Compass Curriculum GPS Appeals Petition

Appeals Petition

Compass Curriculum GPS Appeals Petition

GPS Appeals Policy

GPS courses focus on an introduction to college, the Compass Curriculum, and oral communication among other skills that will help you succeed at UCCS. Students who take GPS are more likely to graduate from UCCS as well as have better success in their courses. However, many students arrive at UCCS with comparable experiences and are not require to complete GPS.

  • Students who matriculate with 30 or more credit hours are exempt from GPS 1010.

  • Students with 24-29 credits and a 2.4 GPA or higher need approval from their designated UCCS advisor to be exempt from GPS. You can contact your advisor on the UCCS Advising Website.

  • Students who have completed a course similar to GPS at another college may work with their designated UCCS advisor to determine if the course can be transfered as a substitute for GPS. You can contact your advisor on the UCCS Advising Website.

  • Students who have completed 16 college credits after graduating high school and a GPA of 2.4 or higher may appeal to be exempt from GPS by completing the appeal form below. 

Review of Appeals

The Compass Curriculum Director is the ultimate authority for exceptions to requirements and policies for this campus-wide education program. The Director has formed a faculty committee for Compass Curriculum GPS Appeals to addresses students’ petitions for exceptions.

INSTRUCTIONS: This form must be filled out and submitted electronically for review to by the dates above.

Incomplete petitions will not be reviewed, and will be returned to the student. All submitted materials must have your name and student id listed in the email or filename. You must use your UCCS email address to submit materials to us. Type directly in the gray boxes.

Petitions will not be accepted without a letter of explanation to be submitted directly on this form. You must support your claims either with course descriptions from your institutions website, or course syllabi.

You will be notified as soon as possible of the status of your petition. If you have any questions, consult an Academic Advisor for your college in Main Hall, 2nd Floor, (719) 255-3260. Keep a copy of your petition for your records.

Student Information


Letter of Explanation

Petitions without an explanation will not be reviewed by the committee.


Student Information

Name: Best Student ever


UCCS Email:

Phone: XXX

Anticipated Graduation Date: XX

Major: XX

High School Graduation Date: XX

Name of Previous Colleges: Pikes Junior College

Dates of Attendance of Previous Colleges: 1/91-1/2011

Total Transfer Credits from Previous Colleges: 17

Transfer GPA: 2.9


Letter of Explanation

Name(s) of the Introduction to College course taken previously

Introduction to College Life

Please discuss the portion of the course that focuses an introduction to college life (information literacy, personal responsibility, critical thinking skills)

In this course we focused on learning what college is all about, and how to be a college level student. The purpose of this course was as an introduction to college and included what expectations are of faculty, communication as a student and a professional, and ethics.

Please copy and paste a course description (often from the website of your former college) that highlights the introduction to college life aspects from this course

The primary goal of the course is to introduce first- year students to the intellectual life of Pikes Junior College, promote a smooth transition to college life, and to help students develop a coherent plan for their education. In addition, we hope that you will be stimulated and motivated to consider the principles by which you might live. Upon completion of the course, you should have a greater understanding of who you are, your responsibilities as a student, and your role as citizens in the College community and in the larger society. You should also possess the necessary skills for maximizing your academic performance, as well as an appreciation for the relevance and importance of a liberal arts education. (note that this is used as an example only and was taken from the Moravian college website with the college name changed).