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Critical Reading & Academic Advancement

Critical Reading and Academic Advancement

Phone: 516.572.7464
Location: North Hall, Room 205
Chairperson: Cheryl Novins

All matriculated students placing into WRT 001, RDG 001 and/or RDG 002 are required to enroll in these courses in their first semester of attendance. Students placed into RDG 001 and/or WRT 001 will be advised by the Department of Critical Reading and Academic Advancement. Students are required to complete their non-credit classes successfully before being permitted to register for the next level of courses in Reading and English. Successful completion of each course is required. If RDG 001 is the original placement, RDG 002 is required unless the student is exempted by meeting Department standards.

For students for whom English is not their first language, the Department of Critical Reading and Academic Advancement offers a Reading course, RDG 030, at the college preparatory level of instruction.

The Department of Critical Reading and Academic Advancement also offers several credit-bearing courses:

  • RDG 101 Effective College Reading
  • RDG 102 Speed Reading
  • RDG 103 Reading the New Media
  • RDG 104 News on the Net
  • NCC 101 Freshman Seminar: The College Experience


Student Help Centers

The Department of Critical Reading and Academic Advancement (DCRAA) Student Help Centers are resources that provide students enrolled in any course in the Department with reinforcement and tutorial services. Appointments are suggested as the centers do tend to get busy but walk-ins are also welcomed. Additionally, both labs offer space for students to work independently in a quiet setting.

For further information, contact the Department of Critical Reading and Academic Advancement at 516.572.7464.

The Help Center

Building V, Room 110

The DCRAA Help Center is open to all students who are currently enrolled in a class offered by the department. This lab offers open lab time, one-on-one and group tutoring, and workshops throughout the semester.


Tutoring & Support Center for Students with Disabilities

Building V, Room 111

The DCRAA Tutoring and Support Center for Students with Disabilities is open to those students in DCRAA courses who self-identify and have documented accommodations for learning disabilities. This lab offers open lab time and one-on-one tutoring.

Long Island Writing Project

The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP) is an official site of the National Writing Project, part of a federally-funded network of 200 sites nationwide and eight sites in New York State. Through our work with teachers in Nassau and Western Suffolk counties, we seek to improve writing, reading and learning in area schools. Since our inception in 1993, over 1000 teachers have participated in our programs.

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