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Gordon State College Learning Support Program English (Writing), Reading, and Math

Mission Statement

The learning support program contributes to the Gordon State College mission by providing supportive access to high quality post-secondary education through improvement of foundational skills.

A student’s Learning Support requirements are determined on the basis of SAT/ACT scores, required high school curriculum deficiencies, and/or college placement exams scores.

The college placement exam, ACCUPLACER, is a computerized placement exam that tests reading, writing, and math skills. It can help determine which course you start in so that we can best support your learning.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Stephen Raynie, Coordinator of Learning Support
Academic 103
sraynie@gordonstate.edu

student

Academic Advising is a critical component of the educational experience.

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Placement Exams

The verbal and writing sections of the ACCUPLACER test reading and writing skills and are required for students with a high school curriculum deficiency in English and for students who do not have a SAT verbal score of 430 or higher or an English ACT score of 17 or higher.

The mathematics section of the ACCUPLACER tests algebra skills and is required for students with a high school curriculum deficiency in mathematics and for students who do not have a SAT math score of 430 or higher or a Math ACT score of 18 or higher.

The minimum ACCUPLACER scores for admission and readmission are WritePlacer (writing) 3, reading 46, and math 32. Students who score below the minimum ACCUPLACER score in any area are not eligible for admission.

Students who test into all three areas of Learning Support (English, reading, and math) are not eligible for admission.

ASSIGNED LEARNING SUPPORT COURSES BASED ON COMPASS ENTRANCE SCORES
COMPASS SCORE COURSE(S)

Reading COMPASS 62-73 AND English COMPASS 32-59

Reading ACCUPLACER 46-60 AND WritePlacer 4

ENGL 0989

Reading COMPASS 62-65

Reading ACCUPLACER 46-49

ENGL 0989

Reading COMPASS 66-73

Reading ACCUPLACER 50-60

ENGL 0999 / ENGL 1101

English COMPASS 32-39

English WritePlacer 3

ENGL 0989

English COMPASS 40-59

English WritePlacer 4

ENGL 0999 / ENGL 1101
Intended non-STEM Majors

Math COMPASS 20-24

Math ACCUPLACER 32-41

MATH 0987

Math COMPASS 25-46

Math ACCUPLACER 42-78

MATH 0997 / MATH 1001
Intended STEM Majors

Math COMPASS 20-24

Math ACCUPLACER 32-41

MATH 0989

Math COMPASS 25-46

Math ACCUPLACER 42-78

MATH 0999 / MATH 1111

Gordon College First-Year Experience – GFYE 0097 - is a required course for all students entering Gordon State College with Learning Support requirement(s) (Math, English (writing), and Reading).

Course Descriptions

ENGL 0989 Foundations for English Composition

Prerequisite

English COMPASS score of 32-39, Reading COMPASS score of 62-65, or BOTH English COMPASS score below 59 AND Reading COMPASS score below 73.

WritePlacer score of  3, Reading ACCUPLACER score of 46-49, or BOTH WriterPlacer entrance score of 4 or below AND Reading ACCUPLACER score below 60.

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

This is a reading-based course where students read and analyze prose texts in a variety of nonfiction genres and write in response to them, preparing them for the kinds of reading and writing tasks most common in their introductory college-level courses.

ENGL 0999 Support for English Composition

Prerequisite

English COMPASS score of 40-59 or Reading COMPASS score of 66-73 or completion of ENGL 0989.  Co-requisite: ENGL 1101

WritePlacer score of 4 or Reading ACCUPLACER score of 50-60.

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A lab-based tutoring course designed to provide just in time remediation for students – strengthening their English composition skills through interactive instruction and guided tasks – in tandem with enrollment in ENGL 1101.

GFYE 0097 - Gordon State College First-Year Experience

Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

This course is required for all students entering Gordon State College with Learning Support requirements (Math, English (writing), and Reading) and optional for all other students. An introduction to college life and responsibilities meant to assist freshmen in making a successful transition from high school to college. The course emphasizes the programmatic development of academic literacy (improving study, time management, and interpersonal communication skills), enhancing awareness of college resources and policies, encouraging participation in the college community, and addressing college-related attitudes and practices. Students who are required to take the course must pass with a “C” or better, and they must repeat the course each semester of enrollment until they achieve a “C” or better.

MATH 0987 Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisite

Math COMPASS score of 20-24

Math ACCUPLACER score of 32-41

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra and other topics necessary for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include real number sets, set operations, linear, quadratic and exponential functions and their graphs, and introductory probability and statistics.

MATH 0989 Foundations for College Algebra

Prerequisite

Math COMPASS score of 20-24

Math ACCUPLACER score of 32-46

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra topics to prepare them for College Algebra. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include the set of real numbers, linear sentences, linear functions and their graphs, and operations and factoring with polynomials.

MATH 0997 Support for Quantitative Reasoning

Prerequisite

MATH 0987 or Math COMPASS score of 25-46.  Co-requisite: MATH 1001

MATH 0987 or Math ACCUPLACER score 42-78

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1001. The course covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and statistical reasoning.

MATH 0999 Support for College Algebra

Prerequisite

A or B in MATH 0987 AND pass College Algebra Pretest, MATH 0989, or Math COMPASS entrance score of 25-46. Co-requisite: MATH 1111

Math ACCUPLACER score 42-78

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1111. The course covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, polynomial functions and their graphs, and simultaneous systems of equations.

STAR 0098 - Students Taking Academic Responsibility for College Success

Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

This course is designed to teach strategies for creating success in college and in life through increased self-awareness and enhanced commitment to life-long learning. Topics include personal responsibility; self-motivation; goal-setting; priority management; learning styles; decision-making; engaging the academic community; interpersonal communication; note-taking and other study skills; test-taking strategies; stress reduction strategies; critical thinking; problem-solving; and the power of positive thinking. Readmitted students returning from academic suspension must complete this course. Please note, however, that students returning from Learning Support suspension are NOT required to enroll in STAR 0098.

Credit

Credit earned in Learning Support courses is strictly institutional. While it is counted toward the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled in any semester, it does not count in a student's grade point average and does not count toward graduation.

Policies

The Learning Support program is governed by the policies listed below.

  • During each semester of enrollment, a student must first register for all required Learning Support courses before registering for other courses. This policy also applies to part-time students.
  • A student who is required to take Learning Support courses may not register as a non-degree student in an effort to defer taking required Learning Support courses.
  • Students with Learning Support requirement(s) must enroll in the Gordon State College First Year Experience course – GFYE 0097.
  • Because Learning Support math courses are offered Fall and Spring semesters on the Barnesville campus in the daytime and evening, students who may prefer to take off-campus courses only are not exempt from taking required Learning Support math courses, even if these courses are not available at an off-campus location.
  • Evening students needing English or reading may defer one semester, if the course is not offered.
  • A student who is required to take Learning Support courses in an area (English, reading or mathematics) may not register as an auditor in any such course in that area.
  • 30-Hour Rule: Students who accumulate 30 semester hours or more of college credit and have not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses until all requirements have been successfully completed. Students with transfer credit or credit earned in a certificate or prior degree program who are required to take Learning Support courses for their current degree objectives may earn up to 30 additional hours of college level credit.
  • Overloads: Learning Support students may not register for more than 18 semester hours in any given semester. Overloads will not be approved.

Learning Support Standards of Progress

In addition to the Academic Standards of Progress (See the on-line Gordon State College Academic Catalog.) and in accordance with policies of the University System of Georgia, students enrolled in one or more Learning Support courses (See Learning Support Program in the on-line catalog for more information.) must comply with progression requirements of the Learning Support program.

Learning Support students who need intensive remediation will begin with one or two of the 3- credit Foundations Learning Support courses (ENGL 0989 and/or MATH 0987, or MATH 0989). Upon completion of Foundations course(s) students will be required to register for the co-requisite academic support lab and gateway course to complete Learning Support requirements. Students who fail two attempts at any of the 3-credit Foundations Learning Support courses will be placed on Learning Support Suspension for a year.  While on Learning Support Suspension students may take Learning Support and collegiate courses at TCSG institutions.

Students who have successfully completed the Foundations-level course (MATH 0989) for the Algebra-Calculus Pathway (MATH 1111) and switch to the Non-Algebra pathway (MATH 1001) will not require additional remediation and may enroll in the gateway non-algebra mathematics course (MATH 1001) with co-requisite remediation.  Students who have successfully completed the Foundations level course (MATH 0987) and switch to the Algebra-Calculus pathway course (MATH 1111) with mandatory co-requisite support will be required to take the Foundations course (MATH 0989) leading to College Algebra with the co-requisite pair, unless both of the following conditions are met:

  1. The students achieve grades of A or B in MATH 0987.
  2. The students pass the College Algebra Pretest with at least a grade of 70.  This test will be administered in the Gordon State College Testing Center.

Students who only require support in their degree-credit gateway course will begin in one of the co-requisite pairs (ENGL 0999 / ENGL 1101, MATH 0997 / MATH 1001, or MATH 0999 / MATH 1111).

Time spent in Learning Support course work in a disciplinary area shall be cumulative within the University System of Georgia.

Readmission:

Students who have been suspended from the University System and who wish to re-enter Learning Support programs to complete requirements may be retested with the COMPASS (in any unsatisfied area) after a period of one year, if they have not taken any college courses in the University System during that time.

The student will be bound by the most current set of COMPASS scores. Students who do not exempt on the retest may be considered for readmission. If an individual evaluation indicates that the student has a reasonable chance of success, the student may be readmitted.

Students readmitted under this provision are subject to the 30 hour limit on college-level coursework and may not take credit work if they had earned 30 credit hours during their previous period(s) of enrollment.

Students who have not been suspended and who wish to re-enter the Learning Support program to complete requirements may be retested with the COMPASS (in any unsatisfied area) if they have not taken any college courses in the University System for a period of one year. The students will be bound by the most current set of COMPASS scores. Students readmitted under this provision will not be allowed any more additional attempts than were previously designated.