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Transitional Studies

Program Description

Transitional Studies (or developmental) courses, which are for college credit, are intended to provide the fundamental preparation for college-level work. The Transitional Studies Program is not a degree or certificate program itself, nor do the courses count towards a degree, although they do qualify for federal financial aid for up to 30 credits.

Educational Advancement Opportunities

Transitional Studies credit courses are offered in series. Upon the successful completion of the Transitional English courses, the student will register into ENGL 110 for college credit. Mathematics courses follow a similar pattern beginning with MATH 100 or MATH 021/022 (MATH 021/022 together are equivalent to MATH 100). Depending on the student’s major, the student will register into MATH 101, MATH 120, MATH 115, or MATH 111 after successfully completing MATH 100. In addition, there are academic courses that are co-requisites to the English and mathematics courses. Opportunities are available for acceleration in both Transitional English and Transitional Mathematics courses. Candidates must be motivated and prepared to work at a high level to be successful in any accelerated course.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete Transitional MATH and ENGL courses before registering into college-level mathematics and English courses. ENGL 110 is a suggested prerequisite for many college courses, such as Anthropology, Art History, History, and Sociology. This is due to the quality of writing and research skills expected to be successful in the courses. MATH 120 or MATH 102 are prerequisite courses for college-level, transfer courses such as STAT 145 and MATH 121.  Students are placed into these series of courses according to their placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT. The Learning Commons offers tutoring to students who want to improve their ACCUPLACER scores.

Program Learning Goals

Transitional Studies provides students with research-based instruction with an end to provide them with the preparation necessary to be successful in college-level work. All course syllabi include course learning objectives indicating the skills and behaviors the student should know and be able to perform upon successful completion of each course. Upon successful completion of the required Transitional Studies courses, students will demonstrate that they have developed the ability to:

  1. Successfully complete MATH 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 120 (Note: MATH 101/102/103 are the equivalent of MATH 120), MATH 115, or MATH 111 and ENGL 110.
  2. Apply effective strategies for critical thinking, study skills, mathematical problem solving, college-level writing and reading including the use of Internet and library resources.

 Contact and Advising Information

Information about the Transitional Studies program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu.

Initial Placement Scores:

 

UNM - Valencia Campus Assessment Center

ACT Score

SAT Score

Next Gen Accuplacer

Course Placement

Reading

Reading

Reading

Course

 

 

200-236

Adult Education

0 - 17

<=429

237-249

ENGL 100 & FYEX 1110 (former UNIV 101)

18 or Higher

430+

250+

Use Writing Score

English

English

Writing

Course

0-14

<=379

200-236

Adult Education

14 - 18 (14-15 CNM)

380-449

237-262

ENGL 1110 Z (former 113)

19 + (18+ CNM)

450-600

263+

ENGL 1110 (former 110)

Math

Math

Arithmetic

Course

0 - 13

 

200-243

Adult Education

14 - 16

 

244-259

MATH 021 & 1996 (former 193 P1) or MATH 100 & 1996 (former 193)

17 -18

 

260-275

MATH 1215 X/1215Y (former 101/102) Lecture & 106 or MATH 101 Mastery

19 - 20

430-509

276-300

MATH 1170 (former 115)

Math

Math

QRAS

Course

 

 

200-243

Use Arithmetic Score

20 - 21

471-509

244-252

MATH 1215 (former 120), MATH 101 Mastery,          MATH 1170 (former 115)

22 - 24

510-569

253-300

MATH 1350 (former STAT 145), MATH 1110       (former 111), MATH 1130 (former 129)

Math

Math

Advanced A and F

Course

 

 

 200-217

use QRAS scores

19 - 20

430-470

218-227

MATH 1215 X/1215Y (former 101/102) Lecture & 106 or MATH 101 Mastery

20 - 21

471-509

228-238

MATH 1215 (former 120), MATH 101 Mastery,       MATH 1170 (former 115)

22 - 24

510-569

239-248

MATH 1220 (former 121)

25+

570+

249-283

MATH 1230 (former 123), MATH 1240 (former 150), MATH 1250 (former 153)

26+

600+

249-283

MATH 1430 (former 180)

28 +

640-699

284-300

PHYS 1230 (former 151), MATH 1512 (former 162)