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College of Applied Science and Technology
(formerly Summit College)

Developmental Programs

Developmental Programs at The University of Akron is located on the 3rd floor of the Polsky Building - Room 334. Its mission is to prepare UA students to achieve their personal and academic goals. Toward this end, Developmental Programs offers basic academic skills courses and, and in conjunction with the Office of the Associate Provost for Student Academic Success, an array of academic support services.

Basic skills courses are offered in writing, mathematics, and reading and study skills. To further support and maintain quality instruction in General Education courses, Applied Study Strategies classes are offered to teach study skills applied specifically to challenging first-year courses.  Writing and Math Labs, and College Reading & Study Skills Center labs are available to all University students.

For the convenience of our students, tutoring and learning labs are available on the third floor of the Polsky Building.  Attached is the Tutoring Brochure.

Program Goals

Developmental Programs subscribes to the goals established by the National Association of Developmental Education. These goals are as follows:

  1. To preserve and make possible educational opportunity for each post-secondary learner.
  2. To develop in each learner the skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of academic, career, and life goals.
  3. To ensure proper placement by assessing each learner’s level of preparedness for college course work.
  4. To maintain academic standards by enabling learners to acquire the competencies needed for success in mainstream college courses.
  5. To enhance the retention of students.
  6. To promote the continued development and application of cognitive and affective learning theory.

Download the Developmental Programs brochure.

Developmental Programs Staff

Ms. Shawn Bixler
Acting Director
Office: Polsky 334
Phone: 330-972-5482
E-Mail: sbixler@uakron.edu

Mr. Andrew Richardson
Coordinator, Tutorial Services
Office: Polsky 305
Phone: 330-972-5480
Email: acr1@uakron.edu

Ms. Jeanne Semilia 
Supervisor, Developmental Programs Support
Office: Polsky 334 
Phone: 330/972-7087 
E-Mail: semilia@uakron.edu

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