About Developmental Studies

  • Through its curriculum, center, and programs, the Department of Developmental Studies provides IUP students with courses and services designed to enhance the development of all students.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Department of Developmental Studies is to help undergraduate students prepare, succeed, and excel in their college curriculum. This is accomplished through the following programs:

    • Comprehensive First-Year Experience for freshman students matriculating through the Department of Developmental Studies. This includes developmental advising with a professional educational advisor, credit-bearing freshman module courses linked to academic support sessions, and peer advising with trained upper-class students.
    • Credit-bearing courses:
      • Developmental courses in mathematics and reading
      • Learning enhancement courses in mathematics and critical reading
      • College success courses in introduction to higher education, college learning strategies, and career development
      • A course to prepare undergraduates in roles as paraprofessionals
    • Introduction to Higher Education, an early entrance freshman experience for first-year students, scheduled during the week before fall semester
    • Center for Learning Enhancement, peer-led academic support sessions (Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, and noncredit Workshops)