Arts Transition Program

The Arts Transition Program (ATP) is a collaborative initiative of the Student Success Centre, UR International, and the Faculty of Arts. The program is designed to assist students transferring to the Faculty of Arts to gain the learning skills needed for academic success. ATP is required of all students who transfer, are admitted, or re-admitted, to the Faculty of Arts with an undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) below 60.00%. Students who have been required to discontinue (RTD'd) from another Faculty are also required to complete the program. Only students attending the University of Regina as part of an exchange agreement are exempted.

The ATP courses, workshops, and sessions are designed to facilitate the development of peer cohorts that will help students obtain the academic, social and cultural skills that they require to thrive in the Faculty of Arts. In addition, the ATP will serve as an early intervention for students who are on academic probation, before they reach the point where they are required to withdraw from the university.

The ATP* is a 2-semester program, structured as follows:

Semester 1 Semester 2
ARTS 099 (0 credit hours) ENGL 100 (3 credit hours)
SSW ACT (0 credit hours) SSW ACT (0 credit hours)
ACAD 100 (3 credit hours) (optional) Faculty of Arts course
(3 credit hours)
(optional) Faculty of Arts course
(3 credit hours)
(optional) Faculty of Arts course
(3 credit hours)

*A minimum of three credit hours per term is required. If a student has already passed ACAD 100 and/or ENGL 100, another Faculty of Arts course may be substituted.

The Student Success Workshops include six hours of equated credit that will be considered as credit hours for funding purposes, as follows:
•    Support workshops: 2 - 3 hours weekly (addressing academic skill-building and life skills).
           Note: some workshops for international students will be offered in partnership with the Global Learning Centre.
•    Personal professional development: 3 hours weekly (includes peer support groups, reflective journal, and guided homework time).
•    Academic coaching: 2 hours weekly (group coaching sessions).
           Note: some coaching sessions for international students will be led by Academic Coaches through the Global Learning Centre.
•    Writing lab: 1-2 hours per week spent in a writing lab.

Students participating in the program are required to:
•    Attend all scheduled Student Success Workshop sessions;
•    Complete weekly reflection journals (such journal entries must meet a minimum standard);
•    Attain a minimum of 60% in each credit course;
•    Receive a P (pass) in SSW ACT; and,
•    Receive a P (pass) in Arts 099.

Program policies:

  1. Students are charged $900 per semester to cover the costs of the ATP. This fee is in addition to any standard registration and course fees.
  2. If a student has already passed ACAD 100 and/or ENGL 100 another Faculty of Arts course may be substituted.
  3. Students who are unsuccessful in the ATP may be allowed to take the Academic Recovery Program (ARP) later.
  4. Students who successfully complete the ATP, and have a UGPA of at least 60%, have satisfied the conditions of their admission to the Faculty of Arts and will be afforded all the rights and privileges of registration through the Faculty.
  5. Students who are on university probation will have their probation period extended while they are in the ATP so that they will be exempted from a MW (must withdraw) academic action.
  6. Students who successfully complete the ATP and still have a UGPA below the minimum standard of 60%:
    a. will be allowed to continue studies in the Faculty for a further 15 credit hours
    b. will be limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester
    c. must have a UGPA of 60% after the term in which the 15th credit hour is completed.
    Failure to attain a minimum UGPA of 60% after the completion of the ATP and the additional 15 credit hours will be forced to withdraw (MW) from the university.
  7. Students who receive a failing grade in a third completed attempt at ENGL 100 must withdraw (MW) from the university as outlined in the Academic Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar.
  8. Students cannot appeal the requirements of the ATP.

NOTE: First Nations University of Canada students, please refer to the Arts Transition Program under the First Nations University of Canada section of the Undergraduate Calendar.