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We are here to help you with your preparation for college by offering developmental courses in math, writing and reading.

We are on the third floor of the Polsky Building, and we're ready to help you build a strong foundation so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Welcome!

Our Mission

The University of Akron’s Department of Developmental Programs seeks to apply and advance the theory and practiceof developmental education to create an environment that promotes student success, faculty growth as developmental educators, active membership in the university community.

Basic Courses


  • Fundamentals of Math I, II, III, IV and V (2010:081,082,083,084 and 085)
  • Extended Basic Math II (2010:036) - look for full semester dates
    • Extended Basic Math II Part A (2010:056)
    • Extended Basic Math II Part B (2010:057)
  • Supported Basic Math II (2010:054) - look for full semester dates
  • Extended Fundamentals of Math IV - look for full semester dates
  • Basic Writing (2101:042)
  • Basic Writing Accelerated paired with English 121 (2010:042)
    • (look for half semester dates)
  • College Reading and Study Skills (2010:062)
  • Applied Study Strategies (2010:064)

The Donald Taylor Scholarship

The Department of Developmental Programs chooses students for the Outstanding Student Award Ceremony which takes place yearly. These awards are given to students with outstanding academic achievement, exemplary attendance, and exceptional participation and contributions to the classroom learning environment. This fund was established in memory of Mr. Donald Taylor, College Lecturer Emeritus. Mr. Taylor was a beloved colleague, instructor and tutor in the department until his passing in 2014.

Learn more

The University of Akron
Polsky Building 334A

Monday - Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-1pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed