Developmental Instruction

Developmental Instruction

Developmental Instruction

Interim Director of Act 101/EOP
  Melissa Cheese, Ed.D.
Part-time Act 101 Program Coordinator
  Brian Johnson, M.A.
Director, University Tutorial Services
  Karen Hamman, D.Ed.
Chairperson, Developmental Instruction
  Sharon G. Solloway, Ph.D.

Department Secretary
  Debbie Schell
Department Secretary
  Ailien Pham

Developmental Instruction
40 Student Services Center

Developmental Instruction Faculty Profiles

The mission of the Department of Developmental Instruction is to provide academic advisement, instruction, tutoring and other support to assist students in their academic endeavors and to maximize their potential for success in college, especially those students who enter through Act 101/EOP.

The Department of Developmental Instruction provides courses and supportive services available to all students of the University. These services and programs are designed to assist students in achieving their full potential. The developmental courses are designed to help students improve skills in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, science and ESOL. Content courses carry graduation credit and developmental courses earn institutional credit.

The Act 101/EOP Program provides access and support for students who have traditionally been under-represented in higher education. Approximately half of the students enrolled in this program are minority group members; sixty percent are women and 20 percent are older than the traditional college student.

University Tutorial Services offers free peer tutoring in a variety of courses and is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at the University.
The Department of Developmental Instruction maintains the following components in its mission to facilitate "...the cognitive and affective growth of all learners, at all levels of the learning continuum" (NADE 1996):

  • A centralized program
  • Mandatory assessment of students
  • Mandatory placement of students
  • Tutorial services
  • Tutor training
  • Advising and counseling services
  • Program evaluation

    Developmental Courses (Courses do not count toward graduation)  

    Reading I (Summer Only) 3 credits
    Reading II 3 credits
    Writing I (Summer Only) 3 credits
    Writing II 3 credits
    Introductory Algebra 3 credits
    Intermediate Algebra 3 credits


    Courses that count for graduation  

    College Study Skills 1 credit
    College Reading and Study Skills   3 credits
    Intensive Eng ESOL   3 credits
    The Art of Possibility and Mindfulness Practice (Values & Ethics)   3 credits
    Personal Mastery and Mindfulness Practice (Free Elective) 3 credits