Academic Support Services & Developmental Studies

Navigating Success: Stay Your Course


We introduce strategies to help you stay on the right track to achieve your academic goals. We are here to assist you in developing the skills and tools necessary for success in college course work at DSU.

FREE tutoring is available for DSU students. Study skills classes and workshops provide assistance and reinforcement of academic skills such as: time management, learning strategies, stress management, and general study skills.

Take advantage of these opportunities to find and stay on course to graduate!



What is the ACCUPLACER test?

The ACCUPLACER is a test to determine proficiency levels in Math, English, and Reading. Academic advisors and admissions’ counselors use the test results, along with transcripts, goals, and interests, to determine college course selection and placement. Student performance on the ACCUPLACER is evaluated in conjunction with the other assessments of the student’s academic readiness for university instruction.

Who takes the test?

Students may need to take the ACCUPLACER test if they:

  •   are a high school senior applying for fall term
  •   have a grade point average on the College Preparatory Curriculum that is below required level
  •   have a composite ACT score that does not reach the required level
When to take the test?

At DSU, the ACCUPLACER test is administered multiple times throughout the spring semester. All tests will be administered in Academic Support, Union 302B, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Students are REQUIRED to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to complete the registration process.

Spring 2019 Test Dates:
  • Friday, February 8
  • Friday, February 22
  • Friday, March 1
  • Friday, March 8
  • Friday, March 22
  • Friday, April 5
  • Friday, April 12
  • Friday, April 26

Additional dates for DSU students only*:

  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 15
  • Wednesday, May 22

*Students attempting to gain admission to other universities in Mississippi must contact the university that they are planning to attend. DSU does not give the ACCUPLACER after May 1 to students who are not planning to attend DSU. The ACCUPLACER cannot be given to anyone attempting to gain admission to DSU after June 1.

Developmental Studies

Entering freshman admitted to DSU with scores of 16 or below on the ACT in reading and/or English subtests are required to enroll in corequisite courses in their deficient subject areas during their first semester. English and Math courses are credit-bearing, gateway courses that satisfy general education requirements and may include an additional one-credit hour lab. The Reading course is a non credit-bearing course.

Any ACT subtest score which is 16 or below in English and/or Reading and 19 or below in Math is considered deficient. Students admitted to DSU with two or more deficient ACT subtest area scores must also enroll in the year-long Academic Support classes, CED 098 in the fall and CED 099 in the spring. The curriculum for these classes includes instruction in goal setting, time management, study skills, and reading comprehension. Additional time is spent on career coaching, and any personal issues college freshmen may encounter. The program assists students with the transition to college-level work and equip them with the skills and tools necessary for the achievement of their academic, career, and life goals.

Fall 2018
CED 098
Tuesday, Thursday
Section 01   8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Section 02   9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Section 03   10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Spring 2019
CED 099
Tuesday, Thursday
Section 01   8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Section 02   9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Section 03   10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Summer Developmental Program

What is the summer developmental program?
  • 8-week academic program
  • provides faculty-directed and computer-assisted instructions in math, reading, and writing
  • academic support for learning strategies and study skills
  • academic coaching
  • personal and career coaching
  • Summer 2018 Brochure
Who is eligible for the program?

Students who do not meet regular DSU undergraduate admissions criteria are eligible to enroll in the Summer Developmental Program as an alternate route to the admission process. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to continue their college education at any State of Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning university in the fall term.

When is the program?

June 4 – July 26

How do I enroll in the program? When is the deadline?

Students desiring to enroll in the Summer Developmental Program should contact Zachary Stewart. The priority deadline for enrolling in the 2018 Summer Developmental Program is Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

To hold the program at the DSU Campus, a minimum of 10 students must be registered by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Financial aid is limited for Mississippi high school graduates attending the Mississippi Summer Developmental Program. For more information on financial aid eligibility and the application process, click here.

Peer Tutoring 

  • Free help to students
  • Skill development
  • Higher success in college courses

Tutors are available to assist students with mathematics, sciences, computer classes, English, and writing courses. The Academic Support Lab is equipped with:

  • Hawkes College Algebra software programs
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Printer
  • Supplemental Instructors
  • Smartboards
  • 32 touchscreen computers

Academic Support Lab Tutor Schedule

Specific tutoring hours for individual subject areas are posted on the announcement board outside the Lab, Union Room 309 and in the PDF above for your convenience. For more information, contact our office.


What are study skills workshops?

Workshops provide the skills and tools necessary for achieving academic, career, and life goals. The workshops are conducted by DSU team members and provide motivation and aids for academic success.

Who and when?

All current students are encouraged to attend the workshops. Three workshops are held each fall and spring. Workshops typically last one hour, beginning in the afternoon and ending before night class.

What will I learn?
  • stress management techniques
  • successful note-taking skills
  • time management strategies
  • study tips
  • learning strategies for better course work

If there are particular topics that you would like explored, please contact our office.

Students are asked to bring their OkraKard and pen/paper for workshop activities.

Tricia Killebrew
Union 302b; DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4654
F: 662.846.4580

Academic Support Lab
Union 309
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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