Educational Opportunities

Developmental Studies


The purpose of the Developmental Studies program is to provide an educational opportunity for students to increase their foundation skills in preparation for regular curriculum courses. Pre-curriculum courses are designed to provide individualized and group instruction in the areas of reading, standard written English, and mathematics. 

These courses are required of students who do not achieve minimum scores on one or more sections of the college placement test and recommended to students on probation or suspension. Also, curriculum students who made a sufficient score on the college placement test but who desire to sharpen their skills for regular curriculum composition or math courses may choose to take developmental course work. 

The college placement test results determine the pre-curriculum course areas and levels appropriate for students. Preferably, course work should be taken prior to, or concurrently with, first-year curriculum studies to avoid extending the total time for graduation.

The Developmental Studies program is open to students on a year-round basis.

Upon course completion, students will have developed:

  1. Academic skills in the content areas of reading, standard written English, and/or mathematics.
  2. Expanded vocabulary and higher-level thinking skills.
  3. Responsibility for effective time management, learning styles, and study strategies.
  4. Enhanced self-confidence, positive attitude, motivation, and commitment to learning.
  5. Basic computer and keyboarding skills.