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 1110 for college credit. Mathematics courses follow a similar pattern beginning with MATH 0099 and then MATH 100 or MATH 021/022 (MATH 021/022 together are equivalent to MATH 100). These courses have required co-requisite NATH 1996 topics courses associated with them. Depending on the student’s major, the student will register into MATH 1215, MATH 1170, or MATH 1118 after successfully completing MATH 100.  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 1110 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 1215 or MATH 1215X and/or MATH 1215Y are prerequisite courses for college-level, transfer courses such as MATH 1350, MATH 2118, and MATH 1220.  Students are placed into these series of courses according to their placement scores on the ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT, or according to analysis of their high school transcripts. 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 1215, MATH 1215X and MATH 1215Y, MATH 1170, or MATH 2118 and ENGL 1110.
  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 Placement Score Guidesheet  

ACT Score

SAT Score

Next Gen Accuplacer

HS Transcript Review

Course Placement

Reading

Reading

Reading

 

Course

 

 

<237

<2.0 (Accuplacer prep)

Adult Education

<18

<430

237-249

2.0 – 2.5

ENGL 100 & FYEX 1110

18+

430+

250+

 

Use Writing Score

English

English

Writing

 

Course

<14

<380

<237

 

Adult Education

14 - 18

380-449

237-262

2.6 – 2.9

ENGL 1110 Z

19+

450-600

263+

3.0+ or 2.7+ and 'B' or higher in most recent English

ENGL 1110

Math

Math

Arithmetic

 

Course

<13

 <320

<237

 D or lower in Algebra I

Adult Education

13 - 14

320 – 379

237 – 243

C-, C, or C+ in Algebra I or D+ or lower in Algebra II

*(MATH 099 & 1996)

15 - 16

380 – 429

244-259

 C- or C in Algebra II

*(MATH 021 & 1996 P1) or *(MATH 100 & 1996)

16 -17

430 – 489

260-275

 C+ or B- or B in Algebra II and/or C-, C, or C+ in Statistics or College Readiness Math (CRM)

*(MATH 1215 X/1215Y Lecture & 106 or MATH 1215 X Mastery

18 - 19

490 -519

276-300

 B+ in Algebra II and/or B- or B in Statistics or CRM and/or C or lower in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

Math 1215 Lecture or Math 1130 or Math 1170 or *(Math 1118 & Math 1215X)

Math

Math

QRAS

 

Course

 <16

 <440 

<244

 

Use Arithmetic Score

16 - 17

440 – 489

244-252

 

*(MATH 1215 X/1215Y Lecture & 106 or MATH 1215 X Mastery

18 - 19

490 – 519

253-300

B+ in Algebra II and/or B- or B in Statistics or CRM and/or C or lower in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

Math 1215 Lecture or Math 1130 or Math 1170 or *(Math 1118 & Math 1215X)

20 - 21

520 – 539

262-300

 B+ or higher in Algebra II and/or C+ in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

MATH 1350 or MATH 1118

Math

Math

Advanced A and F

 

Course

  <16

 <440

 <218

 

use QRAS scores

16 – 17

440 – 489

218-227

C+, B-, or B in Algebra II and/or C-, C, or C+ in Statistics or CRM

*(MATH 1215 X/1215Y Lecture & 106 or MATH 1215 X Mastery

18 – 19

490 – 519

228-238

 B+ in Algebra II and/or B- or B in Statistics or CRM and/or C or lower in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

Math 1215 Lecture or Math 1130 or Math 1170 or *(Math 1118 & Math 1215X)

20 - 21

520 – 539

233-238

 B+ or higher in Algebra II and/or C+ in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

MATH 1350 or MATH 1118

22 - 24

540 – 569

239-248

 B or higher in Pre-Calc., Trig., Calc., Statistics, or CRM.

MATH 1220

25+

570 – 599

249-283

 A-, A, or A+ in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

MATH 1230, MATH 1240, MATH 1250

26+

600+

249-283

 A-, A, or A+ in Pre-Calc., Trig., or Calc.

MATH 1430

28 +

640-699

284-300

 Need placement scores 

PHYC 1230, MATH 1512