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Learning Support Procedures Manual


Placement Testing

First-Time Freshmen

First-time freshmen must take placement tests in English, Reading, and Math according to the following rules.

Reading

Students must test if they have

  • SAT Verbal below 430, ACT Verbal below 17

  • English CPC deficiency

  • Lack of standardized test scores

Required course:

  • COMPASS score 79 or below: READ 0099


English

Students must test if they have

  • SAT Verbal below 480, ACT Verbal below 20

  • English CPC deficiency

  • Lack of standardized test scores

Required course:

  • COMPASS score 59 or below: ENGL 0099


Math

Students must test if they have

  • SAT Math below 440, ACT Math below 18

  • Math CPC deficiency

  • Lack of standardized test scores

Required course:

  • COMPASS score 31 or below: MATH 0097

  • COMPASS score between 32 and 39: MATH 0099


Transfer Students with Fewer than 30 Credit Hours and Re-Admits

Transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours who do NOT have CPC deficiencies must take placement tests in English, Reading, and Math unless the following conditions are met.

  • Successful completion of required Learning Support courses at a USG institution satisfies LS requirements at GHC, as long as the courses taken are shown on the student’s official transcript.

  • Transfer credit that is accepted by the GHC registrar as equivalent to ENGL 1101 or higher satisfies English LS requirements

  • Transfer credit that is accepted by the GHC registrar as equivalent to a credit-level PSYC, SOCI, HIST, or POLS course satisfies Reading LS requirements

  • Transfer credit that is accepted by the GHC registrar as equivalent to credit-level Math (MATH 1111 or course for which it is a prerequisite, MATH 1101, and MATH 1001) satisfies Math LS requirements.  The old USG course MATH 105 satisfies Math LS requirements.  The old courses MATH 103 and 108 do not.

  • A passing COMPASS score from any accredited institution satisfies LS requirements in the area of the score.  Passing COMPASS scores never expire.

  • A passing CPE score from any USG institution or COC-accredited DTAE technical school satisfies LS requirements in the area of the score.  Passing CPE scores never expire.

  • SAT or ACT scores that would exempt the student from testing as described in the section on “First-Time Freshmen” above.

A failing score on a placement test expires after three years and the student takes the placement test again in the area of the failing score. 

Although GHC accepts COMPASS and CPE scores from other institutions, different colleges have different criterion scores for passing within a range established by the Georgia Board of Regents.  A student’s score must meet the GHC standards for passing in order to satisfy LS requirements at GHC.

Transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours who have CPC deficiencies in English or Math must always take placement tests on entrance to GHC.  No transfer credit can be used to satisfy CPC deficiencies.  CPC deficiency in English requires testing in both Reading and English.  If the student passes placement tests in English and Reading, the deficiency is cleared and transfer credit is used to determine the course to be taken.  If the student does not pass placement tests in English and Reading, the appropriate LS course(s) must be taken and exited according to the usual LS standards before transfer credit is applied.

If a student has a CPC deficiency in Math, he or she must test.  If the student passes placement tests in Math, the deficiency is cleared and transfer credit is used to determine the course to be taken.  If the student does not pass placement tests in Math, the appropriate LS Math course(s) must be taken and exited according to the usual LS standards before transfer credit takes effect. 


Registering for Learning Support Courses

Student who place in Learning Support courses must register with the assistance of an advisor due to holds placed on the student record that prevent them from registering via the web. 

In every term of attendance, students must first register for all required Learning Support courses before being allowed to register for other courses.


The Twenty-Hour Rule

A student may not accrue more than 20 semester hours of credit before completing all Learning Support requirements.  A student who accrues 20 semester hours of academic credit and has not successfully completed Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses until LS requirements are met.


Fourth Attempt Courses (or Fifth for Disabled Student)

A student who has been granted a fourth or fifth attempt in a Learning Support course may register only for that course.  See the section called “Attempts and Suspension” for more information.


Attempts and Suspension

Students are allowed three attempts to complete all course work in an area.  Students who do not exit an area are allowed to appeal to the Academic Support Division Chair for a final attempt.  A form must be completed and signed by the student.  In addition, the student must

  • have reached the attempt limit in only one LS area

  • be in an exit level course

  • enroll only in that course in the semester of the final attempt

Students who do not complete Learning Support requirements at the end of the final attempt will be suspended from USG institutions for three years.

All time spent in Learning Support courses is cumulative within the University System of Georgia.  All attempts at all USG institutions are included in the attempts rule.

Withdrawing from Learning Support Courses

Students may not withdraw from Learning Support courses without also withdrawing from credit classes.

A Learning Support class from which a student withdraws with a grade of “W” does not count as an attempt for purposes of suspension from the University System of Georgia.  A Learning Support class from which a student withdraws with a grade of “WF” does count as an attempt.

 

Approved by Cabinet: January 8 2007

Page last updated: March 10, 2010