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Program Overview

Students develop intellectually at different rates resulting in various strengths and developmental gaps and weaknesses. These gaps are compounded when advanced instruction assumes basic skills to be in place. The Transitional Studies Program helps avoid compounding any gaps in learning by helping students strengthen academic skills in areas of growth.


Students in the Transitional Studies Program are

Our Priority: 

  • Transitional Studies courses are taught by instructors who view education from the learner’s perspective and address the unique and individual needs of each learner.

  • Instructors in these courses look beyond grade distribution curves and seek out the reasons why even a single student is struggling to succeed.

  • Most instructors for Transitional Studies courses are also the professors for the Essential Studies courses TSP students will move into in the spring. As such, they know exactly what skills students need to develop to be academically successful their first semester and beyond.

Not Alone:

  • Each year 40-50% of incoming freshmen take at least one transitional studies course at CSC.

  • Nationally, 60% of freshmen entering college take at least one transitional studies course according to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. 

Set to Succeed: 

  • 80% of students in the Transitional Studies Program who complete their TSP courses at CSC with a grade of “C” or higher pass their next level of coursework with high marks.

  • Students in the Transitional Studies Program receive additional support during their first year of college and beyond.


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