Learning Support courses provide academic assistance to prepare students for college-level work. Foundations level Learning Support courses are offered in English and Math. Support level courses are offered conjunction with (also called co-remediation) Core Area A English and Mathematics courses. All students are screened for learning support placement, but you are most likely to be required to take a learning support course if you are a limited admit student (admitted by the holistic review team due to lower grades or test scores than our regular admission criteria); a Presidential exception student, or an adult student who has been away from school for many years.
Eligibility for Learning Support courses is determined by the student’s English or Math Placement Index, which is calculated by a formula that considers high school GPA, SAT or ACT scores and COMPASS scores (if taken). There is no exact score on the COMPASS, SAT or ACT that will exempt you from Learning Support as the placement index also takes into account GPA, if available.
Compass Exam (to be replaced with Accuplacer Exam in Fall 2016)
The COMPASS exam is given as part of admissions for all students who have not earned 30 transferrable hours and do not have SAT or ACT scores less than 7 years old. Students with more than 30 hours MUST submit test scores or take the COMPASS exam if they have not passed the equivalent of ENGL 1101 and MATH 1001 or MATH 1111 at their previous institution.
A student may be required to enroll in one or more Learning Support courses based on the student’s English and Math placement index. Students required to take Learning Support courses must do so during their first semester. Students must make reasonable progress in completing Learning Support requirements to continue enrollment at the university. Learning Support courses carry institutional credit, but hours earned in those courses do not apply to degree requirements. Students taking foundations level learning support courses in Math will not be permitted to take any credit courses which require the content or skills of the core course as a prerequisite.
Learning Support Course Placement Requirements
MATH 1001 Core A goal
- MPI of 1165 or higher will be placed directly into MATH 1001
- MPI < 1075 must be placed in MATH 0987
- MPI greater than 1075 but less than 1165 will be placed in MATH 0997 with co-req MATH 1001
MATH 1111 Core A goal
- MPI of 1265 or higher will be placed directly into MATH 1111
- MPI <1100 must be placed in MATH 0997
- MPI greater than 1100 but less than 1265 will be placed in MATH 0999 with co-req MATH 1111
ENGLISH Core placement requirements
- EPI of 4450 or higher will be placed in ENGL 1101
- EPI <4449 to be placed in ENGL 0999 with co-req ENGL 1101
If you have taken old Learning Support classes (MATH 0099, MATH 0097, ENGL 0099 or READ 0099) and are not able to register or not sure of what to register for, please call 912.344.2570 for an appointment with an advisor to assist you.
If you are not certain of your Core A Mathematics goal, please discuss the appropriate courses with your advisor.
Learning Support co-remediation and Core classes must be dropped together. You cannot drop one without the other. The front counter in Victor hall will send all LS required students wanting to drop or W from a LS/Core section to their advisor for signature.
Students do not have to drop entire schedule if they withdraw from LS.
Students in ENGL 0999 with ENGL 1101 may not register for First Class ENGLISH 1101.
If students do not complete MATH 0987 or 0989 in two attempts, they will be suspended for one year.
There are no caps on the number of attempts in ENGL 0999, MATH 0997, or MATH 0999.
Students who have 30 hours of college level credit (including transfer course work) and have not completed their LS requirements may only enroll in LS courses.
COMPASS Test retakes are permissible at any point. 3rd test and beyond costs $20.
MATH 0987 and 0989 are 3 credit hours.
MATH 0997 and 0999 and ENGL 0999 are 2 credit hours.
Math 0989, Foundations for College Algebra can also serve as a pre-req for the co-req Math 1001 with Math 0997. This allows a student to transfer to the Math 1001 pathway from the Math 1111 pathway, at the foundation level.
DIRECT PLACEMENT INTO MATH 1111 is with MPI of 1265 or higher or prior credit for MATH 1001. UNDER 1265, students must take MATH 0999 with MATH 1111. Students have the option to retake COMPASS to score above 1265 and be exempt from MATH 0999.
Transfer or other credit for the equivalent of MATH 2200 is not a pre-req for MATH 1111.