PRIME Program

PRIME promoting readiness in math and english

The PRIME program is an  academic learning community designed to support incoming students who are building their skills in University-level math, reading, and writing. Students come from many backgrounds and circumstances with one thing in common:  a desire to get started off right by building their math and English skills in a supportive learning environment.

Mission & Vision

The PRIME Program is committed to creating a place of belonging and connection among students, staff and faculty. We engage and support students to help them realize their full academic and personal potential while valuing the differences which make each of them unique. Our purpose is to inspire students to meet the challenges of education, to graduate with university degrees, and to become active contributors to their communities.

Who PRIME serves?

PRIME provides equal opportunity for academic development and excellence for all students–especially those who are:
  • From traditionally underrepresented populations
  • First generation in college
  • Educationally underserved
  • Physically or learning challenged
  • Non-traditional students
  • English language learners
  • Veterans

How PRIME is Successful

Through our collaborative approaches to student learning, we facilitate student transitions, build community and foster a campus climate that is accepting of all students.  We accomplish these goals through:
  • Direct and supplemental instruction
  • Learning and emotional support
  • Academic skills training
  • Mentoring and outreach
  • Fostering a sense of community and connectedness to the university
  • Connecting students with faculty and campus resources
  • Familiarize students with Western's academic culture
  • Connecting students with peers in a supportive learning community
PRIME students are co-enrolled with the same classmates in ENG 099 and Math 098, building supportive relationships with their peers. They benefit from the close attention of two faculty members who are both present in class five days a week.

How to Join PRIME

Ask about the PRIME Program during your registration appointment to learn more details. Both ENG 099 and MATH 098 are three credit classes which count toward being a full-time student during the semester, but do not count toward graduation.  These courses are prerequisites for university-level math and English.

Contact Information

Shelley Read
Lecturer in English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225C
Email: sread@western.edu Phone: (970) 943-2579

Edith Cranor-Buck
Lecturer in Mathematics
Office Location: Hurst Hall 106
Email: ebuck@western.edu Phone: (970) 943-2128

What are students saying about PRIME?

"I am amazed how much I improved in just one semester, both academically and personally. I would not have gotten through it without help from my wonderful professors and peers in the PRIME Program."   - Jessica B., Music

"The PRIME Program gave me people I could turn to for help or just to talk. My first semester at Western turned out to be a wonderful transition."  - Michael S., Exercise and Sport Science

"Seeing my teachers and classmates in the PRIME Program five days a week was awesome. It helped us get to know each other really well."   - Rony H., History