Developmental Studies

Updated Fall 2013

The College Success classes in mathematics, writing, and study skills give students the opportunity to develop more proficiency in these areas and increase their chances for success in college course work. Applicants with ACT scores of below 19 in math or with SAT numerical scores of 440 or below are required to take Math Strategies for College Success. Students with no ACT or SAT scores and with no college level (not developmental) math credit with a grade of C- or above must take a math competency test to assess their need for the Math Strategies for College Success course.

Applicants with ACT scores of 20 or below in English or Reading or with SAT verbal scores of 490 or below are required to take Reading and Study Strategies for College Success their first semester. Such applicants with ACT scores of 19 or 20 in English and Reading or with SAT Verbal score of 460-490 and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above are exempted from the requirement to register for Reading and Study Strategies for College Success.

Applicants with ACT scores of 20 or below in English or SAT verbal scores of 490 or below will be preregistered for Writing Strategies for College Success during their first semester. Each student’s placement in Writing Strategies for College Success will be confirmed or canceled after the writing staff has evaluated an essay written by the student during orientation. Transfer students, international students, and any students with no ACT or SAT scores are evaluated for Writing Strategies for College Success on the basis of a writing sample completed upon arrival in August or January.

Students placed in Reading and Study Strategies for College Success and Writing Strategies for College Success cannot withdraw from these courses. However, upon demonstrating the ability to do “A,” “B,” or in some cases, high “C” work consistently in humanities courses being taken at the same time, a student may be excused at midterm by the instructor from completing Reading and Study Strategies for College Success and receive credit for the course. Upon satisfactory performance on the math competency exam given at the beginning of the semester or upon instructor approval, a student may be granted permission to withdraw from Math Strategies for College Success. However, a minimal grade of “C-” is required to pass developmental studies courses. Failure to pass a developmental studies course requires that the student retake the course before taking further courses in the corresponding department unless otherwise determined by the developmental studies professor.

These hours do not count toward the 128 hours required for a degree but are included in the student’s GPA and status as a full-time student.