The Registrar and the Director of Academic Advising manage the Academic Advising and Registration Office. The Academic Advising and Registration Office advises students on all aspects of their academic programs. It also is responsible for processing registration forms, enrollment verification forms, deferments, mid-term and final grades, grade changes, name and address changes, transcript requests, waivers, curriculum change forms, and degree audit files. The office produces schedule books for the fall, winter, and summer semesters, evaluates academic credits for transferability, audits prospective graduates’ files, maintains student records, oversees Veterans’ eligibility, maintains course equivalency guides, and maintains attendance records.
The Health and Safety Committee of the Faculty Assembly assists in overseeing the safety and appropriate operation of academic facilities, and helps to ensure that instructional practices support the safe operation of these facilities. Working with the Director of Facilities and the Director of Campus Safety, the Committee performs an annual review of academic facilities and instructional practices. Any concerns that faculty or students have regarding health and safety may be reported to the Committee, which will work with the appropriate department to ensure corrective action is taken.
The Committee also works with the academic departments to identify new equipment and practices which might improve the academic working environment.
The faculty of the College participate in the governance of the College through the Faculty Assembly and its committees. The faculty play a central role in developing curriculum and academic policies, in setting standards of excellence, and in maintaining the quality of a CCS education. The Faculty Assembly is the principal vehicle through which the faculty fulfill this role. While the Faculty Assembly cannot by its decisions bind the administration or Board of Trustees, the administration and Board accord great respect to the Assembly and seek to cooperate with it in all areas affecting the well-being of the College. The Faculty Assembly operates according to the Faculty Assembly By- laws and through a set of committees. The By-Laws and committee guidelines are posted on the College’s Blackboard portal.
Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the Dean of Students is responsible for the day-to-day management of the offices within Student Affairs. In addition, the Dean of Students oversees institutional retention initiatives, judicial affairs, the Student Concerns Committee, the Student Handbook, and the Code of Student Conduct.
The Wellness Center offers free personal counseling to all registered CCS students, wellness seminars, yoga classes, and access to a nurse practitioner for basic medical care.
A student may repeat a course in which credit has been earned in order to improve their grade. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Any course, or its equivalent transfer course, may be applied only once toward fulfillment of any and all degree requirements, including elective credit. Work from previous attempts at the course cannot be reused in future attempts without written approval from the faculty member teaching the repeated course.
A list of helpful Academic Advising and Registration forms available on the College’s Campus Offices page follows:
- Academic Alert Form – This online form was designed to proactively help students who may need additional support with their academic progress. An instructor may submit an Academic Alert Referral for any student in order to address an academic concern.
- Registration Permission – An online form that requires the signature of the Department Chair or Program Manager, granting a student permission to register for a course that is filled or that has some other restriction.
- Drop Request – An online form that the student must complete in order to begin the process of dropping (withdrawing) a course. The student’s Academic Advisor must sign the form for drops. If the student is changing section numbers no Advisor’s signature is needed.
- Curriculum Change – An online form completed by a Department Chair advising Registration to alter a student’s curriculum in some way. Contact the Academic Advising and Registration Office to obtain the appropriate form.
- Change of Major – A form with which a student may transfer from one program to another. The student must present their portfolio to the proposed new Department Chair for acceptance. The new Department Chair will sign and date the form, which indicates acceptance of the student into the major and confirms the assignment of studio credit.
- Declaration of Minor – A form with which an undergraduate student may declare a minor.
- Complete Withdrawal Form – If a student intends a complete withdrawal from CCS for the semester they must meet with an Advisor in the Academic Advising and Registration Office and then a Financial Aid officer for an exit interview. The Academic Advising and Registration Office processes the Complete Withdrawal form and distributes it to all concerned departments.
The Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies with the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for the day-to-day management of the College’s graduate and undergraduate academic departments and programs, respectively. They collaborate with the Dean of Academic Affairs on academic development and work closely with the President on a variety of strategic initiatives. The Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies supervises the department chairs and recommends appointment, reappointment, and advancement of faculty to the President.
As chief executive officer of the institution, the President is responsible for carrying out the mission and goals of the College. He supervises and directs the affairs of the College through its staff, and assures that the standards and procedures used by the institution conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for the preservation of existing institutional resources and the creation of new resources and is the chief spokesperson and representative of the College, working for public understanding and recognition. Reporting to the President are the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Director of Community Arts Partnerships, Director of Design Core Detroit, and the Assistant Secretary of the Board who is also the President’s Executive Assistant.
The College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Interior Design department is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.