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PACE Frequently Asked Questions

What is COR 1203-College Success Seminar?

COR 1203 is a three hour, college level course that provides intensive training in the application of essential academic college-level learning theories and strategies.

Topics include:

  • Time/task management examination preparation
  • College textbook reading
  • Self-assessment/goal clarification
  • Note taking
  • Career counseling
  • Diversity awareness

Students will engage in critical thinking/problem solving activities, and practice oral, written, and electronic communications skills. They will also meet weekly with their Mentors to apply skills learned to COR 1203 and other classes.

What is Checkpoint?

Checkpoint is an advising intervention program that targets students who, due to their mid-term progress report, are considered "at-risk," with a GPA of 2.0 or below. Advisors contact students by phone, letter, and email to set up appointments with their students. Checkpoint provides an opportunity for students to become aware of their academic standings and for their advisor to provide specific and practical strategies. Each advising session is tailored to meet the specific needs of each Checkpoint student.

Topics may include:

  • How to calculate your college GPA (not the same as high school)
  • Time management
  • Effective ways to take notes
  • How to read your textbook and retain what you read

Studies show that 80% of the time students' mid-term grades will be their final grades, if they do not make changes.

How can I get help with my classes?

  • Meet with your PACE Advisor
  • Get free tutoring at the TRC
  • Attend Supplemental Instruction
  • Get free individual Academic Coaching at the TRC
  • Form study groups with your peers from class
  • Talk with your professors

What is TSI?

TSI is the TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE. Under the TSI, undergraduate students entering Texas public institutions of higher education must be assessed for readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the following four testing instruments to be used to determine students' readiness to enroll in college level courses:

  • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
  • ASSET (A student needs to select and take only one of the above instruments to meet the requirements of TSI.)

Unless exempt from TSI, students must have scores on file at UTSA for one of these tests, prior to initial registration at UTSA. Please check the Student Success Initiative Web Site often, for the latest information on the Texas Success Initiative and on UTSA's policies to implement it.