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Thriving in the Second Year

UNIV 200A: Thriving in the Second Year

An academic recovery course for second-year students who experienced academic difficulty during their first year.

The Course Mission 

The purpose of this course is for students to look critically at their natural talents and strengths, discover and reflect on challenges and opportunities so students may tap into these skills to experience future academic success.

What Students do in UNIV 200A

Students enrolled in UNIV 180-2 will meet weekly throughout the semester for 50 minutes a week. During this time students will come together with their instructor to exploreapply, and build confidence on next steps to recover academically and push forward to their next semester. These weekly meetings will be supportive and intentionally designed to provide a safe space for students to discuss and build connections with their peers and instructor.

Students will work on: 

  • Academic Policies
     Take time to understand CSUSM academic policies and the importance of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Tools for Success

    Reflect on personal responsibility, time management, self-care and prioritizing tasks. You will also gain advisement for degree progress in meeting requirements.  

  • Understanding Self

     Explore personal identity and narrative in understanding your resiliency and goals for college.

  • Campus Resources
    Understand campus life at CSUSM and build connections to resources both on-campus and virtually!

Who Should Take UNIV 200A?

This course is for second-year students who struggled academically after their first year of college. The course is a 1-unit, graded, and engaging experience that will holistically address student need and guide students in developing a plan to academically recover within the next two semesters.

 What students said...

 "I loved this class. I'm still at CSUSM because of my instructor. All the lessons about sleep and core strengths have helped me more be more successful personally and academically."
"This class experience helped me through reassurance. Reassurance that I'm not the only person in this position and other students are struggling too."
"It helped me because it gave me a class to self-reflect and most importantly I met my instructor who was able to help me and identify what I should do and encourage me rather than just give me advice."

If you have any questions about the ARC, feel free to contact the department of First-Year Programs at or  Ashley Gragido, Student Success Facilitator at .