Reading and Writing

Success First Reading and Writing program prepares students for the demands of college-level reading and writing assignments. Students learn to communicate effectively in oral and written form, to read for purpose and comprehension, to use standard English grammar and sentence structure, and to use pre-writing, peer review and editing techniques in essays. One hour of weekly tutoring is required. 

Class Schedule

Class Day/Time


M,W,R / 9:00-10:10 A.M.


M,W,R / 11:00 A.M.-12:10 P.M.


T / 11:00-11:50 AM

  • 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

Upon successful completion of the Success First program, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective academic communication; both in written and oral form
  • Literal comprehension of college level readings
  • Understanding and application of processes for writing and research 
  • The characteristics, habits and attitudes of an effective learner
  • Understanding of connections between their community experiences and the larger world, focusing especially on social justice issues

Program Evaluation

Donnelly has a well-established assessment system for evaluating all of its academic programs, including Success First. Standard indicators used to measure student achievement include attendance records, test scores, course grades, in-class assessments, and semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs).  Additional indicators used to measure overall program effectiveness include number and percent of students achieving target outcomes—English language fluency, proficiency in oral and written communication and college readiness. Because the goal of the Success First program is to prepare students to be successful in college-level classes, we also track students’ subsequent performance in Composition I and II and First-Year Experience. Finally, we track the percentage of Donnelly graduates who completed their degree program after beginning their college journeys in Success First. 

Need more information? Contact:

Gretchen Moffet

Director of Humanities | Associate Professor

Educational Background:  BS, University of Kansas, 1990 MS, Kansas State Univers...