Student Success

GO Academic Requirements

There are academic requirements in GO that are met early in the student’s college career which are outlined in the student’s Academic Support Plan.  They include courses that support learning strategy, and the decision making process.  In addition there are courses offered to help students meet areas of proficiency in math and writing as needed .

The Academic Support Planis tailored to each student, therefore all students in GO continually move forward at their own pace.  The overall goal is academic learning, support and success!

The following outlines the special course work required of students in GO, including  LAC188.  This course is designed to enhance student success.

LAC 188: College & Career Success

The focus of the course is on self, learning and career exploration and the critical role of personal decision making in identifying and pursuing strengths, interests, and areas for growth.  Students will learn to understand their own decision making process and the factors that influence that process.  Course activities will include assessments of self, assessments of interest, and explorations of academic life and career.  This course provides students with the opportunity and tools for taking enhanced control of their academic learning process.  Throughout the course, students will be introduced to resources and support systems to help maximize the University experience and create an intentional career path.  This is a 3-credit course used as elective credit toward graduation. 

Math Readiness

All degree seeking students must show college mathematics readiness.  There are several ways that this can be demonstrated.

  • A score of 550+ on the SAT math or 22+ on the ACT math.  
  • If score is below 550 (SAT) or 22 (ACT), a student will then take an ACCUPLACER test in Mathematics.  The total score earned on this exam will determine the appropriate math course for the upcoming semester. 

 Learn more about tutoring by trained peer tutors for both English and mathematics.

Writing Competency

All students must demonstrate competency in college level writing.  This is generally satisfied with an approved credit course in English Composition. Some students may want to see if their writing level is already at the competency level, and will elect to take a challenge exam in writing, such as a CLEP Exam. Some students may transfer to USM an approved course in writing competency from another college or university.

Completion of GO's Academic Support Plan and Requirements

Once all terms of the Academic Support Plan have been completed, students can transition into their major of choice, as long as they have met all academic requirements to declare that major.  Some students choose to not declare a major immediately, and either switch to or remain Undeclared.  These students then continue working with their academic advisor until they decide on a major.