Indiana University Northwest

Academic Success and Achievement Programs

Critical Literacy

Critical Literacy

The Critical Literacy Program (CLP) is a student success program. Students in the CLP take courses in critical reading, writing and study skills, all leading to future success at IU Northwest. Students can implement the skills they learn as participants in the CLP in all aspects of their education.
In addition to the academic features, CLP faculty and staff help students learn about their campus and all of the resources available. Students who have been successful in the CLP serve as mentors and work with students in the classroom, meet one-on-one and in groups, in addition to offering study and review sessions. 

Critical Literacy
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Students admitted to the Critical Literacy Program will have to complete the following curriculum with a “C” or better in each course.

  • X151-Reading & Learning Techniques II
  • X155-Critical Reading Research
  • X157-Keys for Academic Success
  • Required writing course, either W130, W131 or a math class

X 151 Reading and Learning Techniques II
This course will help students develop higher levels of reading skills through instruction and practice in critical reading along with other basic college skills.

X 155 Critical Reading & Research Seminar
Develop critical thinking skills that may not have been used before by learning to think about familiar things in new ways. This course will help students become more aware of how they think, learn new ways of thinking, and learn how to communicate their thoughts through discussion and writing.

X157 Key Strategies for Academic Success
Increase your potential for success in college by learning and using the skills necessary for college success. Topics in this course include time management, learning styles, test taking, note taking and study techniques.

Reading Lab Hours  

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The Reading Lab is located in Hawthorn Hall, Room 448

Phone Number:
(219) 980-6597

Spring 2014 Reading Lab Hours:


9:00am - 4:00pm









Reading Lab Sign-in  

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Reading Lab Sign-in form

See previous tab for Reading Lab hours and location

Program Mentors  

Program Mentors

Students who participate in the  Critical Literacy Program are assigned mentors.  Mentors are students who have successfully completed the Critical Literacy Program and have received a faculty recommendation to be a mentor. 


  • Attend X 151 - Reading and Learning Techniques
  • Share their experiences with new students
  • Offer study sessions
  • Meet with students individually
  • Help students learn to navigate the IU Northwest system