The Academic Success Center Developmental Program

DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM

Students who demonstrate skill deficiencies in the areas of reading, computation, algebra, and writing are placed into appropriate English and math courses. Tutoring Sessions provided by the Academic Support Center and the Writing Center enhance instruction. The following courses are offered to help students refresh and build subject-specific and general academic skills:

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EN 101 College Writing (3)

Offers intensive work in generating ideas, organization, style, and mechanics for the development of college-level writing. Admission by assignment. Does not fulfill core requirement in English. A Minimum grade of “C” is required. MA 085 Basic Mathematical Techniques Refreshes basic computation skills. Required of all freshmen and new students whose test scores indicate weakness in computation skills. Does not satisfy the core requirement. 3 non-degree credits. *Students may not withdraw from this course. A minimum grade of “C” is required.

MA 090 Basic Algebraic Skills

Refreshes basic algebraic skills. Required of all freshmen and new students whose test scores indicate weakness in the skills of elementary algebra. Does not satisfy the core requirement. 3 non-degree credits. Prerequisite: MA 085 or placement test. *Students may not withdraw from this course. A Minimum grade of “C” is required.

LA 096 Learning Strategies

Assists students on academic probation to develop stronger learning strategies for success in college. Emphasis is on study skills, time management and goal setting. Required of freshmen on academic probation.

LA 100 Applications of Learning

Introduces strategies to help students become successful learners. Students will learn time and self management techniques, study skills using notes and readings, and the process for writing effective essays and test answers.

LA 101 Foundations of Learning I (3 credits)

As part of the Freshman Connect program, this course will provide an examination of learning theory and its application to actual academic experiences. Instruction will focus on an integrated approach to active learning strategies and critical thinking abilities including techniques, problem solving, goal setting, information literacy, and oral and written communication. It will be taught in close collaboration with the instructors of College Writing and Western Heritage I.

LA 102 Foundations of Learning II (3 credits)

As part of the Freshman Connect program, this course is a continuation of Foundations of Learning I and will provide a metacognitive approach to learning theories and critical thinking skills. Students will explore ways to use reading and writing as a means to learn, with direct application to actual collegiate experiences. It will be taught in close collaboration with the instructors of Literary Types and Themes and Western Heritage II with application of strategies to both.

FRESHMAN CONNECT PROGRAM

The Freshman Connect Program, coordinated by the Academic Support Center, is a two-semester success program offered to conditionally-admitted students who are selected by the Office of Admissions. Participation is determined by high school GPA and transcript, SAT scores and other criteria.

Structured on a learning community model, Freshman Connect provides students with a controlled learning experience in which they can strengthen their academic skills and realize their potential as successful students while involved in college-level work.

The values in the learning community experience are not only increased competency in highly transferable skills, but also connection to classmates, professors and the College. It is believed that such bonds provide a comfortable and nurturing environment that enables students to develop personally and academically.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Fall Semester

LA101 Foundations of Learning I (3 credits)*

EN101 College Writing (3 credits)*

Spring Semester

LA102 Foundations of Learning II (3 credits)*

EN111 Literary Types and Themes (3 credits)*

 and one of the following: (each semester)

HI101 Western Heritage I (3 credits)*

TH102 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 credits)*

PH102 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)*

Plus

FS 189 Freshman Seminar (1 credit)*

Two additional courses (6 credits) **

Total Credits – 16

Plus

Two additional courses (6 credits)**

Total Credits – 15

*Descriptions of these courses may be found in the Caldwell College Undergraduate Catalog.

**The two additional courses will be determined by Accuplacer Placement Test results, student interest and course availability.

 


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