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Center for Academic Engagement

Graduation, Achievement and Placement (GAP) Program

GAP Challenge Accepted (logo)The GAP program at Hudson Valley Community College was developed in response to legislation passed by the State of New York in 2013. The main goal of the program is to accelerate a student's rate of graduation and provide additional support if needed. Students participate in the program from their first semester through graduation.

During a student's first semester at Hudson Valley, as an alternative to traditional non-credit remedial coursework determined by ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores, students will attend predefined, credit-bearing courses that have additional contact hours with professors. Participants also meet with an academic coach and support staff on campus throughout their attendance at the college.

Academic and Student Support Resources

Students who enrolled in the GAP program are required to utilize academic support resources on campus: 

  • Center for Academic Engagement
    In the Center for Academic Engagement, students have access to academic coaches, computer work stations and peer mentors. The center also offers brief "Engage-N-Go" workshops to help students build and strengthen study skills. The center is located in Siek Campus Center, room 230.
  • Learning Centers
    Located in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, the Learning Centers offer a variety of academic support services, including tutoring and assistance with study skills, writing, research and computers. The Learning Centers are comprised of the Learning Assistance Center, the Writing and Research Center, the Computer Learning Center and the Collegiate Academic Support Program.
  • Academic Advising
    Dedicated academic advisors assist GAP program participants with course selection, understanding graduation requirements, problem solving and resource referral.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Any student who is accepted into a degree or certificate program and is recommended to take a minimum of one learning skills course during their first term of full-time study as determined by ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores, is eligible to participate in the GAP program.

How Do I Become a Participant?

An academic coach will present students with the GAP option during an initial meeting following the placement test. Participants will be required to sign a participation agreement.

Why Should I Participate in the Program?

The benefit of program participation is the potential to accelerate the time to graduation by decreasing non-credit bearing coursework as demonstrated below.

First Semester Courses
Students can take up to 13-14 credit hours of coursework while spending up to 16-19 contact hours per week in class.

First semester courses include:

  • Enhanced English Composition I (ENGL 101)
    3 credit hours; 4 contact hours
    This course is designed to help students improve their writing ability through concentration on the writing processes: prewriting, writing and revision. Other concerns of the writer, particularly audience, diction and correctness, will be addressed. Research techniques, library orientation and oral presentation of student writing are also included. Research paper is required.
  • Enhanced Intro to Personal and Academic Effectiveness (INDS 105)
    3 credit hours; 4 contact hours
    This course will enable students to become independent learners who understand the process of learning and can apply that process in and out of the classroom. Utilizing educational theory and research, instruction will focus on concepts and principles of learning in addition to academic and self-management strategies. Class discussions, group/individual activities, and course assignments will provide opportunities to apply the concepts, principles and strategies to actual academic situations.
  • College Forum (FORM 108)
    1 credit hour; 1 contact hour
    This course is required for all first-time, full-time students. Through a series of presentations jointly developed by the academic department and student services professionals, students will be provided information on career and transfer opportunities, academic procedures, campus regulations and student rights and responsibilities. Through a series of activities and assignments, students will learn to identify problems and take the initiative to solve them.
  • Enhanced Math 099* OR • Enhanced Math 120*
    *Math course is based upon the student's intended major.

    Enhanced Elementary Algebra I (MATH 099)
    0 credits hours; 4 contact hours
    This is a basic preparatory course in the fundamentals of algebra and trigonometry. Topics include: integers, fractions, order of operations, operations with signed numbers, solving first degree equations in one variable with applications, solving and graphing inequalities in one variable, operations with polynomials, graphing linear equations, writing equations of lines, and the solution of right triangles by the use of trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem. A scientific calculator is required.

    Enhanced Real World Mathematics (MATH 120)
    3 credit hours; 4 contact hours
    A course designed for Liberal Arts students that emphasize contemporary applications of mathematics. Topics include, but are not limited to: statistics, data analysis, consumer mathematics, networking, geometry and tiling. This course requires a calculator (TI-30xIIS) and may include use of additional technology.
  • Major course or elective of choice
    3-4 credit hours; 3-4 contact hours
    Students will select either a course for their intended major or an elective course to reach full-time status for a total of 13-14 credit hours.

Traditional Development Track

First Semester
Course Credits
MATH 099 0
ENGL 092 0
FORM 108 1
INDS 105 3
Major Course/Elective 3-4
Total Credits Earned 7-8
 

GAP Track (Possibility)*

First Semester
Course Credits
MATH 099 or 0
MATH 120 3
ENGL 101 3
FORM 108 1
INDS 105 3
Major Course/Elective 3-4
Total Credits Earned 10-14

* Students only need to participate in a minimum of 1 GAP class to enter into the program.

Contact Information

Andrew F. Roberts
Interim Coordinator/Academic Coach
(518) 629-7260

Karen Ferrer-Muñiz
Associate Dean for Instructional Support Services and Retention
(518) 629-7055