Strengthen learning strategies and enhance your university- level academic skills with a Compass course. Staff members in The Capstone Center for Student Success work with the faculty and staff across campus to offer BCE 101 and BEP 110 to students as they transition into UA.  In these courses, students enhance their study skills, strengthen learning strategies, and enrich their orientation to the University of Alabama.

Academic Courses

Below are the courses offered.

BCE 101 Freshman Compass: UA (2 Credit Hours)

This course for first-year UA students provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and to the function, resources, and activities of The University of Alabama. This course is designed to help students make the transition to a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire basic academic survival skills. The ultimate goal of the course is to equip each student with the confidence and basic skills necessary for degree attainment.

BEP 110 Introduction to Learning Strategies and Skills (3 Credit Hours)

BEP 110 provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the importance and use of specific learning strategies. This course will also engage students in reflective decision making and critical evaluation of their learning process. BEP 110 is recommended for UA students who may have experienced difficulty in adjusting to the demands and study requirements of university-level academics. This course is also recommended for beginning students whose prior educational experiences may not have adequately prepared them for the rigors of university coursework. BEP 110 is a collaborative effort involving the College of Education, the Career Center and the University Libraries. Students taking the course receive instruction in library skills as well as career exploration.