Reading and Writing

Success First courses in reading and writing are designed for students who need to strengthen their academic skills before enrolling in college-level courses. 

Class Schedule


Meets Monday through Friday. Four courses are offered to strengthen reading, writing and college success skills (CCS096, CCS097, CCS098 and CCS100). See schedule below. 

Class Day/Time

CCS096: WRITING STRATEGIES

M,W,F/9-10:20 AM

CCS097: READING STRATEGIES

M,W,F/10:30-11:50 AM

CCS098: SUCCESS FIRST LAB

T/10:40-11:40 AM

CCS100: COLLEGE SUCCESS SKILLS 
(30 THURSDAYS)

T, R/9:25-10:40 AM

=12 HOURS/FULL-TIME
+ MATH COURSE

  • Students must meet with Success First faculty in these courses before enrolling in college-level courses. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward a degree or diploma, but the credits do count toward full-time status for students. Courses at 100 level and higher do count toward degree requirements. 
  • Math option: Students who place into Success First Reading/Writing are highly encouraged to take a math course. Placement in a math course is based on previous high school or college coursework and their scores on entrance tests.
  • Students completing the Success First sequence with an A or B will be eligible to retake the entrance test and be admitted to 100 level classes based on their scores. Admission into college level classes is based on a combination of test scores and achievement in Success First classes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To create competent college level readers
  • To read and analyze a variety of texts
  • To understand and apply processes for writing and research
  • To apply textual conventions appropriately to their writing tasks
  • To assist Service Learners to make connections between their community experiences and the larger world, focusing especially on social justice issues.

Need more information? Contact:

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Gretchen Meinhardt 
Assistant Professor 
gmeinhardt@donnelly.edu 
(913) 621-8721
Office 504 

 

 

 

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