ACAD 1300: Journeys to Success

Your journey to success starts here. The Department of Student Transitions proudly offers an engaging course that helps you make the transition to college-level expectations. This course, Journeys to Success: Exploring Strategies for Academic and Personal Development (ACAD 1300), is designed to help you answer the following essential questions:

  1. What are the expectations for college and how best can you meet them?
  2. What are the best strategies for deep, long-term learning in college classes and how do you know when to use them?
  3. What college activities help you create a fulfilling college experience and how do you plan to maximize their impact on you?
  4. How do you complete a college degree on time and develop a pathway to help you achieve your life and career goals?

What is Journeys to Success?

More specifically, Journeys to Success is designed to explore the fundamentals of college success through academic topics such as setting short-term and long-term goals, developing non-cognitive skills for success, learning to learn, decreasing the negative effects of stress, and creating an academic and financial plan for completing college. The course is a First-Year Seminar (FYS) course in the Responsible Living category, which means it fulfills degree requirements. For more information, see a sample course syllabus.

Who takes Journeys to Success?

While Journeys to Success is required for all conditionally-admitted students and conditional-prep status students during their first enrollment period, it is open to any student who has earned fewer than 30 credit hours at UCA. Between 33%-42% of the first-year students take Journeys each fall.

Who teaches Journeys to Success?

Faculty who teach Journeys to Success come from different areas of the campus and may fulfill additional roles besides teaching, but they each hold a master’s degree or Ph.D. and have considerable experience working with first-year students and students in transition.

What do students say about Journeys to Success?

“Without this course, I would not have gotten through my first semester of school.  [My professor] has taught me so much about UCA, how to handle stress, and the helpful resources that are here.”

“This course helped me gain new knowledge for how I could conquer my first semester of college.  It helped me understand how to transition from high school to college.”