Student Development

Department: Psychology, Philosophy, Student Development
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: SAC

What is the Education program?

The Student Development Department offers a variety of courses designed to help students successfully transition to college and improve the skills necessary for their academic success.  Students who successfully complete our courses have shown a higher rate of success in their other courses than students who do not.  Programs that develop and strengthen student’s capacity for academic success are widely recognized as best practices.

What will I learn?

In general, topics covered include but are not limited to Study Techniques, Personal Responsibility, Time Management, Critical Thinking Skills, Financial Literacy, Career Planning, Learning Resources, and Emotional Intelligence.  For specific details of each course (course description) please see the links at left or here:  SDEV 0170, SDEV 0370, SDEV0171, and EDUC 1300.

What can I do with this course of study?

These courses will develop or enhance the academic and interpersonal skills necessary for academic success.  While not a specific course of study in and of itself, Individual Success Plans for Programs of Study are developed with each student as part of the course curriculum.  It is an institutional requirement for all students to complete one of these courses as appropriate based on their status as a new student or academically at-risk.  The policy is as follows:
-Students who have less than 15 credit hours at the time of their first enrollment at San Antonio College are required to enroll in a Student Development Course, SDEV0170, SDEV0370, or EDUC 1300 in their first semester depending on test scores utilized for course placement as part of the enrollment process.
-Students who are placed on Academic Dismissal are required to enroll in Strategies for Success (SDEV 0171) as a condition of their enrollment.  The course is designed to identify and develop strategies to overcome barriers to their academic success.

Last updated 5/19/2021

What's special about this program?

San Antonio College has long been a leader in recognizing the importance of Student Development Courses for student success.  The proven effectiveness of our courses for over 40 years has resulted in accolades and awards at both the state and national levels.  More importantly, students continue to acknowledge the positive impact of this course on their academic success.

These courses will develop or enhance academic and interpersonal skills...

Contact Us


Jim Lucchelli, Ph.D.

Chance Academic Center (CAC) 323

Kara Mowrey, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Marina Villanueva
Sr. Specialist
Cindy Solis
Administrative Associate 
For Additional Assistance: Call the call center (210-212-5266),  access the LiveChat (In the bottom right-hand side on any SAC webpage), or visit this zoom room (