APLUS Developmental Studies Program

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The one-semester Developmental Studies (DS) Program is designed for full-time students whose placement scores have indicated a need to strengthen academic skills in writing, reading, and/or math, prior to acceptance into their desired academic program.  Students enrolled in the DS program, with the guidance of their academic advisor, select appropriate reading, writing, and math courses.  In addition, students will also enroll in HUM 1300:  On Course for Success, a course which focuses on strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success, and in INT 1520:  Student Success Seminar, a five-week course  which all first-time, full-time students take to ease the transition to the college experience.  Finally, student select other course electives from a variety of fields such as art, physical education, computer science, and humanities.
Upon completion of the DS program, students transition into their desired program of study and enroll in appropriate coursework, as recommended by their academic advisors.

What do our students say?

“This [APLUS] program is not a bad thing. It is a confidence builder. You will learn a lot about yourself.”
“When I first started the APLUS program, I was very upset. I thought ‘what are people or my friends going to think of me when I tell them I am not in regular classes like them?’ But what I realized throughout the semester was that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. It really helped me achieve many different things and to be confident in myself and what I am going to become. It also preps you for your next semester classes that you will be taking.”
“This semester has taught me many life lessons and I have created a good bond with the other students in my classes. This was a great program and changed me a lot.”
“When I started college, I was very intimidated, but as time went on I became very comfortable. This APLUS program helped me to build confidence in myself, that I could be successful in college.”

For more information, contact Amber Kautzman, Coordinator of Developmental Studies
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How was I placed into this program?

You were placed into this program as a result of your placement scores. These scores indicate that you need help developing your reading, writing, or math skills before you are eligible to take college-level courses. The APLUS program will help you to prepare for courses at the college-level.

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How long is the APLUS program?

The program is for one semester. Depending on your placement test scores, you will take developmental courses in math, reading, writing, and INT 1510: Achievement and Self. Your schedule will also have space for an appropriate elective, such as an art or music class, physical education offering or computer science.   Once you have successfully completed your developmental courses, you will be eligible for college-level courses in the following semester.

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Is the APLUS program required?

Yes. As a way to prepare you for college-level courses, we’ve created a great learning experience for you to ready yourself for the full college experience. We have found that students who have completed this program have a better chance of succeeding when they advance to college-level courses.

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Will I get to take courses in my major?

That depends on your major. Some programs offer courses that you may be eligible to take. These include art, music, business, physical education, and welding classes. If you look in the College Catalog, you will see the minimum requirements listed for each course in the section titled, “Course Descriptions.” Most majors require a reading score of 80+ and/or the successful completion of ENG 1510 before you are eligible. If this is the case, you will probably start courses for your major after you have successfully completed the APLUS program.

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Can I get financial aid when I’m in APLUS?

Yes. If it is your first semester in college, you can qualify for financial aid as long as you have 6 college-level credits in addition to your developmental courses. One of those six credits will be the required one-credit Student Success Seminar that all full-time freshman students take. INT 1510: Achievement and Self is worth 3 college-level credits, which brings you to 4 total. For the other two college-level credits, you have options such as computer science, art, music, or Physical Education classes.

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Can I take the APLUS classes at night?

The full APLUS program is only offered during the day. There are, however, many developmental courses offered in the evening. You will want to discuss these options with your advisor.

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Can I play sports while I’m in the APLUS program?

Yes! Make sure you tell your advisor that you are a student athlete when you are building your schedule at advisement so he or she knows to schedule classes earlier in the day.

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What will my schedule look like?

The APLUS program is a full-time program involving 12-18 credits. Below is a sample schedule. Not all students will have this exact schedule, but it will be similar. 

M/W/F - 9-9:50 a.m. ENG 0430 Essential Writing Skills, 10-10:50 a.m. MAT 0500 Elementary Algebra
M/W - 1:15-2:30 p.m. ENG 0410 Reading Versatility
T/R weeks 1-5 - 10-11:15 a.m. CSC 1300 Computer Basics, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. INT 1520 Student Success Seminar
T/R weeks 6-10/15 - 10-11:15 a.m. CSC 1320 Intro to Elec. Word Processing, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. HUM 1510 Achievement and Self

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How long will it take me to complete my degree?

This is a difficult question because the answer depends on many factors, including motivation, success in your courses, how many credits you complete each semester, and whether or not you change your major, to name a few. This program will help you to prepare for completing your degree, but you are ultimately responsible for how long it takes to finish your degree.

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I have a disability and need testing and/or classroom accommodations. Can I arrange for this kind of help in college?

Students with disabilities (learning, physical, sensory, psychological, medical, etc.) need to work through the Disability Support Services office to request and arrange accommodations and/or assistive technology.

Phone: 716.338.1251
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