Some questions and answers for students
Why did I have to take this class?
You scored above the minimum score required for admission but below 60 on the COMPASS Placement Test. This indicates that your English usage and writing skills are not sufficient to be successful in credit-level English. This class is designed to improve your skills in writing organized effective paragraphs. Correct grammar will also be emphasized.
What will this course do for me?
It will help you improve your ability to write paragraphs and essays in response to specific assignments. You will learn to state your topic well and to support it in grammatically correct sentences. The goal is to attain a level of writing competency needed for college-level course work.
What do I have to do to get into credit-level courses?
All three of the following items are requried.
(1) Pass the course with a "C" or better
(2) Pass the rating of a writing portfolio produced in the class
(3) Score 75 or above on the comprehensive test in MyWritingLab
What is the "writing portfolio"?
During the term, students will be required to write a minimum of four short essays for submission to a panel of instructors. One of these essays will be timed and completed in class. A panel of instructors from the Georgia Highlands English Department will read the essays and give them a "pass" or a "fail" mark. Students must obtain a "pass" mark on the portfolio to pass the course.
What if I don't pass the writing portfolio?
Students who do not pass the rating of the writing portfolio will not pass the course and will be required to repeat it.
What if I don't pass the comprehensive test?
You will have two (2) chances to pass the test. If you don't pass it, you will have to repeat the ENGL 0099 course.
How many times can I take ENGLISH 0099?
You have two (2) attempts at the course. Then state regulations require that you be dismissed from college. If you have qualifying disability paperwork from the disability office at your campus, you may be eligible for additional attempts. See the disability specialist at your site for more information.
What courses are open for me while I am in ENGLISH 0099?
You are prohibited from taking any higher level English courses until you have successfully completed ENGL 0099. Many college-level courses require completion of EnGL 0099 BEFORE you can take them. Other academic courses may be available to you depending upon your academic support requirements in other areas. Talk with your academic advisor for information on what is available for you.
Does this count in my grade point average (GPA)?
NO. Learning Support courses do not count in your GPA. However, they DO show on your transcript and they MAY AFFECT your eligibility for financial aid from either HOPE or Pell Grants.
Where can I get more information about this class?
Follow this link to Rules and Regulations, or contact the Office of Academic Support on the Floyd Campus at (706) 295-6357. For further discussion, see your instructor or one of the directors at your site of Georgia Highlands College. You can also contact any of these persons by e-mail.