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Developmental Studies

Developmental Studies ... helping students prepare, advance, and excel!


DVST students celebrating their Dean’s List success

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
  • College Undergraduate Success Program (CUSP), an early entrance freshman experience for first-year students, scheduled during the week before Fall term
  • Center for Learning Enhancement, peer-led academic support sessions (Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, and noncredit Workshops)
Academic Support
The Department of Developmental Studies offers a number of services through the Center for Learning Enhancement, including Supplemental InstructionWalk-In Peer Tutoring, and the College Success Workshop Series.
CUSP Early Entrance Experience
The College Undergraduate Success Program (CUSP) Early Entrance Experience is an early entrance freshman experience for first-year students, scheduled during the week before Fall Term.
Newsletters for Developmental Studies, Peer Assistance, and Supplemental Instruction
Walk-In Peer Tutoring
Trained paraprofessional peer educators provide individual and small group assistance with how to learn content for mathematics, natural sciences, and various Liberal Studies courses.
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.