Academic Regulations

Academic Skills Program

The academic skills courses ensure that students possess the minimal reading, mathematics, and English composition skills necessary to perform productively in their chosen fields of study. Once accepted for admission to Chicago State University, all freshmen must take the university qualifying examinations in English, reading, and mathematics by the end of their first term in residence.

Transfer students who have not completed an associate’s degree must take the university qualifying examinations in English and reading. However, students who have earned up to 66 hours from a combination of two-year and four-year schools and have completed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum are not required to take the qualifying examinations in math, reading, or English.

NOTE: Some courses list the passing of a qualifying examination as a prerequisite. Students are required to satisfy all prerequisites before registering for individual courses.

All transfer students must see their advisors to determine whether or not they are required to take the qualifying examination in math. Transfer students who have earned general education math credit at another school whose majors do not require additional math course should receive a signed mathematics examination waiver from their advisors. See Examination Waivers later in this section. Students who are required to take the qualifying examinations must either meet minimal requirements by passing the examinations in English, reading, and mathematics or enroll in the appropriate academic skills course(s), as follows:

ENG 1230/123 Writers’ Workshop I

ENG 1240/124 Writers’ Workshop II

READ 1500/150 Advanced College Reading Skills

MATH 0990 Intermediate Algebra, levels one and two.

NOTE: Transfer students whose majors require them to take the mathematics qualifying exam must enroll in the appropriate academic skills course.

All freshmen who fail two or more qualifying examinations and provisionally admitted freshmen are required to enroll in Freshman Seminar FRSE 1500 or and FRSE 1510.

All courses numbered 0900-0990 do not carry graduation credit. Reading 1500/150 and English 1240/124 may not be used to satisfy general education requirements or to satisfy requirements in the major. English 1230/123 may be substituted for English 1270/127. Grades for FRSE 1500 and 1510, Reading 1500/150, and English 1230/123 and 1240/124 are A, B, C, D, F or I. Grades for Math 0990 and 0880 are A, B, C, and F, or I. Students may not exceed two withdrawals from any course included in the Academic Skills Program. Students who withdraw a third time from the same academic skills course will be administratively withdrawn from the university for that semester. Students required to take courses in the Academic Skills Program (English 1230/123, 1240/124; Mathematics 0880/088, 0990/099; Reading 1500/150; CSU 0900/090 and 0970/091 and 0920/092 must complete them before earning 45 credit hours at Chicago State University. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to register for any courses until they have registered for the required Academic Skills Program courses. Students must consult their program advisors for other consequences of not completing this requirement.

Repeat Policy for Academic Skills Courses

A student who receives two F’s or I’s in an academic skills course may be considered to be making unsatisfactory academic progress and referred to the Counseling Center for academic counseling and to the Office of Academic Support for appropriate intervention. A student who receives four F’s or I’s in any one of the academic skills courses or who has failed the exit exam for any one of the academic skills courses a total of six times will be dismissed from the university.

Grade of Incomplete

The grade of I is awarded with the following conditions:

1. A student must have successfully completed (passed) at least 50% of the requirements for the course.

2. During the time a student has a grade of I in any of these courses, the student is limited to a course load of not more than 13 credit hours per semester.

3. If a student has not completed the course requirements by the end of the two long terms after receiving the grade of I, the grade automatically is changed to the grade of F. The F may be replaced with a higher letter grade if the student retakes the class and passes the exit examination.

University Studies Program


Explores specific topics through shared readings, case studies, written assignments, discussions, collaborations and special projects. The seminar enables students to enhance their written and oral communication skills, sharpen their critical and analytical reasoning and broaden their intellectual perspectives. Introduction to discipline related learning strategies and appropriate assessments, the university’s academic policies and procedures as well as current campus issues. Topicsx may be cross disciplinary and or


Provides additional structured collaborative activities that enable students to become more purposeful and self-directed. The course offers readings, case studies, and self-assessments that lead to improved information processing, self-esteem building, exploration of majors and career awareness. Students will develop a life vision portfolio that contains action plans for achieving their educational life goals. To do so, students will review their personal histories, prior learning as well as assignments reflections and assessments completed in Freshman Seminar 1500 and during their freshman year.

FRSE 1500 and FRSE 1510 are courses designed to provide the fundamental skills essential to successful performance in college. Specifically, the courses are designed to promote learning and study skills techniques with application to subject matter courses; practice in basic computer skills, word processing, spread sheet development; e-mail as a communication tool and utilization of the internet and other electronics media as research tools and resources in explaining career choices; using the library; and writing term papers. FRSE 1510 provides additional structured activities that enable students to become more purposeful and self-directed in their learning by using the internet and other electronic media as well as writing, discussions and collaborative techniques. Self-assessments and portfolio development of first-year experiences stress the improvement of learning. FRSE 1500 and FRSE 1510 are required for University College students and freshmen students who fail two or more basic skills examinations. FRSE 1510 is required for transfer students who fail two or more basic skills examinations. The hours of credit earned for successful completion FRSE 1500 or FRSE 1510.