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Department of Student Transitions

Chair and Lecturer II: L. Gomes (MA), 450-3220
Senior Lecturer: A. Baldwin (EdD), L. Christman (MA), S. Johnson (MLA), A. Martin (PhD), R. Novy (PhD), C. Olds (MA), K. Pachlhofer (EdD)
Lecturer II: R. Bogoslavsky (MA)
Lecturer I: D. Sanders (MA)

[1] Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Student Transitions is to promote learning and development for students in transition and to assist in establishing skills that help them progress to graduation.

To achieve this mission, University College:

  • Provides remediation in writing, literacy, and math.
  • Offers coordinated courses to reinforce and apply academic skills in the academic core.
  • Assists with the development of non-cognitive skills.
  • Participates in research on methodologies necessary for student success.

In support of our mission, we offer the following courses that assist in first-year students’ transition to college:

  • Co-requisite developmental courses paired with a college-level equivalent or complement.
  • ACAD 1300: Journeys to Success: Exploring Strategies for Academic and Personal Development.

[2] General Information

The Department of Student Transitions provides transitional courses to undergraduate students who meet the conditional or conditional-prep standards for admission as established by the Board of Trustees and set forth in the Undergraduate Bulletin. These courses include the state-mandated transitional requirements, ACAD 1300: Journeys to Success, and select UCA Core courses.

[3] Transitional Course Completion Policy

It is the policy of the University of Central Arkansas and the State of Arkansas that any student who is required to complete transitional course work in reading, writing, or mathematics must complete all courses required for remediation within the first 30 credit hours enrolled at UCA.  Unsuccessful attempts in transitional courses may include those that result in a grade of D, F, or W.  Failure to complete the required course(s) within the first 30 hours will result in transitional suspension from UCA. To re-enroll at UCA, a student must complete the transitional course requirements with a grade of C or higher at another accredited institution of higher education, as defined by the Undergraduate Bulletin in Admission to the University Section [7] Transfer of Credit, and provide UCA with a transcript prior to registration for classes.

Additionally, this Transitional Course Completion Policy will apply to former UCA students who choose to re-enroll at the University. This policy complies with the provisions of ACT 1184 of 2011, ACA, § 6-60-208, and AHECB Policy 5.14.1. The policy is administered at UCA through the Department of Student Transitions.

UCA provides support services for students enrolled in the transitional courses including peer tutoring, computer-aided tutorials and software. Instructors maintain office hours so students can get individual help beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services.

[4] Course Descriptions (UNIV, ACAD)

Follow this link for UNIV (Transitional Course) course descriptions: course link.

Follow this link for ACAD (Academic Success) course descriptions: course link.