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University of Calgary Calendar 2011-2012 Undergraduate Admissions A.14 Aboriginal Student Access Program (ASAP)
A.14 Aboriginal Student Access Program (ASAP)

Program Description

The Native Centre at the University of Calgary has developed the Aboriginal Student Access Program (ASAP), a transition year access program for Aboriginal students. ASAP offers two levels of study with core courses at the post-secondary level. As well, the program offers advising and includes cultural, peer and tutorial support. This is a full-time university program which may qualify for student loans and funding.

Program Objectives

The purpose of ASAP is to provide an alternate access route for Aboriginal students moving from high school or upgrading programs to post-secondary degree programs. The program is designed to give students the foundations they need, as well as assisting in the selection of relevant post-secondary option courses for each student's target program.

Admissions Requirements

ASAP is designed for students of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Students interested in ASAP should have completed university entrance requirements at the high-school level. Students currently enrolled in upgrading programs may take ASAP classes in combination with their upgrading classes, as long as they will be finished upgrading by the end of their second semester in ASAP. Students will need to provide transcripts from high school, upgrading or other post-secondary programs. An intake interview will take place to determine student goals and to conduct some preliminary assessment.

Program Curriculum

Level I

ACWR 201 – Academic Writing 1 (Introductory)

INDG 201 – Intro to Int'l Indigenous Studies

UNIV 205 – Becoming an Effective Learner

Open Studies Course – Student Selection

Bow Valley Upgrading Course (if required)

Level II

ACWR 203 – Academic Writing 2 (Introductory)

INDG 303 – Indigenous Ways of Knowing I

Open Studies Course – Student Selection

Open Studies Course – Student Selection

Bow Valley Upgrading Course (if required)

Open Studies Option

Students will be able to select up to two university credit-level courses from Open Studies. All Open Studies courses will fulfill program requirements for students' target programs.

Bow Valley College Upgrading Courses

Depending on students' target programs, some upgrading courses at the grade 11 and 12 levels may be required. These courses are offered through Bow Valley College. (Note: High school equivalency classes may also be taken at other educational institutions, but must be recognized by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer – see: www.acat.gov.ab.ca/pdfs/AcadUpgrading.pdf).


For more information, contact 403.220.5975 or email: ASAP@ucalgary.ca.