Student Academic Success

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC), a unit within Student Support Services, provides a comprehensive array of academic support services, including placement testing, courses, workshops, tutoring, and individual consultations. The goal of the Student Academic Success Center is to assist students in becoming more independent and efficient learners so that they are able to meet the University's academic standards and to attain their personal educational goals.

Placement Testing

Before Orientation, all new undergraduate and transfer students are assessed for competence in writing and mathematics. Placement test scores, SAT scores and a review of each incoming student's previous coursework are considered.

Students who do not meet the University's predetermined criteria are placed into an appropriate developmental mathematics course, developmental writing course, or both. SAS courses are subject to the academic policies and procedures set forth by CAS and CHP.  SAS courses, however, do not satisfy core curriculum or graduation requirements.

Based on placement testing results, students are assigned one of five levels in Mathematics.

L2:   Introduction to Algebra and Problem Solving (SAS 021)
L3:   Advanced Algebra and Problem Solving (SAS 022), Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 110), or Statistics (MAT 120)
L4:   Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (MAT 130), Statistics for the Life Sciences (MAT 150), or Precalculus (MAT 180)
L5:   Calculus I (MAT 190) or Geometry (MAT 240)
L6   Calculus II (MAT 195), Linear Algebra (MAT 220), or Foundations of Mathematics (MAT 230).

Students with a Math SAT score of 550 or higher (ACT≥ 22) are assigned a UL4 placement level and are not required to complete the placement test.   Students with a Math SAT score lower than 550 (ACT < 22) are required to complete the Accuplacer® placement exam. Placement testing will be offered on the first day of new student orientation. Students may also complete testing by appointment at the Student Academic Success Center.  Students who do not complete placement testing will be assigned a UL2 placement level.

Based on the placement process, students are assigned one of three levels of Writing.

UWT:   Developmental level Writing Tutorial (SAS 010)

UWL:   Engaging with Text Writing Lab (SAS011)
UEC:   English Composition (ENG 110)     

Students with a Writing SAT of 470 or higher (ACT≥20) are placed in ENG110.  Students with a Writing SAT score of 440-460 (ACT 18 -19) are placed in ENG110 and SAS011 concurrently.  Students with a Writing SAT score lower than 440 (ACT ≤17) are placed in SAS010.  Students without Writing SAT, ACT, transfer courses, or AP credit will be required to take the Writing placement exam offered at orientation.


The Student Academic Success Center offers professional and peer tutoring to support a variety of undergraduate courses. Peer tutors complete a training program by the College Reading and Learning Association. Peer and professional writing support services are also available.  Tutors' regularly scheduled hours are posted in the Student Academic Success Center on each campus and are accessible online at

Individual Consultation

Learning specialists are available (by appointment) to meet with students seeking assistance with their specific course demands. Consultations regarding learning styles, note-taking skills, active reading skills, time management skills, test-taking skills and preparation for professional boards are  available.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2014-2015 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 30, 2014.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.