The Comprehensive Studies Division offers courses and learning experiences that are designed to give you the skills and confidence needed for success in curriculum programs. You may be recommended to take Comprehensive Studies (developmental) courses depending on your placement test scores. Or, you may elect to take one or more courses on your own. Regardless, your skills will be carefully evaluated when you enroll, and a plan of study will be developed that's customized to your needs. (You may or may not need all areas of study.)
Enrolling in Comprehensive Studies
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers developmental courses in math, reading, and English to prepare students for success in their college-level coursework. We also offer college skills and success courses that aim to teach students valuable college and life skills for success. Our mission is to cultivate in students the foundational knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for success in college and life. We focus on helping students successfully transition from where they are to where they want to be; we prepare students with the hard skills to succeed in their college and work careers while also instilling in them the soft skills they need to reach their goals now and after leaving college.
Comprehensive Studies Department Includes:
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers preparation in the following academic areas provided below. See our online college catalog for prerequisites and/or exit competency requirements.
COL 103 College Skills - 3 credits
COL 105 Freshman Seminar - 3 credits
COL 111 e-Learning Success - 1 credit
COL 135 Introduction to Adult Social Interactions -
ENG 100 Introduction to Composition
ENG 150 Basic Communications (Non-Degree Credit) - 3 hours
MAT 032 Developmental Math (Pre-Algebra) - 3 credits
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra – 3 credits
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra – 3 credits
MAT 150 Fundamentals of Mathematics (Non-Degree Credit) - 3 hours
RDG 100 Critical Reading - 3 credits
What is Express Track?
After completing a diagnostic test to determine exactly what he/she knows and doesn't know, each student will be placed on an individualized "Learning Path." These classes are designed to take the instructors "off the stage" and put them in the classroom to offer individualized, on-demand instruction based on individual student needs.
Why Express Track?
Express Track students will spend most of their time actually doing math and English work. Because they will only be practicing, learning, and mastering what they individually need to know, students can progress through as much of their pre-curriculum sequence as possible and move into the credit classes required for their programs more quickly.
If your ACCUPLACER or Multiple Measure placement scores indicate you need a pre-curriculum math course, such as MAT 032 or 101 before beginning the credit math courses required for your program, you may opt to enroll in the Math Express Track courses, MAT 150. MAT 150 students spend part of their class time in whole group instruction, and the rest of class time working in the Math Flex Lab on their individualized learning plan.
If your ACCUPLACER test scores indicate you need a pre-curriculum English course before beginning the credit English courses required for your program, you may opt to enroll in the English Express Track course, ENG 150.
After Express Track
Your math and/or English placement after your Express Track experience will be based on your successful completion of the modules on your Learning Path. Because of the individualized nature of the Express Track, students will exit at different levels. Your instructor or a Comprehensive Studies advisor will help you determine your next steps.
Math Fast Track
Fast Track classes allow students to complete a sequence of courses in a shorter but faster-paced time period. Our Fast Track courses are offered in 7-week back-to-back sessions. For example, students who place into MAT 032 may elect to take a 7-week MAT 032 followed by a 7-week MAT 101 and attempt to complete both requirements in one semester instead of spending 14 weeks on each. The Fast Track program allows students to move through their developmental sequence and into their college-level courses as quickly as possible. Check with your instructor, advisor, or the schedule of classes if you are interested in Fast Track courses.
The Comprehensive Studies Department also offers student success courses, including College Skills (COL 103), offered each term. Students who successfully complete the courses earn 3 semester-hour credits which can, with advisor's approval, be used as elective credit toward graduation in associate degree programs. COL 103 may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, campus resources, time management, memory techniques, and other subjects to facilitate student success. This course is designed to help students adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills. COL 111: e-Learning Success is specifically designed to help students who are or will be enrolled in online or hybrid classes learn the skills needed to succeed in those courses.
Credit for Developmental Courses
Developmental courses offered through the Comprehensive Studies Department (courses numbered less than 100) generate no credit hours, do not affect the GPA, and do not count toward graduation. However, credits earned in the College Skills course (COL 103) may be used for elective credit in associate degree programs, with advisor approval. Courses numbered 100 generate credit hours and affect the GPA but do not count toward graduation in any certificate, diploma, or associate degree program.
Financial Aid for Comprehensive Studies
To find out more about financial aid opportunities for developmental coursework, please contact Financial Aid.
Standards of Progress for Comprehensive Studies Students
When students enroll in the Comprehensive Studies program, their skills are evaluated and study programs are planned for them. Students may take from four months to a year to complete their basic skills improvement.
Location: Anderson Hall 250
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(The Comprehensive Studies Department Office is closed during most holidays when the College is officially closed. Call ahead to verify availability of Comprehensive Studies staff, if you plan to receive assistance during a holiday period.)
Phone: 646-1395 or toll-free 1-866-269-5677, ext. 1395.