Compass Curriculum Policies:
Students who matriculate with 30 or more credit hours are exempt from GPS 1010.
Students can appeal the GPS requirement under the following conditions: “Students who have completed a minimum of 16 hours of transferrable college coursework post high school graduation and have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.4 on said course work may be exempt from completing the GPS requirement of the Compass Curriculum.”
Why is GPS important?
GPS courses focus on an introduction to college, the Compass Curriculum, personal responsibility, and oral communication among other skills that will help you succeed at UCCS. Students who take GPS are more likely to graduate from UCCS as well as have better success in their courses. Students are eligible to appeal the GPS requirement if they meet the requirements above. Even if you meet these requirements, you still need to explain how your previous college courses have provided you with an introduction to college to prepare you to communicate, think critically, work with others and act in a responsible professional way. To apply for the exemption the student should fill out and submit all of the required information requested below.
Review of Appeals
The Compass Curriculum Director is the ultimate authority for exceptions to requirements and policies for this campus-wide education program. The Director has formed a faculty committee for Compass Curriculum GPS Appeals to addresses students’ petitions for exceptions.
INSTRUCTIONS: This form must be filled out and submitted electronically for review to firstname.lastname@example.org by the dates above.
Incomplete petitions will not be reviewed, and will be returned to the student. All submitted materials must have your name and student id listed in the email or filename. You must use your UCCS email address to submit materials to us. Type directly in the gray boxes.
Petitions will not be accepted without a letter of explanation to be submitted directly on this form. You must support your claims either with course descriptions from your institutions website, or course syllabi.
You will be notified as soon as possible of the status of your petition. If you have any questions, consult an Academic Advisor for your college in Main Hall, 2nd Floor, (719) 255-3260. Keep a copy of your petition for your records.
EXAMPLE LETTER OF EXPLANATION
Name: Best Student ever
Student ID: XXXOXOXOXOX
UCCS Email: email@example.com
Anticipated Graduation Date: XX
High School Graduation Date: XX
Name of Previous Colleges: Pikes Junior College
Dates of Attendance of Previous Colleges: 1/91-1/2011
Total Transfer Credits from Previous Colleges: 17
Transfer GPA: 2.9
Letter of Explanation
Name(s) of the Introduction to College course taken previously
Introduction to College Life
Please discuss the portion of the course that focuses an introduction to college life (information literacy, personal responsibility, critical thinking skills)
In this course we focused on learning what college is all about, and how to be a college level student. The purpose of this course was as an introduction to college and included what expectations are of faculty, communication as a student and a professional, and ethics.
Please copy and paste a course description (often from the website of your former college) that highlights the introduction to college life aspects from this course
The primary goal of the course is to introduce first- year students to the intellectual life of Pikes Junior College, promote a smooth transition to college life, and to help students develop a coherent plan for their education. In addition, we hope that you will be stimulated and motivated to consider the principles by which you might live. Upon completion of the course, you should have a greater understanding of who you are, your responsibilities as a student, and your role as citizens in the College community and in the larger society. You should also possess the necessary skills for maximizing your academic performance, as well as an appreciation for the relevance and importance of a liberal arts education. (note that this is used as an example only and was taken from the Moravian college website with the college name changed).