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Academics

Academic success is not always defined by a grade on a transcript. For Aggies Elevated students, success is measured more by the attempt than by the outcome. Attending study groups, putting forth their best effort, utilizing available supports—and sometimes failing—all are important lessons for our students as they become lifelong learners.

First-year students attend many classes and study groups together, as many first-year courses are foundational to their success. The schedules of second-year students are much more varied as they enroll in career and personal growth electives, and also have to navigate internships. 

Example of first-year student schedules.Sample schedule for second-year students.
Aggies Elevated students attend classes alongside their typical peers all across campus and in some community venues. Classes may be taken for Credit, Audit, or Pass/Fail, as arranged with Academic Success Coordinator Amy DeBruler and each course instructor. Accommodations are arranged through the USU Disability Resource Center.

Academic supports include a mandatory study group for each class in which a student is enrolled. Study groups are staffed by volunteer tutors, who are available to read, scribe, brainstorm, and direct students to resources. Individual tutoring is also available.

Examples of courses that our students have taken for credit include: USU 1010 University Connections; USU 1730 Strategies for Academic Success; HEP 2500 Health & Wellness; FCHD 3350 Family Finance; CMST 1020 Public Speaking; ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing; Art 1010 Exploring Art; ID 1750 Design in Everyday Life; LAEP 1030 Introduction to Landscape Architechture; THEA 1023 Introduction to Film; CMST 2110 Interpersonal Communication; FCHD 1500 Human Development Across the Lifespan; REH 1010 Disability and Society; NDFS 1020 Science and Application of Human Nutrition; TEE 2230 Materials and Processing Systems; BUSN 1310 Introduction to Business Management; CJ 1300 Introduction to Corrections; PRP 1000 Introduction to Recreation Services; PE 1543 Wilderness First Aid; SW 1010 Introduction to Social Welfare; and ELED 1010 Orientation to Elementary Education. The list grows every semester, as incoming students explore their options and interests.