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    Academics

    Academic Development

    2016 Academic Development Division Award winner Kendle Pitts, of Germantown, Md., earned a full scholarship to Shepherd University thanks to his achievements at Lackawanna. "I am doing things people said I could never do. Each day I wake up with a purpose and a goal, and I will not stop until I am where I want to be in life," he said upon receiving the award.

    2016 Academic Development Division Award winner Kendle Pitts, of Germantown, Md., earned a full scholarship to Shepherd University thanks to his achievements at Lackawanna. “I am doing things people said I could never do. Each day I wake up with a purpose and a goal, and I will not stop until I am where I want to be in life,” he said upon receiving the award.

    In supporting the success of underprepared college students through progressive approaches, Lackawanna College has established a model of excellence in Academic Development. Our approach empowers students academically, professionally, and socially.

    Academic Development coursework is designed to provide students who may require additional instruction with the basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills they will need to find success at the college level. The College uses SAT, ACT, and/or ACCUPLACER scores to determine the proper placement of students.

    This coursework is considered a prerequisite before any additional courses may be taken in the corresponding area. Academic Development courses receive institutional credit only.

    For its work in Academic Development, the College has previously received the Outstanding Developmental Program Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators. In their recognition letter, PADE commended the College for setting “an outstanding example of how higher education institutions can provide the best possible growth opportunities for their students.”

    Course Progression

    Basic Courses

    BASIC WRITING SKILLS – DEV 010
    This course prepares students to succeed in upper level writing courses. A basic review of grammar is coupled with extensive practice in sentence recognition and development. Special emphasis is placed on paragraph development techniques, sentence structure, usage and language mechanics.

    READING FOR COLLEGE – DEV 020
    This course is designed to develop fundamental reading skills through extensive practice in order to increase the student’s ability to read efficiently and critically, improve vocabulary, and make inferences from what is read.

    BASIC MATH SKILLS – DEV 030
    This course reinforces basic arithmetic skills while introducing some fundamental algebraic concepts in preparation for college-level math. Concepts and skills are developed through the integration of algebra and arithmetic problem-solving applications.

    Students may not withdraw from a DEV course without the permission of the Director of Developmental Education.

    Bridge Courses

    FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING – ENG 102
    The purpose of this course is to help students develop a clear understanding of grammar, punctuation, and usage, in order to effectively produce academic essays in a knowledgeable manner. Students will be required to critically analyze literary works and refine their analysis as they prepare academic essays.

    CRITICAL READING – ENG 103
    The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students for college reading material – textbooks, journals, articles and newspapers. The emphasis is on active reading and developing specific strategies for understanding assigned college reading materials. The course begins with basic reading strategies, including vocabulary development, and then moves into more advanced strategies for comprehension, study reading, and specialized reading.

    INTRO TO ALBEGRA – MAT 110
    This course concentrates on basic numerical and algebraic skills. Specifically, students cover polynomials, fractions, decimals, signed numbers, solving first-degree equations of one variable, exponents, and a number of word problems and applications.

    Students who complete their basic- and bridge-level courses will be eligible for entry into college-level courses including College Writing, Intro to Psychology, and College Algebra.