ADVANCE is required for students who enter Harding with less than 14 hours of transferred college credit and ACT composites of 18 and below or a combined critical reading/math score of 890 and below on the SAT.
The program consists of classes and workshops that are designed to prepare students for the courses they will take in Harding’s liberal arts curriculum.
For more information about the ADVANCE program, see our contact info or check out the FAQ below.
Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Gene Dugger, M.S.
Gene Dugger, has been a professor of mathematics and computer science for more than 25 years. He was director of computing from 1975 to 1988. He has his M.S. in applied mathematics with an additional year of graduate study in computer science, all done at the University of Missouri at Rolla. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1988 from Harding. He teaches Math 100 for the ADVANCE Program. He has research interests in applying mathematical models and computer simulation to problems in human immunology.
Christine Pruitt, M.Ed.
Chris Pruitt received her M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University ('84) in reading education and her B.A. in elementary education ('74) from Harding University. Her present responsibilities at Harding include teaching reading in the ADVANCE program as an assistant Professor of Education. Her past experiences have included teaching special education, teaching K-8 grades in multi-grade classes, and serving as dean of women at York College.
ADVANCE courses are taken depending on:
- ACT or SAT scores
- Evaluations made by teachers during the first day of class.
If you are able to test out of our classes, the appropriate adjustments will be made to your schedule as soon as possible. All students in our program are required to take PSY 101 (Introduction to University Studies).
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ADVANCE Courses Offered
Academic Reading I
Lab with Reading 100
Academic Reading II
Lab with Reading 101
Introduction to University Studies
*These courses do not count as college credit but do count toward financial aid eligibility and athletic eligibility and are used in calculating GPA and determining academic standing.
Classes are assigned by the director of the ADVANCE Program, who is also the advisor for all students in the ADVANCE Program.
It's possible to complete our program in one semester. If you have completed the program and declared a major, you will be transferred to an advisor in your major field of study for assistance in selecting classes. Those who have not yet declared a major will be advised by Academic Advising.
Our program director will guide you through your first semester, and additional help is offered if further assistance is needed.
Will I be better prepared for the courses at Harding if I take these courses?
Students who complete the ADVANCE Program compare very favorably with students with an equivalent 19 ACT and with all students in the liberal arts program. Students who have completed the program have achieved higher grades and a higher retention rate than students admitted to Harding before the ADVANCE Program began. Our courses provide an excellent foundation to Harding’s liberal arts program for those students who integrate the skills and apply the strategies that are practiced and taught in ADVANCE classes.
Will I take all of the ADVANCE classes?
The classes you take will depend on your individual ACT or SAT scores. For example, if your English subscore on the ACT is 18 or below, you will take ENG 100 (Basic English). If your English subscore is 19 or higher, you will take ENG 111 (Composition 1).
Is it possible to test out of any of the ADVANCE classes?
You will be given the opportunity to test out of the reading program during Summer Stampede and Student Impact. An opportunity to test out of ENG 100 will be given on the first day of class. If needed, the change to your schedule will be made as soon as possible.
How are these courses graded?
Grades in these courses are computed into the overall grade point average just like any other class. However, a student must make at least a 70 percent (C) or higher in order to pass an ADVANCE class. Any grade below a70 percent is not considered passing, and the class must be retaken.
When is the Program offered?
The program is offered during the fall and spring semesters.
Do these courses count toward athletic eligibility and financial aid?
Yes, just like any other college courses.
How will these courses assist me in earning my degree?
Some ADVANCE courses (PSY 101 and RDNG 101/103) count as college credit and may be used as free electives toward a degree if allowed by the degree program. All ADVANCE courses count toward financial aid eligibility and athletic eligibility and are used in calculating GPA and determining academic standing.
How long will it take me to graduate?
The average college student in the United States spends more than four years in college. Many factors can contribute to the time it takes a student to graduate, i.e., a change of majors, retaking classes to raise your GPA, work, and health issues. For many students, most or all of the hours completed in the ADVANCE Program will be taken in addition to the hours needed to fulfill graduation requirements. Some students choose to take a class or classes during intersession and summer school which can decrease the length of time needed to earn their degree.
How many extra hours will I probably have on my transcript as a result of this program?
It will depend on how many ADVANCE classes you need to take. The entire program consists of 15 hours, but some students will take fewer hours due to their test scores.