges
  • Create strategies to deal with the expectations found in college
  • Explore/identify a major suited to your interests, values and plans
  • Face the university experience with greater confidence
  • Recognize your developing personality and strengths
  • Grow in personal development as a college student

 

Department Policies

First-Time-in-College students with fewer than 15 earned college credit hours are required to take the EDUC 1300, EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks course or SDEV 0370 Foundations of College Learning course.

*Special Note: Dual Credit hours do not count towards the 15-hour requirement.

Students must complete EDUC 1300, EDUC 1100 or SDEV 0370 by earning a final grade of “C” or higher to pass.

Students who do not pass the EDUC 1300, EDUC 1100 or SDEV 0370 course must retake the course.

A third attempt of EDUC 1300 or EDUC 1100 will result in a “Three-Peat Tuition” charge. To learn more about “Three-Peat Tuition Costs”, please click here

 

  • Standard Office Hours

    Monday-Wednesday:
    8:00am-5:00pm | 5:00pm-6:00pm on Zoom
    Thursday:
    8:00am-5:00pm | 5:00pm-7:00pm on Zoom
    Zoom Room Info: https://alamo.zoom.us/j/96407029114 
    Meeting ID: 964 0702 9114
    OR Scan this QR Code to Access Zoom Hours:
    Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
    First Saturday of the Month 9:00am-1:00pm
     

    January & August (Peak) Office Hours

    Monday-Thursday:
    8:00am-7:00pm
    Friday:
    8:00am-5:00pm
    Every Saturday in January & August:
    9:00am-1:00pm

    June & July Office Hours

    Monday-Thursday:
    8:00am-7:00pm
    Friday:
    Closed

    SDEV Department Location:
    Mountain Laurel Hall
    (MLH) 131
    SDEV Main Phone:
    210-486-4289
    SDEV Department Email:
    nvc-sdev@alamo.edu

    Helpful Links

  • EDUC 1300 – Learning Framework (3 credit hours)
    A study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation, 2) factors that impact learning, and 3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.
    *Special Note: EDUC 1300 is NOT intended for Education/Teaching Majors.

    EDUC 1100 – Learning Framework (1 credit hour)
    For Certificate II or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) students only:  A study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation, 2) factors that impact learning, and 3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.

    SDEV 0370 – Foundations for College Learning (3 credit hours)
    This is a first-year seminar course designed to support the transition of students into their college experience. Students acquire a clearer understanding of college requirements, campus culture and resources. They will explore career paths, examine personal motivation and develop study skills common to successful college students. Required of students having fewer than 15 college level credit hours (not to include dual credit), and needing course work in developmental areas based on entrance test scores. 

    SDEV 0171 – Strategies for Success (1 credit hour)
    This course is designed for the academically at-risk student needing to improve skills for academic success. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to: time/priority management, study techniques, motivation, goal setting and decision making, critical thinking skills, learning styles, stress management, career planning, and interpersonal skills. Required of students placed on Academic Dismissal, Permanent Academic Dismissal and/or Financial Aid Suspension. Recommended for students on Continued Academic Probation.

    Learn more at this link: Catalog Course Descriptions and Pre-requisites

  • Reflections on Journeys

    This class has been so helpful and a great learning experience. I wish this type of course had been a requirement in my home state, maybe I would have stuck with it? Who knows. I am grateful that I was "forced" to take this class. The lessons were extremely useful. They will continue to be useful throughout my college career. I would change nothing about how this class is laid out.

    - Barnes

    The two things we covered in class that I found most helpful was time management and the four types of learning styles. I have never been great about managing my time, so having a class that taught me different techniques, that I could use, really helped. Now, I try to set a schedule every day so that I can manage my time more effectively. When it came to the module about the four different types of learning styles, I was surprised because I hadn't even heard of them before. I found out that I was a kinesthetic learner which allowed me to explore different options of study.

    - Louis

    There is more to college than making sure you register on time and get your work in. Through this course, I have learned that there is more to learning than reading a book and taking lecture notes. One module I was especially thankful for was the Learning Styles module. I always thought of myself as a physical, hands-on learner. There is some truth to that, I learn better through doing things. I discovered that I learn best through visuals: color coding notes, graphs, etc. Putting this knowledge into my studies afterwards, I could retain information much better.

    - Lola

    This class helped me look into my career, and I now am confident that it is perfect. I know what path to take towards my dream with little debt as possible. I loved the module that allowed me to put what I want in life, and see if my career would be enough income. Becoming a Registered Nurse, is the perfect income for my family. I would do everything the same in hopes of other students gaining the same knowledge as I did.

    - Andrea

     

Frequently Asked Questions

I have an SDEV Registration Hold on my account. How do I remove it?

Contact the Student Development department by email at nvc-sdev@alamo.edu or call 210-486-4289 for assistance.

Why do I have to take EDUC 1300 Learning Framework, EDUC 1100 Learning Framework or SDEV 0370 Foundations College Learning?

These courses are mandatory for First-Time-in-College students or those with less than 15 earned credit hours. *Dual Credit hours do not count toward this requirement.

What is the difference between EDUC 1300 Learning Framework, EDUC 1100 Learning Framework, and SDEV 0370 Foundations College Learning?

Students who test at ENGL 1301 plus or ENGL 1301 must register for EDUC 1300.  EDUC 1100 is only an option for students in Certificate Level II or Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS degree) programs. Students who test at ENGL 1301++ or INRW 0420 must register for SDEV 0370.

*If you have any questions about your proper placement in these courses, please contact the Student Development Department at 210-486-4289 or nvc-sdev@alamo.edu

All courses cover time management, study skills, goal-setting, educational goal planning and more.

EDUC 1300 Learning Framework requires more academic writing assignments, deeper study of learning theories, information literacy and developing an electronic portfolio of your academic work. 

EDUC 1100 is a modified EDUC 1300 for Cert II/AAS students only.

SDEV 0370 Foundation College Learning focuses on learning campus support services and improving academic performance.

Should I enroll in SDEV 0171?

This course is designed for the academically at-risk student needing to improve skills for academic success. 

Students should contact NVC Academic Standards Advising if you need assistance with SDEV 0171 registration: nvc-ast@alamo.edu.

Can I take Student Development courses online?

Yes. We offer courses in fully-online, Zoom/remote and hybrid formats.

What if I want to take my Student Development course in-person?

We offer early morning, daytime, evening, weekend, and Kerrville, TX campus courses.

How do I remove a Final Grade hold?

Contact the Student Development department by email at nvc-sdev@alamo.edu or call 210-486-4289 for assistance in re-registering for the course you did not pass with a "C" or better and to resolve the final grade hold.

What is considered a passing grade for EDUC 1300, EDUC 1100 or SDEV 0370?

Students must complete EDUC 1300, EDUC 1100 or SDEV 0370 by earning a final grade of “C” or higher to pass.

Please check the course syllabus for your instructor’s grading scheme and your Canvas account for your grade information.

What if I passed a similar freshman seminar course at another college?

Contact the Student Development department at nvc-sdev@alamo.edu or call 210-486-4289 to verify equivalency of the courses.

 


Contact Us

nvc-sdev@alamo.edu

Heaven De Luna
Senior Specialist

Location:
MLH 131

Phone:
210-486-4246

Mallory Plummer
Academic Program Specialist

Location:
MLH 131

Phone:
210-486-4438

Gary Bowling
SDEV Director

Location:
MLH 135

Phone:
210-486-4221

Gabriella Tapia
Senior Specialist

Location:
MLH 131

Phone:
210-486-4757