What is Supported Instruction at SJSU?  

Supported Instruction helps guide students in their first-year GE area A2 written communication and GE area B4 math/quantitative reasoning courses. Providing the resources and skills needed to be successful, through various types of support.

What are the various types of supported instruction offered at SJSU?  
  • Stretch courses - a two-semester sequence (Fall/Spring) that presents a built-in review of pre-baccalaureate math topics

  • Co-requisite courses - a 1 unit college level or pre-baccalaureate course that is taken concurrently with a GE math/quantitative reasoning course

  • Labs, workshops, and activities

  • Tutorial services and counseling services

What is the difference between the “S” and “W” course?  
  • The “S” course reviews background material and provides the additional support needed to be successful. Students with an enrollment category of M-III and M-IV are required to enroll in the co-requisite “S” course. While it is optional for students with an M-II enrollment category.

  • The “W” courses are workshops specifically designed to help all students excel in their math course while laying the groundwork for success in future math courses. Most work is done in groups.

What if I don’t feel my enrollment category is accurate. Can I challenge this enrollment category?  

Yes, you can petition to appeal your math enrollment category. A test to demonstrate a higher level of proficiency in mathematics will be required. Please refer to our Appeals Process for more information.

What if my enrollment category is M-II - Enroll in GE Area B4 Math/QR course during your first year, but I want to take a calculus course instead. Can I do that?  

You will have to take the Calculus Placement Exam (CPE) (See http://testing.sjsu.edu/CalcPE/). Unless you have any of the following: AP Calculus AB or BC exam score of 3 or higher, CLEP calculus score of 50 or higher or a CC transferable calculus course with a grade of C- or better.

How can I register for the Calculus Placement Exam (CPE)?  

Contact the SJSU testing Office at testing-office@sjsu.edu.

When should I enroll in GE area A2 (written communication) and/or B4 (math/quantitative reasoning) courses?  

All students must enroll in A2 and/or B4 courses in their first year of enrollment and must remain continuously enrolled in A2 and/or B4 courses until these GE requirements are met.

What happens if I don’t satisfy the GE Area A2 and/or B4 requirement in the first year?  

Students who do not satisfy the requirement within their first year (including summer) will be placed on Administrative Academic Probation (AAP) at the start of the second year.

How can I clear the Administrative Academic Probation (AAP)?  

Students may clear their AAP status by completing an A2 and/or B4 course with a grade of C- or better at SJSU or a community college. Those who do will be removed from AAP. Note: most community colleges require you to apply to the school and take a placement test before registering.

What if I do not complete the GE Area A2 and/or B4 requirement in the second year?  

Students who do not complete GE area A2 and/or B4 by the end of the second year (including summer) will be withdrawn from the university under Administrative Academic Disqualification (AADQ) and will need to re-apply as an upper division transfer student.


CSU Policy Documents

Executive Order 1110 [pdf]

CSU Executive Order 1110 Summary Sheet

CSU Chancellor's Coded Memorandum [pdf]