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Developmental Education Procedures

Developmental Education Procedures

Students may be required to complete developmental courses based upon the results of the placement test and other factors. The following procedures are designed to provide the best academic path for students who are working to achieve college level skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. Early remediation helps ensure success in other college courses. No credit-bearing courses in English or mathematics (or any course that requires reading, English or mathematics as prerequisites) may be taken prior to successful completion of required developmental courses in these areas.

1. Full-time students must satisfactorily complete all required developmental courses in the first two semesters of study. If a student’s major requires a second level of algebra, one semester will be added to the time allowed for completion. Appropriate level developmental courses are taken in sequence, and all areas must be addressed each semester until all are completed. Students who are required to include developmental courses may carry no more than a combined total of 15 credits or credit equivalents. Students who wish to take more than 15 credits may do so only by submitting an appeal to the Academic Advising Center, located in West Hall.

2. Part-time non-degree students may take up to 11 credits before taking the placement test. No student may enroll in a Mathematics [MAT], Reading [RDG], or Writing [ENG] course, or any course with these subjects as a prerequisite, before taking the College placement test or receiving an exemption. Completion of developmental requirements should be in the following order:

  • Reading courses
  • Writing courses
  • Elementary Algebra/Elementary Algebra Support or Elementary Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra/Intermediate Algebra Support or Intermediate Algebra (when required for the major)

3. Students required to take both RDG-011S, Reading Skills for College II - Support, and RDG-011, Reading Skills for College II, must enroll in the appropriate reading course in the same semester, until each course is successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

4. MAT-013, Algebra I is a prerequisite for all programs. Students enrolled in the certain degree and certificate programs who need remediation in intermediate algebra must also successfully complete MAT-014, Algebra II, with a grade of “C” or better before they may enroll in any credit-bearing mathematics course. 

5. The Student Success Course (SSD-101) is open to all students. SSD is mandatory for all students who place into two or more developmental subject areas Mathematics [MAT], Reading [RDG], and/or Writing [ENG] which include the following courses:

ENG-010S / ENG-010 Writing Skills for College II - Support and Writing Skills for College II
ENG-010 Writing Skills for College II
MAT-013S / MAT-013 Algebra I - Support and Algebra I
MAT-013 Algebra I
RDG-011S / RDG-011 Reading Skills for College II - Support and Reading Skills for College II
RDG-011 Reading Skills for College II

Note: ESL courses are not developmental, and ESL students are not required to take SSD 101.

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