Developmental Studies

Developmental courses are designed to provide the basic skills and knowledge necessary for success in college-level classes. These courses, which are numbered 01-09, are available in writing, reading, arithmetic, and algebra.  All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses. The scores from these tests provide counselors and faculty advisors with objective information to place students in the most appropriate classes.

Developmental classes do not satisfy graduation requirements and do not transfer to four-year institutions. Developmental courses carry one to eight credits for the purpose of tuition payment, calculation of course load, and enrollment status (full-time/part-time).

Students who experience difficulty with an entry-level class for which there is a preparatory developmental course may add the developmental course that is better suited to their skills. However, course changes after the beginning of the term require the approval of the appropriate Dean of Instruction or designee.

Grades in developmental courses are S (Satisfactory), R (Re-enroll), or U (Unsatisfactory). A grade of S (Satisfactory) means that the student has satisfactorily completed the course objectives. Students making satisfactory progress but not completing all of the objectives for a developmental course will receive an R (Re-enroll) and must re-enroll and repeat the entire course. Students not making satisfactory progress will receive a U (Unsatisfactory) and cannot progress until a grade of S is achieved. Any questions concerning developmental studies or student placement in developmental classes should be directed to the appropriate Dean.

Developmental Course Credits

Courses numbered 01-09 do not satisfy graduation requirements and do not transfer to four-year institutions. Developmental courses carry 1 to 8 credits for the purpose of tuition payment, calculation of course load, and enrollment status (full-time/part-time).

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