First-Year Academic Success > FAQ
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Overview of summer session registration process and preparing for your course.
Students are selected in one of two ways:
Your high school transcript and test scores indicate that you may need additional preparation in math or writing prior to taking the courses required for your chosen major, or
Your DePaul placement test results indicate that you placed into one or more FYAS course offerings.
FYAS provides you with the opportunity to take one or more of these prerequisite courses prior to starting at DePaul in the fall. These prerequisite courses are also offered during the academic year, but we are offering you the opportunity to complete them over the summer, tuition-free.
Once you have completed the math placement process, academic advisors at DePaul will look over the results to determine the appropriate course(s) for you to take to complete the "Path to Math" required for your major.
Yes. DePaul’s math placement process is required for all new DePaul students and is a part of the Next Steps to Enrollment process through Blue Demon Domain. Placement into FYAS courses is determined by placement results and the appropriate course sequence for your major. More Information about the math placement assessment is here.
Email email@example.com to let us know that you are interested in a summer session or winter intersession math class and we will get you started on the registration process.
If you choose to wait and enroll in these prerequisite courses during the academic year, you will be charged regular tuition and may delay meeting the math or writing requirements for your major. This delay could extend the time it takes for you to graduate.
The required text for this course is an online textbook, MyLab Math. More information will be provided in a registration confirmation letter that you will receive closer to the start of your courses. If you anticipate needing financial assistance to purchase the textbook, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you anticipate needing financial assistance for the MyLab Math textbook software or for transportation, contact email@example.com and we will send you a link to apply for the FYAS waiver. For Summer Session 2021 classes that are online, transportation waivers are not available.
Unfortunately, the First-Year Academic Success Program does not provide opportunities for on-campus residency.
No, unfortunately the UPass program is not available to students who register for non-credit bearing courses.
Students may take up to two courses within their first-year at DePaul.
Please contact the FYAS Office directly if you need to drop or switch a class. Dropping a class will mean that you may need to take the same course in the next Summer Session or in the Fall Quarter.
Overview of program expectations, course workload, and academic support resources.
Yes. The Overview is your orientation to the program and all enrolled FYAS students are required to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance that has been cleared with the program prior to the day of the Overview.
2021 Summer Session FYAS Overviews will be offered virtually through Zoom. The Zoom link will be included in your final FYAS registration confirmation email to be sent one week prior to the start of your class. More information about the FYAS Overview is located here.
Like all summer courses at DePaul, a FYAS course is 10 weeks worth of course material compressed into 5 weeks. As a result, each week will cover 2 weeks worth of material. Estimated minimum weekly time spent on the course is about 12-15 hours. The course is asynchronous (not live) and you will have to meet deadlines identified by the professor. Your course syllabus will provide a detailed outline of your assignment deadlines each week and assignments will consist of homework, quizzes, and exams.
Yes, but it is advisable to work part-time. During Summer 2021, courses are asynchronous, but will still require 12-15 hours of work a week. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions about your time commitments. The FYAS advisor is available to discuss strategies for successful time management.
Each summer session is a 5-week term. Courses will follow an asynchronous format, meaning there is no designated meeting time. Throughout the session, you will complete coursework at your own pace through Desire2Learn (D2L) guided by deadlines set by the professor each week. There may be scheduled class meetings and lectures throughout the session, which your professor will notify you in advance of and you can attend if you are available.
(Desire 2 Learn) known as D2L, is DePaul’s learning management system. Here, you will have access to your course materials and information, such as syllabi, the course calendar, and announcements from your professor and SI Leader. Once your D2L course page is active, you will find instructions for how to access your online course textbook, MyLab Math, through Pearson. More information, including video tutorials to guide you through D2L are located here.
Once you’ve logged into D2L with your Campus Connect credentials, your courses will appear on a tab labeled by quarter and school year. Please note: Your course will not be available on D2L until the Sunday evening prior to the start of the session/first day of class.
MyLab Math is the computer software (course text) that you will use to complete your FYAS math assignments. Your professor will provide instructions for accessing and registering for MyLab Math through the D2L platform.
Important note: Please do not attempt to purchase MyLab Math before your D2L site is active.
Once you’re enrolled in your FYAS course, you will gain access to the math course D2L course site on the Sunday prior to the first day of class. You will access Pearson MyLab Math through a link provided on the math D2L course site. Upon access, you will need to register and create your MyLab Math account.
Reminder: D2L and MyLab Math are two different websites and you will need access to both to complete your coursework.
In addition to asynchronous course materials, there are several resources to support your academic success that will meet synchronously, at designated days/times throughout the session. These include: 1:1 Success Chats with Sonia, two Success Series per session, and Supplemental Instruction and Math Tutoring. A schedule for these resources will be available at the start of each summer session, you will be able to find it on your D2L course site.
A one-on-one success chat is a 30-minute meeting with Sonia Lizardo, our designated FYAS program advisor. All new-to-DePaul students will be invited to schedule a meeting at a time convenient to your schedule to discuss your math course progress and goals for the upcoming academic year. One meeting is required, but students may schedule additional meetings if they would like to. For more information on 1:1 Success Chats, visit our FYAS Advisor page.
The Success Series is designed to assist you with your transition to DePaul, your success as a student at DePaul, and to introduce you to DePaul offices and support services. All new-to-DePaul students are required to attend the FYAS Success series. There are two workshops offered every summer session, the day and time will be shared with students during Week 1 of your session. Current DePaul sophomore, junior, and senior students are invited to attend, but it is not required.
FYAS classes offer extra academic support for students through Supplemental Instruction and Math Tutoring. Supplemental Instruction is led by a student leader--your SI Leader--that is assigned to your math course. SI Leaders will lead weekly group review sessions covering concepts from your math class and help students focus on particular learning needs.
Math Tutoring provides the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a peer tutor to review course materials, work through individual math problems, and ask questions. Tutoring is available for all FYAS math courses.
Yes, students who wish to use accommodations in their FYAS course may do so. If you are a student who has already set up accommodations through The Center for Students with Disabilities at DePaul, please work with them to communicate your accommodations to FYAS. Please contact email@example.com with any questions. If you have not established accommodations, but wish to do so, contact The Center for Students with Disabilities to begin the process. We strongly encourage students to make contact prior to the start of your FYAS course given that the process for establishing accommodations may take a few weeks.
Overview of next steps upon successfully completing your summer FYAS course.
Grades are posted to Campus Connect. You can access grades through the following Campuse Connect path: Campus Connect > Your Records > View Grades. FYAS courses earn a PA (passed) or NG, which means that you need to retake the course with FYAS (if a session is immediately available) or during the next regular academic quarter. If you have a question about your course grade, you may contact your professor or the FYAS Advisor.
FYAS courses are offered tuition-free and do not earn credit; therefore, the credit may not be transferred to another institution. While FYAS courses are not recorded on your official transcript, successful completion of a FYAS course meets prerequisite requirements and advances you to the next math course required for your major. for your next math course at DePaul. Also, though FYAS courses are not listed on your official transcript, they can be found on your Degree Progress Report (DPR) through Campus Connect by following this path: Campus Connect > Advising, Progress & Graduation > Degree Progress > Run Report.
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