USP2015 Advising
Transition Workshop
Michell Anderson, Aneesa McDonald,
Patrice Noel and Erin Olson
University of Wyoming
University Studies Program (USP) 2015
• Goes into effect in Fall 2015
• Simplicity, transparency, flexibility and ease of
transfer
• Outcomes-based program
• Website about new USP program
www.uwyo.edu/unst/USP2015
UW USP 2015 Overview
Foundation
First Year Seminar + Quantitative Reasoning + Freshman Composition (Communication 1) [9 hrs]
*Courses to be completed freshman year.
*Departments may count seminar credits toward a major if they wish, but a seminar may not be
exclusively embedded within a major.
Communication Skills
Communication 2 (intermediate skills) + Communication 3 (advanced skills) [6 hrs]
*Writing/speaking/digital communications combined as appropriate.
*These courses may be embedded in majors.
Human Culture
Coursework in the arts, humanities, languages, social sciences, and histories [6 hr minimum]
*Departments will be given the opportunity to designate courses as HC.
*A course cannot fulfill the requirement for multiple USP categories.
* Courses may not be from major department.
Physical and Natural World
Coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics [6 hr minimum]
*Departments will be given the opportunity to designate courses as PN.
*A course cannot fulfill the requirement for multiple USP categories.
* Courses may not be from major department.
US/WY Constitution [3 hrs]
*Course mandated by state statute.
Total: [30 hrs]
Policies Effecting Students
• Per existing articulation agreements, students entering UW with
earned Associate Degrees (AA, AS & AB) from WY CCs, will be
exempt from USP 2015 (w/ the exception of C3 which is
embedded in major-specific upper division courses and possibly
FY).
• New this spring, students entering UW with earned AA, AS or AB
from any US, accredited community college will be exempt from
USP 2015 (w/ exception of C3, and possibly FY and V)
• Current UW freshmen and sophomores (with fewer than 60
earned hours), may opt into USP 2015 to replace USP 2003 or
1991 requirements.
• Students must earn a grade of “C“ or above in the First-Year
Seminar and Communication 1, 2, and 3 courses. A “D” will
suffice for courses in the other categories.
USP Course Policies
First-Year Seminar/FY (3 hours)
• Designed for true first-year students. Students who have earned
30 or more post-high school college credit hours are exempt from
this requirement. Students with 2 semesters of college work but
fewer than 30 earned hours should be encouraged to petition
requirement.
• Student must complete FY with a C or better.
Quantitative Reasoning/Q (3 hours)
• Any credit-bearing Math, Statistics, or Computational Science
course that has been identified as a UW equivalent will fulfill
this requirement. Students may satisfy the Q requirement with
an ACT score of 26, an AP score of 3 on Calculus A/B or B/C, an
IB score of 4, or a Math Placement score of 4.
USP Course Policies
Physical and Natural World/PN (6 hours)
• Designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts
of scientific and quantitative inquiry and develop the ability to
understand the relevance of scientific, technological, and
quantitative skills to contemporary society. Any transfer course
that meets the definition will be accepted for USP credit.
PN credits must be earned outside the major.
Human Culture/H (6 hours)
• Human Culture courses are designed to help students
understand human behaviors, activities, ideas, and values in
different situation and contexts. Any transfer course that meets
the definition will be accepted for USP credit.
H credits must be earned outside the major.
USP Course Policies
US/Wyoming Constitution/V (3 hours)
• The requirement is mandated by state statute and cannot
be waived. Three ways to complete it:
• Completion of a UW V course;
• Completion of a course that has been articulated with UW; or
• Completion US Constitution course AND a passing grade on the WY
Challenge exam.
Communication 1/ C1 (3 hours)
• English 1010, ESL 1210 or HP 1020. For transfer students,
an introductory composition course will fulfill the
requirement.
• Student must complete C1 with a C or better.
USP Course Policies
Communication 2/ C2 (3 hours)
Students may meet the requirement in several ways:
• Completion of a UW C2 course with a C or better;
• Completion of a C2 course with a C or better that has been
articulated with UW;
• Completion of an intermediate composition course and a public
speaking course (with grades of C or better); or
• Completion of either an intermediate composition course and a
passing score on the public speaking exam (with a grade of C or
better), or completion of a public speaking course and a successful
petition for advanced writing status from the English Department.
This category can be fulfilled by courses taken student’s major
department.
USP Course Policies
Communication 3/C3 (3 hours)
• Successful completion of C2 is required prior to enrolling in C3.
• This category can be fulfilled by courses taken student’s major
department.
• Student must complete C3 course with a C or better.
USP 2003 and 2015 Comparison
Opting into USP 2015
Freshmen and Sophomores (fewer than 60 earned hours)
• Will opt into the whole package: USP2015, New College
Requirements and Degree Requirements.
• Student and advisor should do a comparison of requirements
in DegreeWorks (new degree requirements will not have been
posted yet, only USP comparison).
• Student and advisor will complete simple form (found on USP
and Registrar’s websites) and submit it to Registrar’s Office to
make it official.
Opting into USP 2015
Juniors and Seniors (60 or more earned hours)
• Will opt into the whole package: USP2015, New College
Requirements and Degree Requirements.
• Student and advisor should do a comparison of
requirements in DegreeWorks (new degree requirements
will not have been posted yet, only USP comparison).
• Student will submit an USP Petition to request change. The
petition form can be found on USP and Registrar’s websites.
Current Students Choosing to Stay with USP 2003
Four-Year Academic Plans
• By March 1st all 90 academic
undergraduate programs must submit a
four-year degree plan to Academic
Affairs.
• Academic plans will be displayed on a
centralized UW web site as soon as they
have been reviewed.
By moving to USP15, the student:
ADDS:
• First Year Seminar
• Global Awareness
• STAT 2050 or 2070
• Elective – 3 hours
• CRMJ Crime & Deviance Elective
• CRMJ Institutions & Processes Elective
SUBTRACTS:
• PE – 1 credit
• CRMJ 1005 – 1 credit I/L course
• Public Speaking/O Requirement
• One of the lab sciences can now be any PN
• Humanities/CA
• Math II/QB
• Non-Western
• Upper Division Outside the Major now becomes Upper Division
Elective
• Upper Division Outside the Major deleted (6 hours)
Possible Advisor Steps
1) Show student how to use Degree Works
“What If” function to determine which USP
series would be most efficient and
appropriate for him or her.
2) Assist student in comparing college and
degree requirements that he or she has
completed and has yet to complete.
3) Complete appropriate paperwork with
student if he/she chooses to move to
USP2015.
What If
What If Instructions
The following steps are required to ensure requirements listed are accurate. The What-If is a resource
only and does not replace the audit that is automatically generated through the Worksheets tab.
Under the What-If Heading:
1. Choose an option for Level, Degree, and Student Catalog from the drop-down menu.
Under the Choose Your Different Areas of Study Heading:
*Your choices will appear in the box to the right. You can remove selections from the box by
highlighting them and clicking on Remove. Select a Program from the drop-down menu.
2. Choose the Major associated with the Program from the drop-down menu.
Example: Program is BS in Mathematics then major needs to be Mathematics.
3. Select the College that offers the Program you have chosen.
Optional:
4. Add additional majors if desired.
5. If appropriate, choose a concentration associated with the major(s) you have chosen.
6. Choose a minor or minors, if desired, from the drop-down menu.
8. Once all items are selected click on "Process What-If" button above.
Identifying USP Courses
in the WY Transfer Catalog:
http://www.uwyo.edu/registrar/students/transfer_credit.html
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