Student Academic Success

Student Academic Success uneadmin Wed, 11/06/2019 - 09:57

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) provides a comprehensive array of academic support services, including placement evaluation, courses, workshops, tutoring, writing support, digital project support, and learning consultations. The Student Academic Success Center is dedicated to supporting all students in their pursuit of being independent, effective, and successful learners.

Placement Testing

Incoming undergraduate students will be placed in an appropriate writing course or math course based on a review of multiple measures of their achievement, including high school grade point average, course grades in math and English, Advanced Placement credit, SAT/ACT scores, or transfer credit.

Students who do not meet the University's predetermined criteria are placed into an appropriate developmental mathematics course, developmental writing course, or both. These courses (prefixed with SAS) 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. 

Students who feel that their initial placement does not accurately reflect their ability are encouraged to challenge placement.


Students are assigned one of five placement 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 MAT 110G), Statistics (MAT 120), or Applications of Functions (MAT170)

L4: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (MAT 130), Statistics for the Life Sciences (MAT 150), or Pre-calculus (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).

The rubric below applies only to SAT Math tests taken after March 2016. Students may estimate their placement with this rubric.

Placement Rubric

UL2 or UL3

SAT <=570


Higher placements may be assigned based on high school mathematics courses and grades


SAT >=580, ACT 22 or higher


SAT between 540 and 580 and either high school Calculus with a grade of A or B or high school Precalculus with a grade of A.


SAT>=580 + HS Calc with grade A or B



Petition to Math department


AP Calculus Exam score of 4 or 5


Petition to Math department

To challenge math placement students may submit additional evidence of achievement, including Advanced Placement scores and updated or additional transcriptsIn particular, students who enrolled in any mathematics class during their senior year should send a final senior transcript directly to the Developmental Mathematics Supervisor at the SASC. 


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

  • Stretch English Composition (ENG 122+SAS 011, ENG 123)
  • English Composition with Writing Lab (ENG 110+SAS 011)
  • English Composition (ENG 110)

The Writing Placement Process considers multiple measures of each student's current skill in writing to determine the most appropriate writing course. Measures of writing skill include reported high school GPA, high school English grades, and in some cases, grades in writing-intensive college courses.

Students wishing to challenge their initial placement may submit additional evidence as detailed in the Writing Placement Challenge procedure. For more information, email


The SASC offers professional and peer content tutoring and digital project support for a wide variety of courses. Peer and professional writing support services are also available. Peer tutors complete a training program certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. Currently enrolled students will find tutors' regularly scheduled hours accessible online at 

Individual Consultation

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