Information for Early College Start Government
High school students taking government courses through
Austin Community College need to be aware that expectations for U.S. Government
(GOVT 2305) and Texas and State and Local Government (GOVT 2306) may be
different than those for high school courses that they may be taking. Below is a summary of some of the
expectations which are typical for a Government course at Austin Community
College. It is our hope that by providing this information, students will be
better able to evaluate their readiness for enrolling in such a course.
college level government courses presume that the student has had a basic
government course during the past two years or so which emphasized basic
concepts of American Government.
These concepts include, federalism, division of powers, separation
of powers, checks and balances, and the Constitution. Students who do not have this prior
experience with or exposure to these and other basic concepts may find the
course very challenging, especially at the beginning.
course includes a substantial reading assignment before each class
meeting. Students are
expected to be familiar with the material to be covered in each class and
to have read the appropriate sections of the text PRIOR to the class
most classes, some type of writing assignment is a requirement for
successfully completing the course.
Most classes include essay questions on each exam. In addition, many classes require
research papers, reaction papers, book reports, and/or investigative reports as a
substantial element of the course grade.
normal mode of delivery is lecture.
While many classes include class discussions as well as class
activities, the predominant mode of delivery is lecture. The student has a responsibility to
read the assignments prior to class and to be able to take notes based on
the reading assignment and class presentation.
instructor has attendance policies and class behavior policies which a
student must adhere to. This
includes attending class regularly, arriving on time and staying for the
entire class, regardless of other school activities and responsibilities.
college courses usually meet only two times per week (in some cases only
once each week), the pace of each class may be much faster than high
school students are accustomed to.
are college courses and all students enrolled in such courses will be
treated as college students regardless of the location at which the class
meets. Students are protected
by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. In compliance with this Act,
instructors will not discuss student grades, academic progress, or class
attendance and participation with a student’s parents, unless the student
In conclusion, a college-level course
comes with certain expectations and requirements. Much
of the work for each class must be done outside of class. Students must be prepared, current in
their assignments, and full participants in each class.
Our instructors are dedicated, trained teachers and are
excited about the subject matter and the opportunity to share it with their
students. They are eager to
participate in a collaborative learning experience with their students which
results in greater subject matter knowledge and understanding as well as
improvements in reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, students who complete
their government courses are far better prepared to assume the responsibilities
of citizenship in a participatory democracy. All this, in addition to getting a head start in earning
college credit. This can be a
challenging and very rewarding experience. We look forward to traveling this path with you.