College Preparatory & Developmental Studies Department
The College Preparatory & Developmental Studies Department (CPDS) helps UAA students requiring additional knowledge and skills in English and math to increase academic and critical thinking skills and develop the confidence to pursue their lifelong learning goals.
Write Your Success Story - Preparatory college English offers composition, English as a second language (ESL), reading and study skills support that prepare students to advance to the next academic level.
A Calculated Approach - In preparatory college mathematics, courses are taught with the goal of making math accessible. Presentation of the material is varied and may include flipped classes, discovery learning, computer-based individualized instruction using a Math Emporium model, or traditional lectures.
Programs and Resources
September 15, 2015
Imagine you’re returning to school, hoping to launch a new career. You explore the online catalog, but each time you read the description of a promising course, it’s followed by this frightening notation: “Prerequisites: Math A105 with a minimum grade of C.” So you enroll, grasping some topics and struggling with others. You emerge with a grade that ensures you’ll be taking that math class again, starting from scratch—delaying the day you can complete that prerequisite and accelerate toward your new career. Read the full story
“So far I like ALEKS. I like that when it teaches you something, it gets right to the point in showing you how it’s done, step by step, before it gives you practice questions, and I like that the number of practice questions you have is totally based on how well you understand the section.”