Transitional Academic Studies (TRAC) at The University of Memphis permits students
to enroll in special basic and developmental level courses to develop the academic
competencies necessary for success in college level courses. Major components of the
program included testing and placement in appropriate level courses.
Students admitted to the University of Memphis as beginning freshmen will be placed
in appropriate writing, math, reading, and study skills courses based on valid ACT subscores (no more than 3 years old). Students without ACT scores will be required to take
the COMPASS placement test to determine if they have the appropriate academic skills
to successfully complete college level courses. Depending on the results of this test,
students may be required to take one or more DSP courses. The following regulations
regarding placement tests and course enrollment will apply:
COMPASS testing is required of students whose ACT (SAT) scores are more than 3 years
old, transfer students with no college level credit in math or English, non-degree
seeking students before enrollment in math or English, students with high school unit
deficiencies in algebra or English, and students with no ACT/SAT scores.
Students placing in DSP courses must enroll in and begin each subject-area sequence
at the level indicated by their ACT/SAT placement or the COMPASS test results and
complete that particular sequence before enrolling in the subsequent Level I (college
Enrollment in any DSPM or DSPW course is restricted to students who have been placed
by their ACT subscores or who have taken the appropriate placement test. Self-placement
without testing is not permitted.
Students may retake the COMPASS test for a fee of $20. To sign up for retesting, students
should go to Wilder 200. They will take a form to the Bursar's office to pay the retesting
fee and then return the form to Wilder 200 to select a COMPASS test date.
Each DSP course carries 3 semester hours of non-degree level credit. The credit will
count in the calculation of full-time status and the undergraduate joint (UJ) grade
point average, and toward eligibility for athletics, financial aid, scholarships,
Course Grades and Class Attendance
The grading scale for DSP courses is A, B, C, F. No audit students will be permitted.
Regular class attendance is mandatory and will be used in determining semester grades.
Students requiring COMPASS testing or DSP courses should be advised in the Academic
Counseling Center, 212 Wilder Tower.
Students required to enroll in DSPW 0700 or DSPM 0700, 0800, and 0850 may take these
courses on the University of Memphis campus. These courses will be taught by Southwest
Tennessee Community College.
Students required to enroll in DSPR 0700 and DSPR 0800 may take Reading and Study
Skills sections of ACAD 1100 to fulfill these requirements. Students with an ACT subscore of 16 or higher in Reading
may take any section of ACAD 1100 to fulfill their requirement for DSPR 0800.
Students required to enroll in DSPS 0800 may take any section of ACAD 1100 to fulfill their requirement for this course.
Students required to take DSPW 0800 may take special sections of ENGL 1010 that meet
5 hours a week to complete both their DSPW 0800 and their ENGL 1010 courses.
Students required to take DSPM 0850 have the option of taking special sections of
MATH 1420 or MATH 1710 that meet 5 hours a week. Students must check with their advisor
to determine which college level math course is appropriate for them- MATH 1420 or