Aboriginal Student Achievement Program

Access, Entrance, and Enrichment

Established in 2012, ASAP welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to the College of Arts and Science through academically-grounded programming that builds our students’ confidence, knowledge, and skills, while connecting them to one another and to our campus community.

ASAP is committed to Indigenous student achievement. We offer:

  • popular first-year courses, including interdisciplinary electives
  • small class and cohort sizes (usually a maximum of 30 students)
  • dedicated and culturally responsive instructors
  • peer mentorship and social connection — a community for learning
  • personalized advising through the Trish Monture Centre for Student Success
  • subject-specific tutorials to build academic skills
  • financial advocacy and bursaries
  • support with inter-college transfers, professional college admissions, and career preparation
  • ASAP celebrations and cultural engagement throughout the academic year

ASAP First-year (Entrance) Learning Communities bring students with common interests together in popular 100-level courses, a weekly ‘LC Hour’ meeting with upper year peer mentors, and offer holistic academic advising and connection points with Indigenous faculty and alumni role models.

ASAP Pathways programming supports student success with preparatory 90-level STEM Accelerator courses, the developmental Husky Math Lab, and Upper-year courses that enrich diverse undergraduate degree pathways with a focus on Indigenous perspectives and experiential and community-engaged learning.

Learn more about ASAP Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Pathways and the Preparatory STEM Accelerator Certificate program here.

ASAP LC & Course Listings 2018 - 19 ASAP Stories

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ASAP Frequently Asked Questions

ASAP classrooms offer an opportunity for Indigenous students to challenge themselves in a team-focused learning environment. ASAP courses offer a high instructor to student ratio to maximise opportunities for collaborative learning, connection to Indigenous culture and perspectives, and development of academic confidence in each student.

ASAP courses meet and exceed standards for student engagement and achievement, and are strong preparation for continuing studies in any of the 60+ degree programs offered in the College of Arts and Science.

The best way to learn about the ASAP student experience is to hear from students who have participated in the program! The videos on the right hand side bar were created by ASAP students in 2015 and 2016 and share some of their experiences as first-year ASAP students.

Learn more from our ASAP Stories

ASAP students take ownership for creating a growth-oriented environment within ASAP classrooms—an approach that, since 2012, has a proven track record of increasing students’ sense of belonging at the University of Saskatchewan, increasing their academic confidence within and beyond ASAP courses, and supporting student retention and academic achievement.

ASAP supports students as whole people, with programming that attends to students' academic, emotional, cultural and financial needs.

As in all academic programs, preparation and regular attendance in ASAP classes, extended learning opportunities, tutorial and laboratory sections are the beginning of a successful learning journey. ASAP students self-monitor their academic progress, and have the advocacy of dedicated Aboriginal advisors when they require advice during their studies.

A Learning Community (LC) Hour is a weekly meeting time with other students in your ASAP learning community and two upper year peer mentors. Your LC Hour is a space to develop study skills, participate in cultural activities, explore career options, discuss ‘big ideas’ and common interests, learn from your peer mentors’ experience, and make lifelong friendships!

ASAP peer mentors are often ‘alumni’ of first-year ASAP learning communities who have built strong leadership and facilitation skills by volunteering energy and knowledge within their academic communities.

ASAP LC hours are coordinated to fall on the same day and time between ASAP cohorts — this allows us to bring the whole ASAP community together for special events like our term end celebrations, faculty and Elder visits, and to host other guests and speakers.

Yes, you certainly can.

Most students in first-year ASAP Learning Communities will be taking their 3 ASAP courses together, and adding an elective (or two) from General Population courses.

For example, a student in the Term 1 Star Blanket LC will be taking ASAP sections of English 120, Sociology 111 and Psychology 120, and might also register in a General Population first-year course elective tied to their interests, e.g. History 115 “The Vikings: History and Myth”.

Some students may also combine ASAP LC courses with an ASAP common course.

For example, many students in the Medicine Wheel LC will be taking ASAP sections of English 113, Biology 120 and INTS 102 as well as registering in ASAP STEM Accelerator courses—perhaps one or both of Physics 90 and Chemistry 90.

Physics 90 satisfies the 30-level Physics pre-requisite required for intercollege transfers to the College of Engineering; and Chemistry 90 is an excellent foundation for success in ASAP’s Term 2 section of Chemistry 112, a course required for most undergraduate natural science programs, as well as for admission to the College of Nursing.

Upper year students will be registered mainly in General Population courses, and choose ASAP common courses as electives to broaden their degree options (90-levels) and explore Indigenous perspectives (Walking Together courses) within their disciplinary areas.

Registration in ASAP courses and learning communities is facilitated through our Aboriginal Advisors and staff at the Trish Monture Centre for Student Success and will open at noon, May 1st 2018. To set up a registration appointment in person, or over the phone, follow a link in the course listings above, or get in touch using the contact information on the sidebar (tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca)

Provincial, Federal, and Band-administered sources of educational funding are awarded at different times throughout the year. Many students do not receive notice of financial support until late spring or mid-summer — but registration for ASAP courses and Learning Communities opens on May 1st.

Signing-up for and registering in ASAP and other courses can proceed before you have secured funding.

You will not be charged for course tuition as long as you withdraw from courses before the Deadline for Registration Changes, usually the third week of September for Fall Term, and third week of January for Winter Term.

ASAP courses and learning communities are available to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who have qualified for admission to a direct-entry college at the University of Saskatchewan. This may include Regular Admission, Part-time, and Special (Mature) Admission students. All students should speak with an academic advisor to ensure that they have attained pre-requisite course credits and academic skills for success in their course selections.

Note: Students admitted through the University Transition Program (UTRAN) cannot enroll in for-credit ASAP courses or Learning Communities until they have successfully achieved 18 credit units. Exceptions may be made for non-degree credit STEM Accelerator courses (Biology 90, Physics 90, and Chemistry 90)—ask your UTRAN advisor for more information.

ASAP has limited seats, which are prioritized for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who have committed to academics at this point in their life and learning journey. Each term, seats in some courses offered through ASAP may be made available to non-Indigenous students who have an interested in participating in a rigorous, collaborative, and culturally-centered learning environment.

Non-Indigenous students interested in ASAP courses should consult an academic advisor (tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca) to inquire about seat availability and set up a registration meeting if applicable.

Note: non-Indigenous students will be asked to submit a written statement (1 page) indicating their reasons for requesting an ASAP course seat, and demonstrating understanding of and commitment to meeting the expectations for ASAP student participation and community engagement.

Proud to be situated on Treaty 6 territory and Métis homeland

Métis artist April Doepker co-created a mural with College of Arts and Science students, faculty and staff centering the Nehiyaw word Kaskihowin in celebration of our collective activities toward achievement in teaching, learning and creative work. Learn more about our Living Language Wall.

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"95% of ASAP students would recommend ASAP Learning Communities to a sibling or friend"

Source: 2015-16 ASAP Learning Communities Student Survey March 2016

Get in Touch!

ASAP @ the Trish Monture Centre
: tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca
: (306) 966-2004
: Arts 250 *Top of the Ramp*
: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm,
Monday - Friday

Text the advisors 306-361-5990
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ASAP Student Experience (2015)

Our ASAP Team

  • Kayla Goshulak, Aboriginal Student Advisor
  • Shanelle Labach, Aboriginal Student Advisor
  • Milo Cameron, Aboriginal Student Advisor
  • Autumn Tuttroen, Administrative Assistant for the TMC
  • Renée Penney, Director of Student Advising and Academic Services
  • Sandy Bonny, Coordinator of ASAP & STEM Pathways
  • Andrew Hartman, ASAP Pathways programming
  • Vanessa Hyggen, Office of the Vice Dean Indigenous
  • Dirk de Boer, Vice Dean Indigenous (acting)
  • Kristina Bidwell, Vice Dean Indigenous (on leave)
  • Participating departments, faculty, instructors & graduate teaching assistants
  • ASAP Peer Mentors & Student Ambassadors!

ASAP Student Experience (2016)